awards night

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Ladies in their silky dresses swaying

Down the crimson carpet as the flashbulbs pop

And men that look a bit like Bond

Clinging to their arms, sheltering from rain

With black umbrellas held aloft.

Inside the hall the seats all sparkle

With the stardust us mere mortals don’t possess,

Waiting for those statuettes to make

Their way into the hands of people

Far too beautiful to be a human being.

One day we will make it in that hall

I say, as we stand on the pavement in our jeans,

Our sneakers soaking in the starry puddles.

I love awards ceremonies and we are having the BAFTAs tonight, over here in the UK. It’s being held in the most beautiful setting, the Royal Albert Hall, and of course, the dresses are stunning.

I remember when I lived in London when I was nineteen, we went out clubbing the night of the BAFTAs. It felt so exciting, walking past Leicester Square, and knowing that so many celebrities were just a few metres away.

I thought back then, half a lifetime ago, that I would make it inside one day. I probably never will, but when I watch it on TV I get that little thrill of excitement I felt back then as a teenager who had never had a dream crushed.

Much Love

Rachel xx

5 thoughts on “awards night

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Oh, there’s definitely something about that stardust, isn’t there, Rachel? We can watch all the stars, and their clothes, and their elegance, and imagine what it’d be like. And we don’t have to deal with the paparazzi, the never-ending ‘fishbowl’ life, and all of the other hassles of the star-crossed existence. On BAFTA night, it’s all about that candy floss dreamland of celebrity.

    1. patientandkindlove

      I know, I always forget that they are human and have worries and fears. And their fears and worries are magnified by the press. I know for certain that I couldn’t deal with that kind of exposure.

  2. Vic Crain

    Margot is right, the awards are a fantasy, far away from real life. Frankly, if I were younger, healthier and single, I’d have flown to Ukraine to fight. I look at the pics of the fighters, including the 18,000 women who have joined the combat teams, and have nothing but admiration for them. These are civilians who are fighting to save Ukraine and to save us from nuclear war, and they include models, athletes and celebrities. And they are led by a television comedian and his screenwriter wife, who have gone from fantasy to intense reality with a bravery that wouldn’t be believable on film.

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