‘Anorak of the Year’ — who will it be?

Where? Vapiano restaurant — in the Corn Exchange, 98 Corporation Street M4 3TR.

Time? We’ll start at 6:00. Drinks and mingling for the first hour. Presentations starting around 7:00. Some people will be coming just for drinks. Others for drinks as well as dinner.

Presentations: A projector and screen will be available for PowerPoint presentations about Celebrating the Ordinary. Short presentations — 3 to 10 minutes. If you don’t have a presentation, you may want to  tell us your favourite Dad Joke or Christmas Cracker. (We’ll be at The Corn Exchange — corny jokes will be acceptable.).

‘Dr Boredom’: Dr Sandi Mann from the U of Central Lancashire’s School of Psychology, author of The Science of Boredom: The Upside (and Downside) of Downtimewill pop by to give a short talk about why it’s OK to be dull and the benefits of boredom.

Filmmaker Andy Oxley, who produced and directed the award-winning documentary Born to Be Mild, will be there. He would like to meet candidates for his next film about dullsters.

Cost: No fee to attend. For drionks and food, we pay seperatly. Vapiano has a convenient system for this: a card is handed to each person when they enter;  food and drinks are recorded on the card; the total on the card is paid when leaving.

Please RSVP: If you plan to attend, please let us know in an email to contactus@dullmen.com.  We’d like to know how much space to fence off at the restaurant. Also let us know if you’ll be making a presentation so we get you on the agenda.

We’ll be here at the lower level

Thanks to Steve Morton, DMC member living in France, who mentioned Vapianos to us. He holds meetings of his Philofaxy group — ‘for the love of Filofax’ — at them.