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Author Topic: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010  (Read 3299 times)

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Offline heartforyou

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Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« on: May 23, 2010, 08:04:12 PM »
Hi to all of you who could not make it to London.

I just returned home from a very sunny, warm and heartwarming weekend.

It has , once again, been a wonderfull experience to meet new people and see back some old friends.
What a privilege it is to just be able to meet people you have never spoken to and feel as if you knew them for years.

What a vibrant  bundle of energy Emma is. I bet her presence can light a candle without using a match.
She was so kind as to take us around in her car on some occasions and we had a great dinner with her in  an Italian restaurant. The woman just looooooooves soccer and there is no way you will get a date with her in the next month... world cup soccer is coming up soon.
She is also a bit naughty ( more then a bit) and ....the nitty gritty will somehow be revealed I guess....She is a handy woman.... (lol)

Charles and his friend were around all the time to guide us through London. Having Londoners show you their city is such a privilege. Both are real Brittish gentlemen and yes, they have British humour. Thank you guys.


It was good to see Cliff again. He is such a charming American living in London. He looked just great. Is it love???

And then I spent three nights with Jody. Witty, naughty and caring.. that is what Jody is all about. He is a gem and I love him.
He insisted on staying very clean... (ooops Jody inside joke).
Just ask him why he had his head bent in a 90 degree angle after three days in an attic.... lol

And then Germany sent us Cerrid. What a smiling, charming sausage that was.  Always friendly and really really heartwarming. 10 points for Germany.
 
And of course we had the ceremony. It was held in a park, where we lit candles for all the members and people that died of HIV. Specially thinking of Ric and Lisa, who were taken from us this year. Believe me, no eye was dry. I must admit it brought a lot of grief back for me... and then it is so good to be amongst friends. Thank you all for being there for me.

Off to bed now

xxx Love  Hermie
« Last Edit: May 24, 2010, 06:21:38 PM by heartforyou »
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Offline anniebc

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2010, 12:26:50 AM »
Dear Hermie

I'm so glad you had a good time in London, I heard the weather was great..lucky you, did you see any of the london sighhts?

Hugs
Jan :-*
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Offline RAB

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2010, 05:51:55 PM »
Hey Hermie

It's great to hear you all had such beautiful weather and a great time (though I have to admit I'm still jealous--I love London!).

I've always loved the gatherings.  Because as you so aptly put it when you posted:

"What a privilege it is to just be able to meet people you have never spoken to and feel as if you knew them for years."

Thanks for the update and take care of yourself buddy.

RAB   ;D

Offline gemini20

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2010, 06:02:33 PM »
So I took Jody back to Heathrow this afternoon and London AMG finally ended for me. What an experience! I can only echo what Hermie wrote about meeting people you've never spoken to and feeling like you've known them for years.

From Thursday morning when I collected Jody at the airport I knew that these few days were going to leave me with memories that will stay with me forever and so it proved to be.

Although we were only small in number we were big on experience and crammed so much in to our few days together.

A few highlights that I will remember from my time with the guys:-

Boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich Park and Observatory
Theatre trip to see Holding the Man - a very moving play with an AIDS storyline
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Memorial service in Holland Park
Sunday lunch in Hoxton Square
Day trip to Brighton
Walks around Covent Garden; St James Park; the South Bank; under the Thames!

The weather was absolutely fantastic from start to finish, blue skies and lots of sunshine - I think I got too much sun on Brighton Beach (or maybe it was too much Pimms!).

It was a true delight to meet those from the Forum in person - Jody; Hermie, Cerrid, Cliff, and Charles as well as Cliff's boyfriend and Charles's friend who joined us for some events. Each one bought their own special contribution to the time we shared together and made these few days unforgettable.

As for me being 'a bit naughty' to quote Hermie - well what can I say - it's true!

Love you all guys,

Emma





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Offline Cerrid

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2010, 06:23:18 PM »
I just came home, too. And yes, the weather was brilliant. I think we all took up quite a bit of a tan (or freckles, respectively).

But of course it was all about the wonderful people I met. We weren't a big group, but that wasn't actually a disadvantage. Not only didn't we have any problems getting a table in the pub, we had also much time to talk to each other and get to know each other much better than in a larger group. So I must say a big thank you to all my fellow AMGlers: You all have your hearts at the right spot - everyone of you made a deep impression upon me and I'm really really looking forward to seeing you lot again, hopefully next year.

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Note to myself (2): Don't sit at the bar when it's karaoke night at Queens Arms or Aunt Tammy will get you.

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Offline anniebc

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2010, 09:35:17 PM »
Cerrid/Emma

I'm glad you got to see the reason we do this every year..meeting people who have supported us over the years is just wonderful..I'm pleased you were able to do that.

Emma..thank you for looking after jody for us ..he really is very special...I just adore him.

hugs
Jan :-*
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2010, 09:56:12 PM »
Now, of course, we will INSIST on knowing whether Jody behaved himself or not!
 :D

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Offline Jody

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2010, 02:40:59 PM »
London was an awesome place for me to visit and I enjoyed every monent of my time there.  It was a terrific experience.  The history all around was breathtaking and the city was quite lovely, with greenery and lovely parks and quaint little gardens tucked away, unseen from the street, with several right near our excellent B&B called 69TheGrove in the Vauxhall area.  The Thames river snaking through the middle of the city was an ever present site.  

As Emma, a lovely, bright and energetic woman pointed out we saw and did so many fun things.  The Thames river boat trip, when Keith, a most intelligent and knowledgeable guy told us all about the areas throughout the city and their historical significance.  After the boat dropped us at Greenwich we walked up a hill where you have a magnificent view of town and went to the Prime Meridian where the eastern and western hemispheres are divided, and you learn about the beginnings of keeping proper time without having to just rely on the stars.  A walk back through a tunnel under the river was great as we sailed the river and walked under it both.

Our rememberance memorial ceremony for those who have gone before us, with special mention to our dearly departed Ric Wilke and Lisa Nowak was in a lovely setting and was a gentle reminder to cherish the wonderful memories and to always keep these good folks in our hearts and minds.

The play 'Holding the Man' was worth a trip to London by itself!  The topic about AIDS in the early '80's took us all back in time and the young actors were fabulous (and quite handsome indeed!!!!!!).

On my final day there I walked a great distance and did lunch at Harrod's for a cup of soup and a half roast beef sandwich that was to die for.

The folks were great, our London friends were friendly, bright and kindly folks and thanks to Emma, Cliff, Charles and Keith for their hospitality and generosity and to Hermie and Class for a real fun time!

And I was well behaved except perhaps for that night at the Roman Spa (where there were no mud baths I must say).  ;)

Jody              











 
« Last Edit: May 26, 2010, 02:43:22 PM by Jody »
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Offline Jody

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2010, 06:26:26 PM »
And thanks to Cliff's BF for his kindness as well !

Jody
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Offline anniebc

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2010, 06:31:24 PM »
Quote
On my final day there I walked a great distance and did lunch at Harrod's for a cup of soup and a half roast beef sandwich that was to die for

Visiting Harrods is a must if you are in London,if only to browse,  my Aunt Betty used to work there in the "Cheese' department ..yep they had a huge department dedicated to just Cheese...and I used to visit often.
I'm so glad you had a wonderful time Jody but still upset I'm going to miss out on your company this year, if only the AMG had been a been in August...never mind, you all had a great time and that's the main thing.

Hugs
Jan :-*
« Last Edit: May 26, 2010, 06:33:14 PM by anniebc »
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Offline Jody

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2010, 08:21:33 PM »
Dearest Jan...I do hope your dear aunt didn't smell like cheese!!!  Yes indeed, departments for everything...a piano section, bedding up the gazoo, perhaps for you? :D  They had gorgeous wooden tables for merely 44,000 pounds if you've got that lying around, maybe under your new bedding...But there were jams and jellies and chocolates and fish, yes fish !!! and clothing, and pefumes and kitchen counters, you know just everything from soup to nuts and they had them as well !

They even had an opera singer when I went with the guys and she was belting it out from a balcony, just near the area where the pianos and whatever other instruments were.  I thought Herman was either going to cry or have an orgasm from that voice already!!! But yes it is an extraordinary store and was a fun experience from someone to whom a trip to the local department stores is more of an ordeal than a pleasue I must say. ::) :)

Thanks so very much for your most kind words Jan, they do mean alot.

 Jody :)  :) :)
« Last Edit: May 26, 2010, 08:28:55 PM by Jody »
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Offline YaKaMein

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Re: Some reflexions on AMG London 2010
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2010, 03:13:22 PM »
All sounds incredibly wonderful .... one of these days I'll make one these gatherings ... abroad or domestic ... but looking forward to it. So glad it went well for the attendees. -YaKa
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