From: graphitone10 Sep 2019 18:53
To: ALL1 of 27
Just seen Throb on the telly box. The regional news on Look North had a thing about Bradford bidding for the city of culture in 2025, but showed some old footage of the previous bid and he shoehorned himself into the background there. Looking dapper indeed.
From: Manthorp11 Sep 2019 09:20
To: graphitone 2 of 27
Bloody hell! I'll have to catch up, thanks graphitone. Look like a sack of bloody spanners these days.
From: graphitone11 Sep 2019 12:28
To: Manthorp 3 of 27
I would have posted a linky to the vid, but Look North's site doesn't allow catch up in the normal sense and only seems to provide today's bulletins. 
From: Manthorp11 Sep 2019 13:36
To: graphitone 4 of 27
I caught it, thanks Graphitone. I was a handsome dog. Shows the havoc that a dissolute life and bootleg gin can play.
From: graphitone11 Sep 2019 13:39
To: Manthorp 5 of 27

Debauchery and lechery FTW. 
From: milko11 Sep 2019 14:41
To: Manthorp 6 of 27
ah man, that brings back memories of you blagging me and Tina into the Trafalger Square "embassy" event for that. Such larks, such youngsters.
From: Manthorp12 Sep 2019 18:37
To: milko 7 of 27
Do you remember the first time we met up - you, me, LordPaul and... Simon Roberts, when my mates at  Lumen launched the - what would it have been - PS2, by projecting it on a building across the road. Seemed so radical then.
From: Manthorp12 Sep 2019 21:14
To: Manthorp 8 of 27
& where do the cheekbones go?
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)12 Sep 2019 23:05
To: Manthorp 9 of 27
Bradford's most famous teenager?
From: milko13 Sep 2019 10:23
To: Manthorp 10 of 27
oh fuck, yeah! Where was that, one of the bars around the Corn Exchange in Leeds? Yes that was very cool.
From: Manthorp13 Sep 2019 11:07
A lot of competition from serial killers. Bradford rather cornered the market in the tail end of the last century.
From: Manthorp13 Sep 2019 11:34
To: milko 12 of 27
I've just spent an inordinate amount of time trying to work out where and when it was, and what console it was promoting.

I think it might have been at The Townhouse, which at the time was the Place To Be - and there are some very white buildings opposite. I had it firmly in my head that it was a northern launch for an iteration of the Playstation, but I'm becoming less sure.

As for when, haven't a clue. 2000? PS2?
From: milko14 Sep 2019 23:16
To: Manthorp 13 of 27
I’m sure it was PS2 - it was out already in Japan I think but still not available in the UK. Pretty sure we had Tekken (or some kind of fighting game anyway) on the wall and some demo setup on a regular telly with Gran Turismo 2. 
but I could be making this up. 2000 would be around the time I was getting sent up to Leeds to work quite often so I definitely had a few evenings free to do this sort of nonsense. It fits. 
From: milko14 Sep 2019 23:18
To: ALL14 of 27
The sort of bar where Leeds United footballers (then getting into Champions League semifinals and so on) would go. Can’t remember the name at all. 
From: Manthorp 6 Oct 2019 20:05
To: milko 15 of 27
I have a lingering sense that it wasn't the First Meat Of All, though I'd love it to have been. It was early, certainly my first: but had any of teh possie meated before that? Maybe in that London?
From: william (WILLIAMA) 7 Oct 2019 11:55
To: Manthorp 16 of 27
I have never made it to a meat. Of course, I'm not an original member being an insurgent from the PC Pro forum. There were quite a few who straggled over, but I can't remember many names now. Seems that I'm member number 66 on this incarnation of teh. 
From: milko 7 Oct 2019 14:07
To: Manthorp 17 of 27
the first I can remember was in a pub called The Spice Of Life, on Shaftesbury Avenue... I sometimes pass it now and remember. The place was not particularly good but the time was very fun. If I'm not mistaken, englishpaul was the main man for setting it up. Rendle showed up and got told off for playing the piano.
From: Manthorp 7 Oct 2019 20:34
To: william (WILLIAMA) 18 of 27
Plenty of time to do so. They're interesting. Generally quite quiet, apart from the odd one at which Tehers break limbs.
From: Manthorp 7 Oct 2019 20:36
To: milko 19 of 27
EP is a good 'un for doing stuff. He came to York once. And of course, there was Dyl's legendary 2 Meat odyssey.
From: milko 8 Oct 2019 11:35
To: Manthorp 20 of 27
Ah, what heroes both.

There's also the legendary one in the Founder's Arms on the side of the Thames, where WingnutKJ had a rather infamous nap in the toilets, me and Mynci more or less carried him all the way back to our pad in Shepherd's Bush after the landlord took exception to the original sleeping location. 

And now I work about a 2 minute walk from the pub where we ended up moving all London-meats to in the interest of paying something less of a ripoff price on the beer. They've redecorated it since then, I'm not sure they'd welcome us as quickly.

Trying to think how many forumites ended up crashing at our place over the years, it must be quite a few but you're probably similarly high-scoring I bet. I also ended up crossing the streams with the State forum at some point which confuses my recollection.