Well done to stuart davis for getting over the final college-imposed hurdle, but don't forget that permission was actually won last year and then (temporarily) rescinded by college. Jason McKee deserves most of the credit for persuading the college to reinstate the beer festival. :-)
The last IC beer festival was actually in November 1997 (so ner!) as I organised it.
And "the damage", as you put it, was not within the confines of the JCR (where the beer festival was based... if the College had an issue with "damage" then perhaps they would have had the decency to inform the organiser, the licencee (Roger Pownall/John Foster/Gareth Parry), the RCSU president or half of the ICU president (Messers Alslop and Heeps). I can categorically say that no damage was done in or around the JCR (as for other parts of the College, well surely after every Wednesday and Friday in the Union one could have some "damage" done) aside from a broken loo seat which was removed from the pan by estates before the festival opened and, moreover, the JCR was left in more clean and tidy condition AFTER the event that it was beforehand!
The main thing (or should I say person) that blighted the beer fesival in past years was former Pro-Rector Igor Alexander as he is famously quoted "there is no need for the College (and the Union) to operate bars as they should be studying and drinking will only distract them" - a lovely rant he had at Science Studies Board in 1997...
Anyway, save me a few glasses and I'll give an appropriate donation to Rag for them! have fun
As for the pile of vomit which appeared on the catering van... well I put that down to the quality of the food NOT the beer!!!
Yeah I remember the last beer fest alright. I was selling rag mags.
The beer fest was central to RAG week as the massive presence of all the beer kegs and stuff in the SCR before the day of the beer fest meant that something was up in college, i.e RAG week! Well done for bringing it back.
My understanding of the damage was that it was caused by taking beer barrels (not the lightest objects in the world) down the flight of stairs from the walkway by Elec Eng.
The organisers were unable to use the goods lift to take the barrels to the ground floor because Security [*] wouldn't let them, because it was after midnight, even though they should have been informed beforehand that this was to be permitted.
Well, it's official. "Students can't organize a piss-up..."
I've just had Dave 'Cosmic Ferret' Clements on the phone to say that, because of a room bookings screw-up, the RSCU Beer Festival is _not_ starting in one hours time (today, Wed 6 March), but is probably going to be later in March (18th?). Apparently, RCSU 'told RCSA' (!)... but no one has taken down the posters around college advertising Beer for today, nor put up new corrected ones ("we've not had time yet"), nor got anything printed in Felix etc. etc.
Pass the word to any KoGs who might have been making a special trip to IC for to sup a nice pint or two.
There was no room bookings screw up, and it was not the fault of the organisers that the event has had to be postponed. The room (the MDH) was booked during the last ice age, when Andy was still a young man, and Sam still had some hair (it was quite a while ago, ok) and the posters were put up around then too. College then simply decided at very short notice that we couldn't use the room on that date, as their VIP dinner was more important (ahem), and it had to be rebooked for the 18th. The old posters aren't much of a problem now, because they've been up for so long that they've almost all been covered up by someone else (despite clearly still being in-date). The new posters were supposed to be up at the start of the week, but that has apparently gone slightly awry.
Besides, if you'd actually read the artical at the top of this page you would have seen that it quite clearly explains the reason for the postponement, and states that the date will be the 18th. </rant>