just spent a great weekend
back in southport. My brother, Matt's, best mate had a 40th so, Matt
came over from Canada with his wife Jackie, my other brother, Paul,
came over from Germany, and my Dad came up from Devon.
Jez, the guy having the 40th,
put us all up at his house. the Party was to be a fancy dress do.
Vivianne, my wife and I decided to go as Nip and Tuck, well Dr Nip and
Dr tuck to be specific. Vivianne is a research nurse so managed to get
hold of a set of surgical blues, and i made up two fake arm stumps.
i'll try and post a picture of the stump at some point. it's an old gag
where it looks like you are holding a cut off arm but in effect it is
you own hand and the glove holding the arm is a fake. this is usually
done with a black glove but i needed it to be a surgical glove so had
to make it from scratch. at points in the construction i thought it
wasn't going to work but the whole thing came together well and it
freaked out most people who saw it.
the party went well and
almost everyone came in costume, some real crackers, the blues brothers
seemed rather popular, as did superman/woman. the best costume was
easily the one jez made. there used to be a comedian who rode around
on a fake ostrich, with fake legs sat on top of the bird and his own
legs providing the legs of the bird. jez had constructed a replica of
this and it was a scream.
There was as you can imagine much alcohol consumed, but it was all done in good spirits
the occasion when us
brothers get together are few and far between and they serve to move
us forward in a kind of time lapse process. We grew up in fragmented
circumstances with my Dad out of the picture for most of it, we have 3
other brothers by his second marriage. From early on the family i
remember consisted of Mum and us 3 boys. there were satellite relatives
and my mum's mum, Nan, who we lived with sporadically, usually till we
did her head in, often due to excessive noise.
Just as we were reaching the
point where relationships between siblings begin to change we went our
separate ways, Paul to the Army, then settling in Germany. I went
off to sea on a ship called the logos, met Viv and settled in scotland
and mat then went of to the army and then settled in canada. the
consequence of this has been in times past that we haven't had chance
to update the internal perspectives we have of each other. For
instance, on previous get togethers Paul used to have a tendency to
hold this notional idea of being the big brother, but both Matt and i
have mates older than Paul so it just seemed strange. this was the
first time we've got together and not continually rehashed events that
happened years ago. most of the conversations were about current issues
and where we all are.
it was quite amusing to
discover that i share some interesting similarities with Mat that i
wasn't aware of. He married a woman that hates art galleries and
museums and he does exactly what i do, though to look at our wives are
completely different they have loads in common, Viv has spikey red hair
and a fine frame and Jackie is native canadian indian, but they are
both strong characters.
I'll need to sign off now kids to take to swimming
© Julien Crispin 2005