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Saturdays in our flat have become "Pancake Saturday". My boyfriend has mixed feelings about this as he's the Pancake Master. I like to say on Friday night things like "I can't wait for Pancake Saturday tomorrow." Or, "I notice we have bananas and blueberries - Pancake Saturday is going to be extra special tomorrow."

In the morning, he'll try a "you do the coffee then." I'll smile, hit the coffee maker's button and go sit on the sofa. I prepare the coffee maker the night before, you see.

I love nothing more than BBC Radio 6 on a Saturday morning, a copy of the London Review of Books and the smell of pancakes frying in the kitchen. Yesterday, I read in the LRB a review of a Nijinsky biography. About his famed beauty, the choreographing of the Rite of Spring, the ensuing succès de scandale, his madness… before I knew it, I had disappeared into a search through YouTube footage and Tumblr photos.

In the evening, we met my friend Vini Bambimi in Stoke Newington for some drinks at the Three Crown and a spot of dancing downstairs, in The Waiting Room. It was a 90s night - a 90s I'd forgotten about. Utah Saints more exhilarating than Elastica; Hole instead of Nirvana (very popular with the attendees, I'll tell ya); the unfairly neglected Urban Cookie Collective.

It was a LGBT night too. The crowd was mostly young but one or two oldies were also on the dancefloor. It was a good mix.

The Waiting Room

Next Friday night is 80s night - I'm thinking of checking it out with [ profile] millionreasons. (We are going to some birthday drinks in Bloomsbury beforehand and I'm planning on dragging her to the club afterwards.)

It's a very small space - the kind that would elicit many casualties if a stampede broke out. But it has that thing Electric Dreams doesn't have - a dance floor without bright lights straight in your face. Also doesn't take long to get a drink from the bar.

This morning, the boyfriend made an omelette and hashbrowns to go with the croissants we bought on the way home last night from the 24-hour bagel shop on Stoke Newington High Street. We then took the 425 bus to Clapton, where we met Vini Bambini again for a 5K run through Hackney Downs, London Fields, Broadway Market, Regent's Canal and Victoria Park.

I wish I had an Agatha Christie to watch tonight.

Date: 2013-10-20 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dave went to the 80s club in August, he says it played the worst of 80s music, but he would go back.

What did you think of the review of The Adjacent in the last but one (10 Oct) LRB?

I like Pancake Saturday!

Date: 2013-10-20 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I imagined that was the case re. 80s - it has an image of Jacko on the poster. I'm sure, though, there will be one or two good tracks thrown in amongst the Gina Gs and Sonias.

Hadn't read the review for The Adjacent - have saved it for tomorrow morn!

Date: 2013-10-22 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ok, I've read the review... ouch! But I've never read Christopher Priest so can't really comment. Why do you ask?

Date: 2013-10-23 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, just because it took in sci-fi as a whole, rather than just reviewing one authors and I wondered if you had an opinion on the article is all.

Date: 2013-10-23 09:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah! Well, that sci-fi argument has popped up elsewhere these past few years, most notably in the friendly disagreements between Le Guin and Atwood. It's good for the genre to be discusses; I wish I read more of it and understood the bigger picture!

Date: 2013-10-20 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
this sounds like an exceptional weekend to me!

perhaps i need to put "living in london for a year" back on my bucket list.

Date: 2013-10-20 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think you should!

London is expensive and has many annoyances, but it makes up for it with days/weekends like these ones. There's so much to enjoy in this city, and autumn has been exceptionally beautiful this year. It feels good to be here.

I hear it's quite warm in Canada at the moment?!

Date: 2013-10-20 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
it's been rather pleasant the last couple of weeks. not summer temperatures, but i'm getting away with just wearing a hoodie on my walking commute to work in the mornings.

Date: 2013-10-21 08:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-10-21 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Years ago i met a fake person here, on LJ. A dancer that could no longer dance due to an accident, with a body full of scars, an extreme personality and an attractive taste for men and women. I really enjoy chatting with him. Only later did I realize that personality was based on Nijinsky’s.

“I danced frightening things. They were frightened of me and therefore thought that I wanted to kill them. I did not want to kill anyone. I loved everyone, but no one loved me, and therefore I became nervous.”

Date: 2013-10-21 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How did you discover in the end they were fake? Are you still in touch?

Date: 2013-10-21 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The story he was telling became less and less believable. Many of the people in his friend list started to question it, till he finally simply went away.
I knew what he was telling was mainly a lie with some little truths but, to be honest, I didn’t care much. I liked the voice, the points of view and the intensity.
We lost all contact the moment he told me goodbye.

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