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Ninjas vs Pirates, The Battle for Adelaide

This is a follow up event to our highly successful, ‘Ninja Raid on Adelaide.’

The Story

How it Started 

The Ninjas, once feared warriors, had been losing their edge for years as they waged territorial battles amongst themselves and paid little attention to protecting their borders from foreign sea dogs. They had lost their reputation as the unseen killers, black as death, and allowed pirates to stumble the streets of Adelaide drunk and unchecked.

In early 2008 the Pirate Prince docked at Port Adelaide unchallenged and declared the city his. Many of the older Ninjas were upset that the borders they had fought so hard to secure had been lost so easily but they were powerless against the young and fearless pirate hordes.

There was one Ninja who had not forgotton the old ways and was not about to let his home city fall. He was a young and calculating warrior called Red Ninja and he united the many tribes to come out of the shadows and show their strength in the Ninja Raid on Adelaide. Red Ninja was a natural leader and a good general too. Fighting under him, the Ninjas found a sense of pride once again and fought on until they had retaken the city and captured the Pirate Prince.

(several months later)

News of his son’s capture has reached the Pirate King far across the seven seas. He is furious that his son could be so careless but outraged that the Ninjas perpetrated such a brazen and personal attack.

The King loves his son, but he loves his pride even more. He is calling for all factions of the Pirate empire to unite behind his flag, retake the city, and squash out the Ninjas for good. plavix

He is offering 12 chests of gold for the one who rescues his son and delivers the Red Ninjas head on a platter.

Meanwhile, his success in battle has been kind to Red Ninja. He is now no longer a warrior but a Ninja Lord with the allegiance and respect of thousands. He has got wind of the Pirates’ plan and has sent messages to all corners of the land for Ninjas to be ready to fight their sworn enemies, the Pirates, in a conflict to end all conflicts, The Battle for Adelaide.


Where do your allegiances lie…

Ninja Raid on Adelaide Event Report

Updated: June 24th.

Thanks to everyone who left comments below, I think they really do add something positive to an event report like this.  If you haven’t yet, then comment away, theres still some space left.  I thought I’d better update this report with all the resources etc so people coming to the site in the future will be able to read all about it in one place.  I’ve been meaning to do it for a while but have been super busy with uni stuff as I’m sure a few of you have too.


For those of you who don’t know, the ‘Ninja Raid on Adelaide’ was an event hosted by the AFM on Saturday May 24th.  The basic idea was to get a huge group of people together, dress up as Ninjas, run around the city and make a great video about it.  You can find the full instructions including how to construct the Ninja head gear here.


This question has been asked many times and I think the answer is different for each person.  I participate in Flash Mobs and related events because I like to be different, I like to make spectators out of unsuspecting people and make them go ‘what the?,’  I like to document the event and see the impact that the videos have on other people and I like participating because its great fun.  Why do you like to Mob?

Wrap Up

The event went very well and was definately our biggest and most successful event yet.  Our best estimate puts the mob at 150- 200 people but we know we had at least 100.  We had 4 groups each with a group leader (who wore coloured arm and head bands) and each group had different tasks in the campaign to catch the Pirate Prince.  We got some great reactions from bystanders which you can see in the video if you look closely and read about in the comments below.

We also had a bunch of guys from Parkour SA doing tricks and stunts throughout the event. If you’d like to learn more about what they do or get involved yourself, check out their website and forum



We contacted the TV stations and Sunday Mail before hand and were happy to see a photographer/reporter as well as a Channel 7 camerman come out to cover the event.  Apparently when the Channel 7 guy came to the meeting place to ask us what the plan for the day was, he asked several people what we were going to do and got several answers of ‘its a secret, we can’t tell you,’ ha ha… great work Ninjas!

  • We got a story and a bunch of photos on the Adelaide Now Website (owned by the Advertiser) and then a follow up story in the Sunday Mail

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    the day after.

  • Unfortunatley we didn’t make the News that night or Sunday night but we have heard rumours that we were on on Monday night.  If anyone happens to have the footage we’d love to get a copy!
  • About a week later we discovered a full page story and some pictures on a very popular Korean News Website, CyWorld (in Korean).  We still haven’t got an official translation yet so if anyone can help us out, it would be much appreciated.
  • As a result of the Raid, Alex and I were interviewed on Radio Adelaide’s ‘The Range’ on Friday, check out the podcast here



We are lucky at the AFM to have a dedicated and talented media manger, Ken.  He had his work cut out for him for this event as he had to film us go past and then sprint to the front of the group once more to film us go past again, then rinse and repeat.  We also couldn’t have done it without the help of our volunteer filmers, so thank to them also.  The video turned out great and seems to get better every time you watch it.  If you watch it one youtube, remember to do it in high quality as its a much better experience.

I have posted the picture sets below followed by the video teasers and finally the finished video.  Don’t forget to check out our next big event, ‘Ninjas vs Pirates, The Battle for Adelaide,’ happening on August 9th.


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Teaser Original

Teaser 1

Teaser 2

Teaser 3 

Ninja Raid on Adelaide ‘The Video’


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AFM#'s 8,9 and 10 Reports

Its been a long time since our last website update but we have been doing stuff inbetween.  I’ve been busy (Uni, work, other stuff) and lazy… mostly lazy. Anyway, this post should bring you up to date on everything we’ve been doing in the last couple of months.  We’ve had three flash mob events, the latest one just last night (Friday Oct 17th), and quite a lot of success with numbers, weather and ideas.  Heres a run down of the last three mobs.

Flash Mob #8: ‘It’s not raining!’

When: 5:30pm 05 September 2008

Where: Rundle Mall

Bus Stop Plague: In dribs and drabs head towards the bus stop outside of Harris Scarfs on Grenfell Street. Once we have assembled a crowd at the bus stop Nick will collapse. Try (with out injuring yourself) to collapse as realistically as possible i.e. you should look like you have fainted. We lay dead for a minute and then disperse as if nothing had happened.

Line up: Alex will stand on the side of the wall about four meters away from the entrance of Dymocks. Someone will then start a line like those to get into clubs. In dribs and drabs join on this line.  Alex will ask people at the front of the line for there ID anyone without Id or who is under 18 will be turned away. Otherwise you will head into Dymocks.

Crime scene: In groups of three walk towards the intersection of Gawler place and rundle mall. When Nick drops to the floor the selected member of your group should also drop to the floor. The two remaining people should quickly chalk their outline then disperse.

Umbrella Legion

: Form up outside the Myer centre, in a 6 columns facing towards the target end of rundle mall. People without an umbrella go in the centre, people on the edge lean your umbrella in the direction of your side. People in the middle hold your umbrella straight up but high enough that you can avoid hitting anyone taller than you. We will then march in a straight line to the David Jones. Upon arriving at David Jones we will halt and carefully crouch down. We will hold this position for 30 seconds and then very carefully break up the legion and disperse.

I remember this one being a little painful with repeated ‘falling’ over.  Bus stop plague looked really good on the video with everyone falling perfectly in time but no one payed any attention to us.  Some people just walked through, stepping over bodies like they were puddles.  Like all mobs involving random lines, Line Up was quite successful.  I was one of the first people to be let in so missed most of the action but apparently we got a good reaction.  Umbrella Legion was a good finish.  It was a bit hard to see reactions from within our umbrella cacoon but we got a classic shout up from the Harris Scarfe spruiker, “Its Not Raining!”

Flash Mob #9: ‘Cebo’ Cheers

When: 5:50 pm 19th September 08

Where: Rundle Mall

To be honest, I can’t remember the instructions for everything we did in this event.  I do remember that it was one of our best events so far and unfortunately our first un-filmed event so far (good one Ken).  Those who were there, help me out with any missed details in the comments below and I’ll add them in.

Can I have a Farmer’s Union Iced Coffee please?: Slowly move into coffee shop (which one) and casually hang around, some people order something.  Start talking to the people around you about anything u like and gradually raise the volume in the room until you nearly have to shout. Keep your eye on James, he will make his way to the counter and ask for a Farmers Union Iced Coffee… which they don’t have.  When they say they don’t have them, everyone go dead silent and leave.

This mob went down extremely well and is one of my favourites to date.  We got the volume up without raising any suspicion and the staff had to literally shout the orders out to be heard over us.  The effect of the silence after to commotion was brilliant and once we’d left there was only one or two patrons left in the shope and a lot of confused staff.

‘Cebo’ Cheers: Casually hang around the Cibo in Rundle Mall and when someone receives their order, clap and cheer.  Repeat a few times.

This was our successful ATM Cheering Mob rehatched.  I think it actually worked better because ATM Cheering tends to make the ATM user uncomfortable while Cibo cheering got everyone happy.

Copy Cat candyman free download : Hang around the Harris Scarfe Spruker and repeat everything he says in chorus.

This one started off well but then ran into a brick wall when the spruker caught on and refused to say anything.  Don’t worry, we got him back at the end.

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Before heading back to David Jones to reflect on the days mobs we decided to have another go at the spruker.  I lead an impromptu worship of him in front of Harris Scarfe.  We hailed and made lots of noise and he lapped it up, enjoying the extra attention.  I had a quick look around and saw that quite a crowd had gathered to watch as well.  Soon Harris Scarfe security arrived, supposedly to move us along but the spruker waved them off, assumingly to not appear like he couldn’t take a joke.  He was trying to get rid of us but we would continually interrupt, taking his last word and repeating it.  He started getting quite annoyed so we wrapped it up, but not before letting him know that we are not to be messed with.

Flash Mob #10: The Sign 2

When: 5:50pm 17th September 08

Where: Rundle Mall

The Sign: Scatter around the area on the target end of Rundle Mall between dymocks and EB games.  Laura will hold up a sign that states “Do Note Read, Penalties Will Apply!” A flashmobber will then approach and read the sign.  Laura will whistle and every mobber should run in, grab the sign reader and carry them off down the corridor under the Richmond Hotel.

Follow the Leader: Scatter in the area around the malls balls.  Nick will pick a non-flashmobber to follow.  Then in dribs and drabs we will join a line of people following this person.  Attempt to copy the exact route of the person in front of you and their speed of walk.  When Nick ceases to follow the person, disperse and return to the balls to repeat.

Whirlpool: Scatter around the Mall/ Gawler Place intersection watching James.  He will slowly start walking in a tight circle around the centre of the mall.  Gradually join him in dribs and drabs. Some people walk in tight circles near the centre while others walk in wider circles on the outside.  Those further out will have to walk faster to make one revolution in time with those near the centre. in cold blood divx

Creep: We will select a non-flashmobber; we will then scatter in the area around them.  If they look in your direction you must freeze, otherwise creep slowly towards them.  When Nick stops creeping towards them and walks off, all disperse.

You will notice I haven’t put any of my comments about how I think each mob went.  If you were there, please leave some comments at the end of the post letting us know which mobs you enjoyed, which ones worked, which didn’t and any good spectator reactions you got or saw.

AFM#8 and AFM#10 were both filmed and we should have the videos up soon (well eventually).  If you missed them, the videos from AFM#7: The Sign are up on youtube, and on the event report.

The dates for our next two mobs have been set, Saturday November 1st and Saturday November 29th, details coming soon.  The Adelaide Zombie walk is also coming up next Saturday, check facebook for details.

Mob Report: AFM#5: Legion

Date: Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Meet: Hindmarsh Square- South West Corner

Time: 3pm- 4pm

After the success of AFM#4 we decided to continue with the format of having multiple mobs in each event. Its a little known fact that we don’t actually pick the mob idea until the last minute but with this mob we took it to the extreme by not finalising until the morning of the actual mob. Having said that , it came together awsomely and produced some of the best stuff we’ve had so far.

Here is the “Link” video, the other two and their full reports are available after the jump




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No Pants 2k8- Adelaide

This is a Flash Mob Related Event hosted by the Adelaide Flash Mob. The idea basically consists of riding the train without any pants (but with underwear) and keeping completely deadpan about it.


1) Willing to take pants off on train
2) Able to keep a straight face about it

The idea was invented by world class improv trickster group Imrpov Everywhere. Improv Everywhere are based in New York and have been running the no pants events every year since 2002. This year they have invited people to organise similar no pants events in other cities to occur on the same day as the New York event (through the help of Facebook) They already have 4 other cities involved, but Adelaide will be the first outside of America.

The specific details are yet to be decided but the general idea is this:
-Participants meet in the city ready to go
-Participants all board a train (or tram), in the same carriage, heading out of the city
-In between the city and stop 1, the first person takes off their pants and throws them to a designated pants collector.
-Then at stop 1 that person leaves the carriage and enters another carriage
-In between stop 1 and 2 the next person takes off their pants and throws them to the pants collector
-At stop 2, that person leaves the carriage and enters the other carriage with the 1st person
-This continues until all participants are together, pantless, in the same carriage.
-At the next stop, the pants collector enters the 2nd carriage yelling… PANTS! $2, GET YOUR PANTS HERE! and all pantless riders buy back their pants and put them back on.
-Throughout the trip participants pretend not to know each other and if asked why they aren’t wearing any pants they reply with something like… ‘I was in such a hurry this morning, I guess I just forgot to put them on.’
-Repeat everything on the trip back into town

We are still trying to figure out which train/tram to do it on to have the best effect.

According to the Adelaide Metro website the trains that run on Saturday are:
-Belair Train
-Gawler Train
-Grange Train
-Noarlunga Train
-Outer Harbour Train
-Glenelg Tram

I don’t use trains very much personally, does anyone know a busy train/tram on a Saturday?

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or email us at

We also need a couple of people to help execute the mission who don’t need to de-pants so if your interested in helping with that let us know.


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Ninjas vs Pirates, The Battle for Adelaide: Event Report

Temporary Treaty

I, The Pirate King and I, Red Ninja, agree (mostly) that the facts below are true and agree that ourselves and our armies will be bound by this treaty under penalty of death.

No Pirate or Ninja will engage in battle until this new threat to both our survivals is dealt with.  Both our races have been so preocupied with their etternal struggle for power that the Zombies have been all but forgotton and have been able to create a massive army capable of destoying both the Ninjas and the Pirates if we fight them alone.  Only by working together will we have a chance of surviving.

Once the Zombie threat is neutralised we will return to opposite sides of the battle field and resume our endless battle. land before time the download


Pirate King: X Arrrrr

Red Ninja: X

Thanks to all those Ninjas and Pirates (and Zombies) who braved the cold and rain and came out for our event on Saturday.  Despite the fewer numbers, I think that those who came along were the most dedicated anyway and we made quite an impression the Adelaide Shoppers.  A full report and the video will be up in the next couple of weeks, until then please give us some comments (below) on the event.


If you have any photos or short videos from the event then please share them with us.  If you’re on facebook then simply create an album and provide us with the link.  Otherwise you can either email them to adelflashmob(at)hotmail(dot)com or upload them to flickr and tag them with “nvp.”

Shaun Talbot’s Photos:

Ninjas vs Pirates #1 Facebook Album

Ninjas vs Pirates #2 Facebook Album


A number of people have had trouble joining our group because it wasn’t global so we’ve created a new group that everyone can join.  We’re now migrating the two groups to get everyone in the same place so please head on over to the new group and join up.

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Mob Report: AFM#1: Look Up!

This post is a report of how our first mob went. Check out the photos and videos, read the report and leave a comment at the bottom if you wish.

Video: Ken Kimber & Dom Legg
Photos: Tudor Taylor, Kirby Crawford, Kay Walker, Steve Thomas (so far)

Here is the email that was sent out on Friday 19 Oct 2007:

G’day Mobbers,

The time is almost upon us.

In order for our mob to be as unexpected as possible to our ‘audience,’ the specific details of the action to take place will be kept under wraps until tomorrow. This email contains instructions for you to follow to obtain those specific details, so listen in.

There are a couple of things we need to do first. Everyone needs to read these guidelines that we have created to ensure the mob works properly. If you have guests coming, you need to inform them of the guidelines also.

This mob isn’t entirely dependent on time cues, but it does help to have everyone on the same clock, so please visit this website and set your time piece to the local Australia/ Adelaide time.


General Location: Rundle Mall
Approx. duration: 6 mins

To get the rest of the details you need to come to the fountain outside of the museum on North Terrace and find a man wearing a green t-shirt, green shorts and carrying a green clip board and say: “Good morning Mr. Penguin.” He will hand you a piece of paper, you need to move away, read the instructions and follow them.

Mr. Penguin will only be at the fountain between 11:10 am and 11:40 am so you must come within those times.

It looks like its going to be great weather tomorrow, so we hope to see you all there.

Remember the most important thing is to HAVE FUN!!!

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These are the instructions that mobbers received after visiting Mr. Penguin outside the museum:

Mob #1: Look Up!

Duration: 5 minutes

Location: Rundle Mall, in front of Toys R Us building, near public phones.

By 11:50, mobbers should be casually blended into the area surrounding the Toys R Us building. Browse in the shops, sit on the chairs, look through the shop windows and make sure you have a clear view of the area around the public phones.

At 11:58, be on the look out for ‘Mr Penguin.’

At 12:00, Mr Penguin will walk along the mall, stop, look up towards the top of the Toys R Us building and appear transfixed by something up there.

At the cue of Mr Penguin looking up, mobbers need to start emerging from their positions, looking up and apparently seeing what he’s looking at and congregate around him.

The congregation should take place gradually over the space of a minute- like it would naturally happen if we were really looking at something. Mobbers need to start a commotion, looking, pointing, chattering… ‘Wow,’ ‘oh my,’ ‘what is it?,’ ‘its huge,’ ‘its tiny,’ ‘fantastic,’ etc.

At 12:01, all mobbers should be congregated and continuing the commotion.

At 12:04, Mr Penguin will silently put his hand down and walk away.

Over the next minute, mobbers should silently stop pointing and go back to what they were doing before hand; browsing shops etc, before leaving the area.

By 12:05, all mobbers should have blended back into the general shopping crowd.

By 12:15, all mobbers should have left the area completely.


Before the mobbing starts, don’t be afraid to spread out. There are a number of shops that you can look in while still being able to see the phone boxes.

If anyone asks you what you are looking at, try and answer with something like: ‘I don’t know, but its big,’ ‘No idea, but its scary,’ ‘That’s what I was wondering, what do you think?’ In other words, give them anything but a real answer.

While making the commotion, try and be as energetic and sincere as possible. Hopefully we’ll be able to draw a number of people from the general public into looking up as well, trying to figure out what we’re looking at.

Keep these instructions hidden and don’t throw them into a public bin. HAVE FUN!


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Nick aka Mr. Penguin

The day started off great as it was nice and sunny and it looked like there would be plently of people in the mall by lunch time. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous for the time leading up to this mob, so I’m quite glad that it turned out so well. I’d like to say thanks to all those who turned up, and to those who didn’t, I hope you can make it to the next one. Judging by the number of instruction sets I gave out I’m estimating there was between 25-30 mobbers who took part in AFM#1: Look Up!

One thing that I personally enjoyed, which other people didn’t experience, was giving out the instructions from my position on the bench, under the tree, near the fountain, outside the museum on North Terrace. The thing was that I really didn’t know who was involved so I looked upon every passer by as a potential mobber. As soon as someone entered my field of vision I would sneakily look at them and try and work out if they were walking to me or just past me. I also happened to be sitting next to a bin, so there was a number of people who were simply heading over to put something in it and probably wondered why I was peering at them with a stupid grin on my face.

Memorable momments:

-When we first arrived at the fountain there was a girl sitting on one of the benches already who grinned to herself as we approached. Dom said ‘I bet shes on of them,’ I wasn’t so sure, but low and behold she came over shortly after and collected her instructions.

-At one point a girl came and sat right next to me on the bench but didn’t say anything. She was messing with her phone, it looked like she was ‘pretending’ to check her messages. Shortly after she said, “oh screw it, good morning Mr Penguin,” so I gave her the instructions and she left.

For the mob itself I approached the designated spot from the Rundle Street end of Rundle mall and timed it so I got there alomst exactly on 12 noon. I pretended to stretch as I reached the Toys R Us building then started looking up. There was a short time while I stood there looking up, pointing and talking loudly, before anyone else got there but it felt like a lifetime. A small thought started growing in my head that perhaps I had got the time wrong and no one was coming and that I was just making a complete fool of myself, but then I heard some loud shouts and suddenly people started appearing from everywhere.

Since I was the first to arrive and leave as well as being at the front of the group, I didn’t really get to see much of the mob first hand. Luckily the video and photos were great and I talked to some people to get a feel for how it all went.

Memorable moments:

-Someone shouted out “hes gonna jump,” which evoked a big response from passers by.

-There was a shop keeper who happened to be giving out free samples of something right behind the mob and he loudly exclaimed, “this is great for business!”

-The cops showed up shortly after, presumably to break up the large group of people causing a commotion but of course we were long gone by then.

-A number of mobbers took out their cameras and phones to take photos of the top of the building which made it look much more authentic- nice thinking guys.

All in all it was a great mob, great fun to organise and great fun to participate in.

If you would like to be involved in future mobs by the Adelaide Flash mob then please join us, the more people we can get, the better. If you are on FaceBook you can join our group, find it by searching for ‘Adelaide Flash Mob.’ If you don’t have FaceBook then you can join our mailing list by sending a blank email to adelflashmob (AT) hotmail (DOT) com with the words ‘let me in,’ in the subject line.

If you would like to contribute something to this write up then you are most welcome. It would be great to see the event through someone else’s eyes. You can leave it in the comments section below or email to us on the address above.

See you at the next mob!


AFM#7: The Sign: Event Report

We had our 7th flash mob event on Friday evening (June 6th). We thought it was important to have a good flash mob event to follow our successful Nina Raid and I think this one delivered nicely. There were a few problems with late camermen, late instructions and the crazed emo hangout where we decided to meet but we got started eventually and the mall was packed full of unsuspecting and unwilling spectators.

The mobs we did this time were: buy rocaltrol

  • Forensic Key Search
  • Tag Freeze
  • Heavy x 2
  • The Sign x5

I’ll let the videos speak for themselves. The first video contains The Forensic Key Search, Tag Freeze and Heavy while the second one has The Sign. Enjoy!


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Alex (Red Ninja) and I (Mr Penguin) also did a quick interview on Radio Adelaide’s ‘The Range ‘ on Friday to promote the Mob and the release of our Ninja Video on Sunday.  We’d like to say thankyou to Cassie Egan and Jonathan Brown for having us on their show


AFM#4- Fast Fringe Flashes

(Updated: Saturday 1st March)

Date: Sunday March 2nd

Meeting: Hindmarsh Square

Time: 3 pm

We wanted to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to come to a Mob and we also wanted to make sure that we took full advantage of the Fringe crowds so we’ve decided to do a mob each weekend left in the Fringe, starting with Sunday March 2nd.

AFM#4: A: Sunday March 2nd

This mob will actually consist of 3 or 4 smaller mobs to be done within 10 mins of each other. The mobs will be simple, loud, fun and effective and we will have a film crew in place to catch all the action.

We are meeting up at the South West corner of Hindmarsh square at 3:00pm where we will hand out specific written instructions. Look for Mr Penguin wearing black shorts and a white polo shirt and Miss Kitty wearing a purple scarf.

As I said, full details will be distributed on the day, but I can tell you that it involves a Flash Worship. Its the international buskers festival so there should be tons of people in town to witness us. Please invite everyone you know because the more people we get the better it will be.

Please also read up on our Mobbing guidelines

to make the event as successful as possible.

One more thing, this mob is time specific so please syncronise your watches (phones) to the local adelaide time at this website. elegy divx

We’ve created events for both MySpace and Facebook where you can check out the updated details as the come available. If you don’t have either of those social networking programs then keep an eye on the website as we will be posting all the details here.

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Upcoming Event- AFM#6

Our next event is coming up this sunday, details below.

Date: Sunday April 27th

Time: 1-2pm

Meeting: Group to meet up with Mr Penguin in Stephen’s Ave (next to the Myer Center, near the carpark entrance). Updated due to possible rain conditions. He will be there from 12:45 pm.

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