Some supplementary notes for the various churls, knaves, etc. who are intending to visit our fair city:

If you're arriving on or rather for Friday evening, plan A is to meet at The Salutation Inn where we will be playing WWwBD. This is five minute's walk from the station* and although like everything in our fair 24-hour city it will be chokka on a Friday night, is not so cramped that they won't let you in with bags and stuff. Probably. In case of changes, rearrangements, getting lost or just wanting to reach out and talk to someone, my number is 07743 937821. I may well even have remembered to charge the thing up. If you want anything in writing, mail me on

As to what we do after that, well, wertperch is in charge, but it's likely to be mildly ad hoc.

My other half proposes to put on Sunday lunch for all comers who are willing to hang around and eat a slow but pleasant meal. She'd like to know how many people are coming, and what food fads they may have.

For those who are staying at Herring Towers, directions are as follows:

From the city centre (any stop on the City Loop which most buses follow) or the rail/bus stations, get a number 11 bus (destination Trent Boulevard). They run about every 10 or 15 minutes in the early evening. You want to get off at the Gertrude Road stop, which will cost you £1.10 (90p from the station), no change given; all-day tickets for £2.20 are worth considering. The stops are fairly well labelled, but anyway it's the fifth one after you cross the river and the bus only goes about 400 yards further before it turns round. There should be someone in most of the time. From the stop, turn south/right up Gertrude Road itself (opposite the N&S Stores); we're at number 88, just by the speed bumps. Do not be concerned if the garden appears to be full of horses.

Accommodation will be allocated by lot, arbitrary decision, order of arrival or any other means deemed suitable or entertaining at the time. Suffice it to say that some will get beds or mattresses, but life will be easier if as many people as possible bring sleeping bags and/or karrimats. The accommodation is unsuitable if you seriously dislike small children who may tend to unpack unattended bags or spread yogurt on your possessions, or if you are allergic to horses or domestic mess. The long-suffering Mrs Herring is to be treated with care. The shower only runs cold, the bath only runs hot. We have a network with the odd spare socket in the hub and DSL; if anyone wants to buy me a wireless access point, they're welcome.

*(To get to the Salutation from the station on foot: head rightwards out of the front of the station, continue straight ahead over the canal and past Broadmarsh bus station until there isn't any more straight on to continue down (about 200 yards); cross the rather large main road (Collin St) with all the bus stops and stuff, then turn left and follow the road round under the concrete arch and up the hill until you get there (about another 400 yards).

Left luggage: there are coin-operated left luggage lockers in Broadmarsh bus station, if you are arriving at a point where otherwise you'd have to cart your luggage around all day.

Photographic character assassinations on

Lost property office

Found chez Herring to date and as yet unclaimed:

  • One navy blue men's mid-length coat, Marks and Spencer
  • One pair of sumptuous Herr Flick-style black leather gloves
  • One pack of Chrononauts cards