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Demon Barber

Galloway Autumn Star Party 2016

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Julian,will be nice to meet new astronomers,you will enjoy the dark skies and a very warm atmosphere,any questions just ask,

Regards

Mike

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Hi Julian,

Common sense....... prevails .......

I trust that you will really enjoy Galloway, given clear nights, it is well worth the "wee" travel north, for you that will be about 440 miles.

I hope to book up next week.

Dai is coming as well, so we can have a good laugh. You will find the rest of the company great fun and can they drink.....

I have been loading loads of software on the MacBook, including Windows 10 running under Parallels 11.

Will be in touch.

Great decision to come and you will be more than welcome.

Cheers

Adrian

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Well as its on your recommendation, you'd better have the water of life ready......:happy8:

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Hi Julian,

I have booked my pitch with Lesley this morning.

I have been to Scotland camping out for 12 nights end of May / early June. The weather was great, sunshine and clear nights, but too bright to do any astronomy.

Trust that the nights later in the year will be cold and crystal clear. Then the Galloway Star Party as Scotland's premier meet really is worth the travel.

Will be in contact before.....

Cheers

Adrian

PS   I am buying the whiskey now.......

 

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Late Breaking News!  A Galloway Star Party First.

In an interview with the "South Shields Astronomical Gazette", Mr Mike ( Demon Barber) Chastney,  the organiser of the self styled "Best UK Star Party"  has said that he is going to order up some pies for the next Galloway Star party and that new methods to safeguard the Star Party Members was to be implemented.

Quote "This year due to the new regulations pertaining to edible Star Party Foods, I am pleased to announce that a new pie measuring device will be employed. Mr Damian Noble has become the newly nominated Galloway PieZar!  Mr Noble will be checking all  pies and  that the specified sizes conform to the new regulations put down by the Galloway Star Party Rules and Regulations October 2016 using his newly fabricated dual purpose Dobsonian Pie Measurer! This will ensure all regulations are adhered to in the forthcoming "Galloway Saturday Pie and Peas Night" and therefore no one is cheated on pie size. We are at present also looking into a special device to measure pea size as well. We may implement this at another forthcoming event". We also asked whether there were any new regulations regarding the gravy? But Mr Chastney preferred to make no comment at this time.

Derek

 

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9 hours ago, Physopto said:

Late Breaking News!  A Galloway Star Party First.

In an interview with the "South Shields Astronomical Gazette", Mr Mike ( Demon Barber) Chastney,  the organiser of the self styled "Best UK Star Party"  has said that he is going to order up some pies for the next Galloway Star party and that new methods to safeguard the Star Party Members was to be implemented.

Quote "This year due to the new regulations pertaining to edible Star Party Foods, I am pleased to announce that a new pie measuring device will be employed. Mr Damian Noble has become the newly nominated Galloway PieZar!  Mr Noble will be checking all  pies and  that the specified sizes conform to the new regulations put down by the Galloway Star Party Rules and Regulations October 2016 using his newly fabricated dual purpose Dobsonian Pie Measurer! This will ensure all regulations are adhered to in the forthcoming "Galloway Saturday Pie and Peas Night" and therefore no one is cheated on pie size. We are at present also looking into a special device to measure pea size as well. We may implement this at another forthcoming event". We also asked whether there were any new regulations regarding the gravy? But Mr Chastney preferred to make no comment at this time.

Derek

 

What's the ruling on the amber nectar then, measures strictly quarter Gill,  and no slackers??

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21 hours ago, Physopto said:

Late Breaking News!  A Galloway Star Party First.

In an interview with the "South Shields Astronomical Gazette", Mr Mike ( Demon Barber) Chastney,  the organiser of the self styled "Best UK Star Party"  has said that he is going to order up some pies for the next Galloway Star party and that new methods to safeguard the Star Party Members was to be implemented.

Quote "This year due to the new regulations pertaining to edible Star Party Foods, I am pleased to announce that a new pie measuring device will be employed. Mr Damian Noble has become the newly nominated Galloway PieZar!  Mr Noble will be checking all  pies and  that the specified sizes conform to the new regulations put down by the Galloway Star Party Rules and Regulations October 2016 using his newly fabricated dual purpose Dobsonian Pie Measurer! This will ensure all regulations are adhered to in the forthcoming "Galloway Saturday Pie and Peas Night" and therefore no one is cheated on pie size. We are at present also looking into a special device to measure pea size as well. We may implement this at another forthcoming event". We also asked whether there were any new regulations regarding the gravy? But Mr Chastney preferred to make no comment at this time.

Derek

 

This has come about as there was some under hand tactics used last year on the amount of said pies being eaten by one party in particular.

Eating pies after the event is to be discouraged fully (especially if peas and gravy are still available). Any person found to be in breach of the rules will have to forfeit much water of life (probably emerald isle stuff) to be allowed entry next year :grin:

 

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56 minutes ago, mapstar said:

This has come about as there was some under hand tactics used last year on the amount of said pies being eaten by one party in particular.

Eating pies after the event is to be discouraged fully (especially if peas and gravy are still available). Any person found to be in breach of the rules will have to forfeit much water of life (probably emerald isle stuff) to be allowed entry next year :grin:

 

WHO ATE ALL THE PIES?

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There is nowt better than stirring the gravy! :evil4:

 

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4 hours ago, Physopto said:

There is nowt better than stirring the gravy! :evil4:

 

I'm glad someone has stepped forward as the chief gravy stirrer. Need someone to take the pea job. That could also be you Derek ;)

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Late Breaking News!  A Galloway Star Party (Second.)

In a further interview with the "South Shields Astronomical Gazette, the newly appointed PieZar, Mr Noble, who is uniquely qualified and holds the world’s first PhD (Pie,hD) in pie testing, commented:

"Owing to some dubious tactics during last year’s "Pie and Peas Night", new rules are to be implemented. Anyone found to be scoffing too many pies and peas, especially too much onion gravy, will have to pay a forfeit of a set quantity of the Water of Life."

When pressed to give a more detailed explanation Mr Noble said " the quantities are yet to be decided, it may well be dependent upon a Proof percentage."

Apparently a pie quality measurement is to be made before the said night in question.

"A hand picked expert commitee of three will test the pies before to ensure that they are of the highest possible quality and fitting for presentation to our illustrious astronomical guests. It just would not be fair to present a substandard pie." said Mr Noble.

He went on to say that a penalty for last years excess scoffing may yet be taken in "Irish Whisky".

One member was heard to ask " WHO ATE ALL THE PIES?" Apparently this is subject to an ongoing investigation and Mr Noble would not be drawn any further.

Mr Noble has also stated that: " We are looking into fabricating a testing procedure to ensure all products are of the highest quality and this includes the Gravy. As such I am designing a Gravy viscosity device specifically to test Mr Chastney’s product."

It may as yet be fitted onto the PieZar’s dual purpose Dobsonian Pie Measurer.

Mr Chastney was not available for comment at this time!

Latest or second latest, you may just hear it here first,        or second.

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2 hours ago, mapstar said:

I'm glad someone has stepped forward as the chief gravy stirrer. Need someone to take the pea job. That could also be you Derek ;)

Thanks Damian, does that mean you are offering me the job of  "Pea Taster and Quality Assurance"?

I suppose I am, like you, uniquely qualified as I have my Pea.hD (PhD) in pea testing! What are the wages, sorry but got ta ask!

 

And YES we are all NUTS before any one says it!

Derek

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I am of the considered opinion that someone has started THE TASTING a little early     well done !!

 

Regards        Robin

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19 minutes ago, RWB said:

I am of the considered opinion that someone has started THE TASTING a little early     well done !!

 

Regards        Robin

Someone is always tasting, or is that testing :grin:

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Hello All

Just to say that I will be joining you all this Autumn, I have booked with Lesley as from Monday 31st October and departing on Monday 7th November 2016.

Does it matter if I am  a "Teetotaller" or know Adrian, as I don't really want to get of on the wrong foot with you guys?

Best regards,

Hadyn - Isle of Man

 

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Hi Haydn,your more than welcome to be teeetotal,you can make up for it at the pie and pea tasting :happy11:

Looking forward to meeting all the new faces,

Regards

Mike

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Dai ,the pies are well worth worshipping,you will enjoy your stay,looking forward to meeting new faces.

Regards

Mike

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Hi Hadyn,

Great news that you will be joining us at Galloway, look forward to meeting you.

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I'm booked for the same Hadyn so will be a pleasure to meet you. 

Looking forward to getting back up even though its only mid July!

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Hi Haydn,

Great to hear that you have booked up for the best star party around!!!! (Dai and Julian are also attending)

A butcher's van  and a fish woman visit the site on Tuesday mornings, we normally purchase stuff from them, the quality is very good.

The cod fillets are excellent and make a great meal if you like fish. She also does a packet of mixed fish from which we make a large fish pie on Friday evening.

The beef steaks cut to size from the butcher are great.

They also do fresh eggs. 

If you like I can do you a meal on the Monday evening.

Cheers

Adrian

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At the risk of provoking an us vs them debate.........how do you choose between Galloway or Kielder?

I'm going to attend my first star party and I can't decide which one. Is it a matter of location (closest?)that decides it? Or more friends attend one than the other?

Unfortunately I don't know anyone who attends....or even does this as a hobby to sway me :clouds2: so I'd be coming alone to either (wow that sounded sadder than I'd thought :tongue2:)

I've been to both places and enjoyed them but this was daytime galavanting.

Decisions decisions 

Cheers

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Hiya Matt c 

The galloway event is very friendly and we're a welcoming bunch.

A lot come across from the Kielder event  when it finishes, so you would get to meet some from both star parties no matter which you attend.

I'd recommend either but I've never been to the Kielder one. I have been to my friends place up there so can only comment on that. 

Would be nice to have a fresh face and you would be amongst kindred spirits (some may take that comment the wrong way) and maybe get a look through a scope or two depending on what your preferance is.

The Craic is good and the days are just as fun as the evenings (cloud or not) so you would be more than welcome

Cheers 

 

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Thanks Damian,well said,Matt C you don`t say where your travelling from,this year would be a good time to try out both as Galloway runs immediately after Kielder!

Now about this kindred spirit can i get it at Lidl`s or is it a specialist dealer needed? :hiding:

Look forward to meeting you if you make Galloway.

Regards

Mike

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