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Flash Mob!

I'm down with the something or other.

There will be a 'Flash Mob' in celebration of 100 years since Mornington Crescent station opened on Friday the 22nd. Participants are to gather on the large traffic island opposite the station from 7.45pm onwards, then on the stroke of 8 we all turn to the station, kneel and pray to it.

I can't got because I'll be entertaining friends, but you might like to.


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Jun. 23rd, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Damn, found out too late... I only just discovered you were at the same school today, never read your journal before.

Did it go well, do you know?
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it went well or not, but I'll find out on Monday.

I see we were not only in the same school but the same years. I lived on Chalfont Rd and my teacher was Mrs Blowers who was yours?
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Mrs Blowers as well! I lived on St Christopher Road.
I'm trying to recall any Steves I knew then... but I'm terrible with names.
I can remember Martin Hawkins, Paul Fisher, Paul Clifton, Simon Flucker and Gillian Bridgeman. Oh, one thought - are you Steve Dempsey?
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
I am. I remember Martin, I played football with him in the cubs. Simon and I were pretty much best mates. I went to see West Ham with him and our Dads. I don't remember much about Gillian except that she changed her name from Bug.

I did know a William who lived on the Ipswich Rd. I went round his house only the once. He was scarily clever.
Jun. 28th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's where we moved to in 1976. I don't think I'm so scary now, but thanks for the compliment!
Jun. 29th, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
I was only 10 at the time. I do remember going over to your house but I'm not sure to what extent my memories are correct.

I remember your house being old, at least older than ours, which probably meant it was built in the 30s. Possibly green front door, maybe some glass above it. It seemed to be rather dingy. I remember a staircase coming down and turning left. I think we went into a room at the back. There were books and games. We had quite a few books in our house but not as many as yours had. I think we may have played some space board game (4000AD?), something rather abstract which, as you said at the time, needed rather more than two players. I didn't really understand it but you seemed to know what was going on.

I don't really remember talking to you much at school, possibly because I spent much of my spare time playing football which didn't seem to interest you.

And then, a short time later, we emigrated to France.

Turns out the flash mob fell a bit flat, only 4 people turned up on Friday due to some organisational difficulties*, although I think there might have been more people there on Thursday.

*i.e. the organiser didn't.
Jun. 30th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's an old house: it needed a lot of work before we actually moved in, mostly getting a lot of water away from the foundations. And it was a greenish blue front door, and there's stained glass above it. "Dingy" is probably right, the front porch alone gives that feeling. My parents still live there, but enjoy the extension on the other side now, where there's light!
There's still lots of books there, but Mum has been restricted to one or two rooms for them now, I think. Seems strange as Dad was the Librarian, Mum was the reader. I know my current house has bookshelves in every room bar the kitchen and bathroom, and even the bathroom has books still, I just can't see how to fit a full bookcase in there. I'm currently trying to trim my collection down a bit: I should be able to get by with 2000 SF books and another 1000 thrillers and others upstairs, but I hate parting with them unless they're REALLY bad.
You're right about 4000AD - you're probably the only non-family person I played it with, and I doubt anyone has ever managed to make it a popular game even within a family. I tend to stick with Scrabble now - any game that makes you consult the rules after each turn is unlikely to stay popular. Even Scrabble seems to demand a check at least once a game. :-(

And you're right about football - I've never been good at it, or fond of it, even the "World Cup Willy" version (or whatever we called it that week) in the play-ground with a tennis-ball and some vague rules about when you could shoot for goal. I suspect you're a lot fitter than me now if you played it properly though!
Jun. 29th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
I remember Paul Fisher now too. He was rather small. He tried to pick a fight with me once. I don't really know why, but perhaps something to do with trying to move up the pecking order. I was pretty near the bottom too.

Because he was so small, I didn't want to hurt him so I just sat on him until he gave up. And then I got called a bully!
Jun. 30th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
They didn't really deal with bullies well, I think. :-( I remember getting thumped by "Carly" (?) pretty badly once and all that happened was that my parents and his parents talked a bit and I got left alone while he bullied someone else. :-(
I think this was probably after you left, but I seem to have ended up as the tallest kid left in the fourth year, so got a lot of attention from anyone wanting to move up the "pecking order". And a lot of rhymes about "William and Gillian" after all the sexual education films... I did actually fancy her, so it might have saved me from the "what do you do when she's under-age and he's under the age of criminal responsibility?" problem though. (I hope she's not reading this now...)
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