RIAT 2018
– Like John’s birthday party –

The Royal International Air Tattoo was the official event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. Indeed it was not a boring event with stylish canapés, sparkling bubbly and boring speeches. It rather reminded me of John’s eighteens birthday party some month ago.

blue and white canadian air force cf-18 performing a fly-by at Royal International Air Tattoo 2018

John’s family lives just a few streets away from my home and they are well known for rowdy parties with many friends who do not control oneself during an escalating party-night.
The guest list of John’s eighteens birthday party looked principally similar to the participation list of RIAT 2018.

Some of the party-guest wanted to attract attention at all costs. They danced like daredevils, were noisy, smoked too much and consumed gallons of high-octane fluidities.
Some of them came in groups, others all alone, some were dressed in colourful garments, some in grey suits, one guest wore a little black dress. A good style “Birds of Feather meeting”, so to speak.

Needless to say, that the family honoured the party with its presence. Grandpa, nana, uncles and aunts as well as some elder cousins. No party without the beloved family. They told the story of bygone times. Much quieter than the youth, but likewise very impressive.

There was only one rudimentary difference between John’s legendary eighteens birthday party and this year’s Air Tattoo:
John’s party ended after six intensive hours because all boys and girls were high as a kite (by the way, thanks for barfing in my front yard). The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force lasted from Friday until Sunday.

In the end, both parties seemed to be an epic event. Each in their own way. Maybe it should be a good idea to invite myself to John’s twenty-first birthday party to bridge the time until the 125th anniversary of RAF and moreover I always wanted to barf in my own front yard …

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