Intro

Hello All,

Iíve had an idea and was looking for some help/enthusiasm/support from all of you.

Basically I was playing with the idea of trying to be tee-total for the whole of January. Why? Well drinking is bad for you, expensive, gives you hangovers and makes you fat. Also, once I started thinking about it, it seems that social stuff I do is based around drinking. Iím actually writing this in a pub while waiting for someone. So ďnot drinkingĒ becomes ďnot going outĒ - not good. Thatís where ďThe January MenĒ come in. The idea is that I/we/some of us are going to organise non-drink based events, giving us all something to do. My aim is to get about 15 events organised throughout January. Now of course I donít expect all of you to be able to make it to all the events. But thatís ok. Iím trying to get about 30 or more ďJanuary MenĒ together so if 6 or more of the 30 come to each event then we could be onto a winner. Some events will be weekday evenings, some Friday nights and some weekend daytimes. So there should be scope to do most things. They will also be at various areas around London since you all live at different places all over the capital.

Ideas include: Possibly there could be some bigger things like paintball or something but Iím trying to keep the price down to around £5-£10 per event each.

Some things may involve having to borrow a house for an evening. So we may need to limit numbers at some events.

Anyway, this is just an e-mail to see who is up for it and to see if anyone has any ideas.

I know I donít know all of you incredibly well but you can feel free to invite more people. The idea is not to focus on the not-drinking part but instead you end up finishing January having tried some new things, met new people had fun, collected some tales to tell and hopefully lowered your drinking behaviour. Some of the more left-of-field things may interest you to the point where you carry on afterwards, eg MMA?

Chris :)
chris@chanjones.co.uk



Events

Wednesday
2014-01-01 00:00:00

New Years Day

Recover from your hangover and eat bacon sandwiches.
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Thursday
2014-01-02 00:00:00

Initial Shisha and chat 19:30 (I'll be there from 18:00)

I'm not expecting to be able to sort all this out on my own. So this meeting in a shisha bar off queensway should be a good chance for a few of us to chat about idea that any of you have. This meeting is probably the same as the one tomorrow at the teahouse. Basically a chance to see who is involved and go through a few ideas.
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Friday
2014-01-03 00:00:00

Initial Tea and chat 19:30 (I'll be there from 18:00)

Same as the shisha and chat on the second but for those of you that live in south London.
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Saturday
2014-01-04 00:00:00
Sunday
2014-01-05 00:00:00
Monday
2014-01-06 00:00:00
Tuesday
2014-01-07 00:00:00

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

A good old fashioned trip to the pictures! At the Ritzy in Brixton at 18:20. Meeting up for a soda water in the lounge before hand at about 18:00

You will have to be responsible for reserving your own tickets. It's a smallish cinema so they do fill up quickly, but you are all grown up lads I'm sure you can sort it out.

Trailer here
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Wednesday
2014-01-08 00:00:00
Thursday
2014-01-09 00:00:00

Heated Debate

Debate - Pick a couple of topics and argue it out. Hopefully we'll save the world.

Heated - In a sauna (Please bring swimshorts, it's not a naked type of sauna)

We'll need to come up with some topics before this. Suggestions welcome.
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Friday
2014-01-10 00:00:00
Saturday
2014-01-11 00:00:00
Sunday
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Archery

http://www.2020archery.co.uk/groups

This place for is near London Bridge and does Archery. Always a good skill to have under your belt if you have to escape the jungles of Vietnam a la Rambo and/or evade and destroy an extra-terrestrial killer alien a la Predator.

However, a minimum class is 8 people and it's £29 quid. (But for £35 they'll give you a little more time and have a contest at the end)

If enough people want to do this I'll try and sort it out
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Monday
2014-01-13 00:00:00
Tuesday
2014-01-14 00:00:00

Poker Night!

Yee HA! Texas Holdem at the Teahouse. £5 in Winner take all.

The game will be Texas Holdem (the kind they play at the end of James Bond: Casino Royal) and it will be a fiver in, winner take all. If we have enough people turn up we may play two games concurrently.

I don't want anyone to give up drinking and take up gambling so there are no buy backs. You can't throw your car keys on the table or anything.

If you're not great at poker or you have never played don't worry. It all boils down to looking at the other guy and deciding if he's bluffing. If you are unsure of the rules then you'll be great at bluffing, so you may even have an advantage.
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Wednesday
2014-01-15 00:00:00
Thursday
2014-01-16 00:00:00
Friday
2014-01-17 00:00:00

Scalextric Tournement

START YOUR ENGINES!

Scalextric Night is ON! Friday 17th January!

I've managed to beg borrow and steal (buy) a couple of sets from a hospice charity shop for the very reasonable price of £30. I will be going to pick them up at some un-godly hour of the morning tomorrow.

The location is top secret but we will be meeting outside the Royal Festival Hall on the Belvedere road side (ie, the side without a river)

The start time is 19:30, but anyone who wants to turn up early and help me set up please let me know.

I'll be getting in some food hopefully and some soft drinks.

I can keep you all dry but it will be COLD! Bring warm stuff.

I'm afraid this isn't free so there may be a cost involved, however I promise it will be a maximum of a tenner. Less if lots of people come.

If you have any scalextric please do bring it along if possible. For £30 I'm not expecting anything amazing. And extension leads may help.
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Saturday
2014-01-18 00:00:00
Sunday
2014-01-19 00:00:00

Bartitsu Training - Cancelled

Due to the trainer being sick we have sadly had to cancel this event
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Monday
2014-01-20 00:00:00
Tuesday
2014-01-21 00:00:00
Wednesday
2014-01-22 00:00:00
Thursday
2014-01-23 00:00:00
Friday
2014-01-24 00:00:00

Urban Golf -19:30

We are all booked in for Urban Golf! Basically real golf balls, real clubs, virtual course. (not just pitch and putt around Old St roundabout) We are going to the KENSINGTON branch. Soho was all booked up.

http://www.urbangolf.co.uk/play

It's a beer serving establishment but to support those of us doing dry January please stick to soft drinks. (To those who are doing dry January with me, we are past two thirds of the way! Well done!)

It's £25 per booth per hour. A booth can fit around 5 (6 at a push) people. I'm hoping I can get 10 of us out on Friday, so I've booked two booths for two hours. So that will be a tenner each.

PLEASE DO GET BACK TO ME! If there are only 5 people coming I'll cancel the second booth but I need to cancel by tomorrow lunch time to get my money back. If you don't confirm and then turn up we'll be pleased to see you but I can't guarantee space.
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Saturday
2014-01-25 00:00:00
Sunday
2014-01-26 00:00:00
Monday
2014-01-27 00:00:00
Tuesday
2014-01-28 00:00:00

Event

Details TBC
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Wednesday
2014-01-29 00:00:00
Thursday
2014-01-30 00:00:00