Apologies for the lack of post yesterday: I am moving house and all my stuff got delivered yesterday. I’m sure most of you know what that’s like.
Posting will be a little sporadic over the next few days. I’m flying to Thailand tomorrow, then from 13th to 22nd September I’ll be in Perth visiting friends down under. If any Perth-dwellers wants to meet me for a drink, let me know. I am assuming William of Ockham and Bardon will nip over from the east coast, so I’ll not be alone.
I’m off to the south of France for a couple of days, then onto Annecy. I doubt I’ll be doing a whole lot of blogging, but we’ll see. In the meantime, why not discuss stuff among yourselves? I might even join in.
I’m off to Torquay for a couple of days to see a pal and his family, so no blogging until Friday. Kindly don’t honk: you’ve had 66 posts this month, a record for me. Thanks for reading and, ahem, clicking on the adverts.
On the suggestion of Bardon, this is an open thread to discuss whatever you like.
I’m going to Dubai for a couple of days and won’t be back in Paris until late Monday night. Don’t expect any posts until Tuesday. I’ll be cheering on France in the World Cup final, but won’t be unhappy if Croatia win.
Have a nice weekend.
I’m off to Thailand tomorrow for a couple of weeks, just for fun. I’ll still be blogging but the frequency may vary and the time posts go up a little odd. Two points:
1. Some of you have sent me emails pointing me in the direction of articles you think might interest me. If I’ve not replied, please don’t think I’m rude, I’ve just not had time. I’ll get around to it over the next week.
2. If anyone is in Phuket and fancies meeting for a drink, let me know.
I’m going to be in Porto until Wednesday then Lisbon until Friday, and next Saturday is looking busy. I’ll try to put something out while I’m in Portugal, but I might not be blogging until next week.
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.
Okay, it looks as though Tuesday 12th is the most suitable day for everyone, and the crowds in the bars might be lighter too.
The Parcel Yard in Kings Cross station seems to be the most recommended venue, plus it’s easy to get to (and to escape from). Hopefully those who are near Bank can make it, that was the alternative.
What time does everyone finish work in London these days? I’ll head up there at 5pm and secure a seat somewhere. If you don’t know what I look like, go to my Twitter page and look at my profile pic; I look just like that and will be wearing the same loud purple shirt. I’m also 6’4″ tall and loud. I’m hard to miss.
See you there folks, I’m looking forward to it!
How does the evening of Tuesday 12th sound for a get together and some drinks? I can also do Wednesday 13th, but judging by the responses 12th is a bit more inclusive, to use an HR term.
Can anyone who knows London recommend a suitable venue for this sort of thing? A Wetherspoons somewhere, maybe? I’m guessing somewhere vaguely central or near a station would suit. Suggestions welcome.
I’m going to be in London between 5th and 15th June, with a lot of time on my hands. Evening of Saturday 9th is booked up but I’m pretty much available the rest of the time. Anyone fancy getting a drink? If there’s enough interest, we could even have a meetup to discuss, erm, plastic bags and polyamory.