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going to the ESF? transport, accomodation question

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spike
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Oct 1 2004 21:21
going to the ESF? transport, accomodation question

I think I am going to end up going down to London the week of the ESF.

Its unlikely i'll bother with the "official" ESF unless I can either sneak in through an open fire escape or masquerade as press.

Anyway, I haven't figured out how i'm getting there, how i'm getting around and, my main concer, where I am going to sleep.

I am torn between going down with a bunch of people in a bus / minibus or going on the train with my bike.

Althoguh the train is expensive I will also save LOADS (like £20+) by being able to have my bike.

I also won't have to endure the tube and would be able to go on the critical mass.

The only organised transport I have heard about form Manchester is some vague mention of a Swappie bus for £10. I am tempted by this option mainly cos it can be nice travelling down with a load of people (and they won't ALL be Swappies) and also cos there may be a possibility of free accomodation.

So basically I am posting this cos i was wondering;

1 - does anyone know anymore about this Swappie bus? and will it be full of SWappies?

2 - anyone know abotu any free or very cheap accomodation (Swappie, Squatty or otherwise)?

3 - how are other Manc pople getting there?

4 - who from here is going?

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Oct 2 2004 19:15

I might be, yes the bus will be full of SWappies (apart from your odd Aanrchist biting his/her lips grin )and the FREE accomodation is apparently the Millennium Dome.

spike
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Oct 2 2004 19:45
Refused wrote:
I might be, yes the bus will be full of SWappies (apart from your odd Aanrchist biting his/her lips grin )and the FREE accomodation is apparently the Millennium Dome.

so how does one get this free accomodation then?

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Oct 4 2004 17:37

I'm not sure. I think you have to register with the official website. I'll ask some SWappies.

spike
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Oct 4 2004 17:48

thanks, Refused.

I think I have semi-sorted a place in a squat, but I would like to get access to a shower at some point during the week - apparently Friends of the Easrth have a hostel booked so I might try and sneak my way in to use their washing facilities wink

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Oct 5 2004 15:47

Got this e-mail:

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Final speakers list for the European Social Forum is attached, and it’s looking brilliant. The timetable is being sorted at the moment, but as there are 700+ meetings and over 60+ venues, plus the associated cultural events this will take time.

Registration is £20, available online @ www.fse-esf.org , or at the venues. N

NB- the 1st 20,000 who register get a fri-sun travel pass (worth £20), so booking online beforehand is advisable.

Departures- Manchester chorlton st. (opp Nat.Express Coach Station, near Piccadilly Gardens)

Thursday@ 10.45am –20 spaces available

12.45pm –20 spaces available

15.15pm –50 spaces available

Returns- Greenline coach station, Victoria, London

Sunday@ 13.00pm –20 spaces available

Monday@ 08.30am –50 spaces available

13.00pm –20 spaces available

Any combination of departures/returns is available, but spaces are filling up fast so please book asap to get the transport you require.

All enquiries about travel contact Robin on 07734 423 050

Free Accommodation is available through the ESF office (follow the website details), however I have arranged crash accommodation with Imperial College students because we want to give priority to international visitors for the accom. that the esf is doing, again I am sorting this out.

Cultural stuff and demonstrations-

The ESF will open with a showing of Ken Loachs’ film ‘bread and roses’ on the Thursday evening. This will also host the official welcoming for all the international delegates.

Love-Music-Hate-Racism will be putting on a number of club nights at a host of venues free to all delegates- acts are mainly UK hip-hop, but Peter Doherty will be singing at the final rally on Sunday held in trafalger square.

On the Saturday there will be a demonstration at Canary Wharf in support of the unionisation campaign for office cleaners. These are the worst paid jobs in London, mostly done by a predominantly female and immigrant workforce.

The ESF will culminate in a demonstration on the Sunday starting at 1pm in Russell sq, ending with the final rally in trafalger sq, and the theme of the demo will be ‘no to war, no to neoliberalism’.

PS this will be a “European” style demo- not the dreary British kind!

Any more questions please ring

Cheers,

Robin Burrett

Campaigns Officer

UMSU

campaigns@umsu.man.ac.uk

0161 275 2957 / 07734 423 050

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Oct 12 2004 03:13

bring a radio

pass it on