• Eurovision Song Contest 2019 (final) - Let's Party...............

    It is that time of the year again. The 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is happening soon, and will be broadcasted from Tel Aviv, Israel who won last year. WE WILL MEET INSIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCE ON THE RIGHT. LOOK FOR 'MEET UP' SIGNS. Forty-one countries are participating this year and currently, final preparations are underway. The full list of participants, videos, you can find on Eurovision's official website: http://www.eurovision.tv and also lots of stuff on Youtube. So let's party! Let's make again a great night of it with the London European Club! The grand final show will be broadcasted live on BBC 1 from 8 pm on 18th May, and we'll watch all these funny, extravagant, outrageous performances on stage from the big TV screens in the venue of Bierschenke. Before you ask: This event is free, and yes, you may bring guests.

  • Life begins at 40: the biological and cultural roots of the midlife crisis

    During the 20th century, the midlife crisis became a fashionable means of describing feelings of disillusionment with work, disenchantment with relationships, detachment from family responsibilities, and the growing fear of personal death that began to haunt those beyond the age of forty. Coined in 1965, the term 'midlife crisis' is often used as satire in popular culture, with numerous examples of stereotypical depictions of rebellion and infidelity. It has been a popular focus of research seeking to explain why and how middle age presents particular social, physiological and emotional challenges. In this lecture, Professor Mark Jackson, winner of the 2018 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal, explores a rich range of historical sources to argue that the midlife crisis emerged as a result of demographic changes, new biological accounts of ageing, and deepening anxieties about economic decline, political instability, rising level of divorce, and the impact of family breakdown on social cohesion. Attending this event - Free to attend - No registration required - Live subtitles will be provided for this event - Doors will open to the public at 18:10 and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis - This event may be popular and entry cannot be guaranteed Please join me in a nearby pub after the talk. See you there :-)

  • Spring walk to the ancient Roman town of Calleva. Mortimer to Theale, 22Km.

    This early May walk may give us some chances to see bluebells scattered along the woodland floor of Hampshire, however the main feature will be undoubtedly the remaining ruins of Calleva Atrebatum, an ancient Roman settlement and its Roman amphitheatre outside the town walls. Starting at Mortimer, we will follow a clear stream through a grassy path until we reach firstly the ruins of the amphitheatre, then the 2.5km of Roman walls surrounding the 107-acre site of Calleva and a twelfth-century church at its entrance, built on top of the foundations of two Roman temples. The layout of the Roman town of Calleva has survived intact since it was abandoned when the Romans withdrew from Britain. However, after being carefully excavated, all the buildings were then reburied to protect them from vandals and the elements. Only the ruins of town walls and the amphitheatre are currently visible. The amphitheatre was built in about 50AD, with space for around 9,000 spectators, and the town walls were built about 260AD as a measure to protect the Roman Empire town. Next will be our well-known LEC stop for lunch in Silchester Common. This time will be an early lunch at the lovely pub Calleva Arms. In the afternoon, the walk with head towards the Padwoth Common nature reserve, before passing through the impressive weirs of the River Kennet at Aldermaston. And from here, the hike will go along an enjoyable canal path of the same river, ending in Theale, with some drinks before heading home as usual. Distance: 22km (13.7miles) Toughness: 3 out of 10 Transport & Meeting Point: We will meet at London Paddington Station at 9.00 am, and I will buy the group saver’s tickets 5 minutes later. Please be punctual as the train departs at 9.30 am. To go back to London from Theale Station, there are direct trains every hour. Those buying their own train tickets please buy return tickets to & from Mortimer. Cost and payment. The total cost is train ticket +£4 contribution (the train ticket price is in the region of £24, but we'll confirm at the moment of purchase). People who use their own means of transport, please let organisers know and pay the contribution fee at the start of the hike. What to bring. Suitable hiking clothes and hiking footwear. Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are highly advisable. Minimum 1.5 litres of water, snacks, fruit, etc, and most importantly good vibes. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ London European Club is run by dedicated volunteers, who don't have time to waste with people who don't show up at events. If you don't show up to three events that you have RSVPed to, you will be banned from the Club. Changing your RSVP in the last 24 hours prior to the event is strongly discouraged and may result in an immediate ban, especially when it comes to our most popular event

  • Shakespeare's Globe - Pericles

    Shakespeare's Globe

    The spirit of fairy tale is never far from the surface of Pericles, the first of Shakespeare’s late romances. Imbued with music, miracles, and the constant presence of the sea, this little-seen work sees Pericles, Prince of Tyre, forced to flee his own kingdom and wander the world. Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble present a trio of plays exploring the themes of refuge and displacement, performed as a touring production would have been staged in the 17th century, with a stripped back set and a small, versatile troupe of actors. Taking on multiple roles across all three plays, our talented international cast will unravel these timeless tales of those who have crossed seas and lost their families, are seeking new homes, and finding out what belonging truly means to them. Tickets cost £5 (standing) or from £20 (seated). Please be aware that the standing tickets are in the centre of the Globe theatre and there's no roof. If it rains, you'll get wet... I've of course bought a standing ticket for me :-) https://basket.shakespearesglobe.com/8589/8952 See you there :-)

  • Montenegro - Early May Bank holiday - hiking adventure on roads less traveled

    Come along with London European Club on an amazing trip to Montenegro, a small European country with stunning mountains, a beautiful coast on the Adriatic Sea which belongs to the Mediterranean region. The daytime temperatures at this time of the year are between 12 and 25 centigrade thus ideal for hiking. All of the photos used in the preview above are made by members who joined us on previous trips to Montenegro. Even though it covers solely around[masked] km2, thus being one of the smallest European countries and it only has about[masked] citizens, its contribution to the world cultural heritage is impressive compared to its size. To see some of the places we will be visiting please click on the video below: https://youtu.be/YK-cMvRAXvc During centuries of its rich history Montenegro has survived many invasions which made an imprint on its cultural heritage. Christian, Muslim, Illyrian, Byzantine, Turkish, and Slav civilizations merged here making Montenegro forever a crossroad of culture and history. Day by day itinerary: Day 1: (5th of May) We will be arriving in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro and heading straight to the coastal town of Bar which is an old historic town first mentioned in the 9th century. We will have a guided tour around the old town and choose a nice restaurant for our first opportunity to sample the great Montenegrin food and wines. We will stay in Kula Guest House which has its own wine bar and restaurant. We will be briefed by our guide on the details of the forthcoming hikes. Day 2: (6th of May) Transfer from Stari Bar to Dobri Do pass under the foot of Rumija summit. Here we start a 6 hour hike via the trail facing the Adriatic Sea and going to the shore of Lake Skadar. Distance 14km; total ascent 850m; total descent 750m. This is a challenging hike because of the rocky terrain but it offers stunning sea and lake views. We will stop at the village of Livari where you can try the local rakia, cheese, Turkish coffee and traditional tobacco. We will then be picked up by our minibus and go for a scenic one hour drive along the picturesque road following the lake to arrive to our accommodation Virski pub in Virpazar situated in the NP, Skadar Lake where we stay over night. Day 3 (7th of May) In the morning of day three we will take a boat down the river Crnojevica which takes about 2 hours in a most wonderful surroundings. We will start to hike towards the old capital of Montenegro Cetinje. Distance: 12km ; tot.ascend: 750m ; tot.descend: 100m ; effective walk: 4:30h After a refreshment break we will have a guided tour seeing the old embassies and an old relief of Montenegro – made by Austro-Hungarian officers at the beginning of 20th century. We have a 30 minute transfer from Cetinje to Ivanova Korita, where we stay over night at the 4 star hotel Monte Rosa situated at 1100m above sea level. Hotel Monte Rosa will be our base for the next 2 nights. Day 4 (8th of May) On day four we have two optional routes so those who are really keen can do a total of 19km in more than 7 hours of effective hiking to Babina Glava peak (1474m), Dolovi village, Jezerski Vrh (1657m) and Mali Bostur village. This will be the most challenging hiking day for those who decide to do both the morning and the afternoon hike, but there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and try local delicacies. Morning hike: distance: 9.5km ; tot.ascend: 350m ; tot.descend: 300m ; effective walk: 3:15h Afternoon hike: distance: 9.5km ; tot.ascend: 500m ; tot.descend: 500m ; effective walk: 4:00h Our final destination of the day is Ivanova Korita, a most beautiful mountain resort near the peak Lovchen which we will also be visiting. We can have dinner at Monte Rosa hotel, where we will be staying. It has a lovely restaurant with a fire place where you can taste some of the best local lamb and beef as well as a variety of fresh salads and amazing local wines. Optionally we can have dinner with a family in order to experience true Montenegrin hospitality and home made cuisine. Day 5 (9th of May) After breakfast we start our descent to the town of Kotor. The UNESCO town of Kotor is located in a secluded part of the Bay of Kotor which in my humble opinion is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole Adriatic. This Mediterranean port is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period. Together with the overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovchen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive and picturesque Mediterranean landscape. These cliffs will be a part of our hiking expedition on our way to our final destination Perast. Our hike today is 15km long; total ascent 250m; total descent 1550; effective walking 6 hours. We will arrive to Perast, our final destination in the evening of day 5 and stay in a family guesthouse built in the 17th century. The whole town of Perast (where the main and only street is just over 2km long) is protected by UNESCO and we will stay there for the last three nights, while doing hikes through the local mountain villages on day six and visiting Kotor on day seven. Day 6 (10th of May) On day six we will be doing our last hikes on this trip to fort Vranovo Brdo ending in the village Orahovac by the sea. In the morning we have a 45 min transfer from Perast to the village of Donje Ledenice. The total distance of today's hike is 15km, total ascent of 300m; total descent 850m; 5 hours of effective walking. We have the option to stop for refreshments in the village of Orahovac in a bar by the sea before we take a local bus for a 10 minute transfer back to Perast, where we will have optional dinner in one of the restaurants by the sea. Day 7 (11th of May) We take a boat trip from Perast to "Our Lady of the Rocks" church and go for a guided tour of the church museum and the little island. Afterwards we have an hour long sailing trip in the Bay of Kotor with our final destination being the town of Kotor. There we will have a guided tour of the city and a lunch in a cozy restaurant included in the price of the trip. After lunch you will have time to explore the many shops, walk along the medieval streets of Kotor and wind down enjoying a coffee and ice cream or a glass of well deserved beer. Day 8 (12th of May) On the last day we have an early start to go back to Podgorica and catch the flight back to London. So what is in a name? Some will say that its name, Crna Gora, was brought by the seamen to whom it seemed mysterious and dark. Others would say that its name was given by its enemies, because of the bad luck which would strike everyone trying to conquer it. The truth lies that the country carries its name by those who made it a state – the dynasty Crnojevic. Along with the dynasty of Petrovic they have remained the founders of this modern, small but proud, country in the Mediterranean. Montenegro, even though small, always attracted attention and the sympathies of the great. It was painted and described by Tennyson, Gladstone, Byron....it is as the Dutch writer Dolard said: “A land behind the God’s back”. If you are up for a hiking adventure and want to visit a new European country do join us on another journey of discovery. Price: A full payment of £790 will secure your spot. You will need to pay a £200 deposit when you RSVP for the trip. The deadline for full payment is 10th of April 2019. Included in the price: • 7 overnights based on B&B and 4 star hotel in twin rooms with bathroom • all transfers within Montenegro incl. arrival/departure transfers (for recommended flights only) • all luggage transports between lodges • English speaking certified mountain guide (8 days) • 2 boat rides, one in NP Skadar Lake and one from Perast to Kotor • 3 tours guided by local cultural guides • all entrance fees to museums and national parks • packed lunches during hikes • 1 lunch in a restaurant on day 7 You must arrange your own: • insurance (you can only join this trip if you produce insurance details prior to the trip) • travel to and from Montenegro (airfare) • Lunches and dinners in restaurants. • personal expenses for example: drinks, souvenirs RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS: www.ryanair.com Departure flight: London Stansted – Podgorica [masked] Flight Number: FR 7961 (6:55 – 10:45) £57.11 Return flight:Podgorica – London Stansted [masked] Flight Number: FR 7962 (11:10 – 13:05) £47.93 This trip is open to all our members as well as to members of Hiking the Balkans. The total number of participants will not exceed 18 people. Contact Maja via Meetup to confirm your place before purchasing your flights. You will be expected to be a good team player and look after yourself and the members of your group.

  • Mary Ann Kennedy: Glasgow-inspired Contemporary Gaelic Song

    Finnish Church in London

    Brought up in Glasgow, Mary Ann Kennedy, widely known for her outstanding musical collaborations and broadcasting career, will return to the Tuned In London programme to perform songs from her new album ‘Glaschu’. “These songs are the story of the Gaels in Glasgow before me, but it’s the also the story of every new arrival community in any city the world over – the themes are universal.” A vibrant collection of vignettes, from the city’s main artery - the River Clyde, to street-life and markets, social deprivation and religious tension, and traditional Scottish sport and play. Delivered with spirit, feeling and laughter, ‘Glaschu’ tells the story of growing up as an urban Gael and revels in the wit and vivid songwriting of some of the great Glaswegian Gaels. Mary Ann is joined by guitarist and long-time musical partner Finlay Wells (Coast, Sorren MacLean) from Oban. Finlay is one of the finest players on the scene, gaining plaudits from the likes of producer, Jerry Boys. He has collaborated with Mary Ann for many years, on projects such as the Campbells of Greepe and Mary Ann’s debut album, An Dàn, developing a unique and highly intuitive style of accompanying Gaelic song that draws on his background in pop, rock and jazz. “Mary Ann Kennedy is one of the finest interpreters of Gaelic song and an inspiring and vital force on the traditional Scots music scene” Songlines Magazine “This is one from the heart… which finely expresses her commitment to Gaelic song as an ongoing culture.” Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman This will be just days after the international release of her new album. Mary Ann's website: http://bit.ly/2wNZaiG Tickets on the Tuned In London website: http://bit.ly/1WZfz9j A few of you came to Silvia Balducci's concert in March - this will be the second at the Finnish Church. Doors open at 6.30pm. The Finnish Church (Lontoon merimieskirkko) itself is open from 2pm and runs an unlicensed bar serving drinks and Finnish snacks. It is a short walk from Rotherhithe Station. (Consider a pre-gig sauna - seriously - if you've time beforehand book yourself into their basement sauna!)

  • Eastern European Comedy Festival: ENGLISH SPEAKING COMEDY BORSCH

    The Eastern European Comedy Festival presents English Speaking Comedy Borsch – the series of shows where some of the biggest acts from Eastern European countries translate their jokes for the rest of the world to enjoy. TICKETS Alex Martini (Italy) “Alex Martini is best thing to come out of Italy since pasta. A very funny man, highly recommended.” – Mark Dolan, Balls Of Steel, C4 Maggie Kowalski (Poland) NATYS Top of the Bill 2018 – Runner Up “A fresh sideways perspective”-Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke Tibor Szilágyi (Hungary) Tibor is a simple guy from Hungary Hubert Mayr (Austria) Comedy Virgins Summer competition 2018 – 3rd place Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2018 – Finalist Hassan Dervish (Cyprus/Turkey) Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize 2017 – finalist (London X 4 – Seasonal Short Film Festival 2017 Runner Up Victor Patrascan (Romania) “he’ll quit comedy next year, you should see him now” – Radu Isac “insightful, deadpan and utterly charming” – Sindhu Vee MC Radu Isac (Romania) BBC World Service – “What Makes the World Laugh” 2016 BBC Radio 4 – “Fresh From the Fringe” 2017 BBC World Service – “The Arts Hour” 2017 *We know that some of these countries aren’t considered Eastern European. This is actually one of the reasons we are doing these shows. It wouldn’t be the first time comedy changed the world. Tickets cost £8. https://listings.camdencomedyclub.com/events/2019-05-01-comedy-borsch-camden-comedy-club Please join me for drinks and a chat before the show. See you there :-)

  • Flamenco - Israel Galván — La Fiesta

    Sadler's Wells Theatre

    https://vimeo.com/295134061 Now considered a genius of his generation in the world of flamenco, Israel Galván spent his childhood staying up late to partake in the “fin de fiesta,” the time after a show when the performers would throw off the restrictions of their roles and improvise together. In Fiesta, Israel Galván brings together a company of dancers and musicians including Bobote, Eloísa Cantón, Emilio Caracafé, Ramón Martínez, Niño de Elche, Alejandro Rojas-Marcos, Alia Sellami and Uchi, encouraging them to cross genre divides and invite us to this most flamenco of celebrations. I've booked seat Second Circle 5 - N17. Tickets cost from £15. https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2019/israel-galvan-la-fiesta/booking See you there :-)

  • Diary of an Expat

    Tristan Bates Theatre

    This a bit of a late notice but I am hoping at least some of you can join me. I am expecting this humorous play will resonate with many of us European expats in UK. Cecilia conquers London. Kind of. For trailer follow the link below https://vimeo.com/325836192 For tickets follow the link below... https://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/diary-of-an-expat Faced with the possibility of having to leave her home of ten years, Cecilia Gragnani is sharing her personal experience and testimonials of others to ask: what does it feel like to be an expat? A comic story of the encounter between a modern migrant and London – a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans – Diary of an Expat looks at the road to becoming a British citizen, embracing a new nationality whilst staying true to your roots, and the knocks your identity takes when no country claims you as their own. From amusing miscommunications to bewildering legal technicalities, Cecilia delves into the day-to-day of living in a country that can’t pronounce your surname. When she arrived in the UK from Italy nine years ago, with a suitcase full of hopes, dreams and bags of pasta, Cecilia’s mission began: trying to become British whilst remaining deeply Italian. She started her exciting life abroad with thrilling adventures, a successful career and a vibrant urban lifestyle… kind of. Now, after numerous dubious jobs and weird encounters, Cecilia finds herself alone among the chaos of multi-ethnic, glamorous London whilst navigating the ever-present uncertainty of Brexit. Now turning her desires into reality has become a titanic endeavour as the European dream of life abroad slowly drifts away. Cecilia Gragnani (pronounced gra-GNa-ne), is a proud Italian and devoted supporter of AC Milan. She came to the UK in 2008 to study at Drama Centre, and since has been working in the UK and Italy as an actress and singer. She founded Fumatori di Carta in Italy in 2008, and it became London-based international storytelling collective Paper Smokers in 2014. Their work includes theatre, music, installations, visual arts and film. PRESS Gragnani is a very engaging performer. This is one of those rare productions that makes you think long and hard about a subject, without even realising it’s had that affect on you. THEATRE WEEKLY ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A heartfelt and poignant production. LONDON THEATRE 1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Comical and touching at the same time, Diary of an Expat is an entertaining piece for British citizens, expats, and everyone in between. YOUNG PERSPECTIVE ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Best Fringe Shows for Brexit Satire. There is a faint Weimar feel to Diary of an Expat; a passing era of European tolerance under threat. These Brexit dramas all delivered wonderfully in their own way. If we can’t make Britain great again, we can at least make it funny. THE SCOTSMAN A vital reminder of how destabilising Brexit will be for vast numbers of people who call the UK home. THE STAGE

  • Springtime Pooh Sticks Walk in the Sussex Weald - 13 Miles (20km)

    I am still back in England from my new home in Switzerland. Life is great here, but I do occasionally still miss the countryside, real ale and eccentricity of my homeland, not to mention the fantastic folk of the LEC! I therefore propose to venture back to one of the LEC`s favourite hiking spots of the Sussex High Weald for this very rural 13 mile circular hike from Eridge. The highlight of the day will no doubt be our visit to Pooh Sticks Bridge, made famous by Winnie the Pooh? There will be a prize for the winner! Otherwise, this area offers some of the best hiking in the home counties, with a labyrinth of footpaths, hedgerows, spring flowers, woodlands, farmland, frisky animals, fine vistas from the hilltops, banker bonus mansions and attractive villages. We also have the interesting history of an abandoned railway, now converted to a cycle and foot path, to ponder on our return leg. As usual, our hike is train assisted to and from London. Our direct train departs from London Bridge, probably platform 10 at a fashionably early (sorry night owls!) 09:07 and arrives in Eridge at 10:03. The total cost, including the return Groupsave train tickets, is £14. This includes a contribution of almost £4 towards the costs and efforts of the organiser and backmarker. If traveling by train: meet us BEFORE 08:40 by the main ticket office on the Lower Level concourse at London Bridge mainline station to sort out tickets. If making your own way to Eridge, where there is a station car park, please meet the group at the station on our arrival. The tracks are well surfaced in the main, but there are some moderately steep hills and note that this area is notorious for mud, puddles and slippery paths after rain! Sturdy walking boots / shoes with good grip and suitable clothing are essential. We will stop a little over half of the way through the hike for a pub lunch at the Anchor in Hartfield at around 13:00. Those who prefer their own refreshments can use the village green outside. There is also a Winnie the Pooh themed shop and tea room in the village for added tourist interest. The hike will end back at Eridge station around 17:00. Those who want to head straight home can do so, while the rest of us go on to the afterparty at the adjacent Huntsman Inn to socialise, take further refreshments, utilise the unique board games built into the furniture and perhaps even say hello to Piggly and Wiggly in the garden! Only RSVP YES if you are certain that you can come to this event and update your RSVP if you can no longer attend.