Dublin here, soon to be Lyon from next week though.
And frankly, after seeing the viners go at it over and over and over again, using their personal meetings as fodder to make dig after dig against one another, I for one am NOT keen on the idea of any forum rendezvous.
That bad eh? That's a shame I had forum rendezvous well especially with the Japan forum members not only in Tokyo, but also in Osaka and even London and every rendezvous had always been fantastic, at least till the day I left Japan.
So this digging thing was not done by the troll(s) only I suppose?
That's really odd, considering in all about 10 rendezvous in 2 years of that Japan forum, there had never been such catty fight especially from things you heard in the rendezvous, I suppose where people mostly let their guard down a little at least. And the members are even of different nationalities: Canadians, Brits, Americans, OZs, Japanese, Korean, Germans, etc.
people would take the time to meet, only for it to end up as ammo for an internet fight.
personally, if someone from on-line truly piques my interest and is nearby, I'm likely to find a way to meet them. But, meeting the whole forum, not really my cup of tea.
the next nearest town is bedford. Don't go there, it's nasty.
The social club is more social and the villagers come over too... sometimes you'd get the feeling they'd rather not have the students there.... cafe pacific is mostly for the pilots doing their training. It's cool but quiet and small. The campus is about 80% male and can get a little crazy at times...
The troublemakers are the ones who hide behind the anonymity that the computer provides even going so far as using as using different servers or proxy servers to hide their general location
I have some cranfield pictures somewhere buried in the mists of time.
I live just outside a village which is about an hour and 15 minutes north-east of Toronto, directly across from a ski resort. Beautiful country here.
Karrie, you have misunderstood about the Vine. The ones that you see fighting here have never met each other in person. The ones who have met each other usually get along ...although, like any family, there have been some spats. The spat between triedit and myself was horrible, sad to say. It started from a misunderstanding and grew from there. We have since both learned a lot from it and have made up, thank goodness, because I love her dearly.
Personally, I love the meets and definitely don't blame them for any of the in-house fighting that was on the Vine. We were a small group and probably knew each other too well from being on-line, not from the meets. At the meets, we either ate, danced, listened to fantastic live music (courtesy of Muz, thank you very much!), etc.
What I am saying is that our meets were not the cause of our problems so don't let our experiences deter you from having meets. The meets are a lot of fun!