London Drinks, January 2011
Written by Alex Bremer (Ry. 1979-83), Site Administrator
Wednesday, 19 January 2011

What an evening! Far and away the most successful and well attended London gathering we’ve had so far; several folk had come “out of the woodwork” for the first time in very many years!

I knew the evening was going to be a cracker as soon as I approached Duncan Watts’ (R. 1979-84) sensational new restaurant in Canary Wharf; the end of my quiet and uneventful journey was shattered by a booming yell of “BREMER!” – delivered from the shadows, as it turned out, by the itinerant James "Slug" Simpson (C. 1978-83). James had snuck outside to have a crafty cigarette – leaving a large, disparate and energetic crowd of OBs enjoying Duncan’s hospitality at the bar.

These events often throw up a small gathering of stalwarts and curious “newbies” - and while the London Drinks is always pleasant and worthwhile, this particular evening had already turned into a classic reunion of a wide variety of OBs from across the generations.

Best represented of these generations by far was the sizeable herd of 1983 and 1984 leavers – my lot! This had come as a complete surprise to me (I had only expected to see Adam Belson, Kevin O’Mahoney & Ben Stott (all R. 1979-84)), but Andy Bacon (C. 1978-83) had also corralled a gang of his contemporaries that I have very fond memories of. They included Nicky Trepte, Kirsten Clifton, Colette Lister, Cathy Terrill, Cathy Grant & Bridget MacDonald (all F. 1981-83) as well as the aforementioned “Slug”.

I had a truly wonderful evening, and it seemed everyone else did also – I cannot recommend these evenings highly enough, and can’t wait for the next one!

Attendees included:
Alenka Abraham (F. 2000-03)
Sebastian Akillian (D. 1997-02)
Layla Amir (F. 1998-03)
Andrew Bacon (C. 1978-83)
Adam Belson (R. 1979-84)
Caroline Bennett (W. 1998-03)
Rob Bourne (R. 1980-85)
Alex Bremer (R. 1978-83)
Kirsten Clifton (F. 1981-83)
Jamie Edge (R. 1996-01)
Sam Edge (R. 1996-01)
Daniel Gorton (D. 1981-86)
Rebecca Hargrove (F. 2001-03)
James Ikonen (S. 1998-02)
Simon Lanyon (C. 1951-56)
Colette Lister (F. 1981-83)
Katie Moghadam (W. 1998-03)
John Nehls (H. 1972-77)
Sam Pacelli (L. 1998-03)
Peter Roberts (R. 1998-03)
Marcus Shepheard (D. 1997-02)
Daniel Silver (A. 1998-03)
James Simpson (C. 1979-83)
Katherine Stoddart (F. 1981-83)
Giles Stubbs (R. 1997-02)
Kathy Terrill (F. 1981-83)
Nicola Trepte (F. 1981-83)
Duncan Watts (R. 1979-84)

Site Administrator

Alex's most passionate interests include Motor Racing (Alex raced for a short time in 1986 and 1987 in Formula Ford and Formula First before parking his shiny racing car in an inappropriately violent manner half way down the main straight at Brands Hatch), Boxing (which he is delighted never to have participated in), Music (Alex is hysterically tone-deaf - but loves attending live gigs), Movies, Manchester United & Skiing.

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