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  • n. A party.


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  • There's almost no national ailment that he feels can't be solved, or at least distracted from, by taking off his suit jacket, loosening his tie and suggesting a good old-fashioned knees-up.

    You're the prime minister, Cameron. Please stop behaving like the David Brent of British politics | Sam Delaney

  • The sonically lubricious Gillespie, meanwhile, played with Grinderman once, when Warren Ellis curated one instalment of All Tomorrow's Parties, the hallowed outsider-indie knees-up by the sea.


  • At the other end of the spectrum, are the parents who insist they won't expect much and that it's just a good excuse for a knees-up.

    I'm an atheist. Is that a problem?

  • On an ambitious weekender including Cleo Laine, Joe Lovano and Iain Ballamy, plus genre-crunching Mercury nominees Led Bib, the Subway Moon project still stands out, a community venture promising much more than just a knees-up for the local citizenry.

    This week's new music

  • It's well known to the industry but Sheffield's annual non-fiction knees-up is making the most of its new June slot to find ways to reach out to the public – like next week's free open-air screenings on Devonshire Green, graced by special guest Albert Maysles, who'll introduce his legendary Grey Gardens.

    This week's new film events

  • Every Wednesday, the owner leaves her large back room in the hands of performance poet Josep Pedrals, who has been organising the poetic equivalent of a knees-up here for the last few years.

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  • • I am sure we can all congratulate Nick Boles, the Tory MP for Grantham and Stamford and parliamentary bag-carrier to schools minister Nick Gibb, for celebrating his civil partnership with Shay Meshulam with a knees-up on Ibiza this weekend.

    Stephen Bates's diary

  • At Christmas they have a festive knees-up – champagne is drunk from Babycham saucers and the night always ends with a singsong around the old ship captain's piano.

    A room of my own: Dan Gillespie-Sells

  • Sculpture and installations also tap youthful gags, including a twist on Damien Hirst's famed shark in a solid cast of that essential for any frat knees-up: an inflatable whale.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • Useful people when you are about to go on a long journey and you want to make sure the environmental third-sector infrastructure is in place, but not obvious candidates for a knees-up.

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  • Communities of prejudices travel on the train

    The upper class will have to pass

    The chance up of a knees-up with the gang

    Your record profits will buy you an island.

    (Black and white unite, by Belle and Sebastian)

    September 27, 2010