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Birthdays [Sep. 26th, 2006|09:08 am]
Douglas Spencer
Happy birthdays over the past few days to althesaurus, peteyoung, lizblackdog and guybles.

Today, I am forty. Tomorrow, I shall be forty-one. A couple of people have suggested that I should mark this arbitrary threshold with an event of some kind and, always eager to please, I rush to comply. It seemed reasonable that I should seek to involve a pub in some way.

On the day itself I'm at a client site far from London, so I'm deferring these activities until Friday.

On Friday, in the late afternoon and early evening, I shall be in the Melton Mowbray pub on High Holborn in Central London. There's a map here: The pub is a few yards further east than the green arrow implies. If you emerge from Chancery Lane tube station by exit three, you'll find yourself walking eastwards along the right-hand-side of the road and the pub will be on your right just as that long traffic island in the middle of the road draws to a close. Unusually, I'll probably be on the ground floor, but you may have to walk around a bit to find me.

They have beer. They have other drinks. They have pie. They have vegetarian pie, and assorted other bizarre foodstuffs. I'll probably arrive sometime around four and stay until around nine.

[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2006-09-26 08:56 am (UTC)
Bah! I hadn't realised.
I hope you have hugs and beer and a great deal of pie.
Can I ask those nice people at Amazon to send you a little something?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-09-26 09:11 am (UTC)
You can indeed; there's a link to my wishlist at the very bottom of the bio section of my LJ profile page.


Goodness me, it's a very thin wishlist. I should update it ... have another look tomorrow.

In other news, I had an "I saw this and thought of you" moment in a shop the other day, and as a result I have a small package for you. But then I realised that we're nowhere near your birthday or Christmas or anything like that. D'oh! Are you back in the UK anytime soon, or should I try to send it to some sort of Auslanderpurpleschlosse?
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2006-09-27 07:07 am (UTC)
If you cant give people presents on your birthday when can you?
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2006-09-28 08:53 pm (UTC)
>I have a small package for you
Aw you are soppy. People are supposed to buy you presents on your birthday, not the other way round, unless you're a hobbit of course.

I love this. I am going to call my future house the Auslanderpurpleschlosse. Or at least the Purpleschlosse. Even if it is ungrammatical.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-09-28 09:03 pm (UTC)
I can't help it, I'm just randomly hobbit-like. And I'm very pleased to contribute to the imperfect grammar of your future house.
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[User Picture]From: bibliofile
2006-09-26 09:10 am (UTC)
Happy birthday eve! May your celebrations be everything that you want: no more, no less.
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[User Picture]From: redbrown
2006-09-26 09:13 am (UTC)
Many happy returns, hope you have a good one.

Alas I will be unable to attend your drinks, I shall be in Hong Kong. I shall endeavo.r to raise a glass to you though.
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[User Picture]From: lizblackdog
2006-09-26 10:01 am (UTC)
Thank you, and I wish you much happiness and a good time on Friday.
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[User Picture]From: the_magician
2006-09-26 11:40 am (UTC)

Joins exodus to flee the country to avoid Friday ...

... I shall be in Germany for the Filkcon, sorry.

Have a great birthday and we'll meet up at some point after I'm back (perhaps you could come to one of my meetings?)
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[User Picture]From: mattp
2006-09-26 12:56 pm (UTC)
Another way of looking at it: Today is the last time that you'll be able to write your age in words such that the letters of the number are in alphabetical order :-)

Have a great day.
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[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2006-09-26 02:46 pm (UTC)
I am very sorry, but I have promised various people that I shall be in attendance at the seven o'clock showing of Clerks II at the cinema and so I can't really attend. I will, however, see you the day afterwards and wish you many happy returns in person then.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2006-09-27 07:07 am (UTC)
> And in another year, you'll be a very significant age indeed!

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[User Picture]From: minttown1
2006-09-26 04:17 pm (UTC)
I hope this year is good for you. Happy birthday.
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From: ex_the_major316
2006-09-26 04:36 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful time sweetie, I'll do my bestest to come but I fear I might be falling asleep / helping lodger move out the rest of her stuff.
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[User Picture]From: darth_tigger
2006-09-26 05:19 pm (UTC)
Happy thingy
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[User Picture]From: margotmetroland
2006-09-26 05:59 pm (UTC)
I shall wish you Happy Birthday now and hope you have a fine old time on Friday. Unfortunately, drpete and I are on hols from Thursday, so won't be able to celebrate with you. For you yes, just not with.
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[User Picture]From: liluri
2006-09-27 01:12 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday for tomorrow, which is today here!
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[User Picture]From: cyka
2006-09-27 04:44 am (UTC)
wishing you a very happy birthday! :)
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[User Picture]From: abigail_42
2006-09-27 07:03 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Will have a drink for you tomorrow hopefully.
Payday today - Yay!!
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