Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by crystal » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:57 pm

Confirming that I am still up for lunch on the 21st, this includes of course the husband.

Thanks a lot for organising everything.

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by Womanfromaroom » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:45 pm

Thanks for your magnificent work - count me in for everything! 8)
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by Amrei » Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:49 pm

Thank you very much for organizing all this. I will be attending the lunch and all the other arrangements - just for confirmation. Maarten: 2 Euros for the tags will be no problem for anybody. Thanks so much for doing this.

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by Mollydog » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:07 pm

I will only be there for the meet up on Monday afternoon.

Thanks very much to all the local team for organising this.

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by Maarten » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:34 pm


Very good idea to have a confirmation round for the lunch on the 21st! I think several people on my name tag list won't go to the lunch, so it kind of got mixed up with a few... I've got an excel-file with all names for the name tags, because I'm going to use this one to merge it into the individual name tags once the list is complete... The list is the same as the one posted here, but all individuals are in seperate rows. I have added a column "LUNCH" to this, where I can either put
"1" (=confirmed)
"0" (=will not attend lunch)
"?" (=not yet confirmed nor cancelled)

Perhaps I can keep track of this, it's no trouble. (I can also send you this excel-file, but I'm updating this according to new participants, new info,... so it's best to keep it all with me, no?) I will email you the list as it is now, just so you can see how it works and I will keep you informed on the progress!

If you post your confirmation here, please include your number on the name tag list, makes it easier to track you down :-). Also include info about family, friends,...

Take care,

EDIT: Again: also let me know if you are NOT attending lunch!!!

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by surrender » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:59 pm

Hi friends,
just to confirm my presence on the lunch on the 21st (as I can see at the moment is my number 110, the list is moving slightly...) and the tribute concert on 20th.
My husband (nr.111 now) is NOT attending the lunch, just the tribute concert.
Great job, a lot of thanks to Barcelona team and Maarten of course.
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by margaret » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:04 pm

Number 26.
I'll be there for lunch and the tribute concert on 20th too.

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by Heike » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:24 pm

Thanks to all for your great efforts in arranging this!

No. 114, will join you for the lunch, and if the plane is on time, also for the tribute concert :) .
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by Judy » Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:05 am

No 29 + No 30 (Judy and J's daughter Elisabeth) for both the tribute concert and lunch.

Many thanks to Jorcx, Toni, Chema, Luisa :D , et al ... and Maarten
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by ForYourSmile » Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:33 am

Thank you for your comprehension. In my case I confirm the numbers 6, 7, 8, and 55 for the lunch. I know at least 4 people who will come to the Jorcx's concert but no for the lunch (Monday is working day).
paddieu wrote: Can any of the people on here help with my Girona question on the other thread ? [a ride back from show]
I think that nobody has answered you because nobody has a good solution. To return at these hours won't be easy., I just can think by car (or rent car). I have looked in Internet for the public transport and have not could find any, and less by night. There is no train and the buses are very limited: ... _empresa=2. Taxi in +34 972 61 00 00. In the organisation's web page they only explain the way in car. I wish you found someone with car, sorry I will not be present at this concert. Here there is the information that the organisers dedicate to Leonard Cohen: ... nard+Cohen
JudasPriest wrote: Can't make Barcelona unfortunately but think am going to make it to Granada a week earlier-does anyone know anything about the venue there? The Coliseo Atarfe? Is it large or intimate? Is it it some sort of historic colosseum? A Bull Ring? Outdoors? Sound quality? Any info would be welcome.
I have found: ... star&id=19
As I see, they say that it is in half of one way between a Roman Coliseum and a Bull Ring (probably you could perceive certain atmosphere of cruelty), it is a new building (2005) with mobile roof - I suppose that in its concert configuration it will be indoor, up 5000 and 7000 people. Though your nickname sounds me heavy metal, please remember that the coliseum was a priest's place of martyrdom.

zodkavombie ~ for sure you will enjoy a magnificent trip and concert, see you. Margaret, liverpoolken and Happygirl, you are very well informed and you know Barcelona. Specially Happygirl, Mirablau is a very advisable place, Merbeyé also has the flavour of the early of the past century as the mountain of the Tibidabo, el Temple del Sagrat Cor, el tramvia Blau (Blue tram). I invite you that you tell us more things of Barcelona, please, with our information they will know a Barcelona beyond les Rambles.
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by Paul Zagreb » Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:43 am

Hi from Sarajevo and a poor internet connection! No. 48 Paul here - definitely coming for the Monday lunch ... and most other things besides! You are ALL doing a great job and it is extraordinary to me what spirit of cooperation is develping here for an event which is still two months away ... bravo!!!
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by zodkavombie » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:03 am

115 and 116 will let you know later in the week.
Thanks to all for such a great job, a lot of effort and organisation
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by ColinD » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:16 am


We'd like to confirm for the lunch - ColinD & ColinD's wife Meriel, numbers 63 & 64 on the list, also we'll be at the other events.
We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in organising what we're sure will be an amazing few days.
Best Wishes,
Colin & Meriel
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by Henning » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:00 am

No. 21

On Sunday I want to sit with you a bit
On Monday I'm with the bunch for lunch
and the noon after I want to join the laughter
Let me end the night with good friends in sight
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by Happygirl » Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:34 am

I agree ForYourSmile, Barcelona has such a huge wealth of culture I would love everyone to experience as much of the 'real' Barcelona as possible. If anyone has a particular question, please just post it here and we can aim to give you some hints. I personally really like walking around town, checking out markets, quirky local cafes, live music in little bars, artist studios, that type of thing. For more general stuff like museums, major tourist attractions etc. the tourist office should have some good tips, as far as I remember there is a large one in Plaza Catalunya. I remember snapping up the Accordes con Leonard Cohen CD in FNAC (Plaza Catalunya) for €6 in a sale at the time, a steal.

As there is so much on offer in Barcelona my tip is to make a little list of the main things you want to see, don't stress about the rest (just too much to see and do anyway) and just enjoy the atmosphere as you make your way from one place to another. There are zillions of cafes, bakeries, little shops, fruit stores etc. at every corner. Public transport is really easy to get around on, you just get a T1 (10 journey ticket, also works from the airport, great value) and a map from the tourist office. I would definitely try and see one of the Gaudi buildings or the Güell Park, a quick visit to the beach to stick your toes in the water and collect some sand, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the old town, Tibidabo Hill (can be done at night see bar tips in my earlier post) and Gracia (village feel even though it's in town). In fact just writing these up makes me get all excited about the trip ;-)

As we're all music fans I'd also recommend visiting, a beautiful concert hall where I really wish Leonard was playing instead of the big stadium on the hill.

Ah and if you can learn a few basic words in Spanish or even Catalan before you go, it'll definitely help communicating with the locals. In the more touristy areas English shouldn't be a problem, but it comes across much friendlier if you can at least say good morning or excuse me in the local tongue to start your English sentences off with ;-)

Happy Leonard trip planning!
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