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Sword bids adieu to 2014

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The final months of 2014 where a a busy time for Marcel’s and the Caffeine Nights group, .

One of the most important changes was the move from the platform recreating a Parisian street and square (la Place des Cerises…), to the sea level, which gave the whole build a bigger sense of space outside, and wonderful views, while keeping the intimate cosy feel inside that our friends have enjoyed so much as they discovered the bistro.

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We arrived by the end of Summer, which still allowed for some nice outdoors activity. fishing_001

But soon Fall was upon us, and fallen leaves suddenly where everywhere (inside the bistro too!) and allowed Anouk to add a moody feel to the whole set, (which reminds me of a perfect tune to watch these pictures by, a song about the passing of time and the changing of seasons by Sandy Denny.

Everyone tried to stay outside for quiet evening chats at Marcel’s terrace as long as there where some warmth left and before the snow settled in.

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Eventually Halloween arrived and Marcel’s rose to the occasion with some great sets from our dj’s and yet some more awesome decorations by Anouk!

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The Matelots where also active, and in true pioneer fashion sailed out to discover new lands, and were treated by team Captain (G-WINZ) to some wonderful routes, sampling all the seasonal beauty of SL’s winter wonderland. There was also an unusual trip to the Great Wall of China, where we were kindly hosted by Selena Nirvana of the Heartbreakers Entertainment group, and her wonderful Chinese pavilion venue which held the cruise party.

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And we finally got to Holiday season. Anouk once again showed her skills in decorating Marcel’s and all of Croissantville, and all ye merry group enjoyed a time of warm friendship inspired by outstanding musical shows which conveyed according to each dj’s style the spirit of the season.

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Chillin’ (literally)
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Kala in one of her astounding Christmas gowns
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Marcel’s by snowfall

So here is 2015!

We can’t wait to see what it will bring to Marcel’s and the Caffeine Nights group, and take this chance to wish you all, once again, a Happy New Year!

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Quiet contemplation at closing time

 

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Willow Pattern themed show

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We were treated this weekend to one of our special themed shows, this time DJ’d by the very talented Mr Gerrard Winstanley, playing a selection of Asian fusion music. The show was based around the oriental Willow Pattern, the story of which was posted here a few days prior to the show itself.

The set was all in muted tones of blue and white, and was a replica of the china pattern depicting the lovely oriental landscape scenery. A bamboo bridge crossed over a babbling stream in which blue and white koi carp swam. The blue and white crane bobbing their long necks into the water every few minutes to pick up a fishy snack.

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It wasn’t until guests zoomed their cameras away from the set that the realised that they were actually in the pattern itself – the entire set being a huge Willow Pattern dish, complete with giant chopsticks perched across the rim..

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I even made sure I co-ordinated my entire outfit to blend with the background..

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The rest of the guests really went all out and the costumes were breathtakingly beautiful. The contrast of the pure blue and white setting, together with the stunning, butterfly-like colours of the guest’s outfits was the most perfect opportunity for some amazing photos.

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I was very fortunate and managed to “find” a very rare and valuable Ming dynasty DJ deck for G. Thank goodness he was carefully with his dancing throughout the evening as the decks were totally priceless and irreplaceable, and a mis-placed kick could have been a tragedy 😛

We even had the spirits of Koong-se and Chang floating over us in the form of a pair of white doves..

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As the evening drew to a close, and the sun set behind the hills, the guests were treated to a surprise display of hundreds of glowing lanterns which were released to slowly float up into the midnight sky.

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Sword spent ages on the night taking about a million photos so he could put together one of his cool stop-motion videos of the event which you can see here:


 

 

 

And here are a few very kind words left in our guest book for this show:

 

Valdez Lauria:

‘Amazing as usual. Congratulations on the fabulous work Anouk. xxx Valdez’

 

Autopilotpatty Poppy:

‘Fabulous set and music, Anouk. Thank you so much! Spectacular!’

 

Lewis Luminos:

‘At the Willow Tales event – wonderful set and wonderful music, a true pleasure to be here. –Lewis Luminos’

 

kalanite Bluestar:

‘Lovely Party… thank you ありがとう

 

And finally, with thanks to Lewis, here’s a link to Lewis Luminos’ Flickr album, with some more gorgeous photos: Lewis Luminos Flickr – Willow show