The Gentlemen's Ale Sampling Society
1982-2017 35 YEARS OF BEERS
BENIDORM - SPAIN
Following some two years of
non-stop promotion by Hew Edilodoloodaloo during which he bad-mouthed Las Vegas,
New York, Shanghai, St Tropez
Which is a result as there was a
suggestion that we stayed in the Hotel Solana, where the TV series Benidorm was
Our organiser for 2015 was Mr Keith Evans. So thank you to Keith for all the travel, hotel, and AGM dinner organisation. Spot on!
19 members attended, only Chris,
Ray, Stuart and Steve R had the good sense to stay in the sunny UK.
It went a bit like this.......
We arrived at our actually really
nice hotel and got stuck straight in to the fully inclusive beers in the bar and
then the very reasonable wine & food in the restaurant.
John made four really good new
friends on his way home and gave them all his money, that John, generous to a
fault. He also learnt that his phone is not even worth nicking.
We were sad, we had all made such an effort for those bulls, just look at us!
So we enjoyed lunch. Sadly
no, Lunch was a plate of stale Quavers and some dodgy plates of mixed bullshit.
Graham to the fore!!!!!
As you see, we were dressed to run
over bulls, no wonder they were too scared to come out.
So he brought the little darlings
out and the next few shots show you how much fun the bulls had with us.
As is traditional in bull fighting - we started with the Matadors - Brian and Gary were there to sexually arouse the bulls. They failed.
Then the bullshit stopped...................
And to give you an idea of scale this was how big the ring was, no place to hide! Well except behind the wooden bits I guess.
On with the scary photos..... Mainly of Senor Smith...... Bullfighter extraordinaire....
Oh, and we can't miss Senor 'Two Cape' Bell..... Or Senor Westlake, who started us off with his actual running....
Oh, and Senor Ralph, he only fights fat bastards...... Ron thinks about it...... Hugh causes the bulls to think about it.....
No bulls were injured in the event, nor were any GASS members, sadly.
From Bullfighting we jumped straight to Gay Baiting - This was the theme for 2105
and Flamenco was our theme dance!
Do we never stop taking cheesy group photos of weird Flamenco dancers?
The winners, Pete came first and won the Breitling Watch as a prize, Owen second, Ian third (or the other way round).
We also enjoyed a couple of lovely lunches.....
And for once we paid for Steve on his birthday (back to normal next year please Steve, paying for you right throws our budgets out!)
MINUTES OF THE AGM
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
The usual suspects, work too hard, no time for their mates, 'er indoors won't let me out to play. Riches, Spree, Guttridge, Gilbert.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT
We started the year with £6,740,
we aimed to spent the surplus to get us back down to £5,000, we ended the year
with £5,636. Bloody good show!
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS REPORT
Another fine year. Great meetings and great company. Here is to another year, 34 years next year!
MEETINGS FOR 2105-16
Total chaos. Not a decision
in sight, apart from members poo-pooing every single idea that came up.
You could try looking here and there may even be a programme for you to consider - click here - meetings 2015/16
We did have a couple of great
ideas come up, both from John Brice and Nick Jenkins, and they will appear in
The prize of a very nice Gucci Bag
for the best pants of the night went to Nick Jenkins.
Another great year - no issues, no problems, great company, great entertainment every day.
See you next year!