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SIAS event: Karaoke Challenge, 28 May 2008

“Why did no-one throw their underwear at me?” was perhaps the only, if slightly surprising, complaint to be heard at the post-exam karaoke party at the O’Neills bar in Soho. Andrew Webber of Barnett Waddingham was dismayed that his cover of Sinatra’s New York, New York had failed to inspire the same adulation as Aon’s Peter Robertson who had treated the audience to a prime rendition of a Killers’ hit.

Rumour has it the underwear in question belonged to one of the Spice Girls, who later performed an energetic cover of Wannabe which really got the crowd going. Scary Spice, aka Nilantheny Christie of AIG, definitely looked the part with mad hair and an attitude to match.

Paul Coker of High Finance covered a couple of noisier songs, including an enthusiastic version of Alice Cooper’s classic track Poison. Jacobina Gurney, his biggest fan on the night and who was undoubtedly captivated by the performance, seemed equally inspired by the “funny shoes” he was wearing.

As with most karaoke nights, it had taken a few drinks before inhibitions could be forgotten, so the free glasses of wine courtesy of SIAS went down a treat. It certainly seemed to work on PricewaterhouseCooper’s Alvin Kissoon who was the first on stage, giving a great performance of a Girls Aloud number. Nilantheny Christie was later quoted as saying: “All he needed was a skirt and he could easily have been mistaken for Cheryl Cole.”

Honourable mention must also go to the guy who displayed some superior dance moves during Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, and the girl who sang Blondie’s Heart of Glass. Special thanks also to our karaoke compere for a job well done and for having such an extensive list of songs.

Later on, a live band got set up, the doors opened to the wider public, and the music played late into the evening. A great night was had by all. It was the perfect way for actuaries to let their hair down after studying so hard for the April exams.