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Sport 28: Autumn 2002


page 97


Extending like a kilometre-long tongue from the mouth of the Embassy Theatre, a strip of red carpet had been laid half the length of Courtenay Place. The carpet was installed around lunchtime of the Big Day despite the fact that a strip of red carpet left in the open air, as any events organiser will tell you, only serves to attract clouds, torrential rain and other serious forms of weather. Mercifully, after an afternoon deluge, the rain thinned around five o'clock, by which time The Muttonbirds, installed on the balcony above a bar called Opera, were halfway through ‘Nature’.