Pstoic Dinner 2019 – full report

Many thanks to Martin for this magnificent report.

pstoic dinner 2019 Trophy

the 2019 Trophy

PSTOIC annual dinner – 19th January 2019

Thanks go to Olivier, Rex and Alan for a great job organising this year’s event (17 people!). Another change of plan was needed for this year, the Wildwood restaurant in Gloucester Road had closed, but as luck would have it, Sticky FINGERS in High Street Kensington was back. Rex and Alan suggested meeting beforehand at The Britannia. Jez brought a selection of his 3D printed cube puzzles to keep us busy. Olivier turned up with a surprise bonus guest – Yazan. By special request, Doug brought back his amazing clockwork bird box.

This year’s theme was bring something Foreign. Items included:

Thanks go to Andy for making the wire medal (full write-up), and to Rex for making the runners up 3D printed PSTOIC bodge owls.

This year’s judges were Yazan, Steve and Richard. After a long discussion (and possible disqualifications), Yazan announced the following:

  • 1st place
    Martin’s water chestnuts from Cambodia
  • Runner’s up
    Rob’s Killepitsch Kräuterlikör from Germany
    Jez’s Maltese Falcon 3D print

Apologies for absence:

  • Carl Fairhurst – I’m not going to be able to make it Saturday. I got tripped up by the dog last week and managed to fall, breaking my ribs. I was hoping I’d be okay to travel, but I’m still not able to move around very well and having to take lots of painkillers.

Next year’s theme….

Bring something blue


Pictures – see

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Annual Dinner 2019 – Invitation

Any past or current member of STOIC – Student Television of Imperial College is invited to come to the annual dinner 2019.

This year we are back on familiar ground with a meal booked at Sticky Fingers in High Street Kensington. Noted for it’s Ribs, it was also temporariyl home to a large stone sculpture, brought by Bryan one year to the dinner. Amazingly they have forgotten about this and are allowing us to return.

Dinner Details

Before Dinner Drinks 6:30pm

This is a Youngs pub near the restaurant albeit on the opposite side of Ken High Street. There should be plenty of space to mix and mingle before we head over to the food. Gmap

Sticky Fingers 8pm

1 Phillimore Gardens, Kensington, London W8 7QB

Sit down to eat at 8pm

Party menu only please – SFK-PARTY-MENU1

Info and map:


The theme for this year’s dinner is “Bring something foreign”.  A few days to go and we currently have 20 places booked so should be a fantastic event this year.

Bryan's Stone Sculpture

Bryan’s Stone Sculpture

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Annual Dinner Jan 2018

There was a change of plan for this year’s meetup. It was decided (after a number of pre-meetups) to pick a venue suitable for showing some of the old STOIC material from back in the day. Olivier found a suitable room at the Stick’n’Bowl Chinese, but an upstairs room at the Zetland Arms in South Ken was finally decided upon. After a bit of bodging and gaffer tape, a projector and screen were setup showing material cobbled together from a number of sources. Alan and Rex were offering copies on USB sticks.

Olivier had earlier been to visit the Imperial College Archives and made a valuable contact with the curator there. However despite getting access to the actual tape storage area was unable to find many Umatic tapes of Features from 1989-1994. Plenty of news tapes from that period though. The search continues!

This year’s theme was bring something Futuristic. Items included: Doug’s Curta – mechanical calculator, Jez’s Thermal camera attachment and mini computers, Russ’s VR headset,

Andy also brought some copies of his first book A Little Saw (now available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle).

After a short discussion, the following was agreed:

  • 1st place
    Jez’s Thermal camera attachment

Thermal Pic – Doug and Rob?

Apologies for absence:

  • Hugh Eland – Have great evening and regards from Prague. Hope to join in future.
  • Ledda – I am very jealous and wish I could be there! Watching old footage sounds fab
  • Bryan – Hoping to be but a possibility I might be working in Manchester on an install.
  • Matt – too many excuses to list. Hopefully we’ll see you next year Matt!!

Next year’s theme….

Bring something foreign


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Annual dinner – 14th January 2017

With thanks to Martin for this write up

Olivier did another great job organising this year’s event, although the Doodle poll take up was slow. Wildwood at Gloucester Road was chosen again as the venue. This year saw a visit from Russ Casey.

Apologies for absence:

  • Bryan Crotaz – Sorry guys I’m not going to make it. Was launching our new product to Europe yesterday.
  • Carl Fairhurst – I’ve been up into the night having to deal with a production outage in San Jose and I need to follow up with my team over there later today.
  • Matt Balchin: Daughters 18th birthday party. Was needed on bouncer duty

Full details and more pics:


Thanks Olivier!


Next year’s theme….

Bring something “futuristic”

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Annual PSTOIC dinner Jan 2017

It looks like Saturday 14th Jan is the most popular day, only just…

location: wildwood gloucester rd
theme: Bring something funky

At present 12 people are on the guest list — but some might bring their other half and/or kids?

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