←← back to What's Hot
Report on 2016 TEA Spring Reunion
London, 18 March 2016
It was great to see Dave Marshall again looking fitter than ever
after some fairly drastic surgery, which he showed us.
Clive Mann was there, in fine fettle as usual, and looking very
Brian Van Arkadie was in great form having walked half way across
London, a feat he repeated after the reunion when he walked to
Dave Smith was in terrific form, fresh from the depths of
I was there too trying to hear what was going on. No one was
interested in seeing the massive scar I have from a burst
appendix operation in Kampala back in 66.
The acoustics would normally have been good - the ceilings are
incredibly high (it was once a bank) - but for the fact that a
small army of young ladies were having some sort of banquet on an
upper level. The noise (etc ) was distracting, like having a
drinks party in a parrot house.
I had a look into The Black Friar on my way to The Knights
Templar. It is terrific inside but Dave is right, the outside
area is on the pavement right next to a very busy road.
I mentioned El Vino's, formerly a journalists's pub, as a
possible venue for the TEA UK Summer Reunion, at which greater
numbers are expected but it went down like a lead balloon.
After considerable discussion, including mention of the Fort St
George in Cambridge and riverside watering holes in London, I
think we agreed on The George Inn in Southwark, near Brough
Market, "an authentic 17th-century coaching inn and pub with oak
beams and large courtyard seating area", address: The George Inn
Yard, 77 Borough High St, Southwark, London SE1 1NH.
I have seen claims that pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales began
their pilgrimage from The George. Shakespeare is performed in the
courtyard from time to time.
There was some debate about whether we would sit inside or
outside and I think we settled on playing it by ear.
The date cannot be finalised until Niall returns from L'Espagne
profonde at the end of May. (He has no workable computer down