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Not quite ‘Four Weddings & a Funeral’…


… but my life of late it has certainly been ‘three weddings, two plays and a weekend away!’

The three weddings are actually the same wedding just done three times over, for lots of reasons. Personally I am only attending two out of the three but I think that’s acceptable, don’t you?

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One of my best friends is marrying the love of his life, but as one of them is American and the other Swiss-German – and both of them work internationally – it has been like organising a summit of the United Nations. As weddings can be notoriously political when it comes to families, and because the couple want all their friends and family involved, the ceremony is being held in three locations: London, Spain, and the U.S.

Weddings are stressful, complicated affairs at the best of times but this one could potentially be the winner of the ‘Most Likely to Cause a Meltdown award’. In fact, quite the opposite is the case… thus far. For that, I have nothing but admiration for my friend and his partner.

Working in separate countries, while co-ordinating the equivalent of a United Colours of Benetton advert, has not caused them any frayed nerves or chewed fingernails, if the first of the weddings at the weekend was anything to go by. With an informal, summer casual dress code and champagne in a local park, ‘relaxed’ was very much the theme of the day.

I am not a big fan of weddings but this was more like a summer party than a wedding, and for that I am not only grateful but quite in awe. It was a blissful day, as any wedding should be but often, unfortunately, isn’t.

This weekend I head off to the second of the ceremonies, being held in an old castle in Spain, which is the second wedding and also the ‘weekend away’ I mentioned. This wedding will have a different feel but I am sure will be equally as relaxed. The first wedding was out of legal necessity really. This one in Spain is the actual wedding, and the one in America is for all those who can’t travel to Europe.

The Saturday evening in Spain is something called a ‘Polterabend’, which is a German tradition. The couple’s families gather the evening before to have dinner, and then smash their plates in order to bring the couple good luck. We have been expressly told that to break glass would be bad luck, but whether that is part of the tradition or simply to ensure we still have something to drink out of is yet to be determined!! I’ll let you know when I get back, haha!

I have just had my ‘wedding haircut’ and am waiting to meet up with the man himself, and his lovely mum who has travelled from America.

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That’s all happening this week, but last week I went to the theatre again! I’m a bit like buses that way – nothing for ages then sudden lots of trips to the theatre all in one go. Last week I went to see All That Fall at the Arts Theatre in the West End in London, a Beckett play, considered one of his finest. Only thing is, the play was written for radio and was never meant to be seen.

So the play, whilst happening in a theatre remains unseen – as all of the audience must wear blindfolds!! It was certainly a different theatre experience, well worth all the initial nervous giggling as the cast (including Adrian Dunbar, pictured at the top) walk around the audience performing in and among you. If you’re in London it’s definitely worth a visit!

I’m off meet my good friend and his mum and then I need get back and get packing for the wedding in Spain. I’ll be using a very social luggage set that we will be having as a TSV In August and I’ll tell you more about that when I return from my travels.

Until next time,

Miceal. X

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