By Elena Trifonova and Alex Calcan
LISA held its second annual Xmas dinner at La Porchetta restaurant in central London, to celebrate the end of a good year and the beginning of the festive season.
As most LISA events, the dinner was held on a Wednesday, the 4th of December. Wednesday often suit most Alumni in London, such that it is not too early in the week, and does not overlap with work dos or weekend plans. 28 Alumni from various years from the 90s, 00s and 10s, turned up at a little Italian restaurant to enjoy a nice meal and reconnect with fellow alumnus from all walks of life.
As el vino began to flow, Elena tapped her glass and stood to welcome everyone to the dinner, and thank them for coming to an event that proved for the second year running to be successful. She thanked the social committee for their organization, then handed the floor to LISA Chair, Adnan Naseem, who gave an impromptu speech about LISA and how far it has come from its establishment, and how he enjoyed seeing so many new faces get involved with the alumni effort. He then gave the floor to Charles Wahab, who had prepared a speech!
Charles, rarely shy of public speaking, had prepared what appeared to be a 10 page speech. An aspiring (stress aspiring) standup comedian, Charles went through a number of achievements and stories from the Alumni around the globe: from Chris who went to the North Pole, to Thor who crossed Greenland. He also congratulated many on their recent matrimonies and joyful news, and made bold claims to what LISA holds in the future, from Talent Shows to volunteering events, the best was yet to come.
Charles was booed of his makebelief stage, and everyone tucked into their tiramisu and drank the night away, while Alex, made sure digital evidence was taken!