It's a really nice feeling when you catch up with an old friend you have only seen a few times after the last decade and yet it seems like you saw him only last week.
Phil was one of my best friends at Secondary School, and together we discovered Dungeons & Dragons and Hawkwind, amongst other things. So I was really happy when I was invited to a birthday surprise weekend by his daughter Megan. It was to be a weekend of gaming, chatting, drinking and Hawkwind. Phil and I saw Hawkwind back in, hmmmm, well let's just say it was a good while ago, and it seemed only appropriate that we should see them again. Had the years been kind to them ? Only time would tell.
Steve and Simon arrived later that night and the gaming started, well, once Phil's lovely dog Lulu had finished greeting everyone, of course.
We didn't play D&D in the end as they weekend was going to be a busy one with people coming and going, but I did get to play some board games, something I'd never really done, other than the usual Cluedo, Monopoly and the like. These were very different and very enjoyable. I think my favourite was probably Citadels
but I also enjoyed the others, with 7 Wonders being another favourite.
The weekend flew by and Sunday night Phil, Megan and I were ready for... HAWKWIND!!!
I haven't really listened to any Hawkwind records (as they were called when I had them) for about 25 years, and yet as they belted out Masters Of The Universe I found myself singing along. You never forget the classics.
The band was older, as were we, but they still had it. The dancers did a great job as well coming on stage in various costumes that must have been a devil to breath, let alone dance, in,