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Alex
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10:12 PM - Nov 01, 2007 #1

I thought i would just say HELLO too everyone here tonight waiting for the grand opening :D ...
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10:20 PM - Nov 01, 2007 #2

Hi everyone in Vindo-land, can't wait to see the new site, and set dates for next season.
HJCBs hope we meet up next year?
Bryan :rolleyes:
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10:26 PM - Nov 01, 2007 #3

Hi everyone,
I'm waiting for the grand opening. HJCB ready for the new season. Kate.
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SacoHarry
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1:45 AM - Nov 02, 2007 #4

Woot woot. The new site looks great! Well done! Looking forward to getting myself registered and officially on the rolls for 2008!

Looks to be an exciting 5-year plan. But nothing pre-3rd century proposed between now and 2012?? Does that mean a 5-year dearth of new writing tablets, as well as all that other fabulously preserved material that makes Vindolanda so unique?? Ack!

- Harry
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9:43 AM - Nov 02, 2007 #5

Well, I 've done it and booked myself for 2 weeks next season. Wish it could be longer but I need to work for a living as well. lol. How was the booking process? To be honest it seemed more complicated than it used to be, but perhaps that's just me getting old. You now "buy " your excavation stint and put it in your shopping basket, along with any other goodies you may choose to purchase. Just got to wait now for Andy's confirmation, then the long winter months of anticpation and Uni dissertation to contemplate .

Duncan
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10:58 AM - Nov 02, 2007 #6

Hello All!

I was waiting at the keyboard last night--10:01 and I attempted to 'purchase' an excavation slot. No joy--got a 'your shopping cart is empty' when I tried to complete the transaction.

'So', says I to self, 'self, I bet that-there server is getting slammed sideways by crazed volunteers logging on from such diverse places as Patagonia, Australia, Maine and Scotland--the last two being home to particularly crazed folk--so you'd best just try again'.

So I did. And got myself registered.

Now, with luck, for his sins Justin will have to put up with me for two weeks next year. He'll be wondering what terrible things he did in a previous life to deserve my stupid jokes, no doubt.

Seriously, even if I'm not accepted ('dear Eric, we regret to inform you that, um, there will be serious flooding all season in 2008, no really there will be, so please don't bother coming...'}, I'll come to visit, at the least, just to say 'hello' to y'all and to see how the season progresses!

Good luck to everyone, and I hope to see you next year.
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11:07 AM - Nov 02, 2007 #7

SacoHarry wrote:Looks to be an exciting 5-year plan. But nothing pre-3rd century proposed between now and 2012?? Does that mean a 5-year dearth of new writing tablets, as well as all that other fabulously preserved material that makes Vindolanda so unique?? Ack!
Ah, but Harry: the 3rd and 4th centuries witnessed some of the most intriguing developments in Roman history.

Augustus was cool, if a bit humorless (or so BBC/HBO's 'Rome' has instructed me); your Hadrian was a clever fellow; Agricola was the Empire's Emissary to Those Blue-Painted Freaks Up North; Commodus looked like Joaquin Phoenix and played at swords--but for your real, down-home, stick-to-your-ribs good times, ya just gotta go with the third century. Civil wars, uncivil wars, barbarian incursions, accelerating changes in local and Empire-wide cultures and society; a whole world in transition. Principate to Dominate, divide the Empire into two, then four, have some barracks emperors, get some breakway 'empires' going...we're talking full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal, no-holds-barred 'interesting times'.

What could--no, seriously, now--what could POSSIBLY be more fun?

Except for the last day of 406. THAT was serious good fun. I mean it.

I'm sick, really I am.
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12:51 PM - Nov 02, 2007 #8

Hey all,

Good to have you on board for the 2008 season. The website is looking good, and at last, seems to be working. It just takes a little bit of patience to fill in the form. I am sorry about the troubles last night. We really had to push to get this up and running for the excavation bookings opening, so our poor web designers were working hard doing 18hour days for the past week to get it sorted. There are still a few glitches in the system, hence you might have to atempt to fill in the form twice. Don't worry, you won't be charged twice!

As for the complicated nature of the form, that is an unfortunate result of changing times. We need more info for insurance etc, so we need to ask more questions. Thus far (as of noon on the 2nd) we have had around 50 successful applications come through. There are a lot of places to fill, over 600, so nobody needs to panic just yet.

3rd 4th and 5th centuries are the focus of the next phase of work Harry, but if we are really good, and get what we need done on time.....well.........we might see what we can do. :-)

Best,

Andy
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2:18 PM - Nov 02, 2007 #9

ericjacobson wrote: Civil wars, uncivil wars, barbarian incursions, accelerating changes in local and Empire-wide cultures and society; a whole world in transition. Principate to Dominate, divide the Empire into two, then four, have some barracks emperors, get some breakway 'empires' going...we're talking full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal, no-holds-barred 'interesting times'.
Hey Eric! True, it was a Six-Flags Thundercoaster of fun over on the Continent (isn't it always?). But in Britain what were they doing in the 3rd C? Turning barracks into chalets for crying out loud! A century of military families on holiday! It's like 100 years' worth of Seinfeld episodes (the famous American "show about nothing"). It's like "Desperate Housewives," only they weren't desperate... Just "Housewives".

Now 4th C, there you're talking! Constantine & the boys partying in York, "Paul the Chain," Maximus (no, not the Australian one), chalet-living semi-professional soldier-knockoffs running away from Picts screaming "Woad is meee!!!!", Theodosius kicking barbarian backside... I can get on board with C4. ;)

- Harry
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2:55 PM - Nov 02, 2007 #10

SacoHarry wrote:
Now 4th C, there you're talking! Constantine & the boys partying in York, "Paul the Chain," Maximus (no, not the Australian one), chalet-living semi-professional soldier-knockoffs running away from Picts screaming "Woad is meee!!!!", Theodosius kicking barbarian backside... I can get on board with C4. ;)
Okay, we're good to go with the 4th c. I like Paul Catena, and Ammianus M, and of course the Comes Theodosius who laid some major whup on those barbarian conspirators.

NO MORE WIMPY 1st-3rd century history!

4th C RULES OK.

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Okay, I've taken my meds and I'm better now. I'll be in Vindolanda late June-early July, so if you're there too we'll raise a pint to Theo, celebrate the Fourth of July with a few more beers, and possibly have a few more brews to commemorate Rome and Romans in general. And maybe some more beers to celebrate your baby, and, and....

I detect a pattern to my celebratory activities.
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