28 April 2013

A Date For Your Filofax - Sunday 5th May 2013

New York




We are going to run another conference round-table voice chat using Skype.

I'm sure we are gradually getting to know each other's voices, but I will make a point of going 'around the table' to get everyone to introduce themselves this time.

So...When, Where, What, Who and How?

When? - Sunday 5 May from 9am London time, 10am Paris time, 6pm Sydney time and 8pm Wellington time.

Additionally I will be on line at 8am Anchorage, 9am San Francisco 11am Chicago, 12noon New York, 5pm London time, 6pm Paris time etc.  See the clocks at the top of this post to see roughly what time you should be on line. Or the World Clock

The timing of these two sessions have been chosen to hopefully allow as many people to join in compared to previous round-tables. The timing of future ones will be varied to suit everyone if need be.

Where? - an on-line chat using Skype.

What do I need? - just a micro-phone and some head phones(in ear phones work fine) and a free Skype account. Using headphones reduces 'echo' on the call.

Who - All of you... connect up with Philofaxy and we will attempt to get as many of us linked in to the audio conference as possible. Come and listen if you don't want to chat.  What do we talk about? Filofax stuff... but anything else as well. It's like long lost friends meeting up for coffee and a catch up.. but don't worry if you have never joined in before... you are an old friend too!

How -
  1. Connect to Philofaxy by firstly searching for Philofaxy in Skype, I will then add you as a contact.
  2. Then  'Start Chat',  I will then add you in to the chat room. 
  3. Then if you request it, I can add you to the audio conference as well. But if you just want to chat via keyboard that's fine. That way it's slightly less hectic for me! 
Come and join in the fun, even if you only pop in to say hello...

As with previous round-tables there will also be a parallel text chat room going at the same time as the voice conference, so you can listen to the voice chat and type if you wish.

If you need any assistance setting up Skype, please pop a comment in this post and I will try and help you get one line. Skype is free for computer to computer calls....

Here is my post on how to improve your Skype audio with headphones or a headset.

Hope to be chatting with you on Sunday 5 May 2013


  1. Will have to miss this one - weekend away for the bank holiday :)

  2. Yes, me too! May Day was traditionally a celebration of spring and the promise of summer. Then it became (in China and much of Europe) a day to (supposedly) recognise the workers and trade unions. Whereas many countries still have a May Day Bank Holiday on 1st May (often called Labour Day or Fete de Travail) it's a relatively new Holiday in the UK and celebrated on the first Monday in May. For political reasons, it's never officially referred to as a labour day. In the USA and Canada, Labor Day is a Public Holiday on the first Monday in September.

    Whitsun is another area of difference. The UK abandoned Whitsuntide a few years ago and now always has the last Monday in May as the Bank Holiday weekend. (Except last year when it was moved for the Queen's Jubilee!). There's no equivalent in North America.

    1. Tim you are right, we don't recognize Whitsun in the US. But the last Monday of May is always Memorial Day in the US, a public holiday.

    2. That's also a recent move to create 3-day weekends at Public/Bank Holidays, like the UK has done with May Day. I know that Memorial Day (previously Decoration Day) was always 30th May. Only since the 1970's has it been set as the last Monday in May.

      The equivalent across Europe is Armistice Day, which is always 11th November. Except again in the UK! Here it is Remembrance Sunday, marked as the nearest Sunday to 11th. In recent times, there has been a big move to join the rest of Europe in marking two minutes silence at 11 o'clock on 11th day of the 11th month, this being the moment the guns stopped and the official end of The Great War (First World War) in 1918. Not that soldiers didn't die after that. My Dad's uncle died nearly three weeks later, clearing unexploded ammunition in Northern France.

      Back on topic - it's no wonder Filofax and others have always struggled to show all holidays for all countries!

    3. In my own inserts I've added both the UK holidays and French Bank Holidays, which are numerous in May! 1st, 8th, 9th, 20th this year!!
      But then we don't have Good Friday or Boxing Day here in France. Also if a bank holiday which is a fixed date falls on a Sunday the French people don't get an extra day off on say the Monday, it's just considered a normal working day!
      There was a big outcry one year when nearly all the public holidays ended up on Sundays!

    4. Thanks for reminding me of Memorial Day! We have a American War Cemetery nearby and I was planning to visit it with the kids on Memorial Day (www.margratenmemorialcenter.org)