Weekends

September 4, 2008 – 8:53 pm
As I normally work shifts, the weekend has a pretty good chance of just being another workday. During the majority of August though my shifts happened to free up a few weekends in a row. Probably helped by the bank holiday I managed to actually arrange and attend various events. I have recorded some of the most enjoyable below.
First off L’wren’s birthday. Originally planned as a picnic in the great outdoors it was hastily relocated to The Devonshire in Balham to escape the forecasted rain. I enjoyed a tasty roast dinner and a few pints while catching up with friends. There was also some impromptu hula hooping and a few fun games of Taboo. Check out the picture how exciting does that look? Well I can assure you it was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. If only more Sundays were this enjoyable.
Taboo

Taboo

The following weekend the sun came out as it seems to do every year when I go to celebrate my friend James’ birthday. We had planned this months back and spent the day on Clapham common enjoying the music and general festival atmosphere of South West Four. Cleverly named after the postcode where it is hosted (no its not that clever but a lot of London seems to have some odd fascination with postcodes). We ate, drank and were merry in the field and tents while music was played for our enjoyment. When the event ended we carried on drinking and even managed to make our way to the Two Brewers forĀ  more drinking and dancing until the very early hours. The Sunday following was almost a complete write off, I woke up watched Star Wars and pretty much went back to bed.

Sout West Four

Sout West Four

Conveniently this was the bank holiday weekend and so getting up on the Monday Deidre and I headed up bright and early to Notting Hill and found a space along the parade route to take lots and lots of pictures. This was my first Notting Hill carnival and although the costumes and routines were quite impressive the carnival seemed a little disconnected and the sheer number of people who turned up made the latter part of the afternoon quite tiresome. It sounds like the atmosphere was more fun and friendly on the Sunday which makes sense so I’ll probably head to that next year round.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

This last weekend I celebrated another friends birthday with a few drinks while everyone else prepared for a much larger night out. I didn’t manage the later celebrations because this was the last weekend of the month and so the long awaited Nike ‘The Human Race’ was the following day. To remember the event I took this photo of me looking excited:

Ready for The Human Race 10k

Ready for The Human Race 10k

There are many more photos at the facebook group that give a much better idea of the size of the event. The scenes at London would have been replicated at all of the 29 participating cities I imagine. After all the training covering a total of 180km since I signed up the 10km race itself took me 56m46s and I came 68844th place. Considering that was out of almost a million runners globally I was pretty happy with that.

London came 2nd apparently with an average running time of 57m47s and out of the people who ran in London I came 6827th place which is still pretty good.

So based on all the fun I have had with my weekends free I decided to book up a few holidays from work and so in addition to my normal days off I will be free on weekends through October and November. Now I just need to find some friends to spend them with…

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