new year party

Details below the cut.

PRESS RELEASE, 31/12/2004, 00:00 For immediate release For interviews and
soundbites, contact Mike or Dan on 01223 328040, or


Cambridge students today issued a modest invitation to some other people to
join them on New Year’s Eve to drown their sorrows; take shelter from George
Bush, Tony Blair, and the horizontal fenland sleet; and gently usher in 2005
and the glorious new era of post-democracy.

They plan to celebrate the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, 24 years of
Greece’s membership of EC, and Val Kilmer’s forty-sixth birthday, with
mediocre wines, shisha and excellent soup at 24 Priory Road, Cambridge.

Local resident Dan O’Huiginn (21) said:

“We’re hoping that people will bring intoxicants, strange and exotic fruit,
partners, friends, pets, pies, and their lovely selves. There may even be
firebreathing, or at least a big firework.”

Mike Lewis (23), another Cambridge resident, said:

“People are welcome to come any time that suits on the afternoon/evening of
the 31st, and there’s plenty of floor-space, and maybe even some beds. We
live right by Midsummer Common, so we could go for a bracing hobble across
to Quy Fen, or just down to the Fort St George, on New Years Day.”

Neighbour and Hills Road Sixth Form College student Rude Kid (17) said:

“I’ll be having a far crazier New Year’s mash-up over the road with my gaudy
ironic-trailer-trash-T-shirt-wearing friends, and will probably be riding my
Vespa up and down the street and snogging ridiculoulsy thin teenage girls to
the accompaniment of the new Papa Roach album played at full volume, just
like I do every time my neighbours at No. 24 have an important deadline.
Laterz, grandad.”

Novelist and critic Thomas Mann (129) said:

“Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm
or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even
when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off

Notes for editors

1) We’d be delighted if you could come.

2) We live at 24 Priory Road, Cambridge. For a map, see

3) There’s no real need to RSVP, but if you’d like to get in an early bid
for the beds, do let us know.

4) Does this sound like a good plan?
All best, Dan, Mike and Rachel

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