Peter the Punter looks at possible new developments (1)
The day after Super Tuesday, Mike and small group of us PB camp followers met in a cafÃ© near Leicester Square and despite suffering election night fatigue, alleviated only slightly by some rather nice red wine, a number of ideas emerged, the more sensible of which Mike asked me to mention here.
Social Events PB Parties have proved very popular and been well supported. Naturally we are not limited to one a year and we propose another in early summer, probably at the National Liberal Club again, especially if we can book the terrace overlooking the Embankment. Technically I suppose PB resides in cyberspace but the NLC has become its unofficial home on earth and for very good reason. Not only is it a superb building but it provides ideal accommodation and sustenance at reasonable prices. We will probably be using it increasingly, and not just for parties.
We would like to organise some smaller get-togethers: perhaps a dinner, or simply drinks. Again, the NLC suggests itself as a suitable venue but there are plenty of alternatives. These are easily arranged and need not necessarily involve Mike or me, but if people want to use me as a conduit, I am happy to assist. It would be nice if some of these events could take place out of London, but it would need somebody local to arrange them and so far nobody has stepped forward.
We also thought there might be a demand for some small seminars and talks. The PB community includes a number of journalists, pollsters, MPs, media people and the like who I am sure could be prevailed upon to offer their services at a modest cost. Again, the NLC or possibly the House of Commons suggest themselves as venues. Such events could easily be combined with suitable sustenance and I am sure would be very enjoyable.
On the betting front, some will recall that I promised in an earlier thread to set up a syndicate that would place hypothetical bets and win a notional Â£20,000. Morus quickly pointed out the flaw. A bet simply isnâ€™t real unless itâ€™s for real money. We have decided therefore to see if we can find about, say, ten people willing to pool their money to get this venture off the ground. Results would be open for all on PB to see, though obviously only syndicate members would have access to the funds and the authority to bet with them.
Mike and I will be very interested to hear everybodyâ€™s views. We can then we can make a few announcements once we have gauged the response.
Finally, we havenâ€™t forgotten about revamping Formal Wagers Corner. This has been delayed by some minor technical hitches.
And even more finally, we have been kicking around an idea to promote PB in the wider media, but Iâ€™ll deal with that in another