... with guitars! *
In particular a warning to those of a nervous disposition who might be considering visiting London this summer.
You see there's been a bit of bother at Nelson Gabriel House. The residents of NGH are all elderly but feistily independent sorts. They each have their own flats, but also have a lot of communal facilities, resident wardens and a thriving social scene. Sounds ideal I hear you say, and so it is. So why the bother?
Well, it's about the Summer Holiday. For the past umpteen years they have all decamped en masse (as midlanders generally will) to Weston-Super-Mud for a week of sea, "sun" and windblown candyfloss. This year NGH is under new management, and they are consulting about the holiday. They've even gone so far as to suggest they might not go to Weston after all.
This has caused consternation in the ranks. Not because they like Weston, but because they can't agree another venue. This might have a lot to do with the fact many of them don't hear too well in crowded situations like public meetings and so have not the first clue what they are arguing about, but being fesity and independent that won't stop them pitching in....
I know all this because I called in to review the medication of an old friend (you might recognize as the girl with the go faster stripes) the day after the meeting. If she gets her way they will all be coming to Soho this year.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
* small prize for the first respondent to get the reference.