24 Hour Party People

Trip Start Jan 27, 2006
Trip End Sep 09, 2006

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Monday, May 22, 2006

PHIL : 24 Hour Party People. A film. A song. A way of life. A couple of edited highlights.

My Birthday : Following a moderately huge session the night before, May 5th and our hangovers awoke to the sound of a champagne bottle popping ! Birthday cake, breakfast, singing and alcohol duly completed we spent the rest of the day preparing for the night (if that makes sense ?). As is Ians' way, if you are going out, you are going out in style. Dinner was booked at Legato. In a private room. Overlooking Tokyo from the umpteenth floor. With personalised menus. Food to die for. Another birthday cake with singing waiters. Loads of wine. Wonderful memories.

Thanks Ian. Thanks Rie. Thanks James (just so he doesn't bite me).

FA Cup Final : Ian is a huge Liverpool fan. Huge, huge, huge. What else was there to do but go watch the final in a bar in Rappongi (party central). Of course, with the time difference this meant not starting until 11pm. Christ.

A few beers, a crap performance by the Reds, Stephen Gerrard playing on his own, a few penalties, bitten finger nails. You get the picture. Liverpool win on penalties. Ian goes berserk. Nothing else for it but to celebrate.

With an entourage swelled by Taiko (again) and Satomi (a quiet accountant friend of Rie's who certainly surprised herself, the bar staff and us all by boogying on the bar with Sam to the Happy Mondays) we toasted Liverpool and most of its' residents and got truly drunk.

And who is going to go home from a bar that downloads requests for music straight from the internet and plays them at top volume, hour after hour ? Not us, that's for sure.

With the sun streaking in through the windows, the wimps behind the bar finally kicked us out. A quick cab-ride home, a couple of casual vomits (girls, girls, girls!) and we were asleep. 6.00am. Blimey.

Woke up at 1.45pm, we are not cut out for life in Tokyo - fortunately Ian took his camera out and so there is absolutely no photographic evidence of this entire evening, and you certainly would not have wanted to see us the morning after!!
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