I did not have an umbrella and considering that by the time I found shelter I was half-soaked and the deluge did not show any signs of abating I figured there was no point and just grimly legged it to the station getting splashed by passing cars and drainpipe waterfalls, wondering whether death by lightning was instantaneous and grimly resolving to change my username to something like "SunWorshipper".
By the time i had reached Westbourne Park I was phenomenally, spectacularly, majestically soaked. There wasn't a single dry thread of clothing upon my person, my boots were transofrmed into paddling pools and I should think my jacket alone cotained enough H20 to irrigate a small African country.
But to not be unduly negative, at least the rain was fairly warm, and all the water in my boots was soothing and cushioning the blister on my toe.
At Westbourne Park the tube came quickly and I stood grimly in the carriage, shedding water on the floor and giving off the scent of unamusement and vaguely, wet dog - although I did contain myself sufficiently to not issue the smirking teenagers who asked "Got a bit wet did ya" with the immediate death penalty.
At Hammersmith Station I met up with mine intended companions, and while we waited for the arrival of the lovely Emma I did my bit to lower the moral tone of Public Transport by taking off my clothes to replace my soaking top with the dry one I fortunately happened to have in my bag.
Then off we went! to a lovely lovely Thai restaurant where I dried my skirt with the warm plates and fought off my impeding pneumonia with hot and sour soup and duck red curry, and I could happily spend at least quarter of an hour going *ooooh shiny* at the assorted jewellery and nailpolish of my dinner companions. It was gooooooooooood and actually_not is my hero forever for getting us such a nice dinner.
And then it was to Hammersmith Apollo and Tori! ToriToriToriToriTori who wore the weirdest pink dress I had seen in my life - think netted curtains- teamed up with some kind of weird salwar/pettycoats - all in all echoes of strung out shepardess- but very cute shoes.
But it doesn't detract from the fact that Tori is FANTASTIC and sings like an angel and plays piano like a dream. Such a huge voice for such a tiny pretty person! I enjoyed every minute, although the people taking contraband flash photography were a bit annoying [one for your poll, hoshuteki.
And speaking of music, I got tagged by verlaine so
List your current six favorite songs, then pick six other people that have to do the same.
Crni Labud [Black Swan] - Djordje Balasevic - A love song with a great rock tune and literary references.
[a segment of roughly translated lyrics]
Come take me, Black Swan, I suspected your arrival!
Come, kiss me and kill me, I'm ready now, I can go.
Come, deliever me, Black Swan, and don't spare me this night.
Come, lead me, free me, we all have to go through it sometime.
Sjecam Se Prvog Poljupca [I remember the First Kiss] - Jura Stublic & Film
[lyrics, roughly translated - they sound much better in SerboCroat]
I had a hundred women
And they had me
I gave all my love
And now I no longer have it
It's good, now there's no more problems
I don't feel anything, I just remember.
The Night Santa Went Crazy - Weird Al Yankovich
Weird Al's offerings unfailingly make me laugh
Born- Over The Rhine
You can listen to it here
A lovely, soothing song. I'm going to be a fan of any tune that contains the words:
I was born to laugh
I learned to laugh through my tears
I was born to love
I'm gonna learn to love without fear
After All- Dar Williams
Probably one of my favourite songs of all time, and its lovely lyrics are here
but an extract:
Well the sun rose with so many colors
It nearly broke my heart
And worked me over like a work of art
And I was a part of all (that
The Other Side - David Grey
Melancholy and haunting to me.
And meme-tagging lillfive, auzerais, tjej, scarletdemon, rhodri, dubaiyan if they feel like it.