POINT REUNION in LONDON
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Report by Phillip Khan-Panni
The 2008 London Reunion at
Mary went like a dream. There were 68 of us, the meal was terrific and the
service first class. Fr Van, our guest of honour, said a few words, in which he
reminded us of the excellence of our NP education, and said the school was now
keen to take those standards and those values into areas where good schooling
was not currently available -- places like Mungpoo.
He emphasised that Mungpoo is an extension of North Point, not a separate
project, so any support we give it will not be at the expense of our school.
Brian Edwards once again regaled us (and surprised the waiters) with
his nursery rhymes in Hindi, and
Anji Rolls very kindly took a bucket round to collect further donations for
Mungpoo and NP.
Pamela Ford, who isn't even a Spagie but is
related to Fr O'Neill (of O'Neill House fame), gave invaluable help at the door
and made a very generous donation to school funds.
Total collected should convert to something north of 1.6 lakhs (2,100 GBP, plus 85 GBP retained surplus from the meal charges). When
the bank has done its bit I'll let you know the exact amount.
Unfortunately there was not enough time for all the re-connections that people
wanted, and several congregated at a nearby pub afterwards. We had a very
welcome flying visit from
Leo Carbone from Spain via
Brussels. Others who travelled a long way were
Mohammed Faruque (Pakistan),
Siladitya Bhattacharya (Scotland),
Jhaveri, Ashok and
Sharmila Chanda (India),
Phil Laden La, P.K. and
Noli Swatman (Canada),
Gerry Taylor (just back from
Nicholas Rhodes (recently back from
Singapore). My brother
Aziz managed to squeeze a visit between
his rehearsal and performance at the Festival Hall that day, and
Simon got there just before the end.
Those who attended were:
Brian Edwards Iris Edwards Albion Gee
Celia Rustom Errol Stagg Brian Robb
Errol Eden Barin (BB) Roy John
Evelyn Khan-Panni Phillip Khan-Panni Gerry Taylor
Fr. Van Isith Gangooly Aziz Khan
Ian Prossor Kate McLaughlan Nick Prossor
Jane Gee Peter Lodrick Kamlesh
Julian Lefevre Noel Cummins Kathleen
Michael Brady Louise Mutton Peter Rustom
Mike Ainslie Marlene Ainslie Keith
Mohammed Faruque Ashok Chanda Sharmila Chanda
Namita Prossor Anji Rolls Pamela
Noel Simon Anoosh Simon Jules Del
Norman Noah Bob Leeming Yvonne Newton
P.K. Saha Ginger Saha Leo Carbone
Pamela Hussain Kewal Moktan Siladitya
Pamela James Rodney James Alan Noah
Peter Rosambeau Mary Rosambeau Phil Laden
Deki Rhodes Nicholas Rhodes Shirley Keymer
Robert Taylor Rosemary Taylor Ian Taylor
Sujit Sen Malabika Sen Swetha
Trevor Swatman Noli Swatman Yvonne Lodrick
Devdan Sen Haik Stevens
Those who declined this year include:
David Lodrick, Dhrubo Gupta, Amal Ganguly, Guy Tickner, Radley Pereira, Orlando
Antao, Ranjan Sen, Winston Pais, Brian Hewland, Brian Boffey, Peter
Martin, Peter Gogerly, T M Leong, Barry Morrow, Ken Staynor, Noreen
Dunne, Billy Pyke, Pradeep Singhania, Richard Ashby, Ishu Lakhani, Jurek Pinches and Iqbal Faruque, the last two crying off at the
eleventh hour because of illness.
donations I could identify were from:
Tickner, Radley Pereira, Brian Hewland, Winston Pais, Peter Martin,
Noel Simon, Jules Del Espino, Peter
Rosambeau, John Barrington, Jurek Pinches, Ian Taylor, Michael Brady, Bob
Leeming, Keith Keymer, Mike Ainslie, Robert Taylor, Albion Gee, Kewal Moktan,
Peter Lodrick, Norman Noah, John Farrell, Isith Gangooly. Barin 'BB' Roy,
Ian Prossor, Gerry Taylor, Devdan Sen, Pamela Ford, Aziz Khan Panni, Leo
Carbone, Evelyn Khan-Panni and myself.
Quite a few
others added to the collection taken by Anji Rolls (my apologies if I have missed out anyone).
Huge thanks to you all!
The 2008 Reunion is looming!
It will be on:
Saturday 28th June 2008
12:30 to 4:00pm
Kingís Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0SZ
Please note the change of
venue. Bombay Brasserie will be closed for renovation during June, so we canít
go there this year.
Chutney Mary is a fantastic
alternative, if slightly more expensive. This from their website:
Panjabi and Ranjit Mathrani created Chutney Mary in 1990 in Chelsea, London. It
rapidly became London's most fashionable and highly acclaimed Indian restaurant
and twice received the award of Best Indian Restaurant in the UK from the
authoritative Good Curry Guide.
Chutney Mary underwent a total transformation in 2002. Its new, sophisticated
look and a menu makeover once more ensured its position as UK's leading Indian
restaurant. This transformation has received much praise. It received the
prestigious London Restaurant Award as the Indian Restaurant of the Year, and
the authoritative Square Meal Guide has rated it as the Best Modern Indian
Restaurant in London in 2003, and 2004.
The charge this year for a three course meal will be £29.50, including VAT,
service and a small contribution towards administration.
The restaurant is located at Stamford Bridge Ė the western end of Kingís Road.
Itís two minutes from Fulham Broadway Tube station and Chelsea Football club,
and there is meter parking in nearby streets.
Iíll send you the booking details very soon. First I want to set up a new bank
account in the name of NP Alumni.
Phillip Khan-Panni MBA PSA Founder
Speaker, Author, Trainer in Communication Skillls
Hillbrow Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 4JL
t: 020-8466 7026 m: 07768 696254
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