But Culture Night in Belfast was at least an atmospheric launch to the wintry season of long nights.
After I wrote that piece, in the early Friday evening, and after later meeting people in the Cathedral Quarter, I took one of the special 1am buses home.
The entire top level of the bus that I was on was full.
Apparently Translink are trying further late night services in December.
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This is great news: at long last the day may be coming when people (often young people with a limited budget) will not have to pay heavily for taxis if they leave Belfast after 11pm (taxis they might have waited 30+ minutes to get).
• Ben Lowry (@BenLowry2) is News Letter deputy editor