Report by Paul (TRD)
On Saturday 7th July 2001, the Aigburth Arms Posse met at 9:30am at Liverpool Lime
Ageing Dwarfer and Entil'Zah Valzie were already there when myself and Mattflibs
arrived at 9:30. Two minutes later Dr Lanstrum and Mrs Flibble turned up. The
last two people were to be met at the entrance to the train station...... hmmm?
There are three entrances; so we stayed at the middle one and Ageing went off
to find the other two dwarfers. Arriving back in less that two minutes with Jinx
and her mate Maddie in tow.
All together we went off in search our hotel; The Gladstone Hotel. This was
not very far away from the station to tell the truth; in fact it was out of an
exit and up the hill. After checking-in Mattflibs, Mrs Flibble, Dr Lanstrum and
myself sat in the foyer chatting, introducing myself to everyone properly. We
all sat on the leather armchairs in the foyer for what seemed like hours; before
deciding what to do next.
As Ageing Dwarfer and Valzie had stopped the night before they decided to show
us round town. At around 10:30am we left the hotel and headed for a local sci-fi
shop called Worlds Apart. This shop stocked every kind of sci-fi memorabilia you
could every want; that is apart from Red Dwarf :( They had a few books, but that
was it; it was very lacking in the 'Red Dwarf merchandise department'.
left the shop about 25 or-so minutes later; and after wandering about
for a while we stumbled upon a cyber-cafe called Planet Electra, we booked
1/2 hour on two PC's and had some drink. Each of us checked our email
and caught up with goings-on on the 'Aigburth Arms board' and BTLi @ TORDFC
(only available to members). This took us nicely up to 12:10pm,just enough
time to walk down the road to the ODEAN Cinema. We got there a few minutes
later, well 1 minute actually it's only a few doors down; and we took
some pictures of our intrepid organisers Ageing and Valzie (love you guys)
in front of a the Tomb Raider / Lara Croft cardboard fascia in the foyer.
Popcorn and drinks were next on the agenda, as you can't go to the cinema
a not spend large amounts of money on cinema snacks, can you? The movie
was a hit, well at least I thought so. And I could see the drool from
all the young ladies mouths as Chris walked on-screen. I mean c'mon, what
has he got that I haven't? Erm... okay, so he has a great job, nice car,
lots of money. Well 2/3 ain't bad I suppose. Chris' part 'Hillary' was
played brilliantly in Tomb Raider, but for some reason every time I saw
him, all I could see was a smartly dressed Rimmer :)
Well enough about the film, because probably everybody has seen it now, and
if you haven't I recommend it. After the film both Ageing and Valzie went off
to 'Forbidden Planet' (another sci-fi shop) and the rest of us went back to the
hotel to freshen up. Saying they'd be back by 2:30pm we waited in the foyer as
this time arrived (they arrived back at 2:45), this was hilarious as they said
that they'd been side tracked, LOL. Well after they had been up to their room
and freshen up, we left in two taxies to the Aigburth Arms (The main reason for
our visit to Liverpool).
The excitement of us all was boiling over as we left the taxies behind us and
entered the pub. The pub is split in two with a restaurant bit and a bar bit with
a pool table. We soon found ourselves in the pool room drinking our first round
of drinks which the lovely Valzie purchased. We all sat down in the corner next
to this huge television which was showing 'The Box' (music channel). The member
of staff that was behind the bar was fantastic; and somehow she had twigged that
we we're Red Dwarf fans before we even spoke to her. It might of been my opening
line "Do you have an empty cardboard box?", but who knows? Well Emma,
the lovely barmaid, took a photo of us all. We then sat down and had our drinks.
We chatted for ages before Mattflibs asked if anyone would like a game of pool.
Playing pool at the Aigburth Arms was a surreal experience. Matt teamed up with
Mrs Flibble and I teamed up with Jinx. This was a very very long game, as we are
all 'pants' at pool. Jinx and I did not win, but it was very close, only one ball
in it. Photographs of this defeat we taken, but not with my camera :) So I'll
see if I can get hold of any.
had found us a box and Mattflibs inscribed the immortal words onto it (btw, the
space is in the wrong place Mattflibs ;) )The time came to place the sacred box
underneith the pool table and now was the time for the photo opportunity everyone
had been waiting for. *FLASH* *FLASH* *FLASH* *FLASH* Four or more cameras were
taking multiple pictures of this box, oh, and the pool table.
The pool table was then taken over by some of Locals (much better at pool than
us), and so we sat down in the corner and stated once again to have a real-good
natter. Red Dwarf quotes we're thrown in at intervals by yours truly; at one point
someone commented on me doing this, you know who you are :) This turned out to
be good, as Red Dwarf quotes never stopped; it was great!
In to the next room we went after spending a good few hours chatting and drinking,
mainly 'soft drinks' surprisingly. Time for food! many of us hadn't eaten all
day, and by this time we were absolutely starving; I think we would have eaten
Listers dog food, if there was nothing else. We each ordered food individually
at the bar, a nightmare for the chef, I would think? But the food was cooked reasonably
it was really nice too. I had Scampi & Chips which was lovely. I know that
everyone enjoyed their meals.
After the food we we're all parched; so off back up to the bar we went for
drinks. Mattflibs joked about wanting a 'Dry White Wine and Perrier', which Ageing
bought, and so he had to drink it. That was funny because he didn't like it much;
so it kinda went round the table with everyone had a taste. The night continued
with more drinks and more conversation. Having never met up with a group of Red
Dwarf fanatics before, this was great, talking about my favourite show.
Mattflibs not wanting to break the topic of Red Dwarf, decided to try a Cinzano
Bianco; well this was OK, until he had it in front of him. Being to scared to
drink it, we all cheered him on to drink it in one go. He did this, and the look
on his face *laughs*; Reminded me of Lister's dog food meal. After he downed the
drink, I named him Matt (Cinzano Bianco) flibs. This name kinda stuck for a while.
Many many many more photo's were taken both inside and out side the Aigburth
Arms, and all in all we had a great time. At about 8-ish, two of our gang who
were from Liverpool, got a lift home and the six of us left got a taxi back to
the hotel after yet more photograph taking.
The taxi ride was the funniest taxi ride I've ever been on, though the joke
was about me, so if you want to know why, you'll have to ask someone. The taxi
driver was excellent. Well, arriving back at the hotel, more pictures we taken
and then up to the bar we went to order Mattflibs another Cinzano Bianco *LOL*.
We got our drinks and sat down on the sofa's in the bar. After chatting for a
while, about 9:30-ish we were all quite tired, and some of us went to bed. A few
of us stayed up a little longer and had one more drink.
The next morning, to my amazement I actually woke up before my alarm clock
went off. It was about 7:10am and I decided to put pen-to-paper and document the
weekend's activities. I didn't write everything down, just notes (It's taken about
2 1/2 hours too write 'this' report), but anyway we all met up in the bar area
about 9:00am and went through to the restaurant for our breakfast. The food was
good and I think we all ate more than we should have.
Valzie was the first person to leave and go home at around 11:00am and we all
went on to the platform to see her off, Rimmer Saluting as she left. It was very
emotional. And then there were five.
Well Ageing wasn't leaving till later in the day so we all had a walk around
Liverpool (well part of it). As Ageing had already been shopping more
than twice, she needed a back to put all of her souvenirs in. Finding
the 'bag' shop was fun; as we walked through the shopping centre we walked
past one shoe shop, then another, then another, and then... another. We
wondered if people bought anything else other than shoes in Liverpool?
:) Finally found the shop and bought a bag so then we were happy. We decided
that we had a few hours to spare until the next party's train arrived
so we went back to Planet
Electra, the cyber cafe we'd found the day earlier. We decided to
post a message of each of the boards ('Aigburth Arms board' and Post Pod
interactive @ TORDFC
(only available to members)) once more. We each checked our email and
then sat in the comfy seats near the window, eating food which we had
ordered. Time was nearly up, we only had about 45 minutes until the first
train was to leave, so we made our way back to the hotel.
at the hotel, Allen (the Guest Services Co-ordinator, who we had met the previous
day) was in the foyer. What a nice bloke, he was very funny, and made us laugh
a lot. He retrieved our bags from left luggage (a job which was Brian's, the porter)
and we sat on the Chesterfield Settees in the foyer chatting to him until it was
time to leave.
Time came for us to say our goodbyes to the hotel and the staff that we had
terrorised for the previous 24-or-so hours, walked down the hill to the train
station. The first train to leave was Dr Lanstum and Mrs Flibbles train. This
was a very emotional time for us all as we waved goodbye (Until Dimension Jump,
for me). Ten minutes later Mine and Mattflibs' train was ready to go. I tried
to get Ageing to come with us, but she couldn't :(
Rimmer Saluting as we left; we realised that our weekend was over. Ageing made
her way back to the hotel for a while as her plane didn't leave for a few hours.
This weekend was one of the best weekends I've had in ages... and 'Yes', we
will return to the sacred pub again next year, but until then why not join us
at the Aigburth
Arms message board.