A slightly longer summary of the weekend:
Attended the wedding of a long-standing friend. It was touching when they said their vows, because you could tell how excited they were to be saying them. After the ceremony, I nipped home to get changed and then went to the reception - this was entertaining and a great chance to make new acquaintances. As with my last visit to the Assembly Rooms (at a Christmas party 30 months ago), I ended the night on the dancefloor. A wee jigging never hurt nobody.
Off to Manchester for a bit of picnickery - I'm not quite sure what this is, but it happened anyway. Met some new people there too. Then I went off to do a gig which was tough, but satisfying in its own way. It was followed by a late night trip back to Newcastle, via Leeds (where we ate bad food and picked up a good performer).
Woke up, got washed and back on the road down to Yorkshire. This time Harrogate - an engagement party. I must have seen more familiar and nearly forgotten faces in that short amount of time and space than I have managed ever. It was a bit odd seeing everyone - just that bit older. Good fun though.
Then off to Manchester again (via Leeds for coffee and socialising) for another gig. This time the gig was a washout, but I think I managed to cope with my sense of inadequacy - Dr Pepper helped.