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External Event - LAAG's 1st Birthday Party: Comedy, Music & Irreligious Revelry

Our friends at LAAG are celebrating their first Birthday and have invited us to their party. CLHG wish them many happy returns and a long life full of wonder, fun and reason.

Below is what they tell us they have planned for everyone. It sounds great.

N.B.Ginny has asked that if you are a member of both CLHG and LAAG please only register on one Meetup site to avoid confusion re numbers, thanks.


A JAM-PACKED show, literally rocking with entertainment and since you're "(probably!) the best LAAGers in the world", we've thought it appropriate to secure you a special Carlsberg treat ...!

A private boat hire on the Thames (... well actually it's still and stable due to a permanent mooring on the Embankment), reserved exclusively from 3pm till 7pm. i.e. IT WILL STAY MOORED, not actually going up the river.









And if the weather's kind, a fantastic open deck as well, with stunning views of London eye and other landmarks....!







Here's what's happening...

From 3pm til 7pm :

PROFESSIONAL COMICS:  Ginny and Adrian used to run comedy events so we've seen a lot of comics and aren't easily impressed!  - these are some of our favourites and we're hopeful (and quietly confident!) you'll love them as much as we do! 

Andrew Watts.

A leader of the new wave of comedians, an ex-barrister who got sacked for working on his comedy set. So expect clever and hilarious stuff! He also has a secret he'll be sharing with us on the day...  "Gloriously funny" - chortle. 










Tim Shishodia




Think of Tony Hancock on speed and you won't be far off! Brilliant misdirection.









Tommy Rowson


Last year Adrian trawled through the entrants for the BBC New  Comedy Award to find his pick for best up-and-coming comic. One man stood out, and he ended up winning second prize in the National competition on the night. Welshman Tommy Rowson has an easy style and something different to talk about. He rounds off our comedy bill very nicely!

These comics will (probably) be your new favourites after today...PLUS,




Mark is from Bournemouth, er... which is (probably) largely irrelevant! More relevant is that he's a very engaging young chap with bags of talent and a great voice. He takes requests and has a huge piano-bar repertoire. Could (probably) turn into a sing-along quite easily!


AND special guests; Singer/Songwriter Steve Anthony with Roger Cawkwell; guitar, cello, flute, some songs (including one or two atheist/humanist ones written specially for the occasion!...(probably!)


A SELECTION of in-house talent, with a variety of music, sketches, stand-up and songs! The Rev Dick Ed will start proceedings with a LAAG sermon to all of us heathens, followed by Richard Francis, Jason Swanson, and who knows what impromptu acts might follow...! (Helen Palmer had gamely agreed to do some stand-up, but will be away on holiday. Well don't worry folks, chances are we'll do another talent show in the not too distant, so no escape for Helen ;-))

(Hopefully no one will read this last bit above - CLHG Chair ;-) )

AND OF COURSE ......There will also be plenty of prizes and surprises.......

Drinks are normal London pub prices (as opposed to some highly inflated Central London prices) - Lagers £3.90

(Carlsberg, probably the best lager in the world, £3.00 for us LAAGers until 7pm!), wine = £4, bottles £16. Food is available - reasonably priced & varied, plenty of veggie options. £5 tapas, mains from £8,  Full menu here.

From 7pm:

Members of the public may be let in, but we can stay and party on til late (m

usic and dance floor).  3 am license (they may choose to close earlier).

As a thank-you, LAAG organisers have subsidised this so that we can keep the price to only £10, (and the discounted Carlsberg means the more you drink the more you save - any excuse eh?!)

(Payment in advance via Paypal when you RSVP... If you can't use paypal then let us know via email.)

When you RSVP, please indicate if you intend to eat as the boat needs to know for catering purposes.

Travel: The boat is directly opposite Temple tube i.e 1 min away. There is planned engineering work on the Central Line (closed between North Acton and West Ruislip) and on the Northern Line (closed between Colindale and Hampstead) replacement buses will be running. Full details here.

HERE are photos of how to find the boat from Temple station , and we'll sign-post on the night with MEETUP signs from temple Pier, as there are several boats moored there. We will be on 'BAR & CO' Boat, it's the smaller one, moored on the RHS.


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  • Georgi L.

    Hi folks, last minute joiners can pay at the door - and just to clarify, we will be at TEMPLE PIER, North Side of the river, on the same side as temple tube (you can check for travel restrictions to some lines today). Boat is called BAR & Co and is the smaller one moored on the RHS. Starts 3pm, please try to be prompt so we can start the show :-) ...Aren't we lucky with the SUNSHINE ?! - should be able to make the most of the outside deck too :-)

    May 26, 2013

  • Georgi L.

    Oh and, Any late comers who want to join in, you'll be welcome (we had to take most payments only in advance but we've confirmed that the boat can handle some last minute ones the day - so do come along if you like, and just pay on the door!)

    May 25, 2013

  • Georgi L.

    Hi all, weather looks good (better than anytime recently anyway!) so we should be able to be up on deck after the show as well :-) Can't promise but there are reasonable chances of a BBQ (if the boat owner decides to do it - they say they "might"), and/or an outdoor sing-along later on... some are bringing guitars etc. for a (possible) impromptu session! See you tomorrow!

    Forecast Summary BBC:


    A fine and dry day with spells of sunshine. Again winds will be light and it should feel warm in most places during the afternoon.

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    PAYMENT FOR BOAT PARTY: the simplest way is to join LAAG ( and use PayPal. If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer then message me. Either way we do need payment in advance.

    May 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member


      May 24, 2013

    • Ildiko C.

      Hi , can you send me the bank details please?

      May 24, 2013

  • Rita Sousa N.

    Hi Adrian, same here. My email: [masked]. Thanks!

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, It's my first meetup with this group, how does it work in terms of new members being introduced to old members/orginisers? Thank you in advance

    May 16, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Hi Serge, I am one of the organisers so I'll answer your question. As it's a social occasion there won't be any formal introductions, however the group is very friendly (see­). So don't worry, you will be made very welcome and part of the festivities :-) Look forward to meeting you, come and say hi, Adrian, Martyn and I (organsiers) will have a meetup badge on.

      May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Ginny, look forward to meeting you too!

      May 21, 2013

  • terence f.

    oops busy at Socrates cafe. Happy birthday to LAAG.

    May 13, 2013

  • Iain M.

    I look forward to meeting those I haven't already and for Serge, I shall be wearing a yellow carnation in my left lapel ;-) and I shall stand underneath the clock

    May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks lain, look forward to meeting you and the rest of the group.

      May 20, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Iain, should be around 60 people -a good number for the size of boat, busy but not too overcrowded.

      May 21, 2013

  • Pat R.

    All sounds very exciting! But I cannot commit just yet. Will be able to do so in a few days hopefully.

    May 12, 2013

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