I wrote everything I did down in a notebook every day...so here it goes...and it's going to take me ages to type too lol!!!!
fRIDAY 25th July
Music: Kylie: Light Years
As I write this now (saturday 4am ish) I have been up and awake for 36 hours!! I got up at 4pm Thursday - went on LJ for ages and went to bed at 7am to try to sleep...as I was still on night shift sleep patterns I couldn't sleep at all - and I was terribly excited too!!
Bugger me if I didn't stay wide awake right thru till 7am when I got up again grumpily and showered. Went to get the train at 7:30am and was in London by 2pm after a wide-awake train journey (holding my breath thru the tunnels)...
Got booked in to our accomodation at 2-ish and sorted out all my stuff...
Met up with everybody again and we went sightseeing!! Walked absolutely bloody EVERYWHERE!!! Leicester sq., Trafalgar, London Eye, Picadilly, Tower Bridge, Big Ben (not as big as expected), Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Trocadero, SOho...didn't stop walking till we got back at 9:30pm to where we were staying!! My feet bloody hurt!!
Txted a couple of forum friends (Mohawk, BlackRose) about where to go out and they were both wonderful *grin*, so thankyou both of you for being so helpful and nice, and Mohawk, your tube directions were so ESSENTIAL friday night as Si and I got the tube to Electric Ballroom at about 10:30pm. I looked fab too...with a red heart bindi on and gothy makeup...
E. Ballroom was FANTASTIC!!! (word of the weekend btw)
Simply no other words to describe it...met loads of gorgeous (by which I mean lovely and friendly) people and just danced and danced!! And they played a Kylie cover of 'Can't get you out of my head' by CyberAxis (Album title: Skin?) which I MUST purchase asap!
Got out at about 3am and, as the tubes were closed, a really lovely american guy helped us work out the bus routes etc and we ended up on the nightbus home...One pound!! How cheap??!!!
Finally dragged our heels in at about 4am - 36 hours awake - where I now lie writing this. Sleep beckons!!!
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SATURDAY 26th July
Music: Interview with the Vampire classical score.
Past four am (Sunday 27th), lying in bed eating crackers and listening to the classical score for Interview...on cd. Oh god my feet hurt!!
Got up at 9:30am this morning (saturday), had a shower and got dressed up...
Scary gothic-glitter-tranny makeup, fangs, bunches, pvc horns, red rubber devils wings, long black velvet skirt, black satin steelboned corset, pvc bra, long lace fingerless gloves, false diamante studded eyelashes etc etc...fabulous!!
Left the accomodation at about 12pm with Si to go and meet everyone else at Kings Cross, then we tubed again to Hyde Park for Pride in the Park. Fantastic again!!
The live music on the mainstage was aweswum...highlights included holding Skin's (ex-Skunk Anansie) hand and thigh as she stood UPRIGHT ON THE BARRIER!! (I was right at the front and on the big screen! Yay!)and waving at Pete Burns (Dead or Alive) while he stood peeping out from behind the curtain to watch Marc Almond's (Soft Cell) performance!! Performance-wise...Never The Bride were great (well recommended, Mohawk:)), Pete Burns was brilliant, and Marc Almond was just fantastic!!! Did Bedsitter and Tainted Love and a couple of others...had an AMAZING time!!
Left after Marc Almond 'bout 9:30 and went to Soho, Ku Bar and then G-A-Y. Free UV whistles!!
Si and I lost everyone again...huge place...and had to go up to the balcony /upper circle to spot them dancing on the mainstage. Joined them all there and danced for AGES!!! I was *SO* glad I took my black lace fan with me!!! Too darn hot!! Then we all went up to the upper circle area again to hang out. Ultra Nate, Bananarama (x2), Blue and Junior Senior performed, we'd watched them on the mainstage at Pride earlier and they were guests at G-A-Y. Left there at about 3am, went to MacDonalds, then, after walking around aimlessly lost for about an hour, got the nightbus home again. Now I'm knackered and need to sleep!! Nite!!!!
Token Pic: (outfit on the day...imagine wearing this in the rain from 10am to 5am!!)
SUNDAY 27th July
Music: Depeche Mode: Stripped
Woke up at 11am, Shauny, Leon, Kerry and Flick had already gone shopping so Si and I went to Camden on the toob at about 2pm...
OH MY GOD JUST HOW MANY FANTASTIC SHOPS??????
I am *SO* glad I don't get paid till Thursday else I'd have spent my entire paycheck in one whirlwind afternoon and then moved on to credit cards (which I don't have, thank gods)...
Instead I am resolved to get my sewing machine fixed and make EVERYTHING I saw...Fabric Whorehouse trip soon I fear...
Went to ALL the markets, goff shops, Electric Ballroom market etc...Cyberdog was damn cool, bought a black silk rose from Black Rose - to go with the one my mate Adrian bought me from Camden about 11 years ago - and bought old Sisters of Mercy vinyl too...stuff I've been looking for for ages...
No Time To Cry/Blood Money (I LOVE!!)/Bury Me Deep (A FAVE!!) 12"
Si went overboard and bought pinstripe bondage trousers, black pvc zip trousers, belt, skinny T-shirts (1x Siouxsie, 1x Sisters: Fuck me and marry me young logo, 1x Barbarella)- and tons of other stuff...
...then we went for a drink at the Devonshire Arms (just a coke) which has a goth only dress code and actually sent two denim-y people out while we were there!!
Then we went shopping some more...didn't find his black snakeskin new rocks, but got email and card from a shop which can specifically mail order them for him which was tres cool!!
Got the tube back at six o'clock, went via Sainsburys for food, Sugar magazine, red wine and cigs.
Shauny, Leon etc went to Pizza Hut and pubbing down at Canary Wharf, and Si and I polished off a bottle of red wine between us in a blue earthenware mug...we got exceedingly drunk on empty stomachs and watched a not-so-ugly nearly-naked guy in the room opposite thru the window as he undressed and got ready for bed...listened to Depeche Mode and NIN: Downward Spiral and finally fell asleep drunkenly at 11pm.
MONDAY 28th July
Woke from a freaky red-wine dream...
Started off with a bondage society doing victorian 'training' in costume...new members...an oriental girl in a blue kimono with 12 fingered- claw hands over her actual very sharp pink nails (like in Enter the Dragon). A peculiar dwarfy guy asks for help...something to do with a kidnap...get a phone message done like a red/black old computer graphic from a 'demon' about fighting him on the astral plane and that the demon had put blood in the wine and that's why Si said "tastes like blood..." Sainsburys merlot? I don't think so!!
I explain to the girl that I am crap at astral projection and always fall asleep and she says she is very good.
Something else freaky happens - oh - a parcel arrives...large number of chopsticks, used matches, a small gold crucifix and other stuff...Si is counting them in case of significance...then a sachet of blood bursts - not sure if it was a sachet or just the bag going weird - but bag started spraying it EVERYWHERE - had to pretend to angry parents (whose parents I don't know) that I'd fallen down the stairs...as an excuse.
Switch to another 'phone' message - then first 'vampire' fight - buffy style - punching thru their stomachs - right thru - grabbing spine and pulling - then once they're on the floor grabbing legs and splitting their torso to armpit height - pulling off the arms, twisting off its head - much blood sprayage - do 3 big black bodyguard-types - 2 of my friends/american guys (?) do more of them...then daylight.
Send my sister to the travel insurance dept to look up the home adress of someone or other which might be significant...only it was Zoe Ball I asked her to look up!!??!!...they may be involved - some other stuff happens -
think I see a stalker/demons minion in an abandoned building opposite- whilst we are moving something out of the house we are staying in. He is crawling upside down on the burnt out ceiling with a large camera...turns out to be some artist guy who lives there bringing me some peculiar pictures he FOUND on the ceiling...distorted grid-mapped drawings of female faces...
Switch to working in a bar - big zombie/vamp fight...big fat guys - slobby ones in vests and stuff - like fat american truck drivers...there are four of them...they all have pointy hard winkys in their pants...I demand that they screw each other, which they do...which distracts them from my killing them bare-handed...sun starts to come up and they begin to turn to ash...as I punch thru their bodies and wrench out their hearts...one of them I stick my fingers in the back of his neck and push them thru till I can grab his vocal cords and pull out his spine to remove his head...the sun comes up...
Shop assistant/oriental girl packs bags and leaves them outside shop...where I discover another bag and black suitcase with stuff in it...I think I've won...and begin to actually wake up as the dream seems to reverse itself and replay key scenes...like end-movie credits...then I wake up.
At some point in the dream fights I remember being bitten too...freaky vivid dream...too much red wine!!!
Got up at 7am and started packing. Was done by 9pm, then met up with everyone in flicks room and checked out at half 9.
Flick left loads of stuff in her room "for the next person" and Si and I had a commemorative cigarette for the not-so-ugly nearly-naked guy out of my window.
Got the tubage from Victoria to Paddington, then left (with me lugging all my crap with me) to get the tube to go shopping at Oxford Circus.
THEN I FELL DOWN THE STAIRS!!!
Last step...just one more step...and I'd have been fine- but it was on that LAST STEP that my stupid right ankle decided to flip itself as per usual and send me flying.
GOD DAMN DID IT HURT!!
Worse than the last time I took an impressive "cut-string-puppet" tumble!!
Took two nurofen on the toob- and went to Oxford Circus...where I have given up on walking for now, and am sat on a chair outside "Cafe Fred" (in honour of Si's kitty) writing this...with a swollen right ankle that is almost making me cry with the pain, waiting for Shauny, Leon, Flick and Si to come back from shopping. I'm hugging my snoopy for comfort, sucking aniseed balls and watching a guy drawing the houses of parliament on the pavement in chalk...thinking about mary poppins lol! I probably look like a right idiot...but FUCK IT!! I HURT!!!
An hour later...
Met all my friends again about an hour later. They came back to meet me and we went to get the tube back to Paddington. Please look after this Bert!! Si helped me with my luggage and everyone else swanned off ahead...so we got the tube to Paddington after 'em, since I was limping like a trooper...met up again at the station and Si bought me a coke, which was lovely, and very much needed too!...then we got the train home...
...listened to Razed-In-Black on cd on the twain...and it was already raining by the time we got to Totnes...and hammering home when we reached our destination. Got a lift home after dropping Si out to Plympton...met his kitty, Fred, who is SO purry-maow-lovely!!! Got home at about 5:40.
Had a shower, took forever...hot and pink....grimy london ugh!! And did some laundry...then got dressed up to go to Destiny's. My gorgeous friend Sue had put us both on her guest list, so Si collected me (everyone else wimped out!! Bah, Lightweights!!) and we got there at about tennish.
Had a brilliant night dancing, chatting etc...saw Twinkle...we told him ALL about London and Pride etc...and everything we did!! Saw loads of other people too inc </a></b></a>discordic_frog and his girlfriend. Sat and watched the dancers for a bit and then some mental guy came over and started spinning on his bar stool, talking random nonsense to us both and gesturing frantically with an upside down plastic beer glass for aaaaaages before eventually wandering off, thank gods!! Seems he was in desperate need of his medication lol!!
Si and I drank two bottles of coke each - cheap (sober) night out but,(Thankyou Sue, *hugs*;-)), we had a superb and most spiffy night out to round off an excellent weekend.
Work tommorow night! DOH!!
Si dropped me home - Hazel O'Connor blaring out all the way - Yay! and I got in about 3ish.
Ate noodles and tuna, took some webcam pics and went to bed...saw that I have a MASSIVE purpley-blotchy bruisage ALL OVER the right hand side of my right ankle from falling over - really quite worrying-looking...
Will take a camshot of it tommorow - and quite possibly go for an x-ray...
For now tho...I'm off to bed. Tired, happy (apart from my dumb ankle) and about to sleep very very soundly!! NITE!!!
HERE ENDETH THE LONG WEEKEND!!!
I'm up, my ankle is AWFUL, and it's taken me nearly an hour to type all of the above!!
Picture here: It looks FAR WORSE in real life, and ALL the dark areas are severe bruisage...
And some stupid photos taken in a rush when I got back from destiny's last night...false diamante studded eyelashes again...
OFF FOR A CUPPA METHINKS!!!