So it is that we find ourselves at the end of Freshers Week. I hope you've had a lovely time as I have and that you're braced for a year ahead of Grammar, hasty last-minute essays and, naturally, more events than you can shake a stick at (assuming that the muscles in your arm don't allow you to shake a stick at more than 10).
Before we begin with that though, it's time to remember a night that was dark and full of Magners.
The first arrivals floated in very elegantly dressed at 10. The alcohol was primed. There was a lot of Magners. We began with a gentle few snifters upstairs before heading to the real McCoy downstairs. There are many rather cracking events to relate of what followed, though I must confess it is a bit cloudy in my mind (curse you Manzanita), though I do distinctly remember there being a lot of dancing, a couple of prizes (a very well done to Group One and Jade Irving respectively), Magners memorabillia, Jake Annett bleeding from trying to catch a Magners frisbee from said collection of memorabillia between his teeth, a bit of kissing and a lot of people feeling the effects of the free bar, which was marvellously well-kept throughout the night by a roster of our own brightest and best.
I had a really lovely night and hope you all did too. For me, the lasting image of the ball will be the platform of Rambuteau Metro, waiting for the first metro to arrive on a platform amongst a crowd of very well turned out Ulippers, ready to flee in to the night, crates of Magners clutched firmly in their grasp.
All that remains to do is to thank the majestic Nick Kent for organising everything, with a lot of credit also, no doubt going to SU Comandante, Ben Wright and many other members of the Exec too. Thanks as well all the venues that provided us with space in to get better acquainted and drink. In moderation.
Looking forward to seeing you all throughout the year,
P.s. I'll work up a collection of all the photos and post them on Facebook as soon as I can but for the moment, I have worked out how to do a fancy slideshow for a selection of the ball photos
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