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As has become customary in recent years, our 2013 Buzzword Christmas Bash once again takes on a creative fancy dress theme.

In the past we have willingly (almost too willingly) rocked up at various local establishments dressed with creative panache, as:

  • Font styles
  • Classic album covers
  • American icons
  • Children’s characters from TV and film, and
  • 20th century advertising icons.

So this year we don our creative thinking caps for Classic Book Titles!

Now, the first rule of your fancy dress costume is: you don’t talk about your fancy dress costume.

Oh yes … we choose our costume, plan our costume, order our costume (and related accessories) take delivery of our costume … but for ‘Maximum Impact on the Day’ … details must be kept firmly under our chef/cowboy/Mr Tumble hat. And so adds to the frisson of excitement already buzzing around the studio in December. “I wonder what so-and-so is going as?” “Ooo, so-and-so would look great as a woman” (the guy with the beard, obviously) and “Will my bum look big in this?”.

The day arrives, and you can cut the feverish atmosphere of anticipation in the studio with a sword of the three musketeers. Until at last, the long awaited reveal…

  • Tim D: the geeky trainspotter complete with thick nerdy specs, notebook and rail timetable (Trainspotting; Irvine Welsh)
  • Adam: the bespectacled vicar with blood spattered over his shirt (Murder at the Vicarage; Agatha Christie)
  • Margaret: a very dapper and scarily convincing Nicholas Nickleby (Nicholas Nickleby; Charles Dickens)
  • Paula: in immaculate military coat, sporting a string of onions and beret (The French Lieutenant’s Woman; John Fowles)
  • Tom: resplendent (and looking not too uncomfortable) in green (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; L. Frank Baum)
  • Ash: the soldier in combat gear sporting a pack of peas (War and Peas/Peace!; Leo Tolstoy)
  • Claire: in Christmas attire with Carol Vorderman wig and make-up (A Christmas Carol; Charles Dickens)
  • Tim F: a rather too convincing cat with a very tall hat (The Cat in the Hat; Dr Suess)
  • Janice and Pete: not one, but two geisha girls immaculately attired from top to toe (Memoirs of a Geisha; Arthur Golden)

Buzzword fancy dress 2013

A glass or two of bubbly in the studio, a toast to another great year, and we’re ready to make the dash across St Pancras to Woodies Brasserie, in full finery, as passing motorists hoot their horns with delight (it’s definitely delight). We enjoy a delicious lunch, where we’re extremely well looked after by Matt and his (tolerant) team … before retiring to the bar where Nicholas Nickleby unashamedly grabs the French Lieutenant’s woman, together instigating an impromptu sing-song.

And yes, one of the geishas has a beard…

Merry Christmas everyone!