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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:08
Member
German to English
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Apologies Apr 14, 2003

Sorry, folks, I'm not going to be able to make this one! I seem to be getting married on that date ....

Hope it happens anyway and that you all have a good time!

Regards

Mary


 

Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:08
Italian to English
Organisation May 2, 2003

Hi folks. The numbers have suddenly jumped so it looks a possibility.
With Mary otherwise occupied (!), my name appears at the top of the list but I've never been to a Powwow and I'm not an experienced translator.
Nevertheless I am in a position to contribute some time to this if I know what I'm doing.
Has anyone been to powwow and can they give advice on what's required?

Russell


 

Paul VALET (X)  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 13:08
An agenda? May 3, 2003

I am not a Cherokee, too.

I think that if everyone tells the others what he/she wants or expects, it should make the beginning of an agenda, no?


 

Jesús Marín Mateos  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:08
English to Spanish
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Platinum Member??? May 3, 2003

Dear colleagues,
I'm not sure whether I'll be attending or not but I was wondering whether it is necessary that a platinum member attends??? Do you know anything about this requirement or am I losing my mind? Regards, Jesus.


 

abborre
Denmark
Local time: 13:08
Norwegian to English
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Cherokee? May 3, 2003

I am Cherokee (Native American)and would be happy to attend the pow-wow. I think a bit of brainstorming for a list of topics for discussion on the day would be a good starting point. Can we see what other groups have done and use their agendas as a model? Do we have a place booked for the meeting?

 

Daniela Innocente
Local time: 12:08
English to Spanish
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other pow wows May 3, 2003

i think checking up on what they do at other pow wos is not a bad idea... has anyone attended one before??
Place-wise... i don't know Cambridge very well, and I live in Surrey, so I guess that doesn't help! Sorry!! But I suppouse that can be booked later on...


 

Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:08
Italian to English
Cambridge Powwow May 3, 2003

Mary Richards has kindly agreed to consult other moderators on formats, guidelines etc. but feels it is really up to the people attending to say what they want or expect(as Paul has suggested).
When we have heard from her, perhaps I can circulate a short questionnaire on preferred times, duration, type / location of venue, formal or informal format and (if formal) suggested agenda items.
I can provide maps, directions, accommodation advice etc. if anyone needs them.
Does anyone actually live / work in Cambridge I wonder? (I'm only half an hour away).


 

Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:08
Member (2004)
German to English
I've been to several May 4, 2003

The key thing is to nail down time and place. Up til now they've all been in cafes/bars - places where you can order food if you want to. That really needs someone who knows a great place in/near Cambridge. Remember some people will be using public transport. Of course we could always break the mould and do it at someone's house - have a barbecue etc. The last one in London was after the moderators' meeting and each person brought food from their country - that was excellent. Someone needs to take on the role of organiser. As for the format, again up til now they've been very informal with people just getting to know others and asking those questions they always wanted to ask - which often means the experienced ones offering advice to those with less experience. I don't think the organiser has to be platinum - they do have to fill in the attendance list and someone does a report for proz.com. If people have particular interests/questions this is the place to air them so just go ahead

 

Gillian Hargreaves  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:08
Member (2007)
French to English
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Cambridge will be full of tourists... May 6, 2003

so it's probably a good idea to book something. On the other hand, weather permitting, how about a picnic by the river. I don't know Cambridge that well, but I know people who do, so I'll try to pick their brains.

 

abborre
Denmark
Local time: 13:08
Norwegian to English
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Meeting times, location May 11, 2003

Hi all, how are the plans coming? I wouldn't chance the weather. This is England and we all know how unstable it can be. If I can be of assistance with planning just let me know.

 

Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:08
Italian to English
Questionnaire May 13, 2003

Mary Richards has consulted fellow moderators but no guidelines have been offered beyond those on the Powwow FAQ page.
So, in the hope of establishing some consensus amongst those who have expressed an interest so far, I am circulating a brief questionnaire to everyone individually, so as not to clutter up the Powwow page.


 

Sheila Hardie  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 13:08
Member
Catalan to English
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The Orchard - Grantchester May 15, 2003

I was just thinking - the Orchard Tea Rooms in Grantchester would be a lovely place to meet, especially if it were a nice day. You can sit outside on deck chairs, under the apple trees. The only thing is it may be a wee bit difficult for people without cars to get to. In any case, it's just an idea. For those who don't know the area, there is info and photos on this website:

http://www.plcane.clara.net/cambridge/granchst.htm

Anyway, as I say, it may not be suitable, but it is a lovely place to meet.:-)

Sheila


 

Sheila Hardie  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 13:08
Member
Catalan to English
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The Orchard website May 15, 2003

Sorry, I forgot to include this website:

http://www.orchard-grantchester.com/history.htm


Sheila


 

Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:08
Italian to English
Questionnaire results May 19, 2003

Thanks to everyone who responded to my questionnaire – 8 in total plus 4 miscellaneous acknowledgements. The majority preferences are:
1. LOCATION. City centre,
because some would be reliant on public transport. However two members preferred an out of town location and this was a critical issue for them.
I should have explained in my preamble (and Jack has reminded me), that Cambridge has a very efficient Park and Ride service with car parks on five main approaches to the city and a £1-40 return bus fare. Details on
http://www.camcnty.gov.uk/sub/parkride/ with a map on
http://www.camcnty.gov.uk/sub/parkride/bigmap.gif
2. VENUE. A pub with use of a private room.
There was a minority preference for a café but, in all honesty, I doubt whether there is one that would entertain a three hour group discussion on an August Saturday afternoon. Most pubs will cater for coffee addicts.
I shall investigate some options. Suggestions are very welcome.
3. TIME. 12 noon unanimously preferred.
4. DURATION. 3½ hours, as an average of all suggestions.
5. FORMAT. A combination of formal and informal,
i.e. an opportunity to raise specific issues in a round table discussion as well as time to chat with colleagues. There were different views on whether an agenda should be agreed in advance or not but, if anyone wants to register particular topics to give everyone advance notice, I am happy to maintain a list.
Is anyone willing to volunteer to chair the discussion, perhaps an experienced translator? I do have reasonable experience of chairing meetings but can’t pretend to be an expert.


 

lafresita
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:08
Polish to English
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date change May 26, 2003

How about any Satarday midday/afternoon after the 9th of August - when I come back from holiday?

 
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