No God (Probably!): Comedy, Music, & irreligious revelry LAAG's 1st year PARTY!

  • May 26, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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UPDATE: Any last minute joiners can pay on the door, so come along if you like! Temple Pier, by temple tube (north side of the river) = boat is called Bar and co. Starts 3pm.

There's (probably) no god, and we're lucky/rational enough to realise it! Yay & Woo-Hoo! - that's a reason for a joyful party, ...& it's LAAG's first anniversary!

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 3 till 7. 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 7 :

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,

 

SINGER/PIANIST: Mark Dawson

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 ;-))

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

Drinks are normal fairly 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! ... works out effectively as buy 3 get one free), 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).  3am 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.

Weather: Adrian's prediction is a dry afternoon with a very small possibility of light rain later in the evening. Excellent we can get some fresh air up on deck!

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  • David M.

    A belated thanks to Ginny and Adrian for trying out something new and exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    2 · May 30, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Very kind of you to say, David, and it was a pleasure to meet you and Kathline, though not much time to chat unfortunately. (Hope I got your partner's name right!). Actually does anyone know Derek,who came in with his (CofE!) wife? She took umbrage at it being an atheists' party, though we tried to smooth things by saying it was 'just a party' & that we have other members who have religious partners too, LOL. Some of you may recall we gave him some chocs to sweeten her mood & she did come down eventually ...but they were still having quite a domestic! Poor man, he said "email me" as he got dragged out but I don't know who he is ... if anyone knows him - maybe CLHG members?, let us know! And thanks to Serah, David McGuire & Anita and all of you for the lovely comments. We shall try to surpass it next year, you're worth it (- but we'll need your help again- couldn't have done it without all those who helped - and do tell us what you'd like as we'll try & do something for new years' too)

      1 · June 1, 2013

  • Anita

    And also belatedly... Super day, and thanks for again all the work... What a line-up!

    And nothing like singing Waterloo sunset near Waterloo bridge! Only problem bar is set high for the next one...

    June 1, 2013

  • Valentin B.

    Exercise for philosophers:

    If I believe in God, because he is my creator, I wander what God believes in.

    And if he believes in me, does it mean that I'm his creator?

    :-P

    Philosophers can go around the table for ages with this.

    But science guys, would say that this a stupid question in the first place, thus saving energy and useful time to build a better world for every living thing.

    May 28, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      It happens to us all Valentin! No need to apologise - your English is fantastic (but my Romanian is terrible!) ;-) That's another reason the forum is better for discussions, as you can edit anytime, even days after posting :-)

      May 28, 2013

    • Brian

      yep

      May 31, 2013

  • David M.

    Thanks Ginny and Adrain for a great day out. Also thanks Richard, Jason and Roger for the music.

    May 31, 2013

  • Serah

    very good gathering, enjoyed the music, Adrian and Ginny very welcoming as usual

    May 29, 2013

  • Adrian

    It's true the 'after-party' was the first chance we had to relax (we finished up until 2am at the AlleyCat in Denmark St if you're wondering - or simply can't remember!) Anyway, I think it all went quite well considering. A big thanks to all who braved the sunny weather ;-) Normally Ginny and I get a chance to talk to lots of people, if not most, at our meetups but this one we had so much to contend with I fear we won't have got round to everyone, so apologies if you felt neglected. We'll be back to normal at the next meetup. Nice to see so many new faces as well as lots of familiar ones. Hopefully we'll get more of a chance to chat next time.

    Also our first comic Tim Shishodia didn't really benefit from what turned out to be quite a difficult room to perform comedy. So if you'd like to see him how he should have come across then here is a youtube video of a much more representative gig! http://youtu.be/CorDmFOQ6-I

    May 28, 2013

  • Georgi L.

    The sunshine turned out to be a mixed blessing, as a random boat full of drunk noisy people moored alongside, sending our hitherto steady vessel swaying about. That was just one of the catalogue of behind-the-scenes unforseeables on the night. Despite our triple checking personally all we could, acts of sod will sometimes happen with a live event & you can never proof all, especially with a new venue. Therefore thank you all for your understanding & generous comments! We tried to give you something different, but next year (if we get there!) we may choose an easier option ;-)

    Adrian & I were frazzled but thoroughly enjoyed the after-party party especially, as we could relax a little by then - Rich H & Jason S- well done with that, top job! Enjoyed chatting (& singing!) with you all Anita, Steve Isle, Saffron, Serah, Del, Cloe, Els, Andy, John P, David M, Rupert, Lorna, Aisha, Alex D, Graham B & all - some hard nuts even went on into the wee hours - you know who you are, LOL! :-)

    1 · May 28, 2013

    • Valentin B.

      I bet you had a great time. This is the right place to make reliable frinds that you can share REALITY with.

      May 28, 2013

    • Valentin B.

      Love you all!

      1 · May 28, 2013

  • Steve

    Thanks to all who entertained us with music and comedy.

    May 28, 2013

  • Steve I.

    Good fun!

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • rodney k.

    really great. good entertainment, well done Adrian and Ginny and all concerned.

    May 27, 2013

  • Alex D

    Well-organised; good line-up of talent; friendly company.

    May 27, 2013

  • Rupert

    Great day with good company.

    May 27, 2013

  • Kishore

    Nice to see a good attendance. I like word "probably" added to no God. I won the argument against one militant Atheist since Xmas discussions? LOL!

    May 27, 2013

  • Cloe

    Good night, well done everyone!

    May 27, 2013

  • Lorna M.

    Great day. Big thanks to Ginny and Adrian for organising! Wish I could have stayed later but I live outside London and you can guarantee the rail network will have planned disruptions on a Sunday, just to make life difficult.

    May 27, 2013

  • Jason

    Had a fantastic time.

    May 27, 2013

  • marie g.

    I'm down with an eye infection today! My birthday too! Boo Hoo.....

    May 26, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      What a bummer, Marie. Hope you feel better v. soon..or wear and eye patch and come as a pirate?! ;-) Valentin also can't get there as his boss won't let him have the time off now, Rich F has had to go to Devon suddenly to take care of his mother ...we'll miss you all, but hope to see you soon!

      May 26, 2013

    • Steve

      Sorry to hear that Marie, but have a good birthday.

      May 26, 2013

  • marie g.

    I won't be able to get to the boat 'do' as I've come down with a nasty eye infection! On my birthday too!! Boo hoo!

    May 26, 2013

  • Rich H.

    Guitar and suitable songbooks packed (as requested)...anyone else bringing an instument for on-deck entertainment?

    May 26, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Great! Jason S will have his, and Roger and/or Steve ,and Mark Dawson will have his keyboard, with battery, so can be up on deck too.

      May 26, 2013

  • alastairlichten

    Looking forward to it

    May 26, 2013

  • Georgi L.

    Morning party-goers! I will email out a contact number, just in case but...

    We will put MEETUP and LAAG signs up on the pier so you can easily find us - it's the pier directly opposite Temple tube (some travel restrictions today due to works - listed at the bottom of the page here or check TFL.gov.uk).

    The boat is called BAR & CO - it's the smaller boat moored on the RHS side of the pier. See you at 3.00 - would be great if you could arrive on time if possible, so we can start the show! :-)

    ... SUNSHINE - YAY!!! Are we blessed?!

    May 26, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      CLARIFICATION - location is Temple Pier, North side of the river (same side as temple tube station) ...in case anyone was confused by me saying "opposite" Temple tube earlier.

      May 26, 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:

    Sunday

    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.

    May 25, 2013

    • Valentin B.

      Sorry guys, you know I love you... Have great time!

      May 25, 2013

    • Adrian

      Such a shame. You will be missed!

      May 25, 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

    • Amy

      Great - I have plus two possibly joining later on - hope this is ok!

      May 25, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      No probs!

      May 25, 2013

  • shrina

    Hello, defo want to come, sadly havent been unable to come to previous event due to illness, I cant do paypal so would I come with the money or what, wait for answer before I confirm??? thanks :)

    May 24, 2013

  • Sanch

    I now won't be able to make it :(

    May 24, 2013

    • Adrian

      That's a shame :-(

      May 24, 2013

  • Marco

    Congrats!

    1 · May 24, 2013

    • Adrian

      Thanks Marco!

      May 24, 2013

  • Alex D

    Do we need to book (& pay for?) food in advance, or can we buy stomach-lining on the night as and when needed?

    May 23, 2013

  • Andre

    I don't know if I'm going to be in London at th weekend. If I'm able to attend, is it ok if I pay on the day?

    May 23, 2013

  • Andy S.

    Do you know how much the entry fee is after 7pm for non-Laagers? My friend may or may not come later. Is it still £10?

    May 19, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      I'll find out for you

      May 20, 2013

    • Andy S.

      Thanks for your message - I can't figure out how to reply to it on meetup so am replying here. BTW monies have gone via paypal :)

      1 · May 23, 2013

  • rodney k.

    hi I am a newcomer and attended your last gathering at the Deveraux pub.
    I am interested to know of the motivations of members for joining such a group, mine are many and I have set them out in a letter that I can email to anyone that is interested.
    If a member is willing to give reasons for wanting to oppose religion would it be in order to put it on this forum or would it be better to email?
    I am looking forward to the Sunday gathering.
    Rod King

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • rodney k.

      Hi Ginny, I have read the files, Martyn's essay certainly packs a punch and Stephen yarde

      1 · May 23, 2013

    • rodney k.

      Hi HI Ginny. I hit enter with my clumsy fingers. I was saying that Stephen Yarde has put in hours of work to give such a good collection of horrors from the Bible.

      1 · May 23, 2013

  • Kishore

    Looking forward to see you all!

    2 · May 23, 2013

  • John P

    I haven't been doing any LAAGing lately, but this event looks too good to miss. I can't wait to catch up with everyone.

    3 · May 12, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Hey great, John! Know you've been tired since starting your new job so understandable that you haven't been able to come along to meetups, especially since it's a long journey for you. That's why we choose a bank hol afternoon & evening, so it would be easy for most at some part of the day. Looking forward to catching up.

      May 21, 2013

    • John P

      Thanks Ginny. The job is still going well, but still sapping most of my energy. I need to reserve some energy for other things. I am really looking forward to Sunday.

      May 22, 2013

  • Rav

    So so so wanted to join you but wife is having cold feet about an atheist gathering, thinks it'll be tetchy & clique can't persuade otherwise so far :-(

    1 · May 20, 2013

    • Jason

      Now Cloe that is an unsubstantiated allegation. All charges were dropped and i think you'll find that those pictures had been photoshopped ;)

      May 21, 2013

    • Cloe

      Evidence please, hard evidence.

      May 21, 2013

  • Cloe

    Dress code?
    I'm thinking of wearing my Zucchetto.

    May 11, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Iain, all will become clear as The Right Dick Ed shall reveal himself at the party :-O

      May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      hmmm. bemused as to his attendance. I shall be keep my distance

      May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ...or am I confused because it's 52 laagers and 12ish packets of humanist crisps? so actually nearer 65/70??

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm confused slightly - is it 52 attending or has the word attending had it's definition bastardized by meet ups, to ....
    "maybe attending but not actually attending until I've fully confirmed and rsvp's and paid which you won't know about until I get there"
    ???

    May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      or am I confused because it's 52 laagers and 12ish packets of humanist crisps? so actually nearer 65/70??

      1 · May 21, 2013

  • Julie M.

    Silly question, but is the boat going to move? i.e. travel up the river? Reason for asking is that I've got no sea legs whatsoever - very prone to sea sickness!

    May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      "but is the boat going to move? no sea legs" it's moored Julie - so I think occasionally, if I remember rightly, it bobs a touch if a large fast boat passes up the Thames and the wake hits, but mostly no movement

      May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      "but is the boat going to move? no sea legs" it's moored Julie - so I think occasionally, if I remember rightly, it bobs a touch if a large fast boat passes up the Thames and the wake hits, but mostly no movement

      May 21, 2013

  • Jason

    Just me now. Guests got a better offer. I know. That's what I said.

    1 · May 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      How is that possible??? Pity them for they know not what they miss - I meand, after all, I'll be there ;}

      May 21, 2013

  • Thinker

    Sorry, I can't make it. Hope it all goes well.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn I wish I could attend this!!!!! Wedding in valencia that weekend!

    May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No I have asked and the Valencian bride plays down any mention of religion. Should we all be wrong about there being no god I am sure all the praying in the world would not spare me from his / her wrath. On many occasions I have spoken to him / her and said "if you really do exist, you must be a complete c*** to have let that happen!"

      May 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      hahahaha. and who cares - it's a jolly to Valencia.

      May 17, 2013

  • Steve

    Looking forward to the 1 year party. LAAG, oh, haven't you GROWN :-)

    May 11, 2013

  • marie g.

    I'll be there as the 26th happens to be my birthday!

    2 · May 7, 2013

    • Steve

      Not my birthday, but like many, it will be my "Unbirthday" *grins*

      May 11, 2013

    • Steve

      Birthday greetings for later this month to Marie, Lorna and Roger :-)

      1 · May 11, 2013

  • Valentin B.

    Joke: An atheist dies, and he finds him self in heaven. St.Peter appears around and asks him: "Greetings atheist. How may I help you?". The atheist looks around disoriented and asks back: "Where am I?. St. Peter: "Your in haven, of course!". Atheist: "Heaven? May I talk to God?". St. Peter: "I don't know, let me ask him.". Suddenly he teleports him self near to God and asks Him: "Hy, all mighty God. There is an atheist looking for you." God: "An atheist? Oh, dear, what should I do? ... Just tell him that I don't exist!"

    2 · May 10, 2013

  • Sanch

    When is the deadline for payment?

    May 9, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      The sooner you can do it the easier for us Sanch as it will be advertised at a higher price for non members, but if you have a problem paying by the 18th just email us and let us know :-)

      May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    SORRY I HAVE ANOTHER COMMITMENT ON 26/05/13

    May 7, 2013

  • Mary G.

    Yes - I will want to eat!

    May 7, 2013

  • David M.

    Will be eating

    May 5, 2013

  • Cloe

    I may make an appearance!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Right Rev. Richard E.

    Ah... yes! The LAAGer pulpit will be, of course, the bar. Silly me. However I will need something upon which to support my 247 page sermon. I shall requisition Mr. Rox's back, dress him up as a choir boy and get him to bend over in front of me. I understand he enjoys that position - I know I will.

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • Right Rev. Richard E.

    I take it a pulpit is available for me? I prefer the larger kind with central heating, air-con, a mini-bar, independent suspension and its own sound system. If it's to be wood then I like teak or oak. Pine will simply not do!

    May 3, 2013

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