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PERPIGNAN 2008

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FIRST OFF ……HATS OFF !!!!!!!! TO RALPHI & CHARLOTTE & THE CANIGO SOUL CASINO TEAM & EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS THREE DAY EVENT SO VERY SPECIAL !!!

THE ORGANISATION WAS SECOND TO NONE THE GROOVERS WERE OUTA-SIGHT …THE DJs WERE TOP …THE VENUES ‘MAGNIFIQUE’ !!!!

ENJOYED THE CHILL-OUT / WARM-UP AT THE ROTONDE ON THURSDAY LOTSA GROOVEY TUNES & PEOPLE ..PAUL FROM POMPEY ( TOP MAN !) PAUL & MANDY ROCKEY..STEVE & LYDIA etc
ALL THE SCOOTERISTS ..TOP GEAR INDEED!!

THEN AFTER WE WRAPPED UP THERE ……..

 THE PIED-PIPER OF PERPIGNAN ‘MONSIEUR RALPHI SCORCHER’ …SUPREMO OF ‘LAVA RECORDS’ (SOUNDS GOOD DUNNIT MATE !!!) LED US IN A CATALAN DRAGON-FORMATION TO A HOT LITTLE JUMPIN-JIVE BACKSTREET CLUB WHERE THIERY & PAUL NEWMAN WERE PUMPING OUT SOME HOT R&B ON A VERY SULTRY EVENING..WHERE WE WERE SURROUNDED BY HIPSTERS & GROOVESTERS AND CARLOS GOT HIS USUAL GROUPIES WHO THINK HE’S SEAN CONNERY ( WHOEVER HE IS ? )

WELL SHAKEN AND JUST MORE THAN A LITTLE STIRRED AND THE SPEECH SLURRED WE STAGGERED BACK TO OUR HOTEL AND HAD A FEW MORE BEERS THEN LAY IN A DARK ROOM UNTILL IT GOT SO HOT WE VENTURED OUT INTO THE BRILLIANT SUNSHINE …..FOR LOTSA COFEE & PANNINIS WITH THE WILLINGHAMS
( ME & CARL PIGGING OUT ON APPLE DOUGHNUTS .. IT’S THE LAW DON’T Y’ALL KNOW !!!! )

FRIDAY NIGHT ACE LITTLE CLUB ‘EL MEDIATOR’ MORE LIKE BLEEDIN RADIATOR IT WAS SO HOT INSIDE,,,BUT I HAD A BLAST DANCING MY LEGS OFF ….THERE WERE SOME VERY INTERESTING CHARACTERS THERE ..STAR OF THE SHOW HAD TO BE ‘ODETTE’ WHO EASILY WON THE FLOOR SECTION OF THE UNOFFICIAL DANCE COMPETITION …SHE SPENT A LOT OF TIME SAT CROSS-LEGGED IN THE CENTRE OF THE FLOOR……JUST WHAT PLANET SHE’D ARRIVED FROM ONLY THE GOOD LORD KNOWS…LAST SEEN SHE WAS WAITING FOR HER SHIP TO BEAM HER ABOARD OUTSIDE….LOVED THE NIGHT.GREAT SETS FROM ALL THE DJs …TOP ! TOP ! TOP ! NIGHT !!!

TALKING OF SHIPS …..BLIMEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE SATURDAY NIGHT VENUE HAD BEEN TALKED ABOUT IN ALMOST HUSHED REVERENTIAL TONES SINCE BEFORE WE ALL ARRIVED…SORTA LIKE ‘WAIT TILL YOU SEE THIS PLACE’……..WELL IT SURPASSED ALL THE PRE-EVENT HYPERBOLE……
PERCHED ON TOP OF A THE ‘PALAIS DES CONGRES’ (A SUPER-MODERNE BUSINESS/ARTS CENTRE) THIS VENUE WAS SPECTACULAR…IT WAS LIKE WALKING ONTO AN OCEAN –LINER
( ET DEMI …AS IT WAS LIKE HALF THE TOP DECK OF A PALATIAL OCEAN-GOING LEVIATHON FROM THE LUXURY DAYS OF STEM-DRIVEN SEA-TRAVEL…OK I’M GOING ON A BIT)

 IT WAS BREATH-TAKING……ONE HALF OPEN-AIR DECKING WITH STEEL TABLES AND CHAIRS ( ANYONE FOR DECK-QUOITS ??)

..SPLIT DOWN THE CENTRE BY SLIDING GLASS DOORS WHICH LED ONTO A HUGE DANCEFLOOR ……..STAGE AND DECKS ONE END..LONG SLEEK BAR THE OTHER END OF A VERY LONG DANCE-FLOOR… IN BETWEEN …I THINK WE ALL THOUGHT THE SAME THING…HOW ON EARTH ARE WE GONNA FILL THIS………….BUT GUESS WHAT …..YEP A STEADY FLOW ALL-NIGHT AND RAMMED MORE THAN ONCE (POST 11 O’CLOCK AS LOADS ON IN PERPIGNAN AMD FOLKS GO OUT A LOT LATER..BUT WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY WERE ALL ON A MISSION TO GROOVE) …

THE SOUND SYSTEM WAS ASTOUNDING ….BOY OH BOY I HOPE YA GET THIS VENUE FOR NEXT YEAR………STUNNING !!!!

ACE TO MEET ALL THE SPANISH CREW ..ESPECIALLY THE BOILER CLUB MASSIVE ..CRISTINA . JORDI . ALBERTO . JUAN-CARLOS . EDU..POLLY (BERLIN) …………….I’LL GET SLATED IF I START A LONG LIST AND MISS SOMEONE BUT…BIG UP FOR CARL & MARIA . ANDY BELLWOOD & THE FAB DENISE………..EVERYONE WAS FAB !!!..STEVE & LYDIA..PAUL & MANDY ….ACE TO MEET SIMON & SAM !!!! ..RAFFU (TOP MAN ! ) THIERRY !!!!!! KRYSTIAN . PAUL (Official Photographer and all_round top geezer !!)

 THE WHOLE WEEKEND WAS WAVE AFTER WAVE OF PLEASURE !

MASSIVE THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO MADE US SO WELCOME AND SHOOK YER GROOVETHANG BIG STYLEE !!!!!

OH YEAH !!!!! NEARLY FORGOT..THE MUSIC WAS SUBLIME AND NEARLY FORGOT ‘ALEXANDRA…WHAT A GENT…AND WHAT A MAD MOTORIST….HE TORE PAST OUR CAB AFTER THE SATURDAY NIGHT AND MADE OUR DRIVER BRAKE SEVERAL TIMES …THOUGHT WE WERE IN A REMAKE OF THE FRENCH CONNECTION..CHEERS MATE

..TOP STUFF …AND A FITTING MAD-CAP ENDING TO THE GROOVIEST THING THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN ,,,,’ PERPIGNAN SOUL WEEKENDER ‘

TAKE A BOW EVERYONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CY’ALL NEXT YEAR !!!!!!!!!

CPTN M & GRANDMASTER V AKA Bearsoul & Sean Connery (lookey_likey). …………PLAYLISTS TO FOLLOW !!!!!!!!