1. Exquisite Tweets from @hopeandsocial

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    We've got some Chrimbo news for you coming later... but first... we'd like to let y'all in on a lovely surprise that was made for us...

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    ... 5th Oct was our home show at @Nath_Brudenell, Leeds. It had sold out a couple of weeks before & thought WE had some good surprises in store for the show...

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    ... we'd arranged some mild peril in the form of a game of "Big fish, little fish, cardboard box", a game played with flying, motorised, helium fish/shark...
    facebook.com/leeds.gigs.169…

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    ... we bought Cointreau garglers for 400, and got founder bassist Jason Miller up on stage with us for a blast through a couple of tunes.
    facebook.com/photo.php?fbid…

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    But what we didn't know was that a secret facebook group had been planning to spring a surprise on us...

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    ... Never before has Huxley looked as shocked as when he looked up to see his wife Hannah standing next to Simon W, and commanding @CraigSoundGuy to join us on stage.

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    Cue some shifting of people at the mixing desk, now with @JillTheBeans and @Trevorlution at the helm... a press on the start button of an mp3 player and...

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    ... the familiar chords to the opening segment of #BringTheHappy stutter through the PA system... a volume boost, a restart and...

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    ... then @invisibleflock's Ben's voice.

    "Bring The Hope and Social is a project about Hope and Social"

    ... and a memory number, and we're off.
    ...

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    Hope & Social friends, family & fans had collected & collated their favourite memories of H&S, & put it 'em Emma Johnson's brilliant reworking of the main Bring The Happy theme...

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    Some were funny, some touching, some talked of friends long departed. There were tears. From All of us.

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    Aaaand 400 phones stared back of us, lit up with a blue heart, a blue 10, or (thanks to @bendenison) a blue'n'white cock'n'balls.

    (Pic by @CraigSoundGuy)

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    Huge thank yous need to go out with this, to all involved who made it happen, and to all who left a memory. Si's Lu tells us that we'll be getting 'em all on blue vinyl too!

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    But should anyone ask you what happened on the #hs10yrs gig at @Nath_Brudenell, show 'em this.
    youtube.com/watch?v=enxSiN…
    (thanks for the vids @jackharrybill!)

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    Listening through again today, it's had me (Huxley) in tears yet again, twice.
    It's not just the memories themselves...

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    ... but the effort that all you lovely H&S revellers went to to make this happen.
    Being in a band, it means a lot to those who are in the middle of it...

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    ... and it means the world when anyone takes the time to listen to your music, come to your shows, wear the tee-shirt, tell you you made a thing that matters to 'em, and all that...

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    When you start out being a musician you think "if I can just make one person *feel* something, to have someone else give enough of a $h!t about a piece of music I've made, care about it the way I care about certain songs...

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    ... then I've achieved something good".
    The "Bring The Hope and Social" thing was something else. Beyond anything we could have dreamed of when we started 10 years ago...

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    It feels amazing to know that a beautiful bunch of people think enough of you to go to this much effort. It's truly humbling, and I'm not sure we'll ever be able to fully take it in.

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    So, the biggest of thanks to everyone who's ever told a friend, come to say hello, bought us a beer, had us stay in their house, bought an album, come to our events. We are moved and we are grateful.

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    And nobody does thank yous like a H&S crowd, so here you are:
    Memory 900, "Singing Thank You For The Music with 500 people at The Brudenell" youtube.com/watch?v=enxSiN…

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