Genuine enthusiasm time: 2008’s Caius May Ball – City Lights – was one of the best experiences in my entire life, ever. Sure, we’d heard that May Balls were something special to look forward to. The eye-watering ticket prices do suggest that it’s going to be big. But it’s impossible to fully describe what they’re really like: extravagant, amazing, luxurious, decadent, wonderful. We arrived at 8pm for champagne before dinner at 9pm… and by ‘dinner’ I mean a fabulous five course meal lasting two hours accompanied by white wine, red wine, dessert wine and port. And then, armed with a beautifully designed programme, we had the entire night to explore what was on offer in the college grounds and rooms. Which was more than anyone could possibly take in over just one night! From bands such as Supergrass and British Sea Power playing on stage to burlesque, jazz and blues performances. Magicians, clairvoyants, comedians and mind readers. Classic interwar films in a cinema, rides, games and dancing. And all through the night, unlimited – and free! – food and drink: martinis, Pimm’s, beer,
larger lager, wine and much else besides – including tea! – alongside crepes, seafood, candy floss, doughnuts, ice-cream, chocolate fountains and, again, just about everything you could wish for. We partied all night until the survivors’ photo at 5.30!
There are so many magical moments from last night, a few of which are captured in my photo gallery which will be accompanied by Facebook photos shortly. It can’t tell the whole story, however, of how wonderful it was to enjoy such an amazing party and round off a year of uni with so many good friends – and Lucy. So if you ever get the chance, don’t turn down a ticket to a Cambridge May Ball!
Because everyone will rave about the main bands playing, I thought I’d share a little glimpse of my own personal little highlight from the night: Kitty La Roar and Nick Of Time. Here they are performing a mashup of Shaggy and Robbie Williams… great fun
Oh, and I’ve just turned 19! Hurray
You missed out the casino room!
& happy bday! x
Lager, not larger
Was good to see you there
and what’s the difference between wine and dessert wine…?
Posting from school hooray!
I have successfully amazed everyone with stories of the ball
Dency says Happy 19th!
Enjoy your Birthday. Student life, eh….what a chore!
Well if anyone is short of a date next year and wants the excitement of arriving with a mysterious older woman with tattoos, a foreign accent and a strange ability to remember song lyrics… I volunteer my services! Just keep me away from th dessert wine!
Oh the wine is dangerously nice