Friday, May 04, 2007

Join the queue

What a week this has been for England's favourite pastime: queuing. First it was 4AM queues for a £5 "I'm not a plastic bag" bag , then it was night-long queues to look like a knotted venus, and today it was wrinkles at dawn for Boots latest anti-aging 'miracle' serum. But since when did anything warrant such strange activity at such unusual hours? And is the attraction really the purchase or the desire to take part in any kind of exciting group activity? Are we all just yearning after something with an "atmosphere" nowadays that we will settle for anything?

No doubt Bill Bryson, England's new countryside champion, is brimming with social commentary on the recent hysteria. He has taken the piss out of the Brit's penchant for standing patiently in orderly queues for ages. And his fascination is not unique. Have a look at the standing in a queue blog. But this is a bank holiday weekend: time for pandemonium and the 33rd edition of City Slicker's "Week's Action, Weekend Reaction."

1) Fancy celebrating all things Liverpudlian after this week's sensational Champions League match? React by heading to a masterpiece of Scouse cinema, 'Different Voices, Still Lives' at the new swanky BFI. Southbank, SE1. Until 12 May.

2) Si hombre, it's Cinco de Mayo time again, but you can't think of a single decent Mexican joint in London? React by heading to East London's veritable casa de tequila, Green & Red, for the party feeling and cheap tacos, beers and tequila cocktails. Sombreros encouraged. Saturday. 5:30pm-1am. 51 Bethnal Green Road, E1.

3) Has the reality of 10 years under New Labour left you more jaded than jubilant? React by heading for topical spoofs of the week's news at the long established Newsrevue comedy show. Canal Cafe Theatre, W2. Fri, Sat at 9:30pm and 9pm on Sunday.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world HAS gone crazy with all of these cult items. What is next? Botox injection queues? No kidding. Watch thsi space.

5:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohh, i have been waiting to check out the newly doen BFI. Maybe I will see you there Sunday CS!

5:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a great one Slicky!

Thanks for the tips.

5:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great one. Peace out everybody!

5:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is there always one?

5:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That film looks good. Just may check it out. ta ta

5:42 pm  
Blogger Shep said...

Oh cool - there's Ella!


6:30 am  
Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo, CS! We'll toast you from the Big Apple before getting in the bag!

3:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I fancy celebrating all things Liverpudlian, by dropping a bomb on the shithole.

7:01 pm  
Blogger *snake*bite* said...

The queueing sensation is absolutely ridiculous!
I thought it was only celebs or wanna be celebs that covered their faces or people going to court or prison but obviously the general public are happy to oblige - my take on this is u got one BIG ASS boots bag so im guessing ur face must be well past its sell by date for you to be covering it so why you wasting money on this cream!


Out to dinner tonight to a hole i used to visit with an old friend - El Chicos - Streatham!
Some may think its a dive but its cheap and when u want to munch the price is cool and you can always reside to one of many pubs around the area!


7:26 pm  
Blogger nina chadwick said...

Add Kate Moss's bottles of fucking water and a croissant at Top Shop. If she'd have put her REAL breakfast in there now that would have been worth queueing for.

11:39 pm  

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