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  • In 1995 I was 26 years old.

    I was working a million hours a week, running a restaurant in the north of England.

    Ace of Base were huge on the dance scene.

    In our limited time off, we would congregate in smoky dance clubs. Monday nights were the Saturday night, the party night, of all hard core hospitality staff.

    When you work as hard as we did, in such anti-social conditions in such a teasingly social environment as as bars and restaurants, you party really hard too.

    I worked with phenomenal crews and we were magnetized together in the total absence of normal hours normal conditions and normal work-place pleasantries.

    When you pull 14 hour shifts with a whole load of other savvied folk in their early twenties, you get closer than you should, closer than you normally would. When you face the intense pressure of cooking for and serving 200 covers a night, fast, and hack it, you have a pressure release valve that is ready to explode.

    You indulge in stuff you shouldn't, because you are so bloody tried but you are desperate not to waste the few hours you do have that you are not working; and you want to feel...feel different. And then you indulge some more in other stuff to recover. So that you can back up to work together again by lunchtime Tuesday.

    With Ace of Base ringing in your recovering ears.

    It's a Beautiful Life ♫
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