7.45pm The White Hart - All right, so it’s not the party venue, but
this boozer just down Drury Lane is showing the European Cup clash
between Man United and Real Madrid. We watch the ’mighty’ Red Devils’
captain slide in to beat his own keeper at the near post. ’Keane No!’ is
suggested as tomorrow’s Sun headline.
8.50pm Millennium Bar - Drag ourselves away from the footy and go in
search of excitement. Down in the basement the dancefloor is already
full - the new-media massive are shaking their thang.
9.30pm I chat to I-level’s Faye Hui and Shivani Gurtu. ’Do you find
people don’t like talking to you once they find out you’re a
journalist?’ they ask. That’s the end of that conversation, then.
10.30pm A few lager-tops later and my Media Business buddy Dom starts to
get frisky on the dancefloor, wowing the ladies with his gyrating
10.32pm The dancefloor starts to empty - clearly no-one wants Dom’s
talents to show up their lack of dancing prowess.
10.45pm A man in a pair of women’s shoes races past, closely followed by
another man who is similarly attired. They continue their low-speed
chase around the bar before disappearing into the men’s toilets.
11pm We bump into Excite’s Dela Quist and Fiona Evans, deep in
conversation at the far end of the bar. The music is so loud Evans has
to scrawl her name on my fag packet. In brackets she adds ’drunken bird’
- perhaps in the mistaken belief that this makes identifying her any
12am Quantum New Media’s Natasha Benson explains the joys of working in
the online sector - it’s young, cool and the place to be at the moment.
Damn, I’d better get my coat.