Here are some reports of POPPADOM meetings up & own the country. If you hold a meeting yourself, please send in a report, preferably with photos!
The usual list went round on Saturday and we soon had 43 people booked! I rang the Lal to check this was OK and he said "bring them all - the more the merrier". So we were on. 6.45 we set off in a light drizzle to make the 10 minute walk. Curry Mile is an amazing place - rich in typical Asian shops - jewellery, lots of amazing fresh food, spicy takie-aways and dozens of curry emporiums. I waited at the door to ensure the last stragglers made it into the Lal. We took over an upstairs room, which we had virtually to ourselves. Five tables of about 8 scoffers were all close too each other (perhaps a little too close for the larger members with weak bladders).
We had several distinguished guest members from abroad: Makoto Yamaguchi, June Sakamoto, Marieke De Hoop
Following a succesful magazine stuffing session and an even better Sheffield mini-meeting, eight POPPADOM members arrived at the Mohul in Totley, Sheffield. The venue was recommended by founder Nick and his wife Alison, whilst not a paper-folder, still a keen devotee of Indian cuisine.
Having partaken of some delightfully light poppadoms (with the pickle tray, naturally), the group folded the society logo from a slightly too-dark brown paper. The end result looked as if it whad been cooked for a tad too long. Bahjis all round was the starter, whilst David Brill managed to frighten the younger eaters with a spectacular display of gurning.
The food was excellent and arrived promptly. The waiters were a little disconcerted to see the paper popaddoms, even to the extent of bringing a dish which which to clear them away! Refreshments included Tetleys smooth ale, Kingfisher beers and a few shandys. Newly-weds Robin and Jeanette Macey revelled in the exuberant atmosphere and Robin's naan bread took the honours as the largest this year!
It being the Saturday evening of the Spring 2003 BOS convention, a meeting of poppadom regulars was called. The nearest venue was in Beeston, so the more athletic of us walked it, whilst Mr & Mrs Macey drove in their limo. I'd booked that afternoon, so they were reasonably prepared for the 25 who made the journey.
Sadly, it meant we sat at 4 separate tables and cross-table banter (not to mention the throwing of small items of food) was almost impossible. One or two new members were present, so they were taught the ritual of "folding the logo" and were 100% successful. Our one slight disappointment was that guest stars Paul Jackson, Miri Golan and Jackson-Golan junior were unable to attend, having been booked in for the regular convention fare. I'm not sure what the Indian meals are like in Israel, but I doubt there's much folding goes on!
Three of the tables were served in good time, but the one I was on was unfortunately kept waiting for over an hour. Giles Towning came up with an impressive origami red chilli, which was nearly eaten by hungry folders! We whiled the time away making models and harassing the waiter every time he walked (or rather ran) past! When it came, the food was great and since our table had several veggies, we swapped meals left, right & centre.
prospect of missing the Opera by Paulioni Jacksonioni was a terrifying one, but
we managed to wolf it down in time. Sue Pope (BOS treasurer managed to flash a
student discount card and obtained a discount for the entire table on grounds
of the delay, so we staggered back to the convention happy and well-fed.
They were delighted to see so many people all wishing to sit together at 7.30 on a Saturday night, but four people had to set on a separate table. The rest of us were at a long table. Special guest Joan Sallas from Spain (by way of Germany) had never been "for an Indian" before and was fascinated by our ways.
The food arrived quickly and tasted good, washed down with wine,the local ale and some Kingfisher Indian beer. Several origami items were attempted, including a frog, which promptly went swimming in some wine. The group folded the society logo.