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More swishy dinosaurs! This is the latest mad dinosaur to come out of China, a Gigantoraptor erlianensis. "It belongs to a very unusual group of theropod dinosaurs, which are normally meat-eaters. But this one doesn't have any teeth, so what it ate is a mystery," comments Dr Paul Barrett, a dinosaur researcher from the Natural History Museum in London, UK.

My guess is a light salad and a glass of pinot grigio.

I'm name hunting today, which means finding out what sort of people name themselves after services or places. Right now, I'm listening to the oxfordshire on myspace. They're from Des Moines, Iowa, where "oxfordshire" presumably sounds strange and exotic. Haven't decided on anything yet, but have noted that "connexions" is one of those names with unfortunate associations.

Re title: Advice needed on going to New York (or even specifically to MOCCA), please. I've not got around to sorting it out yet, but hm could it be done?


15th Jun, 2007 13:12 (UTC)
Yes, do go, if you can get the time off work and stuff
Lastminute.com has got a flight for £329 which sounds ok:

Price per adult incl. £153.20 taxes and fees: £329.20
Outbound Heathrow Airport (LHR) - John F Kennedy Apt (JFK)
Various outbound options:
Departs: Thu 21 Jun 07 08:30
Arrives: Thu 21 Jun 07 11:00

Departs: Thu 21 Jun 07 10:15
Arrives: Thu 21 Jun 07 13:00
Economy - Direct flight

Departs: Thu 21 Jun 07 16:35
Arrives: Thu 21 Jun 07 19:25

Departs: Thu 21 Jun 07 18:30
Arrives: Thu 21 Jun 07 21:15

Departs: Thu 21 Jun 07 20:05
Arrives: Thu 21 Jun 07 22:50

One return option given
Inbound John F Kennedy Apt (JFK) - Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Departs: Mon 25 Jun 07 20:20
Arrives: Tue 26 Jun 07 08:25
15th Jun, 2007 13:40 (UTC)
"stuff" is money, right?
Huh, it's gone up by £4 since yesterday. Guess that means I'd better decide fast. I am casting around for local guidance right now as I let things slide with the publisher/writer people I had been hoping to stay with ...
15th Jun, 2007 13:55 (UTC)
Try emailing Sharyn
She will know lots of people going to Mocca, and may be able to put you in contact with someone with a spare bed/sofabed.
15th Jun, 2007 14:09 (UTC)
Re: Try emailing Sharyn
Good thought, I've sent her an email. Hm, though, not seen her around here for a bit, wonder if she's away?

15th Jun, 2007 14:27 (UTC)
Re: Try emailing Sharyn
Oh wait, no -- there she is. Been moving office ... hmm, I wonder if I offer her lots of fancy british sweets?
15th Jun, 2007 14:43 (UTC)
Re: Try emailing Sharyn
Butter tablet is a favourite, and creme eggs... ;-p
15th Jun, 2007 14:56 (UTC)
Oh no!
She is away that weekend. Well I think I shall send her sweets anyway. Not creme eggs, though -- gak!
15th Jun, 2007 15:31 (UTC)
Re: Oh no!
Friend James says that if it comes to absolute go-or-no-go you could stay at his - but a) he is in Harlem - a tube ride away and b) he has very little furniture and quite hard floors. Has Sharyn not got any suggestions of people she knows in NYC?
15th Jun, 2007 16:10 (UTC)
Re: Oh no!
She's put the call out. I'm sure I can figure something out, but it would have been nice to see Sharyn!
15th Jun, 2007 16:17 (UTC)
Re: Oh no!
O'course... So you're pretty much going, then?
15th Jun, 2007 16:28 (UTC)
I cannot confirm or deny that at this stage ...