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sfd NSC Summer Party
Carry On, Chaps!
Saturday 27th July
The Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL
Admission: Free to NSC Members, £5 to guests (refundable if they join the Club during the evening.

Celebrating the smut and chauvinism of the Carry On movies.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 7th August
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Samuel Marde Mehdiabad will enlighten us regarding Art of the Ancient Silk Road. "Although the ancient architectural monuments of Palmyra and Petra adorn about as many travel journals as the contemporary efforts of Egypt, Greece, or Rome, the statuary and crafts of the region seem somewhat overlooked" he elaborates. "This is not surprising: defying categorization, the artistic styles of these border regions of the Roman and Parthian (Persian) empires often appear a riotous mishmash of Greco-Roman and Oriental techniques. Iis this hybrid art merely a symptom of geopolitics, or is there something more interesting afoot? Why can we observe motifs that look suspiciously like elephants and Hindu goddesses on pieces found as far from India as Antioch and Pompeii? Does anyone actually care? How in the name of the prize llama of a small Incan village near the Machu Picchu did I manage to make a specialization out of this rubbish? Would anyone but a complete lunatic even try? Allow the gin-sodden brain of SS Marde Mehdiabad FSCO BA (Hons) to take you on a ravishing journey along obscure ancient trade routes as you examine a small collection of grave markers and old pots, and he proves how it is categorically impossible to fail a degree at a modern university—all without once, even once, mentioning anything even vaguely related to anything at all to do with the Nazis. Ever."


The Firle Vintage Fair
Friday 9th–Sunday 11th August
10am
Firle Place, West Firle, Sussex BN8 6LP
Admission: £10 per day

A three-day festival of all things olde worlde, including vintage stalls, vintage cars, vintage music and dance demonstrations, vintage fashion shows, a Victorian funfair, neo-vintage food and drink (i.e. with "artisan" slapped on the front), a "flower crown workshop", beekeeping talks and more. Visitors are encouraged to dress in a vintage manner, as if you lot needed any encouragement.

Highlight of the show will come at 1pm on Saturday afternoon, when a version of the Chap Olympics will be presented, in its own dedicated area with its own bar. "All the most popular events, including Umbrella Jousting, Tea Pursuit and Cucumber Sandwich Discus will take place over the course of two hours."

More details at www.firlevintagefair.co.uk.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Saturday 10th August
Beginners' class from 2.30, main dance from 7.30pm
Colliers Wood Community
Admission: Earlybird £10/regular £15 in advance, or £20 on the door; daytime dance class £25
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Ballroom dancing to vintage records and the strict-tempo Ewan Bleach Quintet, playing slow and Viennese waltz, quickstep, slow foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and some cha cha and Charleston numbers. Hot Indian snack food is included in the ticket price. There will be candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, some in a recess of the main hall, so one can easily chat and drink without having to raise one’s voice. There will be a bar offering gin Martinis at £5, a bottle of Prosecco with an ice bucket for £15, bottle of wine for £10 or beer at £3. During the day there will be a "Learn to dance in a day" class for would-be or rusty dancers. This will start at 10 am and end at 3.30pm, with two breaks. The teacher is former world champion Raymond Root, who will teach slow waltz. The hall is large, and we will be rotating partners (to avoid human crutches). The price is £25 and you may avoid disappointment by buying  a ticket in advance as the class is limited to 20 students, to ensure each student can get some individual attention. During the evening event there will be a lesson for improvers in slow waltz from 7.30pm to 8pm, during which we will change partners, so this is an easy way for guests to meet other dancers. During the social dancing that follows activities will include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. This event will see the return of the "ten most glamorous looking women able to dance a slow waltz" competition with prizes. There is a video of a previous event at this venue on YouTube and a Facebook page with more details. For more info call George 020 8542 1490.


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 4th September
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Stewart Lister Vickers will have us rubbing our hands with glee over A Brief Introduction to Fintech and How One Could Now Build a Fortune More Easily Than Gatsby.


Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 8th September
11am–5pm
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £5

Some 45 stalls offering vintage clothes, shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, textiles and jewellery from the 1800s to the 1980s. There is also a tea room, alterations booth plus sometimes live entertainment too. More details at www.clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 2nd October
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

James Rigby will get Chappist hearts aflutter with a talk on The Dandy History of (Royal) Tunbridge Wells.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 20th October
11am–5pm
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £5

Some 45 stalls offering vintage clothes, shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, textiles and jewellery from the 1800s to the 1980s. There is also a tea room, alterations booth plus sometimes live entertainment too. More details at www.clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 6th November
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Our glorious Chairman Torquil Arbuthnot will give a talk entitled Sundry Musings on the James Bond Novels.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 24th November
11am–5pm
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £5

Some 45 stalls offering vintage clothes, shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, textiles and jewellery from the 1800s to the 1980s. There is also a tea room, alterations booth plus sometimes live entertainment too. More details at www.clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 4th December
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Adrian Prooth will talk nonsense to us. Literally, apparently.