So once again it's September, which means, as ever, that it's SeptemberMeet time!
This year, the meet will be on Saturday 23 September, at The Green Man, near Great Portland Street underground station.
I'll be arriving around 6 p.m. to try and bag some space. Generally these meets run until kicking-out time, so do please come as late as you like.
The Green Man (NW1 3AU) is on the corner of Great Portland Street and Euston Road. If you're arriving by tube, go out the rightmost street exit and the pub is just across the road.
A random meet-up of anyone who wants to come, serving partly as an addiction remedy after the Discworld Conventions or #afp-meets-inna-field. The other big reason is for people who haven't been able to go to these annual gatherings of the clans, especially now that the AFPhub1 has moved away from London. That said, this is not solely an AFPmeet! I've posted a link to a number of like-minded friends, but anyone in striking distance is welcome, and I practically almost guarantee that very few of the Pratchett people bite unless you really deserved it. ;-)
This also, in a way, marks four years since I started working at ARM. Every four years we're given a paid sabbatical, part of which I'll be taking from the Monday after the meet to cycle from London to Matlock. This meet, then, also works as a sending-off party :)
Didn't The Green Man get rubbish though?
It did, in around 2004 or so. A long time's passed since then, though - I went there in 2011 with a small group of friends, and it had become quite nice, so I expanded to a full-blown SeptemberMeet in 2012 - seems like it's time to give the place a go again.
If something done once is a tradition, and something done twice is a very old tradition then this will be the ninth meet of this series, with the first meet set thirteen years ago. Here are the announces for meets in years gone by:
- 2006 - at De Hems in Soho, I believe, but I haven't been able to find the announce.
You can of course come without responding at all, however responses let me know whether I need to bag any more tables in advance. You can prod me on Twitter as @countertony, or on Facebook as Tony Evershed. I still exist on #afp some evenings, as well.
1 AFP: alt.fan.pratchett - a Usenet newsgroup set up in 1992 by and for fans of the author Terry Pratchett. 'meets' have pretty much always been a feature of AFP, but have declined a bit in London in recent years as people moved away.