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This past weekend we took a journey into the unknown, somehow in our travels as intrepid explorers and rock social climbers, we inexplicably managed to omit a visit to the beautiful land of Costa Rica. Indeed a foolish oversight, but I'm delighted to report that we have now rectified the situation by playing a headline show at the second Festival Imperial. Sunday night, April 20th, at around 10.30pm, we took to the stage and it turned out to be one of those extra special, new improved, 20% more shows. I realized that although the audience come to see us perform, we are also treated to a show every night as we look out at the crowd and watch the story unfold. When 50,000 people all sing a song together it has an emotional effect, particularly when you are providing the soundtrack music. For a moment I wondered whether we had issued everyone with a DD hymn book on the way in, but it seemed that no one was looking down, they sang with supreme confidence and the script was clearly committed to memory.

I have to confess a great latin audience is tough to beat, Costa Rica was no exception to this rule, in fact I am personally going to nominate them for the next international crowd awards... The band could not have enjoyed the show more. I had decided to stay on for a few days to take in a little more of the country, it is truly eco friendly, people here are graceful and have huge national pride, the vegetation and wildlife is extraordinary, it's a inspiring glimpse through the window of what the world could be like. Costa Rica has no national army, in these troubled times it is both remarkable and admirable, one cannot help thinking that they are on to something, as they say here Pura Vida.

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Nick

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