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Hello everyone,

FINALLY I have arranged an October meeting. However, it was not what I have spent weeks trying to sort – in the end I have given up and hastily arranged a 3-course Fish n’Chip meal at the Caravela in Burgau which is under new ownership.   This will be on Friday 11th October at 19h00 arrival, 19h30 start.  We have a soup starter followed by fish and chips, and then the delicious Malva pudding.  Water, soft drink, beer or half bottle of wine per person are included a is the waiters tip but drinks before or after the meal are at your own expense.  The price is €17 per member, €19 for guests. 

The following days, Saturday 12th and also Sunday 13th it will be the BLiP exhibition in Portimão so I will probably bump into some of you there, no doubt. Last year when we returned to Lagos after BLiP we stopped off to watch the Impossible Run by the Municipal Stadium which will be held there again on Sunday 13th.  This is a 10k steeplechase with ‘It’s a knockout’ thrown in as it goes through rivers, in, up, under and over various obstacles and all whilst being soaked with the bombeiros hosepipes. Health and Safety no-where in sight – though the ambulances are there ready to cart people off to hospital.  It looked great fun if only I was younger (and taller and fitter!) In the meantime, I will enjoy being a spectator after I have been to BLiP.

November is the fully booked Douro Cruise and December is also fully booked. I will be writing to those who are on the list with the menu for the Christmas Dinner Dance so if your name is down expect a mail from me later this week with details of the meal and also of how to pay.  As with all events, it pays to get your name down early as most venues have limited seating so I find that I am at capacity weeks before the event itself though I always do a waiting list in case of any cancellations.  It is also useful if you pay in advance as I can spend too much time collecting the money.  At the first Christmas event I organised it took over an hour to get 120 people through the door with their payments but I have learned since then!  Let me know if you have heard nothing by the weekend if your name is on the list for the Boa Vista, 6th December.

I must mention the Supper and Song evening at which Wesley entertained us as it was such a triumph.  He received many standing ovations with his fantastic voice, Maria did us proud with the food and despite the clouds gathering during the afternoon, the weather stayed warm and balmy all night.  If you have any photos of the evening, indeed, at any of my events as I never take photographs myself, then mail them to me and I can put some on the afpop website.  Wesley is in this years’ The Voice Portugal – where he tells me all the chairs swivelled round for him (it was The Voice France where he was runner up) and he also sings from 6-8 on Thursdays in a small bar on Rua do Canal in Lagos city centre called Weslei’s.  He also runs a choir, 4-6 on Sunday afternoons if you want to join in. And Maria from the hotel will happily do catering for any event that you may need her for – I can thoroughly recommend both people and have full details if you require them.

In January I am trying to arrange an Indian meal, date not yet confirmed and February will be at the Carvi, Lagos on February 28th lunchtime, date sorted and menu to follow.

So I will await your booking for the Fish & Chips in Burgau at a new venue for us.

M2M:  A member has a trailer for sale at the beginning of October.  If anyone is interested contact:

Pat Allen

Tel: 282-697-548         E-mail:  or


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