As observed on the Membership page, our monthly meetings usually feature a Turn by one of the Members.
These can take many forms, but often manifest themselves as addresses on diverse esoteric subjects.
It struck me that it might be nice to preserve these lectures in written format, which is why I’ve added this page.
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Conventional wisdom has it that no one goes to the Internet for a long read, in which case I’m wasting my time.
But for the sake of flying in the face of convention, here goes.
Before long we’ll have a body of learning to rival the British Library.
The Colony Room A Farewell to Egon Ronay A History of the Rolls-Royce Aero Engine A History of Gentleman’s Clubs in London Duelling For Dummies Inspector Maigret: Smoke and Mirrors Fitzrovia Pubs Famous Typewriters The T-Team Breaking the Rules The Military Life of the Duke of Wellington The Faeries of Kensington Woolworth’s: The Rise and Decline of a Five-and-Dime Dynasty “We Didn’t Have a Uniform As Such…”: Fashion in the British Army During the Second World War The French Invasion of Pembrokeshire in 1797 The Drones Club Voyaging Through the Strange Seas of Thought: Travel, Nostalgia and the Triumph of the Imagination Important Penny-Farthing News Over The Line (a short story) Primordial Hat Lore Discovered In the Land of the Long White Cloud, Part 1 You Mean They Can Make Wine in America?
The Sayings of Noël Coward 1908 Count Carl Gustaf von Rosen Flight Lieutenant Gordon Brettel DFC The Silver Bullet: A Monograph on the Martini The Eight Kinds of Drunkennesse The Assassination of Georgi Markov In Search of Sheri-Dan Obituary Euphemisms The Adelphi Theatre Murder A Letter From the Colonies 1907 The New Sheridan Guide to Hangovers A Journey to Vienna’s Coffee Houses Some Interesting Discourses on Strong Drink Life Without Butter Satanism: Separating Fact from Myth A Weekend Invitation Nina Hamnett, the Queen of Bohemia Suits You, Sir In 1948 a Jewish lesbian called Muriel Belcher got permission to open a private club, with a drinks licence between 3 and 11 pm.
In those dismal days (and indeed up to the late 1980s) pubs shut from 2.30 till 5 pm leaving thirsty people with nowhere to slake their thirst unless they belonged to a private watering-hole.
Muriel Belcher came from a well-to-do Jewish family and had run a nightclub in Leicester Square, the Music Box, during the war.
The Colony Room was so named after Muriel Belcher’s then girlfriend, a Jamaican called Carmel, and decorated, in a rather desultory fashion, in bamboo and leopardskin.
Francis Bacon happened upon the club on its first day of opening, and got on so well with Muriel Belcher that she offered to pay him £10 a week to bring in “interesting” people and wealthy patrons.