The Young Stationers come anywhere from first to last in quizzes, depending on how much they have had to drink. This week, they came second in the younger Inter-Livery Quiz, missing out by a mere half-point. Thankfully, organiser and Pewterer Miss Eleanor Mason Brown felt sorry for them, and sent each Young Stationer home with one box of chocolates she had received from chaps. In the photo above you can see from left: Miss Sarah Maria Carter, Miss Caroline Roddis, Paddy Belton, Richard Knights (applicant Stationer), Liveryman Moira Sleight, and Mahmoud Warriah (a second applicant Stationer).
A band of young Stationers with the Master at the Oscar Wilde evening at Stationers' Hall on Tuesday, 18 February 2014. They are: (standing) Mahmoud Warriah, Paddy Belton, Miss Natasha Hausdorff, Master Tom Hempenstall, Miss Teodora Toma, Dr Jaani Riordan, Richard Knights; (seated) Miss Sophie Morrison, Miss Masuma Rahim, and Miss Jenni Lajzerowicz. You can read Paddy's report on the evening here.
Baroness Wheatcroft of Blackheath, former editor of the Sunday Telegraph and the Wall Street Journal Europe, was the Young Stationers' first guest for 2014. The Young Stationers filled the library of the Oriental Club, and kept their speaker going with questions until 11.30 pm, when it was decided it was the Master's bedtime.
The Young Stationers' next event will be a St Patrick's Day dinner with Culture Minister the Hon. Ed Vaizey MP, which will be at the Savile Club on 18th March. After this they intend to paint the town green! Do please join them: for more information, there is a Facebook page here.
From left in the above image: Master Tom Hempenstall, Baroness Wheatcroft of Blackheath, Liveryman Paddy Belton, Jo Warner-Howard from the Copyright Licensing Agency.
The Young Stationers held their Christmas dinner at Buck's Club with Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee Chairman John Whittingdale OBE MP, amidst a cacophony of tasteful reindeer hats, Christmas crackers, and eggnog. We all watched Mr Whittingdale sail into our living rooms during his press hacking hearings, duelling with multiple Murdochs and flame-haired vixens, and giving us all memorable telly and the country what the Guardian, restraining its praise, called ' 'the most important select committee hearing in Parliament's history'. The Young Stationers did try to order foam pie for pudding, but were given Christmas pud instead. Lingering to take a detailed grilling about reinvigorated select committees, life after Leveson, the Royal Charter, and the licence fee, No-el-evated praise is excessive for Mr Whittingdale's performance.
A fortnight before, the Young Stationers met in the Athenaeum Club with the nation's leading libel silk, Desmond Browne QC, seen in the picture above with Paddy Belton. Mr Browne - who has been head of the Bar Council, and is head of one media set 5RB - gave them a close reading of the Defamation Act 2013. Taking cross-examination on such topics as effects of the single publication rule and whether the new public interest defences give journalists more protection than qualified privilege, the Young Stationers enjoyed their chance to milk a silk: they were always libel to have a good time.