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The weekend, or a paltry attempt at a tribute. [20050221|13:49]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Friday night I found myself behind the Islington Angel tube station, standing in front of three doors marked by paper signs and hulking black bouncers. The one I was headed for proclaimed itself Ugly Funk, which proved a more accurate moniker than the promoters could have hoped. I dove into an unlovely concrete box full of drugged people, shed my coat and hit the dance floor. Ten minutes later, Susannah joined me. Her small frame and glasses cause some to mistake her for a vulnerable target. They would do well to mind the heraldic shock of red hair. A man attempted to touch her, whereupon she burst into flames and drove him from her with a shriek. The poor bastard was so terrified he dropped his backpack and coat and fled.

My cousin turned up an hour late and an hour before the bar closed. She's the kind of woman that sees this sort of thing as a challenge. By the time the bar shut down she'd managed to pour eight shots of foul whiskey down her gullet. I couldn't keep up, despite having a good ten kilos on her. Everywhere I looked, people were posturing, passing joints, popping pills, pressing buttons on their cameras and each other. The music grew fangs and bashed my eardrums in discordant frenzy. Dizzy with smoke and the alcoholic fume of my own breath, I departed at four AM, leaving her in a puppy-pile with her E-cstatic friends. Tumbleweeds blew past as I stood alone at the deserted bus stop. Birds chirped hopefully at the dawn that was still hours away. The black sky seemed to say there was no one else conscious in the world for miles but then the bus came rocketing around the corner to remind me that the driver, at least, was aware of the affinity of pavement for tire rubber.

Saturday night I meant to be good. Marco and I went to a place that, were it a person, would have changed its name as soon as it hit legal age. At The George in Tooting Broadway, we met a law professor and his wife to discuss matters of great importance, by which I mean role-playing in a fantasy game. Ignoring the despairing cries of my innards, I drank several pints and smoked a couple of cloves. I had to; it was the only way I could tolerate the incredible Englishness of the whole venture. Not that I have anything against the English. After all, who are the imperialist bastard invaders now? We learned it from the best.

Sunday I started to be convinced that none of this was real. How else can a person possibly find herself in Tooting Broadway twice in two days?
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2005-02-21 18:09 (UTC)
Englishmen gaming?!? I gave it up years ago but I kinda like the idea...with a lot of alcohol to get through the boring patches.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-02-21 23:21 (UTC)
Our group has two Englishmen, a Norwegian, an Indian, a Canadian and us. The need to recruit that percentage of expats leads me to suspect that not a lot of Englishmen game. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2005-02-22 01:27 (UTC)
Getting them to take up a charactor and act it out seems out of.......well, charactor for them.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-02-22 08:34 (UTC)

!

I think I just heard Laurence Olivier turn over in his grave.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-02-21 18:15 (UTC)
Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I've arrived to England :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-02-21 23:17 (UTC)
Wah, all your picture links are broken. Where are you staying? I'm in Camden. Going to be in & out of the country quite a bit in the next couple of weeks, but if you want to meet for coffee/beers/whatnot let me know. Do you have a mobile phone yet?
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-02-22 16:48 (UTC)
I'm in North Wembley (closest to South Kenton tube station). I've got a mobile phone, should i post the number here, or how shall I give it to you?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-02-24 08:47 (UTC)
Do you get e-mail notification of comments?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-02-21 23:19 (UTC)
Oh also, and I have no idea if you're into this type of music at all, but Marco, me and a couple of other friends will be going to Strength Through Joy this Saturday night. We'll probably be there around 11 pm if you want to meet us.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-02-22 16:50 (UTC)
I can try, but it's doubtful as I just arrived this Sunday, but we can meet up another time for sure :)
P.s. are all my pictures not showing? Do you have any idea where i can host the pictures so that I don't get that problem?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-02-22 18:59 (UTC)
The host might have been down last night. I can see them now. :-)
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2005-02-21 18:30 (UTC)
You transported me to each scenario--it was a warm read that left me smiling...and shaking my head. Tooting Broadway? Oi. *chuckling*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-02-21 23:23 (UTC)
The place names here are glorious. The tube stop just north of Tooting Broadway, by the way, is Tooting Bec. Which leads to the inevitable question: what's a "bec"?
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2005-02-22 23:30 (UTC)
*humming & murmuring*

"...where it's at..."
"I got two turn-tables and a mi-cro-phooooneee...
"

Sorry. I couldn't stop it.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-02-22 23:40 (UTC)
No no, I so totally do that too. Every time. Under my breath. It's terrible.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2005-02-22 23:47 (UTC)
I love it!! (succumbing to the inevitable) Wish I were there to see you... *chuckling and nodding to the beat, too*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-02-21 23:25 (UTC)
Hey, thanks. HST is one of my idols. Secretly, part of me wanted to be him, but I knew I'd never lack the self-consciousness to do it.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2005-02-21 22:48 (UTC)
It's stuck with me all day. Good tribute! :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-02-21 23:26 (UTC)
Stella seems to be smiling approvingly at me. Aw.
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