Hello there, Robert Rankin here, there seems to have been some postal problems regarding issue 46 of the Mercury and it is possible that you have not received your copy and the personal invite to my wedding enclosed with it. This is not the fault of Sproutlore, but a cock-up in the postal system.
So, You are formally invited to a weekend of wonder in Brentford. Events begin on Friday 27th July (my birthday) at 7PM at The Museum, Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, Ealing W5. This is the opening of my exhibition (private view for Sproutlorians) and the launch and first signing (with the collectable bookplates etc) of my new book.
Then, on Saturday 28th July at 1PM, the BIG event. Robert (that's me) and Rachel's Victorian wedding, to be held on the lawns before Gunnersbury Park Museum. The dress code is strictly Victorian, but this includes Victorian/gothic/fetish/fantasy. And I am assured that there will be at least one Jack the Ripper and the Elephant Man, so GO OVER THE TOP. Think about the group photos. Look fabulous!
Also, bring a picnic, but I do have to tell you that the drinking of alcohol is not permitted in the park and the people who are letting us have the event there are very nice people. So, be kind.
I have rented for the day, The Princess Royal pub, beside the football ground in Brentford and we will be having the wedding reception there, various bands will be playing (all connected, or included in the latest book) and if all goes well I will be premiering my new band The Gods of Punk (so, a good moment to pop out for a fag then).
There will be an auction and a raffle, with the first prize of a chromium-plated steel pan (used on the soundtrack album that comes free with the hardback book). It's worth over four hundred quid and has been very generously donated by my lovely lady. So, a merry time is hoped for, for all. And there will be much on the Sunday. But then there always is. Because this will be a Sproutlore event. And we don't muck about at Sproutlore.