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Can’t stop us now

Problems beset the Lanson’s karaoke night this week with faulty equipment leaving drunk PRs wailing into the evening without the help of any song words. MM had particular admiration for What Investment Kieron Root’s 10 minute unaided but accurate rendition of America Pie. Stirling stuff.

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