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#141 Slim

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:23 PM

Given this, I would think such gatherings would be quite frequent.

 

It's a question of critical mass, I think. The active British contingent on this board is quite few in number, hence it's a bit hard to get some momentum behind a meet up. Whereas I've met up with other TNMSers probably a dozen or two times over the last ten years - at pubs, at Bravado gigs, at a wedding, before and after Rush gigs - just because there are more members in the UK and it's more likely something will get organised.



#142 nickslikk2112

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:39 PM

I suppose it's all a matter of perspective and experience... isn't the entirety of reasonably-populated England basically within 6 hours (400 miles) of any other reasonably-populated point in England?

 

OK, Mapquest tells me that Penzance to Belofrd is 8 hours, 530 miles.  Still only a day's travel.  That's on par with the U.S. state of Arizona.

 

Given this, I would think such gatherings would be quite frequent.

 

Well, to each his own, I guess!

It may seem like a small country to Seppo types, but it's a very crowded country and a very parochial country. 75% of my ancestry comes from the contiguous counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Yorkshire.

I live 40 miles from Manchester where Rush played on Thursday, but that's a two hour drive and without an overnight stay train travel is out of the question. It's just not worth the bother.

When you don't have to travel far to get all you want, why bother?


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#143 DarthLen

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 02:09 AM

egads - 2 hours for 40 miles? Traffic must suckdiddilyuck!

You guys wouldn't want to hear us Seppoes bitch about it taking 45 minutes to drive 30 miles much then, huh? :D



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 07:12 AM

egads - 2 hours for 40 miles? Traffic must suckdiddilyuck!

 

I drove the wife 20 miles across south London, taking 90 minutes.  That was on a Sunday morning. 

 

It was quite tiring mentally, and we were fractious by the end of it, and that's in my comfy automatic Merc.   It was awful in my old stick-shift VW.  Better to do it in 40 minutes on the train.

 

Every Londoner I know is switching to automatics now.  My father just bought his first automatic at the age of 88, having decried them all his life.

 

On the other hand I could do the 30 miles to Reading in 40 minutes outside peak traffic times.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 10:36 PM

egads - 2 hours for 40 miles? Traffic must suckdiddilyuck!

You guys wouldn't want to hear us Seppoes bitch about it taking 45 minutes to drive 30 miles much then, huh? :D

From where I live to Manchester you have to cross the backbone of England, which just happens to be a National Park. It's a one lane road and busy with quarry and farm traffic. Then you hit Madchester which being a big city gets gridlocked. Do it at three in the morning and it takes an hour.


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#146 Slim

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 10:42 PM

I live about 90 miles from Madchester. Took me about 1 hr 50.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 10:48 PM

That's cos you live further away. It's a paradoxical thing.

I don't think Rush are worth an 1hr 50 drive,

I'll use public transport to get to Sheffield. Probably catch a vile disease in the process, but hey, at least I can have a few Barley Pops.


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#148 Slim

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 11:16 AM

It is expensive indeed, but as I always say I have to have the set. Cost me £85 for the ticket, £83 for a hotel room, probably £25 in petrol, about £8 in tram fares, £20 in parking.


First Rush gig - which by the way had a dramatically better setlist than this one, even with only four studio albums to choose from and one preview from the next - and was undoubtedly a better performance - cost £2 for the ticket and probably a bit less than that on train fares.



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:18 PM

That's cos you live further away. It's a paradoxical thing.

I don't think Rush are worth an 1hr 50 drive,

I'll use public transport to get to Sheffield. Probably catch a vile disease in the process, but hey, at least I can have a few Barley Pops.

 

I've done a hour-and-50-minute train ride to the O2 (two trains to be exact, across London) to see them.  It's a ball-ache.



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:45 PM

Just got back from Sheffield - sorry not to run into Nick but see you at a Bravs gig before too long.

Very good show - plenty of energy and a better setlist (for me) than Manchester. Joy to hear The Body Electric and Manhattan Project.



#151 nickslikk2112

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:10 AM

That was a belter of a show tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Plenty of beer and front row helped...

 

Now attacking a rather large glass of Highland Park :)


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#152 Moving Target

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 11:39 AM

A right lot of Rush8rs you are, seeing multiple shows each! At least I stick to my guns and stay at home!

#153 snowcat

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 06:28 PM

snowcat is actually George Michael.

 

Hi Pete, meet you tomorrow in cubicle 6 during Force 10?  :P  



#154 baldiepete

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:14 PM

Hi Pete, meet you tomorrow in cubicle 6 during Force 10?  :P  


Don't get me mixed up with all the other middle-aged bald blokes who are at the gig. ;)

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:18 PM

Don't get me mixed up with all the other middle-aged bald blokes who are at the gig. ;)

 

....and going to the lavatory during Force 10.



#156 Three Eyes

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 02:10 PM

Force 10? Someone's exaggerating.


Hey there goes Alex. He's loaded with money. Wow he's really set himself up great.





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