2016 drew to a close and whilst most businesses attended to the organisation of the usual festivities with overcooked turkey, unwanted secret Santa presents, and local teenage bands singing Slade on a small disco ball lit dance floor, it was down to the OULS to pull something extravagant out of the bag. This we did, in the form of the OULS ‘Aspen rocks’ Christmas Party 2016, set in Manchester Central’s iconic convention centre decked out as a fully catered Aspen village, with real Christmas trees, circus acts, casino, huge dance floor, and numerous fairground rides to bring back childhood memories.
The night started off stressfully as the pre-arranged Taxi to the venue decided that it did not enjoy Christmas as much as I did, and cancelled 10 minutes before pickup. With all other taxi firms quoting 2 hours to be picked up, I decided to drive to the venue and chance my luck locating a parking spot. I located a space 10 minutes walk from the venue, however did not arrive at the car park until 6.30pm and was meant to have been at the venue at 6pm to set up. However, I managed to get myself and the box of Chambers Student Guide books to the venue just after the first guests had arrived. After a few apologies, greetings and the scoffing of numerous ‘beef slider hors d’oevre’s’, I ordered a few bottles of red for the table, and settled into a cocktail whilst watching the stilted snow angels walk around the venue’s reception area.
After some ‘getting to know you’s’, all ten of us were called through to the dining area where an impressively decorated table awaited our 3 course meal, with a perfect view of the stage and the mesmerising circus performers.
As the wine bottles emptied, our bellies filled up, and our cameras ran out of space, we found ourselves more and more tipsy (except for Vice Chair Sophia Sari who uncharacteristically refrained from sipping the magical sauce). As soon as the aerial trapeze artists finished the evening’s entertainment, we all made our way to our favourite child hood fairground rides. The resounding favourite was the ‘Waltzer’ which seemed to be cranked up a few notches by ride operators dead set on making well dressed, posh, turned out women look like drunk, dizzy, ditzy teens falling all over the place.
The majority of us stayed until we were kicked out from the venue after eating our midnight bacon sandwiches and owning the dancefloor with our killer moves!
I was very hesitant about how the evening would turn out, as despite planning the event months in advance, I had been very, very busy leading up to the event. Despite a few hiccups, the event went off with a Christmassy bag, and I personally had an amazing time. It was great to meet fellow OULS members in a fun and sociable setting, and I cannot wait to see everyone again at one of our January 2017 mooting events!
Merry Christmas, and a very happy new year!
Written by James Sudworth – OULS News Editor