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 THE GRAND TENERIFE SOCIAL!!
I know their is a lot of confusion around at the moment as to who is going where and when.. Just to clarify a few things first...
VFM's winter Social will be in Tenerife not Las Vegas, which we have done twice before in conjunction with the High Rollers wknd... The first Vegas trip we organised was legendary with over 700 Brits in attendence... We swore we would'nt repeat it! Could'nt repeat it!! It was a one off! How could you! But because of  the fantastic experience everyone had and the huge demand to go back... We went back last year, and had a great time again... But for vfm its time to move on. We've seen the old British Colony, they seem to be coping without us, its time to have a new experience in sunnier climes, which is what our Winter Social is all about... Having a little break out of rally season and dancin your tits off with possibly the odd Scooter thrown in!!!
So here are all those lovely details you have all been waiting patiently for......
 
Finally we have put together all the travel options and details for VFM's Grand Tenerife Social over the first weekend of March 2007...... The venue we have secured is called 'Pleasure Island (Hello!!?)'.... Located in Las Americas quite close to the legendary Reggae Bar and Linekars.... VFM's Party Nights are Fri/Sat & Sunday. To save any hassle we are doing an admission ticket in advance.. £20 for the whole weekend..... It being Pleasure Island... The theme for Sunday night will be Pirates and Piress'es (Is that a word?) of Tenerife.... Other little bits n bobs will be added to the itinery.... Like Moped Mayhem!! A crazy run up to the mountains on hired scooters in a Spaggeti Western Styly... Boat Trip.. And maybe a late night journey to tenerifes very own Las Vegas (HELL YEAH!!) to eat Goulash!? ( Eh Lobby... stroking the Buddah being optional!?).. for the more discerning ladies and gents among us !?
 
TRAVEL
We have our very own Josie (Not of Pussycats fame) to cobble together a few travel options.. Firstly the vfm hotel of choice is the PLAYA AZUL APARTMENTS in Las Americas.
 
The figures which are quoted here are based on a 7 day break departing the 27th Feb tuesday and returning 6th March tuesday....
Airports of choice are;
Manchester
East Midlands
Bristol
Birmingham
Newcastle
London Gatwick
 
2 people sharing a studio apartment inc flights £289 each
4 people sharing a 2 bedroom apartment (could be double or single beds) £269 per person inc flights...
3 people sharing 1 bedroom apartment (put me up bed in living room) £279 per person inc flights
 
These prices may change with availability... which means book asap.. Small deposit required (as the Buddah said to Lobby)
Now if you wish to go for five days most of the airports above have flights on friday returning tuesday... Manchester is the only airport which does daily flights... Josie can sort all this out for you, quote accordingly, and help you with any special requirements.
 
So get booked asap before the prices change and make sure you order a ticket as their is only 300 available.....
TRAVEL; Ask for Josie @ A1 Travel 0800 0910417 or 0161 3333757
INFO & TICKETS; Steve 07774 893178
 
One finger typing is a killer!! C U @ Whitby......................
V.F.M.*present

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Probably The Best Collection Of Custom Scooters From Europe And The British Isles Ever Gathered Under One Roof. Ample Space To Display, Classic And Vintage, Murals, Engraving, Engineering Oddities, Spectacular Themes, Amazing Club Displays.

A Multitude Of Classes For A Multitude Of Tastes And Ideas Spanning Decades Of Scootering Lifestyle.

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ID CARDS-TheTruth
This was written originally by Francis Stonor Saunders.

 Frances Stonor Saunders is the former arts editor of The New Statesman, author of The Cultural Cold War, Diabolical Englishman and The Devil's Broker and was awarded the Royal Historical Society's William Gladstone Memorial Prize. She lives in London.  It is well worth reading and if you wish to, please pass it on to as many people as you can.

"You may have heard that legislation creating  compulsory ID Cards passed a crucial stage in the House of Commons.  You may feel that ID cards are not something to worry about, since we already have Photo ID for our Passport and Driving License and an ID Card will be no different to that.  What you have not been told is the full scope of this proposed ID Card, and what it will mean to you personally.

 The proposed ID Card will be different from any card you now hold.  It will be connected to a database called the NIR, (National Identity Register), where all of your personal details will be stored.  This will include the unique number that will be issued to you, your fingerprints, a scan of the back of your eye, and your photograph. Your name, address and date of birth will also obviously be stored there.
   
There will be spaces on this database for your religion, residence status, and many other private and personal facts about you. There is unlimited space for every other details of your life on the NIR database, which can be expanded by the Government with or without further Acts of Parliament.

 By itself, you might think that this register is harmless, but you would be wrong to come to this conclusion.  This new card will be used to check your identity against your entry in the register in real time, whenever you present it to 'prove who you are'.

 Every place that sells alcohol or cigarettes, every post office, every pharmacy, and every Bank will have an NIR Card Terminal,  (very much like the Chip and Pin Readers that are everywhere now) into which your card can be 'swiped' to check your identity.  Each time this happens, a record is made at the NIR of the time and place that the Card was presented.  This means for example, that there will be a government record of every time you withdraw more than £99 at your branch of NatWest, who now demand ID for these transactions. Every time you have to prove that you are over 18, your card will be swiped, and a record made at the NIR.  Restaurants and off licenses will demand that your card is swiped so that each receipt shows that they sold alcohol to someone over 18, and that this was proved by the access to the NIR, indemnifying them from prosecution.
   
 Private businesses are going to be given access to the NIR Database. If you want to apply for a job, you will have to present your card for a swipe. If you want to apply for a London Underground Oyster Card, or a supermarket loyalty card, or a driving license you will have to present your ID Card for  a swipe. The same goes for getting a telephone line or a mobile phone or an internet account.

 Oyster, DVLA, BT and Nectar (for example) all run very detailed databases of their own.  They will be allowed access to the NIR, just as every other business will be.  This means that each of these entities will be able to store your unique number in their database, and place all your travel, phone records, driving activities and detailed shopping habits under your unique NIR number. These databases, which can easily fit on a storage device the size of your hand, will be sold to third parties either legally or illegally. It will then be possible for a non-governmental entity to create a detailed dossier of all your activities. Certainly, the government will have clandestine access to all of them, meaning that they will have a complete record of all your movements, from how much and when you withdraw from your bank account to what medications you are taking, down to the level of what sort of bread you eat - all accessible via a single unique number in a central database.

 This is quite a significant leap from a simple ID Card that shows your name and face.
   
Most people do not know that this is the true character and scope of the proposed ID Card.  Whenever the details of how it will work are explained to them, they quickly change from being ambivalent towards it.

 The Government is going to COMPEL you to enter your details into the NIR and to carry this card.  If you and your children want to obtain or renew your passports, you will be forced to have your fingerprints taken and your eyes scanned for the NIR, and an ID Card will be issued to you whether you want one or not.  If you refuse to be fingerprinted and eye scanned, you will not be able to get a passport.   Your ID Card will, just like your passport, not be your property.  The Home Secretary will have the right to revoke or suspend your ID at any time, meaning that you will not be able to withdraw money from your Bank Account, for example, or do anything that requires you to present your government issued ID Card.

 The arguments that have been put forwarded in favour of ID Cards can be easily disproved.  ID Cards WILL NOT stop terrorists; every Spaniard has a compulsory ID Card as did the Madrid Bombers.  ID Cards will not 'eliminate benefit fraud', which in comparison, is small compared to the astronomical cost of this proposal, which will be measured in billions according to the LSE (London School of Economics). This scheme exists solely to exert total surveillance and control over the ordinary free British Citizen, and it will line the pockets of the companies that will create the computer systems at the expense of your freedom, privacy and money.

 If you did not know the full scope of the proposed ID Card Scheme before and you are as unsettled as I am at what it really means to you, to this country and its way of life, I urge you to email or photocopy this and give it to your friends and colleagues and everyone else you think should know and who cares. The Bill has proceeded to this stage due to the lack of accurate and complete information on this proposal being made public.  Together & hand in hand, we can inform the entire nation if everyone who receives this passes it on."


 


Tony from our club - Speed Demons SC had his garage next to his house in Essex broken into early this morning (25/4/06) and three tuned custom autos were stolen - two Italjet Dragsters and a Gilera Runner (pictures attached).
Each carries many unique distinguishing features.

We would be grateful if you could spread the word about this. Any information should be emailed to speed_demons_sc@hotmail.com and will be treated in the strictest confidence. We will be offering a reward for the recovery of the scooters.

Cheers

Sticky
 


These are the details of an exciting exhibiton that will open on 13th May at Chelsea space, a gallery next to Tate Britain on Millbank SW1 (near Vauxhall Bridge).

We hope you can add some or all of this to your club listings and events. I also attach a banner which you may want to include on your website and link to our website http://showoffevents.co.uk. which will be updated regularly with all the latest information on the exhibition, rally and ride out route.

If you have any questions please get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you, your members as well as their friends and families at the exhibition - we think there will be something there for everyone.

ready, steady, go!

SCOOTER LIFE & URBAN DREAMS
1 3 M A Y - 1 7 J U N E 2 0 0 6

C H E L S E A S P A C E
C H E L S E A C O L L E G E O F A R T A N D D E S I G N
1 6 J O H N I S L I P S T R E E T, M I L L B A N K , L O N D O N , S W 1 P 4 J U


Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11.00 – 5.00; Saturday 10.00 – 4.00

Opening on Saturday 13th May 2006, ready, steady, go! at Chelsea space is the first exhibition to explore the style, fashion and events associated with the motor scooter and its impact on British culture over the last 60 years.

ready, steady, go! focuses on the rich and compelling history of scooters in Britain; it's allure to the young and stylish from the dawning of the new breed of post war consumers of the early1950s, to the infamous yet influential Mod sub cults of the 60s and 80s, through to those searching for a fashionable, modern day solution to the congestion charge and the next phase in ‘street style’.


The exhibition will be highly visual and the highlights of ready, steady, go! include a section on the birth of the Vespa and Lambretta, and their place in the exciting la Dolce Vita lifestyle of post-war Italy; original films of scooter stunts and gymkhanas, events that drew thousands of spectators in the English Home Counties in the 1950s; a look at the scooter as a vital Mod accessory, demonstrating the way they were personalised to reflect a very individual, edgy identity; how to dress for the scooter and it unfolds a perhaps less well known world of the scooter clubs as they exist today plus an insight into scooter designs for the future.

Opening day special event: Ride out and scooter rally Saturday May 13th
Evening event: Talk on fashion and scooter style in 1960’s Friday May 19th
See website for more details: http://www.showoffevents.co.uk


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Belgium:

15/16/17th September 2006

Run to the Castle #2

@ "le Château de Tilff"

Liège Scooterist Tribe 8th scooter rally.

A CLASSIC EVENT WITH NICE SCOOTERS, GOOD BOOZE AND GREAT MUSIC!!

We'll welcome you in an old castle farm from the 18 century, fully restaured, in the center of a nice and tourist city : TILFF. With shops, pubs + open air bars, restaurants, hotel...

In a 3-star venue with clean toilets and hot showers. Free camping or 4 berth rooms (70 extra) !!! Only 3 rooms left!!! Everything on site.


Low prices : HALF PRICE FOR SCOOTERS! All included with 2 nights camping, 2 allnighters, free rally patch, free 'aperitif', custom show and 12 trophies, ride out, stalls and dealers parts, hot and cold food non-stop, tons of belgian specials beers... Cheap prices- everything on site. Free stalls for dealers (contact us).
Do's : 8.00 p.m. - 4.00a.m.

Dj's : Olivier & Bruno from Liège + special guests from France, Germany and England spinning the best in rare Ska & Skinhead Scorchers, Northern & Blue Eyed Soul, R'n'B, Motown & 6T's Beat, 79' Punk & Mod Revival, 2-Tone, Baggy, Britpop, Indie...

10kms (6 miles) from Liège, 25kms (16 miles) from Maastricht (Hollande), 50 kms from Aachen, 215 kms(140 miles) from Oostende, 220 kms(145 miles) from Rotterdam, 110 kms from Cologne...

Address/Venue/campsite :
"Le Château de Tilff ", n° 9 Esplanade de l'Abeille , 4130 Tilff.
On the motorway A26/E25 exit n° 41 " Hamoir / Tilff "
Follow the signs "scoot" or "Auberge de jeunesse"
http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/viamichelin/gbr/tpl/hme/MaHomePage.htm

Info / contact :
olivier.bille@skynet.be or Is.Galambos@ulg.ac.be or
www.weekend-sauvage.be.tf
Mobile Bruno : 0032.(0)479.36.12.68
Mobile Fabian : 0032.(0).495.69.82.22
Fax : 0032.(0)43.42.39.52

Hotel (only 2 rooms left !!)
@ 200 meters (0,13 miles) from the rally.
Hotel de l'Ourthe
rue Waleffe, 4
4130 Tilff
Belgium
Telephone : 00-32-(0)4-388.26.75
Fax : 00-32-(0)4-388.26.75
E-Mail : fa380221@skynet.be
Contact : Mme Martine Seronveau
http://www.opt.be/informations/hotel/FR/A/HH/13604.html
1 double room : from 30 euros to 45 euros
Ex : one double room + shower : 35 euros per night/per room (breakfast is not include).
or 45 euros per night per room for a double room + bathroom + tv (breakfast not include)
Speak french, english, german and dutch.

!!! Hotel nearly fully booked : only 2 rooms left, everything is booked by the scots !!!

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