#77 The Great Christmas Pudding Race
One of the fun things about yawping on about so many events in London is that you start noticing* all the weird little ones. Not the chin-stroking artsy events or the trendy new bar openings; just the everyday fundraisers or local shop specials. London is a collection of villages, as infuriating people are always telling you, so it’s nice to see some endearingly provincial stuff going on in the middle of chi-chi bullshit. There, was that patronising enough for you? Well done, London! Have a pat on the head and a pink wafer!
The Great Christmas Pudding Race in Covent Garden last weekend was one of these. Teams of local businesses dress up and carry a Christmas pudding around an ‘It’s A Knockout’ style obstacle course, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. A team of bankers dressed penitently as convicts, men became turkeys, angels were allowed to look sluttier than they do in heaven, and a rather hairy Virgin Mary put in an appearance in an all-male Nativity team. Nobody wore overly large sunglasses and pretended not to care what everyone thought. Nobody was blogging it for their stupid London events blog.** Nobody cared if Sienna Miller or Russell Brand was there. It was great.