Renee

Chilling in parliament, 1967 and dancing with concussion

I said last week that I would tell you about my New Year’s Eve if I made it through the evening with dignity and grace… well, I did, albeit with concussion!  Having spent many years telling people in my house not to leave the loft ladder half up/half down as someone would walk into it, I turned out to be the someone.  Three hours, two painkillers and a hell of a lot of make up later, I managed to have a fantastic evening at Mel’s murder mystery party.

We had such fun!! It was set in 1967 and we’d all been sent character synopses and clothing suggestions, so everyone was dressed with a degree of authenticity.  I was the very posh and famous girlfriend of the murder victim, instructed to wear a ball gown. I decided to go for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s look, with elegant hair and kitten eyeliner.

social media partyI’m grateful to Lisa Eldridge, make-up artist to the stars with a YouTube channel full of dressing up tutorials.  Not sure how good I looked after several glasses of varying colours of wine and champagne on top of the Neurofen, but everyone was having too much fun to notice.  My full length black satin gloves are my new favourite thing – thinking of wearing them for the Biscotti networking party next week…

Luckily I was fine all night, although my headache increased on Tuesday and was bad enough on Wednesday for me to skip work and lie in bed for half the day.  I also must have twisted my shoulder as I fell back which gave me a good reason to book a full body massage on Saturday… Sadly the therapy centre hasn’t solved the boiler problem – no clothes and no heating is not a great combination in the first week of Jan.

Another place I found surprisingly cold this week was the debating chamber in the House of Lords – but what a fabulous place to visit!!  (Especially with warm gloves – or full length satin ones…) My MP offered me a tour of the Palace of Westminster and, as I love love love historic buildings and lavish interiors, I jumped at the chance.  I had hot chocolate with him a while ago in the Members’ Tearoom overlooking the Thames and that was amazing.  I don’t remember noticing the artwork and architecture then, but made up for it this time, wandering through the Queen’s robing room and ancient galleries with their perpendicular gothic features and vaulted ceilings.

That day reminded me that I would like my next degree to be in architecture, I wanted (but forgot) to join an art class, and I think I would be a good politician.  These things can be my new year’s resolutions for 2014…  Anyway, we’ve got the whole of 2013’s fun before thinking about that, and the key message for this year has to be to use social media EFFECTIVELY to get the results you want.  A solid strategy within an achievable timescale.

As we were told in 1983, “We got the message, I heard it on the airwaves: the politicians… are now DJ’s.  The broadcast was spreading station to station, like an infection across the nation. Though you know you can’t stop it when they start to play, you’re gonna get out the way.”

Actually, don’t get out of the way – get right in it!!  If you need help to join the party I’ll be happy to help you.  You can find me right here: @WeekendWitch

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