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12 May 2008

Durham and Newcastle Opens

Dear all,
We are pleased to announce that The Durham Open 2008, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June, will this year have as Chief Adjudicator the CA of the upcoming Cork Worlds, Derek Lande. The tab will be run by Bob Nimmo, the director of tabs in Tallinn.

We've already had some very high quality teams registered, both composites and institutions, and team places are still available at a cost of £45.

The competition will run 5 rounds, breaking to Semis. Our provisional timetable is as follows:
12-1pm: Registration
1.30pm: Round 1
3.30pm: Round 2
5.30pm: Round 3
7.30pm- whenever: Social

9am: Re-registration
10am: Round 4
12pm: Round 5
2.30pm: Semis
4.30pm: Final

Please also note that the Newcastle Open takes place on the 9th and 10th of June, and is just a 15 minute train ride North of Durham- its another great chance to get some practice before Euros, and promises to be a great couple of days in a prospective Euros location.

Limited (good) crash is available in Newcastle for any teams registering for both competitions, otherwise a few comfy spaces are available around Durham. These will go to those who bribe us with the largest amount or who fight everyone else off.

For travel details, and any other information you might need, please get in contact with us- by email, or by calling the DUS office on 0191 384 3724.

We hope to see as many of you in June; if not in Durham, then in Tallinn!

Calum Jones and Philip Alexander

Newcastle Open
Newcastle is again pleased to announce its International Open to take place on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th June 2008. This is the two days immediately after Durham Open.Our team cap is set at 60 (no institutional cap), open reg rules (composite and / or masters teams welcome), with a registration fee of £40 per team (may be subject to remission / discount for non-IONA teams and in cases of extreme financial hardship at institutions). There will be no charge for judges, and like Durham we encourage as many as possible to attend.We’ll be running a 5 round competition, breaking to semis. Closed motions, Euro-prep style, Our judging team will be led by CA Sam Block.

Newcastle University has very good train and road links to and from Durham. Newcastle International Airport links directly to most European hubs, has cheap flights to many European destinations (particularly resorts) and has a very regular and reliable light rail service that will take commuters right into our City Centre- just stay on the train until Haymarket and you are a few hundred yards from campus.

Crash will be offered over all four days (the Durham weekend and our competition). We are also looking to sort alternative accommodation for those who prefer a more luxurious night of rest at a small extra cost, though this will be limited. Anyone who requires this should contact me personally at and we can sort something out.

Reg will open at 12 o' clock midday on the Monday, giving plenty of time for a post-Durham lie-in and for travel up from London, down from Scotland, etc. The competition should finish comfortably for the last trains north and south on the second day (within reason, obviously you probably won't have time if you're travelling to Penzance, say, but Aberdeen, Leuchars, London, Manchester, Birmingham, etc. should all be fine).

Euros Bid - EUDC Newcastle 09
As many of you may be aware, we are bidding to host euros in 2009. The open will afford an excellent opportunity to see the city, university and locale we would be hosting in and to see our prospective CA and organising team in action.See for more details and join our excellent facebook group!

Contact + Payment
Please send registration emails to with the subject line “Newcastle Open Registration”.
Payment in advance is appreciated, though not essential and payment on the day is ok. Invoices are available on demand. Cheques would be the standard method, but alternatives can be arranged, where required (particularly with mind for foreign teams).

We look forward to hearing from you.
Oskar Avery
Convenor of Debates 2007-2008

Source: Britishdebate

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