I went to daniel_barker
's birthday party, where it finally cceased being his birthday.
It began on twitter and then it kept happening:
[Content note: Animal harm, human harm, clowns, dystopia, planet-wide destruction, fear, mayhem]https://storify.com/FrogCroakley/the-colelcted-daniel-barker-s-birth
It was covered on Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/a-guy-complained-no-one-had-wished-him-happy-birthday-on-twi
(And also tweeted by famous comedian daraobriain
which caused more people to give it more attention and wish Daniel Barker Happy Birthday.)
And then, because some people have oddly practical-minded friends (a project-manager! A calculatron! No, wait, I mean an accountant ) they actually organised a birthday party to finally make it stop.
And I went and it was.
I missed the actual theatrics of the declared end of birthday, but by the time I got there there were still clowns and rebels, I got a party-bag with a kazoo and a party-noisemaker and a glow-bracelet, and there were several leopards, in various states of exsanguination. And people were lovely and said hello and shook my hand and even talked to me.
And it was a twitter party, I got to meet and say hello to people I had only talked to on twitter before.
But also this:( cut for photo )
I saw a woman in the famous dress, complimented her on the beautiful white-and-gold dress, and took a photo. And tweeted it, with appropriate caption:https://twitter.com/ruthi/status/581946869607174145
It was re-twote by the guy who did the buzzfeed piece linked above.
And I wondered about and there were lots of individual jelly cups and a little bit of cake left, and little cocktail sausages.
Favourite part was after I decided to leave, I stood outside with some smoking leopards (both literally and metaphorically)( cut for photo )
It was fun to talk, and howlieT
observed that Daniel Barker has resting evil dictator face.
Also it was then I spotted the mediclown, and heard it was the actual birthday that day of one of the people who attended the party (which I knew was likely, but I was glad to have it confirmed
So much colour and so many clowns and helium balloons and a general feeling of hey, wow, this is weird.
Also I talked to a Richard Westenra and I asked: like Lucy Westenra, in Dracula? And it turns out his sister is actually named Lucy. And Bram Stoker knew people of this Westenra family.
I only recently read Dracula, via audiobook: I had been meaning to read it for ages, and then there was an audiobook, read by several people, including Alan Cumming. It is good. And it is why I clearly remembered the name Westenra.
Daniel Barker's name also fits really well into the Happy Birthday song.
Did I mention greeting people with "Happy Birthday"? People said "Happy Birthday", and, more formally, "Happy Birthday, Daniel Barker" instead of hello. :D
Then I went back to my side of London and on to the second party of the night.