Next Meetup - High Fidelity

  • June 6, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Make-ups, break-ups, love and life are all on the agenda with our next read, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. It's around 320 pages and available on Amazon from £2.08 or £3.00 on Kindle.

We're still debating a location to meet up. There was plenty of room at The Lakes where we ended up last night and it was quiet enough to talk. We may meet here next time, however, Sarah and I felt it lacked a bit of atmosphere. What did everyone else think?

If anyone has any suggestions, please let us know. It needs to be somewhere with plenty of space and not too noisy so we can talk. Wherever we decide , I'll add to this post and make sure we book a table this time! With this in mind, please could everyone RSVP as soon as possible, as it's difficult to book a table in advance if numbers are unknown until the last minute.

Many thanks and happy reading!

Jen and Sarah

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  • Roger C.

    I enjoyed my first meeting in the park on Friday. Thanks to all and hopefully see you next time.

    2 · June 9

  • Jenny C.

    Hi all, According to the Met Office and the BBC, tomorrow is going to be sunny and 21 degrees. With this in mind, we thought Tim's suggestion of an al fresco meetup in Abington Park would make a nice change.

    The plan is to meet at the bandstand at 7.30pm, which is in the top park next to the cafe. Picnic rugs/fold up chairs/drinks optional. An umbrella might be a good idea, too, just in case.

    There's plenty of free parking alongside the park, both on the main road and side roads. If it starts to rain or gets chilly, we can de-camp to The Abington, which is opposite the park.

    Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow, Jenny and Sarah

    June 5

    • emily

      I'm really sorry I'm not feeling too good so gonna have to give it a miss, was really looking forward to it as well :(

      June 6

    • Jenny C.

      Sorry you couldn't make it - hope you're both feeling better. See you next time :)

      June 9

  • Jenny C.

    Here are the questions we discussed for High Fidelity…
    -Do you think Rob’s misery is a style choice?
    -What do you think Rob’s constant references to music and film say about his character?
    -Why do you think Rob rarely sees his old friends and surrounds himself with people he claims not to like?
    -Do you think Rob is ordinary or neurotic?
    -Why do you think Rob has problems in his relationships?
    -What are the worst and best things Rob does?
    -What does Laura see in Rob?
    -Why do Rob, Barry and Dick compile so many top five lists? Do you make lists like this?
    -Who is your number one recording artist?
    -What would be your dream job?
    -What’s your favourite record of all time?
    -What do you think Rob can teach female readers about men?

    June 9

  • Jenny C.

    Thanks for everyone for coming along on Friday evening. It was good to see you all and a few new faces, too. The weather played ball, so it was lovely to be able to meet al fresco for a change - great idea, Tim!

    June 9

  • Neil

    Really enjoyed the evening. good to see you all. The park was a very good choice, and we were well placed for the pub afterwards. More than happy to do that again. Thanks, everyone.

    1 · June 9

  • Pip

    I very much enjoyed my first meeting, thanks for organising it, and for organising the weather too; it was an inspired idea to meet in the park.

    1 · June 8

  • Fiona

    Hear, hear! Many thanks to Jenny and Sarah. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. I particularly enjoyed being able to sit in the park.

    1 · June 8

  • Gavin

    What a fantastic evening, a big big big thank you to Jenny and Sarah.

    3 · June 7

  • Tim

    Will be coming straight from work so will be there 19.45 ish

    1 · June 6

  • Zelda

    Hi everyone. I haven't read the book as I wanted to read one of mine , that I have been wanting to read for a long time and one you all read before I joined the group. Would love to see you all, but won't be adding any constructive comments if I do attend. I will join for the next book. Enjoy Friday.

    Ps If anyone would like to meet up on a Saturday for lunch, coffee - let me know. The Beehive , Harbourough Road. ( Part of Northgate Special School & Arts college.) I can try and reserve a table.
    Take care. Z

    June 1

    • Jenny C.

      Hope you're enjoying your book, Zelda! You're more than welcome to still come along but if not, will see you next time. I'd be up for The Beehive if I can make it. Maybe you could post it on the site when you have a date in mind.

      1 · June 4

    • Zelda

      Hi, will be happy to come along. I will post some dates for the Beehive.

      June 5

  • Gavin

    We could always go a pub crawl to suss few venues out. For instance The Lamplighter has the snug which takes up to 20 people, but I think they have a DJ on from 9:00pm onwards.

    May 9

    • Gavin

      I know where the garibaldi is but I've never been in..

      June 4

    • Gavin

      I like the idea of turning up with vinyl especially after the book we've just all read, But isn't it bad enough that I inflicting you with my view of fiction without bringing music into the equation?

      June 4

  • Jenny C.

    Sorry I've been off the grid and not posted a venue yet. I am blaming my house move, horrid cold and ton of work! Thanks for all your comments and suggestions about a venue, it's very much appreciated. Sarah and I will post a venue tomorrow. You should get an email update, but if you don't for any reason, please log on here Friday to see where we're meeting. Hope everyone enjoyed/is enjoying the book :)

    June 4

  • Tim

    Forecast at the moment appears half decent what about Abington park by the bandstand? If it goes belly up it's a 30 second dash to the Abington

    1 · June 4

  • Rebecca J.

    What about The Abington? I've never been there on a Friday night but its seems quiet on other nights

    1 · June 3

  • Louise

    lamplighter sounds good :) or the trumpet..i dont mind really

    1 · June 3

  • Tim

    I went last week and was disappointed, it was quite formal with tables all set out in a row and very close together in the middle with a pool table, dart board and skittles at one end and a weird sofa/lounge seating arrangement at the other end. Nice for a Sunday lunch or Monday night but can't say I would go back apart from on cricket days.

    June 2

  • Lesley

    Been told that the County Tavern next to cricket ground has has a decent refurb, just an idea.

    May 30

    • Pip

      It's lovely for a drink but it's usually crowded and noisy, with only one public area suitable for a large group.

      June 2

  • Neil

    For my two penn'orth, IMO, it still needs to be somewhere quiet enough for us all to be able to hear the conversation. It's all very well a pub having "atmosphere" - and The Old England had it in spades, but the truth was that we couldn't really hear ourselves think. For me, the last place we met, The Riverside or whatever it was called was perfect for what we needed.

    As I say, just my thoughts - I'm happy to go along with the majority.

    1 · May 30

  • Judy A.

    I don't mind the Trumpet !

    May 30

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