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In jail in Atlanta, up Ben Nevis without a paddle and other stories from last night’s TSTL

This was our third evening at the Forge and also the first TSTL of what we laughingly call summer. That meant we could have the windows open at the top of the venue to keep the temperature pleasant and it was not quite dark when we finished. A packed house (as ever) heard Julia Eccleshare tell the story of a family expedition up Ben Nevis in the days before mobile phones and the wrapping of children in cotton wool. Author, journalist and performer Virginia Ironside described what it was like to be adopted by a pigeon. Our musician was Jake Wilson who sang a song from his record All’s Well about the five men who didn’t return from Scott’s expedition to the South Pole. Richard Williamson described how as a 19 year old in Atlanta he’d chosen to go to prison rather than miss out on the chance of a trip to Europe with a girl. Finally Bobby Bakerrecalled life in Sidcup in the 50s when an exploded bomb would be removed by a policeman on a bike.

Thanks to everyone who came and took part. Stay tuned for details of the time and place of our next event.


  1. Rhona Levene wrote:

    I hadn’t been to the new venue yet – how cool, how smart. But glad to see that the speakers are still the eclectic mix of faces and everyday folk with a tale to tell. Who knew that Virgina Ironside was the “bird woman”. As for Bobby Baker and her fabulous impersonations of her mother and grandmother. Well done too to Richard Atkinson – what a story he had to tell – and that he had stood in at last minute. What a star. Julia and her family drama was hysterical and fabulous music from Jake Wilson – I have been following the stories of Scott’s excursion this year being the anniversary. Lovely evening. Thanks again – really enriching

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