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  • 2 months later...
On 1/24/2021 at 8:22 PM, quilp said:

If it was the very early days I probably cooked it and served the wine. It was a haunt of the inimitable Chris Kingston and his crew, when they were in it was a riot. 

I wouldn't say we rioted - we just had a good time

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On 1/28/2021 at 9:54 PM, Max Power said:

He did, apparently at their first wedding event, he decided to relieve himself in a cloud of steam into the log fire the wedding party had gathered around. When the best man objected he got a broken nose for his trouble! Lots of stories but I got on really well with him for some reason.

Fake News I'm affraid................

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On 1/28/2021 at 10:56 AM, John Wright said:

I think he’d been banned from the Exec Club at the Palace, and one or two, or more, licensed premises.

Evidence please John ......

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1 hour ago, Phil said:

I wouldn't say we rioted - we just had a good time

You did. Actually, the appearance of that (your) crew would lift the spirits on a slow night, it broke the monotony of head-scratching fuss-pots, Steve's endless anecdotes and back-to-back Shakatak. A bit of good-natured joshing and boister would be had. Kingston squash-partnered with my brother so I qualified for extra stick but it was funny, and nothing behind it. And of course, the often lugubrious owner, after numerous prompts to me to "ask them to quieten-down over there" would brighten-up come bill time. Kingston would then write out a cheque and often added a rider after the payee line- "and not one single, snivelling penny more!" or just "begrudgingly" and those cheques were never returned by the bank. He once intimated, on his way out, that he'd left me a gratuity, I found a fiver placed discreetly under a half-eaten burger as I shovelled into the bin. 

All good fun...

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17 minutes ago, quilp said:

You did. Actually, the appearance of that (your) crew would lift the spirits on a slow night, it broke the monotony of head-scratching fuss-pots, Steve's endless anecdotes and back-to-back Shakatak. A bit of good-natured joshing and boister would be had. Kingston squash-partnered with my brother so I qualified for extra stick but it was funny, and nothing behind it. And of course, the often lugubrious owner, after numerous prompts to me to "ask them to quieten-down over there" would brighten-up come bill time. Kingston would then write out a cheque and often added a rider after the payee line- "and not one single, snivelling penny more!" or just "begrudgingly" and those cheques were never returned by the bank. He once intimated, on his way out, that he'd left me a gratuity, I found a fiver placed discreetly under a half-eaten burger as I shovelled into the bin. 

All good fun...

Actually no we didn't - We had many "fun" nights over twenty four years however "riots" were left to others.... generosity maybe...

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2 minutes ago, Phil said:

Actually no we didn't - We had many "fun" nights over twenty four years however "riots" were left to others.... generosity maybe...

It’s possible you’re thinking of the word ‘riot’ bit too literally there Phil. 

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On 1/24/2021 at 8:26 PM, John Wright said:

I’d forgotten about Chris. They were heavy drinking. Didn’t he buy the Mansion House opposite Spring Valley and have his own restaurant on site?

I was reminded of Chris Kingston today,   I have vague memories of him and a gang that included Patrick Diamond.  Were they just friends or also business associates?  I have a recollection that Mr Diamond was linked with some pretty high profile naughty stuff. 

Whatever happened to them? 

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3 hours ago, Gladys said:

I was reminded of Chris Kingston today,   I have vague memories of him and a gang that included Patrick Diamond.  Were they just friends or also business associates?  I have a recollection that Mr Diamond was linked with some pretty high profile naughty stuff. 

Whatever happened to them? 

Kingston pegged it years ago. Last time I saw PD he was jogging along the prom accompanied by 2 Special Branch officers. At the time it was alleged he'd been working with the FBI on money-laundering and wire-theft allegations in the US. That must've been 20 years ago nearly. Can't help you Gladys... 

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18 minutes ago, quilp said:

Kingston pegged it years ago. Last time I saw PD he was jogging along the prom accompanied by 2 Special Branch officers. At the time it was alleged he'd been working with the FBI on money-laundering and wire-theft allegations in the US. That must've been 20 years ago nearly. Can't help you Gladys... 

Ta.  So PD may still be around. 

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4 hours ago, Gladys said:

I was reminded of Chris Kingston today,   I have vague memories of him and a gang that included Patrick Diamond.  Were they just friends or also business associates?  I have a recollection that Mr Diamond was linked with some pretty high profile naughty stuff. 

Whatever happened to them? 

My recollection is PD did a plea deal for laundering £600,000 of Brinksmat. Did 15 months. Then was in Florida.

Last time I came across the name he was a trustee of an ex prisoner charity.

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44 minutes ago, John Wright said:

My recollection is PD did a plea deal for laundering £600,000 of Brinksmat. Did 15 months. Then was in Florida.

Last time I came across the name he was a trustee of an ex prisoner charity.

Yes, I have found the same.  It was just idle curiosity because I remember PD and CK as pretty colourful and wondered what became of them both.  

ETA The PD of the charity was born in 1974 so not the same person. 

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