A party within a party


With my nephew, a quite superb Tintin

Last weekend my family surprised me with a party that I never saw coming.


Me and the Lawyer

As I entered the room I heard the cheers and the whistles and knew it was for me from the Textiliste’s grin.


Plus the most glamorous Vet

But I recognised no one. Was I so bereft of friends they had had to hire in people?

No, fortunately it was fancy dress.


the odd costume clash, notwithstanding…

The Vet, who many have said is wasted on animals and should be in event management, sorted out a fab show including a magic mirror that captured some of the crazies who attended.


scary family; the Lawyer’s girlfriend, the Beautician and parents make me wonder who or what we are associating with…

We ate, we talked, we danced and we drank. There was a ‘how well do you know Geoff?’ Quiz in which no one scored less that 18 out of 24. There were two possible explanations for such high rates of success. Either the quiz was ridiculously easy (nope, the general consensus was it was not) or I spend so long talking about myself that I’m as transparent as a jellyfish.


I think this captured ‘weirdy’

And then my dear darling family did speeches. I try to keep my family anonymised but they did so well – check out the Vet’s poem – that I share them here.

And then after that introduction I had no choice but to respond. That is until I was timed out.

I don’t know how many of the attendees read this blog but thank you all for coming. I had a spectacularly splendid time.


About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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34 Responses to A party within a party

  1. Susanne says:

    You are a lucky man, Geoff. What fun friends and family! Belated best wishes.

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  2. Wonderful Geoff. How lovely and what a brilliant surprise.

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  3. Ahh…what a refreshing post. You are surrounded by colorful, fun-loving folks. What a blessing. Thanks for sharing a bit of them with us. Great way to usher in a new decade !! ❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’™ πŸ’œ

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  4. Mary Smith says:

    What a great party – looked like a lot of fun.

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  5. A great event. Congratulations to all concerned

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  6. What a happy post! And some great costumes. (Just think of all of the conferences that could have been enlivened by a spot of fancy dress….)

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  7. davidprosser says:

    What a fantastic party it looks and the wit abounds.

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  8. Autism Mom says:

    What fun! Congratulations on a wonderful party. πŸ™‚

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  9. Brilliant. Looks to me that all had a good time. And even the Vet had a go at poetry. She did a far better job with it than I would have.

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  10. Anabel Marsh says:

    What a great party! Well done Team LePard.

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  11. jan says:

    How fun! Thanks for sharing!


  12. I watched it all – what a great family – Congratulations Geoff! ❀

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  13. Erika Kind says:

    OMG! What an amazing surprise party. What a huge organization and preparation. You are a lucky man with such a wonderful family and circle of friends. This is outstanding!!!!

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  14. What a beautiful birthday tribute, Geoff. You have an amazing family! πŸ™‚

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  15. willowdot21 says:

    Yes Geoff you have a fabulous family and it looks like you all had a great time!! Never more deserved!! xxxxx

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  16. Charli Mills says:

    What a wonderful, deserving, fun, and fabulous celebration!

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  17. That is AWESOME! The surprise, the party, the love, the fact that everyone clearly has a fab sense of style (or humor…or both). That is just all-around fantastic. Off to watch the videos.

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  18. You didn’t see me, but I had a wonderful time at your birthday party, Geoff. P

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  19. Belated Happy Birthday. You don’t look the age they say.Is there some kind of age bashing going on? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

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  20. Ruchira says:

    Lovely celebration!

    Belated birthday wishes, Geoff

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  21. trifflepudling says:

    Definitely worth being 60 for!

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  22. Fantastic, Geoff. You clearly have a terrific family and bunch of friends around you. Glad you had a great party. Belatedly, Happy Birthday!

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  23. Annecdotist says:

    Oh, Geoff, how fabulous – the whole thing must have been wonderful and what brilliant outfits! I can just imagine what fun they had preparing this and it’s such a lovely testimony of their love for you – much deserved. Jenny’s pome is lovely, my eyes are watering. I’m assuming Linda is Cruella de Vil (and she looked fab), and wondering if, like a friend of mine, you had a crush on that cartoon character?
    My brother did his own quiz based on his life at his sixtieth birthday party at which I was the only one from the family and I think my team was very disappointed with my performance.

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  24. What a terrific post, Geoff. I’m sorry I missed it. It’s wonderful that they gave you such a party, a birthday you will remember forever. Mega hugs.

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  25. Helen Jones says:

    I don’t know how I missed this post earlier, but it looks to have been a FAB party! Well done to your family, they look like they know how to have a good time πŸ˜‰

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