London ILB - FAP?

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Me and bloke are going to be in London at the weekend. I'm mostly hanging out with my cooler younger brother, but would love to meet up for a pint either tomorrow night or Friday night. Anyone up for it?

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 15:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Tomorrow night might be do-able. Do you know central London at all, 'monkey. I would suggest The Champion:;m=3;l=1191;c=1676;b=9045;ts=20040505172906

I am doing a phone interview at 6 - but should be there by 7.15 or so?

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 15:29 (seventeen years ago) link

Hmm that link doesn't look right. It's on Wells St, north of Oxford St, anyway.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 15:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Gotcha. 7.15 sounds excellent. We will see you there.

You will know me easily. I am a large woman with glasses and long red hair, usually accompanied by a tall bloke with glasses.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 16:19 (seventeen years ago) link

I guess a lot of people have left work already and this thread will see more action tomorrow. I will certainly be there, though. Mikey? PF? etc? Maybe we should put a link on ILE, also.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 16:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Marvellous. I greatly look forward to waving my hands in front of my face and saying 'Jesus, people still smoke indoors here? It's like the Dark Ages or something'.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 21:17 (seventeen years ago) link

I shall try. I really ought to be painting the doorframe in the bathroom. Rock 'n' roll. I shall have to talk to my woman and see if I can get a leave of absense.

Mikey G (Mikey G), Thursday, 6 May 2004 07:17 (seventeen years ago) link

accent monkey, there should be a few people coming now (myself included). Will be there 7ish. If you see a bloke with glasses in a blue shirt walking around peering expectantly at people, that'll be Mikey G.

Mikey G (Mikey G), Thursday, 6 May 2004 14:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Brilliant. Have drunk half a bottle of wine already in nice cafe on Titchfield St. Will see you later.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Thursday, 6 May 2004 14:28 (seventeen years ago) link

In that case, I'll be the blurry good looking guy in the blue shirt.

Mikey G (Mikey G), Thursday, 6 May 2004 14:33 (seventeen years ago) link

'Half a bottle of wine'

the finefox, Thursday, 6 May 2004 15:03 (seventeen years ago) link

Sorry I couldn't come - not well at the moment.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 6 May 2004 17:14 (seventeen years ago) link

L-R: Mikey G, Accentmonkey, Starry Sarah, Jerry the Nipper, Mark S, The Pinefox.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Friday, 7 May 2004 09:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Well look at that. You really do love books!

Archel (Archel), Friday, 7 May 2004 09:27 (seventeen years ago) link

We didn't say a word to each other. All night.

Mikey G (Mikey G), Friday, 7 May 2004 09:39 (seventeen years ago) link

L-R: Mikey G, Accentmonkey, Starry Sarah, Jerry the Nipper, Mark S, The Pinefox.

the Fox's nose is very distinctive.

DV (dirtyvicar), Friday, 7 May 2004 11:26 (seventeen years ago) link

It was nice to meet Sarah's disembodied head.

Mikey G (Mikey G), Friday, 7 May 2004 12:11 (seventeen years ago) link

Yay!!!! What a great picture. Hope you guys had fun. And look at that, Mr.Sinker showed up for the festivities. The Pinefox is a wiley creature. Where's the rest of him?

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 7 May 2004 12:38 (seventeen years ago) link

L-R: ?, ?, Ian Sansom's "Ring Road", ?, Jonathan Coe's "The Rotters' Club".

cozen (Cozen), Friday, 7 May 2004 13:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Dammit! If there are any ILB ppl in VT, let me know and we can meet up, too.

Oh, it's just me? .. I thought as much.

Hey, did any drunks guys come over to your table, like, "Oy! Wot you prats doin' readin' in a bar?? You're all lucky you got so many pints in front of you or I'd kick everyone one of you asses!"

Vermont Girl (Vermont Girl), Friday, 7 May 2004 14:14 (seventeen years ago) link

I fell asleep on the bus on the way home and missed my stop.

Mikey G (Mikey G), Friday, 7 May 2004 15:18 (seventeen years ago) link

I knew a girl from London who knew she'd fall asleep on the tube whenever she rode home from clubs/parties so she would hold a little card that said "Please wake me up at [whatever stop]."

And someone always woke her at the right stop.

Vermont Girl (Vermont Girl), Friday, 7 May 2004 16:34 (seventeen years ago) link peeing on her.

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 7 May 2004 17:07 (seventeen years ago) link

I hadn't imagined The Pinefox as a Jonathan Coe fan.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 7 May 2004 21:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Not my copy, Martin. But I have read that book and I still think WACU! a really major achievement, as I must have said many a time.

The FAP was grand.

The Irish folk at the FAP were much keener on coemdy Irishness than the other Irish ilxors.

We discussed Donnybrook.

the bellefox, Saturday, 8 May 2004 14:29 (seventeen years ago) link

I agree on WACU - loaned a copy to a friend years ago, and have never had it back. I think I have indeed heard you say that before.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Saturday, 8 May 2004 15:15 (seventeen years ago) link

The Irish folk at the FAP were much keener on coemdy Irishness than the other Irish ilxors.

they are TRAITORS!

DV (dirtyvicar), Saturday, 8 May 2004 15:50 (seventeen years ago) link

Ah no, not traitors - been in London too long. Seduced....

David Nolan (David N.), Saturday, 8 May 2004 22:57 (seventeen years ago) link

This picture proves why mothers the world over warn their children - do not accept online invitations to "meet"! Pints will be left languishing as everyone reads a different book! It's criminal, and those to blame should be brought to justice.

aimurchie, Saturday, 8 May 2004 23:32 (seventeen years ago) link

Pints were not left languishing, I can assure you.

Books were.

the pintfox, Tuesday, 11 May 2004 11:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I still haven't made it home yet.

Mikey G (Mikey G), Tuesday, 11 May 2004 14:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Me and Bloke just got home from ten days of being Up and In in Paris and London. It was lovely to see all the ILBeanies in the pub. It was great to see you all.

Have had lovely holidays. Now, back to the books.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Sunday, 16 May 2004 12:12 (seventeen years ago) link

That was Pelham: Or Adventures of a Gentleman for me, and I believe that was also my copy of the Rotters Club being THUMBED by the PF.

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 20 May 2004 08:20 (seventeen years ago) link

five years pass...

ILB FAP: 2009 edition. I'd be fine for a drink any day next week Monday-Thursday.

As for pubs: maybe go for one along Borough High Street?

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 21:57 (twelve years ago) link

Monday or Thursday would work for me, and Borough High St is A1 for me too.

woofwoofwoof, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 08:55 (twelve years ago) link

Thursday's best for me - working a 12 hour shift the other days. Borough High St always a good place to go for a drink.

GamalielRatsey, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:54 (twelve years ago) link

hey julio, im gonna be down in london next week so pl post details here - hope to come along

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 12:05 (twelve years ago) link

i don't live around london. tho i am heading up there for the weekend for the meltdown concerts and maaaay still be around monday/tuesdayish. can't say for sure, though.

thomp, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 14:39 (twelve years ago) link

hey Ward! This is good timing - hope to see you too. We'll keep details here.

thomp - Oops I knew about meltdown but didn't know if you were going to be around later that week.

Unless Gamaliel can make it Monday (doesn't look like it) I'd say next thur? Looking at the options how about this one just off the main street - Old King's head - but if you all have another option in mind then do tell.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 21:08 (twelve years ago) link

I'll revive thisILE thread now for casual ILB-ers (or otherwise) who might want to come along.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 21:17 (twelve years ago) link

Unless Gamaliel can make it Monday (doesn't look like it)

I really can't unfortunately. Awkward customer I know - the toad work. I will have an ILB FAP by myself on Thursday if it's not possible for others though, to make sure I pay my alcohol/reading duties.

GamalielRatsey, Thursday, 18 June 2009 07:06 (twelve years ago) link

That's not awkward at all! See you and everyone who can come next Thursday.

Should be at the Old King's from six-ish, I shall be reading and drinking if I don't see anyone.

I'll say which book on the day :-)

Might bother to do a 'Balkanized' ILX London FAP thread over at ILE on the day of the meet.

And thomp - if you're in London later this year etc let us know and we can arrange a FAP (although I might see you on Sunday, I guess?).

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 18 June 2009 20:07 (twelve years ago) link

Will def be along on Thursday, and will similarly post book-holding details (tho' Gamaliel and I can identify one another - we go back)

woofwoofwoof, Thursday, 18 June 2009 22:20 (twelve years ago) link

I might be back from Brighton in time for this FAP. Then again, come to think of it, I guess I don't know anyone who's going to it.

the pinefox, Thursday, 18 June 2009 23:52 (twelve years ago) link

Pinefox we have been in the same FAP several times. I think you also have talked to Ward Fowler.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 19 June 2009 19:07 (twelve years ago) link

bit odd how the board has an entirely different clientele to last time. feels a bit like housesitting.

but, yeah, see you sunday maybe. i'll be hanging around the bar reading the bantam edition of dhalgren, i should think.

thomp, Friday, 19 June 2009 22:48 (twelve years ago) link

New generation, innit?

I shall look for the Dhalgren (bantam ed.)

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 20 June 2009 09:25 (twelve years ago) link

did anything happen with this FAP?

it's nice to know that people think they've been at a FAP with me, but I doubt that I could walk into a bar and say 'hey, aren't you xyzzz__?' I don't think I can even pronounce it.

the pinefox, Monday, 22 June 2009 17:50 (twelve years ago) link

It's on Thursday. xyzzz is usually my last utterance of any evening in a pub.

GamalielRatsey, Monday, 22 June 2009 17:52 (twelve years ago) link

I'll be watching the Celtic v Cluj game then plan on getting blootered later.

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Thursday, 12 December 2019 17:33 (one year ago) link

Signed for crappy gym yoga class then drinking in a local with no TV. That's how I make my own luck.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:14 (one year ago) link

Which local? Just a chance I might be able to swing by later.

Tim, Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:23 (one year ago) link

Hiya in the half moon from about 9pm. Just planning to drink through the exit poll..

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 12 December 2019 20:17 (one year ago) link

We’ll be there in a bit but don’t worry if you’re inclined to slink off.

Tim, Thursday, 12 December 2019 21:32 (one year ago) link

Nah just here

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 12 December 2019 21:32 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Shall we do this soon. First week of Feb?

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:47 (one year ago) link

sounds good to me :)

mark s, Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:47 (one year ago) link

6th at the usual place.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:48 (one year ago) link

of course getting there since TFL rerouted the 48 is now a minor chore (2 x buses instead of 1)

mark s, Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:50 (one year ago) link

not good for me >:(

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:01 (one year ago) link

6th is ok for me. after that i seem to be travelling for work for the rest of my life so it may be the only slot for a while.

Fizzles, Friday, 24 January 2020 07:53 (one year ago) link

6th looks OK for me too.

Tim, Friday, 24 January 2020 09:28 (one year ago) link

Grand (Tom D we can schedule the next one and make sure you attend :))

xyzzzz__, Friday, 24 January 2020 09:50 (one year ago) link

Sounds good to me!

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 24 January 2020 10:04 (one year ago) link

Yes I think I can make it.

the pinefox, Friday, 24 January 2020 11:04 (one year ago) link


xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 17:31 (one year ago) link

See you later.

Tim, Thursday, 6 February 2020 13:06 (one year ago) link

The usual place = Royal Oak, Tabard street

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 6 February 2020 13:12 (one year ago) link

early-ish start and an early-ish finish for me. bloody meetings with ‘straya first thing in the morning.

Fizzles, Thursday, 6 February 2020 13:22 (one year ago) link


xyzzzz__, Thursday, 6 February 2020 16:23 (one year ago) link


thx comrade a.

Fizzles, Thursday, 6 February 2020 16:34 (one year ago) link

good to see everyone last night. DanielRF - this is the Jeremy Deller documentary I think you'll enjoy after reading the King.

on the question of which books have haunted you in the last year (well two years in this case), i was struggling - eric vuillard's order of the day, maybe, until woof reminded me of pierre michon – really good nyrb review of the translations and michon here.

Fizzles, Friday, 7 February 2020 21:19 (one year ago) link


Daniel_Rf, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:22 (one year ago) link

Non-standard I know but we're doing a little launch for the Mary Butts book I've done (and which some of you have seen) - it's a week today, Thursday 27th at the bookartsbookshop from 6.30 to 8 or so. likely pub after. It'd be lovely to see all or any of you. Gonna spam the London FAP thread with this too, so sorry about that.

Tim, Thursday, 20 February 2020 09:33 (one year ago) link

Can't come sorry Tim. Hope this goes well!

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 20 February 2020 19:17 (one year ago) link

Yes, I'm in Scotland.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Thursday, 20 February 2020 19:18 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

That Butts book looks wonderful. Can it be ordered online, assuming I have the dosh?

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 6 March 2020 01:45 (one year ago) link

Just direct from me really - if you drop me a line on halfpintpress at gmail dot com I can give you the details.

Tim, Friday, 6 March 2020 06:14 (one year ago) link

(Or my ilxmail works too I think)

(Special deals done for Ilxors)

Tim, Friday, 6 March 2020 09:27 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

It was at an ILB FAP that Tim Hopkins told me about Eley Williams.

Big Guardian interview:

I can't recall if Tim knows ms Williams, or just admires the work.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 08:27 (one year ago) link

I know Eley* a little - from what I know she is delightful. We collaborated on this: and I certainly admire the work. I am looking forward to the novel very much.

(*That's Dr. Williams, PF!)

Tim, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 10:59 (one year ago) link

I'm not too surprised it's Dr Williams, and I would always refer to someone by that title if aware of it, but in this instance I was not, at the time.

Now I know better, I observe that Dr Williams is technically a colleague, at the very federal University of London:

the pinefox, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:30 (one year ago) link

I click on the link and I recognize this kind of jar.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:31 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

Oh hey, so I wrote a quiz, some of which was based on our discussion when I came to London that one time. Can't decide whether to post a link or not.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 7 May 2021 19:53 (four months ago) link

post the link!

Fizzles, Friday, 7 May 2021 21:18 (four months ago) link

do i remember the FAP. was it in the royal oak? what was the conversation? late renaissance/early enlightenment/thomas harriot/school of night stuff?

Fizzles, Friday, 7 May 2021 21:41 (four months ago) link

and thanks for posting!

Fizzles, Friday, 7 May 2021 21:42 (four months ago) link

Yes. Royal Oak. I just remember you talking about the “standing on the shoulders of giants” remark was rumored to be a dig at somebody’s stature, and Tom D talking about Newton sticking a needle in his eye socket.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 7 May 2021 21:45 (four months ago) link

ah right, yes. god, would be good to be back in the royal oak right now talking shit.

for the sake of epistemic tidiness, i should explicitly point out to others itt that wikipedia, in an entry on the trope, has that rumour as unlikely, as the recipient and newton were on good terms at the time, and the phrase itself having been in relatively common intellectual use since classical times.

Fizzles, Saturday, 8 May 2021 05:17 (four months ago) link

I remember the fap but nothing that was discussed. Good quiz but I only got five :(

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Saturday, 8 May 2021 07:45 (four months ago) link

Five is pretty good!

I remember you and I discussing our mutual dislike of– wait for it– Stoner.

Yes, that “standing on the shoulders” stature thing is apparently a myth, as is the story of Newton destroying all the portraits of him upon becoming president of The Royal Society.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 May 2021 11:46 (four months ago) link

Dates are my weakness when it comes to general knowledge but I was quite surprised that galileo and newton were so close in time, I would have guessed galileo was 100 years earlier.

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Saturday, 8 May 2021 11:49 (four months ago) link

Well, dates, royalty, sport...

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Saturday, 8 May 2021 11:50 (four months ago) link

Lol. Actually I could have sworn I learned that fact on that trip as well but in fact the similar thing I learned was that Galileo and Shakespeare were born in the same year.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 May 2021 12:34 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

If cases keep coming down I was thinking of doing this in November. See how it goes.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 16 September 2021 08:43 (one week ago) link

I've been thinking about FAPs recently, I'm not that optimistic about November though.

How does Spock's brain come into this? (Tom D.), Thursday, 16 September 2021 08:46 (one week ago) link

Would love to join, especially if it’s outside. Sometimes November is still warmish. Also I don’t think I’ve met a single new person for two years who wasn’t another nursery parent.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 16 September 2021 08:51 (one week ago) link

Be good to meet Chuck.

I have to say cases are dropping nicely and all of the adult population will be vaxxed by then (apart from the tiny amounts that don't want it). We will know the effect of schools re-opening shortly.

Let's see it then.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 16 September 2021 09:28 (one week ago) link

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