Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by djewesbury » 12:50 Fri 13 Dec 2013

Clue: I used it in my previous post.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by jdaw1 » 13:52 Fri 13 Dec 2013

djewesbury wrote:I will be arriving at Audley End around 4 pm. Who will be there then?
Does that mean that you intend to be on the 14:43 out of Kings Cross? If so, I could meet you at Kings Cross.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by djewesbury » 13:59 Fri 13 Dec 2013

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djewesbury wrote:I will be arriving at Audley End around 4 pm. Who will be there then?
Does that mean that you intend to be on the 14:43 out of Kings Cross? If so, I could meet you at Kings Cross.
I'm going to be getting a train from Stansted Airport at 15.27 - I don't think this originates in London. I get to Audley End at 15.40. From there, I might take a round trip in a taxi to drop my bag off at the Saffron and come back to the Bell. See you there?
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by AHB » 22:18 Mon 16 Dec 2013

jdaw1 wrote:Splendid, because Alex is printing today, after which I’ll add the parameters to the review section.
Except I didn't - having a bit of a tough time at work at present and didn't get the chance to print the labels and tasting note sheets. Can anyone else do so?
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by AHB » 22:27 Mon 16 Dec 2013

If heading direct to the Bell by train, get off at Wenden's Ambo train station but bring a torch and boots as it is a short but muddy walk.

Will anyone need a set of port tongs? The bottle I'm bringing won't need port tongs and I won't bring a set unless someone else needs them.

I'm driving out of central London on Thursday, leaving at about 15:30-16:00 so if anyone wants a lift from London then let me know. The plan (traffic dependent) is to head from London to the hotel, check-in and drive from the hotel to the pub. Next morning after a leisurely breakfast I'll catch a taxi back to the pub, pick up the car and then head back into London - early afternoon lifts back to London on Friday are also available.

And a last question - I'm bringing a bottle to the Bell to give to Wolfgang, 3 magnums to give to Rob. Am I supposed to bring any other bottles for anyone else?
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by djewesbury » 22:33 Mon 16 Dec 2013

Is the train station called Wendens Ambo or Audley End?

How early is early on Friday morning? I'm returning from Stansted on the first Belfast flight but I can easily get a taxi (I'm guessing I should book it the night before).
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by AHB » 22:43 Mon 16 Dec 2013

djewesbury wrote:Is the train station called Wendens Ambo or Audley End?
Audley End - then you'll either have to walk the 5 minutes to the Bell or get a taxi to pick you up and take you to the hotel.
djewsbury wrote:How early is early on Friday morning? I'm returning from Stansted on the first Belfast flight but I can easily get a taxi (I'm guessing I should book it the night before).
I'm offering a lift to London early afternoon. I don't expect to be getting up early! I'll make it down to breakfast just before breakfast closes about 9:30.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by djewesbury » 22:46 Mon 16 Dec 2013

Ha. Yes, sorry.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by jdaw1 » 22:50 Mon 16 Dec 2013

AHB wrote:I'm driving out of central London on Thursday, leaving at about 15:30-16:00 so if anyone wants a lift from London
Yes please.

In which I’ll get labels and print.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by AHB » 23:04 Mon 16 Dec 2013

jdaw1 wrote:
AHB wrote:I'm driving out of central London on Thursday, leaving at about 15:30-16:00 so if anyone wants a lift from London
Yes please.

In which I’ll get labels and print.
Plan to be at Bell Wharf Lane (just by the junction of Queen Street and Upper Thames Street) NCP at 4pm. If I can leave earlier, I will give you as much warning as possible (which might be as little as 20 minutes).
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by PhilW » 00:26 Tue 17 Dec 2013

AHB wrote:
djewesbury wrote:Is the train station called Wendens Ambo or Audley End?
Audley End - then you'll either have to walk the 5 minutes to the Bell or get a taxi to pick you up and take you to the hotel.
or if the are no taxis as happened to me one time, there is a fairly frequent (every 15mins?) bus direct from the station to Saffron Walden town centre which is quick and easy for getting to the hotel.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by Cookie » 21:22 Tue 17 Dec 2013

I am available for taxi work at Stansted or Audley End from around 5.00pm if required...still hoping for last minute drop outs.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by uncle tom » 03:43 Wed 18 Dec 2013

Steak order confirmed - new spuds will be the default, but chips available if preferred.

Due to table space limitations, there will be six ISO glasses per person, to use or re-use as desired..
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by jdaw1 » 13:26 Wed 18 Dec 2013

Updated draft of the paperwork.
(In following diagram lilac is edge of label, green is boundary of writing zone; neither of these colours will print.)
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by jdaw1 » 13:27 Wed 18 Dec 2013

What time are we booted out of the Bell? On return to the hotel, is there anywhere civilised to smoke? And if so, how many of us would be smoking? (I can transport up to four sticks.)

If nowhere civilised, then not bringing any.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by DRT » 13:50 Wed 18 Dec 2013

If memory serves correctly there is an outdoor smoking area/beer garden at the back of the main bar/restaurant of the hotel.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by jdaw1 » 14:44 Wed 18 Dec 2013

DRT wrote:If memory serves correctly there is an outdoor smoking area/beer garden at the back of the main bar/restaurant of the hotel.
Hmm. BBC Weather says ‟2°C”. Would I be alone?
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

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jdaw1 wrote:
DRT wrote:If memory serves correctly there is an outdoor smoking area/beer garden at the back of the main bar/restaurant of the hotel.
Hmm. BBC Weather says ‟2°C”. Would I be alone?
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I don't know, but you would certainly be the only one wearing just a t-shirt.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by jdaw1 » 15:22 Wed 18 Dec 2013

Slight change of plan for the stickies. Last year or was it the year before? some people were using a number for one bottle, whilst others were using it for a different bottle. So I’m allowing partial pre-declaration. E.g., cool-initialled person XYZ can pre-declare ‟XYZ#1” and ‟XYZ#2”, lessening the likelihood of confusion.

I’m predeclaring:
• JDAW;
• Sandeman Vau 1999 (from a double magnum); and
• Sandeman Vau 2000 (also from a double magnum).

Updated draft of the paperwork.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by djewesbury » 16:37 Wed 18 Dec 2013

I opt to smoke. But if raining I may decline.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by jdaw1 » 20:21 Wed 18 Dec 2013

jdaw1 wrote:Slight change of plan for the stickies. Last year or was it the year before? some people were using a number for one bottle, whilst others were using it for a different bottle. So I’m allowing partial pre-declaration. E.g., cool-initialled person XYZ can pre-declare ‟XYZ#1” and ‟XYZ#2”, lessening the likelihood of confusion.
Updated draft of the paperwork. See pictures two posts back.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by jdaw1 » 21:06 Wed 18 Dec 2013

Re-updated draft of the paperwork. See pictures three posts back.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by jdaw1 » 23:10 Wed 18 Dec 2013

Re-re-re-updated draft of the paperwork.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by jdaw1 » 23:10 Wed 18 Dec 2013

Printing now.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2013: The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by DRT » 23:15 Wed 18 Dec 2013

jdaw1 wrote:Printing now.
Beginning to sulk now :cry:
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