New Year 2004
The party was great. The unexpected events of
the morning after are mentioned at the end.
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The New Years Eve party
kicked off in style at 9pm. Paddy, as ever shy and
retiring, was able to renew his acquaintance with Lauren
By 11.55 we were ready to celebrate the UK New Year - but needed to
pick a "First Foot" - this is the tradition in Scotland and Northern
England where the first visitor of the year is awaited to knock on the
door just after 12.00 and bring the New Year in with him. Tradition
holds that the year
will be lucky if the first foot is a tall dark and handsome stranger.
the last few minutes however I was distracted and at 1 minute to twelve
I was bundling Jonnie Sanderson out of the front door, with a bottle of
whisky in his hand. Jonnie was perhaps not entirely aware of this
tradition and I hadn't much time to explain why he suddenly found
himself chucked out in the cold, only to be let in two minutes later -
in 2004. Thanks anyway
Dan and Heather start the new year on a good note.
The Mac is back !
OK so we then of course had half an hour of handshaking and well
wishing. I had been prepared to say a few words - but didn't have time.
DJ Scott Hardy went on to the decks and kicked off the dance music.
Scot really was superb, no other description does his performance
justice, unless we say that he was "The Dog's Bollocks".
He played a three and a half hour set which had virtually everyone at
the party giving him standing ovations from the dancefloor. He only
finished when he had actually run out of records.
Pritti on the dance floor.
Liz with tickling stick. (No jokes about the Diddy men please)
Paddy decides that Liz is so lovely he
just has to eat her all up.
Scott digging up more blinding tunes
Pritti sets a new fashion trend
Scott's massive three and a half hour
set has everyone on the floor.
Jonnie taking care of Pritti.
Ruth and Jonnie
Simon steps up to the dance floor.
Cheers Scott !
After three and a half hours the DJ takes a break.
Everybody loves the DJ
Lauren, Heather and Dan
This is Ruth.
The multi-coloured object at her feet is not a rug.
It is in fact Paddy !
Free chewing gum for anyone who can explain what he's doing there.
Nairn arrived from the pub at 2am -
and went to sleep
Pritti admiring Ruth's jazzy tights - but in the background cop the
zany tutu and stripey socks on Liz.
Jonnie supports Pritti in a discussion.
Liz starts the Newy year as she means to go on, sitting, smiling,
Say hello to all the poor people who missed the party !
Meanwhile in the kitchen there were lessons in traditional
Looks like they are having fun !
Liz and Ruth are in the pink
Hayden, Ruth and Pritti.
It looks like she's refitting him with a spare head.
I suppose that's one way to deal with a hangover.
The party swung along nicely till about 7.30.in the morning. I was
really happy that some people we got to know over the past couple
of years made their first visit to Audrey Road - I love having people
come to the House.
Nairn - you woke up.
Hamish, the man who gets my vote as
cook of the year,
who treated us all to a brilliant meal on Trish's birthday.
Whenever I take pictures
of people stting on this sofa,
I always think of the Simpsons.
Who shall we choose to be Bart ?
Pete and Mac communicating in a secret
sign language known only
It was developed so that a Scotsman can order the next round of drinks
while actually drinking the previous one, thus avoiding any waste of
I have to say we had a marvellous night - although sadly the next
morning the party came to an abrupt end when one of the neighbouring
houses burnt down. That's not a wind up - it really did happen.
I have included the following information which was sent out by email
the following day:
Part of my first email of January 2nd -
describing the events of the fire.
My second email of January 2nd -
explaining what happened to the people who lost their homes.
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