Stella’s birthday or, selling my soul for Freshlyground
Saturday night in London, and I could either go to N’s birthday in Soho, or Stella’s birthday in Putney. Of course, I wanted to do it all, but didn’t feel like spending half my evening travelling across London. I’d already seen N for my own birthday celebrations, so figured I’d go to Stella’s do. Also, she happened to be in possession of the latest Freshlyground CD, which ABJ had left with her for me.
So, off I went to Putney. Walkabout in Putney. KR had warned me not to sully my soul by entering this den of iniquity, but I really wanted that CD.
It was lovely to celebrate with Stella, but the rest of the evening was a shocker. I mean, it never ocurred to me that I would ever find myself inside a Walkabout, so I was ill-prepared for the many drunken Ozzies and Kiwis, Saffers and Brits. They were all wearing T-shirts featuring slogans such as: “My drinking team has a rugby problem.” Well, that was the polite version.
Up until now, I’d been happily oblivious to the fact that the rugby world cup was taking place. Liechtenstein does in fact have a rugby club, but it’s not exactly the national sport. Thankfully, I was able to ignore the first half of the actual match as it took that long to get to the front of the queue at the bar and procure a beer. England were doing well, and all I remember of the second half was the repeated refrain of “Swing low, sweet chariot”. No one seemed to know the rest of the lyrics, so it soon became rather tedious.
At the end of the match everyone was in high spirits due to an English victory, but I didn’t fancy spending another 40 minutes getting a drink, so I left pretty sharply, clutching my new CD to my chest. Big thanks to Stella for sending P home to fetch it!