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Trudy Scrumptious

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Yes, I have that problem too -- I have a lot of Ship friends on Facebook but I'm not always sure I have their Ship and FB identities matched up correctly.

Twilight, it's my experience that some very interesting discussions happen on Facebook, usually in response to an article or other link that someone posts. People read, comment, argue. Sometimes someone just posts a question or provocative statement and that sparks discussion. In my experience the quality of conversation is not quite as high as in a debate in Purgatory here on the Ship, and without Hell to go to things do sometimes devolve into nastiness and name-calling, but if you have a diverse group of Facebook friends some very interesting conversations can happen there. There are also, of course, tons of private groups on Facebook which are much more like our boards. As others have said, the SoF FB group is not that lively (I suppose because we all do our mostly lively and interesting stuff here), but I belong to several interesting FB groups -- two quite lively ones for fans of authors whose work I like, where we discuss their books indepth, a couple of groups having to do with books and reading more generally, a group specific to my denomination for discussions around the issues of women in ministry and women's ordination, and lots more specific discussion groups.

So yes, there is some good conversation to be had on Facebook if you have a large enough circle of friends there and you find the site enjoyable enough to spend time on. Like everything, it's not for everyone.

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Schroedinger's cat

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I know I am FB Friends with shippies, who I know I have got to know through the ship, but cannot remember what their ship name is.

It is difficult. And it is especially so for those who don't want their real identity known.

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Twilight

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Thanks Trudy, now I have a better understanding of it. I didn't see how it was possible to get a real discussion going so I couldn't imagine why anyone would abandon the ship for Facebook.

Now I can picture some of it more like my Norah Lofts group on Goodreads.

There are days when I would like to take my computer to the landfill and stay to watch it be bulldozed under, but the internet can also be so amazing. I've been able to find groups of other people who are interested in the same obscure things I'm obsessed over and ready to discuss it to death. Wonderful!

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balaam

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Memories are made of Hell.

Especially when the thread has run its course but the posting carries on. The best laugh out loud threads have been Hell threads. The humour has been just how I like it, bitter, twisted and with more than a hint of blackness.

And it is more than just creative ideas of what one can do with a rusty farm implement, my vocabulary has been expanded by creative uses of expletives. Then there are the shipmeets where you get to know the really nice caring people who live in the hot regions of the site.

You have to put up with the threads which say <enter shipmate name here> is a <enter genital name here> to get to the good ones, and find the heart behind the heat, but it is there.

Let your true emotions show, it is part of being true to yourself, which Hell allows.

Hell is the heart of the Ship, the grease that keeps the rest of the boards going. My fondest memories are of Hell, and a tear comes to my eye as I remember Erin's Hell posting and her unique way of dealing with those who would troll.

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Ian Climacus

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[Overused]
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Zappa
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quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
I know I am FB Friends with shippies, who I know I have got to know through the ship, but cannot remember what their ship name is.

It is difficult. And it is especially so for those who don't want their real identity known.

I deny all knowledge of you. And besides, I was drunk at the time. [Paranoid]

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Ferijen
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Facebook reminds me that seven years ago today we were in the cafe for Erin’s funeral.

Seven years???

I miss her contribution so much here. The early H&A days, the renamings, the plankings, the hell calls. The way she was just so *right*!

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
Originally posted by Ferijen:
Facebook reminds me that seven years ago today we were in the cafe for Erin’s funeral.

Seven years???

I miss her contribution so much here. The early H&A days, the renamings, the plankings, the hell calls. The way she was just so *right*!

[Waterworks]

and, of course, [Votive] for Erin.

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Can't believe it's seven years ago.

RIP Erin. [Votive]

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Ian Climacus

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[Votive]

I remember being absent from the ship for a while and coming back and hearing the news. I could scarcely believe it. I read the thread posted by her [brother? ; I should find it again] - a terribly sad event for us, but it reminded me what a wonderful community this is.

I remember a shudder of fear going through me each time I saw Erin had posted to a thread I had. Had I made an absolutely stupid statement and was torn apart by The Gator? I smile looking back at this - she was so much a part of what the Ship was and fought for it, but woe betide you if you were a fool.

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guinness girl

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I can hardly believe that was seven years ago. Good grief. I remember reading the news while up in the middle of the night with a tiny newborn, and feeling utterly blindsided by it. Erin is still sorely missed.

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Rossweisse

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Seven years?!?

God bless Erin. May she rest in peace and rise in glory, snapping her gator jaws at whatever foolishness she encounters as she does so.

[Votive] (She hated the candle smiley.)

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Schroedinger's cat

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I think FWIW, that Erin would be proud of the way the boards have continued. There is still so much of her here (and there will continue to be in the new boards).

They are still, to my mind, Erins boards.

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Pigwidgeon

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I'll miss seeing the UBB Practice Thread on the new Ship. I believe it's the only existing thread that was started by Erin, and I love that her name still shows up as the "Person to Blame." But I guess we won't be practicing UBB anymore.
[Tear]

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LeRoc

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quote:
Originally posted by Salicional:
I was wondering the same thing about LeRoc, who was a fairly prolific poster a while ago.

(Thank you CK for pointing me to this post.)

At some point 2 years ago, I decided to cut down on internet time, including the Ship. I may register for the new Ship, but I probably won't post much.

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The Phantom Flan Flinger
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I Joined so long ago, don't really post much.

Found such great support when I was going through a difficult time (some of you are on this thread - you helped more than you'll ever know).

Learned so much, had fun & laughter.

Long may it continue.

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Emma Louise

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*Waves* I've not been a regular on this board in forever but oh so many memories of that period of my life! I think it was a special time as online interaction was evolving.

I remember when the boards were paid for and lurking with mystery worshipper while I was still a student. Then meeting up with Internet People. One of the first I met was Welsh Dragon

I really miss the cafe - that was so much fun! And kept me sane when I was going through a rough period. A wonderful community. Scz and Alan were permanent fixtures when i first joined in the cafe.

I remember so many shipments- I organised a fair few - mainly in Winchester (and a few ii London- duck meet, palace...) and went to so so many in the early 2000s!!

The weekends away! St Sims! Wight meets! Meeting at Green belt. A wonderful trip to America.

The amazing honesty of the mix of faith and life. Proper reasoned intelligent discussion outside of the narrow paradigm of your own experience and faith group. I do miss that.

So many wonderful interactions with amazing people. Being part of so many people's lives. Working through life together.

It's been lovely to come back and reminisce. All the best for the new voyage ahead!

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Zappa
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quote:
Originally posted by Emma Louise:

The amazing honesty of the mix of faith and life. Proper reasoned intelligent discussion outside of the narrow paradigm of your own experience and faith group. I do miss that.

I think that could well sum it up for me ... [Axe murder]

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Emma Louise

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Oh and of course the Ark, T n T was truly eye opening and educational to me, in fact so much of the ship was. And nativity and dating thread and calling to Hell and Erin and and and. So many more memories.
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Emma Louise

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And also discovering people weren't always who they said they were - including a disastrous ship date! But also one fantastic one I married [Smile]
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Emma Louise

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Conviny Euty in the cafe that women werent inferior!!

Oh I will stop now. But what a fun time it was.

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Eutychus
From the edge
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quote:
Originally posted by Emma Louise:
Conviny Euty in the cafe that women werent inferior!!

I saw you'd posted on this thread and just knew you'd said that [Razz]

[ 11. January 2018, 21:17: Message edited by: Eutychus ]

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Chorister

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quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
I miss that wobbling flower so much.

QM, especially for you. And thanks for all the Goringe cafe fun.

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Chorister

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Who remembers these Ship of Fools handbills?

side 1

side 2

When reading them, I'm surprised at how much has stayed the same, even though so much has changed!

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Zappa
Ship's Wake
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quote:
Originally posted by Emma Louise:


Oh I will stop now.

... Don't fade away [Waterworks]

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Tubbs

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quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
Who remembers these Ship of Fools handbills?

side 1

side 2

When reading them, I'm surprised at how much has stayed the same, even though so much has changed!

When Rev T and were looking for a church after we'd got married, one of them had that on the noticeboard.

We both figured if they liked the Ship that much, they were probably our sort of people so we stayed!

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sabine
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I went through a bad patch in life. Bad luck and disappointments for over a year. Everything I tried to do seemed to be tainted. I didn't talk about it much on the Ship, but the fact there was a Ship helped so much.

sabine

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Gracious rebel

Rainbow warrior
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I may not post much these days, but the Ship is still very important to me. It is in fact pretty much the only element of my everyday life now that has been constant since 2002 when I came on board. Compared with then, I am now: living at a different address, in a different relationship (with a partner of a different sex), in different employment, belonging to a different church.....but still reading the Ship regularly!

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Jack the Lass

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Lots of fond memories from my early days (I joined in October 2002) - especially the Nativity, and getting to the final of the supremely silly Married by Ship of Fools, and the London shipmeets 2002-2005 (when I moved to Scotland).

Forever grateful that I met my husband here. It took a few years for online interaction and yearly "hello"s at Greenbelt to become anything more, but it was worth the wait [Smile]

I found the last church I attended in London for my last couple of years there through starting a 'recommend me a London church' thread in Ecclesiantics. I still think I should have taken that church with me when I moved.

I have made so many genuine and real and close friends here. Some of them I've even met.

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Chorister

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quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:

I have made so many genuine and real and close friends here. Some of them I've even met.

I remember meeting you on the Mad Tour. That was a very silly round Britain dash, organised by Quizmaster and attended by random Shipmates. A shipmeet on wheelz if you like. There were puzzles and challenges to do on the way, at Exeter we had to find pictures of various shipmates' avatars hung from trees. No idea what ordinary Exeter residents must have thought of it all...

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The Phantom Flan Flinger
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quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
No idea what ordinary Exeter residents must have thought of it all...

Is there any such thing?

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Curious
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It's years since I posted, but so many memories of the ship dating from its paper days and the early days when we paid to post.
Looking forward to returning more regularly.
Curious

[ 21. January 2018, 06:49: Message edited by: Curious ]

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Chorister

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quote:
Originally posted by Curious:
It's years since I posted, but so many memories of the ship dating from its paper days and the early days when we paid to post.
Looking forward to returning more regularly.
Curious

I confess I did muddle you up with a Shipmate of a similar name. Unfortunate really.

Glad to have you back on board.

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Anselmina
Ship's barmaid
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I remember the St Sims meet, with a load of others, in those dim and distant years ago. A still-single Jack the Lass, and Alan Cresswell still a bachelor, Sarky unmarried. And Stu? I had no idea what to expect. Most embarrassing moment was jokingly asking Dyfrig 'if he was blind?!' because he was standing underneath a clock and asking for the time. 'Well, actually, I am.' he replied. Yep. That's me, getting it wrong since 2001!

I cringe to think of my earlier posting history; not that there's been much/any improvement. But as someone who works things out by speaking/writing through the issues, the Ship really helped a lot at times.

I was also an (unsuccessful) dating hopeful at Tigglet's Dinner Party. Nice evening with lovely people.

I miss Erin like stink, and sad to think of the others who were great and are now gone, either promoted to glory or gone ashore. Kenwritez made me cry with laughter. And The Coot was a very special gentleman.

There were times when the Ship was the best part of every day. And I appreciated the privilege of being a host.

I hope the new Ship has all the variety and diversity I remember attracted me here in the first place. I don't think we half know how much we really need each other.

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