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the union have done it again

Double-booked the site for Caption weekend, that is. So much for my happy, productive day. I'm now spending it scratching around my head trying to figure out how to fit around the requirements of the other people booked in. Everything they want to do is on Saturday, not Sunday, but they still want the garden, the hall, and the main site in the evening, plus, splitting the site between two groups doesn't go well, that's why we have it out of term in the first place.

This is the group that routinely book it for four weeks in July, this year they opted to have four weeks ending Sat 4 Aug ... What annoys me most is that this isn't even the first time it's happened. The Union tried to pull the exact same thing on us several years ago, complete with the whole, Oh you won't be able to have the bar in the evening thing. That time we managed to beat them back to Fri, but what are out chances this year? Sod's law suggests that the amount of time, effort and enthusiasm put in will work against us, which leaves me feeling nervous, especially after how I was working out genre conventions of cyberpunk over coffee this morning for the Sunday workshop ...

So, Caption 2003's future's in the balance. This is grim as all get-out. And yes, the Union say they've renegotiated for next year, so there won't be the problem then, but, but .... every year we have problems, things go wrong, it's so much bloody bother. But we never missed a year. If we do, will we ever get back to it

For background and further discussion on this, see this entry in the caption community.


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26th Jun, 2003 06:37 (UTC)
A last-resort idea
Hold it in cyberspace? And claim that was the idea all along?

National Theatre of Earth Prime could appear as a Flash animation...

26th Jun, 2003 06:55 (UTC)
Re: A last-resort idea

I've been trying very hard not to mention that, actually. I actually (grief!) started thinking about it, the logistical requirements, appropriate conferenceing software and such like and abruptly felt like sticking my head in my fan. Not Andrew, my desk fan.

26th Jun, 2003 06:48 (UTC)
By the way have the right people seen this? (publicised on slashdot today)
26th Jun, 2003 06:50 (UTC)
Re: By the way have the right people seen this? (publicised on slashdot today)
Chop everthing off after .htm from that link.
26th Jun, 2003 07:22 (UTC)
Re: By the way have the right people seen this? (publicised on slashdot today)
Or just provide a working version?
26th Jun, 2003 09:15 (UTC)
Re: By the way have the right people seen this? (publicised on slashdot today)
Ouch, that's an ugly website, and not just the grammar.
26th Jun, 2003 06:52 (UTC)
Re: By the way have the right people seen this? (publicised on slashdot today)
yeesh. well, the right people isn't me.
26th Jun, 2003 08:18 (UTC)
Re: By the way have the right people seen this? (publicised on slashdot today)
If you try and buy his book from Amazon, you get offered pile ointment.
26th Jun, 2003 07:59 (UTC)
Alternate location?
Holywell Music Room?

Not very big and all-in-one-space, but could be the beginning of an alternative...including adjournments to South Parks?

26th Jun, 2003 08:07 (UTC)
Re: Alternate location?
moving the location represents the same problem as moving the date. We aren't talking a ten or twenty or even fifty people, we're talking about 130 very disorganised comiceers many of whom have never been anywhere in Oxford except for the Union.
26th Jun, 2003 08:57 (UTC)
At least people wouldn't have to re-arrange travel plans and accommodation that way, and with a bunch of attentive gophers you could probably manage to herd everyone in the right directions.

Is the Union saying that Caption can't use the venue at all that weekend, or just that it's got to fit in with the other booking? Is the other group willing to make any compromises?
26th Jun, 2003 09:13 (UTC)
Go visit the Caption community on LJ for more information. If you haven't already friended it, why not?
26th Jun, 2003 08:11 (UTC)
Re: Alternate location?
who need a heck of a lot of beer.
26th Jun, 2003 08:20 (UTC)
Re: Alternate location?
Does the Turf hold private parties?
26th Jun, 2003 09:37 (UTC)
Re: Alternate location?
no, but other pubs might. However (long rant about why we considered and rejected the Caption in a pub theory some time ago deleted) it'd be difficult, expensive and problematic in other ways.
26th Jun, 2003 11:49 (UTC)
I know this is not what you want to hear..
.. but if it meant the date was moved, I could come :_))

I'm really feeling back into comics at the moment. If I moved city I could even get a standing order again.. (LOOONG story..)
26th Jun, 2003 17:18 (UTC)
Re: I know this is not what you want to hear..
You and several other people! .... but the problem is that I think that we really could switch dates at this late point. We'd still have little trails of disorganised comiceers wandering up disonsolately to the Union even if the place was closed and locked, I think. There are fliers, it's printed up already ...
30th Jun, 2003 06:26 (UTC)
I think the Union really have to move the party back to Friday, and take any resulting flak - it's their fault. Since the students aren't drinking, there's no issues about them missing their Saturday morning class due to hangovers!
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