Now the summer months have passed it is hoping for an Indian summer and/or freak autumn. Everything is possible in times of climate change. After an action-packed bank holiday weekend of which it took me almost a week to recover it’s back to business. My Scandi friend Simone and I started the weekend well with a skanking session at Kings Cross’s Scala with dreads and other hippies during a ‘lecture’ filled with Jah love, herbs and groovy music at the University of Dub. On the Saturday we were getting all excited for the Stevie Wonder Tribute at Camden’s Jazz Cafe. We first stuffed ourselves with Spanish-like cuisine served by funky Spaniards in a local Tapas bar. Afterwards our high hopes and expectations of the Tribute were unfortunately not fulfilled. There was an awful lot of talent on stage, no doubt about that, but the night lacked coherence and it seemed the artists preferred singing some interesting yet obscure songs rather than giving us what we came for; boogie,hits and sing-alongs. After the Tribute followed an I love the 80s night filled with kids in their late teens and early twenties singing along to Culture Club and 80s Prince like they lived it all. Rather surreal. Sunday was a chill day to prepare for Carnival Monday. I think the Monday was a good day until too much rum got the better of me and I had to be escorted home by a kind colleague as I was crying like a five-year old because I lost my bag. The Tuesday was a rough day filled with a great sense of embarrassment. What had I done? What had I said, why and how did I let it go so out of hand? But while recovering during the week I felt grateful for the fact that a) My office job is in the evening otherwise I probably would’ve called in sick on the Tuesday, b) I am in one piece as the average hospitals A&E on a average Saturday night or Carnival Monday looks like a battlefield full of stupid drunks and c) there was someone who kept an eye on me. Life is too short to feel embarrassed for too long. No time to waste. Let’s get back into the writing groove.
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