Leeds Lomo Xmas Extravanganza? More Like a Damp Wander 'Round Town!

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Last weekend saw 14 Northern lomographers meet up for a trip around town. Although the event did not go exactly to plan, it was nice to see some familiar and some new faces taking part. More details after the break!

All being well we will have a collection of photos of us Northerners standing on steps having a group photo

Although we started with good weather, and even better intentions, this event turned into a bit of a nightmare! We met up at 1pm in Leeds station and headed straight to a pub, you know for essential bonding and catching up – necessary really when you think about it. Then our first stop was the “Occupy Camp” on City Square opposite the train station to see how those guys were doing now the weather has taken a turn for the worst (for more info about Occupy Leeds, see my article dated 8 December 2011).

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Then on Rhianne’s recommendation we headed down to the corn exchange as there was a vintage fair on so we decided this was worth a look.

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We thought we had been quite lucky really because whilst we were shopping in here there had been a short sharp rain shower outside! When this had blown over we decided to walk through town up to the German Christmas Market as advertised, stopping to see the Victoria Quarter on the way.

Then our luck ran out and the heavens opened before we had even made it half way to our final destination! Moving as quickly as possible we got to the Market to find a mile long (literally!) queue for the beer tents! This was a problem. Plus we had lost several people in the crowds, the cash point had no money in it and we were damp to say the least. Some debate ensued about where we ought to go next, and while this was ongoing, we all got a hotdog and ate it standing up in the pouring rain. Plus I only took one photo at the market which was a bit of a fail.

Credits: kneehigh85

What happened next can (and was by the lovely nicolas_noir) only be described as a dry pub crawl, where we moved from packed venue to packed venue and didn’t buy a single drink. By the time we finally made it to an empty but somewhat questionable cocktail bar named “Woo Woo” we had lost about 5 people, I was stressed about the disaster of the day we’d had and the remainder of the group was soaked through! Obviously because of the stress levels (and because it was happy hour and it seemed rude not to) I had to then order 2 cocktails for myself to drink through the pain. Fortunately for me the woman in the bar had no grasp of measures so I ended up with a ‘Long Island Iced Tea’ containing about 8 shots and a ‘Sex on the Beach’ that tasted like methylated spirits. After this I was a lot more relaxed about the unfortunate event I had just planned and my night descended into chaos from here on in.

Credits: kneehigh85

For all the people who came on this unfortunate event I apologise for my terrible terrible planning ability! For anyone who came to the more successful York trip – please tell the newbies I am not usually so rubbish! And for anyone who feels like their day was wasted I would like to tell them 3 things to make them feel better:

  1. My evening ended with me urinating somewhere I shouldn’t.
  2. I spent over £50 on alcohol that night (due to the trauma I suspect).
  3. I didn’t take my new La Sardina off ‘B’ all day, grrrr!

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written by kneehigh85 on 2011-12-31 in #news

16 Comments

  1. easilydistracted
    easilydistracted ·

    Ha, this is a pretty accurate description but I had a great time lol. It was fun and great getting to meet people as you said and talk cameras :) I can't wait for the next one already.

    p.s. your number 1 really made me laugh haha. I'll have to stay out longer next time

  2. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    Was the place you shouldn't have urinated a) your pants b) your work place or c) Dave?

  3. alilomo
    alilomo ·

    Aww its not your fault rain ruined it all. was your urinating a comment on the pissing wet day?

  4. panchoballard
    panchoballard ·

    This was a much better day then @kneehigh85 is making out. I expect she was stressed because she had organised it all but we had a grand day out, and eating potato pancakes and garlic bread at the Christmas Market more than made up for the rain!

  5. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    @nicolas_noir none of the above!
    @alilomo Sadly no Ali, I actually had a wee, in an alleyway behind a bin with they boys, at 8:30pm.
    @panchoballard I was very stressed about it all but looking back now I cant help but giggle!

  6. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    For @explorette it was less 'woo woo' and more 'oow oow' for you @kneehigh85 it was more 'wee wee' :-P

  7. jackpumpkinhead
    jackpumpkinhead ·

    Ha!! Quality article! The joys of Lomoing in the UK, eh?

  8. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    @jackpumpkinhead - yeah, bit of a nightmare really. But I had fun in the end! Think @nicolas_noir is organising something in Manc on 4 Feb if you fancy it?

  9. jackpumpkinhead
    jackpumpkinhead ·

    @kneehigh85 Aww, thanks for the invite, wouldn't be able to make this one, but please bear me in mind for anything in future :-).

  10. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Hey group (@alilomo @panchoballard @scrappysnaps @fletchinski84 @richwillis @nicolas_noir @louwest)
    Andrea (@explorette) needs a photo of her using the LC-A+ Russia Day. Can everyone have a look in their photos from this day and see if they have one? THanks

  11. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Ahhhhh how can I have forgotten @tirj and @forthedistracted

  12. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Or @easilydistracted even! Doh!

  13. louwest
    louwest ·

    Not me... soz

  14. easilydistracted
    easilydistracted ·

    @kneehigh85 @explorette sorry! I have a blurry picture of you both with a white camera lol but I'm not even sure which camera it is.

  15. explorette
    explorette ·

    doh, thats claires white lca from new yoik!

  16. explorette
    explorette ·

    @kneehigh85 who was the little asian girl who came with us, she was taking pics on her phone.

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