Friday, 22nd June 2001.
Today was Noelle's last full day in London. After a hectic week of visiting
rels and touring and getting sunburnt, it was almost time for Noelle to return to
But not until we'd moseyed on out to Hampton Court Palace. Best-known as the
palace that they advertise in every bloody tube station, Hampton Court Palace was
acquired by Henry VIII in 1509, and he proceeded to blow a whole lotta dough on the
joint. His plans for a poolroom were derailed by each of his wives, who insisted that
a proper kitchen should be a priority, and that the chambers could do with a spot of
paint. Henry mumbled something about women not understanding and that a man needs his
Anyway, these days the Palace is crammed with works of art (like me and Dave).
One gallery consists entirely of portraits of society women from a few centuries ago.
All the portraits had been done by the same painter, and both Dave and I commented that
all the women had "take me to bed" eyes! Makes you think...was that just how things
were back then? Or did this painter always portray women as such?
After a trip through the maze out the back and a brief frolic in the garden, we
returned to Fulham. Noelle was dead keen on going out dancing. Disco Dave was mildly
keen, and I wasn't too sure. Eventually we settled on going to "Havana", a club in
The highlights of the evening? Well, there was one standout.
We'd been there for about an hour when I spotted Brendan! Who? Remember "The
Couple"? My previous flatmates in Fulham? Well, Brendan was on the dancefloor,
dancing with a girl who was Not Emily.
Later on he was dancing immediately behind Noelle. I pointed him out to her.
She reckoned he wasn't bad looking, although I didn't ask for her opinion.
"Pinch his arse!" I said. Strangely enough, Noelle did so. He didn't seem to notice.
"I got a fair bit of wallet, and not a lot of ass!" Noelle reported. By this stage
Brendan was getting fairly intimate with an ordinary-looking girl.
Then I was distracted by two girls kissing, and Brendan disappeared. Interesting.