Dinnercrawl 2003

[Robin examines the suspicious precipitate in his glass]

Dinnercrawl 2003, from he who (mostly) remembers...

Baileys, turkey, sour cream, wine, tonic water, beer, sprouts and shots can safely be consumed in certain combinations and quantities. While the CUOC annual Dinner Crawl can be an opportunity to experiment, it is also a social highlight of the club's calendar. Fun-loving members arrange to have their rooms either used in a civilised, communal manner or as a sanitary convenience. Inevitable as it is, an excess amount of liquor will be drunk at such occasions...

Episode 1: A gentle introduction to the evening involved watching other people perform chess manoeuvres with shot tumblers full of either Archers or, yes you've guessed it, Baileys! Indeed, this is the new form of moving chess - available at all good Argos outlets. Taking measures of Baileys against vodka spiked tumblers can also delay the onset of intoxication...

Episode 2: Downing, Cambridge we arrived at Ian's room. This consisted of standing around in a circle playing with that annoying American toy 'Bop-It'. According to the grapevine, this rampant beast is still marketed, having the potential of luring students into purchasing the product. While Alan and Ian were wrapping up the Mexican ready-made banquet, a cornucopia of jokes was told. At this stage, people started downing bottled beer...

Episode 3: Fitzwilliam Street was the next stop. Predictably, more 'bopping' was required whilst both Blanka and Mark pulled a cracker of a feast. Meanwhile, more beer was drunk and a growing fascination of a cascade of doors was in full swing!? Finally, dinner was dished out and complemented by wine served in ceramic mugs. Crackers were pulled, hats worn, paper pieces crumpled, useless plastic bits mocked and lots of food eaten - you just couldn't get anymore stuff-in! Afterwards, the essential mind game, where wine bottles were passed around the table in an algorithmic fashion, concluded this visit.

Episode 4: The penultimate stop was Niall's room at Queens'. Hitherto, everything remained sensible until a certain individual thought that mixing fizzy water with a well-known creamy liqueur would be interesting. Apparently, the flavour was similar to the unadulterated version but with the curdled froth included!

Episode 5: A short, dreamy trip to Ash's "dodgy" flat above Halfords unfortunately needed a rapid visit to the en-suite bathroom. Whilst trying to be level-headed with the toilet and being kindly offered water this individual wasn't in any fit state to play Twister or consume the chilli vodkas that had been patiently prepared the day before. Time had taken its toll and it was time for compassionate, guided departure.

To conclude, it seems that everyone enjoyed themselves. Thanks go to Alan, Ian, Blanka, Mark, Niall and Ash for setting up the social. The individual would also like to thank Alan and Ali for the guided walk!

Written by Robin Chrystie

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