Friday 17 December 2021

I won't be going


I'd no idea there even was such a thing, but I learned today that the BBC Correspondents' Charity Dinner is back after a Covid hiatus, 

And it's going to better than ever, apparently. 

It will be held on 24th February 2022 at The Grand Ballroom at The Langham in London W1. 

''With tables in previous years hosted by Jeremy Vine, John Simpson, Andrew Marr, Mishal Husain, Ben Thompson and Fiona Bruce, this really is a night not to be missed'', says the BBC. 

''Prices start from £3,500 for a table of eight, plus two BBC correspondents'', the BBC continues. 

I'll admit that it's a bit out of my price range. I'm much more comfortable with the 2for1 £11.00 meal offer at my local Greene King pub. 

[Not so long ago it used to be a 2for1 £9.00 deal. What's the world coming to!].

Anyhow, even if we all clubbed together and bankrupted ourselves for an ITBB table of 8 + two BBC journos we'd probably end up sitting on the same table as Orla Guerin and Mark Easton. 

And frankly I don't fancy sitting in stony silence while Mark waffles on about about how the beautiful Lune Valley could cope with tens of thousands more houses being built while not mentioning that he means because of immigrants.

And I'd only end up drowning the world's sorrows [with a third bottle of wine so overpriced it later sees me dragged off to a Dickensian debtors' prison] after enduring two hours of depressing Orla droning on and tugging our heartstrings about the plight of those poor Houthis. O, the humanity!

So I'll pass on that.

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