It’s been over 20 years since Gill and I got told off in Stringfellows for helping ourselves to dinner before the giant gong announced that the buffet was open! We still laugh about it, but I never ventured back to the glamorous nightclub. So visiting on Saturday night was quite something. Firstly, it’s no longer the disco I remember so vividly; it’s now a ‘gentleman’s club.’ I won’t go into detail here, but suffice to say, the decadent Victorian furnishings and gilt angels didn’t distract from the fact there were ladies cavorting around the brass poles.
I don’t usually spend my weekends in lap dancing clubs!! I’d been invited by the Soldiering On Through Life Trust – the fantastic charity that raises awareness of inspirational people from within the military family. I tweeted the evening away for the charity – managing to do so without covering myself in red wine like I did when I was with them at the Invictus Games.
Although my only personal, tenuous link to military is through my late grandfather, the friends I’ve made through Soldiering On have created a new little family that I’m proud to support. So Saturday night’s party was to celebrate the launch of a calendar created by the Hotties: wives and girlfriends of serving soldiers, sailors and air force personnel.
Twelve brave girls got their kits off to produce a beautiful, tasteful calendar with a sensual centenary theme. I have to say, the paid Stringfellows’ dancers couldn’t hold a candle to these lovely young women dressed elegantly in satin and lace. Eneshia – you’ve done an outstanding job of fundraising with your brilliant idea! (The calendars are for sale here, and all proceeds go to Soldiering On and Mission Motorsport.)
We went on to Sway in Covent Garden for the after-party where champagne continued to flow, the dance floor flashed and the charity was able to raise awareness to a new cohort of supporters. All in a day’s work…
The rest of my week was squidged into three days following a flu jab that left me with the flu. Delivering a four-hour training session on social media, content marketing and blogging wasn’t easy with a husky voice that vanished every now and then, but the feedback was still strong, thankfully!
On the plus side, spending extra time at home gave me the chance to pen some new poetry. If you’re in the Redruth area this month, five of my poems are on display in the Misbehaviour Exhibition at CMR Gallery: “50 artists from Britain and beyond transgressing the norm.” In other words… misbehaving!! I won’t be uploading them to my website.
I had hoped to visit the gallery next weekend but I’ll be at Brands Hatch instead, selling the Hotties’ calendars (and raffle tickets to win a motorbike). Helping my new military family. Mark Knopfler made perfect sense when he said ‘It’s written in starlight and every line on your palm. We’re fools to make war on our brothers in arms.’
I’ll be tweeting from Brands Hatch. If you need help to get your business up and running on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media site, let me know; I’m offering half price social media set-up packages through November. Drop me an email, or ask me here: @WeekendWitch.