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Monday, 21 December 2015

THE FELLOWSHIP'S ANNUAL LONDON CHRISTMAS TRIP TO SEE IQ

So, we did it again, another splendid London 'Drink-a-bout' before going to see IQ at the O2 Area, Islington, a day in which we dressed as Elves, obviously not feeling ours Elf, there were jokes, quips and good cheer, a day where we met many an other Elf, the odd Reindeer, a few wise men and someone who claimed to be Jesus, personally I thought he appeared more like Brian but you do meet some strange folk in London and there's none stranger than The Fellowship at times!

We visited some absolutely splendid pubs (They are named in bold in the tale below so you can count them, visit them if you feel so inclined), we sampled some very splendid ales, some excellent food and then at last on to what could well be 'The Gig of the Year', IQ were on magnificent form and their tribute to the late great Geoff Banks was quite simply stunning, moving and relevant.

Before the epic tale is told in verse and pictures I must explain a couple of things, the chorus comes from a tale about one of our members ordering a Banana Naan in an Indian restaurant the night before, it was also a day in which we saw the embryonic formation of an Elf Hakka, mad, what us?

We were of course part of an Elf and Safety team working for the National Elf Service, that's our excuse and we're sticking to it, not that we need any excuse, 'Last of the Summer Wine' pah!

 

Not Yours Elf

And so it came to pass in the year 2015 of our Lord Fender
As I remember it was Saturday the 19th of December
Somewhere in London someplace somehow
There were four Elves singing, “Klingons on the Starboard bow”

Over 18s only
So this is what happens when you’re dressed as an Elf
You’re just not yourself, when you’re dressed as an Elf
We were looking for a jolly old gentleman all dressed up in red
“Come down to London” That’s what he said

Banana Naan, na na na na na
Banan Naan na na na na
Banana Naan na na na na na
Nanana nanana na na na na na na

So as we set off initially there were just four of us
So we jumped on a train and then took a bus
To The Angel Islington to begin our great quest
Our powers of sobriety were severely put to the test

And this wasn't even a 'Spoons'
Now, because we know that HE likes the odd drink or two
We searched in the good pubs as one must do
And of course as time passed, well what do you think?
We ours Elves may indeed have imbibed in the odd Christmas drink

Banana Naan, na na na na na
Banan Naan na na na na
Banana Naan na na na na na
Nanana nanana na na na na na na

We started at The Old Red Lion, the Theatre bar
For Christmassy pies and pints then didn’t stray far
For just round the corner and just down the street
Was the Brewhouse Kitchen whose beers were also a treat

Then a stroll to The Charles Lamb where we played ‘Shut the Box’
We know how to celebrate and the fun never stops
For there we met up with another two of our clan
Before setting off for The Narrow boat which was all part of the plan

The view from the Narrowboat
 Banana Naan, na na na na na
Banan Naan na na na na
Banana Naan na na na na na
Nanana nanana na na na na na na

Everywhere we went we spread our good cheer
Well after all it’s really that time of the year
And it’s not everyday that you celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ
Or indeed that of Lord Fender which is also quite nice
  
At the Island Queen we met a party with Jesus himself
Well a chap dressed up like Jesus and several more Elves
It must be something to do with the weather that’s all I can say
For this was by far the warmest ever, December day

Banana Naan, na na na na na
Banan Naan na na na na
Banana Naan na na na na na
Nanana nanana na na na na na na

Make that two!
There was still no sign of the old chap with the white beard
So we continued our search which by now was getting quite weird
As we stopped off in the Earl of Essex with the beer board on the wall
And tried the 17.5% dark stuff which wasn’t nice at all

We fiound his hat though!
 Sometimes at Christmas these things must be done
It was warming and potent and really quite fun
As we stumbled up the road towards the O2 Academy
Where later it was IQ that we would all see

We met Jon Patrick and bought him a beer
In the Glassworks because, well it’s ever so near
Soon it was time to make our way to the venue
So we made our way down the stairs into the O2

Banana Naan, na na na na na
Banan Naan na na na na
Banana Naan na na na na na
Nanana nanana na na na na na na

Just some idea of the size of the crowd at IQ
 We also met Thea who looked a real Christmas delight
All in all it was, one heck of a good night
IQ played tribute to the late great Geoff Banks
And for that we’re all grateful and send them our thanks

IQ in full swing
But after all when it’s all said and done
We never found Santa but we had such good fun
After the gig and farewells we headed back to ‘The Cross’
Via the Cornish pasty stall as, we were hungry of course

One of the best sets ever from IQ
Banana Naan, na na na na na
Banan Naan na na na na
Banana Naan na na na na na
Nanana nanana na na na na na na

The Dark Angel plays a mean guitar
Then it was onto the train to make our weary ways home
With The Fellowship of Elves you are never alone
So this is what happened when we went out dressed as Elves
I think in all honesty that we were, truly ourselves!

Have a splendidly wonderful Christmas, Yuletide, Solstice, whatever and however you celebrate this season or not, just keep it peaceful and keep music live. 

Grant

December 2015

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