The Broken Drummers

The Broken Drummers is a London Discworld group. We meet once a month on the first Monday evening. We start at 7pm although there's usually a few who arrive early. Membership is free, just come along. New members and visitors to London welcome. There are also Broken Drummers groups in Australia.

What can you expect?

There is no entry fee. Ever

We welcome anyone and everyone who enjoys Sir Terry's works, or quite likes them or wants to find out more. We have had many visitors from overseas who have enjoyed themselves and made new friends. The discussions do not only concern the works of Sir Terry Pratchett but wander and meander through other genres and authors and also leaping to TV and Film production. We also find time for a quiz. The prize is superb. The chance to set the quiz the following month.

March 2014
There was a good crowd at Drummers last Monday. We had a visitor from California, plus a lot of the regulars  - including Barbara, who hasn't been for a while. When talk turned to video games, Jacqui said, "Oh, no you're not discussing Zelda again." Indeed we were. We even told James about all the Zelda T-shirts you can buy on Red Bubble. 
Tim E. could not make it with a quiz so I decided that we would play a game I learned from Chris over the weekend. Each player writes the name of a film at the top of the page and passes it on. The next player draws the film however they see fit, turns the paper over so the title is obscured and passes it to the next person, who describes the picture in words. This carries on alternating between drawing and writing until we get to the bottom of the page and ideally end up with a picture that bears no relation to what is at the top. The results were suitably hilarious. Andrew's interpretation of one image was very Freudian (he also chose "Free Willy" as his film) but my favourite was James' illustration of Zulu as a toilet with a zoo on top. Only Judy's "Mary Poppins" remained clear all the way through. Since the game has no winners and losers, Tim is still responsible for the next quiz.
Otherwise, knitting and similar are clearly contagious as Jacqui spent the evening doing crochet. Our American visitor took a 3D photo of the group, which I'm hoping he'll send me. A couple on the next table showed great interest in our group and thought it was wonderful that such a thing would exist. Plus James managed to find the Zelda T-shirt online with the slogan, "You make me harder than the water temple". He was deliberating whether to buy one when we left so maybe Jax has a point about the Zelda obsession.
The Monkey Puzzle

The Monkey Puzzle is a pub just off Edgware Road. Despite its modern exterior, the Monkey Puzzle is a traditional pub. Staff are friendly and welcoming and the pub serves a range of tasty pub meals. 

The Monkey Puzzle is a few minutes walk from Paddington and Edgware Road stations (although beware the Bakerloo branch of Edgware Road station is a bit further away). The address is 30 Southwick Street, Sussex Gardens, W2 1JQ.

If you enter via the beer garden, you will find us at the opposite end of the pub. If you have any problems, the staff can direct you. For more information and a map see the Monkey Puzzle's website.