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    Alright, I'm quite confused: how many Commemoration balls were there this year?! Worcester...Trinity....Christ Church...have I missed any? So I was wondering: will more than one college be planning to hold a commemoration ball in 2009...?
    Also, a general question about balls within the next academic year: does anyone know which colleges are holding balls and when? Obviously there's a Union ball every term, but otherwise I'm not sure which college balls are annual, biannual, triannual, and which don't hold them at all....?

    Any help much appreciated

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    Why are you asking about balls in both the Cambridge and Oxford forums?
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    2009 = Magdalen.

    Which is the Commemoration Ball for the year (alternating with New and who knows who the 3rd are these days...) & most likely will be end of 9th week.
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    (Original post by Satis)
    Alright, I'm quite confused: how many Commemoration balls were there this year?! Worcester...Trinity....Christ Church...have I missed any? So I was wondering: will more than one college be planning to hold a commemoration ball in 2009...?
    Also, a general question about balls within the next academic year: does anyone know which colleges are holding balls and when? Obviously there's a Union ball every term, but otherwise I'm not sure which college balls are annual, biannual, triannual, and which don't hold them at all....?

    Any help much appreciated

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    How was the trinity ball btw?
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    How was the trinity ball btw?
    It was quite good. Not amazing. Not worth £125, but certainly fun.
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    2009 = Magdalen.

    Which is the Commemoration Ball for the year (alternating with New and who knows who the 3rd are these days...) & most likely will be end of 9th week.
    I think Worcester's the third, or at least that was the impression I was always given
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    Worcester, New and Magdalen are the three that I know of which are supposedly the Commem balls - although, as I go to Worcester, I may be biased...

    Balls coming up in Michaelmas, anyone....? Merton was last year, but I don't know if that's every year....? xx
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    Worcester, New and Magdalen are the three that I know of which are supposedly the Commem balls - although, as I go to Worcester, I may be biased...

    Balls coming up in Michaelmas, anyone....? Merton was last year, but I don't know if that's every year....? xx
    What did you think of the Commemoration Ball in June, just out of interest?
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    What did you think of the Commemoration Ball in June, just out of interest?
    I know you didn't ask me...but I was a little disappointed. I thought Worcester (in comparison to New) just didn't push the boat out. There was no theme (they abandoned it quite early on in the planning) and there was nothing particularly memorable about it. It was as much fun as an ordinary ball, except there were more people, slightly better food, slightly better alcohol and so on. At the ball: A band I've not heard of, a ferris wheel, comedy acts (Imps etc.), a cappella, casino & jazz bands. All pretty standard. No huge act or gimick - like ChCh and their horsedrawn carriages across the meadow. In comparison to christ church (which was SENSATIONAL...moreso because I didn't expect it to be) Worcester really disappointed. Although from what I heard, Trinity and John's weren't fantastic either. Bring on '09 is what I say. I trust Magdalen to push the boat out.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    What did you think of the Commemoration Ball in June, just out of interest?
    I know you didn't ask me...but I was a little disappointed. I thought Worcester (in comparison to New) just didn't push the boat out. There was no theme (they abandoned it quite early on in the planning) and there was nothing particularly memorable about it. It was as much fun as an ordinary ball, except there were more people, slightly better food, slightly better alcohol and so on. At the ball: A band I've not heard of, a ferris wheel, comedy acts (Imps etc.), a cappella, casino & jazz bands. All pretty standard. No huge act or gimick - like ChCh and their horsedrawn carriages across the meadow. In comparison to christ church (which was SENSATIONAL...moreso because I didn't expect it to be) Worcester really disappointed. Although from what I heard, Trinity and John's weren't fantastic either. Bring on '09 is what I say. I trust Magdalen to push the boat out.
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    Mm - no Merton Ball, I'm afraid. Once every 3 years! Though, the Narnia Ball was amazing - so well planned - it actually felt like there were things to do past 11 o'clock, rather than at other balls where it just became an chaotic scrum for drinks. Felt magical too
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    (Original post by *Katie*)
    I know you didn't ask me...but I was a little disappointed. I thought Worcester (in comparison to New) just didn't push the boat out. There was no theme (they abandoned it quite early on in the planning) and there was nothing particularly memorable about it. It was as much fun as an ordinary ball, except there were more people, slightly better food, slightly better alcohol and so on. At the ball: A band I've not heard of, a ferris wheel, comedy acts (Imps etc.), a cappella, casino & jazz bands. All pretty standard. No huge act or gimick - like ChCh and their horsedrawn carriages across the meadow. In comparison to christ church (which was SENSATIONAL...moreso because I didn't expect it to be) Worcester really disappointed. Although from what I heard, Trinity and John's weren't fantastic either. Bring on '09 is what I say. I trust Magdalen to push the boat out.
    There was a hot air balloon for the lucky few whose tickets were selected. I've never been to any other ball but I've heard about them. This wasn't the night it was hyped up to be! The hypnotist was a bit naff, though he did have some neat magic tricks on his walk around afterwards. I spent most of the night trudging around trying to find people! And it was a bit depressing saying hi to people I knew I'd probably never see again and getting nothing in return. I wouldn't say money well spent, but then I'd have regretted not going.
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    (Original post by *Katie*)
    I know you didn't ask me...but I was a little disappointed. I thought Worcester (in comparison to New) just didn't push the boat out. There was no theme (they abandoned it quite early on in the planning) and there was nothing particularly memorable about it. It was as much fun as an ordinary ball, except there were more people, slightly better food, slightly better alcohol and so on. At the ball: A band I've not heard of, a ferris wheel, comedy acts (Imps etc.), a cappella, casino & jazz bands. All pretty standard. No huge act or gimick - like ChCh and their horsedrawn carriages across the meadow. In comparison to christ church (which was SENSATIONAL...moreso because I didn't expect it to be) Worcester really disappointed. Although from what I heard, Trinity and John's weren't fantastic either. Bring on '09 is what I say. I trust Magdalen to push the boat out.
    I was also disappointed by it, but I haven't been to any other balls, so I wasn't sure if I was just being picky! Definitely not worth the money :no:
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    (Original post by SsEe)
    There was a hot air balloon for the lucky few whose tickets were selected. I've never been to any other ball but I've heard about them. This wasn't the night it was hyped up to be! The hypnotist was a bit naff, though he did have some neat magic tricks on his walk around afterwards. I spent most of the night trudging around trying to find people! And it was a bit depressing saying hi to people I knew I'd probably never see again and getting nothing in return. I wouldn't say money well spent, but then I'd have regretted not going.
    Yeah but the lucky few had to wait ages and according to my friends who got the tickets, it wasn't that great anyway.

    I fell asleep during the hypnotist's slot
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Yeah but the lucky few had to wait ages and according to my friends who got the tickets, it wasn't that great anyway.

    I fell asleep during the hypnotist's slot
    Yeah. So even the star prize was naff!

    Did you fall asleep in the tent? Hehe. I was hoping for Derren Brown style stuff. I got the impression the people up on stage were only doing what the guy said so as not to make him feel bad. One guy was probably a plant as he was completely over reacting.
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    I fell asleep during one of the comedians...

    In response to your question, Lonely Goatherd (Simon?): I'm probably not a great person to ask - I spent the vast majority of the ball with one person, so I missed an awful lot of the available entertainment - but I wasn't really wildly impressed. The comedians were crap, there wasn't really one big music act, whereas Trinity got the Sugababes (not my cup of tea, but still pretty impressive), and alot of the other things, like the Ferris Wheel and hot air balloon, you'd end up queueueueing (I hate that word, it has no future in any essay of mine!) for hours, even if, for the latter, you had a 'special' ticket. The hot air balloon was probably the biggest thing they had, and it was therefore a bit ridiculous because only certain people had tickets.

    I really enjoyed Worcester, it was fantastic in terms of there being lots of free food and free drinks, and the decor was beautiful, but I principally enjoyed it because it's my college, and pretty much everyone I knew from college (with one or two exceptions) and alot from out of college were there. Which was awesome. But in terms of it being a brilliant ball...I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it so much if I wasn't at Worcester. At Merton there was only a handful of Worcesterites, plus a few I knew from the union, but it was nonetheless awesome. Seems that should be the aim of a ball....
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    Yeah. So even the star prize was naff!

    Did you fall asleep in the tent? Hehe. I was hoping for Derren Brown style stuff. I got the impression the people up on stage were only doing what the guy said so as not to make him feel bad. One guy was probably a plant as he was completely over reacting.
    Yeah, I was with loads of friends and I think I managed the first 10 minutes before dozing off, though I kept waking up/nodding off! I think I remember the guy you mean. Definitely a plant :yep:
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    I fell asleep during one of the comedians...

    In response to your question, Lonely Goatherd (Simon?): I'm probably not a great person to ask - I spent the vast majority of the ball with one person, so I missed an awful lot of the available entertainment - but I wasn't really wildly impressed. The comedians were crap, there wasn't really one big music act, whereas Trinity got the Sugababes (not my cup of tea, but still pretty impressive), and alot of the other things, like the Ferris Wheel and hot air balloon, you'd end up queueueueing (I hate that word, it has no future in any essay of mine!) for hours, even if, for the latter, you had a 'special' ticket. The hot air balloon was probably the biggest thing they had, and it was therefore a bit ridiculous because only certain people had tickets.

    I really enjoyed Worcester, it was fantastic in terms of there being lots of free food and free drinks, and the decor was beautiful, but I principally enjoyed it because it's my college, and pretty much everyone I knew from college (with one or two exceptions) and alot from out of college were there. Which was awesome. But in terms of it being a brilliant ball...I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it so much if I wasn't at Worcester. At Merton there was only a handful of Worcesterites, plus a few I knew from the union, but it was nonetheless awesome. Seems that should be the aim of a ball....
    I'd definitely agree with the bit in bold. I had a great time at the ball, but that was because I was spending twelve hours with my friends in a beautiful surrounding. Not much to do with the ball itself (though those crepes were v nice ). I too was quite disappointed about the lack of big music acts, though the Sugababes aren't good live (if their Children in Need performances are anything to go by! )...

    No, I'm not Simon. I should probs have made my name The_Lonely_Goatherdess
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    St. John's Ball was amazing.
 
 
 
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