Thursday, July 16, 2009

July onwards

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Esteemed Clients,

June has passed us by in a flick and we have been very busy in and around London including a trip to Bournemouth. The House of Lords Dinner on the Terrace was well attended and thank you to those who made the effort of going, this was the same night as Circa so could not stay long and went rather fast.

On the 6th July, I joined the events committee of the Worshipful Company of the Marketors (link below).

On the 9th, I attended a workshop organised by Melia Hotels in London and met again friends from the industry who mingled and booked rooms across Spain, Germany and UK, Emmanuel Ray evening was on the same night and I met some very talented artists and many young people with bright ideas, more to come.

Friday 10th was the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race on the River and members of the Bishopsgate Ward Club gathered in front on its President apartment on Cheyne Walk to watch the race

Saturday 11th, Belgium celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Cenotaph Ceremony on Whitehall and HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium attended

A small group gathered afterwards at the Hispaniola on the Victoria Embankment for wine and tapas till very late in the afternoon.

Monday 13th, Sir Ian Mills came to talk of his charity to the Rotary Club of London and the 14th after a fitting good bye to Marion at the IOD, I went to celebrate the Bastille Day with the most aristocrats that I could find at the CPFE ;-).

As I am writing this I will go and listen to Nicholas Ellis and its quintet at the Royal Overseas League for the launch of their new CD. Tomorrow showcase of the shadow lounge and Friday Champagne Dinner at Hartwell House before two garden parties over the weekend in the Country. I am passing by several parties that I have to go to, one at the Chelsea Arts Club and a breakfast at the HAC


The next events that you must attend are:

The Eccentric Club drinks ( on Thursday 23rd July from 7:13pm. Do look at the Club on

On the 28th I will attending a banquet at the Mansion House and if some are interested to join me, please let me know, however be warned that this is not cheap. Similarly there might still be one or two tickets left for the Red Cross Ball in Monte Carlo on the 31st.

On Friday 7th August, Circa, the Club for Gay London Professionals and their friends will be in the garden ( of the Arts Club. As every first Friday of the month, weather permitting.

Tuesday 11th august, I think that this is time to: “parler francais dès 19 heures”.

On the 20th I will attend the 30th anniversary party of Gay Times Magazine at the Roof Garden and on the 22nd the last night of the Proms at Kenwood.

I am also announcing the creation of the Salon d’Or that will see some musical, poetic, and political events. We always avoid in polite society to talk about politic, religion and sex, yet we never seem to stop thinking about it. We will debate, talk and enjoy conversation around drinks and nibbles and perhaps dinner. This is a membership Club and for £ 15 per month, you will get invitations to the most exciting events you can get, its first event is on Tuesday 25th August to get to know each other’s.

Thursday 27th and it is eccentric time again as every fourth Thursday of the month. (see above) From the 11th September, (we will have our anniversary dinner, who would have thought that this is already 2 years since the phoenix or should I say owl came back again) The Eccentric Club will have a monthly dinner party.

Friday 4th September, Circa Club

Tuesday 8th September Cercle Francophone see

Friday 11th September, Second anniversary of the Eccentric Club’s revival.

Saturday 12th September Monza Race Course (please ask me for corporate entertainment)

Thursday 24th September, Eccentric Club Drink

Monday 28th September, Talk by Baroness Sue Grenfell at the Rotary Club of London (please apply to me) followed by a visit of the Royal Institution of Great Britain lead by Professor Frank James

For the golfer amongst you, the Rotary Club of London organises a ‘tournament’ at Hadley Woods on the 1st October

Friday 9th October, Eccentric Dinner

Tuesday 13th Cercle Francophone

Thursday 15th October The eccentric Club Snooker competition

Tuesday 27th October, Lord Williamson of Horton will be the guest speaker at the Anglo-Belgian Society annual dinner

Thursday 29th October, Eccentric Club Drink

Friday 6th November, Kindling of the Torch at Westminster Abbey and Circa

Saturday 7th, The Lord Mayor’s Show

Sunday 8th, Remembrance Sunday

Tuesday 10th November, Private Party

Wednesday 11th the Cercle Francophone will exceptionally be held on the second Wednesday

Thursday 12th November, Visit of the Damien Hirst New Paintings at the Wallace Collection

Friday 13th November, Eccentric Club Dinner

Thursday 26th November, Eccentric Club Drink

Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December EIBTM in Barcelona

Tuesday 8th, Cercle Francophone

Friday 11th December, Circa

and Eccentric Dinner

Monday 14th December, Arts Club Christmas Ball

Friday 22nd January, to be confirmed, fundraising dinner for Crusaid with Circa Club

If you would like to become a member of the Institute of Director ( with its prestigious locations and premises in UK, France and Belgium, do let me know.

Similarly for the Arts Club (

With regards to games for the big boys and girls, come and play at the City Golf, where not only golf is played and games are top of the leagues.

For next year, I will organise, one morning, an exclusive visit to the famed Garrick Club looking at the various pictures and follow this by Tea and Biscuits.

Commission a portrait from Dennis Gilbert, a dear friend of mine.

Have your Dorian Gray in the attic or simply enjoy it on your wall. Portrait drawings are from £ 350. Please let him know that you seen this in my newsletter.

Do you want to create your illusion? Eye Candy in 3D Holographic projection with clients inclusing Madonna, HRH Prince Charles, Cisco, Microsoft, BT and more. To create these display costs from £ 250 per day plus VAT, please let me know if you would like a demonstration.

Want to travel by helicopter to the major sporting events, hurry before they are being requisitioned by the army see

I would also like to point you in the direction of the St Stephen’s Club in St Jame’s with its own garden and lovely premises at a short stroll of the Tube Station and the Park, this is ideal for your parties,particularly since it is managed by a fellow Belgian, Bernard Moray.

Finally, I always enjoy Waddesdon Manor at any time of the year

and so Cliveden.