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If you can't beat 'em, etc.
I'm not going to mine.
So no, not going.
Overdid it at last year's, will probably try to keep a low profile this year.
Last year it was a meal in Bristol, and could just go to the pub after. This year its at a golf course in the middle of nowhere. No thanks.
which we will take to the pub, have dinner, and drink and then go straight home when the cash is gone.
I have got some gingerbread oil in.
which is a ripoff. Should be quite fun, though there's load of tension this year waiting for a moment to break.
must be the quality of the work Christmas parties.
Of course it's unjustifiable for us to spend donor money on a big party for staff but... still, doesn't make them more fun. Haven't been to mine in about 6 years.
but we'd have to all chip in for booze etc. Had a murder mystery one once - I came as an animal rights activist (the wayward son of an oil magnate or something)
I've been to 3 murder mystery evenings as an adult. And I've hated every single one. Each to their own.
And would hate every single minute of those things.
Whenever I smell the whiff of enforced fun (e.g. murder mysteries, ceilidhs, etc), my stomach gets tied in knots. But then I usually end up having a great time.
the place we're going to doesn't have a special menu
can't be arsed to make a fuss
i hate that we're going to be in the same place all night and the food is compulsory (loads of people have stomach problems or are fussy and don't want to eat out)
also can't afford to pay for it at the minute
or for clothes and shoes to wear
went last year and gave away some of my food - had plain chicken and roast potatoes for main which was fine.
drinks were ridiculous and then they put us in a themed room upstairs that only did certain drinks for more money
just seen the menu
for mains and starters theres no chicken option, fish options are coated in breadcrumbs, all veggie are drenched in cream sauce
not even a fruit option for pudding (cakes or creme brulee)
Just don't go.
Quite looking forward to it. Roast duck and something else after. Sweet.
It's going to be ace. Well, it had better be. Thought it's at the Dovetail so everyone will probably got so drunk on strong Belgian beer they won't remember if it was good or not.
although my plan is to avoid getting as drunk as I did last time particularly since some joker has scheduled it for Wednesday, apparently it's a masquerade ball.
We have dodgems and a waltzer.
some people complained as they felt it wasn't the right kind of atmosphere for their liking, so we now have an exceedingly boring venue which is just a crap meal and a shit band. was rubbish last year, 99.9% not going this year.
SLEDGING! FOOD! DRINK!
(that we have where we (both) work)
apparently it's amazing, I've never been.
Looks ridiculous though.
they're apparently very popular (with the 'Essex' crowd).
The menu does look alright though tbf
Married women being vaguely inappropriate, men twice my age being being dull then somewhat passive aggressive. Horrid, never again.
Which would be lovely in the missing the xmas party stakes
I live too far from work to make it practical now.
Company pays the rest (including all drinks and taxi home)
It'll be alright
I mean the train station :( Just gonna excuse myself to the toilet, get on the tube and fuck the fuck off.
We usually go to a really nice pub in Angel #cutbacks
but if it's as bad as pretty much all other London train station pubs you're in for a right treat.
Should nip down the road and have it at the Britannia in Euston. That way you could eat, drink and party down on their beautiful terrace giving you a birds eye view of both the station concourse and the departure boards.
I am copying and pasting your post verbatim into an email to my 'party planning' Executive Assitant. Probably won't change anything. Probably still gonna get pissed on the day and laugh at Harry Potter fans.
Might just take a day's leave this year
*An(nu)al Christmas trip?
Cause there's no time to be closed for the night during Christmas
Pros: We don't have to go back to the office, free food and drink
Cons: It will be somewhere that everyone has to drive to so I can't really drink. You don't sit with your friends / people you work directly with - there is a set table arrangement so you have to make small talk with someone you don't know. Sober.
Really don't get why anyone goes now. Haven't been for several years. I get the 'climbing the ladder' aspect, but you couldn't give me a promotion worth spending time with those bellends outside the 40 hours I'm already contractually obliged to.
Go somewhere you can't afford to go usually. I like a good time.
In some bell end industries it really does seem to make a difference if you go to the pub and socialise with the CEO's etc etc. I've sold my soul.
for free, but having to endure a baby screaming right in my ear the whole time.
Not for me.
Maybe the rest of you don't work with awful people.
Even worse I am one of those awful people.
I don't want to go to the Christmas party now. I might call in sick.
Plus most of the people I work with are all right, so I don't object to spending the time with them. I wouldn't go if they were mostly dreadful, obviously.
People at my work are nice. I don't believe that dissers are the lone nice guys in offices. Just don't believe it.
but that just re-emphasises the point. Why bother socialising with each other?
I imagine they're the worst ones!
I just resent paying £30+ when December is an expensive month as it is, with the feeling that everyone else is thinking the same
like, word for word.
so there's that.
previous years have been the bothy and stravaigin then on to a pub whereby there's a tab put behind the bar, all paid for
i normally go for the meal and a few drinks the fuck off before people start getting off with folk they shouldn't be
plus it's normally on our last working day of the year before christmas which is like 19th december this year, cannie wait
literally nobody's ever got off with anyone at any work Christmas party I've ever been to and believe me I have been keeping a look out for it.
You hate everyone already, you've accidentally spent time with them voluntarily, now you've got the awkwardness of having had a one night stand with one of them. Ugh. Just. No.
Is seeing what married bellends embarrass themselves by making awful passes at other married bellends. And other married bellends forgetting to be discreet about the affairs everyone knows are going on anyway.
Am I to believe this means married women will be throwing themselves at me by the time the ABBA medley comes on?
no one ever gets off with anyone
You're going to go home smelling like gin and cheap perfume.
It'll make a change from going home smelling like piss and shame.
But it might be someone else's piss and shame this year.
not sure what bright spark thought that up
plus it's £35
still going though as most of the people I work with are pretty cool and I don't get out much...
we're going to a shitty Motown night at a hotel with about a dozen other companies attending, the drinks bill I have wangled is fairly phenomenal, I'm going to hire a white tuxedo and get high and try to have sex with somebody
hotel in the centre of town, free room for the night, free meal. Now they have moved it to near one of the other offices and it is in somewhere vaguely near Reading. So either a bus or a lift - no thanks. Subsidised rooms at £25 not bad. There are free drinks, and they are apparently plentiful but I would rather spend £25 on booze and sit at home in my pants than hang out even more with my workmates thanks.
I always turn up, give it a couple of hours and then fuck off before drunk staff start trying to tell me how i should run the company etc etc.
to prevent the conversation turning to work-related topics?
once you get to that stage, is it too late to turn it around?
Talk about sploshing.
best Indian restuarant of all time....in the UK....in Brighton....seriously though, it's not a curry house.
BUT, if they go to this awful other place that has been suggested that is on the seafront and has opera cabaret and microwaved meals, then no, I will not go.
followed by Sticky Mike's, at the request of one of my colleagues (oit me).
i haven't heard anyone mention it before.
Sticky Mikes will be good - depending on what is on.
We're going to end up at McDonalds aren't we? I'd like that.
Last year a temp behaved appallingly towards me and some other women. He got the sack and I got promoted to fill his position.
Ours is at MOSI this year. It's a free meal/booze, a chance to get dressed up and spend time with some of my work friends. We apparently have access to most of the exhibitions too (went to a beer festival there last summer and it was super fun).
I don't know why everyone is so down on office parties.
Pretty, pretty good. Pretty/
It's always black tie at some swanky London hotel and those sort of nights just aren't my thing really. Would rather go down the boozer with my mates, know what I mean?