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Oxford Wikimedia Meetup Number 53
Date and time: Sunday 20 August 2017. 1.00 pm onwards.
Location: The Four Candles, 51 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BE.
Add your name to this list if you can make it to our fifty-second meeting. Note that people of all ages and all Wikimedia projects are welcome!
Please also invite any Oxford Wikimedia people you know (or have had wiki dealings with) – spread the word!
- Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 19:27, 23 July 2017 (UTC)
- All (especially Thryduulf) please note: I have an 07:30 start on Monday 21 August, so cannot stay as late as we have often done. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 19:45, 19 August 2017 (UTC)
- Thryduulf (talk: meta · en.wp · wikidata) 20:04, 23 July 2017 (UTC)
- Pintoch (talk) 12:51, 29 July 2017 (UTC)
- Maproom (talk) 10:53, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
- whispyhistory (talk) relatively new and hope ok if I can join in.Whispyhistory (talk) 07:48, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
Informal chitchat with no set agenda.
If you have some ideas for discussion topics, please put them below.
- I am submitting a proposal for a session about Wikidata at the Mozilla Festival. Does anybody want to join? − Pintoch (talk) 12:51, 29 July 2017 (UTC)
- @Redrose64: Should we try to advertise the meeetup a bit more? I think we could easily get more people to come and introduce them to the Wikimedia universe. For instance on Meetup.com? I am happy to create a group there. − Pintoch (talk) 12:46, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
- @Pintoch: I don't see that that would harm at all. Thryduulf (talk: meta · en.wp · wikidata) 01:34, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
- @Pintoch: I wasn't notified by this edit. I don't know why not. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 20:11, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
- @Thryduulf and Redrose64: Weird… Unfortunately I found out that it costs £10 a month to host a meetup on Meetup.com - I find that really unacceptable (especially because they hide that as much as they can), so I will not use this platform. I am considering using Facebook but am quite reluctant… − Pintoch (talk) 09:07, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
- It's OK, I found it ... at the bottom. It seems that cross-wiki notifications aren't placed in chronological order. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 20:22, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
About the meet up
A social gathering for Wikimedia enthusiasts, where we...
- Drink coffee and/or beer and some of us have Sunday lunch.
- Chat about Wikipedia and any other topics we fancy.
- Exchange books, maps and other source materials.
Mainly a casual social event. You can expect to meet some very keen Wikipedians; however, this is also an open invitation to anyone interested in finding out more about Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, projects re-using Wikipedia, and other collaborative wiki projects. Feel free to come along and raise these discussions over a beer. Alcohol consumption is optional.
The Four Candles is a Wetherspoons pub (Coordinates: 51.7534°, -1.2620°), the name based on the memorable Two Ronnies comic sketch Four Candles. Wifi and food are available.
How to spot us
It's usually easy to find us, look for anyone with a laptop out or a Wikipedia T-shirt, lapel badge or similar. We aim to secure one of the two bench seats behind the stairs, but failing that we'll probably be at one of the high tables between the stairs and the entrance. Bear in mind that we could be upstairs.
George Street is in the centre of Oxford not far from the station and very close to the bus station and (for millionaires) the Worcester Street car park.
The nearest railway station is Oxford (10 minutes walk) with frequent services from various places including: Banbury; Birmingham New Street; London Marylebone; Oxford Parkway; and Worcester Shrub Hill. Emergency repairs to Nuneham Railway Bridge have caused the temporary closure of the railway to the south of Oxford. Whilst this is ongoing, travellers from London should use Marylebone, not Paddington. Travellers from other locations will need to be aware that rail replacement buses are in operation between Oxford and Didcot. Didcot is served by trains from various places including: Bristol Temple Meads; London Paddington; Reading; Southampton Central; and Swindon.
Express coach services also run from Victoria and other points in London to central Oxford, on the "Oxford Tube". Stay on the coach all the way to Gloucester Green, it's just across the road from The Four Candles, which you can see out of the right-hand side of the coach just as it turns into Chain Alley/Gloucester Green.
There are Park-and-Ride car parks at points around the Oxford Ring Road, served by buses along main roads into the centre, on routes 300 (Redbridge - City Centre - Pear Tree) and 400 (
Seacourt - City Centre - Thornhill). The nearest stops are:
- A5 on George Street (Route 300 inwards from Pear Tree and outwards to Redbridge), which is almost outside the front door
- B1 on George Street (Route 300 inwards from Redbridge and outwards to Pear Tree), which is right opposite
- D1 on Park End Street (Route 400 inwards from
Seacourt, outwards to Thornhill)
- D5 on Park End Street (Route 400 inwards from Thornhill, outwards to
- E5 on Castle Street (Route 400 inwards from Thornhill, outwards to
- M3 on Castle Street (Route 400 inwards from
Seacourt, outwards to Thornhill)
Stop B1 is also served by buses from Oxford railway station: route 7 from stop R5; routes 14/14A from stop R4. The same routes operate back to the railway station from stop A5.
Reconstruction of the bridge at the south end of Oxford railway station means that the eastern end of Botley Road is closed for six months from 11 April 2023. As a result, bus route 400 is running as a split service: Seacourt – Osney Island; and Oxford railway station (stop R1) – City Centre – Thornhill.
On Sundays there is car-parking from £5 in some streets about 1 mile from the centre (e.g. Norham Gardens), and for few pounds more, a little further in. You may need to hunt for a space. Car-parking in town is almost prohibitive for any significant length of time.