Ditto on the above - if it wasn't for the burden on the Society, I'd propose at lease a twice-yearly (or better yet, twice monthly!) conferences. The Wenches of Southampton are already planning an extended stay next year - arrival on Thursday, departure on Monday. Word on the mean streets of Titanica has it that quite a few more folks from over the pond are hoping to attend, as well as some who couldn't make it this year. Geoff, you lot know how to throw a Conference!
Phil, it can't have been that bad...I'm *sure* I bought a round or two (or at least foolishly handed over my hotel authorisation to Molony to use to buy drinks).
Yes, of course you can all gang up at my place and we can fly over together. But I don't know whether the Florence airport could accommodate that many people in one day or not--it would probably be the busiest day in their history.
But seriously, we may have another South Carolina dinner in November. One of Robert Hichens' grandsons--"Bev"--ho lds a high position with his company and makes frequent trips to the United States. He also owns land in Tennessee and is a "Tennessee Squire." He and his wife Tina will be in Atlanta in November and they tentatively plan to come over for a visit. If that materializes, we'll have another dinner in their honor--who knows, we might even entice some other Titanic celebrities to come as well .
I'm always up for a drink! (No hot newsflash there - lol!). Dinner in Soho or somewhere - a Brick Lane curry? - so we can work through our Conference withdrawal symptoms together? Ben'd be up for it too, wouldn't he?
Folks, may I humbly suggest the bar at the Texas Embassy restaurant. While Rose Ann and I cannot attend (and wish we could!) this seems an appropriate place for a Titanic gathering as it is located in the old "Oceanic House", as most of you undoubtedly know. In fact, as far as I could tell, the facade looks the same as it did in 1912. They also serve Tex-Mex food (not like we do here, of course!)
Just a suggestion. Wherever you go, think of us. I know we'll be thinking of you!