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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen years ago) link

'Half a bottle of wine'

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

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

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

Well look at that. You really do love books!

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

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

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

It was nice to meet Sarah's disembodied head.

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

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

cozen (Cozen), Friday, 7 May 2004 13:12 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen years ago) link peeing on her.

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

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

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

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

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

Pints were not left languishing, I can assure you.

Books were.

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

I still haven't made it home yet.

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

New generation, innit?

I shall look for the Dhalgren (bantam ed.)

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

We could get cans, but these FAPs have always been in pubs.

Youn if you come maybe we could put this radical ideas into action. Are you in London sometime this summer?

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 19:53 (three months ago) link

The questions were hypothetical. If the hypothesis were to be tested, it would be in September.

youn, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 19:58 (three months ago) link

It’d be excellent to see you, Youn - goodness knows how long it’s been. I might even be tempted out of the ale house and into some park.

Tim, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:01 (three months ago) link

I'm just gonna ask, since I can't puzzle it out: what does FAP stand for?

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:02 (three months ago) link

Fancy a pint

gyac, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:03 (three months ago) link

Ah, thanks. Given the context, I figured "pint" was in there.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:03 (three months ago) link

FAC in the Park

Was Hitler a Hobbit? (Tom D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:04 (three months ago) link

The other problem with parks is you have to sit on the ground.

Was Hitler a Hobbit? (Tom D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:04 (three months ago) link

xpost - that's where I gather all the old action happened ...

I still remember the glasses and the half pint glasses.


wear jeans or white trousers worthy of grass stains?

youn, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:06 (three months ago) link

The other problem with parks is you have to sit on the _ground._

If you don’t have a blanket for a chair that could easily be co-opted into a big bag of cans bag, are you even Irish?

gyac, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:08 (three months ago) link

big bag of cans blanket πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘

gyac, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:10 (three months ago) link

I'm a frequent FACker in the park during the summer, which is fine as long as I don't bump into Duncan the LOUD window-cleaner or the mentally ill guy who keeps giving me updates on his legal situation after throwing someone's phone into the road during a heated argument about dog shit.

calzino, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:15 (three months ago) link

tbf this is the main topic on ILB also (the dogshit is some book i will never read)

mark s, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 21:02 (three months ago) link

lol i am drunk after the residents assocn AGM ignore me as per

mark s, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 21:03 (three months ago) link

Looking to get to pub at 630 or so.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 5 May 2022 08:45 (three months ago) link

Ok. I am in town this afternoon as I have a half day so if anyone is going earlier let me know.

gyac, Thursday, 5 May 2022 08:52 (three months ago) link

Gyac if you have time to kill you could catch the Gursky exhibition on Bermondsey Street, it's only a 10 minute walk away and open til 6.

I reckon 7.30-8 si realistic for me.

Tim, Thursday, 5 May 2022 09:36 (three months ago) link

The following are in our outbox, free to any FAPpers who want them, just let me know and I'll bring them along

William Heinesen - The Lost Musicians
Ebba Haslund - Nothing Happened Lucy Ellmann - Things Are Against Us
James Hogg - The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Kenzaburo Oe: Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness (four short novels)
Patrick Modiano: Suspended Sentences
Dasa Drndic - Trieste
Fiona Mosley - Elmet
Arturo Perez-Reverte - The Seville Communion
Haruki Murakami - The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Elif Batuman -The Idiot
Sabhattin Ali - Madonna in a Fur Coat
Birgit Vanderbeke - You Would Have Missed Me
Carlos Labbe: Navidad & Matanza
Peter Benson - A Lesser Dependency
Georges Perec: "53 Days"
Willa Cather: Lucy Gayheart
Peter Stamm: The Sweet Indifference of the World (tr Michael Hoffmann, which might tempt someone)
David Keenan: This IS Memorial Device
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
Ingvar Ambjornsen - Beyond the Great Indoors
Robert Graves - The White GoddessJulian Ayesta - Helena, or The Sea In Summer
Naoko Takahashi: Not So Too Much of Everything
Denton Welch: A Voice Through Cloud
Nancy Mitford: Love In A Cold Climate
Ashley Hickson-Lovence: The 392

Tim, Thursday, 5 May 2022 09:46 (three months ago) link

David Keenan: This IS Memorial Device πŸ‘€

(this is not a bid)

mark s, Thursday, 5 May 2022 09:52 (three months ago) link

my meet-up w/my sister has been postponed so i can be there 5-530ish

mark s, Thursday, 5 May 2022 09:53 (three months ago) link

Dasa Drndic - Trieste
Peter Stamm: The Sweet Indifference of the World (tr Michael Hoffmann, which might tempt someone)

Yes to both. I love Stamm but haven't read that one!

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 5 May 2022 09:54 (three months ago) link

Tim: I think I'd like the Perec from you if possible.

the pinefox, Thursday, 5 May 2022 11:14 (three months ago) link

Very good choices!

Tim, Thursday, 5 May 2022 11:58 (three months ago) link

Feel like the ILB jury was split on This IS Memorial Device, but I liked (what I read of) it.

Wile E. Is President (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 May 2022 13:37 (three months ago) link


mark s, Thursday, 5 May 2022 13:54 (three months ago) link


Wile E. Is President (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 May 2022 14:01 (three months ago) link

I liked quite a lot of the books on that list; TIMD wasn't one of those.

Tim, Thursday, 5 May 2022 14:36 (three months ago) link

No Bobby Gillespie memoir, no credibility.

Was Hitler a Hobbit? (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 May 2022 14:46 (three months ago) link

That was a keeper, obv.

Tim, Thursday, 5 May 2022 14:58 (three months ago) link

I had no prior knowledge of David Keenan so I went in with open πŸ‘€

Wile E. Is President (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 May 2022 15:01 (three months ago) link

Ok so I’m on way to lbg probably via Borough market? It’s hot as fuck so going to whichever pub I can tbh? Let me know if any of ye are there around 5 (I saw you saying you could be early mark)

gyac, Thursday, 5 May 2022 15:34 (three months ago) link

I am here

gyac, Thursday, 5 May 2022 16:24 (three months ago) link

Tom D I am sorry you’re not well, because you would love the tiny kitten in this pub

gyac, Thursday, 5 May 2022 16:25 (three months ago) link

How did public houses come about and what did they drink at different times during their evolution? (I am also very happy indoors and sympathize with the difficulties encountered when sitting on the ground (hardness, damp, insects that might be friendly or unfriendly, etc.), but the upside is that you can bring a variety of equally attractive (non-)alcoholic beverages and snacks to please all tastes, whereas in a pub it seems only right to drink beer. And there might be ducks or other birds and lakes and bushes and the smell of grass and blue sky above. On the downside you might have to invent your own pub games.)

youn, Thursday, 5 May 2022 18:13 (three months ago) link

This was great!

gyac, Thursday, 5 May 2022 21:45 (three months ago) link

Yes - a good FAP.

Much talk about not voting in elections. An explanation, to me, of Tim's Harvill project. Poster Gyac presenting several photographs without warning, while carrying a bright green bag that I admired. Poster Ronan's pursuit of the aesthetics of William Trevor and his account of certain academic creative writing matters. Pub opening times and lock-ins in UK vs Ireland.

the pinefox, Friday, 6 May 2022 09:00 (three months ago) link

Daniel - this is the piece I was talking to you about.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 6 May 2022 09:02 (three months ago) link

Can I just say the photographs were of several ilxors past and present that the pinefox knows!

Ty for your compliment on the bag though!

gyac, Friday, 6 May 2022 09:04 (three months ago) link

Also mark s, this was the Twitter thread about Miyazaki drawing a Moomin driving a tank

why did she hate the previous anime so much? well they stories wildly differed from her books and comics, Moomin himself was a lot more of a generic 70s comedy shonen protagonist getting into fights and causing trouble, there were guns and Snufkin drove a car...

— Michaela Joffe (@joffeorama) April 25, 2022

Some incredible pictures

gyac, Friday, 6 May 2022 09:06 (three months ago) link

Yes, it was good especially to see pictures of ilx poster Felicity (aka), including in Shoreditch - 6 years ago?

the pinefox, Friday, 6 May 2022 09:13 (three months ago) link

Funnily enough, overnight I was sent pics which make the Harvill project complete (it might be more accurate to say there's nothing more to add to it that I know exists):

Tim, Friday, 6 May 2022 09:21 (three months ago) link

Yeah this was a good one! Inspired by the closing hours chat I stayed 'till the end and made myself dinner after midnight, been years since that happened.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 6 May 2022 09:42 (three months ago) link

from further down the warmoomins thread: "in Miyazaki's book of memoirs and essays, he describes the Moomins as 'grotesque Christian art'" πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

(admittedly neither of these words is necessarily a diss)

mark s, Friday, 6 May 2022 09:47 (three months ago) link

anyway hurrah for the FAP which was v nice

mark s, Friday, 6 May 2022 09:48 (three months ago) link

tho my cheeseburger had the density of neutronium

mark s, Friday, 6 May 2022 09:53 (three months ago) link

Why did Ireland become a poster child for globalization? Did it have to do with the relative wealth or demographics of Ireland, Scotland, and England? Do you think this state of affairs will continue after the pandemic and Brexit? Apologies for off-topic post; please ignore.

youn, Friday, 6 May 2022 18:09 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

How about a FAP in early September?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 22 July 2022 14:32 (two weeks ago) link


Daniel_Rf, Monday, 25 July 2022 08:50 (two weeks ago) link

Sounds good - I could do the 8thas it stands.

Tim, Monday, 25 July 2022 09:02 (two weeks ago) link

Grand, let's go for the 8th.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 25 July 2022 10:05 (two weeks ago) link

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