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YSP Tweetup 2017

IMG_20150620_124703960Nah then, sexpots. The Sixth Annual Wombat Anniversary YSP Tweetup will take place on Saturday 24th June 2017 at (colour me surprised) Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Come and meet a fat old wombat and his beautiful consort for art, countryside, sexy rabbits, picnics, shiny balls and sociability. Here’s a few things to know.

Where is YSP?

YSP is just off the M1 junction 38. The best postcode for your Sat Nav is WF4 4JX. The 96 bus comes directly to YSP from Barnsley and Wakefield. Visit wymetro.com for bus timetables.

"Look, some nature!"What time are we meeting?

Meet between 10 and 10:30 near the main car park, by the entrance to the main building (check the map down below). If it’s chucking it down, you could always pop inside.

What’s the car parking like?

Admission to YSP (a charity) is free. The parking fees keep the place going. Car Parking is £8. You pay by machine that takes cards or cash, and asks for your car registration number (or you can pay online up to a week after). Motorbikes are free. The car park is HUGE and everyone will fit in.

What about food, Wombie?

Bring picnic food & drink, for we will PICNIC BABY! And I want to taste your goodies, obv. Alternatively, there’s both a restaurant and a café. Tap water is always available free.

DoodlesWill you sign my boobs?

Damn yes.

Sorry, I meant books. If I bring your books, will you sign those?

Oh books. Oh … yeah, OK then, bring them along.

Is there anything else?

As usual, dogs and kids are more than welcome – it’d be nice to keep up the tradition of kids climbing on that sculpture that no-one’s supposed to climb on. Otherwise, the agenda is mostly the having of fun! We usually manage that without trying. We don’t have to stick together the whole day, of course, but I hope we can at least get a big team photo of the whole company as on previous occasions.

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Here you go. Click it to see a much larger version.

And CLICK HERE to visit the YSP site – there’s more information there than you could possibly need.

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YSP Tweetup 2015

IMG_4997Okeydokesteroonie. The Fifth Annual Wombat Anniversary YSP Tweetup will take place on Saturday 20th June 2015 at, surprise, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Already a fair number of you have said you’ll be there, and some of you are planning to make very long journeys indeed (hello, Lotte!). Here’s a few things.

Where is YSP?

YSP is just off the M1 junction 38. The best postcode for your Sat Nav is WF4 4JX. The 96 bus comes directly to YSP from Barnsley and Wakefield. Visit wymetro.com for bus timetables.

What time are we meeting?

Meet between 10 and 10:30 near the main car park, by the entrance to the main building (check the map down below). If it’s chucking it down, you could always pop inside.

DSCF1569What’s the car parking like?

Admission to YSP (a charity) is free. The parking fees keep the place going. Car Parking is £8. You pay by machine that takes cards or cash, and asks for your car registration number. Motorbikes are free. The car park is HUGE and everyone will fit in.

What about food, Wombie?

Bring picnic food & drink, for we will PICNIC BABY! Also for the fun that is swapping food. Alternatively, there’s both a restaurant and a café. Tap water is available free.

Will you sign my boobs?

Damn yes.

Sorry, I meant books. If I bring your books, will you sign those?

Oh books. Oh… OK then, bring them along. hh

Is there anything else?

If you’re up for it, bring a hula hoop and we’ll have a go together! I’ll have mine, at which I am USELESS, and at least two other people (hi, Lotte and Dinks!) are bringing theirs. Otherwise, um, just let’s have fun! We usually manage that without trying. We don’t have to stick together the whole day, of course, but I hope we can at least get a big team photo of the whole company as on previous occasions.

 

ysp annotated[2][2]How about a map of YSP?

Here you go. Click it to see a much larger version.

And CLICK HERE to visit the YSP site – there’s more information there than you could possibly need.

Bring kids, dogs, cake and especially cake

It’s only just occurred to me that it’s quite close to #YSPtweetup 2014, and what have I done in preparation? A lot of sod all, that’s what. It’s about time I extracted my digit and started winding up the arrangements.

#YSPtweetup

For this year’s Wombat Wedding Anniversary hoopla we will once again be at the delightful Yorkshire Sculpture Park for picnics, walks, art and having a lot of fun together. The date to mark in red in your diary is Saturday 21st June.

As usual, bring food, chums, OHs, smiles, kids and canine companions. We’ll follow the usual plan: meet up around ten (although it usually takes at least half an hour to get the gang moving – honestly, you lot are as nippy as the Titanic sometimes), then stroll down to the picnic area for food, chat, and watching the kids. After we’ve all eaten each other’s food, we’ll “do” the park – lakes, woods, artworks, and climbing on that sculpture that you’re not supposed to climb on.

basdriver map

 

An offer of a lift: @basdriver is driving up to YSP from Cardiff and is kindly offering lifts to anyone near his route (click on the map on the left to see it large), which is roughly Cardiff-> Cheltenham-> Birmingham-> Nottingham-> Sheffield-> Wakefield). Contact him if you want to take him up on his lovely offer. Nice chap.

And if you can offer a lift to anyone who might want to go but has no transport, then let me know and I’ll put out a call on here.

 

 

YSP mapOK, here’s a map (click it to big it) and some bullet points. Gotta love bullet points.

  • YSP is just off the M1 junction 38.
  • Meet between 10 and 10:30 near the main car park, by the entrance to the main building. If it’s stair-rodding, you could always pop inside.
  • Car Parking is £8 for all day, payable at a machine that takes cards or cash, and asks for your car reg. number. The Car Park is HUGE and everyone will fit in.
  • Bring picnic food & drink OR buy stuff in the cafés there. Tap water is available free.
  • If you have any of my books you want signing, bring them along. I’ll also be available to sign boobs *eyebrow waggle*
  • We don’t have to stick together the whole day, but I hope we can at least get a big team photo of the whole company like before.
  • Official hashtags – either #YSPtweetup or #YSPtweetup2014.

Check the YSP website to see what they’ve got on at the moment, and ask me if you have any questions. Finally, clicky these links to see my blogs of previous #YSPtweetups: 2011, 2012, 2013.

#YSPtweetup2014 advance notice

z-0vanishedhippoYes, I know, it’s very advanced notice, but I have already had half a dozen people asking about this year’s Wombat Wedding Anniversary get together. Once again we’ll be at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for picnics, walks and art. The date to mark in red in your diary is Saturday 21st June. As usual, bring food, chums, OHs, kids and all manner of canine companions.

I have a passing fancy this year to finally remember to get everyone to do the Mass Paperbag Trick. And maybe get everyone to bring their ukulele so that we can have a YSP Ukulele Orchestra rendition of Ilkley Moor Bar T’at. We’ll see. More in a few months.

Click here to see previous #YSPtweetup blogs: 2011, 2012, 2013.

#YSPtweetup 2013, the official video

#YSPtweetup Update

#YSPtweetupIt’s TOMORROW! I am orgasmic* at the prospect of seeing you all, chums. You too may go ‘squee’, if you wish. Here’s a few reminders of the bits you need to know.

  • YSP is just off the M1 junction 38. You might want to allow extra time for your journey in view of the forecast rain.
  • Meet between 10 and 10:30 near the main car park, by the entrance to the main building. If it’s teeming down, you could always pop inside.
  • Car Parking is £7.50 (it says on their site, although someone else told me eight quid). Pay by a machine that takes cards or cash, and asks for your car reg. number.
  • The Car Park is HUGE and everyone will fit in.
  • Bring picnic food & drink OR buy stuff in the cafés there. Tap water is available free.
  • Image1Bring a paper bag if you want to try ‘The Trick’.
  • The weather forecast at the moment is for light rain as we arrive, ameliorating quickly to occasional showers, and then cloudy with sunny intervals. Wear stuff for wet play (fnarr) and don’t worry about a bit of rain. Click the forecast on the right if you can be arsed to see a bigger version.
  • If you have any of my books you want signing, bring them along.
  • We don’t have to stick together the whole day, but I hope we can at least get a big team photo of the whole company like last time.

CLICK HERE for the earlier blog post with much more detail, including a map.

CLICK HERE to visit the YSP site itself.

CLICK HERE for a PDF of ‘What’s On’ which also includes a map.

*not literally, cos that would be disgusting.

Roll up, roll up!

Twitter assembled

Come one, come all to the third YSP tweetup, once again celebrating Wombat’s Wedding Anniversary. Yes, once again we’ll be having a get together at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, this year on the anniversary itself, Sunday 23rd June. Firstly, let me just give a hat-tip to @nyncompoop, whose original idea it was to gather at YSP. Follow announcements on Twitter by using the hashtag #YSPtweetup.

Daaaaaave!As before, bring pickernick food, bring chums, bring husbands, wives, kids, lovers and all the dogs you can shake a stick at. I shall also expect many anniversary hugs. We’ll have a picnic lunch before launching our Twitter army around the park, appreciating art, talking bollocks, making good conversation, photographing every single sodding thing we see, and generally farting about. Liquorice ice cream is served in the café, so that’s always a good winding down point at the end of the afternoon, after all the leg-ache.

I can’t promise that Dave will hog the camera once more. Jim's LeapI can’t promise that Jim will leap from a mighty height again, suspended only by his umbrella. I can, however, promise an afternoon packed with good friends and a good time. If you’ve been before, you’ll know the happy times to be had. If you haven’t been before, come along and discover what fun it is.

Paper bags

Last year, lots of us brought paper bags so that we could pleasure @TheFlossieTP (what better reason?) with an attempt at a Mass Paper Bag Trick (a la Eric Morecambe). Only we forgot.

So let’s try it again this year! Bring along your paper bags, and we’ll have a (likely shambolic) go at giving Floss a cheap thrill. She’s anybody’s for a paper bag. Here’s the trick performed by the originators. Instruction will be given if for any reason you *don’t* know how to do it.

Parking at YSP

It’s a big old car park. Parking is £7.50 per car for all day parking, and the machines take both cash & cards. Motorbikes are free.

 

Big chairsBuses and trains

By train
Wakefield Westgate is the nearest main line station, around seven miles from YSP. A taxi from the station costs approximately £12. London King’s Cross to Wakefield takes approximately 2 hours. For times and fares visit nationalrail.co.uk
By bus
Buses run between Wakefield Bus Station and Barnsley Interchange via West Bretton. Buses stop and depart directly outside the YSP Centre. The current provider is Tates Travel, number 96. For the latest timetable visit wymetro.com (the first bus friom Wakefield on a Sunday is 12:39, getting to YSP at 12:56. The last bus leaves YSP at 15:58, getting to Wakefield at 16:25).

 

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YSP opens at 10am, and we’ll meet up outside the YSP Centre (see the map below) , then move down to the Picnic area (also on the map) where there are several tables. Let’s hope for a fine day, but if anyone can remember an undercover place to eat at YSP, please do jog my memory.

When the spirit moves us, we can wander off to explore the park, either en masse or as smaller groups. And take ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHS!

 

Map

To find YSP, leave the M1 at J38 and follow the signs. Click the map below to see a much larger version.

Map

 

Blogs of previous #YSPtweetups

2011: http://cubicscats.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/reet-champion-tweetup.html

2012: http://cubicscats.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/ysp-tweetup-best-wedding-anniversary.html

2012

The #YSPtweetup Bench Dance

YSP Tweetup – Best Wedding Anniversary Ever?

Knackered but eating liquorice ice cream

Well, it was a cracking day, wasn’t it? The weather behaved beautifully, Dave behaved beautifully, and the kids….. well they had fun too. Sorry we got there a bit later than planned, making some of you hang around the exciting car park. This was due to circumstances.

There’s a shedload of pics here, not all mine, so if I’ve used one of yours that you’d rather wasn’t here, let me know. Think I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

 

Australia

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Me and Austin had a fascinating visit to “Australia – a nundred miles away” from the picnic site. He was particularly taken by the masked man and what had happened to his underpants…..

 

 

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… and the racing man, who he thought would slip over in the mud.

 

 

 

 

Pickernick

283646_2904900080512_1434071103_nI ate SO much stuff, but how could I resist? Samosas (five second rule applies), cornbread, millionaire’s shortbread (my favourite), strawberries and champagne (thank you Andrea).

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“And then Wombat ate it OFF THE FLOOR! EEEWWW!”

 

 

 

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Twinkle!

 

 

 

 

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Dave has a pork pie, while Otherdave reaches for his FNP 45 USG Bitone.

 

 

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MEN are here! Men who have proper rucksacks and tattoos and stuff.

 

 

 

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The pickernick table. Rob & Aud are obviously seated ‘below the salt’ (look it up) with the sprogs.

 

 

600846_2904871799805_707109447_nThirty-third Anniversary stuff. It’s quite remarkable that me and Maeve have been married longer than some of you have been alive. Sweet Baby Jeebus, but we’re old.  I have to say, though, that I’m still besotted by this woman even after 33 years. 205233_2904883720103_848592219_nThanks to everyone who came and helped us celebrate (you know, proper heartfelt thanks, not just hey-its-a-word thanks), and particular hug-and-a-bottom-feel thanks to ‘Manda for the flowery goodness, and Andrea for the champers.

 

Entertaining The Kids. And Dave.

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Uncle Johnny entertains the kids with tales of tigers disembowelling zebras, and games about strangling.

 

 

 

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Cat and Nell, either best buddies, superhero and sidekick, or evil mastermind and minion. Only they can decide.

 

 

 

 

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I fell in love with Dave (and a little bit with his owner, but don’t tell her that). Speaking of which, have a few more Dave pics while I have them to hand….

 

 

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“Can’t… quite… reach… the… itch…..”

 

 

 

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Dave plays “Spot The Difference”.

 

 

 

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The canine appreciation of Antony Gormley’s work.

 

 

 

Turning The Titanic

556531_2904955281892_1733744533_nSorry, that was Cat’s way of describing getting the group moving after nomming. It’s not easy to think up interesting titles, you know. This pic by Mel is one of my favourites, showing the herd flocking South.

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A nice sit down. The kids, I have to say, were wonderful, and really added to the fun of the day.

 

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Sexy rabbit, just cos I like to take every opportunity to look at a nice arse.

 

 

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David reckons this looks like I’ve just beamed down from the Enterprise, and he’s not wrong. I did enjoy that crystal cave thingy.

 

 

 

Team photo by Steve’s camera, minus a few who had got lost by walking past a sign that said “Do Not Go Past This Sign”.

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new6I’m pretty sure this is what made my arse ache so much on the Sunday, sitting-down-dancing on the Snow Patrol benches. No bugger rubbed my buttocks better either Sad smile

 

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Proper photographers with proper cameras, making mine seem most inadequate. Their penises are probably bigger than mine too.

 

 

 

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Peep-oh! Look, there’s Ted!

 

 

 

 

Jim’s Leap

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Showing us all how to behave responsibly in the presence of children, Jim discovers that the properties of an umbrella as a parachute are greatly over-rated by cartoons. Click this sentence to hear his song about this foolhardy leap of faith.

 

Around The Lake

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Artistically posed by accident. Well played, gang.

 

 

 

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What’s in the box, Will?

 

 

 

 

 

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Rob is very proud of his bumbershoot.

 

 

 

 

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Mel decides to…. well I’m not sure, actually. Maybe he found a lovely ladybird or maybe a wounded tiny bird.

 

 

 

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Uncle Johnny in charge at the stepping stones.

 

 

 

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Waterfally falllingdownhousey shot. Just because.

 

 

 

 

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Awwwww! “Chums”

 

 

 

 

And finally – bring on the wall! Dave loves it inside this Goldsworthy sculpture. He got all excited, bless him.

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Thank You

I’m not going to name you all individually, cos I’d be bound to forget someone and then you’d be upset, but I really do appreciate everybody who came on 23rd June. I appreciate the effort it took, especially following days of rainy deluge. You made it a right special day, ta. Special thanks to Jim, for his Wombat song. That’s right, click just there to hear it.

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Tis the day before Tweetup……

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All you need to know for tomorrow’s #YSPtweetup. If you have any questions, or can’t find us tomorrow, @ or DM me on Twitter.

Weather Forecast

The Forecast (click on Saturday) says currently that it’ll be cloudy, with a chance of light showers & sunny intervals in the afternoon. It may be a bit too damp underfoot to spread blankets on the grass like last year, but hey-ho! Come with a hat and a cheerful heart and we’ll manage, eh?

Parking

It’s a big old car park. Parking is £7.50 per car for all day parking, and the machines take both cash & cards. Motorbikes are free.

Bus from Wakefield

Thanks to @sjnewton for the info that the 96 bus goes to YSP once an hour from Wakefield Bus Station, and the last one back leaves YSP at 17:38

Times

The YSP opens at 10am, and we’ll meet up outside the YSP Centre (see the map below) , then move down to the Picnic area (also on the map) where there are at least tables. Any rain shouldn’t arrive until later, but if anyone can remember an undercover place to eat, please do jog my memory.

When the spirit moves us, we can wander off to explore the park, either en masse or as smaller groups. Do remember to take plenty of photographs for Sunday’s #WOMBATPICS.

anniversary Hugs

Yes please.

Paper bags

Purely to please @TheFlossieTP (what better reason?) it’d be fun to attempt a Mass Paper Bag Trick (a la Eric Morecambe), so do bring along a paper bag if you fancy joining in.

Map

To find YSP, leave the M1 at J38 and follow the signs. Click the map below to see a much larger version.

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