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Continuing our SPREE of Doing Things Normal Couples Do, The Wine In My Bottle and I went OUT on Friday night to see some PALS. We had a meal! and BOOZE! At a TABLE!! It was like some wonderful dreamworld like off the telly, withh Discussions and EvERYTHING - and then the next day we stopped off somewhere for LUNCH!!! IMAGINE!!

Luckily, before we could get completely over-excited and buy a CARAVAN or something, things returned to ROCK-Normal with me zooming off to Camden to do a GIG. Phew! The gig in question was the birthday party of Mr M Strickson, who got me and a whole bunch of other people doing some SONGS over the course of the day. I was first, and I did THIS:
  • Mental Judo
  • The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
  • My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
  • The Gay Train
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Boom Shake The Room

  • I'd had a bit of an old PRACTICE in the week - as this would be the first time in AGES I'd be able to CHOOSE what songs to play I thought it best to check what songs i COULD play - and had a LIST of songs available, which was GRATE because it meant I could leap into Mental Judo first FAIRLY sure I'd be able to play it. I know from previous EVENTS that ANY birthday do is always given a slight edge by the knowledge of people who AREN'T there (especially during that bit at the beginning when ABSENCE TEXTS come in) so it seemed like the right thing to do, although the song that went BEST was My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once. Who would have GUESSED that THAT would work for a bunch of people of my generation, all of whom were still in bands, sat in a pub in Camden?

    I had a LOVELY time and then thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the afternoon - it was the whole group of people I know largely through Mr Keith TOTP, who are a bloody DELIGHTFUL bunch, so there was much beer and chat and a whole lot of ACTS. Micky did a set with his old band Ciccone, Ms R Delgado played, Keith himself was on towards the end and it was all GRATE, tho i must admit my favourite was THE ABBA STRIPES.

    Yes, your MIND is correct: that IS an act who play Abba songs in the style of The White Stripes and, actually, it is even MORE EXCELLENT than you are currently imagining. COR! Really the "White Stripes" but just mean "PLAYED LOUDLY" as it was them ABBA songs that most GLEAMED through. It was EXCELLENT!

    To cap off an already SMASHING afternoon, the whole thing finished at the extraordinarily sensible time of 9pm so I was able to easily wobble off and get the OVERGROUND all the way home from Camden Road, something which made me EXTREMELY happy. An EXCELLENT birthday all round i think!

    posted 5/9/2011 by MJ Hibbett

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