Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Up on the Roof....

on a voyage of discovery is where I spent lunch on Friday (thanks to cupcake kelly from "an american cupcake in london) sampling cocktails and boating on a lake.
As some of you may have seen in the press, Bompas & Parr installed a lake on the roof of Selfridges, 6 floors above Oxford Street.
The event was for 4 days to introduce the food industry to Truvia, a natural sweetener. Truvia is derived from the Stevia plant found in South America.
The adventure started by a magical lift ride from the ground floor to the 5 th floor in a lift filled with adventure books ( I would have been happy travelling up & down in this all day!)
On arrival at the top we were greeted by an adventurer who presented us with 2 rock crystals, which would be used in exchange for cocktails!... we were then lead through a dark tunnel complete with amazonian & snake graphics onto the roof , a taste of South America complete with an English twist...

A cocktail was required to give me dutch courage to get in the boat!... so a Stevia Smash was ordered: Tequila, Lime, Truvia Crystals, Luxardo & mint!... courtesy of the experimental cocktail cliub.  just the tonic to set me on my journey!... a punt on the lake with a cricket bat as an oar!... and umbrella to offer some protection from the Iguazo falls... (failed miserably!)... much fun was had, myself & Jo (member of my team) laughed so much it hurt... the lovely man feeding us strawberries dipped in Truvia helped...having survived the waterfall we were given a Discovery bottle cocktail from the Crystal Island, which consisted of Havana Rum, Allspice dram, ginger, apricot brandy, lime & truvia gomme.

On departure (complete with a wet bum) we were given our very own Stevia plant to nurture at home....
a short trip back to office (behind the black wall by the roof entrance!) to dry off....
thanks Kelly for the magic tickets!....
here's a peak of the lake when everyone has left for the evening...

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Literary Life & Recent Reads...

the last couple of weeks have been filled with literary moments.... from coffee with the author Ali Mcnamara, to an evening of Shakespeare, and the final Harry Potter film opening, its all been a bit about books!....
and I've finally fallen in love with my Kindle!. I have resisted an "E" book for a long time, for many reasons as I am a book girl, I'm a cover junkie!, I love the smell of books, and that feeling when you pick up a new book !... none of this you get with a Kindle...however what you do get is the ability to have multiple books in your bag at anyone time, which makes when  when commuting & travelling a delight!... my recent trip to New York cemented my kinship with this book gadget!...
so what have I been reading...
Victoria Connelly ~ A weekend with Mr Darcy, how I missed this before i will never know but loved it... any fan of Jane Austen must read it..its been downloaded to my favourite books folder, and its inspired me to visit Winchester, somewhere I haven't been since I was in the Guides!... 2 women head to an Austen conference for a weekend which leads to chaos, intrigue and a little romance....
Lindsey Kelk ~ The Single Girls to do List... for a girl that loves a list this made me laugh out loud from the off... Rachels been dumped and her two best friends compile a list of things for her to do to cure her heartbreak... loved "Mr deeply-unsuitable"; story of my life!
Ciara Geraghty ~ Becoming Scarlett .. Ive just started this having loved her other book Saving Grace...
Victoria Connelly ~ The Perfect Hero ~ Loved Loved Loved this... Kay runs a B&B in the seaside town of Lyme Regis, where a new adaption of Persuasion is being filmed... with the cast descending on her little B&B and heart throbs sleeping under her roof, does she find her hero?.... I've read this twice now as I enjoyed it so much... I now want to go to Bath & Lyme!... Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austin both as a book and as a BBC adaption so this was probably always going to be a winner for me!

Finally a couple of weeks ago I met up with the delightful Ali Mcnamara for a coffee in Aubaine in Selfridges, nestled between Tods & Chanel in the shoe gallery, its a Ladies that Lunch treat!... Ali was delightful and we chatted lots about New York and her books. I'm looking forward to the next book Breakfast at Darcy's
as you may have read Ali has just heard that  From Nottinghill with Love Actually has been signed for launch in America, which is fabulous news... whilst she was down in London she has been busy working on her 3rd book which is a follow on from FNWLA... can't wait!... especially as it features New York!... had a lovely chat, and looking forward to catching up again the next time she's in London.

Much ado about Nothing...

not the most well known of Shakespeare's books, but much fun when bought into the 80's with David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

Thursday I managed to get my hands on a ticket for the sell out critically acclaimed "Much ado about Nothing" at the Wyndham Theatre at Leicester Square. Having brief memories of it from school I read a brief synopsis before I went so that I didn't appear too ignorant!... I needn't have worried, the play was fantastic. Set in the early 80's in Gibralter, it romps through the courtship of Hero & Claudio, who collectively and with their friends conspire to get Heros's cousin Beatrice and Claudios friend Benedick together. his isn't an easy feet as they spend most of their time together sparring and are confirmed singletons!..

What ensures is at times a hilarious slapstick comedy; where eavesdropping really doesn't fair well for the two ... both scenes could have easily been taken from a Frank Spencer sketch!... so many fantastic references to the 80's from ra-ra skirts, rubiks cubes, and a Princess Diana wedding dress it was a delight. From David Tennants entrance on a union jack festooned golf buggy complete with car horn, he completely owns the stage and is magnificent, Catherine Tate compliments his Benedick perfectly as Beatrice ( although I was waiting for her to break into "am i bovvered" at any moment, especially when she's a very hungover bolshy Beatrice!)... This isn't for the faint hearted, and high brow literary readers probably wont get this version of this play and be better off at the Globe! but I loved it as did most of the audience, with a standing ovation for all at the end.
If Shakespeare had been this much fun at school I might have paid more attention!
The theatre was beautiful, one of the nicest I've been in and even better when David & Catherine signed programmes outside the stage door at the end.
Tickets for this are sacred... but the theatre does release 20 tickets each day for £10 for the first in the Q, if you get to see it before it ends you are in for a treat..

Goodbye Harry....

Friday saw the launch of the final Harry Potter film, Deathly Hallows part 2 and my ticket has been booked for weeks.... so armed with popcorn and my peppermint toads from Hogsmeade in Harry Potter world... I sat down in an adult only viewing ( sorry can't do HP with kids!) to be entertained, and was I

...... starting where part 1 finished Harry, Ron & Hermione continue their quest to find the remaining horcruxes. This film is dark, dazzling and dramatic from start to end and I loved it......

Over the last 10 years Harry Potter has entertained generations with the films and will be missed in the cinema calendar.
It has been a fantastic testament to British film making and showcased the skills of some of our amazing British acting dynasty, so many to name but Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman & Maggie Smith amongst my favs and we have watched children grow into young adults

( who would have thought that Neville Longbottom aka Matthew Lewis, would become such a hottie!)
 and that we would fall in love with a cinemated house elf called Dobby..... farewell Harry ... you will be missed.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

from Patience comes Progress

Friday night saw a girls night out with friends & family,(along with 90,000 others) to see 5 guys reunite on stage after 15 years!... yes it could only be Take That at Wembley Stadium.... I left the car at Wembley at 7am Friday morning and headed into work, the 6 of us meeting up for a "picnic in the park" prior to the event. Thankfully the rain held off and the fun started from there!....complete with Take That cupcakes!!!

After a mountainous climb to our seats our view looked straight at the stage and we could see everything... The countdown began complete with clock on the screen until Gary, Howard, Jason and Mark  took to the stage to start the show with 'Rule The World'.  This was followed by  'Greatest Day', 'Hold Up A Light', 'Patience' and 'Shine' (which saw the band joined onstage by an Alice in Wonderland style dancing cast of dancing trees, roller-skating bees and huge caterpillar). This was a much more low key start than The Circus tour, but the energy in the stadium was electric.... Next four became five, as Take That briefly united onstage 'virtually' through a huge video screen to sing their own version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; creating the bridge between the first two parts of the show....

Robbie then flew onto the stage and  kicked off his solo set with a stadium thumping 'Let Me Entertain You' which had the crowd jumping off their feet. His set proceeded through his own classics: 'Rock DJ' (where he climbed into a glass chariot to be pulled around the stage by dancers in roller-skates), 'Come Undone', 'Feel' (which saw him winched out to the audience) and of course finishing with the amazing 'Angels'. All delivered in his arrogant and cocky style (yes much noise in the press about swearing and gestures, but hey it's Robbie, that's what he does!) and at times incredibly humbled and gratuitous to the crowd. He absolutely rocked it and completely owned the stage... Before the five  reunited properly onstage an amazing flying acrobatic dance set took place on the back screens of the stage, resulting in the dancers forming the Progress album cover.. before the launch of "The Flood". the dancers performed an amazing routine on a wall of water while the band sang from the highest part of the stage.
Robbie threw himself off the top for the finale of 'The Flood' to the floor via suspension cables before the band break into an explosive version of 'SOS'. At this point we were then introduced to a huge mechanical man, affectionately known as OM was revealed from behind the stage and slid out into a sitting position for the guys to sing 'Underground Machine'.
The band then moved to the B stage to perform 'Kidz' where they held an old skool dance-off involving Jason and Howard, flanked by human chess pieces dressed in black and white. 'Pretty Things' was then performed back on the main stage with Gary and Robbie being lifted up by OM's hands as a beautiful ballet dancer flits between the two stages.
It was then time to go back a few years!... with the 'boys' gathering around a piano and Gary tinkling the ivory's the band sung a medley of 'Million Love Songs', 'Babe', 'Everything Changes', and 'Back For Good' interwoven with chat and laughter......they then held a 'photo' op replicating the album cover of Take That & Party... before launching into (complete with original dance routine )  'Pray' ... if the crowd could have got anymore frenzied then this was the moment!!....


They then sung the new XMen single 'Love, Love' featuring twenty dancers in gas masks flanking the band on either side of the main stage, while the mechanical man moved out into the middle of the stadium carrying the band.
With the show drawing to its finale the band sung Never Forget, complete with full audience interaction!...during which OM stands to his full height (20 metres).... pure spectacular...the band then disappeared through the stage floor, was this the finish?.... fortunately Wembley doesn't have a roof because if they did the noise that 90,000 people (predominately screaming women!) made it would have lifted!.... dimmed lights and suddenly theres Robbie coming through the floor complete with Gary, Howard, Jason & mark singing Robbies classic No Regrets... camaraderie & group hug on the stage before launching into the final song of the evening Relight My Fire, with Robbie singing Lulu's part... complete with fire dancers . The boys then left the stage and walked back to the main stage interacting with the crowd with Gary leading on the beautiful 'Eight Letters' ... simply beautiful.

I loved this gig, it wasn't as visually spectacular as The Circus, but it showcased each of the 5 to their very best, and thoroughly entertained us all!.... Take That partied and completely demonstrated that with a little Patience become Progress....
apologies for the very long post! (highlighted songs will link to You Tube clips)... enjoy!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The rain in Spain.....

stays mainly in the plain!....alas, no I haven't been on a holiday...a couple of  Monday's ago i ventured out after work to see Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre. As the weather was glorious in London I took a leisurely stroll through the back streets to the theatre taking in the sights & sunshine of
the city.
Pygmalion is the story written by Bernard Shaw that influenced the film "My Fair Lady" ... sticking to the original story, this play has a stellar cast including Diana Rigg, Roberta Taylor, Kara Tointon and the very dashing and perfect Henry Higgens - Rupert Everrett. If there ever was a role made for Rupert then this is it... articulate, arrogant and very dashing, need I say more!

Dreaded sitting in a theatre on the hottest day of the year, but I was pleasantly surprised on how cool it was... great air conditioning system...
Thoroughly enjoyed the play,
If you get to see it before Rupert leaves for TV commitments you're in for a treat... (15th Aug)
more theatre trips to come... have three things in the calendar in the next few weeks!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

5 things to blog!

Apologies for lack of blogging, life's been a bit busy!... In the last two weeks I've been mostly working!... In between work, I've spent;
1. A night at the theatre watching Pygmalion.
2. Met & had a lovely chat & coffee with the author Ali McNamara
3. Time with friends & family chilling & catching up
4. Baking & cake making including Take That cupcakes!
And finally 5.Spent a fabulous night picnicing & partying at Take That gig at Wembley.



Blog posts to follow for all...
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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Up on the Roof....

on a voyage of discovery is where I spent lunch on Friday (thanks to cupcake kelly from "an american cupcake in london) sampling cocktails and boating on a lake.
As some of you may have seen in the press, Bompas & Parr installed a lake on the roof of Selfridges, 6 floors above Oxford Street.
The event was for 4 days to introduce the food industry to Truvia, a natural sweetener. Truvia is derived from the Stevia plant found in South America.
The adventure started by a magical lift ride from the ground floor to the 5 th floor in a lift filled with adventure books ( I would have been happy travelling up & down in this all day!)
On arrival at the top we were greeted by an adventurer who presented us with 2 rock crystals, which would be used in exchange for cocktails!... we were then lead through a dark tunnel complete with amazonian & snake graphics onto the roof , a taste of South America complete with an English twist...

A cocktail was required to give me dutch courage to get in the boat!... so a Stevia Smash was ordered: Tequila, Lime, Truvia Crystals, Luxardo & mint!... courtesy of the experimental cocktail cliub.  just the tonic to set me on my journey!... a punt on the lake with a cricket bat as an oar!... and umbrella to offer some protection from the Iguazo falls... (failed miserably!)... much fun was had, myself & Jo (member of my team) laughed so much it hurt... the lovely man feeding us strawberries dipped in Truvia helped...having survived the waterfall we were given a Discovery bottle cocktail from the Crystal Island, which consisted of Havana Rum, Allspice dram, ginger, apricot brandy, lime & truvia gomme.

On departure (complete with a wet bum) we were given our very own Stevia plant to nurture at home....
a short trip back to office (behind the black wall by the roof entrance!) to dry off....
thanks Kelly for the magic tickets!....
here's a peak of the lake when everyone has left for the evening...

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Literary Life & Recent Reads...

the last couple of weeks have been filled with literary moments.... from coffee with the author Ali Mcnamara, to an evening of Shakespeare, and the final Harry Potter film opening, its all been a bit about books!....
and I've finally fallen in love with my Kindle!. I have resisted an "E" book for a long time, for many reasons as I am a book girl, I'm a cover junkie!, I love the smell of books, and that feeling when you pick up a new book !... none of this you get with a Kindle...however what you do get is the ability to have multiple books in your bag at anyone time, which makes when  when commuting & travelling a delight!... my recent trip to New York cemented my kinship with this book gadget!...
so what have I been reading...
Victoria Connelly ~ A weekend with Mr Darcy, how I missed this before i will never know but loved it... any fan of Jane Austen must read it..its been downloaded to my favourite books folder, and its inspired me to visit Winchester, somewhere I haven't been since I was in the Guides!... 2 women head to an Austen conference for a weekend which leads to chaos, intrigue and a little romance....
Lindsey Kelk ~ The Single Girls to do List... for a girl that loves a list this made me laugh out loud from the off... Rachels been dumped and her two best friends compile a list of things for her to do to cure her heartbreak... loved "Mr deeply-unsuitable"; story of my life!
Ciara Geraghty ~ Becoming Scarlett .. Ive just started this having loved her other book Saving Grace...
Victoria Connelly ~ The Perfect Hero ~ Loved Loved Loved this... Kay runs a B&B in the seaside town of Lyme Regis, where a new adaption of Persuasion is being filmed... with the cast descending on her little B&B and heart throbs sleeping under her roof, does she find her hero?.... I've read this twice now as I enjoyed it so much... I now want to go to Bath & Lyme!... Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austin both as a book and as a BBC adaption so this was probably always going to be a winner for me!

Finally a couple of weeks ago I met up with the delightful Ali Mcnamara for a coffee in Aubaine in Selfridges, nestled between Tods & Chanel in the shoe gallery, its a Ladies that Lunch treat!... Ali was delightful and we chatted lots about New York and her books. I'm looking forward to the next book Breakfast at Darcy's
as you may have read Ali has just heard that  From Nottinghill with Love Actually has been signed for launch in America, which is fabulous news... whilst she was down in London she has been busy working on her 3rd book which is a follow on from FNWLA... can't wait!... especially as it features New York!... had a lovely chat, and looking forward to catching up again the next time she's in London.

Much ado about Nothing...

not the most well known of Shakespeare's books, but much fun when bought into the 80's with David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

Thursday I managed to get my hands on a ticket for the sell out critically acclaimed "Much ado about Nothing" at the Wyndham Theatre at Leicester Square. Having brief memories of it from school I read a brief synopsis before I went so that I didn't appear too ignorant!... I needn't have worried, the play was fantastic. Set in the early 80's in Gibralter, it romps through the courtship of Hero & Claudio, who collectively and with their friends conspire to get Heros's cousin Beatrice and Claudios friend Benedick together. his isn't an easy feet as they spend most of their time together sparring and are confirmed singletons!..

What ensures is at times a hilarious slapstick comedy; where eavesdropping really doesn't fair well for the two ... both scenes could have easily been taken from a Frank Spencer sketch!... so many fantastic references to the 80's from ra-ra skirts, rubiks cubes, and a Princess Diana wedding dress it was a delight. From David Tennants entrance on a union jack festooned golf buggy complete with car horn, he completely owns the stage and is magnificent, Catherine Tate compliments his Benedick perfectly as Beatrice ( although I was waiting for her to break into "am i bovvered" at any moment, especially when she's a very hungover bolshy Beatrice!)... This isn't for the faint hearted, and high brow literary readers probably wont get this version of this play and be better off at the Globe! but I loved it as did most of the audience, with a standing ovation for all at the end.
If Shakespeare had been this much fun at school I might have paid more attention!
The theatre was beautiful, one of the nicest I've been in and even better when David & Catherine signed programmes outside the stage door at the end.
Tickets for this are sacred... but the theatre does release 20 tickets each day for £10 for the first in the Q, if you get to see it before it ends you are in for a treat..

Goodbye Harry....

Friday saw the launch of the final Harry Potter film, Deathly Hallows part 2 and my ticket has been booked for weeks.... so armed with popcorn and my peppermint toads from Hogsmeade in Harry Potter world... I sat down in an adult only viewing ( sorry can't do HP with kids!) to be entertained, and was I

...... starting where part 1 finished Harry, Ron & Hermione continue their quest to find the remaining horcruxes. This film is dark, dazzling and dramatic from start to end and I loved it......

Over the last 10 years Harry Potter has entertained generations with the films and will be missed in the cinema calendar.
It has been a fantastic testament to British film making and showcased the skills of some of our amazing British acting dynasty, so many to name but Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman & Maggie Smith amongst my favs and we have watched children grow into young adults

( who would have thought that Neville Longbottom aka Matthew Lewis, would become such a hottie!)
 and that we would fall in love with a cinemated house elf called Dobby..... farewell Harry ... you will be missed.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

from Patience comes Progress

Friday night saw a girls night out with friends & family,(along with 90,000 others) to see 5 guys reunite on stage after 15 years!... yes it could only be Take That at Wembley Stadium.... I left the car at Wembley at 7am Friday morning and headed into work, the 6 of us meeting up for a "picnic in the park" prior to the event. Thankfully the rain held off and the fun started from there!....complete with Take That cupcakes!!!

After a mountainous climb to our seats our view looked straight at the stage and we could see everything... The countdown began complete with clock on the screen until Gary, Howard, Jason and Mark  took to the stage to start the show with 'Rule The World'.  This was followed by  'Greatest Day', 'Hold Up A Light', 'Patience' and 'Shine' (which saw the band joined onstage by an Alice in Wonderland style dancing cast of dancing trees, roller-skating bees and huge caterpillar). This was a much more low key start than The Circus tour, but the energy in the stadium was electric.... Next four became five, as Take That briefly united onstage 'virtually' through a huge video screen to sing their own version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; creating the bridge between the first two parts of the show....

Robbie then flew onto the stage and  kicked off his solo set with a stadium thumping 'Let Me Entertain You' which had the crowd jumping off their feet. His set proceeded through his own classics: 'Rock DJ' (where he climbed into a glass chariot to be pulled around the stage by dancers in roller-skates), 'Come Undone', 'Feel' (which saw him winched out to the audience) and of course finishing with the amazing 'Angels'. All delivered in his arrogant and cocky style (yes much noise in the press about swearing and gestures, but hey it's Robbie, that's what he does!) and at times incredibly humbled and gratuitous to the crowd. He absolutely rocked it and completely owned the stage... Before the five  reunited properly onstage an amazing flying acrobatic dance set took place on the back screens of the stage, resulting in the dancers forming the Progress album cover.. before the launch of "The Flood". the dancers performed an amazing routine on a wall of water while the band sang from the highest part of the stage.
Robbie threw himself off the top for the finale of 'The Flood' to the floor via suspension cables before the band break into an explosive version of 'SOS'. At this point we were then introduced to a huge mechanical man, affectionately known as OM was revealed from behind the stage and slid out into a sitting position for the guys to sing 'Underground Machine'.
The band then moved to the B stage to perform 'Kidz' where they held an old skool dance-off involving Jason and Howard, flanked by human chess pieces dressed in black and white. 'Pretty Things' was then performed back on the main stage with Gary and Robbie being lifted up by OM's hands as a beautiful ballet dancer flits between the two stages.
It was then time to go back a few years!... with the 'boys' gathering around a piano and Gary tinkling the ivory's the band sung a medley of 'Million Love Songs', 'Babe', 'Everything Changes', and 'Back For Good' interwoven with chat and laughter......they then held a 'photo' op replicating the album cover of Take That & Party... before launching into (complete with original dance routine )  'Pray' ... if the crowd could have got anymore frenzied then this was the moment!!....


They then sung the new XMen single 'Love, Love' featuring twenty dancers in gas masks flanking the band on either side of the main stage, while the mechanical man moved out into the middle of the stadium carrying the band.
With the show drawing to its finale the band sung Never Forget, complete with full audience interaction!...during which OM stands to his full height (20 metres).... pure spectacular...the band then disappeared through the stage floor, was this the finish?.... fortunately Wembley doesn't have a roof because if they did the noise that 90,000 people (predominately screaming women!) made it would have lifted!.... dimmed lights and suddenly theres Robbie coming through the floor complete with Gary, Howard, Jason & mark singing Robbies classic No Regrets... camaraderie & group hug on the stage before launching into the final song of the evening Relight My Fire, with Robbie singing Lulu's part... complete with fire dancers . The boys then left the stage and walked back to the main stage interacting with the crowd with Gary leading on the beautiful 'Eight Letters' ... simply beautiful.

I loved this gig, it wasn't as visually spectacular as The Circus, but it showcased each of the 5 to their very best, and thoroughly entertained us all!.... Take That partied and completely demonstrated that with a little Patience become Progress....
apologies for the very long post! (highlighted songs will link to You Tube clips)... enjoy!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The rain in Spain.....

stays mainly in the plain!....alas, no I haven't been on a holiday...a couple of  Monday's ago i ventured out after work to see Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre. As the weather was glorious in London I took a leisurely stroll through the back streets to the theatre taking in the sights & sunshine of
the city.
Pygmalion is the story written by Bernard Shaw that influenced the film "My Fair Lady" ... sticking to the original story, this play has a stellar cast including Diana Rigg, Roberta Taylor, Kara Tointon and the very dashing and perfect Henry Higgens - Rupert Everrett. If there ever was a role made for Rupert then this is it... articulate, arrogant and very dashing, need I say more!

Dreaded sitting in a theatre on the hottest day of the year, but I was pleasantly surprised on how cool it was... great air conditioning system...
Thoroughly enjoyed the play,
If you get to see it before Rupert leaves for TV commitments you're in for a treat... (15th Aug)
more theatre trips to come... have three things in the calendar in the next few weeks!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

5 things to blog!

Apologies for lack of blogging, life's been a bit busy!... In the last two weeks I've been mostly working!... In between work, I've spent;
1. A night at the theatre watching Pygmalion.
2. Met & had a lovely chat & coffee with the author Ali McNamara
3. Time with friends & family chilling & catching up
4. Baking & cake making including Take That cupcakes!
And finally 5.Spent a fabulous night picnicing & partying at Take That gig at Wembley.



Blog posts to follow for all...
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