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Title: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on January 29, 2013, 05:06:00 PM
http://www.jet2.com/PartyPlane?utm_source=FlightsAdhoc%7CPARTYPLANE&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=BFS&utm_content=Copy&utm_campaign=130128&cm_mmc=Email-_-FlightsAdhoc%7CPARTYPLANE-_-130128-_-BFS%7CCopy&cm_mmca1=EN&cm_mmca2=FlightsAdhoc&cm_mmca3=Null&cm_mmca4=SALE10&cm_mmca5=1&cm_mmca6=PARTYPLANE (http://www.jet2.com/PartyPlane?utm_source=FlightsAdhoc%7CPARTYPLANE&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=BFS&utm_content=Copy&utm_campaign=130128&cm_mmc=Email-_-FlightsAdhoc%7CPARTYPLANE-_-130128-_-BFS%7CCopy&cm_mmca1=EN&cm_mmca2=FlightsAdhoc&cm_mmca3=Null&cm_mmca4=SALE10&cm_mmca5=1&cm_mmca6=PARTYPLANE)

Got this from Jet2. Win a plane for the weekend.

Who's gonna submit a plan for 100 naturists flying down from Blighty to Murcia  for the skinny dip?

If a 'birthday bash in Barcelona' is one of the 'themes' that might win it, I dare say 100 naturists heading for a World Record attempt probably has as much chance as anyone. More, if Jet2 can squeeze some publicity out of it...

You connect via Facebook and people 'apply' to join the flight. Well, the Vera Playa Friends page on FB sounds like the perfect place for someone to post this, for us -as a community- to apply and get 1/6th of the proposed participants flying in for the weekend.

You never know...we could get lucky.  :)


Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: tiger79 on January 29, 2013, 08:03:42 PM
Great idea, James!
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on January 29, 2013, 09:23:18 PM
I agree, great idea.  I'll look at the detail in the morning. We're up for it!  Can't imagine a better publicity stunt!
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on January 30, 2013, 08:48:02 AM
Presumably, you would have to declare a 'home' airport, so while it doesn't suit me personally, I'd suggest Manchester or Birmingham -centrally located- as a home hub and others can drive, take the train or fly (me! us!) to there if we did get lucky. Manchester or Birmingham, and their surrounding populations, would increase the opportunities to fill the plane, while being within reach for folks in Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds etc to get to Manc or Brum.

'Bare Air' seems an ideal tagline for this... ::) With 'Jet2aworldrecord' on the side of the cockpit.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on January 30, 2013, 09:20:33 AM
Great idea James,  are you going to do it then?  I know Jet 2 fly Manchester / Murcia, not sure about Birmingham - but like you say, they are the most central - with good transport links.  Jet2 have a lot of flights out of Leeds/Bradford,  that may be their 'home' airport - but that has terrible transport links!  Just checked, no Birmingham - they do East Midlands, very good for M1 but not good public transport links.  Maybe best for everybody would be Manchester.  You choose and go for it!
Title: Re: Guinness World Record largest skinny dip attempt in Vera Playa 21st July 2013
Post by: James on January 30, 2013, 04:36:01 PM
Manchester it is, Maureen, and I'll submit this proposal to them tomorrow, when I've had time to write up a properly thought out application and have more time to consider the wording. I think most of us in the UK and Ireland will be well served by links of cheap flights to Manchester if we are a little further afield, and it shouldn't cost too much for anyone interested to fly to there (if in Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, even London) affordably enough.

Others in Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Cardiff etc could train it or drive to Manchester, so if there's no dissenting voices, I'll propose Manchester as a home airport and submit it to Jet 2 and link it via the VPF page on FB.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Dotty on January 30, 2013, 06:01:52 PM
Then there's the question of getting from Murcia to VP, Probably coaches or mini buses would be required. A coach would probably be cheaper than getting people to pick other people up. But then again I suppose this is something to think about if and when it happens!
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on January 30, 2013, 06:42:54 PM
If, by any chance, we are lucky enough to win the plane, we'll sort out transfers,  no problems.  We've hired coaches before from the firm on the way to Los Gallardos for concerts and airport trips (Vera Playa does Queen,  Vera Playa does Rome etc).  It's all getting exciting!
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 02, 2013, 04:48:27 PM
If, by any chance, we are lucky enough to win the plane, we'll sort out transfers,  no problems.  We've hired coaches before from the firm on the way to Los Gallardos for concerts and airport trips (Vera Playa does Queen,  Vera Playa does Rome etc).  It's all getting exciting!

This should submitted to Jet2 on Monday, latest. I have written the proposal about six times already, trying to 'tick the boxes' more each time. Sorry for the delay, but I'm a tortoise when it comes to getting the words just how I like 'em. The major 'sticking point' is how I phrase reference to 'aiding charity' (and if we're going to raise anything for charity). I think you, Maureen, proposed aiding the flood victims if we were going to do anything charitable, so the phrasing will probably include something along the lines of 'the hope is we can also raise cash to aid the victims of VP's recent floods'.

If anyone has any other ideas on the charitable angle, or there are any dissenting voices on the charitable reference, please let me know via this forum before Monday morning, and I'll take all comment into account.

And if we do win the plane, Jon and Eve, you SHALL go to the ball!!!!  :)
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on February 02, 2013, 05:38:35 PM
Excellent, well done James.  Nothing new to report from the VP end.
Title: Re: Guinness World Record largest skinny dip attempt in Vera Playa 21st July 2013
Post by: James on February 05, 2013, 06:29:44 PM
I've posted the link (I hope correctly) in the VP Friends page on Facebook.

We have until 22nd February to fill it (100 seats) and it'll be flying out of Manchester, centrally located, as previously discussed.

If you aren't going to be in VP on July 21st, now's the time to add your name, and tell all your friends.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Seaside Nick (was Seaside Naturist) on February 05, 2013, 06:40:07 PM
I've posted the link (I hope correctly) in the VP Friends page on Facebook.

We have until 22nd February to fill it (100 seats) and it'll be flying out of Manchester, centrally located, as previously discussed.

If you aren't going to be in VP on July 21st, now's the time to add your name, and tell all your friends.

Can we have the link on here as well?

Can you explain what commitment is required by Feb 22nd more fully?
When would the flight be? (including the return)
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 05, 2013, 07:21:36 PM
http://www.jet2.com/partyplane/plane/details/100000913313652 (http://www.jet2.com/partyplane/plane/details/100000913313652)

'We Love vera Luz' have both applied, and I confirmed them for seats.

That's the extent of the commitment. If we go over 100, and then some drop out, then others could be added. But I assume that anyone applying has some idea they'll be free that weekend (flying out of Manchester 20th, returning 21st).

I shall simply confirm seats for those who apply on a first come, first served basis, and assume that most of the applicants will be either through this forum or Maureen's VP Friends page on Facebook.

I assume that those who don't manage 100 applicants for their plane will be disregarded by Jet2, and they've set a cut off date to separate the wheat from the chaff, as it were, disregarding 8 applicants who want to go to see Coldplay in Dubrovnik, or 23 beer swilling guys from an engineering works who fancy taking in a football match in Malaga.
Title: Re: Guinness World Record largest skinny dip attempt in Vera Playa 21st July 2013
Post by: James on February 05, 2013, 07:46:24 PM
We've filled a row already :)

However, what isn't clear is that you need to friend ME to apply for a seat. So you're looking for James Ingram, and my name should appear in Quenton's FB friends list, Steve and Adele's, etc etc...

I won't take offence if you all add and then 'defriend' if we don't get the plane...honestly... :)

I put all this down to the fact that I don't understand the FB 'connect' thing properly, and I'm sure most of you won't want to see my links to obscure Ukrainian ambient record labels subsequently, so simply 'add' me for the interim, then 'defriend' when the time comes. Once you're added, and confirmed as a friend, click on the link via FB -it has to be done via FB- and I get to confirm the seats.

Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Seaside Nick (was Seaside Naturist) on February 05, 2013, 08:52:20 PM
Jane and I are confirmed on the guest list  :)
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 05, 2013, 10:10:41 PM
10% filled in a couple of hours, despite the very user-unfriendly method (or perhaps it's just me being computer useless) of applying.  :D

Don't be afraid to get the word out to even your non-naturist friends if you suspect they could be swayed by the moment and join in in a...er...flash!

Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: AJ on February 06, 2013, 11:59:51 AM
I am struggling with this trying to join. On facebook there is more than one VP friends groups & they are all 'closed groups' so don't know which is the right one? Can you tell me how many members it has or somthing to guide me. I also looked for James Ingram, dozens all over the world! Where are you from James? Advice please as I am no expert on Facebook.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Alan - The Webmaster on February 06, 2013, 12:42:15 PM
There is only one vera playa friends group on facebook, it currently has 95 members.

Just enter "vera playa friends" (without the quotes) in the search box and it should come up

or you could try this link but I don't know if it will work if you're not already a member of the group - http://www.facebook.com/groups/326786637435707/ (http://www.facebook.com/groups/326786637435707/)


Alan
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: AJ on February 06, 2013, 03:15:28 PM
Thanks Alan, I was looking for VP friends as posted previously not vera playa friends. Found it no problem now & me & Linda have requested to join. Fingers crossed. Antony.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 06, 2013, 05:36:29 PM
Thanks Alan, I was looking for VP friends as posted previously not vera playa friends. Found it no problem now & me & Linda have requested to join. Fingers crossed. Antony.

I'll confirm you as the applications come in.

I do apologise for the convoluted way everyone needs to apply. That's my fault, as I imagined that everyone could simply click the link and join up, rather than having to 'friend' me. The Jet2 page infers you should simply be able to click on a link to join up, which makes sense to me, rather than having to 'friend' a total stranger. But like yourself, AJ, I'm not a FB expert (and don't actually like it that much myself).

If we find out we haven't won the plane, everyone can 'unfriend' me at that point without me taking any offence.  :D

I work nights, sleep by day, so I do my 'accepting friends' in the evenings, and confirming seats on the plane as they come in in the same time frame. If you don't get confirmation immediately, that's why, but I will confirm all names as they come in, until we hopefully fill the plane and at least have a chance to win it.

Anyone looking for me will find me as a member of the Vera Playa Friends page (set up by Maureen Berry) on FB. I have a little 'swirly' triskele as my avatar (it looks like the centre label to an old 45rpm record....I assume most of us here are old enough to remember them?...because that's what it's intended to represent).



Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on February 06, 2013, 08:49:29 PM
This morning I applied for my seat, and eventually it all went through, application in, got response back that 'I'm in'.  Had to set John up  a facebook account (he's really not into this sort of thing) - set up account, made James a friend, joined Vera Playa Friends group, applied for a seat on the party plane (about 20 times) - just locked up.  I logged in through Google Chrome and Internet Explorer to see if the problem was the browser (obviously not).  This is really not working at the moment (so if you are also trying, it's not you!).  I'll keep trying!
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 06, 2013, 09:24:45 PM
This morning I applied for my seat, and eventually it all went through, application in, got response back that 'I'm in'.  Had to set John up  a facebook account (he's really not into this sort of thing) - set up account, made James a friend, joined Vera Playa Friends group, applied for a seat on the party plane (about 20 times) - just locked up.  I logged in through Google Chrome and Internet Explorer to see if the problem was the browser (obviously not).  This is really not working at the moment (so if you are also trying, it's not you!).  I'll keep trying!

Their 'widget' doesn't seem to be working at the moment Maureen. I've been checking FB and adding people, but not getting through to the little pic of the plane they've helpfully provided with seats ticked off as I confirm people's places.

I shall keep trying, and may possibly log in overnight from the iphone to add others (we must be near 20 now, in little over 24 hours, if I confirm all the places) who have applied.

I'll add John the instant their widget fixes itself.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 07, 2013, 01:02:01 PM
The widget's working again, and John and others have now been added to the list...
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Dotty on February 07, 2013, 04:48:18 PM
How many have you got now?
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 07, 2013, 10:15:38 PM
How many have you got now?

Between those who are confirmed, and those who've made FB friend requests, pending application and acceptance, we've filled about 25% of the seats in 48 hours  :D

Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 08, 2013, 09:02:34 AM
Just checked again this morning and it's 18 confirmed, with another 8 who've made friend requests or who I've sent friend requests (following their declaring interest through FB) and who'll be added once they click the party plane link and make the request, so yes, 25% full in 48 hours.

If anyone's a member of a naturist club, involved with BN or whatever, can I suggest they try to get the news out and let people know about it so we can keep numbers turning over. Not everyone will necessarily be aware of the Skinny Dip yet, even less so the chance to win the plane.

I can happily report that my good friend Genny, who many of you will know, has been doing her bit and has circulated an email about the plane, and I'd like to thank her for getting onboard and involved.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on February 08, 2013, 09:14:08 AM
I've emailed Manchester Sun & Air,  Ashdene and YSS.  Today I'll find an email for Liverpool,  White Rose and Valley at Harrogate (that's the Northern clubs closest to Manchester).

Just a thought, do we get our own chartered plane (when we win, of course!!!!) because the scheduled departure on Sunday 21st is 12.40!  We won't have time to get a toe in the water!

Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: kenb on February 08, 2013, 10:19:14 AM
Genny's email did it for me! I never ever intended to join facebook but why not for this. It was a faff getting confirmed but eventually it worked. Cross fingers see you all then! Ken .
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Seaside Nick (was Seaside Naturist) on February 08, 2013, 05:08:47 PM
I have posted it on the BN Forum and a private Yahoo Group (that go to VP a lot) that I'm a member of.

I have notified Blackpool Club and put it on Greater Manchester Naturists and Naturist Events Facebook Groups.

Not much use for the Party Plane, but I have also asked that the Skinny Dip is loaded on the INF calendar.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Sun4us on February 09, 2013, 09:56:45 AM
Excellent. This now appears to be gathering momentum at quite a pace.  But to get the numbers up to try for a record will require all other Europeans to be on board, e.g. Germans, Spanish, French etc. Perhaps if a simple but eye catching flyer was designed and available through this forum (in Word Doc or PDF) then it could be downloaded and sent to organisations, or printed off and posted?  Good luck to all who are putting in some hard work on this one. :)
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Seaside Nick (was Seaside Naturist) on February 09, 2013, 10:34:50 PM
Excellent. This now appears to be gathering momentum at quite a pace.  But to get the numbers up to try for a record will require all other Europeans to be on board, e.g. Germans, Spanish, French etc. Perhaps if a simple but eye catching flyer was designed and available through this forum (in Word Doc or PDF) then it could be downloaded and sent to organisations, or printed off and posted?  Good luck to all who are putting in some hard work on this one. :)
Can you please get the flyer to me ASAP. I have already exchanged e-mail with the INF/FNI on this and they want to mention it in their next newsletter. I'm sure that they will send it to each Federation as well if we ask them.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Sun4us on February 10, 2013, 09:37:31 AM
I don't have one. I just suggested if someone with an artistic touch could design a simple one, then it could be distributed, by email or in print form. Basically an eye catching image with detailed dialogue below....and of course, giving exact location details, date and time, and essentially, where extra information can be obtained. The July date is still some way off, but folk need to think about getting accommodation and transport arranged, so it's never too early! :)
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 10, 2013, 09:48:37 AM
I've emailed Manchester Sun & Air,  Ashdene and YSS.  Today I'll find an email for Liverpool,  White Rose and Valley at Harrogate (that's the Northern clubs closest to Manchester).

Just a thought, do we get our own chartered plane (when we win, of course!!!!) because the scheduled departure on Sunday 21st is 12.40!  We won't have time to get a toe in the water!

I've thought the same thing, Maureen, but I would imagine that in winning your own plane, you should be able to determine the flight times. We'd be looking at a red-eye flight out on Saturday morning (and maybe even get to participate in the walk/run apparently being discussed) and the last flight home on Sunday.

Otherwise a 'party plane' that could conceivably be the last one into a destination, and the first flight out the following morning on Jet 2's scheduled services doesn't get to be much of a party...
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 10, 2013, 10:02:33 AM
The July date is still some way off, but folk need to think about getting accommodation and transport arranged, so it's never too early! :)

Excellent point. I know that even if we don't win the plane I would love to be a part of this record attempt, so for me and, I suspect, others whose interest has been generated by this attempt, there has to be a 'Plan B'.

I know this forum doesn't encourage 'advertising' but Facebook will have no such qualms about it, so if there's any owner/renters who have accommodation  over that weekend, anyone willing to take independently travelling waifs and strays in (for an affordable fee, of course), then maybe they could declare themselves on FB.

We need to think outside the box a bit. For instance, how would people feel about sharing an apartment with others for a weekend? Potentially, owner/renters could pitch a Friday to Monday for a special rate, people could share apartment space with old/new friends, the renters could achieve a week's rental in the space of a couple of days and maximise their rental profits. I'm just doing a 'stream of consciousness' here, and the road to hell is obviously paved with good intentions, as the old saying goes, but I'd appreciate people's input on thinking about some sort of 'Plan B' for independent travellers in the event the party plane goes to some other undeserving group!  :D

The more we dream stuff up, and consider many different options, the more chance we have of maximising the travelling public, independently, on the party plane or whatever, and breaking the world record.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Phil B-C on February 10, 2013, 10:28:26 AM
Excellent. This now appears to be gathering momentum at quite a pace.  But to get the numbers up to try for a record will require all other Europeans to be on board, e.g. Germans, Spanish, French etc. Perhaps if a simple but eye catching flyer was designed and available through this forum (in Word Doc or PDF) then it could be downloaded and sent to organisations, or printed off and posted?  Good luck to all who are putting in some hard work on this one. :)
Can you please get the flyer to me ASAP. I have already exchanged e-mail with the INF/FNI on this and they want to mention it in their next newsletter. I'm sure that they will send it to each Federation as well if we ask them.

Just posted version one under the main thread (as opposed to the "Jet 2 Party Plane" thread).

Phil
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Seaside Nick (was Seaside Naturist) on February 10, 2013, 11:01:27 PM
Excellent. This now appears to be gathering momentum at quite a pace.  But to get the numbers up to try for a record will require all other Europeans to be on board, e.g. Germans, Spanish, French etc. Perhaps if a simple but eye catching flyer was designed and available through this forum (in Word Doc or PDF) then it could be downloaded and sent to organisations, or printed off and posted?  Good luck to all who are putting in some hard work on this one. :)
Can you please get the flyer to me ASAP. I have already exchanged e-mail with the INF/FNI on this and they want to mention it in their next newsletter. I'm sure that they will send it to each Federation as well if we ask them.

Just posted version one under the main thread (as opposed to the "Jet 2 Party Plane" thread).

Phil

Thanks Phil. I have posted my comments on the other thread.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 11, 2013, 08:39:44 PM
Update: We're now heading merrily towards the 40% full mark with the plane seats. Everyone who has applied has been confirmed so far. Looking forward to meeting you all in rainy Manchester if we win it! (Oh, trust me, it's July, it's Manchester, it'll be raining!)

Midday on the 22nd is the cut off date, so if you haven't applied yet, do it now! Plenty of seats available yet, and time is ticking away.

Maybe now's the time to think about that friend who says 'oh no, I could never do that' (i.e. naturism) but who seems interested in our participation in the lifestyle. Why not point them towards the party plane? Generally, what happens in these situations is that, surrounded by like-minded individuals (be it bungee-jumping or skinny-dipping) people will, on the spur of the moment, and caught up in whatever collective madness is going, say 'to hell with it!' and throw caution to the wind and bungee jump. Or in this instance, throw costumes to the wind.

If you suspect someone might get into the spirit of it...let them know. We really do want to break that record, and what a wonderful, collective, fun introduction to naturism this will be.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: GeorgeB on February 11, 2013, 09:40:50 PM
Along with Nick and Jane, Julie and I, there are 3 others confirmed now from Blackpool and Fylde Sun Club. That's about one eighth of our membership. :) We will try and recruit more members on Thursday at our next meeting.

A bit more pushing on the BN forum tonight to try to keep up the momentum.

If we win this flight, I don't see why we can't fly naked. Should be a fantastic atmosphere. 100 naked people all flying off to the sun to try and break a world record. ))))))

George
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 11, 2013, 11:02:55 PM
Along with Nick and Jane, Julie and I, there are 3 others confirmed now from Blackpool and Fylde Sun Club. That's about one eighth of our membership. :) We will try and recruit more members on Thursday at our next meeting.

A bit more pushing on the BN forum tonight to try to keep up the momentum.

If we win this flight, I don't see why we can't fly naked. Should be a fantastic atmosphere. 100 naked people all flying off to the sun to try and break a world record. ))))))

George

Well, I hope you can attract the full membership on Thursday to join in. After all, it's a free flight and a night's accommodation (apparently) so it's really just a case of getting yourselves from Blackpool (and environs) to manchester.

And I thought the same thing about the flight. Dress 'casually' for departure and, somewhere over the Bay of Biscay, or even Luton, everyone 'dresses more even more casually'.  :D

I'm sure that Jet2 could make something of the 'publicity' aspect of it, as could the record attempt itself. Does 100 naturist fliers qualify as a record in itself? If it does, we need to contact Guinness if we win the plane and go for another world record.

We're pushing on for 40% of the plane filled, so let's keep hammering away at it. Any other willing participants on Thursday night are more than welcome, George. I'll add 'em as they apply.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 16, 2013, 03:07:08 PM
We're becalmed in the mid-40s, although if everyone who has made friend requests gets back onto Facebook, applies and is confirmed, I think we're at the 50 or 51 mark.

Pretty good effort for little over a week, but there's just under a week to go, Friday midday is the cut off point, so please try and get the message out and keep the numbers ratcheting up. I'm rather hoping that Sunday can be a day when people have time to FB and can either apply or get the message out to their friends.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on February 17, 2013, 08:09:21 AM
I have been reading the small print. The 100 people who actually apply for the party plane do not have to be the same 100 people who fly (with the exception of James who made the application). Therefore, if you are a naturist and a friend of Vera Playa, apply, even if you can't actually travel! If we win the plane and with the publicity it brings, I am absolutely sure we will fill it. The important thing, now, is to get 100 seats filled before the 22nd. And it's not a normal scheduled flight, the other seats will be occupied by 'crew and the media', and it will fly out one day and back the next. The judges will make a short-list of 10 and then it will be a facebook vote who actually wins. But we've got to get 100 'bums on seats' by the 22nd, so come on, apply!




Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 18, 2013, 03:56:32 PM
Current confirmed seats are 57, with another 2-3 pending, so hopefully we'll be through the 60 mark tonight.

Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 18, 2013, 06:19:21 PM
Fantastic. We're out through the 60 mark and word now seems to be spreading. We can do this, although I don't think I could have done it without a magnificent input from Maureen, who has worked really hard to spread the word, so I'd just like to add a note of thanks to her for her wonderful work in getting this...ah...off the ground, so to speak.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on February 18, 2013, 09:17:56 PM
Thank you James,  we just need to keep pushing!  This morning I thought it was hopeless, now I'm not so sure!
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: fidge on February 18, 2013, 09:58:32 PM
I posted a comment, including a link to the new page, on http://naturistcommunity.com (http://naturistcommunity.com) last night. I'll re-post it in a day or so.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 18, 2013, 10:39:02 PM
Thank you James,  we just need to keep pushing!  This morning I thought it was hopeless, now I'm not so sure!

65 as of a couple of minutes ago. More friend requests in, and accepted, so it's just a case of those people clicking through the process and joining up. With the 'pending' requests I think we're just about at the 70 mark, so we can do this if we keep hammering away at it.

Particularly delighted to see Tony finally, finally, get through what is a temperamental system and get signed up.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 19, 2013, 07:41:24 PM
Wow! A couple of days ago Maureen and I were beginning to think we wouldn't make it. 50 seats claimed with only four days left.

Never count your chickens, and all that, but I've just confirmed seat No. 91.

The widget's playing up again (I think now that it's just 'that time of night' when people are getting home from work, or face booking on the phone on the train) but it rather looks as though we just might do this, and do it sometime tonight or tomorrow morning (widget permitting).



Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: GeorgeB on February 19, 2013, 09:03:24 PM
I have to admit I was beginning to have doubts about filling the plane but it looks like the message is finally getting through. I pushed it again today on the BN forum and on the Blackpool & Fylde Sun Club facebook page telling people there were only 30 places left. One of the B&FSC members has just told me there are only 7 places left.

See you all at the airport. :)
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on February 19, 2013, 10:20:55 PM
Down to last 3 now and website definitely playing up!  We're strolling home, now.  Only 3 more 'bums on seats' required before Friday lunchtime.  I know it's frustrating, but keep trying!
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on February 20, 2013, 09:56:59 AM
99  booked! 
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 20, 2013, 02:00:50 PM
100 booked (thanks, Dan!) and the plane's submitted despite Jet2's best efforts not to lend anyone a plane, ever, judging by the user unfriendliness of their internal server and application process.

We now have to check back on Monday to see if we've been shortlisted.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 20, 2013, 02:07:17 PM
Many thanks to all who helped spread the word.

Adele and Steve, who got the ball rolling early on, to Genny, for getting an email in circulation, to George, who spread the word on the BN website and the Blackpool & Fylde group and others who clearly put in some leg work on this.

In particular, I'd like to thank Maureen Berry, who encouraged what was only an idea of mine and got me to apply, then did absolutely wonderful work in cajoling, encouraging, promoting the thing.

Without her, we almost certainly wouldn't have achieved the 100.

If we do win the plane, or even get shortlisted, it's all down to Maureen's superb efforts. I can't thank her enough.

Maureen...remind me, the next time we're both in VP at the same time, that I owe you a bottle of rioja, whether we win the plane or not. It's the least I can do to say 'thank you' for all of your hard work.

Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Lynne and Ian on February 20, 2013, 11:23:42 PM
Well done everyone. We have been watching the progress carefully and would have signed up if needed but unable to fly on it so decided to wait until the deadline to see if anyone genuine would go for it.

Do we now need to vote for it? If so when and how? ???
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 21, 2013, 01:58:25 PM
Do we now need to vote for it? If so when and how? ???

We may be shortlisted, we may not. We'll know at 900am, Monday.

If selected, I think there'll be a vote, via Facebook, to determine the winner, so we'll need to galvanise the UK naturist community to vote for the plane.

As maureen has said on Facebook, we tick some of the boxes in terms of newsworthiness, but we aren't even finalists yet.

If we are shortlisted, Maureen or I will pop the links up here, as well as the Vera Playa Friends page on FB, so everyone knows how to vote for 'our' plane.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: Seaside Nick (was Seaside Naturist) on February 21, 2013, 09:08:13 PM
https://www.facebook.com/Jet2Social?fref=ts (https://www.facebook.com/Jet2Social?fref=ts)

The above is the Jet2 Facebook page.
I think we should have a short piece saying why people should vote for us ready to post for Monday morning. Being quick out the blocks will be very important as the early momentum will be crucial.
It should hit the cord of the general public.
Sorry I can't help but I'm away until Monday evening running the BN Blackpool w'end which is three 18 hr days.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 26, 2013, 10:32:01 AM
http://www.jet2.com/partyplane/ (http://www.jet2.com/partyplane/)

I'm afraid we didn't get shortlisted. You can check out those who are finalists via the link and cast your vote for the exceptionally worthy scout leaders and birthday people who were shortlisted.

Still, if you aren't in, you can't win, so it was certainly worth having a go.

Many thanks to all who signed up, tried to sign up, got the word out, etc, etc and particular thanks too Maureen, without whom we'd probably not have managed the 100 in the first instance. (I still owe you a bottle of plonk, Maureen, for your hard work)
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 26, 2013, 01:17:29 PM
That said, there's still a world record to set, so we have to keep the momentum going on getting numbers into VP for that weekend.

At this point we're hoping to attend over a 'long weekend' and maybe get involved with the walk/run (walking, I'd guess, in Spanish heat) on the Saturday, as well as the swim on the Sunday.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: veraman on February 26, 2013, 04:45:42 PM
bad luck james, nice try though :-[
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 26, 2013, 07:49:54 PM
bad luck james, nice try though :-[

Thanks Veraman.

If you aren't in, you can't win. It was nice to see the Vera community rally round, as they always do, and get behind an idea and collectively support it, even those who had no vested interest in trying to get a seat. People got the word out, sent emails, and it showed naturism in a very positive light, as a proper, caring and sharing community.

British and Irish naturists who got behind the idea need to take pride in the way that they show a tremendous civic spirit and friendliness. It shows, apart from the sunshine, the warm sea, the nice meals out and relaxed atmosphere, what it is makes Vera such a unique and wonderful place.
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: John and Maureen Berry on February 27, 2013, 08:29:57 PM
Thanks for the kind words, James.  We are very busy at the moment - getting ready to move out of VP after 6 months in residence is no mean feat!  Every year we say we will accrue less 'stuff' - but we just don't manage it!  So until we leave (approx Saturday) we'll have little time to commit to anything and once we are on the road we have unreliable internet, so I am preparing to hand over the baton to Lubricated and Quenton!

It was a good effort, and I can't pretend I am impressed by the short-listed candidates, but as I have already freely admitted, I'm not a good loser!
Title: Re: Jet 2 Party Plane
Post by: James on February 27, 2013, 10:52:19 PM
I can't pretend I am impressed by the short-listed candidates,

The Spanish have a word for it...ummm.....merda!  :)

I feel the same. Without any vested interest, I don't think I'd be wasting 1 second of internet time to vote for any of them. I guess it'll come down to how many mates, not on the flight manifests, each of them has. Ho hum.

Never mind. There's a record to break. Onwards and upwards! Made a little bit awkward by the fact that I'm in VP at the end of June, so 'holidays accrued' will be on the light side in July (taking into account I'll be back in September), and flights will be top dollar, but I'm determined to be there anyway.