Friday, November 24, 2017

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Return of the Steamy Room - April 8 - Birthday Time

John is turning 50 on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

The Sauna Club is invited to attend on this day to join in celebrations of this anniversary.

Normal gathering time (6ish).  Normal gathering place.

To ensure that the evening is limited to a manageable magnitude, we ask that no unexpected guests are included in your arrival party - ie. established saunaroonies only on this occasion.

To assist in planning etc, please make contact to discuss vittles if you are able to attend.

Menu to be established.  There may well be a danger of cake.

In addition, all are welcome the Sunday before at the party indicated in the attached document.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Johnny's gang awa - PARTY!!!!!!!

To all Brisbane-based saunaroonies:

You will be most welcome at the usual address if you would like to join in the farewelling of the John.

He's off for some bunch of months to work in Sydney and Melbourne and so a party is called for.

From 2pm at Barkala Street, Sunday, 7 October.

If you don't already know where he's going or why, give him a call or drop an email.  The news is still a bit hushy at this stage.

And for all those not in Brisbane or otherwise out of this particular loop -  all will be revealed soon.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Suzanna Returns!

Sauna is on this weekend (Sunday 4 December) in celebration of the return of the delightful Suzanna.

We are so far:

Here's the latest for Sunday.

The list has blown out a little this week so please bear in mind our expanded numbers (17!!!!) when preparing your contribution.

Sam is co-ordinating our mains and so communicating with her is a high priority for anyone bringing food.  

Here we go:

John and Nic- meatballs, olives, turkish bread
Davyyd & Matteo – self catering
Suzanna - honoured guest
Keith – cheese & crackers
Kali – pudding
Poet – wine
Sam – chorizo dish, chicken dish, oven roast potatoes, guacamole or bean dip (wow!)
Dr D and Duchess - fruit salad
Fiona - bread?
Carrie &  Mark – frittata 
Hal & Jess - white wine
Andrea - Salad

We could probably use another tapas dish or more wine (usually).  There are beers in the fridge that need drinking too.

We look forward to a steamy catch-up.



Apologies from Shez.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rebecca Has a Quiet Time in Fez

Rebecca leaping into the arms of every Moroccan she saw!

This is what happens if you do not finish eating everything!
Bec is encouraged to eat

And Donald is featured HERE


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Come here, Big One!!!!

After a patchy hiatus (must have that looked at) this Sunday is Sauna Day (September 15).

A party of steamy torsos is planned.

So far, we have:


Who's in?

Food is yet to be determined, but we envisage a certain amount of dietary factors leading to self-catering, piles of carbo-goodness and some other stuff.

(How's that for planning)

Love and steamy good thoughts.

John and Nic

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Not all Saunas are Equal !

 Once in a while you stumble upon a sauna that is so different that it is worth taking note of. The one we discovered in Amsterdam is called Sauna Deco and is the most luxurious sauna we have ever seen.

In fact there are two saunas and a Turkish steam room inside - one sauna is really hot and the other "family friendly". What is great is not just the d├ęcor, which is all authentic deco, but the fact it is a mixed sauna and the Dutch are very at home with their bodies! While there are a lot of gay saunas in Amsterdam, this one is not a pick-up place, but a sensual experience of another kind.

Situated on the Herengracht (canal), it is in a fabulous area and was just around the corner from our houseboat. Because they only let in a certain number of people at one time, it is never crowded and felt very friendly. The relaxation areas are huge

the chill-out areas were amazingly beautiful

People in the hot sauna were friendly and welcoming. And in the chill-out rooms you could get tea, coffee, snacks and cold drinks. No beer though. However, having been nibbling on "space-cake", beer was not on our agenda.

The Turkish steam room (without steam in photo) and one half of the hot sauna
The cold plunge pool was quite small, but cool enough. To the right of it was another room where you could simply sit and soak your feet in hot or cold water, while the rest of you cooled down. Lovely!

the plunge pool was very deep but not very wide
Ah... and the other side of relaxing in Amsterdam?

Space-Cake ! Very tasty...
And for the horticulturists among us, there are shops everywhere with more than just tulips...

Complete with "feminised" seeds


Sauna Deco
Herengracht 115
Grachtengordel: West Amsterdam


Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Sauna Augustus

We're going to Caeser the opportunity because we've temporarily halted our Roming.

This Sunday the doors of the little wooden temple will be thrown open. All the Romani are welcome to eunt domus over to our place. All are welcome to enter the Tiny Arena while John Bowls (We'll make time for young talent).

We promise you all a gaius old time.

Nominate your chosen role:

Davydd and Mateo: Vegan self-catering

Kali & Mac Nan Alba: Duo of pasta sauces

John: Dessert

Nic: Mulled wine

Steam on!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Late, great sauna announcement

Sauna is a go this Sunday with John and Nic on beef stew duty for mains.

Come one, come all, who walk or crawl
Come and and fill your bellies
We'll sit and stew in the tiny room
And after there'll be jellies (I hope)

Let the word go out!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

New Mobile Interface for The View from Fez

The smart way to keep up to date

Because of the number of people who now access The View from Fez from their phones, we have introduced a new clean, fast, mobile interface. You don't have to change anything on your phone, or get a new app - it will happen automatically. And this is what it looks like.

All the stories and latest updates are there, but they will load faster and appear in an easy to read, digest form. However, if you prefer the older web version, then simply scroll down and select "view web version".

For those of you who do get your Fez Festival updates from us, we would love your feedback on the new interface.

For programme changes and other event updates you can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook

Quick link:  All our Fez Festival stories


Sunday, May 08, 2011

Who's in?

Lamb curry is on thanks to keith, Helena is a maybe and Carrie and fruitbat are on dessert. Any other takers?


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Friday, May 06, 2011


John is back in Brissie after the sudden trip to Townsville.

I know it's late to be putting out feelers, but is anyone up for a sit in the hotbox this Sunday?

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Sauna-free Sunday

We will be without the massing of the steamy this weekend. We will have four house-guests on Sunday and Nicole is only returning from the North on Saturday. A day of rest, in a sense (who knows, it might catch on).

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Yet Another Birthday

John's turn this week.

Nicole will be heading North on Sunday, but John remains behind, and is in the mood for steam! In her absence, your favourite nun turns 47 this week and will need the comfort of friends.

Choose your role for the evening:

Nibbles: Fiona

Mains: John

Sides: Shez & Nic

Drinks: Helena, Paul and Sarah

Puddings: Baggage

Kitchen slaves: Emma, Christine (both self-catering)

Possible late-comers: Barney, Keith

Away: Samir, Zany, Mirri, Carrie, Nicoleena, Jeff

A gold coin donation is being sought from all sauna attendees to contribute to the pool and sauna components of the power bill.

RSVP by Friday if possible, please.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Off to Scotty-land

The Beckiest of us all travels home to the Northern hemisphere on Tuesday and so this week's sauna is dedicated to her bye-bye-adness.

Choose your role for the evening:

Mains: Kali (Beef Madras without onion)

Sides: Jeff

Drinks: Nic and John will bring some wine, Keith and Randall some beers

Puddings: Shez & Nic

Kitchen slaves: Emma

Possible late-comers: John and Nic

Away: Samir, Zany, Mirri, Carrie, Fruitbat

A gold coin donation is being sought from all sauna attendees to contribute to the pool and sauna components of the power bill.

RSVP by Friday if possible, please.