Before I start reeling off my usual epic spiel of major proportions, I would like to thank all of you who have decided to steal away from your usual Twitter & Facebook mindless scrolling to read these not-so wise words of our fair city.
Translation: “Cheer’s for reading this blog, mate!”
Okay then… January… The limbo that is! Well this is the Cheshire Cat here to guide you through the eclectic events in Cambridge with my smile (and mac keyboard). I don’t know what kind of giant entertainment chef is sprinkling tasty treats over this city recently but he is doing a darn good job, I must say. Everywhere I turn, everywhere I look, every magical toad I speak to, I hear about the best nights happening each week. Whether it be theatre, music, poetry, comedy… wait what did I just say? Comedy… well I don’t mind if I do!
Whoop Whooo, NEXT STOP, THE CORNER HOUSE! (That was a train whistle if you didn’t guess)
After some lovely establishment decided to hide pineapple in my Red Thai Curry, we poked our heads into the darkened door of The Corner House, Newmarket Road. Before our eyes adjusted to what the room beheld, the scene kind of reminded me of the ‘infected in the shadows’ scene from I Am Legend; bobbing shoulders all focusing on one corner. It wasn’t until I heard the familiar posh chortle of a Cambridge crowd that I thought, “Here it is! Another little pocket of gold!”… comedy gold that is. The Commoners’ Comedy night managed to collect quite an array of comedians for the on-looking crowd. Ali Warwood gently bullied the crowds with her direct Brummy humour, which bounced off the anticipation laughter of her own organised evening. The acts included Charley Harrison, David Young, Lucy Thompson, Thomas Rackham, and Jo D’arcy who each provided the audience with individual observations of the current world, most of it very tongue in cheek. All these performers were, as my lad friend would say, “PURE BANTS BLUD” (Terribly hilarious my old chap). The headline act of the night was President Obonjo who instantly made his people recite his hearty oath which was followed by his rip-rawing response to his political standing (not to mention his attire). All I suggest you do is pick up your fingers and use them to search for the Commoner’s Comedy in order to follow these hilarious hooligans around the streets of Cambridge.
Now we travel onwards and upwards to the Balcony of the Corn Exchange… Oh bleedin’ heck, not those guys again… Oh yes but wait until you hear who they lit up on their wood work on the seventeenth (I love writing that word as it looks so smiley!) I also smile as I mention the act, First Aid Kit! No I haven’t just got my finger caught in the calculator again. First Aid Kit is a female duo from the realms of our mountain kings, Switzerland. Now rather than waffling on as I normally do, a duet as beautiful as this deserves verse or two just so you can capture every sense of what I felt that very night (Not a poetry fan? Scroll on down!):
As we climbed to the God’s,
The Angels prepared,
For The flurry of cameras,
The sound matched perfectly
To the flutter of butterwings,
My insides held captive.
The girls that harmoniously
Filled dead space from ear to ear,
Not to mention the new records
Year to Year, And now they’re here.
Minimalistic Mountains shone red,
Behind the silhouettes of the beauty ahead.
Filling the air with long blonde hair,
Instruments blare with a folky flare.
Words so sweet like stories of old,
Hearts being warmed whilst the clouds are cold.
Acoustically, the music leaves
The weavers or our folk faeries.
Till the space lit up with gold,
Like the notes they write.
Behold it is the end of the night.
So long, farewell, carry on your flight.
For the full review of that great night please check out Cambridge News. Ok enough of that bohemian mumbo jumbo…
From the land, to the water lets inform you about what’s really important, our lovely company we call Let’s Go Punting. Whilst our chauffeurs strap up with their thermals and marigolds embracing the cool winter winds, the last pieces are fitting together for our launch. The empty shell that was the old Paint Emporium has been occupied by many busy hands since all the way back in October. From sawing punts in half, to suspending poles, from imported wall art to filling leaflet racks we are in the finishing stages of our new Visitor Information and Event Planning Hub.
There has been much anticipation and curiosity, through the windows, around about the town and over Twitter about this new tourist space down Chesterton Road. Now it has arisen from theory to practice and we are proud to announce the opening of Let’s Go Cambridge on Monday 16th February to the public. If you are interested in coming to our Launch to hear more about what we are offering to the people of Cambridge please do contact us. We also have our new website Tours Of Cambridge which has many new activities for you and your visitors to check out.
Oh and guess what? We still have spaces for our Valentines Day Punt Tours! Set the scene… you and your loved one all snuggled up in our cosy slankets with your own private chauffeured tour down the river. Oh and because we are so lovely and thoughtful on this special day we are even decorating the boat in lanterns to really set the mood. Let’s not let the chill get you down this Valentines Day, book your special journey today.
Ok my pedigree chums, my ham sandwich awaits.
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For now Mister E is once again… over and OUT!