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B3ta.com - How We Saved the Web (Rob Manuel does a history of b3ta in a theatre)

Ok - here's the embarrassing bumph I was asked to write:

"Rob Manuel takes you on an entertaining romp through how he and his mates changed the face of the internet from their bedrooms. From singing kittens to teaching Buffy to say "Xylophone buggery", spotting shemale superstars before they were on TV, destroying a 20 million quid corporate re-branding scheme via the medium of flickings V's, and encouraging people to get cancer by poaching eggs in cling-film. WARNING: Watching this show might make you give up your job and accept your destiny of using the internet for mayhem."

Ok - the important points are:

* I've never done this before and booked the theatre in a moment of drunk enthusiasm, I now am shitting myself.

* It's in Islington, London. 8pm, Sunday, 2nd Oct.

* 110 tickets available (£7, or £5 for concessions)

* It's in the back of a lovely pub, so I suggest getting there early and having a drink

* I'll be getting off stage at about 9:30 giving you a good hour of drinking time afterwards with other B3ta people present

* It's going to be fun.

* You can buy tickets by phoning the box office (0207 226 1916) or buy online.

* This event is now sold out!

* I've had an email saying, "Are you still doing this? I assume as you haven't mentioned it in the newsletter, you're not." Er.. Yes. I am doing it.

(, Fri 2 Sep 2005, 2:52, Reply)
Will it be video'd?

(, Fri 2 Sep 2005, 16:38, Reply)

speaking to 110 people is tricky enough without having a DV camera in my face

(, Fri 2 Sep 2005, 17:40, Reply)

I can't get down to London. And probably alot of other people. You really should contemplate it.

(, Fri 2 Sep 2005, 18:50, Reply)
I'll sneak one of those hidden cinema cameras in.

And then sell it on the internet at £5 a go.

(, Tue 6 Sep 2005, 0:59, Reply)
meh, I'd love to go too

Can you make it go on tour? : )

(, Sun 11 Sep 2005, 23:07, Reply)
online link isn't happening...

but spoke to a very nice girl on the fone who said she'd put my name down - thanks

(, Fri 2 Sep 2005, 19:46, Reply)
The online tickets have currently sold out their allocation

but (as you know) you can phone the box office and buy them from the theatre.

I am trying to get hold of the theatre to ask them to move more of the ticket allocation to the web sales bit.

EDIT: This is now fixed.

(, Sat 3 Sep 2005, 12:11, Reply)
Shite my cocking luck.

It's in a pub so I won't be allowed in. Fuck. Film and put it up for download?

(, Fri 2 Sep 2005, 23:08, Reply)
no video?


get over the fear and let's webcast this thing. C'mon, it's about how b3ta changed the web and you're afraid to put it on the web?

I love you (in a non scary way), I love your work, I love your family, I love your cats and it therefore pains me to say...

You're wrong about this.

When you change your mind, I'd be delighted to help make it happen. Promise no dv cams in your face. And you'd own copyright.

Who's with me?

(, Sat 3 Sep 2005, 19:07, Reply)
another thought

If you really can't face being filmed, why don't we record it mp3 stylee?

Whilst film is still preferable... who'd be prepared to pay a few quid to hear the performance? We could add any relevant pics/ movies later.

I'm seeing a moneyspinner for b3ta here... and let me be clear I'm not wanting any cash for this.

Grasp the excitement? I nearly can.

(, Sat 3 Sep 2005, 19:32, Reply)
fecking jury service

I really wanna go but i gotta serve her majesty at fucking crown court, its my civil service apparently!

(, Sat 3 Sep 2005, 22:29, Reply)
Jury Service?

On a Sunday evening?

(, Sat 3 Sep 2005, 23:40, Reply)
My jury service

is from the 28th of sept onwards for 2 weeks, its just too impractical for me.

(, Sun 4 Sep 2005, 20:00, Reply)
woo for jury service!

I got that the day after, coroners court, should be quite a giggle.

I just need to get a ticket! accursed lack of internet purchasing....

(, Mon 5 Sep 2005, 9:47, Reply)
i'll send you 15 Real American Dollars if you record

As it's a little impractical for me to fly 6500 miles for the weekend but I'd really, really like to see this. Heck, make it 30 Real American Dollars! if I can have another icon too...
We're not all wankers over here. Really.

(, Sun 4 Sep 2005, 7:02, Reply)
thanks god for that !!


(, Thu 29 Sep 2005, 17:09, Reply)
Sounds like a laugh!

My girlfriend is always moaning that I spend too much time drinking heavily whilst staring at the internet and that I don't take her out anymore. Now I can take her out drinking with all the freaks from the internet!

Will I get my money back if she dumps me?

(, Sat 3 Sep 2005, 23:38, Reply)
London 8|

Makes you wonder why we have to come ALL the way down south. Some midlands dates, please :|

(, Sun 4 Sep 2005, 22:06, Reply)
Regionalist nonsenese

I agree. Being a Londoner Myself, this is at least a UK thing. Tour of UK at least. Poor Brummie.

(, Mon 5 Sep 2005, 1:12, Reply)
I'd also pay a few bucks to see the webcast!

I can't make it over from Canada. Come do another at our Toronto Pirate Bash on September 17!

(, Mon 5 Sep 2005, 3:38, Reply)
I'd love to come...

but I can't for reasons of national security. However, if you're not willing to be videoed, perhaps a transcript of the evening's blabberings might be in order (for that week's newsletter).

(, Mon 5 Sep 2005, 9:03, Reply)
of all the days!

it is my girlfriends birthday that day!
any day apart from her birthday and whenever our anniversary of meeting is, i could be there! plus islington is perfect for me. cries.
well since i got promoted i have been lurking so much more, so maybe i can drug her and just sneak in at the back half way through!

(, Mon 5 Sep 2005, 10:42, Reply)
"maybe i can drug her and just sneak in at the back "


(, Mon 5 Sep 2005, 10:57, Reply)
wrong country for me

but good luck - and remember not to have too much dutch courage. And people want to hear what you have to say, they've paid, so it's not like their judging you, just curious. It's not worth shiting yourself over

(, Mon 5 Sep 2005, 14:32, Reply)
yeah - I won't do it pissed

a pint is enough for me....

(, Mon 5 Sep 2005, 18:23, Reply)
More importantly

Did i miss something about the clingfilm egg poaching causing cancer?
Oh dear.

(, Tue 6 Sep 2005, 11:27, Reply)
i love the kings head

always full of lovies chatting about theatre but the do have some very odd live bands which is always worth popping in for

(, Tue 6 Sep 2005, 13:58, Reply)

I remember seeing someone performing a song with a carrier bag on his head there.

(, Wed 7 Sep 2005, 13:31, Reply)
woo yay

i'm going!

(, Tue 6 Sep 2005, 19:36, Reply)
If it was on earlier in the day

Then I would go since the finish time means missing the last train back to Brum. :(

(, Wed 7 Sep 2005, 21:11, Reply)


(, Thu 8 Sep 2005, 16:06, Reply)
Petition Time

We need to get this show in Brum. Or maybe he could do it 'ON' the train, and save the hassle!

(, Sat 10 Sep 2005, 16:54, Reply)
I'm confused

Is the sign me up button completely separate from the actually buying tickets bit?

(, Thu 8 Sep 2005, 22:57, Reply)

that button is just to let people know you're coming -- sadly, it's not yet smart enough to book tickets, drive you there, or cook brekkie in the morning.

(, Thu 8 Sep 2005, 23:51, Reply)
It's in my local!

Hooray. The King's Head is my local pub anyway. Means even a lazy bastard like me can make this.

(, Fri 9 Sep 2005, 16:29, Reply)
are you me?

It's been my favourite pub ever since I moved to Angel. The toilets scare me, though.

(, Fri 9 Sep 2005, 18:48, Reply)
Only one hour

extra drinking time? The King's Head is famed for its late licencing hours, that's why I go.

(, Mon 12 Sep 2005, 10:35, Reply)

it was a bit small and shit

(, Sun 2 Oct 2005, 22:57, Reply)
Hmm wait...

K, signed up as going since I live in Highbury and should be piss to get there if I can get a ticket and then had a thought...Is the Kings Head 18+ only? (To go in I mean, obviously I am aware of the licsensing laws in this country) I don't sup the magic fluid of drunkeness anymore so I won't be risking the Kings Head their license.

(, Mon 12 Sep 2005, 18:50, Reply)
SOLD OUT?!??!?!

*Insert appropriate phrase here*

Bugger... it sounds so good
(, Thu 15 Sep 2005, 0:28, Reply)

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