Right. 1. Food.
I suggest the following schedule
Monday: Pen (pies, various)
Tuesday: Stellamira (pasta salad with possible meatballs)
Wednesday: Turlough (chicken and veg thingy)
Thursday: Fleur (lentil soup and cake) nb slightly reduced numbers on this date
Friday: FEAST (because everyone will be there!) Pen and nopseud will take charge
Saturday: Chalcopyrite (to maximise usefulness of vegetarianism!)
Sunday: ihearthings_ii for Kringle, saba for cheese soup
However, if you want to negotiate swaps, go ahead! Minions, I'm sure you will distribute yourselves/volunteer appropriately. Chefs, feel free to bellow for a minion at any stage.2. What to do in Brighton
There is *so* much to do! I have some basic suggestions for a framework...
Royal Pavilion - a group effort, I think, as it's the iconic thing in Brighton. How about we start there on Tuesday morning? If we're also going to do a group visit to the Aquarium, I suggest maybe Wednesday morning for that one.
Camp Sparkle Minigolf Extravaganza sounds like a Wednesday afternoon to me, weather permitting. Possibly nonparticipants can run a book on the event… or video it, to our subsequent shame.
Borde Hill Garden: Chalcopyrite, Turlough and I, and possibly also Beast, will hie ourselves thither at some point. Thursday afternoon?
The Toy Museum - Friday morning?
Nobody seems to have mentioned the Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival
at Black Rock, but I certainly intend to give it a look at some point. There are also several city walks, eg Ghost Walk of the Lanes, Brighton Murder and Mayhem tour, for the grisly-minded among us.
There is a *lot* to do, and I think probably the best thing for us is to have a noticeboard up in the house somewhere, or maybe a "what's everyone doing tomorrow" moment during dinner, so that people who want to do something can group up. Can anyone think of a good system for this?
I suggest that we pull out a bit of sparkly stuff in the evenings, when we're all too exhausted to get up and go out. Any suggestions? We do have a modest amount of Timberlake flesh on display in "Friends with Benefits". Anyone else got new stuff? 3. As for Getting There, is everyone sure of what they're doing?
To recap: adelate, stellamira and bettina will be chez Pen on Monday morning. We're planning to have Nopseud collect a couple of you and head down to Brighton in good time to open up the house; Beast and I will go via Stansted that afternoon with the remaining visitor, scoop up Fleur, and get to Brighton as soon as we can.
Rikes and Saba will have to get the bus from Heathrow, sorry about that but it seems like the only viable solution, as your flight lands at about the same time Fleur's does, but there probably isn't a viable bus from Stansted to Brighton.
Everyone else is getting to Brighton on the train: Fadedsouls gets in to Gatwick in the morning, Chalcopyrite at 1430, ihearthings_ii from London - possibly the three of you can co-ordinate and maybe share a taxi from the station to the house?
From the website, it looks as though we should have access from 3.30pm, but I've just emailed the owner to check on details. We have to be out by 10.30am on Monday.