10 Years Ago Today: The Day I Met Noemi Linzenbold in Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, England

“Pretty woman; walking down thon street.” – Tom Petty.

10 Years Ago Today: The Day I Met Noemi Linzenbold in Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, England

So that’s it then. Ten years just past in the blink of a young girls eye, glory days. Impassable by, Brucie boy…

10 Years Ago Today: The Day I Met Noemi Linzenbold in Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, England

10 Years Ago Today: The Day I Met Noemi Linzenbold in Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, England

It was Thursday 26th November 2008. A day I will never ever ever forget. Jonny Blair is working on the bar at a tea dance in the trendy and historic Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre. The bar has no lemons and I also want a coffee so I go to the theatre coffee shop for my coffee and to pick up the lemons to slice in the bar. It’s a regular journey for me on a normal day in a boring job.

“It’s okay, it’s alright, because it never ever ever works out right” – Noel Gallagher.

10 Years Ago Today: The Day I Met Noemi Linzenbold in Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, England

When I arrive in the coffee shop, there’s a new girl in town. Bear in mind I’ve worked in this building for about a year and lived in and loved this town for about 5 years. In the coffee shop, that fateful day worked Hungarian dancer Noemi Linzenbold. Blonde. Blue eyed. Slim. Smiling. DDG. Drop dead gorgeous. She was the world un-in.

“Because you’re gorgeous, I’d do anything for you”- Babybird.

The world un-in – Noemi Linzenbold

For me it was love at first sight. For her, who knows, probably just another step on her globe. I’ll remember her name, but mine she’d forget. We chatted a bit then back to work. As you do. As I did. As you were. Endgame.

“Before my eyes, beyond the stars, beneath the sun”- Tim Wheeler.

Noemi Tipney in Venice

10 Years Ago Today: The Day I Met Noemi Linzenbold in Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, England

I thought nothing of it at the time. Staff changed often and the coffee girls were never the same. A few words and off you go, never to meet again. But Noemi and I kept being on the same shifts. She’d be in the coffee shop, while I’d be in the bar. Day after day we almost “worked together.” December we bonded a lot, chatted and enjoyed a Christmas drink.

“To find you I’d walk but to lose me you’d run” – My self penned Noemi tune.

To find you, I’d walk; but to lose me you’d run.

Nobody knows why Noemi came into my life. But I fell in love. Truly madly deeply. There was no exit plan. Within weeks she invited me round for dinner. We lived round the corner from each other, another of life’s flukes. So we went to work together and came home together unless I was on the late if a gig was on. In February 2009, I gave up alcohol just for her. It’s all gospel.

jonny blair noemi linzenbold

Noemi and I on a night out in Bournemouth in January 2009.

One snowy January night she got her tits out in front of a hot fire in her living room, “You can touch them Jonny” she remarked with calm, sexual nonchalance. So I did. She enticed me into hot steamy sex in her flat in a Bournemouthian winter. And I was in love. That was it. I had finally found my wife. Aged 28, my blonde haired blue eyed Hungarian dream. I loved her.

“Our eyes are the same” she whispered to me one evening, and so I wrote this poem for her (which I later put guitar to and dedicated it my Wonderwall):

In A Life We Don’t Know (for Noemi Linzenbold)

our eyes are the same
in a life we don’t know
and when you call my name
you Brighton my glow

in a world we don’t know
in a world we don’t know

our dreams are the same
in the sleep we don’t get
i’ll remember your name
but mine you’ll forget

in a world we don’t know
in a world we don’t know

our signs are the same
in the stars up above
and it wasn’t much pain
to change what i love

our hopes are the same
in the life we can’t have
and you’ll make me cry 
and I’ll make you laugh

our hair is the same
when it shines in the sun
to find you i’ll walk
but to lose me, you’ll run

in a world we don’t know
you’re the girl i can’t have

our lives aren’t the same
as my lonely sun sets
you’re as far as I’ll be
I’m as close as you’ll get

in a world we don’t know

There are more lyrics, and they varied down the years but that’s the gist. Noemi and I first toured parts of England together. I had a car and we drove to places like London, Portsmouth, New Forest, Southampton and Poole.

new forest

Down the park at the New Forest

spinnaker tower england

With Noemi at the top of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, England.

Debrecen Girl – Noemi Linzenbold and I in London town

“Because everyday is all there is in my some kind of bliss”- Kylie Minogue.

I also went to Hungary to visit Noemi’s family and I loved it in Debrecen. She liked my travel style too, I know it.

In April 2009, I bought Noemi a birthday present (or several) of a trip to Venice in Italy. We went in May-June. We stayed in the plush Hotel Noemi. We toured Venice on a budget and loved it.

Staying at the Swanky Hotel Noemi, Venice, Italy

Staying at the Swanky Hotel Noemi, Venice, Italy

Noemi Linzenbold in Venice, 2009

Noemi Linzenbold in Venice, 2009

On the way back from Venice and not even in so many words, Noemi told me she didn’t want to see me again. It was over. Right now, I don’t blame Noemi or have any bad thoughts about her, I wish her all the best and I loved her.

“It must have been love, but it’s over now. From the moment we kissed until the time that ran out.”

But I was devastated, gutted, and worst of all suicidal but Noemi had been so nice. So real. So fucking cool. So pretty. So sincere. So honest. It’s why I loved her.

If all people had the heart of a Noemi, the world would be a better place.

If I had never met Noemi Linzenbold, I would not be the man I am now and for sure I would not have backpacked to 150 countries on some kind of nobody’s mission. She changed my life for the better and I love her for it. But we will never meet again.

“You’ve changed my life completely, I’m touched by your love. Even if I never see you again” – Wet Wet Wet.

Happy 10 years of the day we met, Noemi Linzenbold. I won’t forget you, even if you will me.

“Stop crying your heart out” – Noel Gallagher.

Stop crying you heart out.

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