Wednesday, March 25, 2009

April 2009 Newsletter



April Newsletter.

Dear Friends,

As some of you might know, I have not been well last year and have been recovering since, thus my silence on the 'net'. I am pleased to say that I am now at 95% better and starting to collate meetings and events for the future.

Here is a picture of me (above) with Joanna De Keyser from the Belgium Embassy - Brussels Trade -www.brusselstrade.co.uk- at ‘ A Taste of Belgium’ earlier this month. http://www.robertsphotostudio.co.uk/belgium/medium/0005.jpg Courtesy of Robert Koltowski. Isn’t she pretty? People were asking if we were married :-) !

Please find below some events of interest:

Although not in April, if you feel a bit eccentric, do come to the 'Battle of Verses' on Thursday 26th March Please see http://eccentricclub.co.uk/ for details, this promises to be an intellectually challenging evening. Do not miss either the election of the Greatest British Eccentric on the 1st April (no, this is no April’s Fool).

My friend Thelma Wade is the Chairman of the International Cultural Exchange and they are helping various project throughout the world, they have a dinner at the House of Lords hosted by the Earl of Listowel, in the Peers Dining Room, on Friday 3rd April, the price of £ 90 per person includes all drinks, please email barbara@winbourne.co.uk for an application form.

Friday 3rd April is also the same date as Circa, the first Friday of every month and we will be again at the Arts Club from 7 pm. Register for this event on http://www.circa-club.com/events/gay_mens_events_london_glpapril09.php

For those of you, who like me, need to get back in form, Andy at Anco Fitness can either come to you or train you in your gym, subject to permission. See www.ancofitness.com

Kaspars Kazemaks does physiotherapy and massage and although not tried it myself yet, he is a very nice person and he is fully qualified. His website seems down at the moment so redirect you to his facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1201191973&v=photos&viewas=583693553

Kyle at Julien Whittington does Visual merchandising and is also good looking himself! See what he does on www.julienwhittington.com. I had a very good conversation with him at the IoD yesterday and I trust he will go far.Trust him to add to your decorum.

For the Belgians amongst us and the Friends of Belgium, please remember the first Tuesday is on 7th April, if you would like to attend, please email membership@ra-bc.com and see www.ra-bc.com to see what this is like. As it happens this is the same date of the Cercle Francais and David King will surely entertain us again, he will screen Rififi a 1955 French Crime film adaptation of Auguste Le Breton Novel. www.theartsclub.co.uk

Easter is on the 12th and remember to buy some Belgian chocolate eggs. I am hoping to have the all clear on the 14th when I see my surgeon.

The Gay Business Association shares ways of beating the recession on Wednesday 15 April 2009, 6.30pm at ANDAZ Hotel (Formerly the Great Eastern Hotel) 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN Further details on http://www.gba.org.uk/events.htm

On the 16th The Danish Club celebrate Queen Margrethe II birthday with a Lobster dinner very good value at £ 50 pp with a champagne reception, 3 course meal and wine Black Tie in the presence of H.E. Birger Riis-Jorgensen, please ask me if you are interested to join us.

Andrew Logan has a sale of his jewellery on the 18th and 19th April at the Round House, see his website for further info: http://andrewlogan.com/

Another eccentric is Emmanuel Ray: http://www.emmanuelray.co.uk he is starting this evening with the launch of the ‘Socialite evenings’ and wish him well. Hire him for your events, I did and he is ‘phantasmagoric’ in a dali-esque way.

On Friday 17th April at Woburn Abbey in the Sculpture gallery will be the Daffodil Ball see www.woburn.co.uk for details. Fantastic setting!

For those of you, who would like to visit the newly refurbished Royal Institution with the curator and follow this with a glass of wine and a few nibbles, please let me know. We will take small group of 15 around from mid April onwards. Also Spencer House will be opened soon on Sundays and other evenings by appointment.

On the 21st Sally Farmiloe-Neville organises Teen Boundaries UK (registered charity No 5001762) a charity to stop sexual bullying in schools, see www.teenboundaries.co.uk and www.teenboundariesuk.eventbrite.com for tickets very reasonably prices at £ 25 for an evening of high glamour, champagne reception, canapes, 5ft chocolate fountain and catwalk fashion show all at the Studio Valbonne.

On the 29th a young Belgian photographer, Eric Ceccarini will exhibit his work at the RAC, please ask me for an invitation, this is organised by the Belgian Embassy. Amnios Photography see www.ericceccarini.com

Another Belgian to mention is http://www.robertsphotostudio.co.uk/belgium/medium/0010.jpg Konrad Inghelram currently head chef at the Georgian Rooms of Harrods and also co-owner of the Passage Café near Farringdon http://www.thepassagecafe.com/

Please put in your diary already the Monday 18th May, the Artists’ Soiree, excellence in drawing award and auction in aid of the Arts Club Charitable Trust of which I have the honour to be the Chairman. Sir Peter Blake and other luminaries of the Art World will be present and indeed Peter will preside over the evening. £ 60 per person for 3 courses, wine and coffee, Lounge Suit. At the Arts Club. Ask Anna at the Club 020 7408 50 92 or email anna@theartsclub.co.uk mentioning my name.

Also for your information, Sue Baxter is the distributor of yet another Belgian product www.berghoffuk.com if you need any cookware, this is the website to visit.

Please remember that I am the agent for various enterprises to include rail europe, hotel.com etc... do have a browse on my website and please let me know what you think.

I very much look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you again very soon, perhaps one or the other events and please do not hesitate to ask me if you need any advise for your events, catering, marketing or public relations.

Yours ever,

Jean-François.

http://jeanfrancoisdor.com

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