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6:23 pm on Jul 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Webmasterworld is proud to announce PubConference 5! the web marketing and promotion event of 2003, to be held in london England and hosted by WebmasterWorld Members.

You've been hearing about the other Pubcons and last years sold out PubCon London - wishing you had been there right!?
Don't miss this opportunity to open yourself to new methods and strategies for web marketing revealed by the friends and family of WebmaserWorld at PubCon 5!

When?
Saturday September 20th, 2003, 1pm to whenever.

Where?
Cittie of Yorke Pub in downtown London England. A great place for a weekend conference. There's been a Pub there since the year 1430.

The main bar is a cavernous mediaeval-style hall with a high vaulted ceiling and everywhere you look there are carved oak panels, ornate metalwork and some of the biggest oak vats you'll ever see above the bar - it's like an elven king's hall out of The Lord Of The Rings. (-professor hardbottle)

Why?
The premise is simple, many of our members are qualified to speak at conferences and are bored to tears when attending other ones. So why did we go to them? Just to get to the bar and network with people! The contacts, the associations, the follow ups, and the friendships have been some of the most productive contacts we have ever been part of.

What's in it for me?
The Short scoop? It's your chance to put yourself in the loop with the in marketing crowd (it's probably why you came to this site).

Agenda:
;) TBA

Sponsors:
The usual suspects... Thanks to last years crew: AllTheWeb, Position Tech, Inktomi, SearchEngineCommando, Overture UK, Espotting, Yahoo UK

Special Guests? Who will be there?
Everyone who is anyone in European SEO.

Travel - goin mobile:
We've been watching air fares from the US to London since June, and they are as inexpensive right now as they have been all year long!

Cost:
All funds go directly towards the cost of hosting the event (venue expenses, and the OPEN bar etc..).

Early bird signup until the end of August...

Got Site? Sure:
[webmasterworld.com...]

7:49 pm on July 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Err, So how come I have 42 for fri and sat night. It is the Thistle ISLINGTON isn't it. I just phoned up to check that was the one i have...
single room of course.
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Well George, according to BT's announcement it is and rcjordan mentions the Thistle (which I assume he means the one in Islington). That's where I'm booked though I may cancel and rebook using Expedia since the rate is that much lower.
8:37 pm on July 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Islington is correct. It's crazy that there appear to be so many rates - 2 people can call in at the exact same time and get different rates - weird.
9:26 pm on July 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Oil,

I experienced it last year, wasn't much in it though.

10:13 pm on July 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I am in too :)
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Signed up to my first PubCon. Anyone else from Finland or Scandinavia coming?
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risto:

I'm from Sweden. This is my first first PubCon also.

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I am orignally from Sweden, but living in the UK since a few years. This is my first first PubCon also.

I look forward to seeing everyone there. :)

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Yeah, Thistle Islington = Thistle Kings Cross, even though it's not really in Islington at all IMHO.

It's about a mile's walk from the pub, perhaps a bit less, so that gives about 15 minutes for the alcohol to wear off until you get back to the hotel bar for the 2am conference on how to market adult sites! ;-)

I got the 59.50 rate through ThistleHotels.com, from the link on the conference page.. I booked for just one night (the Saturday) as I live in England will be travelling down early Sunday, and leaving early afternoon on Sunday (since I won't be allowed in the hotel bar anymore!). It seems a lot of people got FAR better rates (like 38!?), but I'm not sure how.. maybe because they booked earlier than me, or for more days. My 59.50 is a WEB SAVER rate.. Anyone try PriceLine at all? :-)

Perhaps all of us loners/first timers should wear a little badge so everyone knows who to take pity on, ha ha! No, really, looking forward to it a great deal, see you all there! I'm sure a lot of us will be booking into the Thistle around midday on the Saturday, so we'll have to make sure we check out the bar for the people who've been living there all week ;-)

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Hey, just reading more of this thread that I skipped over..

I should be okay to give a few rides from the hotel to the pub. I'm going to be parking at the hotel anyway. I have a reasonably nice red Mercedes C class, so it's not a 'limo', but should be okay for the mile journey! As long as you make sure I've got a nice drink for when I've walked back from the hotel ;-)

Obviously, running back to the hotel might not be a possibility if I get going on those drinks a bit much!

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>Perhaps all of us loners/first timers should wear a little badge so everyone knows who to take pity on

No need. We'll know who you are, heh, heh, heh.

Seriously, I keep seeing concern voiced over our group being "daunting" --no way! Just don't try to fake it (like oilman does) and you'll be just fine.

>Finland or Scandinavia

Good group from Scan last year.

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Just remember, PubCon doesn't start until NFFC gets there.

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>Anyone else from Finland or Scandinavia coming?
>Good group from Scan last year.

So you noticed them as well? Those nice chaps will be around again this year waiting for NFFC to show up ;)

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You going to bring Viking hats etc. That would be quite amusing.
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>bring Viking hats etc

An old tradition round these parts since Lars Bohinen ;) stopped soon as he moved though

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I'll see you all there! :)

I'm Norwegian, but living in the UK. So I'll be able to converse with the vikings. ;)

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>An old tradition round these parts since Lars Bohinen

ROFL!

>Vikings

Unfortunately Mr. Bluetooth [japaninc.net] couldn't make it ;)

11:49 am on July 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Is Mr. Sullivan going to be present?

Yep, definitely.

8:50 am on July 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'll be there.
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Should be a good world representation this time around, like last.

Newbie's to the conference should'nt be at all worried at the conference, very very mellow or as hectic as you want - just finding your niche in the 'Cittie', i remember my first time - any way that was a long time ago. Just go and grab RC, if your at a loss - he'll keep you on the straight and narrow.

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>>>i remember my first time

ahhh, I do to :) Never the same is it?

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I remember my first time

I don't

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It seems like these PubConferences are always scheduled badly for me.

But there must be somebody else on this board that has to attend the Austin City Music Festival that same weekend. Wow! A once-in-a-lifetime world class event for people, like me, who love adventurous live music.

Its like:

London...
Steve Earle...
London...
Leftover Salmon...
London...
Spearhead...
Trade ideas about SEO, business and webmastering...
Yonder Mountain String Band...
Commune with others going through same stuff as me and feel better...
REM...
Maybe learn something that will help my business and income immensely...
Ben Harper, String Cheese Incident...
London...
Steve Winwood, Los Lobos, Nickel Creek, Asleep at the Wheel...

AAARRrrgggg!

Only one choice is possible.

I'm hoping that next time, PubCon will be in Vancouver BC or San Francisco and scheduled on a weekend when there are not such great conflicts.

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Just remember, PubCon doesn't start until NFFC gets there.

There is SO much truth to this statement I don't even know where to agree.

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I am going to try to attend...currently renewing my passport and don't know how long it will take before I get it back!
What hotel is everybody staying at? How far is this event from the Marble Arch?
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What hotel is everybody staying at? How far is this event from the Marble Arch?

Can't speak for everyone, but the majority are at The Thistle, Islington (a.k.a. Thistle, Kings Cross).

Marble Arch is a really straight walk from the pub. West along High Holborn, onto Oxford Street for a mile or so, and then you're at Marble Arch. Probably 30-45 minutes' walk max, although Oxford Street can be very slow going when walking if it's a peak shopping time as the sidewalks are totally packed. Very quick on the tube as there are stations at both the pub and Marble Arch.. ten minutes on that max.. about six stations apart. Do a Google for 'tube map' if you wanna check it out. The pub is right near Chancery Lane station on the Central line.

The Thistle is about ten-fifteen minutes' walk north of the pub.

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Brett has my credit card details, so who am I to argue?

As an older member, all I want to know as a PubConference Virgin is: (btw it's strange to feel like a virgin again at 42 ;-)

* Does the size of my links list matter, or is quality just as important?
* Will parts of me get removed from the guest listing if I'm too dynamic?
* Will I know all the steps when the Google dancing begins?

Looking forward to meeting you all
Leigh

[edited by: cybacat at 4:54 pm (utc) on Aug. 1, 2003]

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30 - 45 minutes walk? LOL....in the middle of the night... yikes...I am from California - I doubt I am that brave. I think I'll stay with the closest hotel :-)
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Just to announce I've just had my booking confirmed. My first PubCon, and I'm looking forward to it.

Miriam, Chancery Lane to Marble Arch is ten minutes on the tube. There are also direct busses, and there are plenty of taxis in London. But it's in a different direction from Kings Cross (a slightly dodgier area, incidentally), so that may be a consideration if you want to socialise after the pub closes.

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One also imagines non-Thistle folks won't be able to get into the Thistle bar for the impromptu meetups? Or..? Depends how anal the Thistle is on security, I guess.. what was the bar like last year? I'm only in the Thistle for Saturday night, but would like to head back into the bar before I leave on Sunday night if at all poss! ;-)

I'd have no major qualms walking between Chancery Lane and Marble Arch, as a Londoner, although I'd take the tube out of convenience anytime. It's definitely not a 'no go' walk if it's after tube hours though. None of the walk is through any residental or industrial areas, it's commercial all the way (Oxford Street). Some stores are open through the night, and street traffic will be ample, given it's a very main street.

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>>One also imagines non-Thistle folks won't be able to get into the Thistle bar for the impromptu meetups

that has been absolutely no problem in the past. Come and go as you please. Doesn't matter if you're a guest or not.

oh - btw - I'm officially booked now too. This'll make me 5 for 5 :)

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