I am also sometimes prevailed upon to go to the occasional karaoke nights, mainly because a friend of mine is a regular karaoke host. Although I enjoy those evenings (though I try to keep my own participation to a minimum), I did have an ambivalence to karaoke ever since the first one I attended. Some friends were having a private birthday party in a restaurant, and we were all having a lovely time until one of the waiters said they had a karaoke machine. One of the guests insisted we use it, and the rest of the evening was spent mostly listening to her and her adolescent daughter. I will survive they screeched, though the rest of us doubted if we would. Enjoyable conversation was cut short (karaoke enthusiasts seem to love high volumes) and all attempts to persuade them that they had delighted us long enough were in vain. On a more upbeat note, at least you don’t seem to get the same number of old drunks singing My Way. There was a time when it seemed compulsory for people whose lives had been an utter failure to sing this when they were not singing No Regrets.
Apologies for my misanthropic mood. I have probably lost some of my friends by now and it won’t be long before I’m one of those sad old geezers slurring My Way. So on a more upbeat note here’s a quiz question. By chance I came across an old photograph on the Internet yesterday which intrigued me. Do you know whose wedding this is? It’s quite a famous couple, though few people seem to know what they really looked like.