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What a let down 
11th-Dec-2009 10:11 am
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Warning - large pics under the cuts.
First pic from last night's Moulin rouge party.
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Sad to report that it was a bit of a disappointment. The timetable said 7 for 8 but we were still waiting to be fed at 8.45 without a word of apology or explanation.

Worse was to come. The Red Hatters' tables were in the 'conservatory' and were the last to be served at each of the 4 courses. The food was averagely ordinary and I'm regretting blowing my calorie allowance because we were all absolutely ravenous by the time the starters arrived. Organisation was atrocious - there were no name places with pre-ordered menu reminders which is not a good idea when dealing with a party of over-50s. Mind you, there were about 270 people in other groups there who were having as much trouble as we were remembering what they'd ordered weeks ago.

And it was cold, thanks to a hot air heating system that was slowly cooking those closest to the vents, while those of us near the windows turned blue.

The mood declined from one of gleeful expectation (I'm the gleefully expectant one standing 2nd from the left in the photo) to scenes from Grumpy Old Women. Half way through the main course (9.30pm) the disco started, making conversation impossible. Did you know that Michael Jackson, George Michael, and Abba had played at the Moulin Rouge? Me neither.

So very little was Moulin Rouge last night, apart from a few feather boas on the table. Such a shame. The Red Hat ladies were all very glam in their Moulin Rouge
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outfits. I was very excited about wearing something so completely frivolous.

I left at 10.40 as the coffee and mince pie course was beginning and was glad I did as the fog was just rolling in.

And today? Christmas luch with the knitting group at the local lavendar farm shop. There will be more mince pies.

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Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all. Douglas Adams

11th-Dec-2009 11:51 am (UTC)
While you ladies all look wonderfully spectacular, the service and ambience in that place was appalling. And should definitely be brought to the attention of Management.

Oooh, mince pies!
11th-Dec-2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Formal complaints will be sent via the Red Hatter who made the booking.

Mince pies are essential at Christmas. Trouble is, I can't seem to stop at 'just the one'.
11th-Dec-2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
Oh what a shame! And you all look so stunning in your hats and boas. I'm sorry a night with so much potential turned out to be so awful. But ladies in Red Hats are made of tough stuff - you'll bounce back. :)
11th-Dec-2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
ladies in Red Hats are made of tough stuff - you'll bounce back
Some were bouncing at the disco but I put that down to all the wine consumed on an empty stomach. I was driving so no alcohol for me.
11th-Dec-2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
These theme nights always seem to end up in a generic crap disco. It winds me up too. You will have to stage your own.
11th-Dec-2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
That's what MWNN said when he heard. We would have made a much better job of it had we had a pub meal and done the decorations and music ourselves. There was no can can for goodness sake - at a Moulin Rouge party. It was can't-can't from the moment we arrived.

11th-Dec-2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
What a shame - I hate waiting for food, and being cold so that would NOT have been pleasant.

You all look fabulous though!!!!
11th-Dec-2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I tell you, I was very cranky with hunger by 8.30. I did my stompy thing up to the Bride of Dracula woman who was playing at being the manageress and asked when dinner was being served. Her snapped 'soon!' got a very hard Paddington-stare.

It was such a shame those costumes were wasted on stupid disco dancing (not that I did any. I don't do dancing) not a can can to be had anywhere.
11th-Dec-2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that the evening was dissapointing but by heavens what a bunch of stunners!
11th-Dec-2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Most of them were quite tiddly by the time the photos were taken, having consumed much wine on empty stomachs. Those who were seated away from the windows said they didn't mind the long wait and quite enjoyed the dancing, but I think that was the drink talking.
11th-Dec-2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Despite the fact the service was not up to expectation, (this happens at Christmas because all the parties happen at the same time and hotel and restaurant staff instead of being happy with business seem to hate all party goers) the ladies appear to be very happy and I must say you are looking extremely well.
11th-Dec-2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oh I had many more pictures of glum looking ladies that I wouldn't put up than I did of happy ones. Most of the ladies were drinking on an empty stomach for almost two hours which accounted for their high spirits. I was driving so couldn't indulge.

I bet we have a much better time at our self-organised Tea@2 Christmas buffet on 19th. There will be singing (some of us providing 4 part harmony), mince pies and mulled wine, and Secret Santa.
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