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March 01, 2003

Department of Running Into People Unexpectedly

It had all been very difficult. So at the end of the day, I rang a colleague. "Fancy a drink?" "Not half," she replied. The closest pub was too full, and as we reached the second closest pub we ran into Debra Kerr. So there we were, two minutes' walk from my office and two hundred miles from hers. "Alison! What on earth are you doing here?" she exclaimed.

It turned out that Debra, Lucy Huntzinger, Alun Harries, Linda Krawecke, and Lucy's friend Trish were preparing to astonish Martin Smith later in the evening. Lucy had come over from California specially as a surprise for his 40th birthday party on Saturday. He was duly astonished, though with Martin, it's often hard to tell.

The party, at Avedon's, was jolly; Lucy had persuaded us in AIM earlier in the week that we should get a babysitter, so we attempted to remember the art of conversation. It's possible Buffy was mentioned; we wondered if we were the last people on earth to watch it and everyone else in the room looked around briefly and said 'yes'. I explained my problem with Willow, which is that her hair is dyed an extraordinary shade, and she's too unworldly in the first series to dye her hair. Joseph Nicholas then turned up doing his Willow impersonation, with his hair dyed an improbable shade of cheap magenta. Much reference was made to recent Guardian articles on turning forty, and we observed that Martin looks much older than Mike, but possibly not much older than Mark Fishlifter.

Posted by Alison Scott at March 1, 2003 07:14 PM

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"Cheap magenta"??

I'll have you know that it was described on the box as "intense dark red" (although it may have come out as less dark in some parts because of the underlying grey).

And it was by L'Oreal. Because I'm worth it!

Posted by: Joseph Nicholas at March 3, 2003 12:09 PM

should we not hate you because you're beautiful? (a la the early eighties pantene commericals) :)

Posted by: trish at March 3, 2003 06:30 PM

Don't remember the Pantene commercials at all. (Probably because we spent most of the eighties without a television.) As to whether I'm beautiful....I leave that to others to decide!

Posted by: Joseph Nicholas at March 4, 2003 10:41 AM

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