Loroso returns to the FT today (Friday 6th) – here’s the FT puzzles page:
And my 50th birthday approaches fast – or, to put it another way, it’s already reached the stage where many venues are booked for 8th September (the day itself is the 6th, but a Thursday bash doesn’t seem the best idea somehow). It now looks certain the party – which will actually be an extended version of a northern Sloggers & Betters – will be at the Cinnamon Club in Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire. I’m going to have a look at the place this Saturday, just to make sure it’s a good setup for the band. No foreseeable reason for it not to be. All that will remain is for me to get the dosh out and pay for the room hire. It’s Cheshire. You pay. It isn’t cheap either.
So we’re going to make this a day/night to remember. A Sloggers & Betters gathering from roughly midday, then on into the evening with my band providing you with a couple of hours of funky disco groovy thang. For those with sensitive ears, we’re using the 3-piece ‘mini’ version of the band which has its drums/keyboards onour self-produced backing tracks, so we won’t be deafening anyone.
The venue doesn’t have a restaurant so we need to organise food – let’s assume for now it will be a buffet; any changes to that, I’ll let you know. Whatever is organised in terms of food at the venue, you won’t be paying – the entire event is free. It’s a birthday party, after all.
So make a note, friends. Saturday 8th September. Bowdon, Altrincham. It’s a mile or two from the railway station (which is also the terminus of the Metro link) so you may want to get a taxi if you’re not driving. There is a bus service 246 from the railway station, although it takes a slightly circuitous route once you reach Bowdon itself.
For now, I need to confirm numbers, so please email me at email@example.com to let me know if you’d like to come along. We need to cap the guest list at 100-110, so the sooner you get in touch the better.