Last night our wanderings took us to The Forge in Camden Town. This a very attractive new arts venue with a good restaurant called The Foundry attached. Obviously it felt a bit different but the staff made us very welcome and we’ll be mulling over our impressions in the next few days. If you went we’d love to know what you thought.
If you went you’ll know that Piney Gir very kindly stood in at an hour’s notice when one of our turns had to go to A&E with a small child. (All fine.) She told the story of how a five year old in Kansas, unused to the ways of barbecue, was disturbed by the sight of seeing a pig apparently disinterred and then eaten. Chelsea fan Lekiddo selflessly gave up the chance to watch his team get into the last eight in the Champions League in order to tell the story of how he was mistaken for goalscorer Eddie Newton in the wake of the 1997 Cup Final and ended up on the front page of The Sun. Our musical turn Stephen Coates, who performs under the name of The Real Tuesday Weld, described how his personal journey led to his being one of the last civilians allowed to go beneath London’s streets to explore the Fleet River.
In the second half Alexis Le Franc held the room in the palm of his hand as he described how his family reacted to finding an envelope in their late father’s study labelled “to be destroyed in the event of my death without opening”. And finally David Wilson told a story of lost Renaissance art treasures in the former Yugoslavia and men with revolvers in their belts. Thanks very much as ever to everyone who came.