Drinks in the Smoke 4

So last night a number of my readers and commenters joined me in The Parcel Yard pub, thus ensuring I didn’t have to buy all my own drinks. I think there were 16 of us in total including me, which is a splendid turnout given it was a Tuesday night and there was no free bar or buffet. We weren’t the most diverse bunch, being all men except The Devil’s wife, and we were so pasty you’d think we were the golf team of a nearby merchant bank. Sadly there were no turquoise-haired polyamorists present, although a table of trannies behind us might have fit the bill. Topics discussed included polyamory (of course), the numerous shortfalls of my first novel, other people’s blogs (namely, Tim Worstall’s and David Thompson’s), my new career in HR, the importance of a good comments section, and a whole load of other stuff. There was much lamentation that Mr Ecks didn’t show up, as we wished to use the occasion for the launch of his much-needed purge.

So big thanks to everyone who came, even bigger thanks to those who bought me drinks or offered to, and thanks to those who wanted to come but dropped me a note to say they couldn’t. It was a fun evening, great to put faces to pseudonyms, and I’ll do it again next time I’m in London.

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20 thoughts on “Drinks in the Smoke 4

  1. Sorry to have missed it. I did however enjoy dinner with my daughter. I’ll be more careful with the organisation next time!

    I’m also glad the pub survived.

    I wouldn’t have changed the demographics as I am a (not yet dead) white man without a suntan. I am also, of course, highly intelligent, drop dead gorgeous (at least that is what Michelle Pfieffer told me) and all of 1.80 tall. So if things get out of hand I could always nut the big guy who picks on Tim in the titties.

    Looking forward to the whole truth guys!

  2. Topics discussed included… other people’s blogs (namely, Tim Worstall’s and David Thompson’s)

    Ooh, I don’t like the sound of that.

  3. For the record Tim in real life is quite clearly Tim from his photo. That makes him a brave chap in my book, and in the line of work he wants.

    Amusingly enough in our townhall today a plea came down for people to fill in their diversity characteristics on the HR system as the employer can’t properly collate the stats when 75% of people are “prefer not to say”. Turns out a mini anonymous rebellion is underway. As one of my colleagues said, if they’re not allowed to discriminate in any way based on these characteristics they don’t need to know them. Try that argument in HR Tim….

  4. Long-time lurker here, but I’d have loved to come along were it not for the fact I was overseas on business for a few days! Would be happy to come if you arrange another session. The Parcel Yard is pretty decent but a bit “corporate” – As far as station watering holes go I’d say the one at Marylebone is cheaper and has better beers (unless you’re into the excessively-hopped stuff that most Fullers pubs offer now…).

  5. Psuedonymous – I always tick the “Other” box on those forms and fill in Green Manalishi in the text box alongside. Being a member of the awkward squad, I defy anyone to prove otherwise.

  6. Probably the fella in the tactical rig and hi-viz. Told me he was scaffolder.

  7. “Topics discussed included… other people’s blogs (namely, Tim Worstall’s and David Thompson’s)

    Ooh, I don’t like the sound of that.”

    Quite, what were they saying about us? Or ours, perhaps?

  8. Good to put names to faces, though your shirt wasn’t as loudly purple as you’d led us to believe…

  9. For once I didn’t mind so many trains being cancelled that I had to stay in town a bit longer.

    Was a good night.

    Not such a merry morning…

  10. Ooh, I don’t like the sound of that.

    You’d have liked it even less if you’d have been within earshot, which is why you should have come. 😛

  11. Good to put names to faces, though your shirt wasn’t as loudly purple as you’d led us to believe…

    That’s not what the funeral director said…

  12. TW – needs more polyamory, IIRC.

    Exactly that. It’s a subject sorely neglected on too many blogs these days.

  13. Probably the fella in the tactical rig and hi-viz. Told me he was scaffolder.

    I thought that was Ecks.

  14. Tim,
    Sorry I missed the chance to meet you and a few of the readers of, and contributors to, your blog. Some other time, perhaps. In the meantime, if you ever find yourself in Miami, do please look me up.

    I’m curious about the lack of diversity at your gathering. Do you know whether it was representative of your readership generally? Is libertarianism mostly a white male thing? Do all other groups see the state as their saviour and benefactor? Just wondering.

  15. Is libertarianism mostly a white male thing?

    Insofar as colour goes, most of my readers are white because most Brits are white, at least for now. Regarding gender, from what I’ve seen most middle class western women believe the government should be creating no less than one hundred new laws per week all aimed at keeping their precious little brats away from danger.

  16. from what I’ve seen most middle class western women believe the government should be creating no less than one hundred new laws per week all aimed at keeping their precious little brats away from danger.

    Feminists don’t want be dependent on a man, so they turn to the state instead to provide ‘support’.

    Why do we need a law against ‘upskirting’? We don’t, of course; but, not so long ago, many men would chivalrously intervened to stop such vulgarity. Feminism denounces chivalrous behaviour as patronising and oppressive, so feminists want the state to step in…

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