Tonight is the 4th meeting of the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club!
Earlier in the month, I mentioned ‘Quietly Enigmatic‘, a site dedicated to Michael Kitchen aka DCS C. Foyle and Foyle’s War. It is choc-a-block full of info. Thanks to 2 of its members, Wolesley and Starlight, I’ve been watching this youtube clip:
Isn’t Michael Kitchen fab!
Minutes from the last meeting:
Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D (although he watches different episodes 24 hours in advance of us, he assures me he is with The Friday Night Club in spirit) and Digby D’s mother (possibly). (Actual): Lady Egality (Club Treasurer), The Graf and Lady Liberty (Club Secretary).
1. We are delighted to welcome a new Virtual member: ‘ayresorchids’ from America.
2. Lady Egality is hopeful that she has persuaded Colonel Pyncheon and Lady Sebright to sign up as Actual members. They were moaning that Castle Coop is completely dead on Friday Nights as everyone goes to the Ox and Moose which they do not care for (the landlord doesn’t stock Bombay Sapphire Gin). Lady E put them straight immediately and their enrolment is pending their return from a fortnight’s holiday in India.
3. re Refreshments:
Feedback from the last post has confirmed widespread support for decent refreshments during club meetings. It has therefore been agreed that it will be perfectly acceptable for any gesture towards authenticity during our club meetings to be ‘token’. Our newest Club Member,’ ayresorchids’ suggests Lefèvre Utile Petit Écoliers biscuits, with milk/dark/white chocolate topping might fit the bill. Although the white chocolate ones sound delicious, our club secretary has failed to trace them. The other ones have been successfully tracked down and as they sell for a reasonable £3.50 (ish) for 10, Lady Egality has approved the notion that a Biscuit Fund should be set up.
1. It has been suggested that a photograph of DCS Foyle should be placed on the table during the I.F.N.F.W. C meetings. Please could all members vote in the comment box below as to whether they are in favour or against this motion.
2. Lady Liberty would like to ask the Club membership if anyone knows why on earth the Fedora Hat went out of fashion?
Date of the next Meeting: Friday 14th February? to be confirmed…
As this is Valentine’s Day, it will hopefully prove politic to postpone. Please be on the alert for an update to confirm the exact date. Lady E and I must consult Sir Plym and the agent. Hopefully our partners in life will both agree to (or even suggest) a romantic celebration in which champagne and roses feature. If no such celebrations are given the thumbs up, the meeting will take place as planned next Friday (although both our faces might look a bit downcast – no slight to F.W intended).
Venue: Castle Coop (both actually and virtually).
Tonight we shall be sitting on the Club sofa watching, ‘Eagle Day’, (Episode 4, Series 1).
Here is Wikipedia’s précis:
With air-raids becoming more common, a local lorry driver is found murdered inside a bombed out house, a gold locket in his hand. Meanwhile, Foyle’s son Andrew returns from RAF training and is posted to a local radar station as a test pilot for their systems, but his time there is troubled. Against this, Sam Stewart’s father tries to take Sam back home from the apparently dangerous influences of life as a female in uniform. After visiting an art gallery, Foyle wonders whether artworks shipped to Wales by the driver are all that they seem, and are helped when Sam’s father identifies a valuable French statue by chance. Andrew’s queries and arrest brings the two cases to a head as Foyle senior’s investigations reveal the reason – the sexual assault, pregnancy, and suicide of a WAAF, and ensuing cover up (under the guise of Official Secrets Act), and revenge by her father.
As fully paid up members of the twenty-first century, Lady Egality and I shall be watching this episode with particular interest. I don’t think anybody would try and insist that Sam should stay at home nowadays and miss out on all the excitement going on in Hastings, without being able to ‘do her bit’. It makes me feel pretty lucky to be modern even if men don’t wear Fedoras any more (which I regret). It would be very interesting to know what aspects of life members feel have improved since the 1940s and what things we might have lost out on. Do please let us all know in the comments section below…
Yours in anticipation,
P.S. ayresorchids has most kindly passed on these links as explanations to my question as to wear on earth men stopped wearing such a fabulously stylish accessory as the Fedora Hat – (explanations echoed by Digby D please see the comment section)