Take 2: By @CiRCUStrongman

Lee Allen

By Lee Allen


Take 2:

These three weeks off have been an absolute gift from god, though I think I’m still catching up on sleep from the last term, and they went a little something like this, hit it…

I started the festive period with a night of drinking and Shuffleboarding, Shuffleboard being an old school ‘sport’ from 30’s America reminiscent of curling, only without the ice.

I caught up with the people I once called friends and dragged myself back to the gym, two stone lighter and four stone weaker.

There wasn’t too much to share on the Christmas front, Christmas Day was a bit of a wipeout, with every single member of my family canceling in order to nurse their respective hangovers. So I took the opportunity to binge on films for the day, having strayed from the screen since half term, which you can read about in my previous piece ‘My Festive Viewing Ranked Worst To First’.

In the spirit of trying something new, I booked tickets to go and see the rugby at Twickenham on the day after boxing day, I have only the vaguest understanding of the rules and haven’t been since I was toddler so it was a shot in the dark but a great day out in the end, albeit lacking the atmosphere of football; they even provided reminders for the Christmas crowd over the PA system, egging us on to chant. Come on you Quins!

After a prosecco fuelled New Years, we headed back down to the Top Secret Comedy Club and for our £1 entry fee, we were treated to 7 comedians, including Joel Dommett of I’m A Celebrity fame and a likely superstar in the making, Tom Ward. I’d highly recommend Top Secret Comedy Club if you haven’t already been, £3 a pint & £10 bottles of wine in the center of London and both times we’ve been we were treated to a surprise celebrity guest (last time was Jack Whitehall).

Strangest of all, I managed to read a book, in fact, two books. After years of believing I couldn’t concentrate on reading for periods upwards of five minutes, I discovered fiction.

Inspired by a gargantuan reading list that Caroline had so kindly sent through I ordered some books and read like there was no tomorrow. My first read ‘The Sellout’ was one of the strangest and funniest things I’ve ever come across, it would almost be too hard to write a blurb for… it begins with a black farmer on trial in the Supreme Court for owning his own slave and only gets weirder from there. My second read was a tad easier though equally strange, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon, the story of an autistic boy who writes his own murder mystery. I’d recommend both books.

Anyway, enough of that, day one, term two, let the fun commence.

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