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Last night we had a mini meet at Borders in Oxford Street. But although there was only five of us, we made up what we were lacking in numbers by the amount of noise we made.
At about 4pm that day there was a flurry of emails and guestbook messages from and to me – “What are you wearing?” as this was my first meet. And as Brian would say, I was a Ciao meet virgin – but no longer!
So in order of (clothing) appearance here's who came:
There was me, black beret, white t-shirt, black and white skirt Jami (Glitterprincess) had on her trademark gorgeous shoes and sparkly skirt Claire (Care Bear) was present with a very sexy black and white dress Eleni (aggapimou) with her J-Lo jeans, and Matt (m_attlondon) with a trendy looking cream top with a zip at the side.
So after we worked out who was who we sat down and had a natter before the main event of the evening happened.
For those of you that don’t know, Borders is a huge bookshop. And on the second floor there is a café (it was much nicer before it was Starbucks, but they seem to be taking over everything in sight!)
Every Monday night there is a quiz, either a film or a pop quiz and we were going to try and win!
So as the question papers were handed out we quickly reviewed our knowledge on pop – which added up to not very much!
Matt was in charge of the pen and the answer sheet and we were worried we would win as our team name was 5- Star! Very corny indeed. I think Claire said they came from her home town, so maybe that was going to bring us some well needed luck!
Anyhow, the bearded rather camp quiz master started shooting out the questions at an alarming rate, poor Matt could barely keep up with us shouting out what we thought were the answers. We were so loud that the quiz master said through his microphone – “Even I heard that answer from the lady at the back with the glasses and long blonde hair!”. (Now who was that, as she hid under the table!)
But hey we were having loads of fun. There were only about four other teams and they were all looking very studious and boring, if you ask me!
Anyway we did attempt to get a wee bit of assitance which proved to be fruitless. To find out some of the answers I dashed up to the next floor of Borders, where there is a music section, but they didn’t have a list of the chart singles and there was no sign of Michael Jackson’s latest album.
Eleni called her boyfriend just as the papers were being collected in and asked him the name of the No 1 single which he proceeded to sing down the phone but didn’t provide us with the name of it until it was too late!
The best round was the lyric one, where we had to identify the artist from a line of a song that was read out, or we could get points for the next line of the song. The quiz master’s rendition of “Living on a prayer” was painful and as Matt pointed out there are two syllables in the bit that goes “Woaa-aaooh we’re half way there”, not one!
Anyway we did really well but not well enough even though we managed to come third and we even got a special mention from the man in front, which was nice. Eleni and Jami tried to shmoooze him into giving us a consolation prize but it was not to be.
Even though points didn’t make prizes this time, it’s the taking part that counts.
Thanks for such a fab time and see you all at another meet.
Sounds like fun. Hope you and I can make our own Ciao meet this summer. And maybe, one day, I'll meet you and other Ciaoers on your own home turf. Who knows? (And by the way, did I tell you that there's no more Starbucks in Israel? Lost their shirts here and closed up shop. Hurrah!)
JJane 09.06.2003 22:13
Nice to read about your mini meet; just shows you don't need large numbers to raise the volume! I thought Borders was referring to Scotland... now I know better!