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So there was the Diamond Jubilee.

And it rained. A lot. We went to a Vintage Fair in Balham, which would have been wondrous, but ended up looking like this:


All was not lost though, as Becky got her hair done in fantastic Victory Rolls:

I'm creating

Victory Rolls

The BBC coverage, which was much slagged, provided some amusement. In an interview, Andrew Marr seemed keen to emphasise the Queen's physical strength, perhaps trying to imply that she could have M. Hollande in a fist fight. I was concerned at one point that John Barrowman would be absent from the coverage, but gratifyingly, he made it. And if the Jubilee brought nothing else, it did at least bring me special edition Jubilee Frosties in 1953 packaging:


Funnily enough, I watched the highlights of June's Euro 2012 competition today, and was amazed how much of it I'd forgotten. The football looked pretty good on the whole, so I guess I've got a limited amount of space for sport in my brain, and the Olympics must have pushed it all out. I remember being particularly impressed that one of the only nights of hooliganism was caused by the Croatians fighting each other; the fracas also yielded this spectacular photo of two Irish fans "helping" the Polish riot police:


I finally got to meet the son of one of my best friends, Wesley Horan. We loved meeting Xander, even more so because I now know someone with the initial "X". I think we met him in the O2's most upsetting restaurant.

On the 21st, I went to the latest performance by Hoboerotica, a band led by Robert Kingham (see strictlytrue passim) which produces a sort of amalgam of funk, jazz, post-punk and absurd storytelling. I won the only existing copy of their complete lyrics in paperback form. It was meant to be.

Although I didn't realise it at the time, June brought me the first of two Saint Etienne gigs of 2012. This one was at the London Palladium, and was rather wonderful.

Saint Etienne

Sarah looked as beautiful as ever, the set was a terrific mixture of their new album and old favourites, and like the Orbital gig earlier in the year, the new songs were just as welcome as the old. Words and Music is not their best album (I think that might be Tiger Bay) but it is chock full of tunes. Support band Summer Camp were rather fine also.

The month ended with a work trip to Belfast - I had two sessions over two days, and was able to stick around with Angelique and Harry into the weekend. We got stupendously drunk on Friday night - this is me triumphantly emerging with a can of Pepsi I'd found at about 2am:


And on Saturday, I managed to convince Harry and Leek to whisk me into the countryside to see the Dark Hedges in Ballymoney. Here's Leek doing her Red Riding Hood bit:

Fairytale scene


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 31st, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
Work trips to Belfast
Mr M,

Rather excited about the mention of work trips to Belfast...

Should you have any more of these in 2013 do come and visit.

Should be moved in on an almost full time basis from the start of February.

Geoff Maskell
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Work trips to Belfast
Geoff - will let you know. I hope to be back in NI before too long.
Jan. 2nd, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
I love how happy you are about your can of Pepsi! And 2013 is the year I give Jonathan Meades a go on your say-so.
Jan. 3rd, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
I was very happy! Hope you enjoy Mr. Meades...
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