Fun and Games!

I am literally just back from a lovely long visit down to London. It was all a bit impromptu and random and last minute, but altogether it was just really fun and silly and ace. After coffee with Beverley and Rachel I jumped on one of the Thursday evenng trains down to London, and then met a bunch of lovely folks in ‘The Cock’, the Joinee pub of choice in the capital. What followed was a really nice chilled Thursday drinking session, with about ten of us eventually fizzling down to a final four. Just good pub stuff – silly chat, ridiculous injokes, tall tales…. After last orders, Kate and Jason (my hosts for my stay – thanks again guys, I had a lovely, lovely time!) and I piled into a cab and headed for home.

Once we were home, Kate and I realised that Friday was our friend Mr J’s birthday. So we should make him a gift!!! (We may have had some wine and gin :-)) He’s of the opinion that birthdays are a just point for reflection, so we started to make him a “reflectometer”. Words would fail to describe this – imagine foil, photos, card and doodles and you would start to get the drift. By 2 am we were tired, so we decided to reconvene in the morning.

Friday morning and we were up and at em fairly early as we had to motor to a music video audition for Kate. Kate’s an actress and she’s so cool (she wound up getting the job, naturellement!), so this was me living a little vicariously. After that we went for brunch and beer and completed our “Reflectometer!” (yes, it has acquired an exclamation mark). And then we decided to drop it off for Mr J. He works in a major London venue – cue Kate and I looking very silly and fangirly as we dropped it off at the stage door! We then headed for a pub in Camden (the same one, coincidentally, that later that night Amy Winehouse would make her DJing debut in). After about half-an-hour Mr J called us to “thank” us for our gift and came to join us for a while, and after he’d returned to work another friend, Scott, came to join us. He’s a total Camden expert, so he took us for a wee look round the market before we headed to ‘The Good Mixer’. This pub is something of a legend – musicians have been drinking there for generations. I liked it because it reminded me of the pubs at home in Forres. We drank, we chatted, I played pool incredibly badly against a total stranger. Phil and Jason joined us. Kate and Jason and I went for a bite to eat, and then we returned to say goodbye to the boys. Whilst doing this I managed to spill my friend Phil’s pint all over the place (and a little bit on some poor hipster girl – I apologised profusely, of course!) – overenthusiastic hugging! And then Kate and Jase and I went to watch the Mamma Mia film, at the giant Odeon in Leicester Square. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

On Saturday Kate had rehearsal, and Jason was helping their friend Ben to move in, so I went for a wander. It was lovely. I walked for ages, looking at the boats on the river, having a gawp at Tower Bridge, exploring the east end, then wandering around the Tate Modern for a while. When I returned home I introduced Ben and Jason to the televisual genius that is My Super Sweet Sixteen. A little later Kate arrived home and we just had a lovely evening of chat and wine and deli treats and kareoke and bad, bad TV. The boys retired around one, but Kate and I stayed up chatting till half three. This may be why I’m so tired at quarter past eleven this evening!

And today was more chillaxing, and then Kate and Jason and I headed to the pub to meet up with Mr J, and were then joined by lots of other lovely Joinees – Anna and Steve and HBR and Phil and Jamie and Siobhan and countless others who arrived as I was leaving, or after I had left. Lots of fun and silliness and hugs and just a great rounding off to my little London jaunt.

A walk, a tube train, a train, and a car ride, and I’m home. And I need a big old sleep. But I had a really good time.

How was your weekend?



  1. Cheryl
    14th July 2008 / 12:48 am

    Wow…I’m tired and I wasn’t even there! Have a good rest 🙂

  2. Steve
    14th July 2008 / 8:14 am

    This is Troy Tempest calling Aqua Marina, can you read me?I rolled down a hill, got invited to a penthouse and got possibly a teeny bit concussified. It was great.Also I got to see you twice!Over.

  3. sage
    14th July 2008 / 12:08 pm

    My weekend was relaxed compared to that–but then I’ve been traveling a lot the past month and had to do things like laundry and sleep. It sounds like you had a great time–those quick trips are often the best. Thanks for stopping by my blog, it’s been a while since I’ve been here.

  4. angel, jr.
    14th July 2008 / 3:25 pm

    I agree, birthdays are a day for reflection, about what you have achieved and what you would like to achieve. Also you can think about your to-do-lists, both short and long.

  5. Simon Varwell
    14th July 2008 / 3:51 pm

    I remember The Good Mixer from K4. Very good place. It’s on Inverness Street as well, if I remember rightly!

  6. Invisible G.
    14th July 2008 / 4:15 pm

    You left out some bits I want to hear about:1) Did you see Amy DJ? Did anyone in your group of friends?2) How was Mamma Mia?

  7. Claire
    14th July 2008 / 4:25 pm

    Cheryl – I’ve spent most of today drinking tea, watching reruns and reading blogs. I’m all about the resting ;)Steve – we really do need walktalkies. Out.Sage – we all need those weekends from time to time!Angel, Jr – it’s something I like to do as well :-)SiVar – I think you’re right! Nice wee pub, and the kind of place where they turn the jukebox down when some darn fool puts ‘Hero’ by Mariaj Carey on. Great!Invisible G. – Alas, we missed the Winehouse. But ‘Mamma Mia’ was very entertaining, if you like that sort of thing (I really, really do!). We also saw it in a busy performance with lots of likeminded folk and after a few beers, which I think is the optimum viewing arrangement!Cxx

  8. rebecca
    14th July 2008 / 4:37 pm

    how was my weekend? obviously not as good as yours! and i loved the reflectometer gift…

  9. Wiwille
    14th July 2008 / 4:56 pm

    You and Kate are hardcore.

  10. whatigotsofar
    14th July 2008 / 5:48 pm

    I couldn’t read this post. I’m an 8 year old boy and you used the C word. I was giggling too much. I really should grow up, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.Glad to read you had a good time.

  11. Claire
    14th July 2008 / 5:55 pm

    Rebecca – I kind of want one myself now!Wiwille – we were, a little :-). And now I’m off the alcohol for a month!WIGSF – why do you think we chose that pub? Imagine the male chicken word jokes that abound…. yeah, we can be silly sometimes!Cxx

  12. kilax
    15th July 2008 / 3:33 am

    Your friend with the birthday sounds wise. I get a bit annoyed by people who are all “me me me” about their birthday, and all the time.What a fun weekend! We had a busy weekend too… skydiving, a baseball game… I think I will be tired this week!

  13. CC
    17th July 2008 / 9:54 pm

    wow, what a great weekend! i’m so embarrassed about my super sweet sixteen! I hope you don’t think all Americans have ridiculous over the top lavish parties like that for our 16th birthdays. I’m pretty sure I went to the mall w/ friends and maybe out to dinner with my family. If that. All though it does make for some good (crap) tv!

  14. PhilH
    27th August 2008 / 11:17 pm

    Wow.I’m a tag.

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