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MonkeyJuggler

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Feb 4, 2007, 7:06:28 AM2/4/07
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Chocfest has been and gone for another year. It manages to raise the bar
every year too. Still my favourite one-day convention.

Day:
Good space.
Loads of people.
Pwnage of some stuff I've been stuck on.

Show:
Excellent compere (Pete Zed), his biscuit trick was magic of a level
rarely seen on stage.
Sean Blue - not only spinning 3 balls but 3 on one hand, on different
fingers!
Dave Kelly - inventive ball and bat tricks with a smile.
Jon Udry - storming performance at short notice, loads of attitude, good
music and excellent skill.
In fact most of the show was pretty damn hot. Nice one.

Other goods:
Cake Compo - always a winner with the crowd. This year won by a cake the
size of a small table.
Miark and his thorough and erudite selling of the next BUC. Funniest
moment of the day.
Oh there's too many to mention. A wonderful day.

Bad(ishes):
I've had a cough for a week or more and it decided to get very bad last
night during the show. Given me a head ache all day so far today.
Didn't get time to talk to quite so many people as I wanted to.

Loads more to tell I'm sure.
Chocfest - still the number one 1-day con!
Have fun.
Alan (aka PhysioMonkey)

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Lemonkey

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Feb 4, 2007, 8:52:43 AM2/4/07
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Aye, Chocfest was great this year. :) Really enjoyed it.

Show - best show I've seen in the last couple of years! Compere was
excellent, also loved the biscuit magic trick, and his general wittiness
etc. Top marks.
Couldn't stay for the end of the show unfortunately, but I really enjoyed
what I saw! (Everything upto Dave Barnes)

Haha, I'm glad I also won the salt and pepper pots... I'm tempted to put
them to use, but I'm also tempted to donate them as a prize for next years
chocfest... :p

Not too happy about the lack of decent games! Where was the 4 club, 5
club and 7 ball endurance?! Really wanted to see people make a fair
attempt at them.

Thanks to Sam (I think) who taught me how-to regarding kickups out of 3c
cascade, and his crazy 423 variation mate, who gave me tricks to think
about and struggle over for the next few months.
Big thanks to the organisers for a great event, and to all the people who
brought chocolate cakes for us all to eat! There was some amazing cakes
there. More of that standard next year!

The Void

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Feb 4, 2007, 6:31:54 PM2/4/07
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MonkeyJuggler wrote:
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> Chocfest has been and gone for another year.

Misty watercolour memories:
http://void.moleseyjugglers.co.uk/tlmb/Galleries/

The Void
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I have seen the best workshops of my generation destroyed by restructuring
work.

fakoriginal

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Feb 5, 2007, 4:50:09 AM2/5/07
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Ah, Chocfest. Probably my most attended convention, but at about three
different venues.

High: The show - almost all of it. A few mentions: Miark (genius), Mini
Martin, Bungay (yay), Dave Kelly, digestives, Jon Udry's hair, some bloke
called Sean.

Low: The school canteen's chips - strangely rubbery and smelling of burnt
plastic. I still ate them though.

Crush: Dave Kelly (give us a D....) and his knack for making impossible
tricks seem merely improbable.

Goal: To get home via Fundango without getting stuck behind an accident.
Got home at a very reasonable ten o'clock, so thanks for that Guy.

Bane: The acoustics generated by somebody [1] snoring under Sam's dining
table.

Photos: http://www.fakoriginal.com/fak's_fotos/Chocfest_2007/index.html

fak - still unable to face chocolate just yet.

[1]OK, you dragged it out of me, it was Gary.

Guy G

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Feb 5, 2007, 6:54:16 AM2/5/07
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High: The show. Oh, and finding Delirium Tremens at the local beer shop
and almost buying them out of it.

Low: The chips. Oh, and my head on the morning two nights after finding
Delirium Tremens at the local beer shop and almost buying them out of it.

Crush: Sam, because of her organising, hospitality and general loveliness.

Goal: To find enough people and try the Scrambled V. Failed. Maybe
next convention...

Bane: The fact that "nemotoads" is a great word, but also an incorrectly
spelt one.


--------------------------------------
Special bonus section: Fundango HLCGB

High: Achieving my Chocfest goal at the wrong convention.

Low: Taking about 20 minutes to get the Countdown-countdown. It's all
in the initial club banging.

Crush: Donington Park services. Finally, a motorway services so good
that it not only beats Leigh Delamare (westbound, obviously), but nearly
tramples it into the ground. Thoroughly deserves its own mini HLCGB:
High: The courtyard. You could practically *feel* the initial
artists impression.

Low: The fact that it was about 5 minutes from the motorway.

Crush: Round sinks in the toilets (à la L.D west) *and* a condom
machine selling headache pills. This genius combination leaves one's
ladyfriend with no excuses.

Goal: To have some food. Success, M&S style.

Bane: No Little Chef.

Goal: To find enough people and try the Scrambled V. Success.

Bane: The music that was not quite backgroundy enough.

Guy

Bronski

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Feb 5, 2007, 7:47:19 AM2/5/07
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Welp, it was such an amazing day! So glad I went, and so cool to have
Chocfest down as a "My First Juggling Convention!" Think my non-juggler
friend found it a bit daunting though.

Favourite Bits: The show rocked! I was just in awe of everyone! And
thanks to all the people who held my spoon/balanced my spoon on noses :D
Also loved doing the diablo, learning new skills is always cool.

Not so cool bit: My boyfriend told me there was a train home at 11:30
pm... there wasn't. He'd mis-read the train times and forgot that it was
a 24 hour clock. There was a train at 11:30, but not til Sunday morning.
So after missing my last train home, I had to wait an hour at the station
(which was freezing cold) for my boyfriend to come and collect me. Whoops!

And I really want to thank all the people around and about who helped me
with tricks and learning to contact juggle. It's so much appreciated :)
Oh, and the winner of the cake comp; there was loads of cake leftover, so
I rescued Ethal and brought her to Uni. Everyone, even my fussy-eating
boyfriend, love it! Then of course, the magical organisers as well.
Can't wait til the next one!

Bronsk

Rob Stone

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Feb 5, 2007, 8:06:15 AM2/5/07
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In article <45c5e52b$0$762$bed6...@news.gradwell.net>,
cogn...@hotmail.com.nospam.com (Lemonkey) wrote:

> Aye, Chocfest was great this year. :) Really enjoyed it.
>

snip

>
> Haha, I'm glad I also won the salt and pepper pots... I'm tempted to put
> them to use, but I'm also tempted to donate them as a prize for next years
> chocfest... :p

using them is well within the rules, although i think they may need to be
cleaned out beore next raffle and the box will need to be stored carefully :-)


>
> Not too happy about the lack of decent games! Where was the 4 club, 5
> club and 7 ball endurance?! Really wanted to see people make a fair
> attempt at them.

didnt see them this year, but in general hassle the games organiser, hjis yea
was James lat year- his heart wasnt in it so looking for a volunteer to organise
next years games ........

>
>Big thanks to the organisers for a great event, and to all the people who
> brought chocolate cakes for us all to eat! There was some amazing cakes
> there. More of that standard next year!

27 cakes - thats quite some chocolate !

Jay Linn

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Feb 5, 2007, 12:00:43 PM2/5/07
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Guy G wrote:

<snip>

> Bane: The music that was not quite backgroundy enough.

You wuss. The iPod was just sat sitting there, waiting to be molested
by the likes of you. I know I did.

Too loud? Turn it down. Don't like it? find something else. That's the
beauty of Fundango - it's a DIY convention, so just get up and do it
yerself.

--
Jay Linn

Respect, like contempt, is earned.

fakoriginal

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Feb 5, 2007, 12:11:25 PM2/5/07
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Guy G wrote:

> Special bonus section: Fundango HLCGB
>

Oh well, if we're doing Easter Eggs [1]

High: Making some progress with my hat 'routine'.

Low: Countdown-countdown taking way too long to get.

Goal: To avoid doing the Scrambled V (success).

Crush: My arm after a particular stupid snakeboard move [2].

Bane: General tiredness.

fak - handing over.

[1] No really, please no more chocolate.
[2] Which idiot came up with that idea?

Samuel

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Feb 5, 2007, 1:10:13 PM2/5/07
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Lemonkey wrote:
> Thanks to Sam (I think) who taught me how-to regarding kickups out of 3c
> cascade, and his crazy 423 variation mate, who gave me tricks to think
> about and struggle over for the next few months.
> Big thanks to the organisers for a great event, and to all the people who
> brought chocolate cakes for us all to eat! There was some amazing cakes
> there. More of that standard next year!
>


Hey, no problem mate! Got to bring back the old-school tricks! See you at
a Convention soon hopefully, later :D

jamesfrancis

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Feb 5, 2007, 3:20:24 PM2/5/07
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Lemonkey wrote:
>
> Aye, Chocfest was great this year. :) Really enjoyed it.
>
> Show - best show I've seen in the last couple of years! Compere was
> excellent, also loved the biscuit magic trick, and his general wittiness
> etc. Top marks.
> Couldn't stay for the end of the show unfortunately, but I really enjoyed
> what I saw! (Everything upto Dave Barnes)

shame, sean blue was really really good!

>
> Haha, I'm glad I also won the salt and pepper pots... I'm tempted to put
> them to use, but I'm also tempted to donate them as a prize for next years
> chocfest... :p
>
> Not too happy about the lack of decent games! Where was the 4 club, 5
> club and 7 ball endurance?! Really wanted to see people make a fair
> attempt at them.


I also hate it when people go to gladiators in the club balance endurance
after about a minute. It's not much of an endurance and the winner is
always the person furthest from the others (which wasn't me)


> Thanks to Sam (I think) who taught me how-to regarding kickups out of 3c
> cascade, and his crazy 423 variation mate, who gave me tricks to think
> about and struggle over for the next few months.


I think i'd be sam's crazy 423 variation mate, otherwise known as James.
I'm fairly sure we forgot to swop names. Hope that gives you some things
to work on and i'll see how they're going next convention we meet.


> Big thanks to the organisers for a great event, and to all the people who
> brought chocolate cakes for us all to eat! There was some amazing cakes
> there. More of that standard next year!

mmmmm cake
similar thanks to the organisers!

HelenS

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Feb 5, 2007, 7:16:06 PM2/5/07
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fakoriginal wrote:

> Crush: Dave Kelly (give us a D....)

D! D!
D!
D!
D! D! D!


hehe, memories
Helen :)


Oh yeah... PS

High - Miark. Definitely. Oh, and chocolate.
Low - Doing almost no passing.
Crush - Miark. I couldn't breathe for laughing. It hurt.
Goal - Do some passing. Failed almost entirely. (about 10 mins was it)
Bane - Chocfest being only one day long (well, I suppose it was two if you
count Sunday lunch and the very professionally presented guided tour)

Ta very muchly ladies and gentlemen of York, specially Sam for gracious
hostessing and tour-guiding (along with Lorri - ta also!)

Azrelle

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Feb 6, 2007, 12:59:14 PM2/6/07
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MonkeyJuggler wrote:
> Chocfest has been and gone for another year. It manages to raise the bar
> every year too. Still my favourite one-day convention.
>

First Chocfest for me - most likely far from my last:

HIGH: Juggley goodness and a cracking show
LOW: Feeling really queasy right about chocolate cake time and so eating
none
GOAL: This would imply forward planning....
CRUSH: Sean Blue and his 3 ball trick manicure and also Dave Kelly for
making the impossible seem rudimentary
BANE: Chocfest being only one day so couldn't fit everything in

Photos of a few of the acts in the show found here:
http://pics.livejournal.com/azrelle/gallery/0000a7f1

If I didn't photograph your act it means you were in the first half and
I was seated in a completely impractical place to take any photos. I
managed to find something a bit better for the second half.


__
Az
bouncy bouncy smashy smashy

Little Paul

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Feb 7, 2007, 7:06:10 AM2/7/07
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On 2007-02-04, MonkeyJuggler <monkey...@care2.com.nospam.com> wrote:
> Chocfest has been and gone for another year. It manages to raise the bar
> every year too. Still my favourite one-day convention.

Highlights
- The show. Pretty much all of it, but to name 3 moments:
- "This next act might be a bit droppy - here's Dave Kelly" - yes he's
droppy, but his tricks are fscking hardcore so we'll let him off.
- That contortionist chappy. Don't see many of them around these days.
- Sean Blue going from 4 to 6 rings without throwing any of them.
My jaw literally dropped. Pure magic.

- The people. You're all ace, special mentions to:
- Mamph (For being a star generally - The sloe gin was tasty!)
- Sweavo (Even though he wasn't there - your remote is bostin mate!)
- Ewan (Drinking tea with you is always an adventure)
- Barnesy (For the grinning and pointing)
- Mr Jules (For being the first person in 3 months to correctly identify
the noise my phone makes when it receives an SMS)
- The nice men from the RAC that got me back on the road again

Lowlights
- My car not starting on Friday night
- Grumpy barmaid who took my drink away before I'd finished it
- Not having any fast enough film to warrant shooting anything

That's about it really.

-Paul

jonudry

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Feb 8, 2007, 11:34:39 AM2/8/07
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High:
Juggling loads
Seeing all my juggley friends!
Being asked to be in the show
Being in the show
Being told that my routine was funny (didnt quite get why?!)
Pulling off a flash of 5 club bxs more times in one day than i have in my
whole life!
Fish and chips!
The games (tis wierd cos i never usually enjoy them!)
The crazy funny compere
Cake
Going to the pub
Chocolate!

Low:
Not knowing that i was gonna be in the show until about 2-3 hours before
it! cos i would have liked to have prepared something a little less boring!
The convention being in York and me living in Cornwall (hella long drive).
It not lasting longer than one day!

Crush: Mamph for being a rocking organiser! Tiff for being an absolute
living legend for letting us stay at his house (i owe ya one).

Goal: To pull of a new 5 club trick. CHECK. 5 up! woot!

Bane: not enough cool music to juggle to, and me forgetting my ipod.

Overall, and awesome convention!!! Thanx for everything! It really did
rockout!

Jon

jonudry

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Feb 8, 2007, 11:58:14 AM2/8/07
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Oooo! i forgot to mention! if anybody has any photos or footage of me in
the show, then can i have a copy?

Cheers

Little Paul

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Feb 8, 2007, 12:22:17 PM2/8/07
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On 2007-02-08, jonudry <jon_...@hotmail.com.nospam.com> wrote:
> Being in the show
> Being told that my routine was funny (didnt quite get why?!)

Dude! Your stage character has come on so much since I last saw
you perform. I think your routine was funny for two reasons.

1 - You were clearly having a lot of fun up there, the frantic
looking around the stage for dropped props etc was wonderful!
Performers that are having fun are generally fun to watch.

2 - Your haircut is *perfect* for backcrosses.

I only have footage of the second half of the show, and I think
you were in the first half. If you do get hold of some footage
I'd like to see it :-)

-Paul

The Void

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Feb 8, 2007, 1:48:16 PM2/8/07
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jonudry wrote:

Jon: You have email.

I had another top Chocfest. It's a long drive, but worth it.

Mamph: Crashmeister and Enhappener extraordinaire.
Fur print coats: You'll like this, ocelot, but you'll like it.
Show: Beyond my expectations. General 'rah'-ness.
Pass: Choctastic, and a nice IJDb-tie-in bonus for those who clicked "I'll
be there".
Coffee: Mmmmm
Mug: Smashing
Juggling: tick
Games: Successfully ignored for the first time in quite a while.
Cake: How did that fish sneak in there?
Robots: Well below par :-(
Loose ends[1]: tied up.
Nano: Awakening. Choas is great! Chaos is what killed the dinosaurs,
darling!

The Void
................
Cogent, Lucid & Terse. For hire.

[1] Get well soon, Ned.

The Void

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Feb 8, 2007, 6:50:09 PM2/8/07
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Here you go then:
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mamph

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Feb 9, 2007, 5:29:49 AM2/9/07
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Sorry the org's thank you is late, but here goes....

Firstly to everyone who came, there were about 250 of you and without you
it just wouldn't happen.

To everyone who brought cake, I think there were 27 entrants this year,
top effort :) (Oh and I think if you're missing your cake plate/box the
school has it.)... and to our judges who had to sample them all.

To Beard for their continuing support and to both Beard and the Leeds
jugglers for donating raffle prizes.

To the York jugglers (both Uni and City, past and present) for making
passes, making food for our performers, getting/making prizes,
accommodation, and all the on the day stuff.

To Greg for the loan of his vehicle and the kind person who took the pole
back to the Uni for pole transportation.

To the York University Pole Exercise people for teaching and demonstrating
their stuff.

To everyone who ran a workshop.

To everyone who helped with the show. Pete Z (compere), the Yorkie Bar
Kids, Matt Byng-Maddick, Dave Kelly, Jon Udry, Dan Cooper, Maxlastic, Tom
Johnson, Dave Barnes and Sean Blue (all performers), Mini (sound) and Mr
Jules (lights). You are all stars.

I think that's about it, if I've missed you off the list then sorry and
thank you!

Do you want to go to 13?

Mamph

mamph

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Feb 9, 2007, 6:22:07 AM2/9/07
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Ok, Chocfest isn't a normal convention for me 'cos I can't spend (don't
feel I ought to be??!) all day playing like I would anywhere else.
Anyway, here's the HLCGB from my point of view...

High: Having time to pass with Beardy Alan and Ross, then discovering I
had the time to go and pick Nick and the food up. Loads of juggly type
people I didn't recognise walking through the door. Loads of juggly type
people I did recognise walking through the door. Having a top team
running the all the on the day stuff, so I didn't have to. Losing my bet
with Nick about the passes (thanks Julian!). The weather.

Low: Not passing more with Beardy Alan. Lots of the regular crowd not
being there. Not checking my email the night before to find that Guille
was injured and couldn't make it, thereby having to rush round the gym
looking for more acts for the show (great subs though - thank you!). Get
well soon Guille!

Crush: Sean Blue (especially his 3 balls on one hand trick).

Goal: To make the British scene more aware of who Sean Blue is. Anyone
who spoke to me pre-convention knew just how excited I was about him; now
they know why. I guess that's goal achieved :)

Bane: The venue being the wrong side of York!

Bonus high's: finding a massive plate of cake in my front room after
everyone had left, taking it to the Sunday juggling meet and finding
people who had eaten too much cake so couldn't face it! Getting to pass
clubs with Sean. Making Lorri's and my brain hurt trying to remember the
start of my routine (low: not really getting any closer to finishing it!).
Chilled out cup o'tea after juggling at Rob's.

Mamph

Bronski

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Feb 9, 2007, 7:22:56 AM2/9/07
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jonudry wrote:
>
> Oooo! i forgot to mention! if anybody has any photos or footage of me in
> the show, then can i have a copy?
>
> Cheers
>
> Jon
>

I have the odd snippits of you, but they're not the most amazing videos in
the world.

I also have the photo of you and my Spoon :D

Bronsk

Bronski

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Feb 9, 2007, 10:16:28 AM2/9/07
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Bronski wrote:

> I have the odd snippits of you, but they're not the most amazing videos in
> the world.
>

Argh, reading back, I just want to clarify that it was the *filming* that
isn't the most amazing thing in the world. What's on the other side of
the lens is high on the amazing things.

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