Paul Waring | 26 Apr 11:47 2015
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Fri 1 May: Currybeer social

On Friday 1st May, a number of us from various geek groups will be
going out for a curry and some drinks. We'll be meeting at the Ford
Madox Brown (the Weatherspoons at the University end of Rusholme) from
7pm and moving on to a nearby curry house after a drink or two, and by
8pm at the latest.

Everyone is welcome to attend, so please feel free to forward this email
to other lists.

Regular attendees may notice a change of venue - we've had to move
away from Hardy's Well as they haven't had any beer on tap for several
months.

Hope to see you on the 1st!

Paul

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Mark Wastling | 25 Apr 19:38 2015
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Debian Launch

Apologies, but I'm nit going to make it tonight afterall. Had a week of wheezing, coughing and generally feeling sorry for myself. And there are no trams either. Have fun though. M

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Michael Dorrington | 23 Apr 20:08 2015
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Manchester Debian Jessie Release Party on Sat 25th April

We'll have a Manchester Release Party for Debian Jessie:
https://wiki.debian.org/ReleasePartyJessie

== Details ==

* When: Saturday, 25th April 2015. 18:00 until later
* Where: The Waterhouse, 67-71 Princess Street, M2 4EG
         http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-waterhouse
         http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.47924/-2.24319
* What: Discussion while drinking (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and
optionally eating
* Provided: Nothing
* Bring: Money. Optionally bring laptop with Jessie installed and wear
Debian branded clothing.

Hope to see you there,
M.

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Mark Wastling | 23 Apr 11:02 2015
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Saturday meetup (25th April)

Hello there,

After the Manchester meeting on Tuesday night there was mention of a meetup/social/shenanigans for this Saturday. Any details..?

Thanks in advance,
Mark Wastling
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Michael Dorrington | 20 Apr 21:15 2015
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MFS Meeting. Tues, 21 April. Discussion points: "Spaniards leave Twitter, LibrePlanet Conference 2015 video"

Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.

* Event: Manchester Free Software's April Meeting
* What: Discussions

* Date: Tuesday, 21st April 2015 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)

* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
  - http://madlab.org.uk/
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
  - Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter.
  - http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48413/-2.23639

== Details ==

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software
philosophy.

Every meeting we start with an opportunity for informal key signing.
For an explanation of what this is about see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_signing_party

The main part of the meeting will be discussions, with the following
Free Software related news items as possible discussion points, although
the discussion can go to other Free Software related topics if attendees
wish:

== Spaniards leave Twitter ==

"Thousands of Spaniards leave Twitter for GNU social"

https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/thousands-of-spaniards-leave-twitter-for-gnu-social

== LibrePlanet Conference 2015 video ==

The LibrePlanet Conference 2015 (the "annual conference for free
software enthusiasts") has finished.  The conference was live streamed
and also the first video is available to watch any time.  We can discuss
the live stream and this downloadable video on the GNU GPL.

https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/karen-sandler-stand-up-for-gnu-gpl/

=== Other ===

Feel free to raise similar items in the meeting for discussion.

== After-meeting ==

The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in
the Terrace (which is next door to Madlab).  There are soft drinks
available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol.

== Location ==

The meeting will take place at the usual venue of Madlab, details above.
 Ring the bell on the right of the door to be let in.  The venue
provides Wi-Fi.

== Transport ==

=== Parking ===

Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost
after 8pm on Tuesday so you will have to pay up until then and the
maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY ALL THIS on parking.

There are paid parking lots around the venue, they are marked by a blue
P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.  Most of those
parking lots are owned by NCP <http://www.ncp.co.uk/>.

If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale
<http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.

=== Public Transport ===

Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram and bus station,
and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab,
see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.

Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
Station are not too far away either.

== More Information ==

Information about Manchester Free Software can be found on the
Manchester Free Software pages on LibrePlanet
<http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester>.

Regards,
Mike.
MFS Chair.

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Paul Waring | 2 Apr 12:39 2015
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Fri 10 Apr: Currybeer social

On Friday 10th April, a number of us from various geek groups will be
going out for a curry and some drinks. We'll be meeting at the Ford
Madox Brown (the Weatherspoons at the university end of Rusholme) from
7pm and moving on to a nearby curry house after a drink or two, and by
8pm at the latest.

Everyone is welcome to attend, so please feel free to forward this email
to other lists.

Regular attendees may notice a change of date and venue - as this Friday
is a bank holiday the social is moved back a week, and we've had to move
away from Hardy's Well as they haven't had any beer on tap for several
months.

Hope to see you on the 10th!

Paul

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Tom Chiverton | 23 Mar 21:28 2015

Citizen Four film screening (£4, 30th March)

Please sign up at http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/221317601/ where you can also pay for
your ticket.

CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to
journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified
documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National
Security Agency (NSA).

The film recently won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

A small fee of £4 will be charged to cover the license fee and anything left over will go to the Open Rights
Group, a charity which supports digital rights.

Once again, sign up at
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/221317601/
and we'll see you there.

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Paul Waring | 23 Mar 18:32 2015
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Fwd: [Sat 23 May: Trip to Bletchley Park]

Apologies for the cross-posting but this trip may be of interest to
people on the various lists and a few people have said they missed the
original email.

Paul

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Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:41:02 +0000
From: Paul Waring <paul@...>
To: bletchley-park@..., geek-walks@...
Subject: Sat 23 May: Trip to Bletchley Park
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Based on the results of the Doodle poll, this year's trip to Bletchley
Park will take place on Saturday 23rd May. If you'd like to come, full
details are below.

N.B. If you normally attend Geek Walks, this event will count as the
May walk.

TRAVEL

If you're coming by car from Manchester and have spaces available, or
would like to go by car but don't drive, please let me know and I will
try and match people to spaces (drivers have first refusal on
passengers).

For everyone else, the trains we'll be getting from Manchester are:

Outward:
09:15 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston. We'll be getting off at
Milton Keynes Central station. This train also calls at Stockport
(09:23) and Stoke-on-Trent (09:50) if people want to join en-route. It
arrives at Milton Keynes at 10:52.

Meeting time and location for the outward journey is 09:00 underneath
the departure boards at Manchester Piccadilly.

Return:
19:09 Milton Keynes Central to Manchester Piccadilly. This train stops
at Stoke-on-Trent (20:24), Macclesfield (20:41) and Stockport (20:55),
and arrives at Piccadilly at 21:07.

There are two earlier return trains at 18:03 and 18:28 which take
around the same amount of time and stop at Stoke-on-Trent and
Stockport. We can get these if we finish dinner early and everyone has
an off-peak return.

If you're coming from outside Manchester I can't easily advise on
travel, other than to say that the main group will arrive at Bletchley
shortly after 11:00. If you're coming from the South then it might be
easier to get a stopping service to Bletchley, as opposed to an
express service to Milton Keynes followed by a taxi/extra train.

Both the outward and return trains will be Pendalinos (the tilting
trains) - apologies if these make people queasy but Virgin have a
monopoly on that route so there's no choice of train.

If you're planning on joining us anywhere other than at Manchester
Piccadilly, please let me know so I can text you if the train is
running late etc.

SCHEDULE

Depending on what time we arrive, we'll either have a guided tour
followed by lunch, or vice versa. We'll then spend the afternoon
looking around the park and the computing museum before getting a
quick dinner in Milton Keynes (early evening) and heading home to get
back to Manchester late evening.

We'll probably split into two groups depending on modes of transport
(train vs car) but will aim to meet up at some point during the day.

COSTS

Travel costs assume you're coming by train from Manchester Piccadilly.

Train: An off-peak return, which allows you to go out and return on
any train on the day, costs £63.80 (railcard discounts apply if you
have one) and you can buy it any time up to and including the day of
travel (but you *must* buy it before boarding the train). It may be
cheaper to buy two single advance tickets, but there were none
available when I checked this afternoon and this does mean you will
have to stick to specific trains.

Since it's impractical to coordinate booking seats, I'd suggest not
making a seat reservation and we'll just commandeer a couple of tables
in one of the standard class carriages.

Taxis: We usually get a taxi from Milton Keynes to Bletchley as it's
too far to walk, and we'd have to spend 30-40 minutes waiting at the
station for the stopping train. The taxi costs about £1-3 each,
depending on how many of us there are.

For the return journey back from the park we'll either get a train to
Milton Keynes (£3.50) or a taxi (same price as the outward journey).

Entry fees: Unless you already have a valid annual pass, the entry
fees are as follows:

Bletchley: £16.75 or £14.75 for students. This gives you unlimited
entry for 12 months. You can buy your tickets online, but there's
usually a queue to pick them up so it's probably best to just get a
ticket on the day.

National Museum of Computing: £5 (adults), £2.50 (students), free
(members). This is a single entrance fee, not an annual fee.
Unfortunately there's no joint Bletchley/Computing Museum ticket
available, you have to pay for them separately at each venue.

FOOD

There is a cafe on site serving a range of hot meals plus the usual
selection of sandwiches etc. There are also places to sit and eat a
packed lunch. There's a coffee shop on site if anyone wants a hot
beverage during the day.

If people want to stay for an evening meal we'll be getting something
a quick-service place (e.g. Wagamama) in Milton Keynes.

There's no obligation to buy a lunchtime or evening meal and you're
welcome to make your own arrangements - these are just the planned
ones.

Please let me know if I've missed anything off - otherwise hopefully
I'll see you on the 23rd May!

Paul

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Michael Dorrington | 21 Mar 15:14 2015
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LibrePlanet 2015 streaming live now

LibrePlanet Conference 2015 is streaming live video now.

https://libreplanet.org/2015/live/
https://live.fsf.org/

M.

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Michael Dorrington | 15 Mar 21:18 2015
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MFS Meeting. Madlab. Tues, 17th March. Discussion points: "Free Digital Hardware Designs, LibrePlanet Conference, VMware lawsuit, Guix endorsed"

Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.

* Event: Manchester Free Software's March Meeting
* What: Discussions

* Date: Tuesday, 17th March 2015 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)

* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
  - http://madlab.org.uk/
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
  - Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter.
  - http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48413/-2.23639

== Details ==

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software
philosophy.

Every meeting we start with an opportunity for informal key signing.
For an explanation of what this is about see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_signing_party

The main part of the meeting will be discussions, with the following
Free Software related news items as possible discussion points, although
the discussion can go to other Free Software related topics if attendees
wish:

== Free Digital Hardware Designs ==

Richard Stallman has written an article on "Why We Need Free Digital
Hardware Designs".

http://www.wired.com/2015/03/need-free-digital-hardware-designs/

== LibrePlanet Conference ==

The LibrePlanet Conference 2015 (the "annual conference for free
software enthusiasts") is next weekend and will have a live stream.

* https://libreplanet.org/2015/

== VMware lawsuit ==

"VMware sued in Hamburg, Germany court for failure to comply with the
GPL on Linux"

* https://sfconservancy.org/news/2015/mar/05/vmware-lawsuit/

== Guix endorsed ==

"FSF adds Guix System Distribution to list of endorsed distributions"

* http://www.gnu.org/software/guix/
*
http://www.fsf.org/news/fsf-adds-guix-system-distribution-to-list-of-endorsed-distributions

=== Other ===

Feel free to raise similar items in the meeting for discussion.

== After-meeting ==

The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in
the Terrace (which is next door to Madlab).  There are soft drinks
available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol.

== Location ==

The meeting will take place at the usual venue of Madlab, details above.
 Ring the bell on the right of the door to be let in.  The venue
provides Wi-Fi.

== Transport ==

=== Parking ===

Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost
after 8pm on Tuesday so you will have to pay up until then and the
maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY ALL THIS on parking.

There are paid parking lots around the venue, they are marked by a blue
P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.  Most of those
parking lots are owned by NCP <http://www.ncp.co.uk/>.

If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale
<http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.

=== Public Transport ===

Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram and bus station,
and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab,
see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.

Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
Station are not too far away either.

== More Information ==

Information about Manchester Free Software can be found on the
Manchester Free Software pages on LibrePlanet
<http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester>.

Regards,
Mike.
MFS Chair.

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Paul Waring | 8 Mar 14:30 2015
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Fri 20 Mar: AllCuisinesBeer bookings

The plan for the next OtherCuisineBeer is to have a meal at Tops on 
Friday 20th March:

http://www.tops-restaurants.co.uk/

We've been before and always had a good meal. The price is set at 
£15/head (drinks are extra, ordered individually from the bar) and you 
can go up as often as you want.

If you would like to come, please let me know by email by 6pm on Fridaay 
13th March. If there are sufficient commitments, I'll go ahead and book 
a table and let people know.

Thanks

Paul

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