London 2018

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Date: Saturday 12th May 2018
Venue: Christian Street Community Centre (not on Google yet, but it’s by Rope Walk Gardens), Christian Street, near Aldgate East
Admission: £12
Doors open: 11.15am for an 11.45pm draw
Hosted by: FOCAL 2017 runner-up and tiara owner Jen Steadman
Games to be played: 6, plus the grand final
Finishes by: 6pm
Wheelchair accessible?: Yes ♿️

Jen says… “You wanted some. I gave it ya. But you wanted more, so…

:WHEN: 
Saturday 12th May 2018. Doors open at 11 and the draw will be made at 11.45, so please be there by then. (Do as I say, not as I do.) It will finish by 6pm.

:WHERE:
The Christian Street Community Centre, on Christian Street (near Aldgate East). This venue is a nightmare to find on Google and gives up several wrong locations, so please search for Rope Walk Gardens on Christian Street – the venue is right next to this.

It’s about 10 minutes walk from Aldgate East or Whitechapel tube stations, or 5 minutes from Shadwell DLR/Overground station, or walkable from Liverpool Street. If you’re not used to getting the tube or are nervous about it, please contact me and I’ll try to help!

The afterparty location is TBC. (Matt Morrison is scouting for venues.)

:WHHHHHHHAT?:
6 9-round games of Countdown in the ‘Edinburgh’ style of tournament, aka the one where you don’t feel like a schoolchild. The top 2 players after 6 games will play each other in the grand final. [Edinburgh style is briefly explained here: https://focalcountdown.co.uk/how-do-events-work-2/ I’m happy to explain or answer any queries publicly or privately.]

:Y THO:
Only Connect champion, Countdown champion and existence champion Graeme Cole will be there. (He hasn’t actually confirmed this, but he will.) Also, you’ll meet great people, have a nerdy laugh, see some utterly disgusting conundrum scrambles, and you might even win a prize – there’s a range of prizes for people of all skill levels!

Also, I’m *actually* not running this again next year because I want to use my holiday allowance for actual holidays to exciting places like Russia, Slovenia and Liechtenstein, so this is your last chance to experience the gruesomely garish girlfest that is a Jen Steadman-run tournament.

:HOW MUCH?: 
Entry is £12 per person. Payment should be made through PayPal to jennifer.steadman@rocketmail.com (PLEASE SELECT PAYMENT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY – OTHERWISE I DON’T GET THE FULL AMOUNT), or if you don’t have PayPal, message me for bank transfer details. There is no option to pay on the day, unless there are last-minute cancellations or spaces.

The event is NOT FOR PROFIT – the fee pays for venue hire, trophies, other prizes, an event magazine (that may feature topless pictures of Giles Hutchings), and pens. Food isn’t included, but the venue may be doing a pop up cafe on site to sell sandwiches, drinks and snacks (TBC).

I’ll put up some posts about budget-friendly travel and accommodation at a later date, i.e. when I’m not hungry and desperate for a wee. Short version: coaches/advance train tickets for cheap transport, AirBnB/hostels/Travelodges/couchsurfing for cheap accommodation.

:IN CASE YOU’RE WAVERING, HERE ARE SOME OF THE GLOWING REVIEWS FROM LAST YEAR’S EVENT:
“No-one died” – Sara Lawson
“We played Countdown, in London, so this event was accurately-titled content.” – The Big Bad Wilf Carey’s grandson
“It’s such a relief that my daughter has found people of a similar level of ‘social aptitude’ to her” – Caroline Steadman
“I won an anthology of Chuck Tingle’s sensual, surprisingly detailed gay dinosaur erotica. It has profoundly changed me as a man” – Stewart Gordon
“GRAEME COLE WAS THERE” – Jen Steadman

How could you not be convinced?? Sign up now to confirm your place, and you’ll get a badly-drawn picture of you!”