It was that time of year again, an awed hush had fallen over Paris, the only sound was the rustle of autumn leaves that seemed to softly whisper 'Beaujolais'.
All this ended quite abruptly with ULIP SU's Beaujolais Nouveau event, which featured a fair measure of cheese wine and song.
First of all the wine -Beaujolais, naturally- of which there were two varieties, was chosen by our honoured president Ben Wright. It was a cracking blend of fruity flavours and, well, red wine taste. It also didn't taste awful which is an achievement indeed.
Then there was the cheese, selected by Gastronomy Society head Josh Hannon, we had a bit of Comté and a bit of goat's cheese and complemented the wine beautifully and sated the hunger of many a famished Ulipper.
And last, there was the song. We kicked off with Cameron McColl and Campbell Findlay's rendition of Take a Walk on the Wild Side, a great rendition and hommage to the great late Lou Reed. The, we got a ukulele rendtion from Hazel Hurst of Build Me Up Buttercup with backing vocals provided by the audience and I'm afraid immediately after Hazel's first song (she played a second) I absented myself and returned to see Jamie Doherty giving it some on the guitar, which is always good to see. After Jamie, my memory gets a little foggy but I do remember things taking a turn towards the silly a bit later, notably the SU Exec's rendition of Nickelback's This is How You Remind Me (inspired, of course, by the immensely succesful SU trip to the Paris stop of the 'Greatest Hits' Tour) and Nathan Allen's renditions of Wind Beneath my Wings and Hero.
Other notable events included a lightsaber battle, cups of Haribos and a great playlist pre-open mic.
After the event, we moved on to Arts et Métiers' Potato Bar (not its actual name but no-one's quite sure what its actual name is) where the wine was cheap, the potato wedges were plentiful and Nick Kent was profoundly huggable.
Also, thanks to everyone who stayed to help tidy up and get everything back into place after the event, it made everything a lot easier.
See you soon!
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With Cameron on guitar, Rosemary Anne Gillard and B-Jack Wright on vocals, and the indefatigable Campbell Findlay on the decks, ULIP Radio's first podcast has been recorded and is set to be released soon! There's a lot of catching up to do, a new debate feature and a Live Lounge to look forward to so keep your eyes peeled!
After a hellish couple of days getting the formatting down (it's still come out a bit wrong) and a week of it getting printed, Parlons has arrived! Come in to the Library and get your copy, this issue is longer than usual, featuring an interview with new lecturer Dr Kate Averis, a crossword, recipes, tales of line 13 woe and a wide selection of other great articles.
Last night we were once again hosted by the good people of Corcoran's Sacré Coeur for ULIP SU's annual Halloween knees-up. We were joined by the lovely Paris College of Art and, together, we revelled in a collection of costumes which were alternatively weird, flattering and downright terrifying (I'm looking at you, Nina Kelaidi). We had a lot of great costumes: Nerissa Williams as a vampire suffragette, Hannah Cartwright as a pumpkin, Joe Thompson as a Lichtenstein painting, Nick Kent as a shirtless centurion (cynical bit of torso displaying there Nicholas -Edit: I misremembered, Nick was actually a Mexican luchador is is now going my 'el Aguila', watch out ladies) then there were a lot of people who just seemed to be dead versions of things. Lots of cats too (including one grumpy cat).
Drinks were cheap and we had the venue for a good long time dancing and drinking to our heart's content beneath Corcoran's spooky decorations and lots of strobe lighting. A heroic effort by all those who had planes/trains/buses to catch today but came out anyway. It was lovely to see you all!
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