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THE APOLOGYFirstly I must start with an apology for breaking the first and most important of my “Ciao Ten Commandments”:
RICHADA’S Ciao Commandment No.1: Do not publish reviews if you are not able to read, and return read and rate, others’ reviews.As many of you may be aware, I have been absent from this site for some months now, with every likelihood of being so for a while still to come. With the best will in the world I do not currently have time to participate on this site in a way that I feel does it justice. If anyone wishes to contact me socially though, my guest books are always open and I do read, usually responding to, any messages left there…….
THANKS TO…….which is exactly how Mrs R (ADA) and myself (RICH) found ourselves visiting the very heart of London yesterday to attend a Ciao meet. Superbly organised, and discreetly hosted, by Raffi, A.K.A. hishyness, thanks too to Spence (sghawken) for coming up with what, for several reasons, turned out to be an excellent venue.
Further thanks to my make- up artist (ADA)……etc….etc…..……but especially to a long-established Ciao friend of ours, Sarah (duskmaiden) for the pre-meet excitement in the form of a tour of St Pauls’s Cathedral, where by happy coincidence she works, and also for the experience of swift half in Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street. That such a pub can exist in our modern PC and safety conscious world is of great comfort to me…..I am disliking London less by the hour, thank you Sarah for that!
NO THANKS HOWEVER TOBritish Rail (or however they brand themselves these days) for their extortionate pricing! Just this once I, honestly, tried to make the journey by public transport; at £42.50 for a return ticket for both of us to travel the 54 miles (1 hour 15 minutes), plus the £6.00 bus ticket from here to the station, the £24.00 that NCP charged my credit card appeared a bargain by comparison!
THE VENUEBefore setting foot in the place, Sarah described the All Bar One as a pub with no character. In a sense she was entirely correct. However, for a meeting of this kind it was the ideal venue, after all such a diverse group of people bring the character with them.
Large, open and airy, we had a great corner in the window – allowing smokers in the group to literally hop out onto the pavement for their nicotine fix without the rest of us having to shuffle out of the way.
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