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It also had a fierce pub quiz and some highly knowledgeable locals!!
Mary
10:51 PM, 28/07/15
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And on the subject of pub... anyone else up for early GA?
Niall H.
7:14 PM, 29/07/15
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We've had a power cut (ongoing - giving medicines by torchlight!), flood, and a fire here at the hospital so far today - we just need the plague of locusts and were all done!
Mary
2:40 PM, 30/07/15
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<rant> So, having recently had an operation, it turns out that for the next 2 years, EVERY TIME I want to take out insurance I now have to phone the BMC insurance people during working hours, go through a long questionnaire and get a medical reference code that is specific to that one specific trip policy Crying Presumably lots of people have this problem?! (Unless it's a cunning trick to get people to buy multi-trip policies...) </rant>
Bethan
3:38 PM, 30/07/15
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"<rant> So, having recently had an operation, it turns out that for the next 2 years, EVERY TIME I want to take out insurance I now have to phone the BMC insurance people during working hours, go through a long questionnaire and get a medical reference code that is specific to that one specific trip policy Crying Presumably lots of people have this problem?! (Unless it's a cunning trick to get people to buy multi-trip policies...) </rant>" -- Bethan

This is the first time for two years I haven't had to!
But yes ... very frustrating ...

Holiday? Grinning
Marion
4:46 PM, 30/07/15
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Hmmm. It just seems that they should be able to have a system that gives you a single reference code that you can reuse. Fair enough if you have an ongoing condition, but for anyone who's had an operation or recovered from something, it's just a massive pain!

A friend suggested trying Austrian Alpine instead, but I've not looked into it - I ended up phoning the BMC.
Bethan
4:53 PM, 30/07/15
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Hello Niall, Cameron, Mary and all! Thank you for the campsite recommendation - it sounds perfect Grinning

Snowcard is pretty good for insurance too, but I don't know if it's funny about operations...
Flick
6:37 PM, 30/07/15
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Gah, I think acceptance that I'm now a pariah and resignment to this dinosaur thing of phoning during working hours rather than booking online is the only option for the next couple of years Shock
Bethan
10:09 PM, 30/07/15
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this dinosaur thing of phoning during working hours
That seems to be an insurance industry thing. I'm sorry that you're stuck with it, though.
Niall H.
10:30 PM, 30/07/15
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It's 2015.
That is all.
Bethan
11:00 PM, 30/07/15
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Two years? Is that what the insurance company counts as recent? I obviously missed that when I took out BMC insurance last year, only 9 months after my hernia op. I'd assumed that because my consultant had signed me off I was done.
Robert
9:48 AM, 31/07/15
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In other news I'm in Oxford tonight, meeting Chris and Peter at the Rusty Bicycle at 9pm if anyone else wants to join.
Robert
9:49 AM, 31/07/15
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Thanks Jamie and Niall for your research. I've tried that number (now for Trek and Trail) and they say ClimbingDirect used to be part of them but not any more. Still no answer on the mobile, or from their online form. But it looks like their webshop is still online so they are still trading? Running out of ideas now...... Trading Standards? UKC?
Flick - what did you do about the poles - did you just buy replacements?
Also on insurance - I use Dog Tag. Their annual policies are quite reasonable and break even at about 3 trips (and then any trip over 2 nights with pre-booked accommodation is covered.....) and would at least save you lots of phonecalls......
Alison
9:55 AM, 31/07/15
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@Alison: I bought cheap new tent poles with the intention of cutting them down to size. I then bought a cheap tent in Slovenia when Scott, Chris and I had our 'oh I thought you were bringing a tent' incident on arrival! I carried the decent tent and untouched poles around several house moves and put them in the corner of the garage feeling guilty...They are now irreversibly bespidered...
Flick
11:53 AM, 31/07/15
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I'm not free tonight, but I do miss Oxford pub catch-ups, and OUMC in general. I'll try to pop along on a Weds eve sometime soon, or even at a weekend if people are around? I have a vague ambition to cycle to and from Oxford one weekend...
Flick
11:55 AM, 31/07/15
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Flick - happy to car share for a Weds pub sometime! Sorry about the spiders!
Alison
1:17 PM, 31/07/15
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"In other news I'm in Oxford tonight, meeting Chris and Peter at the Rusty Bicycle at 9pm if anyone else wants to join. " -- Robert

I'll see you there. Don't suppose anyone fancies going a bit earlier, maybe getting food?
Will B
6:00 PM, 31/07/15
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I'm going to the 7pm-ish session of mission impossible 4? 5? tonight in the city if anyone is interested.
Luke D

6:07 PM, 31/07/15
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mission impossible 4? 5?
It's impossible to tell Wink
Niall H.
8:02 PM, 31/07/15
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Flick: we'll certainly be at the pub on Wednesdays, and people are usually round at the weekends (at least some!). The cycle sounds an amusing way to do it (though probably not for a Wednesday evening)
Niall H.
8:04 PM, 31/07/15
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"Hmmm. It just seems that they should be able to have a system that gives you a single reference code that you can reuse. Fair enough if you have an ongoing condition, but for anyone who's had an operation or recovered from something, it's just a massive pain!

A friend suggested trying Austrian Alpine instead, but I've not looked into it - I ended up phoning the BMC." -- Bethan


Not really fair enough if you have an ongoing condition - just means you'd have to contact them every time for ever to give them the same information.

There are a few insurance companies who will let you fill in the medical info online - I googled 'travel insurance medical condition' and found you can even do that on one of the money comparison websites - they'll tell you who's best given your medical condition. Not sure if they include companies with insurance for climbing trips, though.

Gillian
8:14 AM, 1/08/15
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"Thanks Jamie and Niall for your research. I've tried that number (now for Trek and Trail) and they say ClimbingDirect used to be part of them but not any more. Still no answer on the mobile, or from their online form. But it looks like their webshop is still online so they are still trading? Running out of ideas now...... Trading Standards? UKC?" -- Alison

Hmm. I think my next step would be asking very loudly and publicly if they are still trading, and if so asking them to get in touch, on FB, UKC, Twitter etc.
Jamie
2:39 PM, 1/08/15
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Hello!

I'm back in Oxford and (apparently) I'm functioning normally. Happy

Does anyone have any day trip plans for tomorrow that I might be able to join? I assume that everybody's sorted, but just in case I can head off somewhere I thought I might ask.
Cameron
3:42 PM, 1/08/15
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Hello Cameron: welcome back!
Niall H.
5:05 PM, 1/08/15
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It's been a long time, apparently I don't even have a UKC account any more!
Alison
10:39 AM, 2/08/15
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Hmmm... this sounds like the kind of "holiday" I keep getting involved in... Ukraine Tours
Steve
7:43 PM, 2/08/15
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"Hmmm... this sounds like the kind of "holiday" I keep getting involved in... Ukraine Tours" -- Steve

Hmm, trad in a bio-hazard suit... ...think of the new routing potential though!
Dave A.
7:29 PM, 3/08/15
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So uh.. we heard the kids like smartwatches. So we put a watch on your watch.
Dave A.
1:27 PM, 4/08/15
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The mind boggles...
Cameron
2:22 PM, 4/08/15
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Will peeps be at the pub tomorrow? Celebrating finish my ward job and going back to anaesthetics!
Mary
6:18 PM, 4/08/15
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Mary: I'll certainly be there, sure others will be too Happy
Dave A.
9:21 PM, 4/08/15
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I'll be there. Grinning
Cameron
9:46 PM, 4/08/15
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Well then so shall I! Grinning
Mary
9:58 PM, 4/08/15
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