Our next ‘Meetup’ event – Pub social and film @ The White Hart, Swindon on May 20th.

Tonight’s Film     The Motorcycle Diaries

In the absence of our regular Meetup rides we have been having some fun with Zoom. It’s given us a chance to enjoy online Pub Socials and at the same time watch a motorcycle-themed film.

As May 20th is this month’s 3rd Wednesday, we meet virtually at the White Hart Inn, Swindon. The downside is you will need to serve your own favourite drink .


If you have not yet joined the club’s Meetup group, not a  problem. Just follow the guide at:  https://bmwcluboxford.com/bmw-club-oxford-meetup-rides-a-beginners-guide/


Pre-meet prep : you will find tonight’s film ‘The Motorycle Diaries’ available to subscribers on Amazon Prime or rented for £0.99p.

It’s a biopic about the journey and written memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, later know as the revolutionary Che Guevara. The film recounts his 1952 journey not long before completing his medical degree, he and his older friend Alberto Granado, a biochemist, leave Buenos Aires to travel across South America. While there is a goal at the end of their journey – they intend to work in a leper colony in Peru – the main purpose is initially fun and adventure. They desire to see as much of Latin America as they can, more than 8,700 miles in just four and a half months, while Granado’s purpose is also to bed as many women as will fall for his pickup lines. Their initial method of transport is Granado’s dilapidated Norton 500 motorcycle christened La Poderosa (“The Mighty One”).

7.00 pm. Gather in the Zoom meeting room by clicking/tapping on the Zoom link in the LOCATION box on the Meetup page. Now is the chance to chat, catch up on club news, swop information and sip your beverage !
7.25 pm. Movie time ! The film lasts 2hrs 6mins. Zoom meeting will close as we enjoy tonight’s film in the comfort of our own homes.

9.35pm. Part 2, back to the Zoom meeting room using the same link as before (Location box). An opportunity to discuss the film followed by a short quiz.

10.05pm. The victor is announced and the award of a very small but iconic prize! Fond farewells. Meeting closes. We meet next at the Dashwood Arms, Piddington on Tuesday 2nd June.

P.S. We love supporting Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Please donate £2 on the club’s Just Giving page to help our Airborne Carers.


Zoom etiquette ‍♀️

o Join early – up to 5 minutes before the meeting start time
o If you haven’t used Zoom before click the link to download Zoom prior to the day of the meeting and familiarise yourself with any features you may need to use on the day – mute/unmute microphone, stop/start video, screenshare etc.
o Have your video on unless you are experiencing connection issues
o Find a quiet space without interruptions / background noise
o Have a plain background – avoid backlight from bright windows
o Have good lighting on your face so you can be seen clearly
o Adjust your camera to be at around eye level if possible – especially take note of the angle of your laptop screen if using the built-in camera.
o Mute your microphone when not talking
o Try to avoid talking over / at the same time as other participants
o Be aware you are on camera and try to avoid doing other tasks, checking emails, looking at your phone etc.

Originally posted 2020-05-14 21:54:17.


Author: James O'Shea