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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 9:49 am  

Possible dates for the long weekend jaunt to the Lake district:

There are Bank holidays this year on:

5th April, the 3rd of May, 31st of May, and the 30th August.

Wasdale has been proposed as a venue by Cerne, and hopefully they still have camping grounds. Thanks for writing to them Cerne! Is this the one?:

http://www.s213669645.websitehome.co.uk/index.html


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 10:10 am  

Sounds and looks awsome. Keep me posted as to the prefered date I would personally be looking for time after easter as I need to book time off from work for travelling from Suffolk, but a fantastic idea. Respect to all for the setting up.


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 10:25 am  

Seven hours and fifty minutes travel for me. Anyone that would be interested in sharing the trip from near Suffolk area pm me if interested I'll drive but pleasant company would be appreciated.


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 10:26 am  

The Penrith Ramblers have a list of recommended equipment for fell walkers:

http://www.penrithramblers.org.uk/gear.html#summer

In addition to this you might like to carry some salt.

The Mountain Rescue association report that "There has been a significant increase in the number of callouts involving walkers who have ventured onto the Lakeland fells ill prepared, ill equipped, and lacking experience." The weather can change quite dramatically in the lakes, even in summer, and on the mountains it can go from 100% visibility to practically nothing in a few minutes. Therefore, it's essential to carry the right equipement.

LDSAMRA have a 6 minute youtube video that highlights safety issues that new walkers, or those who haven't been up on the fells for a while might wish to review:

http://www.ldsamra.org.uk/


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26/03/2010 10:58 am  

The only problem with Wasdale (although it's definately worth the trek) is that it's very difficult to get to, and it seems a shame to only do one or two walks once you're there. Google says it's an hours drive from Keswick, but I think that's a bit optimistic. As an alternative venue that's close to Keswick - I'd propose starting at Borrowdale and then walking to Wasdale over the top.

Thoughts? 🙂


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 11:16 am  

Some route notes: http://www.lakelandway.com/route/route.htm


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 12:32 pm  

Hi Alrah,

Thanks for starting a new thread for this, it didn't occur to me earlier!

That is indeed the Wasdale Head linked in your first post. With regards its inaccessibility, believe me, it's well worth the trip. I don't personally drive, as I'm sure is the same for other folk. I'm pretty sure that we could bandy together and pick folk up from the nearest train stations etc. though. To be honest, that's the beauty of the Wasdale Head, it's in the middle of nowhere, it goes dark, you see stars. As far as walking goes I've personally done Scafell, Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Pillar, Wastwater, and probably a few more as well. I don't think there's anywhere better in the Lakes personally for its accessibility to fantastic walks.

And obviously, it has the Crowley factor.

Kind regards,

Craig.


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 2:14 pm  

I may well be tempted to pop up for a chat and a stroll, though probably not for the camping and mountaineering! 😉

I'm already booked up for the August bank holiday weekend, but perhaps sometime in May?

Cheers,

Vlad Kiosk


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 2:23 pm  

May the 3rd would be good for me, but I couldn't make May 31st as it's my daughter's 18th birthday on that weekend.

It will be great to see the heavens in all their starry majesty again. 🙂 Even though I live in the country and there's nothing but feilds from my window - the council have placed a dirty yellow light right outside my door!

*muses about catapults*
It's only a matter of time... 😉


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 2:40 pm  

If I can get the time off work I'll be well up for this. 😀


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 7:30 pm  

I am sure that you lakeside dwellers are familiar with the stone circle at Castlerigg.
http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/cumbria/featured-sites/castlerigg-stone-circle.html
How about a visit here to be included in the itinerary? I was blown away by the majestic view. I could have sat there for days.


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26/03/2010 7:54 pm  
"RemeaviThantos" wrote:
I am sure that you lakeside dwellers are familiar with the stone circle at Castlerigg.
http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/cumbria/featured-sites/castlerigg-stone-circle.html
How about a visit here to be included in the itinerary? I was blown away by the majestic view. I could have sat there for days.

*shining eyes*

Oohhhhhh Yyeeeaaaahhh! 😀


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 8:10 pm  

Yes you know it Alrah, the site link photos do not do that place justice. It's mean, moody and primeaval. 😯


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26/03/2010 9:03 pm  

It's an effort to get to Wasdale but well worth it. I've been a few times, caught the bus from Keswick to Seatoller, then walked to Seathwaite and then up across the Styhead Pass. From leaving the bus to arriving at Wasdale would take 4 hours or so.

There's two campsites in Wasdale the National Trusts, good and one run by the Inn, very basic, a field, one tap and public toilets. Styhead Tarn is seen as on unofficial wild camping spot. This area is a great place for a thelemicly themed holiday. If you can I'd recommend staying at least one night at the Inn. In 2008 I stayed at the Inn which has gone through some changes over the years but is basically the same layout today as in the 1890's. In fact, according to the then proprietor, Howard Christie, the Inn still retained some of it's original features from this period, including the tiled floor at the entrance and the wooden banister.

As you walk through the entrance, on the left is the lounge area this was originally the smoking room where according to AC at easter 1898 you could find on one side of the fire a short, burly, bearded railway engineer, pipe never far from his mouth. On the other side of the fire a "supercilious undergraduate smoking a meerschaum while he read an India paper Browning bound in vellum with ties..." The Inn now runs a no smoking policy, what would Crowley and Ecktenstain say to that!

The area had a big impact on Crowley, the people he met here and the landscape itself, places that appear in his poems and plays and which can still be seen and enjoyed today. Hollow Stones, Wastwater, watching the moon rise over Styhead Pass.

I wouldn't recommend a 'Crowley Climb' apart from one, which is a must - The Y Boulder just north of the Inn in the Mosedale Valley. Due to Ecktensteins influence while staying at the Inn at Easter 1898 Crowley wrote what is probably the first guide to bouldering. It's easy, if I can do it then most folk can, if you'd like more of a challenge try from the east face, thought impossible until Eckenstein managed it. Another challenge popular which the climbers of the day was climbing it upside down! It's a great place to be with your salmon sarnies and crates of champagne, while pondering the passing shadows on the Scafells. The Y Boulder lies at the foot of Pillar Fell, the summit of which is where a young Crowley was struck by lightning while crossing a wire fence, the skeletal remains of the iron fence can still be seen today. Jumping from rock to rock he made his way back passed the Y Boulder to the Wasdale Head Inn at record speed! - This is the setting for chapter 32 The Mountaineer in the Book of Lies.

Great place with an interesting history and stunning views, not guaranteed as the Lakes have been known to catch the occasional shower, but joys await...


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 9:25 pm  

Many thanks Starla The mountaineer is probably my favourite chapter in TBOL as it evokes much to me and this information is greatly appreciated. I can see this will end up as several visits to take in all.
Regards,


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26/03/2010 9:29 pm  
"RemeaviThantos" wrote:
Yes you know it Alrah, the site link photos do not do that place justice. It's mean, moody and primeaval. 😯

My favourite local site is Mayburgh Henge, half an hours walk away from where I live, it's right next to the M6 but the atmosphere of the place is potent. If you happen to be standing at the entrance to the ring on the Autumn equinox you can watch the setting sun plunge into the shallow bowl formed by the saddle-back of Blencathra.


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 9:34 pm  
"alrah" wrote:
May the 3rd would be good for me, but I couldn't make May 31st as it's my daughter's 18th birthday on that weekend.

It will be great to see the heavens in all their starry majesty again. 🙂 Even though I live in the country and there's nothing but feilds from my window - the council have placed a dirty yellow light right outside my door!

*muses about catapults*
It's only a matter of time... 😉

Not to de-rail the thread but a "Black Widow" sling shot is sufficiently powerful to remove the nuisance of intrusive street lighting...so I'm told. 😉


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 Anonymous
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26/03/2010 10:05 pm  

"My favourite local site is Mayburgh Henge"

The opening shots of a search of photos showed great promise, then came the paned out shots with the houses and motorway a couple of hundred yards away. Sacrilage on a monumental scale, heading towards a Disneyland vista. What a shame. Maldoror if you haven't been to Castlerigg you are in for a treat.


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 4:09 pm  

Some rather striking photographs of Cumbria's four finest ancient monuments (Castlerigg, Long Meg, Mayburgh and Swinside) can be found here, along with images of many others...

http://www.visitcumbria.com/stonecir.htm

I've visited those four (and most of the rest) a good many times over the last twenty odd years, and they're well worth it.

Mayburgh was very nearly gifted with a large Alpha & Omega boulder by the local bishop as a turn of millenium gift, but thankfully wiser heads prevailed and it was sited outside the field and over the road, rather than slap bang in the middle of the henge.


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spike418
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27/03/2010 7:46 pm  

woo hoo! Loving this thread as I live in south lakes, own a tent and my favourite place in the uk is wasdale . Could be up for this weekend jaunt depending upon dates . Funnily enough I was only thinking the other month that having lived in cumbria for twenty years it was about time I went and found the Y shaped boulder and posted pick on lashtal. My own favourite Cumbrian stone circle is swinside but I do live just 2 miles from the birkrigg circle. I am also ashamed to admit I did not know about the henges . Please excuse any typos as accessing tinterweb from phone and not familiar with its workings !


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 8:21 pm  

I think we'll fix the date (all agreed?) on the May 1st - 3rd Weekend.

Cerne is checking availability of rooms (some pre-booking for the non-camping inclined may be necessary), and RemeaviThantos has kindly offered to pick me up in Keswick and says he has space in the car. (Thanks Remeavi). 🙂


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 8:52 pm  

And now... evening entertainment? 😉

I could give a talk if you like. Do we have any writers, poets or musicians? I know we have magicians! Does anyone fancy sharing something? Whether planned or off the cuff - 'Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law'. 🙂


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 8:55 pm  

I'm in. Just looked in the diary at work and I've booke the time of. 8)


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27/03/2010 8:56 pm  
"Maldoror" wrote:
I'm in. Just looked in the diary at work and I've booke the time of. 8)

Great stuff! Good man! :-)))


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 8:57 pm  

A pleasure Alrah, I will be there travelling up friday and I'll be booking hotel Friday,saturday and sunday travelling home on monday. Hotel bookings to be safe but may not be used if the evenings are fine for nights out.


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27/03/2010 9:01 pm  
"RemeaviThantos" wrote:
A pleasure Alrah, I will be there travelling up friday and I'll be booking hotel Friday,saturday and sunday travelling home on monday. Hotel bookings to be safe but may not be used if the evenings are fine for nights out.

Inspired thinking! I'd be up for chipping in on the cost of a room in order to get a hot shower mind you! 🙂


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 9:03 pm  
"alrah" wrote:
Cerne is checking availability of rooms

To be fair Alrah, I've only just received your pm, and have not even heard back from the Wasdale Head with regards my initial email, so my 'checking availability of rooms' is not quite correct. I will, however, gladly do so when I hear back from them. Unfortunately they have limited internet access due to their location, so it may be a while yet.

I'll let folk know when I do.

Kind regards,

Craig.


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 9:07 pm  
"Cerne" wrote:
"alrah" wrote:
Cerne is checking availability of rooms

To be fair Alrah, I've only just received your pm, and have not even heard back from the Wasdale Head with regards my initial email, so my 'checking availability of rooms' is not quite correct. I will, however, gladly do so when I hear back from them. Unfortunately they have limited internet access due to their location, so it may be a while yet.

I'll let folk know when I do.

Kind regards,

Craig.

Ah! Ok. Apologies for my presumption Craig - Would you like me to give them a ring instead? np. 🙂


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 9:08 pm  

May bank holiday in the Lakes is going to be busy, Fact. I wouldn't be surprised if all rooms are already booked. Camping might be the best bet.


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 9:13 pm  
"Maldoror" wrote:
May bank holiday in the Lakes is going to be busy, Fact. I wouldn't be surprised if all rooms are already booked. Camping might be the best bet.

Well - we have the back up plan if everythings pre-booked at Wasdale. I know a great camping spot in borrowdale (cheap as chips) and local pubs & B&B's abound - and we can still walk over the tops to Wasdale and see Crowley's most loved part of the country, and have a well earned pint when we get there. 🙂


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 9:26 pm  
"alrah" wrote:
"Maldoror" wrote:
May bank holiday in the Lakes is going to be busy, Fact. I wouldn't be surprised if all rooms are already booked. Camping might be the best bet.

Well - we have the back up plan if everythings pre-booked at Wasdale. I know a great camping spot in borrowdale (cheap as chips) and local pubs & B&B's abound - and we can still walk over the tops to Wasdale and see Crowley's most loved part of the country, and have a well earned pint when we get there. 🙂

Either way, it's all good. 8)


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 9:34 pm  

Hotel has just been booked so rooms are still currently available.


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 Anonymous
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27/03/2010 9:37 pm  

Well - that decides it then! 😀


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 Anonymous
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28/03/2010 11:29 am  

Just checked with the Wasdale Head Inn, and they report that they currently have 1 double room and 2 self catering apartments that are still available to pre-book.


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 Anonymous
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28/03/2010 11:30 am  

Personally - I'm looking forward to sleeping outside and cooking on an open fire. 😉


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 Anonymous
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28/03/2010 12:17 pm  

Nearest shop is nine miles away. What's the proposed menu as I could russell up a curry and bring it up if required. 🙂


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 Anonymous
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28/03/2010 12:36 pm  

Nice restaurant don't you think. 😀


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 Anonymous
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28/03/2010 1:24 pm  

Perhaps you could find a good Aleister Crowley curry recipe? 🙂


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 Anonymous
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28/03/2010 1:42 pm  

Yes indeedy, I love a good Nepalese. 🙂


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01/04/2010 7:37 pm  

Just wondering... are there any non Typhonians coming to the weekend?

Obviously I have nothing to say about the 'tunnels of set' etc. but I'm a Gemini and I enjoy a good chin wag! 🙂


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01/04/2010 8:05 pm  
"alrah" wrote:
Just wondering... are there any non Typhonians coming to the weekend?

Obviously I have nothing to say about the 'tunnels of set' etc. but I'm a Gemini and I enjoy a good chin wag! 🙂

Well I am a non Typhonian, but am still awaiting others getting back to me as to when they are visiting before I confirm attendance. 🙂


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 Anonymous
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01/04/2010 8:54 pm  

Oh good! Excellent Spike! Let me know too pls? 🙂

I'm hoping that our Typhonian friends will be able to discuss more mainstream Thelema too! I mean - this is the AC society after all. 🙂
I guess I'm just a bit wary by how many Grant threads there are these days...


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 Anonymous
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01/04/2010 9:23 pm  
"alrah" wrote:
Just wondering... are there any non Typhonians coming to the weekend?

Obviously I have nothing to say about the 'tunnels of set' etc. but I'm a Gemini and I enjoy a good chin wag! 🙂

I'm not a Typhonian. (See PM).


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 Anonymous
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01/04/2010 9:44 pm  

I'd love to - but there's nothing in the in tray but a laugh smilie from someone else!

*collapses in giggles at this*


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 Anonymous
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01/04/2010 10:04 pm  

Patience, Alrah! I had to write the bloody thing before I sent it. 😆


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 Anonymous
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09/04/2010 12:29 pm  

*bump*

Just to remind everyone that we'll be meeting at Wasdale Head Inn on Friday evening (30th April) for Thelemic discussion, beer, camping, walking, beer...

I'll be arriving a few days earlier, so please pm me if you'd like my mobile number for up to the minute weather reports. 😉

Alrah.


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 Anonymous
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09/04/2010 12:42 pm  

Just pm'ed Maldoror re you pm alrah,
Let's hope it's sunny side, up!!! 😀
Regards,


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 Anonymous
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29/04/2010 7:56 am  

Having been informed that alrah and Maldoror cannot make this event. Is anyone else planing on going as I have a hotel booked and a seven hour drive planned tomorrow to get there. I am unaware of any interested parties having confirmed as this seems to be something alrah was dealing with. I would be gratefull to know if anyone else still feels this to be a viable event? If this turns out to be the case I shall cancel my reservation and know better next time. 🙁
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RTh


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 Anonymous
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29/04/2010 8:02 am  

Say hi to alrah from the rest of us, won't you, RemeaviThantos. 😀

Whatever the .... "mainstream Thelema" is supposed to look like! Putting the "moron" in "oxymoron" . . .


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 Anonymous
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29/04/2010 8:05 am  

Hi Noctifer,
alrah is not going now apparently. See previous post.
Regards,


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