Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Parish Events



Oh Belgium.


I walked home in the pouring rain this morning to be greeted by this tent, outside the local church (which is quite picturesque if you are into that kind of thing):




(Terrible picture, due to pouring rain).

I went into Pain Quotidien and asked the girl behind the counter about the Havana Club tent outside the church. She said:

"Oh, yeah. They're serving mojitos and rolling cigars".

Of course they are. At 10am. In the pouring rain. Outside a church. In the 'burbs. In an area where the local population gets unnaturally excited by, and can stare for hours at, small scale roadworks, or a stray dog. Will this end in tears? Quite possibly.


I also encountered Bizarre Homemade Trumpet Amplification Violin Busker on the metro.



I like to think that he brings good luck even though I have no evidence for this whatsover. I gave his companion, Tiny Tambourine Boy Who Should Be At School €1 in small change. I am hoping that means that next time I look outside I will find a miniature Shetland pony grazing my brambles.


UPDATE:

Now there is a red carpet! And a potted palm! I can tell you, excitement levels are reaching core meltdown level here. There is an exceptional amount of standing around and staring going down. Oh, yes.




I do not, however, have a miniature Shetland pony yet.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ooh I love both those things! Churches can be surprising places for innovative events - they're always keen to get people in to talk for whatever reason!
The trumpet reminds me of the ancient brass taxi horn (goes aaooogah!) that I bought on impulse at remote antique shop in rural NZ. It had apparently once been attached to a London taxi & now accompanies my readings of "Mrs Armitage on Wheels" by Quentin Blake!
wf is angstief - another sound likely made by violin / trumpet combos
H in NZ

Mya said...

Almost as glamorous as Cannes the other week. But for whom has the red carpet been rolled? Is Royalty imminent? Or a MSP? I suppose the only way to find out is to loiter in the vicinity, looking gormless, and waiting until something happens.

B said...

oh god i HATE that busker and avoided him on the metro this morning by jumping cars. a couple of weeks ago, i watched him pick up his wife, begging with their two other children, from in front of the UGC toison d'or.

on another note, i DO hope you had a mojito at 10am.

Alison Cross said...

Early morning booze - come on! Where are your Scottish roots?! GET IN THERE!

Also - did you check to make sure your pockets hadn't been dipped by the urchin?

You may not find small pony in your garden, but am sure that a lay-by near you now features a grotty caravan and white van.

Ali x

Johnners said...

I first read this ealier (when I should have been making the kids' tea) and was agog, AGOG to know whether the pony arrived and what the beauteous tent-thing was for? Are you getting a government? Was it the Pope? The possibilities are endless!

Margaret said...

Belgium is a mystery and a wonder.

frau antje said...

I'll trade you one miniature pony for a mojito, have heard you can't take a horse on a train, so looks like you may have to carry a cocktail across state lines (but not for immoral purposes, just the usual unnatural excitement of sub-urban living). Seriously, even if one could take a horse on a train, I am embroiled in a battle of wits with the upstairs closets, or as I collectively refer to them, Attic tragedy.

Perhaps the tent is for a seminar on how to turn old metal toothpaste tubes into light switches, a bit of Cuban wisdom that may end up benefitting Belgium, say, after a decade or so with no government.

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