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Lucy Sweet: Desperate to switch off from my costume drama.

Byline: Lucy Sweet

SOMETIMES I wonder what on earth I am doing with my life.

For example, on Saturday found myself wearing a Victorian costume and playing a harp.

At least it was for a good cause - our band was part of a fantastic all-day musical benefit at the Britannia Panopticon in Glasgow, a dilapidated Victorian music hall which is in desperate need of restoration. Back in its day, all kinds of weird acts played there, such as Tom Thumb, the smallest man in the world, The Amazing Leopardskin Woman and The Human Spider. Apparently there was a zoo in the cellar too, which is still, rumour has it, haunted by the ghost of a monkey.

Anyway, we decided to get into the spirit of the place and dress like a bunch of freaks ourselves. was trussed up in a long skirt and the boys had top hats, and we played to a crowd of bemused onlookers looking like The Munsters. In fact, the sight of us was enough to scare the ghost monkey itself.

After that, I thought things couldn't get any more bizarre, until I was dragged on stage to play tambourine with Margaret the 70 year-old dulcimer player. It was great, but while I was dressed up as a Victorian and shaking a tambourine to Viva Espana in a freezing derelict building, I couldn't help wondering why I can't have a normal weekend for a change.

I'm telling you, next week I'm going to Homebase and watching Ant and Dec's Takeaway like everyone else.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 25, 2004
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