Meeting point/Message board ARCHIVES

March & April 2003
January - February 2003May - June 2003


APRIL's MESSAGES

NAME: Gino Fernandez
MESSAGE: Fiona Fraser are you ready to learn Spanish or anybody who remembers the Convent in Mmabatho or Dudley dressed for the Rocky Horror Party at the Staff pub. 
E-MAIL: docslot@yahoo.com
 

HELLO FROM!: Olly & Vicki
PRESENTLY IN: Brighton - Hello, what do you know
E-MAIL: vicolly@ntlworld.com
 

NAME: Bahadir Gur
PRESENTLY IN: Bogota
IS LOOKING FOR: Vinko and Rusty
CLUES: I am lookig for Vinko and Rusty. They worked between 1990-1991 in Antalya Sheraton Voyager Casino as a manager. Please e-mail me.
E-MAIL: bahadirgur@yahoo.com
 

NAME: Paul Johnstone
MESSAGE: Crystal Palace, Paradise Island - reunion in Las Vegas in Sept 03
E-MAIL: p1jjd@aol.com
 

NAME: Paul Johnstone
PRESENTLY IN: Glasgow
IS LOOKING FOR: Richard Roberts
CLUES: Last seen 1983 Azure Seas
E-MAIL: p1jjd@aol.com
 

HELLO FROM!: Sue Kelly
PRESENTLY IN: Hey! I am looking for Lawrence Bracken. He should be in Moscow. Please e-mail me Lawrence.
E-MAIL: suekelly065@yahoo.ca
 

NAME: Taff Thomas
MESSAGE: Looking for Dicky Donnelly, Big Jim, Chris Poole or anybody from Openning Karossel 91.
E-MAIL: pault@emerald-safari.co.za
 

NAME: Alan Marshall
PRESENTLY IN: Nottingham, England
IS LOOKING FOR: Any one on the Nordic Empress 97-98 who remembers me
CLUES: Any one who remembers me just drop me a line 
E-MAIL: ALMARS43@HOTMAIL.COM
 

NAME: Samantha Abbott
MESSAGE: Looking for anyone who knows me, Michelle Lee especialy cause haven't seen her since 1992, I think she's in Australia so if anyone knows her pass it on. I worked for A.A and princess cruises from 1991 to 1996:)
E-MAIL: smabbott70@yahoo.co.uk
 

NAME: Craig Warren
MESSAGE: Interested in hearing from people I have worked with in the past. London (Brent Walker), RCCL, Star of Texas, Hilton Flamingo(LA), Mohegan Sun(CT), Grand
Casino(MS), Tallisman(TX), Fantasea(TX), Sterling(FL) and SunCruz (FL).
Presently Shft Mgr (Jax, FL).
E-MAIL: gam1ng@hotmail.com
 

Quick Stat: Almost 800 messages placed on the board since January 2001!

POSITION: Pit Manager & Shift Manager
LOCATION: Central Amercia

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: The above job listing has come in today - 19th April. Must speak perfect Spanish. More details in the Employment section. Ian
 

NAME: Tracy Jones
MESSAGE: Rob Larkin in Swakop, Namibia will you drop me a line, please, cheers Tracy.
E-MAIL: tracyj@emerald-safari.co.za
 

HELLO FROM!: Cathy Scott  (Now Armstrong)
PRESENTLY IN: England. Would love to hear from any old friends.from the ships. Carnival 84-87, Admiral/RCCL 87-93. 
E-MAIL: mark@amstrong.freeserve.co.uk
 



MESSAGE: April 21st - Who's going to win the Premiership?
Manchester Utd or Arsenal. Very tight indeed. But if you are not sure who to bet on check out the graphic below. Both at Evens on Betfair.com. Bet on both - you cannot lose!

Don't ask me I tipped Newcastle!

April 22nd
Quite amazing. The company has won a Queens award for Enterprise for 2003
"A Queen’s Award is given (as its name suggests) by the Queen, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, and following a full assessment by the Department of Trade and Industry." 
This has to be the first ever such award for any company involved in Internet betting!
Ian


NAME: Donna Gregory
PRESENTLY IN: Namibia
IS LOOKING FOR: Phil Davey
CLUES: Last seen in Namibia but swanned off to Wales???? People looking for you mate, Jeff Welsh says hello and wants to get in touch. I'm still in Swakop', so's Rob.
E-MAIL: donnamaria69@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Brian Labone
PRESENTLY IN: America
IS LOOKING FOR: Still looking for news on John and Dot Knowles
CLUES: Last seen over 10 years ago working at the Vic and the Mint in london 
E-MAIL: brianlabone@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Anthony Klee
PRESENTLY IN: Fort Lauderdale
IS LOOKING FOR: Fitzroy
CLUES: Fitzroy is head cashier on RCCL and is from Trinidad & Tobago.  If anyone knows him let him have my email address. Thanks
E-MAIL: anthonyklee@yahoo.com
 

MESSAGE: April 18th - Porto Carras re-opening - Update on the update!
The Government have voted 3 to 2 to approve the new license. Looks like the 29th April now. That's Greek time. Ian
 

HELLO FROM!: Andy Wheeler
PRESENTLY IN: Nizhnekamsk, Tatarstan. PRIVET CHUVAKI ! 
E-MAIL: andyexpat777@hotmail.com

And where exactly is the Tatarstan Republic?
http://www.kcn.ru/tat_en/tatarstan/
 

NAME: Dee Grandison
PRESENTLY IN: London
IS LOOKING FOR: Peggy and Erich Schonkiwert
CLUES: M. Carnival's Celebration late 80's.
E-MAIL: deegrandison@yahoo.com
 

NAME: Mike Bowen
MESSAGE: Reading your message about Columbia and the dangers abounding there, I can clearly recall the night I popped in to the casino in a major hotel in Cali after a hard day ( I was a navigator competing in the 1996 'London - Mexico' car Rally). I wanted change to enable me to 'double' my bet on cards, when a Rally official (quite drunk) of the Columbian Rally scene offered to put up the cash.  After the bet won and I tried to
return his cash, I found myself staring down the barrel of his revolver as he screamed that the entire bet was now his! I looked towards the local Manager for some sort of assistance and his response was to simply shrug his shoulders!
Yeah, I think I'd give it a wide berth. really lovely country but better viewed on film!
E-MAIL: bowen@mombasatown.com
 

NAME: Mike Bowen
MESSAGE: Those of you who knew him will be truly saddened to hear that Jimmy Lloyd was killed recently in a car crash in Mexico.  I can recall when his Dad was also tragically killed in the I.R.A bomb explosion in the London Hilton lobby.  At that time they were the only father & son in the casino business that I knew of. Jimmy was a great guy and his death will be mourned by so many.  I'm quite sure there will be many glasses raised to him during the coming weeks......See Ya Jimmy!
E-MAIL: mailto:bowen@mombasatown.com
 

NAME: David Rollo
MESSAGE: Looking for Hans Chandra and Sue, who worked at the Metelitsa (Moscow) from 1993 - 1995. Or anyone else who remembers me from Edinburgh,S.Africa, Poland, Russia or Greece. Cheers.
E-MAIL: rollo@kor.forthnet.gr
 

MESSAGE: Poipet - Thailand/Cambodian Border
Anyone interested in what is going on at the 7 or 8 casinos in Poipet along the border with Cambodia will find this article of interest.
Cambodia's border casinos back in business

A couple of quotes:
"The one-kilometer-long gambling strip, with its well-watered and immaculately manicured lawns, luxury hotels, air-conditioned shopping centers, massage parlors and brothels, has seven casinos, with an eighth under construction"

That's OK but the second quote refers to Cambodian's who have swelled the population to 100,000 in recent years.

"Many hope to find jobs in the casinos, but end up being trafficked to neighboring Thailand as illegal workers on the construction sites or sex workers in the brothels,"

Ian
 

ADVISORY: April 14th - Cruise line SARS outbreaks
STAR CRUISES "Superstar Virgo" has by reports had an outbreak of SARS onboard. 13 crew members quarantined. The stories are at Yahoo Singapore.
April 11th
Asian cruise ship reports two crew possible SARS cases
Malaysia quarantines cruise ship crew in SARS scare
 

NAME: Kymberley Read and Desi Chaplin
PRESENTLY IN: England
IS LOOKING FOR: anyone who knows us from the Jubilee or Carnival cruises?
CLUES: last there 1996
E-MAIL: des.chaplin@virgin.net
 

NAME: Artem Deal
MESSAGE: Looking for Irina Lii. Hello from Astana!!!
E-MAIL: Lokky@mail.kz

First ever message on the board from Kazakstan!
For those of you who want to know more about Astana: www.kazakinfo.com/Cities/Astana.shtml
 

NAME: Peter Robinson
MESSAGE: Looking for Afram, last known to be in Luton. Just heard the news and gutted for him
E-MAIL: munstermauler@yahoo.co.uk
 

MESSAGE: April 11th - Porto Carras re-opening
Paul Roberts has informed me that the Porto Carras Casino in the Sithonia Hotel, Halkidiki, Greece has or is about to re-open after being closed for a couple of years. I wish everyone involved the best of luck. Ian
 

MESSAGE: E-Mail Scams & Hoaxes
Every day we all get dozens of dodgy emails. This particular story details the most common. I think I have had every one!. On the Internet there is one golden rule "If it sounds too good to be true - it is". Remedy - Hit delete.
E-mail hoaxes designed to drain your wallet
http://www.bankrate.com/nsc/news/advice/20030325a1.asp

PS. Dudley - did you honestly think that Bill Gates was going to send you a cheque. Ian
 

HELLO FROM!: Gary Thompson  (Squaddie)
PRESENTLY IN: In the UK right now, HA WHY? If we got on, and you feel like it, drop me a line. If you know of any nice jobs in the sun!
E-MAIL: gpthompson@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Kim Wallett
MESSAGE: Im at Gold Reef Casino. Looking to keep in touch with casino friends.
E-MAIL: kimerlank@mweb.co.za
 

NAME: Elena Korchagina
PRESENTLY IN: Geneva
IS LOOKING FOR: David
CLUES: Scottish from Glasgow. Last seen on m/v "Mercury" in 1997, then m/v "Zenith" where he was assist. manager.
E-MAIL: Elena_K1973@yahoo.co.uk
This one could be tricky!  - Ian
 

NAME: Paula Murdoch
PRESENTLY IN: Stanleys' Renshaw St. Liverpool

IS LOOKING FOR: Matt Gasgoine
CLUES: Star Cruise 1994, from Gt. Yarmouth, birthday 21.6

IS LOOKING FOR: Annette Barker
CLUES: Lived in Fort Lauderdale from 90 - ? as cashier on Discovery, married to Tim slot tech manager for Atlantic Assoc.

IS LOOKING FOR: Jacqui Cathcart
CLUES: Manchester, also worked star cruise 94.
E-MAIL: email@palmwood.fsnet.co.uk
 

NAME: Emma Amies
MESSAGE: HELP!! Im debating working in casinos as a way to travel the world- particularly on cruise ships. I'd love to know more about where to train (UK), any tips etc. 
E-MAIL: emma.amies@btopenworld.com
Anyone want to give a little sensible advice?
 

HELLO FROM!: Jon Hobday
PRESENTLY IN: Against my better judgement i am back in the UK, nothing has changed in the last 10 years!!! Anyone who knows me drop me a line!
E-MAIL: jobday@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Pat Lydon
PRESENTLY IN: Ekaterinburg Russia
IS LOOKING FOR: Kevin Cuckow
CLUES: Moscow Metropol 2000.
E-MAIL: patlydon2003@yahoo.com
 

April 1st - Share price rise
I found this today on Yahoo Finance. ITOO up 39,900% in one day. The good news for shareholders is that the stock that is listed on the "Pink Sheets" is now 4 cents. The purchase was for a total of 4,000 shares. i2Corp.com if you follow Internet gaming is a company that has a Method Patent for transmitting live casino games to a remote location.

For those interested in seeing if this spectacular rise can be repeated.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=ITOO.PK&d=t

Now why doesn't that happen to shares that I buy :(  Ian
 

NAME: Rob Jones
MESSAGE: If anyone knows where Matt Brown is drop me a line. Last seen on princess cruise lines.
E-MAIL: robert_jones73@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Steve Thornton
PRESENTLY IN: Malta
IS LOOKING FOR: Mark Duval
CLUES: Doing that disgusting gag of his in the staff pub, Sun City. Seriously though, GM in
Cape Town?
E-MAIL: michellethornton666@yahoo.com
 

NAME: Dave Pritchard
PRESENTLY IN: Africa
IS LOOKING FOR: Chas & Tracey Ottway
CLUES: Last seen Wild Coast Sun
E-MAIL: mailto:davep@botsnet.bw
 

NAME: Alan Shelley
MESSAGE: This is an extract from a message I sent a friend after hearing from them through your site.
"You think the best thing about working in a casino is the travel or easy money but the most
beautiful thing is the wonderful people that you meet, and you let them slip so easily from
your life. Don't slip away from mine again".
E-MAIL: bad_ashell@yahoo.com

Thank's Alan for the message. While Gaming floor has been online I have managed to find many old friends myself. Ian

1/4/2003


 
 
MARCH MESSAGES

NAME: Rob Jones
MESSAGE: If anyone knows where Matt Brown is drop me a line. Last seen on princess cruise lines.
E-MAIL: robert_jones73@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Steve Thornton
PRESENTLY IN: Malta
IS LOOKING FOR: Mark Duval
CLUES: Doing that disgusting gag of his in the staff pub, Sun City. Seriously though, GM in
Cape Town?
E-MAIL: michellethornton666@yahoo.com
 

NAME: Dave Pritchard
PRESENTLY IN: Africa
IS LOOKING FOR: Chas & Tracey Ottway
CLUES: Last seen Wild Coast Sun
E-MAIL: mailto:davep@botsnet.bw
 

NAME: Alan Shelley
MESSAGE: This is an extract from a message I sent a friend after hearing from them through your site.
"You think the best thing about working in a casino is the travel or easy money but the most
beautiful thing is the wonderful people that you meet, and you let them slip so easily from
your life. Don't slip away from mine again".
E-MAIL: bad_ashell@yahoo.com

Thank's Alan for the message. While Gaming floor has been online I have managed to find many old friends myself. Ian
 

HELLO FROM!: Geoff Binns esq.
PRESENTLY IN: I am presently in North Carolina in the good old Usa. Would like all who know me to say hi.... I worked in casinos in Edinburgh and Aberdeen as well as Bournemouth, Southend, Dudley and London. Recently Princess Ships and Russell Square London.... I also worked n Stockton in the early 80s and South Africa in the late 80s.....
Thanx and BE "LUCKY EVERYONE"
E-MAIL: geoffhb@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Burt Paterson
PRESENTLY IN: Wales
IS LOOKING FOR: David Block
CLUES: Was manager @ Sun City when it opened in 1979
E-MAIL: burtsbar@aol.com
 

NAME:  Jimmy Doherty
PRESENTLY IN: Perth. West Australia
IS LOOKING FOR: Tony Leonard
CLUES: Last seen in auckland Sky City 96 dressed as santa trying to get young female dealers to sit on his knee, could be doing his famous impression of casino employee in midlands somewhere where are u tone boy ?
E-MAIL: jimmydoherty17346@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Stephen White
PRESENTLY IN: England
IS LOOKING FOR: Anyone who knows me
CLUES: Previously worked in Ireland - Macau Grosvenor, Bonapartes, England.
E-MAIL: stephenhwhite@msn.com
 

HELLO FROM!: Georgina Fleming
PRESENTLY IN: I found this great on-line casino for croupiers, its called
PinkDiva.casino-builder.net. There are no downloads, its just straight into the action.
E-MAIL: xxxxxxxxxxx@yahoo.co.uk
I thought I would put this one in as an expample of some of the deceptive and email spam I get every day. www.casino-builder.net is a free Internet casino system run by an Israeli operation called One Click and Play. Ian
 

MESSAGE: Colombia
About 12 months ago I turned down a job listing for Bogota, Columbia (Yes, occasionally some arrive!) on the grounds the country was too dangerous. This is a part of a recent email. Ian

"You are right getting worse. One year before it was ok but now I want to leave here. Really beautiful country people friendly but terrorists are everywhere and they are attacking everyday somewhere with bomb."
 

NAME: Richard Ludbrook
PRESENTLY IN: London
IS LOOKING FOR: Lennie, late of NCL.
CLUES: Lennie is Scottish by birth, but live's in Wale's, has done for 25 years, last saw him on Norwegian Sea,
E-MAIL: rludbrook@msn.com
 

HELLO FROM!: Patrick Whitehead
PRESENTLY IN: Im working at Les Ambassadors in London, anyone I've worked with get in touch. Turkey, Star Cruise, Solomons Islands,Poland and Czech,New Zealand, Dublin, Tanzania, Israel or anywhere else. 
E-MAIL: eldajapa@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Henry Allen
MESSAGE: Getting out after 20 Yrs.(U only get 15 for Armed Robbery). Get in touch if you remember me. Still looking for Ellen Whelan & Dave Thomas (Glasgow).
E-MAIL: hallen@wol.co.za
 

NAME: Joseph Denis Carroll
PRESENTLY IN: Florida
IS LOOKING FOR: Ruth Campbell
CLUES: RCCL Florida & Notingham
E-MAIL: jdc4424@msn.com
 

MESSAGE: London Congestion Charges
For those of you who have to take your car into central london. The OnRec.com recruitment website reports that of a survey of 1200 employers by www.hrlaw.co.uk 35% are paying the costs for their staff.
http://www.onrec.com/content2/news.asp?ID=2084
 

NAME: Chaz Playle
PRESENTLY IN: Carribean
IS LOOKING FOR: David Barrie
CLUES: Last seen when I pushed him off a tube on the London underground. Worked with him in Greece.
E-MAIL: chazmond@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Darius McDougall
PRESENTLY IN: Caribbean
IS LOOKING FOR: Sharon Lear (now Lang)
CLUES: Last heard from in Derby almost seven years ago but think she's still in the area.
E-MAIL: darius1973@hotmail.com
 

HELLO FROM!: Mavis Codrington alias "mave the rave"
PRESENTLY IN: at Grosvenor Casino B'ham, Broad street. Can anyone that knows me from the above address or Cromwells Casino colmore row please contact me.
E-MAIL: m103ave@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Mavis Codrington
PRESENTLY IN: Grosvenor Casino Birmingham
IS LOOKING FOR: Any staff I trained at Sergeant Yorke Casino B'ham
CLUES: At sergeant yorke b'ham. May be abroad on cruise ships or land base,
E-MAIL: m103ave@hotmail.com
 

HELLO FROM!: Cristian Munteanu
PRESENTLY IN:  Anyone who remembers me. Eilat Israel 1995-2002 . Presently in Caribbean .
E-MAIL: www.geocities.com/chrisrotlmacin
 

MESSAGE: Cruise line information and demands for cash
There are a number of websites that specialise in information for those wanting to work on ships. Some of these sites (not all) are simply designed to lure you to part with money for a book. The information is usually out of date and much of it is taken from other websites - including Gaming floor. If you want to pay go ahead, it's your money. I certainly would'nt. 
Ian
 

NAME: Nigel Balcarres
PRESENTLY IN: Curacao
IS LOOKING FOR: Ted and Pam lyons
CLUES: Ted - last seen in Barbados - 2001, Pam last seen in Moscow
E-MAIL: nigel@viavia.net
 

NAME: Nigel Balcarres
MESSAGE: Looking for Carl Stedman. Also scouring around for pipey, duffel, and miller.
E-MAIL: nigel@viavia.net
 

MESSAGE: The Rise and Rise of Betfair
March 11th, 2003
The partial screen grab is from today's Australia v New Zealand Super Sixes game. Australia have almost won and you can now back New Zealand at 169 to 1. The total matched on the game was £2,787,323 million. It is also the start of Cheltenham and there are 4 Champions League games this evening. Today could well be Betfair's busiest day ever. 

In 3 or 4 years time betting exchanges will be the norm rather than the exception. That I will also bet on :)

Ian








MESSAGE: Does your computer know what you are thinking?
Course it does - try this game http://www.cyberglass.co.uk/FlashEx/mindreader
Thanks Simon for the link. Ian
 

NAME: Carl Hesling
MESSAGE: Presantly in the U.K.
IS LOOKING FOR:Gary Buckley & Sharon Messa.
CLUES: The Victoria casino in london
E-MAIL: carl@c72h.freeserve.co.uk
 

NAME: John Christopher Atherton
PRESENTLY IN: South Africa
IS LOOKING FOR: Annete or Julienne Chieppa
CLUES: Last seen in S.A at the wild Coast sun
E-MAIL: johnc_gti@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Jacqui Short
MESSAGE: Back in South Africa.
E-MAIL: jacquishort@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Tommy Wickstead
PRESENTLY IN: Sky City Auckland, New Zealand.
IS LOOKING FOR: Corlos Ingels
CLUES: Last heard of in moscow 92
E-MAIL: stephntom@extra.co.nz
 

NAME: Chris Goodchild.
PRESENTLY IN: UK
IS LOOKING FOR: Mark Ropner & Jordon.
CLUES: Mark last seen in portsmouth & reading, Jordon, I heard you was looking for me????
E-MAIL: chris_goody2004@yahoo.com
 

NAME: Brian Labone
PRESENTLY IN: Caribbean
IS LOOKING FOR: John and Dot Knowles
CLUES: Last seen working in london 10 years ago
E-MAIL: brianlabone@hotmail.com
 

NAME: Alan Shelley
PRESENTLY IN: Denmark
IS LOOKING FOR: Ray Bertoia
CLUES: Scottish n sensible (a strange mix)Last seen in Czech Republic also worked in Stockport UK.
E-MAIL: bad_ashell@yahoo.com
 

NAME: Alan Shelley
PRESENTLY IN: Denmark
IS LOOKING FOR: Nick Walker
CLUES: Ginger haired posh git, Last seen Czech Republic 91 was best man at my wedding in Poland 90.
E-MAIL: bad_ashell@yahoo.com
 

NAME: Eva Gantner (Witkowska)
PRESENTLY IN: Poland
IS LOOKING FOR: Peter Greenwood
CLUES: Last seen in Moscow'95 on casino show, worked in Poland '92
E-MAIL: e.gantner@wp.pl
 

NAME: Eva Gantner (Witkowska)
MESSAGE: Anyone who remembers me... Worked at Poland-Sopot '90-92, Russia-Moscow '92-'98
E-MAIL: e.gantner@wp.pl
 

NAME: Trudie Mainwaring
PRESENTLY IN: England
IS LOOKING FOR: Stuart Leyton-Gratn
CLUES: Last seen 1996 Crown Casino, Melbourne, Aus
E-MAIL: TrudieYau101@msn.com
 

1/3/2003

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