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Matthew Rock

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STAY UP TO DATE THROUGH THIS PAGE WHICH I WILL VISIT ON A DAILY BASIS AND ADD SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. 

Hi Everyone


As was the case last night - I'm not sure I can find the words to express my gratitude to absolutely everyone that was part of the GIGATHON. It was a huge success due to those very people, from people reading posts on FACEBOOK, to the very team that spent all night setting up the equipment - the audience - the venues - the drivers - the film makers - the friends - the family - the bus...! - There just aren't words invented that can tell you how I feel right now!


I will be tidying up the website in coming days so you can all keep an eye on the funds raised. MOST IMPORTANTLY - will be a big thank you to you all in the form of the follow up gig. NOW THEN - this is a bit of an ask but PLEASE could you email me any FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS that you can't - that's CAN'T make within the next couple of months! - Obviously - keeping everyone happy in this respect may be impossible - but I want to at least go to the trouble of having the follow up gig on a day that MOST people can make! - so please do this for me to work with.


TWO LAST THINGS! - PLease send me all your pics and i'll get them onto the website for all to see - YES ALL OF THEM! - UN EDITED!!


FINALLY - I would really find it helpful if you can get your sponsor money to me as soon as you can because I'm very eager to let you know just how well you have all done.


Once again - speechless - thank you all so very very much.

SATURDAY 19th MAY - THE GIGATHON

This is it then!

Funnily enough this might be the only post from me today - I've got a couple of gigs later! - Thank you all for putting up with it!

We had a superb "dry run" last night with the awesome team I've got with me. It is seriously down to them that this will work.


PLEASE - try and visit a gig and drop a few quid in a bucket! - if you can't please visit my website and donate if you can.

After all this there will be a couple of other things. including a sort of "thank you" gig. This will be free for everyone - from those who have been part of the team to those who have had to put up with reading constant FACEBOOK posts! - so keep and eye out ant I'll let you all know well in advance where and when!


Once again thank you all so much. THE BRISTOL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL are really going to benefit from this - and in a so called "recession" hit country where people spend most of their time annoying each other and moaning at each other, this really does warm the cockles of the heart - THANK YOU ALL.


Matthew

FRIDAY 18th MAY

TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW

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TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW!

TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW! TOMORROW!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Please have a check over everything!!

See you soon!

Matthew

THURSDAY 17th MAY

IT'S OFFICIAL - The day after tomorrow is THE GIGATHON - I started writing about this and planning it in January and still there's things to do !!

WEDNESDAY 16th MAY

WOW! - WHAT A TECHNICAL TEAM - THEY WERE ALL STARS LAST NIGHT

THANK YOU SO MUCH AND WELL DONE BOYS!!

Well it's Wednesday folks - Would anyone be prepared to help with some GIGATHON BUILD UP?

Basically - in your t-shirt with a bucket and some posters in town from either 10-12 OR 12-2 on SATURDAY?

BE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GRATEFUL IF ANYONE UP FOR THIS - MESSAGE ME! - Just get together in a small group?!?!

UNTIL TOMORROW - Thank you all so much!!

TUESDAY 15th MAY

Well here we are - TUESDAY OF GIGATHON WEEK!

Tonight is technical rehearsals! - Making sure the tech guys can get it up and down quick enough! - Behave!! - How are your sponsor forms looking?!?!

MONDAY 14th MAY

MONDAY DONE! - 2nd Live Radio interview and very grateful to MIDWEST RADIO - Then a load of equipment sorted and delivered for tomorrows technical rehearsal with the tech guys! - MANIC - AHHHHH!!!

SUNDAY 13th MAY

6 DAYS TO GO!! AHHHH! - Anyway - tune in tomorrow for interview number 2 . MIDWEST at 6.15pm...105.6/106.6

SATURDAY 12th MAY

It's has begun!! - THE CRAZY WEEK BEFORE THE GIGATHON!

BBC Radio Somerset - 12.30 interview - It's here's the link if you missed it! - Start the player at 2:22.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/​iplayer/console/p00rm7vn

Then set up up for gig tonight at 3pm - do all the checks. I'll be knackered by Saturday!! - ENJOY - It's all very exciting!

FRIDAY 11th MAY

Just about a week to go! - First live radio bit tomorrow - tune in! - See below

THURSDAY 10th MAY

As pointed out - this is why you really do need to be checking latest news regularly! - Just need to confirm a couple of tweaks that have been made in order to work with the venues to make things run as smoothly as possible.... AS FOLLOWS......

You may already know that I had to take the BUTCHERS out and put in THE GLOBE AND CROWN instead. In addition I have needed to swap around the ARMOURY with THE BLACK HORSE. I have been to the Vital logistics page and adjusted the bus schedule accordingly with the changes highlighted.

AND!as promised-here's the radio appearances:SATURDAY 12.20 approx - BBC SOMERSET 95.5FM & 1566AM

MONDAY 6.15pm approx - Midwest Radio 105.6FM/106.6 FM

                                                                                                                                                                           TUNE IN!!

WEDNESDAY 9th MAY

GIGATHONNERS - I'M IMPRESSED - Loads of you have read the vital logistics and "stamped" the bottom!

Thank You all - now all you need to do is get a girt load on your sponsor forms! - Details of live radio appearances on Saturday and Monday will be released tomorrow.

TUESDAY 8th MAY

It's all happening! - A lovely surprise when Nicky and Nigel Bussell who are part of the Lions club, were able to present the cause and the event at a recent meeting. As a result, the Glastonbury and Street branch have donated £100 and Nigel thinks there's more to come - thank you so much guys!....AND - as if that was not enough - TWO live radio interviews now confirmed. I'll let you know the dates and times tomorrow as that's enough excitement for one day!! - THANK YOU ALL

MONDAY 7th MAY

VITAL LOGISTICS PAGE NOW PUBLISHED. Really really need everyone to read it! - PLEASE DO. Thank you.

SUNDAY 6th MAY

Quidstart done - a few quid added to the online funds. RIGHT THEN - starting to put the VITAL LOGISTICS page online today. I think it will be up there sometime tomorrow and it will be something that everyone involved needs to read to make things run smoothly. Thank you all.

SATURDAY 5th MAY

Quidstart today, anything will help this great cause!

FRIDAY 4th MAY

QUIDSTART CAMPAIGN TOMORROW 10PM - PLEASE IF YOU CAN..........................

THURSDAY 3rd MAY

Quidstart campaign launched on homepage and facebook! - Do share.

WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY

Launching into the Month of the GIGATHON with big news tomorrow!

TUESDAY 1st MAY

Great news today - we're now on the MIDWEST RADIO(www.midwestradio.co.uk) website and I'll be appearing on the show on the 14th. I'll keep you posted but a very productive day and many thanks to MIDWEST....

MONDAY 30th APRIL

PHEW!! Been around all the venues tonight with the superb help of Pars and Tone and with moral support from Tracy and James. They have an update and an insight into the exciting launch into May!! - Released to you all on Thursday evening so stand by!!

SUNDAY 29th APRIL

Been extraordinarily busy today, preparing materials to lead us into the month of May. Big launch into May coming at the end of next week, with lots of details trickling out all through next week so PLEASE just jump on here for a quick look each day, if you don't already do so.......THANK YOU ALL.

SATURDAY 28th APRIL

3 WEEKS TODAY.......yes, thats THREE WEEKS TODAY!!!!!

FRIDAY 27th APRIL

Something special coming as we hit MAY, to launch the month of the GIGATHON!

THURSDAY 26th APRIL

Gathering lots of information together as well as something for everyone to do on 5th May!

From about the middle of next week there will be heaps of information for all to keep up with.

WEDNESDAY 25th APRIL

Any QUEEN takers? - Hopefully putting together a VITAL LOGISTICS page over the weekend to publish early next week! - Stay tuned!! RUBY WILL PICK US ALL UP BEHIND THE YESS CLUB ON THE DAY- BEFORE DRIVING TO THE FIRST VENUE - THE HALFWAY HOUSE. (We also end up at the YESS club you see!) Times TBC.

TUESDAY 24th APRIL

OK - SO......the Queen is visiting YEOVIL on May 2nd - SO here's a challenge.....GET A GIGATHON T-SHIRT on the TV or in the paper and you will win a PRIZE!! - ha ha ha - who will do it?!?!?!?!? - ENETR "I'M HAVIN' A GO AT THE QUEEN CHALLENGE" in the guest book if you're going to give it a go and we'll all look out for you!

MONDAY 23rd APRIL

TIme to let me know how you're doing and lets get the figures into the FUN league! - Just drop me an email

SUNDAY 22nd APRIL

Getting the VITAL LOGISITCS notes together a bit. It will be vital that everyone sees them and they will contain all the final bits of logistics - hence the name!!

SATURDAY 21st APRIL

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JAMES!!

FRIDAY 20th APRIL

4 WEEKS TOMORROW!! -Time to get those sponsor forms bulging!! - Thank you all - Keep me posted!

THURSDAY 19th APRIL

Finished editing the music today! - VITAL LOGISTICS COMING SOON - Keep watching!!

WEDNESDAY 18th APRIL

Definitely a PANG of excitement as I started to edit the music mix that will accompany me on the GIGATHON!

0000000000000000 - ARE YOU EXCITED TOO?

TUESDAY 17th APRIL

Latest update for all venues written, printed, enveloped and addressed ready to go. RIGHT YOU LOT! - START MESSAGING ME - WHAT IS YOUR TOTAL SO FAR? - No matter how big or small! let me know.

MONDAY 16th APRIL

ANYONE FOR POSTERS?

SUNDAY 15th APRIL

ANYONE FOR POSTERS?

SATURDAY 14th APRIL

ANYONE FOR POSTERS?

FRIDAY 13th APRIL

OK GIGATHONNERS - One for everyone today! - I have here lots of Gigathon posters. Obviously I've distributed to all the venues - so now I need them everywhere and anywhere! - I'll bring them to you by all means or you can come and collect - PLEASE PLEASE - tell me how many, how you want them and then we need to get YEOVIL covered in them!!! - THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH - Here we goooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

THURSDAY 12th APRIL

I've updated the MEDIA COVERAGE page today to contain the coverage received so far. FIVE WEEKS TOMORROW FOLKS!!!! - GIVE ME YOUR SPONSORSHIP UPDATES, so I can fill up the Gigachallenge League. EVen if your on 2 quid at the mo - get yourself on there with a quick email to me.

WEDNESDAY 11th APRIL

A nice report, published by local website YEOVIL PEOPLE today.Check it out.....

http://www.yeovilpeople.co.uk/Local-musician-Matthew-Rock-set-play-26-gigs-1/story-15782313-detail/story.html

TUESDAY 10th APRIL

WOW - What an eventful day! - Lovely cheque presentation from SPAR, Forest Hill (I'm sure I've seen the woman who owns it somewhere before) - A trip down to the Globe to be welcomed by Dave and Pam who are more than happy to replace "The Butchers" and were so helpful and keen - THANK YOU SO MUCH - Also did a bit more filming for the Documentary whilst all this was going on! - I felt like David Brent - DON'T EVEN SAY IT!!

MONDAY 9th APRIL

JUST OVER 5 WEEKS TO GO!! - How are your sponsors coming along? - About time we had some "new entrants" in the GIGACHALLENGE league! - Just let me know how you're doing to get yourself on there anywhere!!

SUNDAY 8th APRIL

Easter Sunday.

SATURDAY 7th APRIL

I think I may replace the Butchers Arms with THE GLOBE. The Butchers seems a bit "unstable" at the moment.

Letterbox donation received today too.

FRIDAY 6th APRIL

Online donations crept up a little bit more today!

THURSDAY 5th APRIL

Getting near the time when "nitty gritty" information about the big event itself will start to appear! - Please therefore, check the website regularly and watch out for the "VITAL LOGISTICS" page to appear!

WEDNESDAY 4th APRIL

The online donation total went up today which is great! - Have you all got your heads around how to donate from a mobile phone? - It's easy and a great one to share with friends.

TUESDAY 3rd APRIL

Banked some funds today! - The ball is rolling.

MONDAY 2nd APRIL

More t.Shirts dispatched today, just a handful left to get done now. How is your sponsor form coming along?

SUNDAY 1st APRIL

Recent movement in the GIGACHALLENGE AUDIENCE LEAGUE. Great fun for a great cause!

SATURDAY 31st MARCH

SO HERE IS APRIL - Don't forget - anyone can TEXT A DONATION TO THE GIGATHON, simply text GIG66 followed by a number between 1-10 for the number of pounds - EG - GIGA665 = a £5 donation. Text this message to 70070

Please share this around even if you can nab a quid (GIGA661) here and there when you meet someone in the street it would be great. The mountain is £10,000 high! - Thank you all so much.

FRIDAY 30th MARCH

Little Easter raffle raised £80, many thanks everyone. All channels for the Gigathon pot are open - including the text donations, so if you get the urge let me know!!- By the way, keep me posted how your fund raising is going.

Thank you all very much - PS - COME AND GET YOUR T.SHIRTS!

THURSDAY 29th MARCH

Turining my attention to doing things here and there to get the gigathon pot going. A little Easter raffle at school at the mo - finishing tomorrow.

WEDNESDAY 28th MARCH

Having got the posters printed yesterday - in a moment of madness at 7.30pm - Tone the roadie and I travelled around the route and delivered them to each venue!! - back just after 8.30pm! - That's some going it was really tough I had to get the car really close so Tone could run into each one! - Well done mate!

TUESDAY 27th MARCH

Posters printed! - Come and get 'em - or tell me where to deliver some to.- Thanks to all those who have collected and paid for t-shirts. Keep going folks! and of course....thank you all so much!

MONDAY 26th MARCH

THEY'RE HERE! - THEY'RE HERE! - The T-Shirts are here, and they look great. Now PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE - I need your help to get them to you. Please get in touch to arrange how we will do this, gather up a fiver for each

t-shirt and help me to get them out there. I need to do this ASAP if possible please! - Thank you so much!

SUNDAY 25th MARCH

Not a normal day! - Come back tomorrow - there will be lots to report then!

SATURDAY 24th MARCH

Finished putting all the collection boxes together today, that will go out to the venues with the posters next week.

FRIDAY 23rd MARCH

There goes another week! - Big week next week with lots of preparation to take care of! - Please help me by: visiting regularly, getting that t-shirt money to me and i'll get the t.shirts to you, sharing it all with your friends, filling up your sponsor form and keeping me posted of your running total etc etc etc - Thank you all.

THURSDAY 22nd MARCH

Preparing posters, collection boxes etc to go out to venues early next week. Let me know who wants a few posters.

WEDNESDAY 21st MARCH

HOORAY! - T-Shirts ordered and they'll be here for you next week. In the meantime please could you use the most appropriate channel to get a fiver per t-shirt to me and I'll tick you off!! - Many Thanks.....somehow, looking at that t.shirt makes it even more exciting and ever-closer. How's your sponsor forms going? xx

TUESDAY 20th MARCH

Long Day! - But released the official posters and finalised the t.shirt design! - Look and share!

MONDAY 19th MARCH

Updating this page and that page, finalising T.Shirts, getting logos together from businesses ready to finalise final

T Shirt orders tomorrow - YES TOMORROW YOU PEOPLE!! - Update me! - Thank you so much!

SUNDAY 18th MARCH

Although a fairly quiet day, I have completed a chink of admin. that will start to kick in soon as we reach the end of March! - Keep watching folks and PLEASE let me know how you are getting on with sponsorship! Thanks to all.

SATURDAY 17th MARCH

A very exciting afternoon! - I have just finished a meeting with a film maker called James Doherty, who will be making a documentary about the Gigathon. He will doing all sorts of things for this including reports for news as well as the documentary itself! - SMILE EVERYONE!! - AND GET THOSE T.SHIRT SIZES TO ME IF YOU HAVEN'T YET PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

FRIDAY 16th MARCH

Finalising t.shirts over the weekend and posters too!! - A big release to one and all soon! - You can start letting me have the fivers if you like! - Now we'll see who reads this!!

THURSDAY 15th MARCH

Business bids page is taking shape - IN FACT, everyone has started their sponsorship engines it would seem!!

WEDNESDAY 14th MARCH

Just waiting on the final t-shirt orders and hoping to get some total updates soon to get the audience challenge a little bit exciting for a bit of fun! - I need to because the current leader will have me cleaning her house!

TUESDAY 13th MARCH

Sent out an update of progress to all the venues today. If I was a venue I'd be excited!!

NOW - read all this stuff under here folks!!

MONDAY 12th MARCH

More T Shirt sizes entered today. Would like to try and nail all size requirements this week.

SEND ME YOUR SPONSORSHIP TOTAL SO FAR! - Doesn't matter what it is!!

SUNDAY 11th MARCH

Thank you very much for the boost in T-Shirt sizes. Keep them coming! Loads to keep an eye on now so do have a good "surf" around. Do let me know your total sponsorship so far and I will add you to the league! - Who will win me for the night!!

SATURDAY 10th MARCH

T-Shirt sizes zooming in now AND the business bids have started! - If you know someone who runs a business please let them know. - Great event to get your name on!

FRIDAY 9th MARCH

THE BUS IS NEARLY FULL! - Please help me to get all t-shirt sizes in this week. =)

THURSDAY 8th MARCH

Good to see a few more t-shirt orders in today and THE BUS IS NEARLY FULL!!

WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH

Lots to keep an eye on now! - PLEASE ORDER THE CORRECT T-SHIRT FOR YOURSELF.

TUESDAY 6th MARCH

Launched a new strategy to engage businesses today - let's hope it works! - DO SHARE! - OR EVEN BID.

MONDAY 5th MARCH

T shirt is underway! - Get yours on there folks - I do need to get it organised as soon as I can.

Also - Something very exciting - Got a film maker interested in doing something!

SUNDAY 4th MARCH

Well here we are - well into March now and the time will fly by. FROM HERE ON please check regularly on this page and PLEASE PLEASE try hard to fill up those sponsor forms. You can print them off or I will get one through your letter box if you need me to - just let me know - and don't forget to let me know your winning total and you might even win me for the night!!

OKAY SO HERE WE GO - Please could ALL participants have a click on the GIGATHON - T SHIRTS page and help me to get all that going! - THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

SATURDAY 3rd MARCH

Fun league underway! - One knocked off the top already. mmmm - what have I offered here?! - HAVE FUN!

FRIDAY 2nd MARCH - 6pm!

OK! - HERE IT IS........You will notice that on the left hand menu there is now a title called

GIGATHON - AUDIENCE CHALLENGE. Have a click on this and a good read! GOOD LUCK! and please do get involved with it. It will help me keep tabs on how the appeal is going and also make a bit of fun out of raising the money. AWAY YOU GO! AND - while I'm here please can you spread the word to check this page regularly as lots of information for you and information that I need over the next few weeks will be displayed here. Thank you all so much - the support coming in for this event is unbelievable.

Thursday 1st March

Been sorting T-Shirts a bit today. I'll be collecting sizes from everyone next week and organising that operation!

Don't forget though! - 6pm HERE tomorrow!

Wednesday 29th Feb

An "e-maily" sort of day today. Don't forget to share - FRIDAY 6pm - HERE!!!

Tuesday 28th Feb

A mini photo shoot and a poster design meeting this evening with the graphic genius that is Mr Ian Rendall. DON'T FORGET - exciting news here on this very page on Friday at 6pm! - Be here and as always spread the word!

Monday 27th Feb

Formulated some exciting news for all participants. This will be released on Friday at 6pm. I invite you all to be here then to find out! - Please share this information with everyone! Many Many thanks!!

Sunday 26th Feb

Some more donations made today. Since the press release and radio coverage went out, people are making all sorts of donations to the GIGATHON - via text, online as well as cheques through the door and my mums door!

Saturday 25th Feb

A few collection boxes now circulated and planning some more corporate approaches. This bit was always going to be a challenge - but clearly I like challenges!!

Friday 24th Feb

Had a look at the page coming from SUITED and BOOTED today. Very grateful and will place in Media Coverage once published. Thank You!

Thursday 23rd Feb

.......and the list continues to grow.................

Wednesday 22nd Feb

OK - Someone leave me a message to tell me they are reading latest news!!!=)

Tuesday 21st Feb

Numbers continue to rise steadily. PLEASE remember and remind everyone you know, they are all welcome!

HAVING said that - places on the bus are becoming limited mind! - What are we now up to.....50?

Monday 20th Feb

Very lovely to see the online donations boosted by my family in Australia.

Sunday 19th Feb

Put some more collection boxes together today. ALSO spoke to the guy from Suited and Booted who will be featuring the event in the March issue. Great!

Saturday 18th Feb

Started to put some collecting boxes together today. Also went into the bank to set up the charity account. In doing do, persuaded the lady I was speaking to, to get her place booked on the bus and bring her friends. Perhaps she could bring the money out of the safe while she's at it!

Friday 17th Feb

Here we are then, latest news is back. Been away for the week and it's been very eventful. Interview and broadcast on Midwest Radio News- very grateful for that. Returned home to £125 worth of donations - one just put through the letter box from someone! An eventful few weeks ahead now - keep looking!

Friday 10th Feb

Spaces filling up on that bus now! - ANYWAY, a week off latest news and back right here this time next Friday. In the meantime, keep signing up and telling everyone you know about it PLEASE!! - Also drop a message in the

GIGATHON - FRIENDS section to let me know you've visited this page. Thank you everyone for your continued support.

Thursday 9th Feb

Today's news is today's news. A lovely write up in the Western Gazette. Very grateful for the support.

Wednesday 8th Feb

Sent a few more letters to potential sponsors today. Drop me a line in the GIGATHON-FRIENDS guest book and let me know how your sponsor forms are going! - Tracy is boasting because she's up to £100 - Come on BEAT HER!!

Tuesday 7th Feb

Follow up letters posted to venues. Keep telling everyone about it folks! - BTW, let me know you are visiting - If you check up on the daily updates, do drop the odd message in the GIGATHON - FRIENDS section and perhaps we can get some discussions, questions and general excitement underway!!

Monday 6th Feb

Printed and packaged a letter to each of the venues just to confirm. Posting will take place tomorrow. Bit by bit, little by little as they say!!

Sunday 5th Feb

Day of rest on the whole, just dotted a couple of i's and crossed a couple t's!

Saturday 4th Feb

Family photo shoot this morning with the Western Gazette to go with the interview. Sky News next week?!?!?

Friday 3rd Feb

Today's news is a great interview with the Western Gazettte. Watch this space!

Thursday 2nd Feb

Chasing after those corporate sponsors is hard work! - Anyone know any rich businessmen that would sponsor the event let me know! Keep clicking and sharing folks!

Wednesday 1st Feb

OMG!! - Excited - no less than 19 seats booked on the big red bus just today!!!

Tuesday 31st Jan

People still signing up and continuing to attract interest. Please keep telling everyone you know!!

Monday 30th Jan

The bus is filling up! - Started to prepare follow up letters to the 26 lovely venues who have confirmed.

Sunday 29th Jan

A day of rest on the whole. BUT, over a superb luncheon I managed to secure the services of a top corporate sponsorship manager who assures me that getting 6 grand in sponsorship for corporates will be easy! - And before Friday too - WOW!

Saturday 28th Jan

The bus continues to fill. Messages keep coming in. Media packs posted. Text donations are underway.

All good - Make sure you've booked your bus seat if you need one!

Friday 27th Jan

LAUNCHED - LAUNCHED - LAUNCHED!! And a great response to get the ball rolling.

Tell you what - get your seat booked on that bus! - about 20 seats went in under 10 minutes tonight!!

Bring on the GIGATHON!

Thursday 26th Jan

The launch is building interest, which is great. I started putting together some media packs today and will hopefully post them at the weekend just after the launch. It's all about timing!

Wednesday 25th Jan

Completed the sponsor form today so that it's ready to go. Although lots of potential sponsors only got the letter on Monday, starting to panic a bit already because I'm impatient and haven't had thousands of pounds and endless offers streaming in!

Tuesday 24th Jan

THAT'S IT - THAT's IT - Brilliant news! - ALL 26 VENUES ARE NOW CONFIRMED AS OF TODAY!

Have also announced a LIVE LAUNCH on Facebook on Friday night at 6.30pm and the media can now be notified because all 26 venues have now been confirmed. Great!

Monday 23rd Jan

EXCITING NEWS to report today as I have managed to secure the services of RUBY THE ROUTEMASTER, a 72 seater red double decker bus to transport the audience around the GIGATHON. See all the other pages for more info. Great news!

Sunday 22nd Jan

Day of rest on the whole, but hoping to confirm lots next week, approaching the launch.

Saturday 21st Jan

A bundle of letters sent out to try and get some corporate sponsors involved. This could be hard work though!

Nevertheless, the definition of hard work in the dictionary is not the same as the definition for impossible.

25 venues now on board. This means the launch is ever closer. Stay tuned!

Friday 20th Jan

What a week! - Now up to 24 venues. Got to be careful now or I'll end up with more than 26!

This means that at the end of next week or soon after, I'll be able to "officially" launch the event for everyone to see and join!

Thursday 19th Jan

2 more venues confirmed today which takes us up to 22. Letters ready to go to companies and hoping to get an official "launch" of the event by the end of next week. Drivers for tech teams also confirmed thanks to Mr B and Mr P Harcup!

Wednesday 18th Jan

Hit the magic 20 today - 20 venues now on board. Printed some letters ready to send to companies for sponsorship. Still excited about having the technical team all sorted! Loads of ideas to get out there for the event itself but I must control myself! - Anyone got a bus we can use?

Tuesday 17th Jan

What a day! - Can now confirm 16 venues on board already. Most importantly though a brilliant technical team meeting and now have two superb technical teams up for the challenge. How lucky I am to have such brilliant people on board!

TEAM A: Led by Mark Parsons are, Ian Rendall and Dale Perret

TEAM B: Led By Eli Burton are, Tony White and David White

Burning the rubber as my SUPER DRIVER is Mr Del Rowland

WHAT A TEAM!!! - Look out Yeovil!

AND THE ALL IMPORTANT DATE - SATURDAY 19th MAY

Monday 16th Jan

WOW! - I am really pleased that after a few more phone calls, I have been able to now confirm with 50% of the venues in under a week! - The rest will follow and I meet with the potential technical team for the first time tomorrow night. Thank you to 13 fab venues and onwards!! (Hopefully the date tomorrow too!)

Sunday 15th Jan

I have finalised the meeting with the technical team for Tuesday! - This means by the end of the meeting we will have set a date! - I've got a few venues to chase up tomorrow and the next step is to start writing to companies for sponsorship and getting lots of participants involved!

Saturday 14th Jan

I have set up a couple more information pages on the site today, including the "friends" page. Yet to do the big launch of the event because I want to confirm the venues and the technical team with the date, but going to text the guys from the technical team today too. Heard back from 7 venues already and phoning more on Tuesday.

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