So, I am helping with the booze at the London Olympics launch party at 2 Kolegas on Saturday night. Basically, the Beijing Beatles are playing, I know lead singer Ian Burns since we live in the same apartment complex, and I have consequently become acquainted with the rest of the Fab Four.
The idea was for me to come up with themed drinks. To be honest, the past two weeks have basically consisted of going to bed at 4 AM or 5 AM (need to answer emails from the Americas), getting up to work before 9 AM (the people one floor up are either redesigning their apartment or have a fetish for hammers and power tools), and dealing with a hacked blog.
Kinda tired. Even so, I have been doing research and thinking about booze — Jell-O shots in the colors of the Olympic rings, a Beijing Beatlejuice drink with John Lemon, Apple McCartney, Ringo Starfruit and George Pearisson, etc.
But the reality is 2 Kolegas is Tsingtao and standard drinks territory and people will be showing up Saturday for three decades of British music, to see a replay of the opening ceremony, to play games, and to mow down at the Fish Nation and Gung Ho kiosks, not because they want to see my Olympic interpretation of the pousse cafe.
Thus, I’ve suggested the two beverages with each ticket include one standard drink and one high-octane drink, each with a Chinese twist, in order to provide some familiarity and a solid kick-start to a night of partying.
This plan created a deep inner sadness yesterday in Beatle Troy Reilly, who I think hoped I would personally make nuanced Olympic-themed cocktails while working a pommel horse, but he can take solace from the many photo ops he will get due to his costume (see above).
Anyway, as we took a taxi from 2 Kolegas last night, I asked Reiley to give ten reasons why people should attend the party on Saturday night. Here they are:
1. Great British music with the Beijing Beatles and Rikki Sixx (think The Clash, Zeppelin and The Who). Reiley described the Rikki Sixx guitarist as Jimmy Page-like, noted that Jimmy Page played at the closing Olympics ceremony in Beijing, and suggested that is reason enough to attend. Whole Lotta Love, etc.
2. It is the only place, as far as he knows, that will provide a replay of the opening ceremony for those who didn’t watch it live at an unspeakably early hour.
3. Gung Ho and Fish Nation will be serving pizzas and fish and chips on site.
4. Those who do not want the two cocktails offered with the ticket have the option of trading them in for a concoction called the Ringo Chocolate Starfish that Reiley will personally make (to be confirmed).
5. Tthere will be beer pong and obstacle races by Hoegaarden and a Gung Ho pizza-eating contest. (Note: I’m handling the “boat races” between Team Great Britain and Team China. Each member has to suck down a Boddington’s and then a Tsingtao — or vice versa — with a straw. See at bottom.)
6. Thus, even if it rains, there will be lots of people celebrating the Olympics, since all of the activities above and the bands can be handled indoors.
7. The DJ is going to play British and ‘Olympic-themed music‘ — a Chariots of Fire remix perhaps?
8. It’s a chance to dress up, possibly as a famous British person like The Queen, Victoria Beckham, Borat, Samantha Fox, Mr Bean, Winston Churchill or Dame Edna.
9. 2 Kolegas has new toilets. Actually, I am adding that reason. The years of wondering if you are going to fall through the floorboards are gone. There are now four new units.
10. We are almost guaranteed to have London weather, whether it is pre-drizzle, light drizzle, drizzle, heavy drizzle or torrential drizzle. Drizzle fo shizzle, as they say in England.
Again, if you plan to be there, and want to be on either Team Great Britain or Team China for the boat races — and you need to hail from those places to participate — let me know at beijingboyce (at) yahoo.com.