RW/Pirate London Christmas Social

would anyone be interested

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Tommygun2    pirate
04/10/2012 at 09:04

Its been some time since we had a social and for the last four years we have had at least a Christmas one.

To try and make the numbers up I though combining the RW and Pirates would help

So to get the ball rolling who would be interested..Possible dates

Friday 30th November (before all the office do's)

Friday 7thDecember


Edited: 04/10/2012 at 09:05
M...eldy    pirate
04/10/2012 at 09:17

1st December is the Pirate Social .... may preclude the 30th November for a lot of people

I cant do the 7th December  

Tommygun2    pirate
04/10/2012 at 09:22

Maybe earlier then but you guys who are going to Brizzle won't want or need another Christmas Social so I though we could have a RW/Pirate do for those of us who are in the Lodon area and Pirate that don't go to the official one.

M...eldy    pirate
04/10/2012 at 09:26

Who says we wont want another one !!

Most years that we haven't done London as the main venue we have done an extra and there are some of us that are ambidexterous and do both ..

Can I throw Friday 14th into the mix?   

04/10/2012 at 09:29


Tommygun2    pirate
04/10/2012 at 10:52

Okaaayy FB

Tommygun2    pirate
04/10/2012 at 13:25

04/10/2012 at 13:33

I might be pursuaded


04/10/2012 at 13:38

Can we throw Saturdays into the mix too as it's hard for me to get out of London on the train on a Friday?  Please?

Tommygun2    pirate
04/10/2012 at 13:54

Saturdays are fine with me

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/10/2012 at 16:01

*Fights way through eager crowds*

I would be interested dates permitting.

A day on the forum and 2/3 people showing interest, pretty poor (or more like a damning indictment of the enthusiasm on RW lately).  For fear of sounding like KK  WTF's with everyone, there is no soul to this place?

Sure people come and go, some lose interest, some are more involved with triathlon but what about the 100's 1000's of people that post/read the forums every day?

As some will know, I helped organise the support point at London Marathon for a few years, I stopped a couple of years ago in frustration at the lack of interest, apart from the hardcore of a couple of dozen that came along every year no one here seemed to gave a flying fck, yet at the same time 100's would happily accept our help never thinking it would be nice to return the favour.

Personally it doesnt matter to me, I hardly spend much time on here, yet alone Clubhouse, it just makes me wonder..

Tommygun2    pirate
04/10/2012 at 16:09

Yep I know what you mean, as in the title "would anyone be interested". There used to be regular socials but they died a death. So I thought a once a year christmas one might spark a bit of enthusiasm

seren nos    pirate
04/10/2012 at 16:15

I'm already going to the pirate social.can't afford more than one

M...eldy    pirate
04/10/2012 at 16:18

The problem is (IMO) that so many things get dragged off to Facebook and whilst I use FB as much as the next person and I am a member of several groups on FB but I look on the threads on there and (generally speaking) they are either the old syle darkside type threads or they are threads of people complaining how boring RW is, to my mind it is a bit of a viscious circle and somewhat self fulfilling

That said, you can't force people to talk in specific medias and these days if you want to organise a social you need to advertise on Twitter, Facebook (numerous groups), RW (Tri & Clubhouse), Email and carrier pigeon

I suspect things will continue to evolve tho

Tommygun2    pirate
04/10/2012 at 16:21

I can't get on FB at work but will put it on there when I get home.....

M...eldy    pirate
04/10/2012 at 16:26

.. and twitter and email and pigeon and dont foget the Parish Council notice board

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/10/2012 at 16:38
I'm not sure I agree Meldy, many many people still read the threads here, there are many more people in the beginners forum etc etc. other media surely has an impact but fletch doesn't have trouble organising support at races. I occasionally post on a professional forum, it's less than 1% the size of RW. It they still manage a number of socials each year (not that I'm interested).

I think it's something else?
04/10/2012 at 17:27

it's called dilution

when this forum was all brand spanking new - 10 years ago roughly - it was pretty unusual in terms of social media.. Facebook and Twitter didn't exist.  Felch wasn't there. Tripetalk was just about starting.   This place is where it started for many of us. And of course, it's why we all got to know each other at races and events - and much of that friendship carries on via here and other means but we don't necessarily need to be in each others faces all the time.

Anyone new to running and tri now has a multitude of social media to look at - there are a number of running and tri forums, plus FB pages etc etc etc.  They won't all be coming to good old RW as they did as there was nowhere else to go.   And of course people drop by the wayside for numerous reasons - that you can't stop that either.   

And many can't get onto social media during the day now as companies have tightened up their access to these things - back in the day IT managers had no idea what staff were logging into - they do now!  And when people get home, many can't be arsed with social media for family or other reasons so don't come here - you rarely see me on here in evenings and weekends. It's easy when I sit at a PC all day to dip in and out - at home, Twitter and FB is easier to use and post to.

times change - accept it

M...eldy    pirate
04/10/2012 at 18:00
Pretty much what I was striving to say ... Posting in haste while on the way outta the door

I spose as well once a social date is arranged you can guarantee a few turn up who haven't 'Posted' in years!!

Tis evolution or dilution
04/10/2012 at 18:22
7th Dec is my birthday :0). It's a very special year this year. :0D
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