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True Stories at the Forge, Camden Town

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.


  1. Roy Levy wrote:

    Hugely enjoyed last night’s TSTL, as always – the most entertaining night out in town (you can quote me), and especially happy to be there having failed to make the guest list a few times recently. The room at the Forge looks a bit like the partitioned-off corner of a school gymnasium and lacks that intimate upstairs-room-at-the-pub feel. However, it does the job perfectly well. Really,whatever the venue, you lose yourself in the stories, (Q: why do I always foolishly worry that the good stories will eventually “run out” ?) One negative about the venue – the bar seemed understaffed and disorganized and when I eventually got a beer the change from my tenner came all in 50p pieces. Didn’t they know there’d be a hundred more people in than usual ?

    Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
  2. Meg wrote:

    The school gymnasium question has occurred to us too, Roy. As has the disorganised bar. We’re still evolving, so stay tuned.

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink
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