Finchley Games Club

Making Thursday evenings better since 1983

30th January, the day Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed

Games Played:

On this day in 1661, Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England was ritually executed. I say ritually, because he had actually been dead for two years. Rather apt, given what’s happening tomorrow. I wonder who history will regard as the ‘Oliver Cromwell’ of Brexit. The field of candidates is rather large, but as they say, history is written by the victors.

Another good turnout. Again, with new people who all spent the evening with smiles on their faces. If this continues, we will have to think seriously about buying more tables as well as negotiation for more space at the Old Finchleians. A good problem to have and long may it continue.

I have to mention ‘So Long My World’. A controversial game that is just so beautiful to look at.

FGC ON SUNDAY

Don’t forget, 10 hours of fun on Sunday March 22nd.

Posted Friday 31st January 2020 11:06:47 by Ian Pearson

5th December – The day the Mary Celeste is discovered

Games Played:

On this day in 1872 the Mary Celeste is discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean and in 1955 the bus boycott inspired by Rosa Parks begins in Montgomery Alabama, USA.

A real mix this week. Some short, some long, some heavy, some light and everything in between. Just as a healthy general games club should be.

Lot of games, lots of people of many flavours and lots of space. Long may it last.

GENERAL ELECTION

The next meeting is on 12 December, the day of the General Election and I urge you all TO VOTE. I don’t care who you vote for, but you MUST exercise your democratic duty – even if all you do is spoil your ballot paper.

If you don’t do this then you must keep quiet for the next 5(?) years.

As a wag once said, ‘VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN!’

DON’T FORGET:

Silly games night on 19th December.

FGC in 2020

The FGC will return on January 2nd 2020.

Posted Wednesday 11th December 2019 18:00:55 by Ian Pearson

23rd January, the day the 1st English Parliament not summoned by the monarch formally convened.

Games Played:

In 1265, the 1st English Parliament not summoned by the monarch formally convened. Sort of appropriate given we are leaving the EU in a week.

A fantastic turnout with lots of new people. I repeat, we must be doing something right. Full marks to all the current membership for being so welcoming to the newbies.

The most important thing however, is that instead of ‘Brass: Birmingham’, ‘Brass: Lancashire’ is played! Even though it’s the county of my birth, I have to say that while I enjoyed the game, it’s not as much fun as the freewheeling Birmingham version.

FGC ON SUNDAY

Don’t forget, 10 hours of fun on Sunday March 22nd.

Posted Friday 31st January 2020 11:01:28 by Ian Pearson

28 th November – The day “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” premieres

Games played.

On this day in 2012 “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” premieres in New Zealand. In my opinion it should have stayed there! A novella converted into 3 films. Good grief! It should have been called “The Hobbit: An unexpected padding”.

Anyway, forgetting about that monstrosity, I think I’m missing a few ‘pink slips. I certainly remember more games being played. At least there is a welcome return for ‘Brass: Birmingham’ and it’s good to see an old (excellent) favourite return ‘Battlestar Galactica’ even if the humans did get minced by Cylon ‘Fish’.

We are having another go on the 5th Dec. REVENGE!

Bitter? Moi?

Oh Yes!

DON’T FORGET:

Silly games night on 19th December.

FGC in 2020
The FGC will return on January 2nd 2020.

Posted Wednesday 4th December 2019 12:43:37 by Ian Pearson

21st November – The day British Natural History Museum announce the "Piltdown Man" is a hoax

Games Played:

In 1953 on November 21st, the authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce the "Piltdown Man" skull, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, is a hoax.

Previously in time, in 1783, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and Marquis d'Arlandes make the 1st manned free balloon flight in a Montgolfier balloon.

Hmm. Coincidence? This author thinks not!

As to the games, a good crop. The number seems to be increasing each week, as do the numbers of members turning up. Keep up the good work guys.

A noticeable absence this week. No ‘Brass: Birmingham’ this week. Replaced by ‘Crystal Palace’ perhaps.

DON’T FORGET:

Silly games night on 19th December.

FGC in 2020

The FGC will return on January 2nd 2020.

(Yes, I know! The dates this time are just awkward.)

Posted Wednesday 27th November 2019 10:46:42 by Ian Pearson