Christmas Dinner Saturday 11th December 2004

To celebrate another successful year for the Group, 2004's Christmas Do involved Las Iguanas restaurant, S1 bar, followed by grooving away to 70s and 80s music at Hotpants at the Roundhouse.

Las Iguanas

30 souls descended on Las Iguanas in West One for a festive fare of traditional Christmas food; Mexican Quesadilla, Brazilian Xinxim (Pele's favourite apparently...) and Argentinian Carne de Parrilla (steak and chips to us) to name but a few.

Followed by desserts including "Romeo e Julietta", apt for certain couples who may have announced their engagement the same day, and "Chocolate Banoffi" which is (start salivating...): 'Thick chocolate & toffee fudge over light coffee infused biscuit base, with cajeta and caramel sauce'.

The two tables of 15 were soon into the swing, the biggest challenge seemingly fitting all the fajita fillings and various drinks on the tables - soon solved by scoffing it all down of course.

With the new committee running their first big social, it was an excellent chance for the old ones to sit back and relax for once (and give 'advice'), and for the new ones to wonder what the hell they'd let themselves in for... 

As the photos show, party hats and strange expressions/uncomfortable camera poses were compulsory, and all in all it was a fantastic meal with really good service and top nosh. 

Andy, Dawn and Ed Catherine and Simon Claire and James
Andy, Dawn & Ed Catherine & Simon Claire & James
Matt, John, Philippa and Andy Dawn, Ed and Claire Matt, John and Philippa
Matt, John, Philippa & Andy Dawn, Ed & Claire Matt, John & Philippa
Simon, Mel and Charlotte Sarah and Charles Martin and Susan
Simon, Mel & Charlotte Sarah & Charles Martin & Susan
Caitie, Helen, Jenny and John John and Philippa Andy, Charlotte, Anna and Matt
Caitie, Helen, Jenny & John John & Philippa Andy, Charlotte, Anna & Matt
Steve, Charles, Rob and Martin Matt and James
Steve, Charles, Rob & Martin Matt & James
Philippa Rick John
Philippa Rick John
Caitie Catherine, Simon, Mel, Charlotte and Anna Philippa
Caitie Catherine, Simon, Mel, Charlotte & Anna Philippa

S1 Bar, West Street

Then it was over to S1 for a meet up with everyone who didn't come to the meal...

Matt, Anna, Rob, Martin, Charlotte, Helen, Jonathan, Richard, Simon, Chris, Mel & Philippa Charles, Simon & Liz Catherine and Mike
Matt, Anna, Rob, Martin, Charlotte, Helen, Jonathan, Richard, Simon, Chris, Mel & Philippa Charles, Simon & Liz Catherine & Mike
Caitie and Richard Chris and Dawn Andy and Dawn
Caitie & Richard Chris & Dawn Andy & Dawn
Liz Rob Catherine & Martin
Liz Rob Catherine & Martin

Hotpants at the Roundhouse

...followed by travel to the Roundhouse for the new home of Hotpants via various transport methods (walking, hobbling in heels, Supertram, taxi). 

 Having never been to Hotpants at the City Hall (which was by all accounts really good), I thought this was a pretty good venue for it, good tunes and even some dancers on the stage to get everyone in the mood (not to mention free lollipops).

A definite split occurred in the group, those in the main, 70s inspired area and those in the 80s room/corridor (and those of us flitting between the two.) The advantage of a little hidden away room is that the dancing gets even more extreme - I'll let you guess which was which in the photos below!

Andy, Mel, Dawn, Richard, Rick, Philippa & James John, Jenny, Helen, Jonathan, Sarah, John & Richard John, Chris, Mel & James
Andy, Mel, Dawn, Richard, Rick, Philippa & James John, Jenny, Helen, Jonathan, Sarah, John & Richard John, Chris, Mel & James
Richard, Chris & James Jonathan, John & Jenny Mel, Chris, Rob & Richard
Richard, Chris & James Jonathan, John & Jenny Mel, Chris, Rob & Richard
Richard, John, Jenny, Helen, Sarah, Rob, John and Jonathan James C in the middle Caitie & Rob
Richard, John, Jenny, Helen, Sarah, Rob, John & Jonathan James C in the middle Caitie & Rob
Caitie & Rob Chris, Caitie & Mel John & Jenny
Caitie & Rob Chris, Caitie & Mel  John & Jenny
Jenny & Sarah Jonathan Andy falling for the old 'ere mate, could you just hold me wall while I go for a pee' trick.

Andy falling for the old 'ere mate, could you just hold me wall while I go for a pee' trick.

Jenny & Sarah Jonathan

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