How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby Tchocolatl » Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:21 pm

It rocks!
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby phillip » Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:08 pm

wonderful :)
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby dave gilbert » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:52 pm

Very happy to contribute to this endeavour and thanks to all that made it happen.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby Wybe » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:19 pm

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The place for the Bench (June 15)
Sophia, Willy, Dem and Kerstin testing the view from the Bench.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby lizzytysh » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:38 am

What a great, GREAT photo of you four!!!
Imaginarily taking your places on the bench ~ love it.
So hope to be able to see the real thing.
The lighting in that spot is wonderful for photos!

Thanks for this, Wijbe.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby Tripping » Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:26 pm

I would also like to contribute towards this.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby mjhoey » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:58 pm

How about collectively donating to a cause that is near and dear to him in his name. I am sure that there are some of you who know what they are specifically. My private wish for him is that the rest of his life is is a long one that is stress free and full of contentment. Oh, and that when he lights up on the big day, that after one drag he happily puts it out and wonders "why the hell did I do that?"
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby lizzytysh » Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:25 pm

If there's money left after the bench has been constructed, donating it to a cause dear to Leonard is certainly feasible, and we know of at least one he would be pleased if the money were to go to. However, the bench plan is already a given, if it gets all necessary approvals, on which we are waiting. I believe we all share in the remainder of your wishes for him... at least I do. Some may not agree on the last, but I for SURE do!

And welcome to participating on the Forum :D . I see you've been here over a year and a half :D
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby godnose » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:54 am

More than happy to contribute. Get in touch when the bill is sorted.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby lizzytysh » Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:02 am

Watch this space, godnose :)
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby jarkko » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:29 pm

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I am afraid I have to bring you an update that is not so promising we all were waiting for.

We have today received technical details and the approximate budget from the architect in Greece.
The plan of the bench is above and looks fantastic. Also the location could not be any better.

However, his estimate of the total costs is 9000 eur including VAT (sales tax) of 23 %.
This amount covers not just the bench, wooden back-rest and metal plaque, but also the necessary work around the bench (see photo).

Our problem is the fund raising - I am not sure if we can collect so much - we would need almost 400 contributions, if each is 25 eur.

So, what do you guys think? Your ideas and thoughts will be very much appreciated.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby st theresa1 » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:16 pm

My thought is that it is only 200 contributions of 50 euros each ($67.14 US) --I would certainly pledge that amount for this worthy cause. Now all we need are 199 more?
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby terok » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:37 pm

Some ideas are just too good to not be fulfilled. I'd say to go for it.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby yoeri » Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:28 pm

Idd, Lets go for it!
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby A.Sukitu » Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:23 am

Count me in.
I'd pay more for a concert ticket - and I'd go to (many) more than one concert.
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