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Recent pSTOIC Bodging Events

From time to time, the pSTOIC members get together to reminisce about bodging past.

Here are some of the past events. Click to enlarge images.

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pSTOIC annual dinner - 14th January 2017(65 photos)

Olivier did another great job organising this year's event, although the Doodle poll take up was slow. Wildwood at Gloucester Road was chosen again as the venue. This year saw a visit from Russ Casey. The usual pre-meal sharpener started at around 6:00pm at the Hereford Arms, followed by the short walk to the restaurant nearly opposite. Our "usual" long table at Wildwood was arranged for us.

This year's theme was bring something Freaky. Items included: Andy's handmade Furby/Gremlin, Rob's freaky catnip toy, Martin's pocket molecular scanner, Rebecca's colour changing black nail varnish, Rex's 1970's wig, Kevin's manic miner T-Shirt, Doug's Granny Gross Ghosts Olivier's 40th candles, Alex's total eclipse video and Roswell artefact and Scorpion paperweight.

After a short discussion, the following was agreed:

Olivier presented Doug with a hand made freaky PSTOIC 2017 medal made by Andy. Thanks go to Rebecca for sorting out some bill anomalies.

A late award was also presented to Olivier for arranging the recent events.

Apologies for absence:

Next year's theme....

Bring something "futuristic"

See all 65 photos.

pSTOIC annual dinner - 16th January 2016(50 photos)

Olivier did a great job organising this year's event again, a Doodle poll helped us all choose the date, and Wildwood at Gloucester Road was chosen again as the venue, who it seems are quite email saavy with regards booking alterations. This year saw another new entrant, Jon Denham. The usual pre-meal sharpener started at around 6:30pm at the Hereford Arms, followed by the short walk to the restaurant nearly opposite. This year Wildwood managed to arrange a single long table for us all to sit at.

This year's theme was bring something Illegal (at some point in history, or in some other part of the world). Items included Alan's upside down stamp, Olivier's encryption software, Matt's blindfold, Doug brought some antique items. Jon entered himself as being illegal everywhere but the UK. There was also a tungsten candle bulb, and a fake STOIC badge. After a short discussion, the following was agreed:

Andy presented Matt with a hand made metallic repoussé STOIC 2016 medal. Carl's STOIC medal was awarded to Rob for second place.

Apologies for absence:

Next year's theme....

Bring something "freaky" See all 50 photos.

pSTOIC - Upstairs / downstairs with Al Birch - 26th November 2015(11 photos)

Al Birch was in town, so a quick pSTOIC meeting was suggested. Al, Alex, Alan, Rob, Martin and Rex all met at The Imperial, followed by some fond memories at Wong Kei's (Upstairs / downstairs)... chilli-sauce included. See all 11 photos.

pSTOIC Summer get together - 29th September 2015(25 photos)

With both Olivier and Ledda in town, it was decided a mini pSTOIC meet up was in order. Olivier sent out a Doodle poll to the list to make it easier for each of us to say when we're ok & when busy. It was then agreed to meet at The Imperial pub off Leicester Square followed by curry at the Sartaj Indian Restaurant by Seven Dials. See all 25 photos.

pSTOIC annual booze up / dinner - 18th January 2015(61 photos)

If you have more photos...please send them so I can add them!

After the success of last year's trip to Gloucester Road, it was decided to give WildWood another go. Olivier took the helm this year and managed to get everything booked. It was definitely a sell out event, with a first time appearance from Alex Weidman. The usual pre-meal sharpener at the Hereford Arms was followed by the short walk to the restaurant nearly opposite. Unfortunately, there was a slight issue with Olivier's booking in that Wildwood had decided to split the group into one big table, and one small one.

Doug's suggestion from last year for the theme was bring something you've made yourself (since the last meal). Items included Alan's programmable LED row, Andy's 3D printed doobries (I think that's the correct STOIC term?), Carl's Arcade emulator, Doug's dual-boot wiring, Olivier's Samurai napkin hat, Matt's wall sockets, Kevin's hand knitted scarf and Rex's 3D interactive "roller-coaster ride".

After a short discussion to reassign the adjudication on this year's event (no Brian), Carl's excellent Arcarde emulator won. Andy presented him with a brilliant 3D printed STOIC 2015 badge.

Apologies for absence:

Next year's theme.... bring something "Illegal" (at some point in history, or in some other part of the world). See all 61 photos.

pSTOIC annual booze up / dinner - 11th January 2014(41 photos)

There was a fair amount of debate for this year's venue and theme. Sticky Fingers was unfortunately not able to host the event, but Matthew thankfully managed to arrange another excellent venue for us. Carl had suggested that we meet at Heathrow Terminal 5, but Andy pointed out that platform tickets were probably not available for the rest of us.

For the theme, Doug made the suggestion for "Bring something clockwork", Andy was sure he had an orange about somewhere. Alan felt we were struggling a bit with ideas so it was suggested to expand the theme to Bring something mechanical. Bryan was able unable to make the event, suffering from some form of "MF".

There was the usual pre-meal sharpener at the Hereford Arms, and then the short walk to the Wildwood restaurant. There was a fine array of paraphernalia on offer from the Bodgers and Doug was happy to adjudicate on the best entry. Congratulations go to Rex and Jez. Cat calenders were also supplied by Alan.

A video of Doug's clockwork bird box is available at pSTOIC youtube.

The theme for next year's event: Bring something you've made yourself.

A note from Doug: Just a clarification of the intention for next year's bringalong: the "something you've made yourself" should (ideally) be made between the end of last night and the start of next year's dinner.

My understanding is that Brian Crotaz has been lumbered nominated as adjudicator for next year. See all 41 photos.

pSTOIC annual booze up / dinner - 16th January 2010(33 photos)

The annual Hoop & Toy / Rembrandt alumni get together. Following the success of last year's themed event, Rex chose to stick with a winning formula and go with a Bring something interesting theme. Andy presented an aluminium monolith (formally Alan's hard drives). Alan presented a quite unusual grip tool. Rex passed around a very weird looking item and asked for guesses as to what it was (raw latex from a tree). Rob showed some great photos of the Colossus computer at Bletchley. Doug excelled himself with both a hydrogen powered car (unfortunately there were some teething problems getting it to start) and two excellent LED arrays. Rex sorted the bill out with us all having our own receipt. Also check out Doug's demonstration on the YouTube video. See all 33 photos.

pSTOIC annual booze up / dinner - 10th January 2009(15 photos)

The annual Hoop & Toy / Rembrandt alumni get together. The theme this year, Bring something amazing. First off was Alan with his excellent "Charlotte and family" cat calendars. Secondly was a bright green squishy mesh ball provided by Tim. Andy then revealed his submission. We were first supplied with a set of A5 sized Fresnel lenses. Then, hidden inside some antique looking books was to be found a miniature Victorian styled display "tube". Mounted in the case was a fully crafted, tiny, brass flea chariot. At the end of the meal, we were not disappointed with the annual bodge with paying the bill. See all 15 photos.

Rob and Laura's almost annual BBQ - June 2008(12 photos)

This year at its new location of New Milton. We somehow managed to miss the one in Spain. Lots of bodging was evident, especially in the garden. JD even managed a brief visit. See all 12 photos.

pSTOIC annual booze up / dinner - 13th January 2008(14 photos)

The annual Hoop & Toy / Rembrandt alumni get together. This year we were all treated to a video presentation of the latest goings on in the world of the Flea Circus. Our thanks to Alan and Rex for providing the viewing hardware and their best efforts at synchronised playback. As always, the most complicated part of the event was payment. See all 14 photos.

pSTOIC annual booze up / dinner - 13th January 2007(11 photos)

The annual Hoop & Toy / Rembrandt alumni get together. This year featured a special pSTOIC quiz... the winners though were thankfully spared having to collect their prizes. Thanks to Ledda for supplying some of the photos. See also the pSTOIC event entry.  See all 11 photos.

Kevin Pankhurst's BBQ - 29th July 2006(11 photos)

Beer, wine, champagne, chicken kebabs, cuban music and a slightly dodgy second BBQ. All wasp free thanks to a Maplin electronic fly swat. See all 11 photos.

pSTOIC dinner - 14th October 2005(20 photos)

An informal gathering for those most important of pastimes, beer and food. There were also some free chopstick etiquette lessons. The night was finished with a quick trip to 2020 central for a bit 'circus' recording. See all 20 photos.

Southside - Last Orders - 17th June 2005(8 photos)

'Save Our Bar!' - A pSTOIC reunion at the Southside union bar shortly before it was closed for good. See all 8 photos.

Croc Club / pSTOIC Jan 2005(8 photos)

The annual pint and nosh event at the Rembrandt in South Kensington. Pre-nosh drinks were at the Hoop & Toy. See all 8 photos.

Rob's annual BBQ - August 2004(6 photos)

How to bodge a BBQ by Rob Gimeno. Powertools required. See all 6 photos.

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