Boy, it's been a while for an update. Things have been really, really busy at home, work and everywhere else. So I must apologise. We did have a few podcasts planned but due to some late processing and technical difficulties it hasn't been possible to put a decent version up and not annoy you with a background hum or buzz.
I intend to get this website updated over the coming two or three weeks so everything is up to date.
Just to let you know that we are having a series of Summer parties over the next three Benwell meetings.
This weekend we are having a Talisman marathon. We're bringing in as many games as we can and we're going to play constantly from the start to the end of the meeting. Dropping in and out as needed.
Tah tah for now. Check the diary for new dates and info for the coming months, see you at a meeting.
gals and Smurfs. We've been busy the last month or so. We've been
to Dimensions the Doctor Who copnvention at Washington Tyne and
Wear a couple of weekends ago. We had chat, drink, and watched a
few Doctor Who guests from various generations of Who. Here are
a few photos from the weekend. Fun was had by all.
Tent Con 1
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that you can now subscribe to our RSS feed... if you know what that
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There were quite
a few incidents during the weekend, such as the tent aka main hall
nearly blew away a few times... at least it felt like it was going
to take off and one of our members, ehem, got drunk one night and
bought a Dalek. Click
the link and find out who and how chuffed he was.
We said in our
last cast that we'd have a cast from Dimensions but we couldn't
find somewhere to get decent sound. So we'll save it all for next
next month, December, it's the Christmas Party. All are invited
and there will be food, and the meeting will be free. We'll be having
a podcast live from Santa's Grotto where we'll be chatting to Santa
and his reindeer and ask their opinions on Science Fiction. Should
Date? It's the
8th December from 11am. All we ask is bring some money/prizes
for the charity raffle and maybe some party food.
honour of the October Halloween festival our BRAND NEW podcast is
now available on the Pods page.
a little different with the podcast being "broadcast"
from a mysterious mansion. We've got killer smurfs, deaths of the
entire cast and an interview with Ronan Dodds of the Nostromo
Festival and he brings news of the festival in February and
the launch party on Halloween. If you like it/hate it send
us some comments, suggestions, or whatever.
you enjoy it.
Podcast is now online in the Pods page. Check
out the link at the top of the page or here.
hope you enjoy it. Why not send
us some comments, suggestions, or anything else you want to
say about the podcast.
do discuss Heroes in the podcast and if you're a fan, check
out the BBC's excellent coverage here on their website
UPDATE - You can now listen to the podcast online.
months newsletter is now available to download from the archives
page, plus we're in the process of getting the podcast together.
This month we're coming live from Jurassic Park....
you can't wait.
to let you know of a change of venue for the Darlington meetings.
The meetings will now take place at the Tanners Hall Pub. Check
out the venue page for more details.
the way the winner of the Easter Egg competition is Shinju with
his astounding Doctors. Congrats.
May 2007- Easter lateness
know Easter has been and gone and we're into the swing of Summeryness...
but we've yet to decide on the winning entries for our Easter egg
competition. So if you haven't voted so far check out the page
here and vote for your fave.
got numerous summer parties and treats coming up over the next few
months, so come along, have a chat, beat us at your favourite board/roleplaying
game and have a laugh.
April 2007 - Easter Bunnies
we successfully delivered to Newcastle General Hospital. Both ourselves
in conjunction with St. John Ambulance managed to collect and distribute
80 Easter eggs.... yes, 80. We did beat our total from last year.
to all, particularly, Debbie Heath who was our club bunny for organising
things. Hopefully we'll beat our total next year.
week is our Easter meet at Benwell, 14th, There will be party stuff,
food, prizes and a raffle, so be there.
and if you are creative bring along a decorated egg and you could
win a prize.
January 2007 - Welcome City Life Readers
if you are readers of Newcastle Council's City Life magazine, if
you have no idea what I'm talking about, check it out here.
you are new to visiting our website for our merry band of men (and
women) and kids)) then a big HELLO. Have a look around, maybe pop
in to see us at our next meeting at Benwell on the 10th February
at the library near Newcastle. That's Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
you've picked a great time to come down our meetings because we've
got our AGM (Annual General Meeting) (not so boring as it sounds!)
where we'll be discussing the great future of the club and all the
stuff we've got lined up for the next year. So come on down and
have a laugh, a chat and a few games.
January 2007 - HAPPY NEW YEAR
New year to one and all.
been a fun year for all. We've had lots of fun, games, babies, parties,
engagements and more that shouldn't be mentioned in an open forum
;-) Want to know how much? Check out our old news
welcome any and all new members to our happy band and hope you will
join us in our many game sessions running at Benwell. Talisman,
Risk, Car Wars, Hobbit, Trivial Pursuit, Interactive Cluedo, Heroquest
and many more are being played there.
if you are bored with your Wii, sick of your Xbox 360 and mad at
your PC crash during World of Warcraft sessions, why not come along
and meet real people. You can then discuss your online Paladins,
Orcs and Undead without the need for a broadband connection.
NOTE - We do play WOW, and Xbox Live games.
ADDITIONAL NOTE - The faction page is now live with details on each
club faction. **!!HUMANS RULE!!**
Meet - 9/12/06
It's fun and
games at the club as we celebrate Xmas in style with food, fun,
games, prizes, raffles, music and anything else we can get ourselves
Be there at
Benwell from 11:00 to 4:30, bring food and money for the charity
HAVE A GOOD
Fun - 14/10/06
you can see we got into the Halloween Spirit (though early) for
our October meet. You can still catch up with some of the crew
at the Darlington meeting next Saturday.
have the regular meetings in November, then it's the Xmas party
month in December. See you around.
there one and all.
for the lack of updates. But I've been busy... well, the wife
weren't at the September meeting, so we'll be hoping we'll get
to October or November.
is the usual HALLOWEEN PARTY. So bring your spooky food, weird
stuff and scary games. We'll accommodate.
Summer Party was fun with prizes all around for members. See you
next year when we'll be even bigger.
you let any new members know that this is a family club, we've
got big kids and little kids. Members ages range from 0 to erm,
well, I shouldn't really embarrass those in their late forties.
Check out the locations if you haven't
there one and all.
just like to let you know that we've got a summer party going on
at Benwell Library on Saturday 12th August from 11am. We'll be having
prize quizzes, a charity raffle, loads of board games and a particularly
silly team game "Never Mind the Poodoo".
meeting this month will be free, all we ask is that you bring along
some sort of food to add to the party stash and any prizes you wish
to donate to the charity raffle.
be a fun packed afternoon... oh, and something else. Come along
in your loudest and most ridiculously loud clothing. There will
be a prize for the best voted amongst the group in attendance.
out the locations if you haven't been
the Easter EGGSTRAVAGANZA...... at Benwell Library Saturday
We hope you can all attend our first yearly Easter Event.
There will also be a charity raffle in aid of Cancer Research
which will be submitted with last months Big Breakfast money so
bring some cash and win some great prizes. You can also donate
prizes if you wish, the more the merrier.
We'll also be collecting Easter Eggs in association with St. Johns
Ambulance to be donated to the Freemans hospital. So for every
easter egg you bring in you'll get a whopping 5 points
for yourself and your faction in the new club year, so let's all
Plus as a bonus we'll be holding the first SF Easter Egg competition.
Simply boil yourselves an egg, decorate it in a SF Stylee and
we'll display them and the members of the club will vote for the
best.... there will be a prize for the best one. It could be from
your fave TV show, film, comic or whatever, just go wild.
So, come on down to Benwell, where you'll have yourself a time....
Even if you haven't been for a while, try and get yourselves over
and meet new and old pals.
There will also be the usual games, chit chat and general funky
Da Easta' Management
been before? Check the venues for directions.
Benwell and Darlington Meets
and 18th March 2006 - 2nd Year Running. Britain's Biggest
holding a Cancer research Britain's Biggest Breakfast event. Bring
food and at least £1 donation to the Cancer Research charity.
forget we need silly sci-fi food, Gagh, Bloodworms, Romulan Ale...
you know the drill. Check out http://www.cancerresearchuk.org
for more details.... Hint Jellied Sweets make great worms.
fun was had last year, so hopefully we'll be able to raise some
more funds for a good cause.
been before? Check the venues for directions.
Goings On 8th October 2005
to see some new faces at the club today. Welcome.
was had during our halloween party (okay it's early in the month
but we can't be partying every month, can we?.... hmmm) Spooky
food all around and most of it had sugar in it from the cakes,
chocolate, jelly sweets, marshmellow spooks and more. We washed
it down with green orange juice, limeade and cranberry juice (it
looked like blood a little).
months Richmond charity cricket trip was fun. Food was eaten as
well as well as prizes... I mean the prizes weren't eaten obviously,
but there were quite alot of them. Tasty too...
were incidents of violence towards the winning team but that was
soon extinguished when the riot police popped round for a cuppa.
September issue of the magazine is now out and about, featuring
articles on James Doohan and other stuff. Don't forget, If you've
got articles for the next issue email to firstname.lastname@example.org
the moment head off to see the very excellent Serenity
and sign up to be a browncoat.
and Party15th August 2005
current magazine is now on the streets and the next issue will
be following at the Cricket Match. If you've got articles for
the next issue email to email@example.com
The Ice Cream
party went with a bang... or should I say, slurp. The various
Ice Cream flavours that everyone brought in went down well. Very
well. Coupled with the Gagh (aka fizzy laces) it was appreciated
by all. Thanks to everyone who brought some in.
12th June 2005
been naughty and haven't updated since April. We I have something
It was a swift
victory today for the chief head honcho of this fine club as he
beat all comers to Talisman. Very swift indeed. Hang around the
outer region, pop into the middle region, gaining loads of strength
on the way and head for the tower. Once around and victory was
mine... mine... MINE!! I tell yee! David Irving had this to say
the younglings were being taught by Master Ray. Today they were
being taught the art of parrying with a bicycle pump.
Benwell Venue 12th March 2005
Well, we had our first meeting at the new Benwell venue today. I
think everyone enjoyed the days activities. Oh, and before I start
it is very rare to see me in any kind of Uniform at one of the meetings
but as I did it for charity it was maybe a one off.
venue itself is very good, we've got a nice big room plus the option
of another room for either gaming or TV, a kitchen, a lift for wheelchairs
and pushchairs, toilets just outside the room door and baby changing
facilities. This was my very first time there and I think George
hit the jackpot on the quality of the venue. It's also fairly easy
to get to. Don't forget to check the venue page for more details.
A tip is to get a bus to the top of Atkinson road, possibly either
the 30 or 31 from outside the old Odean in Newcastle. If you've
got a car, there are plenty of car parking spots around.
Cancer Relief breakfast went ahead as planned with various jellied
sweets and blue food colouring to create anything from Aunt Beru's
Blue Milk to Gagh and Rigelian Blood Worms. We didn't bother with
the Spoo and the Shplik, we thought it would have been a little
over the top. There was also the addition of the unusual earth delicacies
such as Cherry Bakewells, Bramley Apple Pies and Quavers. Weird.
also had the raffle which was picked by our youngest member there
today, little Andrew and I hope everyone had a good day.
club is now in a very stable position to plan for the future and
will be subsidising the Darlington meets so that the cost per visit
will only be £2. Don't forget your first meeting is free.
We'll now be pushing for a few posters here and there to advertise
our whereabouts and also this website. We'll be doing more charity
events in the coming months and with the hopeful increase in membership
we'll make even more money for them.
good deed for the day was photographing work of the flower arranging
group in the adjacent room who forgot to bring a camera.
was a good day to dine.... (sorry!)
and David Harrison also turned up and has recovered from the experimentation
that went on at the Centre for Life.
for Life Event 5th February 2005
off we went to the Centre for Life and we had a good turn out. We
did at some point lose David Harrison who I believe is still trapped
somewhere in the centre. I do hope the experiments went well and
he is getting better and possibly developed some super powers that
may come in useful. I hope he stayed clear of the gamma radiation.
I think we learnt alot about Dinosaurs, how they died out and how
they looked very much like they were done in stop motion and in
black and white. We also learnt that you can stand inside a bubble
and that you can buy fun dinosaur heads for £2.50 that open
and close when you pull the handle. Baby Andrew has nicknamed him
bunch in the photo above were the only ones to brave the back wrenching
Spongebob ride. It was fun and highly recommended except for people
with back problems, heart trouble, pregnant women, anyone under
the height of 1.2 metres and anyone who dislikes Spongebob Squarepants.
Most of us made it.
chatted, we had snacks, we shopped, we were annoyed by small children
singing the Spongebob theme at full volume and we were amazed at
the properties of Water. Wooooo!!
think it was a fun day out for all. Due to tired feet and our resident
pub leader (I must put that in the committee) being ill we decided
to call it a day and head home.
was then that we realised we'd left David Harrison behind......
Meet 15th January 2005
We had our meeting
today at the Arts Centre and decided on a few things.
the Newcastle meetings will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each
month so that members can attend the new Starship Exeter meet
at Hebburn Community Centre on the 1st.
meetings will remain on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
system, similar to the schools in Harry Potter will be introduced
and subdivided into different types of species under the headings
Humanoid, Alien, Cyborg and Robots.We need proper names and logos
for each factions any ideas send to the usual address. (We think
the Borg and Cybermen will be quite happy together!)
system will run from April and the winning faction will be presented
with a prize and the point will be reinitialised for the new year.
The new Newcastle
venue will be in place from March.
be interspersed between meetings for those interested.
has been formed Keith L - Chair, David I - VC, Debbie - Treasurer,
Elaine L - Memberships, Simon - Librarian (Ook!) and Back Issues.
Other positions to be filled soon.
Event- 8th January 2005
Well, due to the bad weather, with trains suspended, metro trains
inoperable, buildings falling around our ears and people struggling
to take steps out of their doors only three of us managed to make
it to the January event. Texts, phone messages, and emails were
flung around apologising for the lack of attendance, but that's
not to worry. The only things you missed were David I's first
go on a Waltzer and Pirate Ship, a pub visit, coaster mayhem and
an air hockey fight to the death.
yeah and a big welcome to George (Geordi) who one of our brand
spanking new members with a bunch of ideas for the club.... and
strangely they all seem to involve pubs. Hmm.
expect to catch up with everyone at the Darlington meeting next
Saturday on the 15th at the Arts Centre, and possibly on the 22nd
at Hebburn with the newly christened Starship Exeter (now where
have I heard of that name before? ;-) )at the community centre.
More news as we get it.
February 2005 Newcastle meeting will be held at the Centre for
Life at Newcastle on the 5th. Spongebob here we come....
checking the diary for dates and information.
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