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London Wikimedia Meetup Number 141[edit]

Date and time: Sunday 14 April 2019 — 13:00 onwards[edit]

Location: Penderel's Oak Pub, Holborn, London WC1[edit]

Attending[edit]

People of all ages and all Wikimedia projects are welcome. Complete newbies also welcome!

Please also invite any London Wikimedia people you know (or have had wiki dealings with) – spread the word!

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May be attending[edit]

Interested but not attending[edit]

  • Not attending. Penderel's Oak is run by a pro-hard Brexit funding organization, made notable for the CEO's pro-Brexit tour of Wetherspoons pubs and pro-Brexit literature left on customer tables. Choosing this venue remains a political act and it is not an appropriate safe space for Wikimeets. -- (talk) 08:02, 8 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
    Various parties and other political organisations put objectionable literature through my letterbox several times a year. That doesn't mean that I should boycott my own house. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 14:48, 9 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
    Classic! :D ——SerialNumber54129 13:34, 1 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
    I have attended this meetup for years and I have never seen any political propaganda on the tables, about Brexit or anything else. Philafrenzy (talk) 14:53, 9 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
    Haven't seen it but Wetherspoons has produced brexit beer mats. They also had posters about the tax rate of beer in pubs at one point. This doesn't stop it being a reasonably safe space (at the end of the day its pub with all the issues attached to that).Geni (talk) 03:20, 10 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
    They did have some table-top card things for a while before Christmas, such as can be seen here. And the magazine cover sometimes has a Brexit-related story... But I haven't seen any of this the past few times I've been. At the end of the day the owner is entitled to his political views and although I personally do agree that it's distasteful to put propaganda like that on a pub table, there's no evidence that it's gone beyond that and Bremainers are as much welcome in the pubs as anyone else. Amakuru (talk) 13:53, 11 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
    do you have a venue you would like to propose?Geni (talk) 03:20, 10 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
    Myself, Thryduulf and Yellowrose63 checked out several venues recently. It's possible to buy draught real ale for as little as £2.15 without stepping outside the North Circular. One of these has a nice view over Shepherd's Bush Green. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 23:28, 11 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
    We tamper with the location of this established meetup at our peril. I suspect that people often attend without checking this page as they know the location and that it is the second Sunday. We could, however, have a second London meetup on the 4th Sunday in the month, or possibly midweek, and certainly elsewhere in London. It's up to someone to organise it and try to get it established. Philafrenzy (talk) 12:57, 12 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
    @Fae: there were a few beer mats- pro remain ones spread around the Penderels Oak when we left. Last month, I had quite a few conversations with EU nationals working in there- they were worried and on the front line, I believe there is a 'Wetherspoons staff against Brexit' organisation out there, but they still do require our support. ClemRutter (talk) 22:09, 16 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  • Not able to attend this time. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 14:49, 9 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]