2009 Christmas Party report

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Bob, who administers the London 2600 mailing list reports on our Christmas Party:

This report covers are annual celebration. The London 2600 Christmas party 2009.

Date: Friday 18th December 2009
Time: 19:30 - 23:59
Venue: Nell Of Old Drury, Covent Garden

I spent the evening of Thursday 17th preparing. Checking numbers by phone and by inbox. Then a quick food shop at midnight followed by 3 and a half hours worth of sandwich making, by myself and Mrs Bob. There should be a few photos floating around the group, of a small suitcase packed with 60 sandwiches. (30 white, 30 brown. 15 cheese, 15 ham, 15 chicken as no turkey and 15 egg). Each individually packed in it's own zip locked plastic baggy!

I arrived at the Nell at 17:30, dropped the raffle prizes behind the bar that were kindly donated by David Murray and the sandwich suitcase. Then killed an hour with a pint and a couple of phone calls. I made a shopping to Tesco Express on the strand. For the simple reason I could carry the food with me. I mean I left home with two small suitcases of gear for crying out loud. Getting off the tube was fun. I did the smart (not so smart) thing of sitting next to the tube drivers door. Then spent the second half of the tube journey freaking out. Trying to work out how I was going to maneuver two small suitcase and myself off a fully packed train.

The Following Massive Amount of Food was Provided:
Sausage Rolls

And that was just what GTRF & myself provided. BOfH + Clefty, Zap and Anonymous brought more bits.

After the shop I came back to a full on packed Nell. You all know how this place can get. Try getting to the bar just before the theatre crowd leaves with around 12 bags of Tesco shopping! Fortunately that's when the London 2600 crowd started arriving. There was plenty of help setting the food up. Zap was on form and brought some much needed plates and serving trays.

Belial and Paradigm from HVR (http://www.hackervoice.co.uk) provided the bar tab, many thanks for your support. They weren't even able to attend due to bad weather and work commitments. That just meant more for the rest of us. Zap and I ran the bar tab to stop other users at the Nell taking liberties.

The Quiz:
Once everyone had had a couple of beers and filled there belly's we settled down for the quiz. Well done on this Mark, it was the best quiz so far. Quiz question sheet with answers (.doc)

You can see the completed quiz papers below. I also printed some simple quiz answer sheets as per below images.



Eats Young




Awesome: 42
Eats Young: 33
2600.1: 20

Team Awesome (named by Clefty) totally demolished the other two teams. I was on team Awesome :-) I have always been of the opinion if you name something arrogantly like team Awesome you better make sure you win. That was a relief.

My favorite answer in the quiz. Was team 2600.1 answer to question 3. "What is the name of the long established UK Computer Forensics expert, who the Avon & Somerset Police tried to prosecute, unsuccessfully, for the possession of child porn, which he and his associates were examining on behalf of other Police forces and legal defence and prosecution teams ?" A well thought out articulate question. You can see that Mark took some time with this quiz. Team 2600.1 articulate well thought out answer was "ASS HOLE" lol. Dudes, hang your heads in shame.

Zap had been selling raffle tickets throughout the evening. With the help of his beautiful assistant Clefty, the raffle was drawn. The raffle was insane. As mentioned above David Murray had donated a small suitcase full of prizes. Books, audio cassettes, manuals, 3 radiation pyrometers, etc. There was easily a prize for every second person at the party. I know of at least one person who won 3 prizes! One of the prizes was IIRC a game book from Steve Jackson games. If you've ever read the Hacker Crackdown (available for free) you should know Steve Jackson Games. Also of note a VMS security book, who won this? (Mark did)

David Mery so far hadn't won anything, which was fortunate as he was donating the prizes. I said to him. "All the prizes have gone. Do you want your bag back." It was a statement, not a question. "No, no." he says. "Raffle it." You never guess what David Mery won.

I won "Stealing The Network: How To Own A Continent". What did you win? Let us know in the comments below.

Thank You:
After the raffle, while I still had everyone's attention. I thanked all the people that had made the London 2600 Christmas Party 2009 a success.

Thank you to the following:
Food - Bob_Plonker (me), GTRF, BOfH + Clefty, Zap, Anonymous
Bar Tab - Belial & Paradigm (http://www.hackervoice.co.uk)
Quiz 20 questions - quiz master Mark
Raffle - prizes David Mery
Our members without which we wouldn't exist.

If I've missed anyone out in a particular role please let me know in the comments.

The End:
Food wise we seriously over did things. I'm of the belief that it's better to have to much than too little. By God did we had way too much. But no-one went home hungry. GTRF even took my sandwiches to the homeless of London. Well done GTRF. I gave away food parcels to pretty much everyone who attended.

Final Thoughts:
Please send in your photos, add comments, etc and I will update this post accordingly. Faces will be obscured and identities protected.

BTW folks, The Reverend Rat donated an antenna a while back that is still in the Nell's cellar. We totally forgot about it during the Christmas party. Would anyone like it? Otherwise I think it will eventually end up in the bin? It's 6ft long and for wi-fi. No that is not a typo, it really is 6ft.

Mailing List Administrator
London 2600


lol i won a crappy joystick but did manage to trade for a cool looking mod controller :)
il have the antenna as well :)
thanks to everyone who helped with xmas do it was fun

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