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Thursday September 26 2013

Tomorrow evening I have another Brian’s Last Friday.  Richard Carey will speak about “The English Radicals: 1640-1660”.  Click on Contact (top left) to cadge an invite.

Until now, I have been slightly struggling to get good speakers soon enough for these evenings, but now I have at last got ahead of myself and have fixed, barring mishaps, the next three speakers also.

These are:

Oct 25 - Preston Byrne on Mortgage Subsidies: Why They Didn’t Work in America and Won’t Work Here.

Nov 29 - Dominique Lazanski on Digital Freedom in the UK and Europe.

Dec 27 - Antoine Clarke on Immigration and the Bad Arguments Against It.

Note in particular December 27, Antoine Clarke.  This might seem like the sort of date I might want to cancel, but actually, the more that a date might seem like cancellation fodder, the better this is, by not cancelling, an opportunity to tell people that there will be a Brian’s Last Friday, every last Friday, every month, no matter what.  Even if it’s just me talking to myself on Christmas Day, or some such strange thing.

I’m already starting to get emails from people who are just assuming there will be a meeting on Friday the whenever-it-is, and simply asking who will be speaking and can they come.  I want to encourage this sort of thinking.  You know the dates for years in advance, just as I do.

So, I am especially grateful to Antoine for agreeing to do that one in December.  I have no idea how many people will show up, but I have a feeling that the day after the day after Christmas Day might prove quite a draw.  Public transport will be back in business, unlike on the previous day, and … what else is there to do on that particular day?  Work?  Play with presents?  Go to other meetings?

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