Well it had to happen sooner or later, even to an expert eventist like me, that things wouldn't go exactly to plan (well actually no, not on my watch, this never happens!) My good friend Dawn announced that she was going to be down in London and would have some time to spend with me on Saturday. Great, she could join one of my adventures. I had already drawn a 'sport/leisure' card before Dawn said "ooh I'm up for an adventure, but remember, nothing too sporty!" Ummm....well my fate dictated challenge was VOGA! For the uninitiated (me, and Dawn) this is yoga inspired by Madonna's Vogue and 80s music in general. Woo hoo, even Dawn was slightly excited - strike a pose! Even the fact that the class was taking place at Haggerston didn't quell our enthusiasm, and neither did the fact that it was peeing with rain, it was indoors after all and in a rather lovely little venue called 'The Proud Archivist' (hold that lovely thought - it may change). However, as time wore on the class was pushed back by half an hour (and had already been changed by an hour before we arrived), and so we decided to partake in some coffee and cake. Not exactly in the spirit of exercise but what to do to pass the time in a cafe venue? The meeting that was happening in the room we were going to be Voga-ing in slowly emptied and even more slowly (make that painfully slowly!) tables and chairs were removed one by one. Dawn could feel my eventist (and caffeine fuelled) frustration as I suggested we help clear the room. But no, now 1hour and 45mins after the original scheduled time, we were told to " Speak to the Events Manager to see what has happened" Apparently Dawn winced at the words 'Events Manager' and looked at me as my face adopted a scathing look. Yes, the venue had double booked the room. Unacceptable. I won't dwell on that because actually, the lovely Voga teacher, Rose, explained that she was so sorry, this had happened to her before at this venue and offered us a free class somewhere else. Determined not to let this spoil our time together, we headed over to Highbury and Islington's Upper Street (nicknamed 'Supper Street') to give ourselves a different kind of adventure. So, completing our little gallery of food and drink below we have Prosecco at the lovely Hoxley and Porter and a platter of treats at Nem Nem Vietnamese restaurant. A very different but definitely enjoyable afternoon all round....although I'm still not convinced that Dawn didn't engineer the Voga cancellation. Next time my friend, remember we have credit there, so it is an experience to look out for in a future Secret History...
But not entirely content with that as an adventure per se, I thought I would share some other, not unexpected, but certainly new experiences that I have done in the past two weeks. Starting with the inaugural performance of 'Los Perdidos' (for this set comprising of Denise, Sandra and Lee) playing at the Pena Flamenca de Londres in Pimlico. I have never been so nervous, but we managed to perform a Panaderos and a Bulerias, each lasting an epic 6 minutes. Yes, there is indeed a video of it which I may share at some point soon! But for now, just look at the concentration on my face! Photos courtesy of my great friend Andy Catlin.
My other excitement from the past couple of weeks was one which stemmed from my previous Secret Life adventure of paddle boarding (not water boarding as my mum mistakenly called it). This was a paddle from Putney to Kew, watching the fireworks, and has been a real highlight of my month. Not only were the fireworks amazing from this perspective, but it is the first time I have done a night time paddle and it was so calm and quiet. With of course with the ever constant fear of falling in, this time into black November water.
'Normal' (whatever that may be) Secret Life adventures will resume next week!
Denise Yeats is an events professional with over 18 years of creating inspiring events ranging from arts events at Tate to Tower Running races. She set herself a personal challenge over two years called 'The Secret Life' which involved doing a new pursuit every week which is chosen at random by an allocated colour and number. This has led onto the creation of 'nnoodl - discovering your secret london life' where people are led on surprise activities...