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AlanCurragh
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Can I book you to do that next year?!

Thanks for all the kind words, folks - I'm really glad everyone enjoyed it so much. It was a pleasure to meet everyone, and I'd particularly like to thank Bryn, Charles, Pete, Charles and Martin for their wonderfully interesting and entertaining talks. The idea of 5 hours of talks can be a little daunting, but your willingness to share your knowledge and opinions made the day fly by

Same(ish) time next year then?

Alan

Having found out how to do it, just try and get out of organising next years'!

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Bruce

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I can let you all into a little secret though. There is one anti-figgist who swore me to secrecy (hence I shall not divulge their name) but admitted they did have a secret liking for our vice - we will rule the world eventually!!

I would like to make it clear to all of my faction...should there be any doubt....I am not the splitter that Kim refers to!

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I would like to make it clear to all of my faction...should there be any doubt....I am not the splitter that Kim refers to!

And neither am I!!

Roger

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I cannot confirm or deny these remarks, I did promise and I will not break my promise.

If you feel guilty you may like to confess though ..................

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I did take a couple of photos :rolleyes: which I shall be going through as soon as I've finished catching up with all the goings on on the board and uploading them asap. I would have done it sooner today but I was kept up late last night by several rather entertaining gentlemen, which I wouldn't have missed for the world, and as a consequence have had to catch up on a couple of hours sleep this afternoon (I'm such a wimp!!). Can we just say drinking cider at 1.30 am goes down a treat with some people

Kim

I do apologise on behalf of the other reprobates for keeping you from your beauty sleep. The problem is that military history does give one a large thirst, but at least I was not drinking cider!

Seriously, though, what an excellent lot of pics on the other thread. They really do serve as a good momento of a truly memorable day.

Charles M

PS I never did discover the origin of Pighills

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It will cost you about a dozen pints of cider to find out!

:lol:

Bruce

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Although you will never remember being told after a dozen pints of cider.

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Charles, it was delightful meeting you and, as I said, I wouldn't have missed it for the world and thoroughly enjoyed my time talking with you, Peter and Chris. I hope to get the pleasure of meeting you again when I will gladly tell you all about my board name.

And Bruce, I do not drink cider (blame that one on my other half - and Peter!!) and even if I did, I couldn't be bought quite so cheaply :o However, if it was white wine I was to be bribed with, then that's another matter altogether!

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Kim

it was an absolute pleasure

Chris

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A great weekend was had from our wee contingent from Glasgow from the moment we arrived at our hotel, the Kensington in Pershore Road. Met up with several GF members at the Old Contemptibles Pub in Livery Street on the Friday night...hence why we sat at the back during the conference the next day as our heads were pounding plus it was nearest the bar for a 'quick curer' when the bar opened at lunch-time. Enjoyed the speakers at the conference as they all spoke well on their specialist subjects and Peter Hart should do 'stand up' comedy for a living if he ever decides to leave the historic field. A great conference and we all look forward to next year. Thanks to all the organisers and the West Midland Police for their excellent facilities...did I really thank the Police - I must be getting soft in my old age. :P

Finally the troops managed to muster enough strength on the Sunday to visit Witton Cemetery in Brum to lay a wreath at the commemorative Memorial Wall which bears the name of George Ravenhill VC who is buried in the cemetery. Yes , much can be made of a Scotsman if you catch them young enough. :rolleyes:

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Very touched by this as of course George Ravenhill VC (Colenso) was Royal Scots. They could not send a colour party to his military funeral in 1921 as they were 'policing' miners strikes in Scotland so Royal Warwicks filled in. His VC was removed in 1906 for a conviction of stealing metal with a gang. Not long before his death George V ruled that a VC was always for life. He served in the DCLI and Hampshires in the Great War.

Finally the troops managed to muster enough strength on the Sunday to visit Witton Cmetery in Brum to lay a wreath at the commemorative Memorial Wall which bears the name of George Ravenhill VC who is buried in the cemetery. Yes , much can be done with a Scotsman if you catch them young enough.

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Charles, it was delightful meeting you and, as I said, I wouldn't have missed it for the world and thoroughly enjoyed my time talking with you, Peter and Chris. I hope to get the pleasure of meeting you again when I will gladly tell you all about my board name.

And Bruce, I do not drink cider (blame that one on my other half - and Peter!!) and even if I did, I couldn't be bought quite so cheaply :o However, if it was white wine I was to be bribed with, then that's another matter altogether!

So it is going to cost him a dozen pints of white wine???

Bruce

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I didn't think you could manage 12 pints of wine either!

Bruce

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