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    Ah, what a lovely story Kev.
    I jst liked formal from the beginning. The traditions and stuff were the reasons I applied to Castle.
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    And most people go to these? Would I be viewed as a crazy outcast if I chose to spend SIXTY POUNDS on something more important like books or shoes?
    No, but you'd feel like a bit of a square, sitting in your room with a textbook, while all your friends were out having one of the best nights of their lives.
    And just to back up Becca, the June Ball is actually too good for words.
    It took me a week to be able to talk about it without dissolving into a gibbering wreck of superlatives.
    As one of my friends said "I'm not gonna bother explaining to my friends about it, cos no matter how much you describe, it's never gonna live up to how awesome it actually was".
    a list of stuff I remember:
    the Scalectrix, the rollercoaster simulator, the magician, the comedian, the cinema, the vodka luge, the chocolate fountain, the champagne reception, the palm reader, the characaturists, the barbershop quintet, the piper, the ceidhley (or whatever - scottish dancing), the blues brothers, the cabaret acts, the fact that they TURFED our pool room, the ice-cream cocktails, the scenery, the entire castle being ours to wander. the fact that the meal has SIX courses.....*keeps listing as he wanders into distance*
    A hundred quid is so, so worth it. Remember that you'll also be paying maybe another £50 on top for hire of white tie stuff, or more for a balldress, haircut, flowers for her, cigar for him etc. etc.
    It's probably only going to be topped in price/fantasticness by your wedding, if you have a very ostentatious wedding.
    One of my friends worked out that £60 (or it might have been £80) a minute was being spent on the ball, over twelve hours.
    It was sponsered by The Independent, Red Bull and a major law firm, Sherman and Sherman.
    It's a big ball.
    Castle's June Ball was rated something like the third greatest night out that money can't buy by the Guardian, bettered only by a couple of OxBridge May balls.
    Check out http://www.thejuneball.com
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    The Castle Ball is in the Top 10 Nights Out in the UK according to The Guardian newspaper (i think). People really would give their right arm to go to it!

    Back to the original question though...

    I went to the Fresher Ball but not the Fresher Bop. To be honest it probably would have had a better time at the Bop instead of the Ball. Though they were both totally different experiences. If you haven't been to a proper formal ball before in a massive place like Tall Trees is... then it's well worth going to... also it's MUCH cheaper than your Summer Ball will be!!
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    (Original post by Mattmoy_2000)
    No, but you'd feel like a bit of a square, sitting in your room with a textbook, while all your friends were out having one of the best nights of their lives.
    And just to back up Becca, the June Ball is actually too good for words.
    It took me a week to be able to talk about it without dissolving into a gibbering wreck of superlatives.
    As one of my friends said "I'm not gonna bother explaining to my friends about it, cos no matter how much you describe, it's never gonna live up to how awesome it actually was".
    a list of stuff I remember:
    the Scalectrix, the rollercoaster simulator, the magician, the comedian, the cinema, the vodka luge, the chocolate fountain, the champagne reception, the palm reader, the characaturists, the barbershop quintet, the piper, the ceidhley (or whatever - scottish dancing), the blues brothers, the cabaret acts, the fact that they TURFED our pool room, the ice-cream cocktails, the scenery, the entire castle being ours to wander. the fact that the meal has SIX courses.....*keeps listing as he wanders into distance*
    A hundred quid is so, so worth it. Remember that you'll also be paying maybe another £50 on top for hire of white tie stuff, or more for a balldress, haircut, flowers for her, cigar for him etc. etc.
    It's probably only going to be topped in price/fantasticness by your wedding, if you have a very ostentatious wedding.
    One of my friends worked out that £60 (or it might have been £80) a minute was being spent on the ball, over twelve hours.
    It was sponsered by The Independent, Red Bull and a major law firm, Sherman and Sherman.
    It's a big ball.
    Castle's June Ball was rated something like the third greatest night out that money can't buy by the Guardian, bettered only by a couple of OxBridge May balls.
    Check out http://www.thejuneball.com
    Ah, Matt I'm glad you turned up to help me out here! Noone was believing me! I have to say that my ball experience was cheaper because: a) I already had my balldress (my mum bought it for me before I came to Durham - I wasn't complaining!), b) I went with another girl so we didn't buy each other presents and c) I did my own hair so didn't pay for a haircut.
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    perhaps we should get Scouse (our social chair last year for those who don't know) to give us a hand
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    (Original post by Mattmoy_2000)
    perhaps we should get Scouse (our social chair last year for those who don't know) to give us a hand
    :rofl: Yeah I'm sure as the mastermind behind this summer's June Ball he'd have something to say on the matter :p:
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    Hatfield formals are free for those living in college, we also have smarter "guest formals" at which you pay a fiver and get a proper three course meal, proper wine glasses and candles on your tables.

    If you want to bring guests you have to pay about £2 or £3 quid for them(I can't remember) and i think livers out, like at most colleges, have to pay for formals.

    Luckily at Hatfield though, you do not have to buy wine from college, this was the case at Aidans formal i went to(and the red tasted like paint stripper) but you can bring your own cheapy one from Sammy's/Morrisons/Bottoms Up(which ever you prefer).

    Lion in Winter, is ace in its own right! We had snow/hail and fireworks(what more can you ask for?) I definitely would have paid extra for the meal and ents though(as the ents were a bit rubbish).

    At the Aidans summer ball this was also the case, and the meal was actually good value for three courses, a bottle of wine(per person) and a massive bottle of baileys to share for £15. Roll on next year
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    (Original post by socialist cook)
    Hatfield formals are free for those living in college, we also have smarter "guest formals" at which you pay a fiver and get a proper three course meal, proper wine glasses and candles on your tables.

    If you want to bring guests you have to pay about £2 or £3 quid for them(I can't remember) and i think livers out, like at most colleges, have to pay for formals.

    Luckily at Hatfield though, you do not have to buy wine from college, this was the case at Aidans formal i went to(and the red tasted like paint stripper) but you can bring your own cheapy one from Sammy's/Morrisons/Bottoms Up(which ever you prefer).

    Lion in Winter, is ace in its own right! We had snow/hail and fireworks(what more can you ask for?) I definitely would have paid extra for the meal and ents though(as the ents were a bit rubbish).

    At the Aidans summer ball this was also the case, and the meal was actually good value for three courses, a bottle of wine(per person) and a massive bottle of baileys to share for £15. Roll on next year
    You cannot bring your own wine to aidans formals for sum strange licencing reason
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    is the summer/june balls only for first year? and also are castle people allowed to invite guests from other colleges? :p:
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    (Original post by TKR)
    is the summer/june balls only for first year? and also are castle people allowed to invite guests from other colleges? :p:
    They are for all years, and castle people can invite people from other colleges, but they have a priority system for tickets and I dont think couple with one from another college is very high
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    Basically you won't get into our ball if you're from another college unless you get invited by a finalist (or a firstyear if you're lucky).
    The priority list is on http://www.thejuneball.com if you're interested (it's under "tickets" I think)
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    (Original post by TKR)
    is the summer/june balls only for first year? and also are castle people allowed to invite guests from other colleges? :p:
    No, finalists get priority at the June Ball. I can't remember how the priority list goes exactly but it's something like this:

    1. A finalist couple
    2. A finalist with a 3rd year non-finalist
    3. A finalist with a first year
    4. A finalist with a 2nd year
    5. A finalist with a non JCR member (ie someone from another college/not at Durham)
    6. A 3rd year non-finalist couple
    7. A 3rd year non-finalist with a 1st year
    8. A 1st year couple
    9. A 3rd year non finalist with a 2nd year
    10. A 2nd year with a 1st year
    11. A 3rd year non-finalist with a non-JCR member
    12. A 2nd year couple
    13. A 1st year with a non-JCR member
    14. A 2nd year with a non-JCR member

    I think that's it, I've probably missed some off and got it in the wrong order...I tried to find it on the June Ball website that we had but I think it's been taken offline as when I tried to go there I just got redirected to the JCR website....:mad:
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    thejuneball.com offline?
    NOooOoOOOOooOOooOoo!
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    (Original post by Mattmoy_2000)
    thejuneball.com offline?
    NOooOoOOOOooOOooOoo!
    Yep. Ah well - next year Matt, next year....when we won't get to go!!!! :bawling:
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    we could work it for copious dinero though...
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    (Original post by Mattmoy_2000)
    we could work it for copious dinero though...
    Yeah we could.....*shotgun security!*
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    shotgun secutity too!!
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    hahaha, shotgun gettin in free with the rubbish security
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    (Original post by posh_git)
    do people feel socially outcasted if they don't go to every uni/college event? in VM college if you don't want to attend a formal you can get your like dinner about 2 hours earlier...do people see you as social rejects?

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh stressed!
    Our formals sell out in something like 47 seconds and only take 400 people out of the 1000 people in college (both livers in and out). Therefore there's a high chance that at least a 1/3 of the livers in may not get on the formal and so will have to eat early tea. No one gives anyone grief because of that!!! Seriously, you don't have to go to anything that you don't want to.
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    which college is that
 
 
 
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