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    Default London BN member tour: 28th of August -09 - details in first post


    The date for the international organised group tour/gather has been set for Friday 28th of August 2009. This is an ideal summery weekend during which London is buzzing with life; the Notting Hill carnival and a UK Bank Holiday Monday (31st of August) to follow.

    International travellers may wish to arrange additional days on either side (arrive on Thursday and leave whenever they want!) because Friday's schedule is likely to be packed and we will start at around 10am in central London.

    Click here for info about London in August.

    EDIT 20th of July: The start time will be 10.30 am at Covent Garden. This will allow people from outside London to get in (though people travelling from further afield should probably stay the night before!).

    We will be starting at the B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful store and moving on to various other locations throughout the day, enjoying a lovely proper afternoon tea and the day has a little bit of roaming time built in if people want to splinter off into mini-groups.

    That's all I can confirm so far, but it will be a great day! Hope lots of people can make it.


    Favourite locations we Will Not Miss:
    - Les Scenteurs
    - Ormonde Jayne
    - Harrods perfumery AND Roja Dove upstairs (we have some hope for meeting key people here too)
    - B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful (Covent Garden); preliminary promises have been made that we should be able to get a talk directly from the father and son perfumers Mark & Simon
    - Any others we can fit into the day! Possibly Jo Malone, Chech & Speake, Penhaligons, Trumper, L'Artisan... as I said, full program to follow: watch this space!

    For those making this into a long weekend, I strongly recommend taking a day trip by train down to Brighton to visit Pecksniffs perfumery or having a Sunday morning flower market experience and popping to see Angela Flanders whilst you're at it.

    Here is a link to the London shopping guide post with London & Brighton & Angela Flanders included. You can start plotting your lovely long weekend in advance if you're making a holiday of it!

    For those just coming for the Friday; this is perfectly fine and dandy - and I look forward to meeting you all! Friday is the only "official" organised day of the tour, but I may join forces with some of you for a Brighton outing on the Saturday if you're up for it.

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    Original list of attending members:
    (Names in bold have responded to date)
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    YES
    Nukapai + 1
    Grant

    Kissandmakeup

    (removed due to date)
    LedByMyNose (Canada)
    Gblue
    alba (Spain)
    soirdelune
    (removed due to date)
    Nutmeg
    Jill Merrell + 1
    Guerlain-lover
    (removed due to date)
    Stellastar
    auburnette
    kewart
    VM I hate civet
    HDS1963
    Primavera1000
    illyria
    Daifuku
    Hebe
    libertine +1
    (= 15 confirmed + a bunch at Facebook)

    MAYBE
    (removed due to date)
    (removed due to date)
    (removed due to date)
    (removed due to date)

    veuve amiot (Netherlands)

    (removed due to dates)
    Clemmie
    the_good_life + 1
    (removed due to dates)
    scentedmemories
    AyelFior
    Pour_Monsieur
    tuffpup29
    (removed due to dates)
    Ostranha
    Leffleur
    Wordbird
    (can't make it)
    valentinamaltese
    whisperingleaves
    Dendrobium
    LeeScot
    Elf
    Angeldust

    WillC

    (= 22)
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    Things that everyone needs to arrange and pay for independently:
    - Travel to and from London
    - Public transport costs whilst in London (some of our travelling will be on foot, some will require a travel card)
    - Accommodation (if required) *if there are several people who require accommodation, you may wish to group together and get a group rate at your chosen hotel (though do this privately, please)
    - Water, snacks during the day
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    Last edited by Nukapai; 20th July 2009 at 08:13 PM.

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    Default Re: Gauging interest for a London BN perfume tour next year...

    That a-girl! Dig in and do it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    That a-girl! Dig in and do it!
    Hee-hee; I wish you could come.

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    Default Re: Gauging interest for a London BN perfume tour next year...

    Sounds marvelous! I read about a BN tour when I started reading BN.
    My plans for next year are completely unformed. And there is perhaps only a small chance I would be in London at any time... small, but not zero.
    If it would be OK for a guy to come along, I'd appreciate hearing more about it.
    If it is a girls' day out -- have a great time!
    Cheers
    odysseusm

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    I'd love to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    Sounds marvelous! I read about a BN tour when I started reading BN.
    My plans for next year are completely unformed. And there is perhaps only a small chance I would be in London at any time... small, but not zero.
    If it would be OK for a guy to come along, I'd appreciate hearing more about it.
    If it is a girls' day out -- have a great time!
    Cheers
    Guys are most welcome - of COURSE! (Unless you mind hanging out with, what's likely to become a girl-heavy group ). So if you're a "maybe", please pop down a 1st choice and 2nd choice of possible months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaelaran1008 View Post
    I'd love to!
    Yay!

    Could you suggest your preferred months - 1st and 2nd choice, please?

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    I'm a maybe (+1, my wife Mira187)

    Sometime in the summer would probably make sense rather than rambling all over London in the rain and muck. So - Im easy with the months... may? june?

    Just as a side note, my wife and I did a huge London fragrance walk in May this year. I wrote about our stops and purchases in this thread here:
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=210489

    It was GREAT fun, but comfy shoes and wee-wee breaks (for the Mrs) were a must!
    Last edited by Sorcery of Scent; 13th October 2008 at 10:19 PM.

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    Default Re: Gauging interest for a London BN perfume tour next year...

    Maybe, I'd love to go if the financial crisis was less dire. (and my salary was worth what it was in pounds and euros and dollars etc)
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
    Currently wearing: Chypré Fruité by Montale

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    Good on you for getting the ball rolling, Nukapai! Having had a thoroughly enjoyable solo sniffing rampage this weekend in London, I can only imagine that going in a group would increase the fun by a factor of however many people came along! I would also probably need the safety in numbers afforded by a group to penetrate Roja Dove's inner sanctum in Harrods for example, which I bottled out of gatecrashing on Saturday.

    My job takes me periodically out of the country, so I can never commit to arrangements till quite close to the time, but I would say that on the whole January is usually quieter than February, and February quieter than March, so that would be my order of preference: Jan, Feb, March.

    There might even be some bargains after Christmas?!
    "So many scents, so little skin"...

    http://bonkersaboutperfume.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: Gauging interest for a London BN perfume tour next year...

    For next year, I'd say Sept-Nov is the likely timeframe for me.
    Cheers, and glad to at least be dreaming about such a nice trip!
    odysseusm

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    Default Re: Gauging interest for a London BN perfume tour next year...

    What's the nearest airport closest to this "tour" ? Can I bunk with Lian?
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    I'd say City Airport Jack!

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    Fab! Great to see so many "maybes" at least. I'll keep editing the first post to add detail

    VM, as much as I'd like to do this sooner rather than later, I'm not sure if I'll have much left for the sale bargains after Christmas... nor am I sure if people could jump to it so soon with travel arrangements and the like. Still, if the majority vote goes on the early months, I'm sure we can pull something off.

    I really like your idea of Roja Dove hijack, we should arrange something at his special vault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverbullet View Post
    What's the nearest airport closest to this "tour" ? Can I bunk with Lian?





    Is that a "maybe"?

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    London Heathrow, but the airports of London Gatwick and Stansted (while further out) are well connected with train services into the city, and within Europe at least, are hubs for certain cheaper airlines!

    Hey Nukapai, this tour looks as if it may be going global!
    "So many scents, so little skin"...

    http://bonkersaboutperfume.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    For next year, I'd say Sept-Nov is the likely timeframe for me.
    Cheers, and glad to at least be dreaming about such a nice trip!
    Mm, September would suit me too. It's a tiny lull in between big things - although, there is usually a huge conference in the middle of it, so it'd have to be end of Sept. I'll add the months to the list. So far not a lot of agreement on the time of year yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nukapai View Post
    VM, as much as I'd like to do this sooner rather than later, I'm not sure if I'll have much left for the sale bargains after Christmas... nor am I sure if people could jump to it so soon with travel arrangements and the like.
    Hey, no worries, I am happy to go with the consensus - I was only thinking in terms of the "earliest" months that would work. Summer is also good for me.
    "So many scents, so little skin"...

    http://bonkersaboutperfume.blogspot.com/

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    I think I can make in June 2009. Roundtrip is only 1383.00 USD, so I'll need another member to loan me 1380.00. Accommodations isn't a problem, I can stay at a brothel...I mean hostel.
    Last edited by silverbullet; 13th October 2008 at 10:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VM I hate civet View Post
    London Heathrow, but the airports of London Gatwick and Stansted (while further out) are well connected with train services into the city, and within Europe at least, are hubs for certain cheaper airlines!

    Hey Nukapai, this tour looks as if it may be going global!
    I would be DELIGHTED if it did! I was half-hoping we could do a two-day extravaganza with a day trip on Sunday (either the flower market perfumer in London or a trip to the lanes in Brighton) - might not suit people who are down just for the day, but it'd be an awesome thing for people who've travelled from afar.

    I once arranged an international forum gather for a different group of people and whilst it was very, very informal we still had a smashing time for a couple of days! (I also met my husband!!!!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverbullet View Post
    I think I can make in June 2009. Roundtrip is only 1383.00 USD, so I'll need another member to loan me 1380.00. Accomadations isn't a problem, I can stay at a brothel...I mean hostel.
    I hope you've seen Muriel's wedding, but anyway - for some reason, I want to reply: Muriel, you're terrrrrrible! (in that lovely drawl). If you haven't seen the film, just go with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nukapai View Post

    I really like your idea of Roja Dove hijack, we should arrange something at his special vault.
    I happen to be FB friends with one of Roja's phenomenal SA's... so anything is possible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    I happen to be FB friends with one of Roja's phenomenal SA's... so anything is possible!
    Ooh! FA-BU-LOUS!

    I'm hoping to be able to pull something nice off for this too, but it depends on so many factors that I daren't mention anything just yet.

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    Nukapai, I am on for this! I go to London about once a year and next year the timeframe is Sept-Dec (and that's flexible, so if more people preferred Nov to Sept, for example, I'd schedule then). Depending on the situation with my boyfriend's properties - whether they're rented out or not, whether he is in the country etc. - I might even be able to put 1 or more BNers up in the N1 area.

    I'd also be happy to arrange for a foodie sidetrip to Borough Market.

    Oh this would be so fun!
    "It's now very common to hear people say "I'm rather offended by that." As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well so fucking what." - Stephen Fry

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    Default Re: Gauging interest for a London BN perfume tour next year...

    Just a few questions before I start packing and organizing my itinerary:

    1. Do customs frisk you from the waist down or do cavity searches?
    2. Do post offices over there have those funny little posters on the wall of people you don't really know?
    3. Is it possible to get into anyone's Alan Whickers?
    4. Does your government accept food stamps?
    5. Are the sheep as friendly as they say?

    Thanks in advance.

    Last edited by silverbullet; 13th October 2008 at 11:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LedByMyNose View Post
    Nukapai, I am on for this! I go to London about once a year and next year the timeframe is Sept-Dec (and that's flexible, so if more people preferred Nov to Sept, for example, I'd schedule then). Depending on the situation with my boyfriend's properties - whether they're rented out or not, whether he is in the country etc. - I might even be able to put 1 or more BNers up in the N1 area.

    I'd also be happy to arrange for a foodie sidetrip to Borough Market.

    Oh this would be so fun!
    Mmmmm, I was hoping to combine some kind of foodie interest - that would ROCK.

    I'll add you to the list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverbullet View Post
    Just a few questions before I start packing and organizing my itinerary:

    1. Do customs frisk you from the waist down or do cavity searches?
    2. Do post offices over there have those funny little posters on the wall of people you don't really know?
    3. Is it possible to get into anyone's Alan Whickers?
    4. Does your government accept food stamps?
    5. Are the sheep as friendly as they say?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Doesn't everyone?
    2. We're not the Wild West you know
    3. We can always visit Soho and leave you there
    4. How old ARE you?
    5. See answer #3

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    OOOOO
    I'm totally up for it - us guys are welcome? June/August sounds good by me. I'd better start saving now - London is only £1 away with the megabus but it's everything I'm sure I'd want to buy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gblue View Post
    OOOOO
    I'm totally up for it - us guys are welcome? June/August sounds good by me. I'd better start saving now - London is only £1 away with the megabus but it's everything I'm sure I'd want to buy!
    Great (And guys are definitely most welcome - all aboard the perfume bus... hmmmmmm, I wonder how much it costs to rent a double decker.... ).

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    Default Re: Gauging interest for a London BN perfume tour next year...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nukapai View Post
    1. Doesn't everyone?
    2. We're not the Wild West you know
    3. We can always visit Soho and leave you there
    4. How old ARE you?
    5. See answer #3
    I'm 55 and I'll be spending most of my time in SOHO By the way, is SOHO Small Office Home Office ?
    Last edited by silverbullet; 13th October 2008 at 11:23 PM.

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