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I'll be in Cambridge next Saturday (5th June) for a party, & if possible I'd like to make a long weekend of it, i.e. come over on the morning of Friday 4th (or maybe even Thursday night -- hey, does the Carlton still happen on Thursdays?) and stay till Sunday afternoon.

So, with apologies for doing this as a big impersonal request, does anybody:

a) know of a cheap B&B on the north-ish side of Cambridge, or
b) have a spare bed for some/any/all of Thurs/Fri/Sat nights?

(addedentry will be joining me on the Saturday, so we will both need somewhere to stay on the Saturday night.)

I haven't been to Cambridge for far too long. Will be trying to meet up with literally everybody[*] (including several people who aren't on LJ, people I used to work with, & people I haven't spoken to for over a year). I can't see how this can possibly turn into a complete (dis)organisational nightmare where I end up running round like a mad badger & still managing to upset people by not seeing them all, no no, not at all. :-}

[*] OK, pedants, not literally literally everybody.
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crazyscot From: crazyscot Date: May 24th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't help with the B&B (other than noting that there are a load on chesterton road - google maps is probably your friend), but in case you didn't already know, beware: that's Strawberry Fair day, which has been cancelled this year, but there is talk of unofficial gatherings and there are rumours about troublemakers. In particular, addedentry should expect the police to be out in force on Saturday - bag searches at Cam station sort of thing.
j4 From: j4 Date: May 24th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Aughhh, what timing. X-( Thank you for the warning!
simont From: simont Date: May 24th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the Carlton still happens on Thursdays.

Also, yes, I've got a spare bed, but for the moment it's only a single one (which was not my intention when I set up the spare room, but silly house design turned out to get in the way), so if you get a better offer for the Saturday then I'd recommend going with it.

Do mad badgers run round in a particularly distinctive way? :-)
j4 From: j4 Date: May 26th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you - no offence intended to your bed but I did get a better offer. :) And I'm afraid I won't be able to make the Thursday after all now -- hope to see you on the Saturday anyway though?

Have you ever seen a badger run? Their bottoms bounce up and down in a particularly peculiar way. So I'd imagine a mad badger would do that only more so. I haven't actually seen an actual mad badger though, to the best of my knowledge. ("Wild? I was livid!")
james_r From: james_r Date: May 24th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a spare room which has a couple of sofabeds in that you're welcome to for the whole time, it's at CB4 1AA...
j4 From: j4 Date: May 26th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's really kind of you but I think we're going for rmc28's offer instead -- hope you're not offended! (BTW google maps says that postcode means you live on Mitcham's Corner? Is that possible?!)
From: rmc28 Date: May 26th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
He does indeed live in the middle of Mitcham's Corner.
james_r From: james_r Date: May 28th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes I live in the middle of a huge roundabout :-)
uitlander From: uitlander Date: May 24th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
There is a spare double bed with ensuite bathroom at mine that you are welcome to, although I am 10 miles out at Swavesey.
j4 From: j4 Date: May 26th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's kind of you, but I think I'm sorted for a bed in town now... but thanks for the offer!
From: rmc28 Date: May 24th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
We have a double futon in the study to which you are welcome for any or all of the weekend. (Hazard warning: I am up and out of the house by 8am Friday, Charles is often awake by 7am, and though we are working on "be quiet, people are asleep", it's not really guaranteed.)

It's not really cheap, but I have had good feedback from visitors staying in this B&B near us: http://www.canterburyhouse.co.uk/prices.html
j4 From: j4 Date: May 26th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner! If you're still willing (and if james_r won't be offended by me turning down his offer!), please could we bagsy your futon for Friday and Saturday nights? (That is, it'll be just me on Friday night & Owen too on Saturday night.) Will gladly recompense you with e.g. beer or nearest local equivalent. :)

I am hoping you're going to the same thing as us on Saturday night? :)
From: rmc28 Date: May 26th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, that will be lovely, looking forward to it.

Yes, we are going to a significant birthday party on Saturday night.
lnr From: lnr Date: May 27th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I was just coming to check if you still needed crash space, and say you'd be very welcome at ours if you didn't find any! Rachel's is definitely far handier for town than ours :)
j4 From: j4 Date: May 27th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! -- but yes I will stick with Rachel's, it is just a wee bit closer. :)

I hope I'll see you anyway on Sat. though? :)
lnr From: lnr Date: May 27th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, we shall be there. Though I was briefly confused about which Saturday it was: just back from holiday and I'd got my weeks all muddled :)
juggzy From: juggzy Date: May 24th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, I've got to be elsewhere on the Saturday (work), but if you're around on Friday would love to have lunch.
j4 From: j4 Date: May 26th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Argh, I have said I will have lunch with ex-colleagues on Friday. Since I am _not_ in work I could have two lunches, depending how flexible your lunchbreak is... :-) Alternatively, there's after-work on Friday, or Owen & I could both meet up with you on Sunday? Sunday lunch?
the_elyan From: the_elyan Date: May 24th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cheap-ish B&B - there are single rooms at the Hamilton Lodge, which is at the Elizabeth Way end of Chesterton Road, usually at £31 a night, which is as cheap as you'll do in Cam, I'd guess. Don't think they're en suite, mind. Can't remember how much their doubles are.
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