Esteemed Colleague’s Birthday

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Aug 8th, 2006
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Friday 14th July: a forgettable night for everybody who enjoyed it, a memorable one for those who didn’t!

A warm-up at The Beer Circus, followed by a curry at the Banana Leaf is a recipe for lost memories and expensive phone bills, and this evening was no exception (as far as I can remember).The proprietor of the Beer Circus dug in the bowels of the cellar to get his secret supply of Westvleteren 12, which true to form we did our best to consume in its entirety. One of the highlights of the evening was being able to share the world’s largest glass of 12 (photo).

At the Banana Leaf your correspondent decided to reverse the usual “doubling up on orders as time passes” policy by ordering two bottles of claret for starters (it avoids the tedious business of trying to attract the waiter’s attention when you need another bottle half way through the hors d’oeuvre…).

People came and went throughout the evening. At least one person (name withheld to protect their already tattered reputation) indulged in some organic street art in an adjacent car park, whilst the others enjoyed making phone calls to colonial friends.

We’re still not sure who, if anyone, paid for the meal. Who says you can’t have a free lunch?

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