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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, December 23, 2004
    Lads' night out
     
    Annual lads' night out tonight (last blogged about here). Christmas may be a time which brings out the worst in many (just heard about a fight in the sports shop today over the last Liverpool FC baby's bib), brings out the sadness of absence (spent the day visiting elderly folk who'll spend Christmas Day missing their departed partners), and brings out terrible feelings of guilt and panic (over those forgotten in the card list, those neglected in the visiting). But it is a great excuse for a gathering; and it's the one thing which brings us all out together for one night a year, fortysomething blokes whose friendships peaked twenty years ago but who really, really love - maybe even need - and would not do without these get-togethers.