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Birmingham Green Drinks

 

 

CONTACT: Malcolm Currie      info@globallylocal.net

MEETING PLACE:

LOCANTA RESTAURANT

31, LUDGATE HILL

ST PAUL’S SQUARE

B3 1EH
food and drinks from 6.00p.m. - guests and/or main topic introduced at 7.00/7.15p.m.  See further background information at bottom of page.          Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month.

We remain Birmingham Green Drinks but are using the old "Cafe Society" title whose format served us so well at the end of the last century.   We are running a joint progrramme with the West Midlands branch of *The Royal Society of Arts (RSA).     There is further background information - "general guidelines" - at the foot of the page.

*The RSA is 250 years old and presently engaging with government and a wide range of institutions as a highly competent, independent consultant.   Their reports have informed situations across most sectors of society.  Their online material is well worth checking out.  

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The next 'guest' date is 

Tuesday 11th August

SUMMER THEME: "Fair Trade" - has the concept peaked? What's in a taste?

Following one of the most energetic and engaging sessions on 14 July, we continue with the 'The Global Village' theme.   On that occasion seven nationalities were represented around the table and we continue with guests from three continents - or more.
 
BEVIL WILLIAMS, with his Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, (who can afford it?), challenges PAUL BIRCH, with his eleven nation range of Organic and Fair Trade coffees.  Join the TASTE TEST, ably managed by our host Erkan. Pass judgement and decide whether any of these live up to their reputation!
 
Otherwise usual arrangements apply - see introduction and below for details, or email for further information. 
 
How about this for a future tag line?
 
"The Global Village is no longer typified by the American "M" for McDonalds but by the Chinese "M" for Mandarin."
Maybe, but one of our mainland Chinese guests was very concerned that, in her view, mainstream Chinese society had a long way to go to match the sophistication and world savvy nature of western society.   Really? 
 
(Mandarin is now the lead second language in some African countries.)
 
Any thoughts?
 

Malcolm Currie
Globally Local

email:  info@globallylocal.net

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BRUM GREEN DRINKS / CAFE SOCIETY - GENERAL GUIDELINES

Of course, you don't have to have a meal in order to join in, although it helps us to have an idea of meal numbers in advance.  Erkan, our host,  provides an excellent special menu, plenty of choice, including vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Meals and/or drinks are available anytime from 6.00p.m.; and any "guest" for the evening is introduced at about 7.00p.m.  There's no closing time; people stay for as long or as short a time as they wish.  As a guide, the main discussion usually lasts about an hour and a half, after the guest's initial 5 to 10 minutes [maximum].   

The role of the guest speaker is to promote discussion; to challenge, rather than deliver an after dinner speech!   Just 5 to 10 minutes is all they are allowed as an introduction.

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GREEN DRINKS/CAFE SOCIETY

“A NEW VERSION OF AN OLD IDEA

"...a place where anybody can come, alone or with friends,

to enjoy a meal...

a place to air and share opinions, in a friendly and

convivial atmosphere... - about the issues facing us all;

The local restaurant becomes a focal point where people can go for a satisfying evening out, knowing that they will meet others who wish to talk about any of the issues - social, economic, cultural or whatever - they feel concerned about.”

“Who knows whom you might meet!

They’ll listen - they’ll answer back -

and together we’ll create

a new kind of

society..."

extract from Theodore Zeldin's "Intimate History of Conversation"