Monday, January 16, 2006

Amongst Those Dark Satanic Mills

Amongst Those Dark Satanic Mills

Before I went a bit insane [not to mention slightly screechy] and began taking photos of Alan Rickman's autograph, we'd been out in York in honour of Cat's birthday. Which gave me the opportunity to wear as many of my sale bargains as possible, including my slytherin green* puff ball skirt [75% off in Warehouse which would have officially made it rude to leave it hanging in the shop]. When I say puff ball it should probably be noted that, to quote Gayle, it wasn't "Pepsi and Shirley" puff ball. Because the world does not need that. But it did mean - what with the primark sequins - I was increasingly desperate in the dressing process to make sure I didn't look too over-dressed. Which is difficult for me to achieve, especially when Val greeted the outfit I'd been wearing all day [my black and white homage to Edie Sedgwick**] with 'so you're dressed'. So I had to resort to demanding loudly the use of sparkles on everyone else involved. Val also managed to get Gayle and I tipsy before we'd left her house, though I sadly cannot blame the fact that we screamed when we saw a clip of Griffin on BBC1*** on the pink-fizzy stuff. And to think that we'd been excited when we saw Bazza.

In York, and not at all placated by Gayle informing Becky that I was "wearing a ball dress", we took a leftfield decision and - instead of Evil Eye - made our way to the new Vudu Lounge. Which had lots of room, very nice white russians and made me think that I was a celebrity. Which you undoutedly know isn't that hard to do. Especially when I'm wearing a puff ball skirt. But it remains, Vudu Lounge = Celebrity. And it has a very respectable late license, something which the Evil Eye is sadly lacking [despite the fact that NO ONE LIVES NEAR IT. Not that I am bitter].

Then it was on to the Habbit for more drinks, fabulously home-cooked food and the biggest piece of chocolate cake that I have seen in a very, very long time. It also meant magic tricks, Cat discovering what her wrath in Dublin was about, Val encouraging me to stalk Jason Donovan**** and lots of Fox planning. Plus a keyboard player who took all of our requests, including 'Pianoman'. He also must have been taking requests from other drunken people as we ended up with 'Jerusalem', and I became quite ready to march into battle. And photos:

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Albeit in post chocolate cake haze. With people trying to hide.

After capping the evening with one of the most hilarious Take That dance routines in the history of Take-That-dance-rountines in the back of Alix's car ['Never Forget', arms aloft, instinctive clapping], it was onwards to Fox songs, musical numbers and my discovering that I'd been sleeping inches from the aforementioned Alan Rickman for the last two years.

*If you understand this, take twenty house points.

**Yes, I know Sienna Boho-Princess is playing her in 'Factory Girl'. I did say that I was obsessed.

***A clip from the tortuous-reality-tv-show to introduce one of his tormentors on the musical programme. Didn't hear Griffin given the screaming, but he was wearing one of the famous three blue jumpers. Which was more than enough for me.

****My first celebrity crush.


Val said...

I think you're reaction to the words 'Jason Donovan' probably scared most of the other customers in the Habit!
And I have yet to check that 'Alan is still there ;-)

gayle said...

From your blog entry anyone would think I spent the entire evening teasing you. ;-)
Actually, thinking about it (puffball skirt, Jason Donovan, Alan Rickman, shall I continue?) I probably had good reason to. ;-)
All together now, "Neeeeee-ver *clap* forget where you've come here from..."
PS that really was a gorgeous chocolate cake.

penny Andrews said...

Cued Up Playwriting Competition

Aspiring playwrights are being given the chance to see their work performed at Sheffield's award winning theatre The Crucible. The Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading in Sheffield are working
in collaboration with Sheffield Theatres and with sponsorship from hlw solicitors to organise this exciting competition which will be judged by the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Samuel West.

The winner and runner-up will have their work performed in a rehearsed reading in the Crucible Studio Theatre in 2006. Anyone interested in entering needs to hurry as the closing date is 28 February 2006. For further details and guidelines please telephone
Off the Shelf on 0114 273
4716 or email giving your full postal address.

Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading
14-28 October 2006
Central Library Building, Surrey Street
Sheffield, S1 1XZ
Tel 0114 273 4716

Corinne said...

Val - Of course I never thought of such a thing as running away with Alan...;-)

Gayle - I shouldn't even be talking to you anyway :-P

Penny - thank you muchly for the info!

Ralphy said...

Script Yorkshire is supposed to be worth joining.