Saturday, February 18, 2006
So at 6PM last night I shut up shop, went to the local bookshop, David's, and set off for Finsbury Park, before taking the Victoria and Jubilee Line for Whitehall, where the Bloggers4Labour anniversary was taking place.
As I mentioned earlier, it was held at the Lord Moon of the Mall at the end of Whitehall, just one minutes walk from Trafalgar Square. I was forty-five minutes late, as I warned would be the case, and found that the place was not seething with B4L members.
That said, some of the cream of the group were already there. Here you can see Andrew, the Moderator of B4L and the chap with glasses, chatting with Neil, who runs BrightonRegencyLabour Party. Neil latched on to me as one of the Christians in the group, before I had a chance to say much, and was put to task on a no of points. I have to say I was so taken a back a couple of times that I fudged a couple of my answers, but that said he is less intimidating than his blog suggests, plus he introduced me to the alcoholic/coffee drink known as Darkstar. The chap closest to me (as I took the picture) is Andrew Skudder, who runs the Life in Broadfield Village blog. Kerron is nearest to the radiator and was his usual self; being rude about Lib Dems, chatting about football, and pleased that he looks like Rasputin ;). The chap, unseen, between the two Andrews is another chap called Andrew, who runs the Wongablog blog. I asked him about his political background and he told me that he is not a member of the Labour Party and yet found himself on B4L. Not only that, but he may well have been the first to blog on last night's meeting.
Anyway the evening went well, with the time going by quickly. There were three irritations about the event. The first is that the batteries on my digital camera packed up and I had to dash across the road to the cornershop to buy some more. The second is that it turned out to be an exculsively male gathering, which prompted some small discussion as to how many women were members (Jo, Antonia, and Lisa. We totally understand and appreciate why you were all unable to come along but you were missed).
The third irritation was that, because there were too many of us, we put some tables together, and were ticked off by the staff.
Understandable really, and I can't blame them, although it meant that we were spread out onto seperate tables and therefore seperate groups. Here you can see Cllr Andrew Brown on the right and Damien Counsell a.k.a. PooterGeek on the left.
And there is more I could mention, but as it is I got home at about half midnight and I am right now, rather flaked and tired.
Actually I think that is the best self-portrait yet (I took it just a few minutes ago), and that might be because I didn't look directly at the camera and therefore wasn't intimidated by the flash (for some reason I get nervous with self photos, compared to how I feel when others take pictures of me).
Anyways, looking forward to a relaxing weekend :)