This is kind of a follow up blog to the now famous ‘How I Changed My Life Using Twitter’ blog…but also I’ve realised could be a nice static #FF page I can tweet every week with very little effort.
I also get frustrated when muggles ask “are they actually friends? have you actually met them? you know they are not real don’t you?”…so a thumb of the teeth to these non-believers.
I-Spy the following twits. These are people I didn’t know before I created @mr_spoon and still want to know now! This is not an exhaustive list as there are many more twits I’ve said hello to or had a brief chat but I don’t tweet very often at all or met again.
In some kind of order but don’t be offended, or just unfollow** ;o)
**please don’t, I’m needy
I-Spy Points : 25
These are twits that we’ve met, befriended, shared ‘drunken’ (@ShivHarrison of course) nights with, sworn at (possibly via Mario Karts online), hugged (but not like that Helen, tossed off with or stalked…and got our sausages out for.
@predacomDom and @PsychoMumma
How we met: We met IRL to search for some treasure on Hearsall Common (geocaching) after Shiv made friends due to mutual babies 2 years ago. And it was love at first sight.
Main qualities: Car fixing, general geekery, eggs, introducing us to many more wonderful twits, digital/analogue fun…and 80% of the time wonderfully funny and kind.
@RaeMcK and @baxterglen
How we met: Playing @barryfromwat’s Blankety Blank, I battled with Rachael (and @emmersimms, @rockchickgill and some weirdo @markwardropper (now vanished)) and somehow made an amazing friend from Oxford…but with her heart in Cov!
Main qualities: THE NICEST WOMAN ON TWITTER…and a good fella too!
@GarethStringer and @daveyjay1985
How we met: Can’t really remember how we met the big man, possibly a Priory Place link with Shiv…and the wee man comes as part of the package (ooer).
Main qualities: Juggling, a shared love for @taylorsbutchers’ meat, Lego and generally love/hate for Coventry gossip.
@arctic_sunrise and @Mrs_Sunrise_
How we met: A pure introduction via @predacomDom…more loveable geeks.
Main qualities: Experience designers, hot chilli, wonderful handmade chocolates, Mario Kart and some of the kindest people…ever.
@poppypurple and @loonytoon
How we met: Another @predacomDom matchmake. Now we regularly inhale puddings, fix fences and scream at each other over Skype.
Main qualities: Phone advice, virtual nightclub flirting, IRONMAN, girly girly advice on pink clothes…shits and giggles and sweary nights on #twiitups
@lisacov19 and @stevesharratt99
How we met: We think she followed us, put us in a sweepstake…and she just won’t leave us alone.
Main qualities: Everyone’s mum (she is hardly old enough…but Mr S!), tweetup organising and bitching, teachy advice and Heat magazine dealer.
How we met: Possibly a link with arty farty Coventry types? We think he liked my wife’s Blitz.
Main qualities: THE NICEST MAN ON TWITTER…roof boxes, music appreciation and the BLOODY CUBE in his conservatory!
@taylorsbutchers and @traceytaylor79
How we met: An introduction via @claireemma79 shortly followed by a meeting at Godiva Festival…and he offered me a free pork pie…sold!
Main qualities: MEAT!…and boozy nights, meat, garden games, meat…lovely friends with access to meat.
@TinderboxToys and @RichHarrison72
How we met: Not 100% sure, Earlsdon, kids, meat lovers? But meet we have and Biggus Dickus is the bigger brother from another Mother now and we enjoy a good toss every now and then.
Main qualities: Look at the name! and handy for excellent toys in their shop, his sausage making skills are prize winning (I was robbed) and he looks like a Policeman.
How we met: Probably just bullied her way into our lives ;o) Definitely met at the Godiva Festival but was chatting before then.
Main qualities: Up for anything, in a good way ;o) Introducing us to the Meat Boy and sooooo competitive.
How we met: I don’t know how we met as he must have been living in France at the time. I believe the first time in real life was a random invitation to a wonderful BBQ at Chez Coulon…top homme.
Main qualities: If you are bored at the weekend, have kids and like moles…he can find you something to do!
How we met: I listened to a few tracks by Steve aka Stylusboy then found out he wanted someone to photograph his gig at a local festival. Boom! a beautiful relationship was born.
Main qualities: Wonderful music and the nicest guy (apart from Matt of course) on t’internet…and a massive conduit for introducing me to more local music!
@barricadesrise and @JC_Barricades and @HeidiMcEntee
How we met: Another living room meeting for the boys and a pub meeting for the laydee. I was introduced on-line to the Barricades boys (Michael and Jonathan) by Twitter’s favourite busker @stylusboy and invited them to a living room gig.
Main qualities: Foot tapping, floor breaking, finger bleeding grumpy Mumford inspired music. Wonderful twits with great senses of humour, photography skills, two gorgeous boys and one of them owns a bookshop…perfick!
I-Spy Points : 24.5
These are twits that may feel they deserve to be in the 25 point category but haven’t done enough yet ;o) Wonderful humans that we have spent a good few times with but WANT MORE!*
*for the purposes of the point I’m making, just people we meet up with slightly less and I haven’t been to their toilet.
How we met: If there is an event to be photographed, Mark will be there…and that’s probably how we met.
Main qualities: Great photographer, takes the pressure off me when I can’t be bothered ;o) All round nice guy…and Mary Mary quite as good a tog as him.
How we met: I’m sure I would have met Steve anyway as he works on the floor above me at Warwick but it wouldn’t have been more than a grunt on the stairs. Now he is my go to guy for all things geeky at work.
Main qualities: Impartial advice on smartphones (as long as you agree with him), a big enough garden to put a tent up in, bouncey castle supplier and general all round loveable geek.
@chillchamp and @DrEmmaWilcox
How we met: I think we finally took the plunge and invited them to Harewoodstock 2011? met them many times since at craft fairs and the like.
Main qualities: Crafty and creepy (you know which one is which!) and can be relied on for some smut.
@etranger81 and @GoonerSoph
How we met: Can’t quite remember how we met on Twitter, possibly another kid related link but it could also have been Mark’s amazing dry humour…honest
Main qualities: Wetherspoons drinking games, pub advice and bum advice from the pharmacist. If you want to feel grumpy with a laugh, follow Mark.
@Coleone21 and @blewbies
How we met: We met Andy and Clare for the first time last weekend and discussed how we ‘met’ initially. We think we narrowed it down to Andy butting into a Twitter conversation about boobs. Wonderful couple with beautiful miracle daughters and a sense of humour to match my own…i.e. none.
How we met: Original on-line meeting was via Shiv but once you meet your virtual Auntie there is no letting go. A Tweetup veteran and also been part of two of her wonderful bijou craft fairs in Fillongley.
Main qualities: Lego love and virtual hugs. mmm
@atlumschema and @NicNoz
How we met: I was given Andy to stalk by @stylusboy and stalk I have. Met Andy for the first time in our living room for Harewoodstock 2011 and several times since when I’ve watched in awe at him play around the city.
Main qualities: Wonderful music, amazing looping and podcasts that will make you think, laugh and confused!
How we met: Matt is a weird one…kind of met him before Twitter as he is friends with people at work, but I wouldn’t have done more than nod politely at him without him joining into Twitter based pub quiz team Team Twix.
Main qualities: Film knowledge, toy collecting and basically good in a quiz…if the questions are about films and toys.
How we met: A wonderful opportunity offered by @stylusboy and Rob to spend a morning as a photography hanger on has been my only IRL meeting, but it was inspirational!
I-Spy Points : 15
Twits that are certainly people I’d claim to be friends (even if they might not) that we bump into regularly and share banter (they may call it rude behaviour).
How we met: The nicest Irish man on Twitter (except maybe @DukeSpecial and others) introduced by @matthogan. We’ve had a few great nights out…but not enough with this twit.
How we met: Whenever we go to a Council hosted event, she’s there being a Twitter star!
How we met: Yet another @predacomDom import but he now seems obsessed with capturing me on video whenever he can. Had some good times with Jon and I’ve also seen Prometheus with him.
How we met: His ‘Tales from the Attic’ YouTube journies into his pickled brain meant we just HAD to meet. A regular at Harewoodstock, we can’t get enough of this Postie from heaven.
How we met: Even though I’ve never been in their shop, Ben and Zak keep popping up, courtesy of @lisacov19, lovely guys ;o)
How we met: I’m sure we would have actually met the wonderful Janet via @shivharrison’s work which introduces us to many weird and wonderful theatrical experiences. I wouldn’t normally talk to artists though, but Twitter made it possible!
How we met: VJ managed to infiltrate a boy’s only pub quiz team, just by being lovely and actually very useful!
@Phillipa_Cross and @jpdale
How we met: Usually crop up at events where @predacomDom is, but John also works at my place…being a very useful geek indeed.
@RayClenshaw and @Jess_Ra
How we met: Another semi-Twitter intro as @shivharrison has worked with Ray for a while reporting on Belgrade genius but again Twitter has given me the key to them too! Borrowed many a garden lantern thanks to 140 characters too.
@bruciestokes and @Sue_Stokes
How we met: Our paths seem to cross at events that need photographing and @TVermar can’t make it.
@helenwoodward and @covcarhack
How we met: Shamed on a couple of occasions hosting a craft stall next to Helen’s amazing jewellery, but saved by sharing baby woes with Daddy.
How we met: It’s not always a success, Mark has embarrassed me in public at least once (it’s once) thanks to his role as a Queuing Olympic Ambassador. Unfortunately he also tends to spoil Pecha Kucha’s for me and everyone by unloading his brain on stage. LOVE HIM!
How we met: After driving down a road just to take a photo of her skip, it took until a Council workshop for me to meet AND HUG Faye, unleashing her inner hugger on the world!
How we met: One drunken (mainly her) night at a Christmas Tweetup was the first and despite helping her stick a @RaeMcK spoon up @skyblue1987’s bum I felt the urge to hand deliver her some of @taylorsbutchers best to her house, she’s that lovely.
How we met: I would have met Steve anyway as he pretends to help me develop apps for work, but having met before we met was so much nicer!
How we met: The other half of @stylusboy, I feel privileged to have met her several times and enjoy her beautiful singing and model poses.
How we met: Oliver works with @arctic_sunrise and @predacomDom in a dungeon near the canal. He pops up and piroettes at parties and wherever arty farties hang out ;o)
@BH28EW and @lesleyjmcdonald
How we met: Pecha Kucha attendees and although now moved to Scotland can be seen lurking in Cov sometimes.
How we met: The lovely Jen is a colleague/friend of the geeky boys again and it’s nice to bump into her at gatherings.
How we met: I feel like a bonus point should be awarded here as Simon is someone I got to know about due to @stylusboy/Cov music scene introductions but Twitter has helped and despite living in the house opposite us I could have seen us never talking (it’s not like Coronation Street round our way) but now..we do!
How we met: The King of Tweetups! Not only does Jonathan bring twits together but he does it in style! We’ve had backstage tours of Coventry Cathedral and Stowe House thanks to super architectural geek Dr Foyle…and led to a few more introductions below.
I-Spy Points : 5
Twits we have played with doing things we might not have done if we hadn’t found them drifting around in the Twitterverse
How we met: Enjoyed his #1 tour in Scotland taking photos of Auld Reekie thanks to Twitter chats.
@peteashton and @mattmurtagh
How we met: A tenuous link via friendsofED was the initial impetus to follow Pete but then admiring both men’s photography art has led to two Birmingham photo classes and hopefully more.
@le1gh and @Alan_Collins13
How we met: Sent out one evening to pick up a set of amazing cupcakes has been my only contact, but what cupcakes!
I-Spy Points : 2.5
Twits we’ve met possibly only once or twice, but you need to get points, what’s the fun if you can’t categorise people.
How we met: A quick chat at Leamington Arts Fair after admiring his painting and on-line 24 hour comedy gig!
@depict and @kevdepict
How we met: A strange but enjoyable evening at the Fishbone Gallery thanks to these two amazing togs.
How we met: Let him into our house after selling him a camera, however met randomly without knowing a link to another IRL friend.
@AmandaFarren and @fazzc
How we met: Attended one of Amanda’s many amazing Mumpreneur events and bought some lovely baby toys.
How we met: Grew and compared moustaches with Craig, another point for @predacomDom.
How we met: Spent a lovely post-Daniel Kitson play drink with Misha thanks to many chats at ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT, Coventry’s most prolific?
How we met: Popped up at a few creative city events round Coventry…possibly a Tweetup too?
How we met: Met in a very wet beer garden for @lisacov19’s birthday, soggy.
How we met: I let the Schumi hating man into my garden so he could pick up some chit.
How we met: I know we’ve met once at the Christmas Tweetup, and think maybe again?
How we met: After entertaining me many mornings as I tweeted whilst I sheeted, I’ve met JD a good few times, and he hasn’t been drunk for all of them!
How we met: A lovely semi-spontaneous couple of meetings at the bloody OLYMPIC PARK!!! what a great Games Maker!!
How we met: I’ve tried to wash the image of his crack with @RaeMcK stuck in it at the Christmas Tweetup but I can’t…also a MoBro.
How we met: Had the pleasure of meeting Kerry and Alastair (now vanished from my radar) at Godiva and showing Tilly that Policemen are lovely people!
How we met: Attended a Circuit Bending workshop run by Nikki thanks to the geek boys telling me I’d love it…I did.
@leesmithjones and @thethreeinone
How we met: A quick drink at the Christmas Tweetup a few years ago.
How we met: Another crazy, another one introduced by @lisacov19. When he isn’t watching EVERY FILM in 2012 he popped up at Lisa’s 21st birthday party.
How we met: Another colleague that would have blipped across my radar at work but thanks to Twitter I now have cakes to talk about when we do meet.
How we met: I believe @ShivHarrison met Wes at the BBC when he played there once but I managed unbelievably to persuade him to perform at Harewoodstock 2012 and a gentleman and talented one he is. Gorgeous music, gorgeous modesty.
How we met: Met this doorknob at both of @JonathanFoyle’s intellectual Tweetups. Keeps promising to meet me at 4am at Warwick Castle but nothing so far :o(
How we met: Another Foyle twit and an amazing architectural photographer. I hope one day to entice him to campus to partake in making brutal concrete look pretty.
How we met: Just a quickie with the Horse so far outside Waterstones watching a soggy Lady G put her nightdress on.
How we met: A very pleasant unexpected meeting in a quiet bit of Taylor John’s during a night out to see some twits performing.
How we met: The last of Foyle’s Twits on my list, crazy lady who wants her own sausage night.
How we met: I’ve tasted their beautiful wares at @anglais_in_sete’s craft fair.
How we met: I took off with the Aeroplanes at Ditch the TV (which I wouldn’t have dreamt of attending without @stylusboy’s say so) and very much enjoy her beautiful singing in my car…a lot.
How we met: Less delicate singing than @sarahaeroplane but another band I’ve chatted to thanks to Taylor John’s and therefore @stylusboy.
I-Spy Points : -69 (aka The @richboden category)
How we met: I’ve had the pleasure of Dicky’s company thrice, once at work, twice with @flylilypad in a neutral environment and once he enticed me to his front door with the promise of a spare Sky Box.
Main qualities: Smut, filth and if you want anyone to say what no-one else will…it’s him, rat lover, Vimto lover, people hater ;o)
I-Spy Points : 7
People from my home town that my Mum might have taught, were in my year at school but I never really talked to, until Twitter! Now I chat about planes to Matthew and listen to music thanks to the @mnlclub run by Rich.
I-Spy Points up for grabs
These are the next twits on my list, you’ve gotta catch ‘em all!
@emslj, @littlelawyer84, @rockchickgill, @emmersimms, @madamding, @artistsmakers, @Charlie628, @ealvam, @benwakeling, @postmanplodcov, @lukeleighfield, @hopeandsocial, @wilfulmissing, @leemitchell
I-Spy Points : 69
How we met: Actually how we met isn’t the big deal for Claire, but without us pestering @Battsby (I know) to join Twitter he wouldn’t have met Claire, and he wouldn’t be getting bloody married to her!!!! Anyway, I hugged her and gave my blessing on Saturday outside @taylorsbutchers shop with a Philly Cheesesteak in my gob.
I-Spy Points : ALLOF THEM
Twits on my laminated list
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