A load of balls
As I can’t rent a tux my size, I don’t attend. Obviously others do. Also, I’m not sure what BWA stands for. Otherwise, no comment.
From: L. T. [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 20 April 2004 09:15
Subject: St George's Day Ball - Special Announcement
Dear Members of St George and friends,
It saddens me to advise you all that the St. George's Day Ball for 2004 has had to be cancelled for lack of numbers attending. ……… this probably wont come as any surprise, but as a great disappointment to the committee and I am sure to those who had registered to attend and had paid (refunds in full will be available).
From the replies that I did receive from my last circular, its clear that the general theme is "We're all Balled out!". Certainly there are less expats here today than there were 5 years ago, plus there are far more avenues of entertainment here today than there was 5 years back. Plus the comment was made that it is believed that peoples disposable income is getting less and less, yet the balls continue unabated.
It was also commented and suggested that the English/Scottish/Irish/Welsh societies should perhaps look at having one main ball per year and for want of a title, calling it the British Ball. This is already being discussed by the society heads and the BWA as we look at 2005 in light of the trends from 2003/2004.
The Royal Society of St George