The London Institute marks the year’s successes at its Yuletide Winterfest, from 4pm on Friday 11 December—if it can get the spirits out.
The London Institute's Christmas party was a case of swine before pearls. Postdoc Alexander Mozeika provided the swine, in the form of a small pig from his Camden butcher, which was roasted in the fireplace. The pearls came later, courtesy of Institute alumnae Antonia Tingey and Bethia Beadman, supported by office manager Victoria Harrison. Lobbyist Vernon Hunte from the PR firm April Six got in the spirit of things with a dose of his stand-up comedy. The offspring of a Trinidadian and an Italian, Vernon calls himself a "pasta-farian".
Late in the evening, research associate Robert Bywater expressed his approval by gnawing on a trotter. Meanwhile, graphic designer Daniel Eris proclaimed that the world is swamped with mediocrity—apart from the beast and booze, which were both excellent. Beer and wine flowed freely, but the whisky proved elusive. It was kept in a Klein bottle decanter, a three-dimensional object with no interior. A Klein bottle can be constructed at home by gluing together two Möbius strips along their edges. In the party invitation, it was drawn entirely mathematically by Robert Farr.