Farber Day

It was Pam Wells' fault. She came back from Corflu determined to bring Gary Farber, Usenet BNF and ex-Worldcon eminence grizzly, to Novacon. So on July 21st we're holding a garden fête at 13, Lindfield Gardens, Hampstead as a fund-raising event. More details of this momentous event follow. If you're in the area, why not drop in and make a fool of yourself for a good cause? And if you're in the US, isn't it worth a small donation to get rid of Gary for a while? If you want to send us a dollar cheque, please make it payable to Roger Robinson.

Gary Farber with ice cream

Gary Farber
Felix mine, I'll lick his...

Grand Garden Fête

Raising Funds to Bring Gary Farber to Novacon. Sunday July 21, 13 Lindfield Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3, 2pm till Dusk. Our exciting games and activities will include:

...And Many More!!!!!!

Full report with pictures in the next issue of Plokta...

All Welcome

Admission Free
Indoors if wet

Plok? Ta.

Q. So who is Gary Farber, anyway?

A. He's a US fan and denizen of the Usenet newsgroups rec.arts.sf.fandom and alt.fandom.cons. He's also done loads of fanzines, been vice chair of a Worldcon and is a really cool bloke; but he doesn't have enough money to finance a trip over here.

Q. So, who's behind Farber Day?

A. The entire "Bring Gary Farber to Novacon" campaign is being orchestrated by Bridget Hardcastle, Alison Scott and Pam Wells.

Q. Why?

A. Because as well as all that other stuff, he's also a terrific flirt.

Q. Isn't this what TAFF's supposed to be for?

A. Yes, but we don't see a problem with a bit of free enterprise fund raising as well. Besides, Gary lost a TAFF race before any of us were born.

Q. How do you plan to make money if admission to the fête is free?

A. Because we intend to charge you for everything else, of course. Bring lots of spare change.

Q. How much money do you need?

A. Quite a lot -- about £500. Bring large notes.

Q. So how do I get there?

A. Tube to Hampstead or Finchley Road, then use an A-Z or the maps on the station wall.

If coming by car, you can park on the street, ignoring what it says about residents' parking - this only applies Monday to Saturday.

Early entries in the erotic fruit eating contest...

Steven Cain with coconut
I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts

Alison Scott with banana
The fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the fruit

Pam Wells, Alison Scott, Giulia De Cesare and Bridget Hardcastle with chocolate fondue
"Ravening maenads" (© D.Langford)

Sue also did us a picture involving erotic use of a cucumber, but it was too tasteless even for Plokta.

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