Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Olympic Birthday....

Is spending the day having fun at the Olympics....

once in a lifetime birthday experience!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

reflex, rio & red arrows....

could only be Duran Durans set at the Olympic Opening Concert..... when I heard that Duran Duran were representing GB at the Olympics concert, there wasn't any chance that I wouldn't be there! as a lifelong Duran Duran fan, this group just get better....
opening with Planet Earth and Simon swaggering onto stage in  fabulous union jack inspired jacket the Heavens retaliated and dumped a huge rain shower onto the 50,000 strong crowd... not deterred Duran Duran swept the crowd along with A View to a Kill and All you need is now... before Simon jumped into the crowd and got the help of an unsuspecting guy to the opening strains of The Reflex, as the rain stopped and with the chorus in full flow Simon pointed to the sky and the crowd roared as they got their glimpse of the red white & blue tails of the Red Arrows as they flew over on route to the Olympic park.
Simon then led the band into Girl Panic complete with screen shots of their infamous video filmed at the Savoy... John then led the crowd into a sway-a-long as Simon strummed his guitar to the classic Save a Prayer..
The rest of the set included Notorious, Ordinary World - dedicated to a peaceful games by the band and Sunrise.
a crowd jumping sing a long finale featuring Wild Boys/Relax
and then the classic Rio
 finished off a fabulous set, showcasing that the Wild Boys can still rock Hyde Park...
A fantastic night showcasing British music to its best....

london live & olympic ceremony..

Friday night whilst the masses headed to Stratford for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, I headed to Hyde Park with 50,000 others for the Opening Ceremony at the London Live venue.
With Duran Duran representing GB, Paolo Nutini (scotland), Stereophonics (wales) and Snow Patrol (northern ireland) it was an eclectic mix of people in the audience.
The venue is huge, I was lucky enough to bag a space by the Bronze zone, behind the Gold & Silver circles so view for the stage was great.

Gig kicked off with Paolo Nutini, followed by Duran Duran (including a special flypast from the Red Arrows (separate post to follow)) Live screens then linked up to the Opening Ceremony which was just spectacular... as the opening credits spun us through London via Eastenders, the London Underground and towards the Olympic Park the atmosphere in Hyde Park was electric, building into an almighty roar as Bradley Wiggins struck the bell to signify the opening ceremonies beginning, supported by the Red arrows overhead,
As the bars of William Blakes Jeruselum began the whole of Hyde Park sang along with gusto, leading into Danny Boy, Flowers of Scotland and a huge cheer for Jonny Wilkinson kicking the winning goal for the World Cup... from the cricket and countryside and the British army raising the Union Jack
the lead into the Industrial revolution was amazing headlined with Kenneth Branagh as Iambard Kingdom Brunel... complete with suffragets, miners and steel workers,
as the gold rings lifted and came together over the stadium in Stratford  I would not have been surprised if they heard the cheers from Hyde Park .... as the story book segment unfolded with JK Rowling reading JM Barries Peter Pan finishing with Mary Poppins overcoming the Dementors,
everyone was saying how fantastically British and Bonkers it was... which meant that we had to have BOND as Britain isn't Britain without .... and there he was striding into Buckingham Palace like he owned it!
If the crows went wild when Bond appeared, nothing prepared for the roar when the Queen turned around and everyone realised it was not a look a like.... sheer genius!
and featuring two of the Queens corgis it was bloody brilliant!
after the Queen parachuted into Stratford... we got a glimpse of Becks which was very Bond tongue in cheek....
as the music segment started the whole of Hyde park was dancing and singing along... which led us into the Stereophonics who were uber cool.....
Here are a couple of my favourites from this Gig... (links to You Tube).
Streophonics ~ Handbags & Gladrags (one of my favourite songs)
Stereophonics ~ Maybe Tomorrow
Paolo Nutini ~ Candy
Snow Patrol ~ Chasing Cars
During the Snow Patrol segment we cut to the Olympic park to watch the lighting of the Cauldron which was just breathtaking.... a true legacy of this games...
I dashed out the park 30 minutes before the end so missed Paul McCartneys singing! to do battle with the tube and hit Stratford just as the fireworks finished lighting the sky...
Let the Games begin.....

Friday, 27 July 2012

Time to celebrate....

Today is the day that we have counted down from over the last 7 years. Yes the 2012 London Olympics is here. Am I excited...yes, Am I proud to be British ...yes!
London & the UK will never look better.... It hard to explain the atmosphere in London this week... Unlike anything I have seen or felt before...Today my day has been full of celebration and surprises, quaint essentially British! featuring Pimms, catching up with my oldest friend & boys on the Selfridges roof. Full English,celebratory breakfast with my team to think them for their hard work over the last few weeks, Torches and then the anticipation of the Opening Ceremony tonight.I will be spending tonight in Hyde Park at the opening concert featuring Paolo Natini (Scotland), Stereophonics (Wales), Snow Patrol (northern Ireland) and representing Great Britain - Duran Duran....

hence the excitement!.....
Here's some snapshots of my day....Alternative & English breakfast!....Holding the Olympic Torch in the big yellow store and Pimms on the roof!


So Here's to the Olympics,and being proud to be British and getting behind all our athletes in both the Olympics and Paralympics. enjoy the Opening Ceremony and any special events, bbqs, gatherings with family and friends that you are going to over the next 6 weeks... Enjoy the sport it will be fantastic!... Once in a lifetime experience.... Pop back over the weekend for my tales from the Park!.... Off now to get ready for the Duran boys!

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Olympic survival kit....

Unless you have been in solitary confinement or on another planet for the past year it would have not have escaped your notice that in less than a week, we GB are going to stage the greatest sporting event in the world. Yes the 2012 Olympics.... I have mixed feelings about the event. I am sure it will be spectacular and will showcase London to its finest, but I am dreading the commute.
I travel through and change at Stratford daily and have seen the transformation of the olympic park over the last 7 years and look forward to visiting it next week, BUT our transport system cannot cope with day to day commuters into London, without an extra million travellers a day.
Today alone, passenger under a train, signal failure and line suspension on the Central Line! Welcome to London & summer armpit hell!
TFL have bombarded us with posters, ads emails etc for months telling us to Get ahead of the Games and look for alternative routes if travel.... Not easy when all the alternatives are hotspot stations!... I am sure by Friday I would have been swept up into Olympic fever along with the nation, but spare a thought for us commuters who have now become unofficial tour guides assisting the 100's of visitors who have no idea where they are going irrespective of the neon pink Olympic signage at each station!
In order to be prepared and inspired by the Survivalkits at work (fell in love with the Mulberry one) I have put together my own, comprising of :
London 2012 guide ~ things to do if commute is delayed
Navy burberry Pack-a-mac ~ summer showers!
Picnic rug ~ picnic in park or a wet bench
Water bottle ~ tube delays
Going for gold coffee mug ~ caffeine fix
Kindle - loaded with summer & Olympic reads
Sweets
Book ~ in case I forget to charge the kindle
iPod ~ music to walk to
Walking map ~ Bond street to Liverpool street
and a couple of zipped pouches, ideal for splitting up cash & cards so that they are not all together all thrown into my Mulberry tote.

So if you are coming to London, enjoy, be prepared and be safe. Stand on the right of the escalators on the tube and not stop dead the minute you disembark an escalator or tube and you will make us commuters happy.
Have a fabulous time x


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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Torch Tour

Today the Olympic Torch came to to town... Early this morning I headed down the end of my road to where the torch would pass and was pleasantly surprised to see so many people with a similar idea. Children in local schools had obviously spent their last week making flags and torches for the parade.
The atmosphere was carnival like and the blue skies and sunshine just enhanced the party atmosphere. The police on bikes kept the crowd entertained before the sponsor trucks arrived.
Having seen the width and breadth of the country that the torch has travelled along with ingenious places the torch has been, the planners deserve a big cheer. Everyone was very excited to see the torch. Even though I didn't know the torch bearer there was a real sense of pride when he turned the corner carrying the torch aloft for all to see.

The torch relay has captured the heart of the nation through rain, more rain and a little sunshine,and I can't wait to see it in central London on Thursday ...
Glad to see David Beckham on the side of the Samsung sponsor vehicle!... also loved the sponsor vehicle mini & BMW !

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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Novel in a Day

Back at the beginning of the year, when I was busy planning 2012 and new year resolutions I stumbled across a tweet from Victoria Connelly talking about a novel in a day workshop she would be running in Suffolk later in July.
Inspired, I booked, as for many years i have harboured a yearning to write a book, something often discussed and encouraged by my friends... I have several exercise books with jottings and ideas in along with several drafted chapters... but needing that final push, encouragement and confidence building.
Saturday dawned, and with a soggy journey down the A12 behind me I arrived in the picturesque village of Assington for the course, which was being held at the lovely Assington Mill not far from where Victoria lived. On the Mills website it warned of traffic calming pot holes on the drive into the Mill.... (they were not joking) but pot holes or not it was worth the journey as the Mill and it's owners Ann & Bob were delightful...
There were 10 of us in total, who had traveled near & far for the day, all budding writers!
It was evident that there was some ladies who were very far down the writing road, compared to myself and others, but experienced / inexperienced we all gained lots from the day from each other and especially Victoria.
Victoria was lovely, sharing lots of knowledge & tips, as well as walking us through planning, plotting, & pitching our prose!
Anne and Bob laid on a delicious lunch for us, with lots of the treats dug from the vegetable plot in the back garden. In addition Bob baked the most yummiest biscuits and brownies for elevens's and afternoon tea. As you can see the chickens were so friendly and desperate for any lunch leftovers

After lunch we went to the Reading Hut in the garden, which was a circular straw thatched hut, here we pitched our book ideas to each other, great fun and wetted our appetites for future book releases!



The day passed really quickly, everyone was lovely and I hope that they all put pen to paper, or touch type their dream novel.
Victoria was great.... Now looking forward to the Christmas "Austin " treat to round off the Darcy trilogy.


Thanks again to all who made the day a joy x

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Bond at the Barbican...

this year sees the celebration of 50 years of Bond..... its a classic British staple... and the reason I love Bond, other than Daniel Craig being delicious is that you know exactly what you are going to get... a phenomenal opening sequence, a car to die for, oodles of glamour, baddies are overcome, with Bond saving the day, along with the occasional dalliance of a beautiful girl!....
I can remember Saturday morning pictures, queueing with my Nan and Gramps to see the Bond for that year, then it was just exciting, the Bond hook came for me when Pierce Brosnan stepped into the Tux, he bought glamour, sex appeal and humour not seen since Sean Connery's era, and didn't think he could be replaced until Daniel Craig donned the Tux and the Blue trunks and then I was completely sunk! So was very excited to see said Trunks at the exhibition, along with a replica pair that Sean Connery wore, which Daniel will adorn for the new Skyfall movie....
To celebrate the 50 years an exhibition showcasing everything Bond is on at the Barbican in London... complete with Martini bar its a treat for any Bond fan. Split over 3 rooms - Golden, Glamour & Gadgets, Villains & Villanesses and finally the Ice Palace (don't get too excited its just a room with all the snow inspired costumes & gadgets). Golden, Glamour & Gadgets is the best space, with some great exhibits including a Golden Typewriter of Flemings,  a Golden Gun, script & book extracts along with some dazzling diamonds and gadgets galore.

finally a Bond exhibition would not be complete without a car. As you enter the Barbican, the legendary Aston Martin DB5 is parked for all to see.... effortlessly stylish it epitomises Bond entirely.... uber cool and stunningly stylish, my dream car!...

and as you can see will get an outing in the forthcoming Skyfall, which will be released in November....

exhibition is on at the Barbican during the summer, and is definitely worth a visit.... now waiting for the new film, celebrating fifty years of 007!

M.I.A....

apologies for the lack of blogging... I have been a little Missing in Action... I hope to update you all with my adventures this week.... don't get too excited most of it has been at my desk.
Work has been very busy leading upto the half year, so I've been at my desk most mornings by 6.45, so as you can see Starbucks & Pret have been my staple diet for the last few weeks....
In between the busy diary The G family did manage to get up onto the roof at the Big Yellow store for a game of crazy golf, which was lots of fun and we managed to dodge the rain showers!....
Also in the last couple of weeks I spent the evening in the company of 50 years of Bond.... complete with Martini!
Due to the unprecedented weather conditions of late, I have read a lot, so a couple of Book posts are due, complete with my "Novel in a Day" day with the lovely author Victoria Connolly in the Suffolk Countryside.... and finally, a weekly trip to the Dentist... I am at last overcoming my phobia of the Dentist, it is taking much courage, but I am getting there... cant live with the earaches and pain any longer, so have found a lovely dentist who is very calming, and now look forward! to one day a week for the unforeseeable future dribbling and drinking through a straw whilst the treatment takes place!....

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Happy 4th July...




Today is Independence day, so what better to blog about than New York!
alas I am not there, but I am going in December! and I'm a little excited.... Bestie text me today to say that she will be out there for some of the time that I am,.... Hence the excitement!
I've started my planning, and think I probably need 5 weeks there instead of 5 days!... I'm going to blame the lovely Ali McNamara for the excitement so early,as she has just spent 2 weeks writing, blogging & tweeting her days in New York in preparation of her book release later in the year From Nottinghill to New York ..... actually the follow up to the fabulous From Nottinghill with Love Actually.


check out her blog, I'm loving Ken in Tiffany's ... I'm going to seek him out when I'm there..... He will be so famous!
I know that there is no fear of me getting lost on my travels as I picked this fab tote bag up in the Kate Spade sale which features a map of New York, complete with mini bag for all my essentials....


Hope everyone has had a fabulous 4th July.... Off to peruse some websites looking for new things to do in New York...... X

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Olympic Birthday....

Is spending the day having fun at the Olympics....

once in a lifetime birthday experience!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

reflex, rio & red arrows....

could only be Duran Durans set at the Olympic Opening Concert..... when I heard that Duran Duran were representing GB at the Olympics concert, there wasn't any chance that I wouldn't be there! as a lifelong Duran Duran fan, this group just get better....
opening with Planet Earth and Simon swaggering onto stage in  fabulous union jack inspired jacket the Heavens retaliated and dumped a huge rain shower onto the 50,000 strong crowd... not deterred Duran Duran swept the crowd along with A View to a Kill and All you need is now... before Simon jumped into the crowd and got the help of an unsuspecting guy to the opening strains of The Reflex, as the rain stopped and with the chorus in full flow Simon pointed to the sky and the crowd roared as they got their glimpse of the red white & blue tails of the Red Arrows as they flew over on route to the Olympic park.
Simon then led the band into Girl Panic complete with screen shots of their infamous video filmed at the Savoy... John then led the crowd into a sway-a-long as Simon strummed his guitar to the classic Save a Prayer..
The rest of the set included Notorious, Ordinary World - dedicated to a peaceful games by the band and Sunrise.
a crowd jumping sing a long finale featuring Wild Boys/Relax
and then the classic Rio
 finished off a fabulous set, showcasing that the Wild Boys can still rock Hyde Park...
A fantastic night showcasing British music to its best....

london live & olympic ceremony..

Friday night whilst the masses headed to Stratford for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, I headed to Hyde Park with 50,000 others for the Opening Ceremony at the London Live venue.
With Duran Duran representing GB, Paolo Nutini (scotland), Stereophonics (wales) and Snow Patrol (northern ireland) it was an eclectic mix of people in the audience.
The venue is huge, I was lucky enough to bag a space by the Bronze zone, behind the Gold & Silver circles so view for the stage was great.

Gig kicked off with Paolo Nutini, followed by Duran Duran (including a special flypast from the Red Arrows (separate post to follow)) Live screens then linked up to the Opening Ceremony which was just spectacular... as the opening credits spun us through London via Eastenders, the London Underground and towards the Olympic Park the atmosphere in Hyde Park was electric, building into an almighty roar as Bradley Wiggins struck the bell to signify the opening ceremonies beginning, supported by the Red arrows overhead,
As the bars of William Blakes Jeruselum began the whole of Hyde Park sang along with gusto, leading into Danny Boy, Flowers of Scotland and a huge cheer for Jonny Wilkinson kicking the winning goal for the World Cup... from the cricket and countryside and the British army raising the Union Jack
the lead into the Industrial revolution was amazing headlined with Kenneth Branagh as Iambard Kingdom Brunel... complete with suffragets, miners and steel workers,
as the gold rings lifted and came together over the stadium in Stratford  I would not have been surprised if they heard the cheers from Hyde Park .... as the story book segment unfolded with JK Rowling reading JM Barries Peter Pan finishing with Mary Poppins overcoming the Dementors,
everyone was saying how fantastically British and Bonkers it was... which meant that we had to have BOND as Britain isn't Britain without .... and there he was striding into Buckingham Palace like he owned it!
If the crows went wild when Bond appeared, nothing prepared for the roar when the Queen turned around and everyone realised it was not a look a like.... sheer genius!
and featuring two of the Queens corgis it was bloody brilliant!
after the Queen parachuted into Stratford... we got a glimpse of Becks which was very Bond tongue in cheek....
as the music segment started the whole of Hyde park was dancing and singing along... which led us into the Stereophonics who were uber cool.....
Here are a couple of my favourites from this Gig... (links to You Tube).
Streophonics ~ Handbags & Gladrags (one of my favourite songs)
Stereophonics ~ Maybe Tomorrow
Paolo Nutini ~ Candy
Snow Patrol ~ Chasing Cars
During the Snow Patrol segment we cut to the Olympic park to watch the lighting of the Cauldron which was just breathtaking.... a true legacy of this games...
I dashed out the park 30 minutes before the end so missed Paul McCartneys singing! to do battle with the tube and hit Stratford just as the fireworks finished lighting the sky...
Let the Games begin.....

Friday, 27 July 2012

Time to celebrate....

Today is the day that we have counted down from over the last 7 years. Yes the 2012 London Olympics is here. Am I excited...yes, Am I proud to be British ...yes!
London & the UK will never look better.... It hard to explain the atmosphere in London this week... Unlike anything I have seen or felt before...Today my day has been full of celebration and surprises, quaint essentially British! featuring Pimms, catching up with my oldest friend & boys on the Selfridges roof. Full English,celebratory breakfast with my team to think them for their hard work over the last few weeks, Torches and then the anticipation of the Opening Ceremony tonight.I will be spending tonight in Hyde Park at the opening concert featuring Paolo Natini (Scotland), Stereophonics (Wales), Snow Patrol (northern Ireland) and representing Great Britain - Duran Duran....

hence the excitement!.....
Here's some snapshots of my day....Alternative & English breakfast!....Holding the Olympic Torch in the big yellow store and Pimms on the roof!


So Here's to the Olympics,and being proud to be British and getting behind all our athletes in both the Olympics and Paralympics. enjoy the Opening Ceremony and any special events, bbqs, gatherings with family and friends that you are going to over the next 6 weeks... Enjoy the sport it will be fantastic!... Once in a lifetime experience.... Pop back over the weekend for my tales from the Park!.... Off now to get ready for the Duran boys!

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Olympic survival kit....

Unless you have been in solitary confinement or on another planet for the past year it would have not have escaped your notice that in less than a week, we GB are going to stage the greatest sporting event in the world. Yes the 2012 Olympics.... I have mixed feelings about the event. I am sure it will be spectacular and will showcase London to its finest, but I am dreading the commute.
I travel through and change at Stratford daily and have seen the transformation of the olympic park over the last 7 years and look forward to visiting it next week, BUT our transport system cannot cope with day to day commuters into London, without an extra million travellers a day.
Today alone, passenger under a train, signal failure and line suspension on the Central Line! Welcome to London & summer armpit hell!
TFL have bombarded us with posters, ads emails etc for months telling us to Get ahead of the Games and look for alternative routes if travel.... Not easy when all the alternatives are hotspot stations!... I am sure by Friday I would have been swept up into Olympic fever along with the nation, but spare a thought for us commuters who have now become unofficial tour guides assisting the 100's of visitors who have no idea where they are going irrespective of the neon pink Olympic signage at each station!
In order to be prepared and inspired by the Survivalkits at work (fell in love with the Mulberry one) I have put together my own, comprising of :
London 2012 guide ~ things to do if commute is delayed
Navy burberry Pack-a-mac ~ summer showers!
Picnic rug ~ picnic in park or a wet bench
Water bottle ~ tube delays
Going for gold coffee mug ~ caffeine fix
Kindle - loaded with summer & Olympic reads
Sweets
Book ~ in case I forget to charge the kindle
iPod ~ music to walk to
Walking map ~ Bond street to Liverpool street
and a couple of zipped pouches, ideal for splitting up cash & cards so that they are not all together all thrown into my Mulberry tote.

So if you are coming to London, enjoy, be prepared and be safe. Stand on the right of the escalators on the tube and not stop dead the minute you disembark an escalator or tube and you will make us commuters happy.
Have a fabulous time x


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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Torch Tour

Today the Olympic Torch came to to town... Early this morning I headed down the end of my road to where the torch would pass and was pleasantly surprised to see so many people with a similar idea. Children in local schools had obviously spent their last week making flags and torches for the parade.
The atmosphere was carnival like and the blue skies and sunshine just enhanced the party atmosphere. The police on bikes kept the crowd entertained before the sponsor trucks arrived.
Having seen the width and breadth of the country that the torch has travelled along with ingenious places the torch has been, the planners deserve a big cheer. Everyone was very excited to see the torch. Even though I didn't know the torch bearer there was a real sense of pride when he turned the corner carrying the torch aloft for all to see.

The torch relay has captured the heart of the nation through rain, more rain and a little sunshine,and I can't wait to see it in central London on Thursday ...
Glad to see David Beckham on the side of the Samsung sponsor vehicle!... also loved the sponsor vehicle mini & BMW !

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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Novel in a Day

Back at the beginning of the year, when I was busy planning 2012 and new year resolutions I stumbled across a tweet from Victoria Connelly talking about a novel in a day workshop she would be running in Suffolk later in July.
Inspired, I booked, as for many years i have harboured a yearning to write a book, something often discussed and encouraged by my friends... I have several exercise books with jottings and ideas in along with several drafted chapters... but needing that final push, encouragement and confidence building.
Saturday dawned, and with a soggy journey down the A12 behind me I arrived in the picturesque village of Assington for the course, which was being held at the lovely Assington Mill not far from where Victoria lived. On the Mills website it warned of traffic calming pot holes on the drive into the Mill.... (they were not joking) but pot holes or not it was worth the journey as the Mill and it's owners Ann & Bob were delightful...
There were 10 of us in total, who had traveled near & far for the day, all budding writers!
It was evident that there was some ladies who were very far down the writing road, compared to myself and others, but experienced / inexperienced we all gained lots from the day from each other and especially Victoria.
Victoria was lovely, sharing lots of knowledge & tips, as well as walking us through planning, plotting, & pitching our prose!
Anne and Bob laid on a delicious lunch for us, with lots of the treats dug from the vegetable plot in the back garden. In addition Bob baked the most yummiest biscuits and brownies for elevens's and afternoon tea. As you can see the chickens were so friendly and desperate for any lunch leftovers

After lunch we went to the Reading Hut in the garden, which was a circular straw thatched hut, here we pitched our book ideas to each other, great fun and wetted our appetites for future book releases!



The day passed really quickly, everyone was lovely and I hope that they all put pen to paper, or touch type their dream novel.
Victoria was great.... Now looking forward to the Christmas "Austin " treat to round off the Darcy trilogy.


Thanks again to all who made the day a joy x

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Bond at the Barbican...

this year sees the celebration of 50 years of Bond..... its a classic British staple... and the reason I love Bond, other than Daniel Craig being delicious is that you know exactly what you are going to get... a phenomenal opening sequence, a car to die for, oodles of glamour, baddies are overcome, with Bond saving the day, along with the occasional dalliance of a beautiful girl!....
I can remember Saturday morning pictures, queueing with my Nan and Gramps to see the Bond for that year, then it was just exciting, the Bond hook came for me when Pierce Brosnan stepped into the Tux, he bought glamour, sex appeal and humour not seen since Sean Connery's era, and didn't think he could be replaced until Daniel Craig donned the Tux and the Blue trunks and then I was completely sunk! So was very excited to see said Trunks at the exhibition, along with a replica pair that Sean Connery wore, which Daniel will adorn for the new Skyfall movie....
To celebrate the 50 years an exhibition showcasing everything Bond is on at the Barbican in London... complete with Martini bar its a treat for any Bond fan. Split over 3 rooms - Golden, Glamour & Gadgets, Villains & Villanesses and finally the Ice Palace (don't get too excited its just a room with all the snow inspired costumes & gadgets). Golden, Glamour & Gadgets is the best space, with some great exhibits including a Golden Typewriter of Flemings,  a Golden Gun, script & book extracts along with some dazzling diamonds and gadgets galore.

finally a Bond exhibition would not be complete without a car. As you enter the Barbican, the legendary Aston Martin DB5 is parked for all to see.... effortlessly stylish it epitomises Bond entirely.... uber cool and stunningly stylish, my dream car!...

and as you can see will get an outing in the forthcoming Skyfall, which will be released in November....

exhibition is on at the Barbican during the summer, and is definitely worth a visit.... now waiting for the new film, celebrating fifty years of 007!

M.I.A....

apologies for the lack of blogging... I have been a little Missing in Action... I hope to update you all with my adventures this week.... don't get too excited most of it has been at my desk.
Work has been very busy leading upto the half year, so I've been at my desk most mornings by 6.45, so as you can see Starbucks & Pret have been my staple diet for the last few weeks....
In between the busy diary The G family did manage to get up onto the roof at the Big Yellow store for a game of crazy golf, which was lots of fun and we managed to dodge the rain showers!....
Also in the last couple of weeks I spent the evening in the company of 50 years of Bond.... complete with Martini!
Due to the unprecedented weather conditions of late, I have read a lot, so a couple of Book posts are due, complete with my "Novel in a Day" day with the lovely author Victoria Connolly in the Suffolk Countryside.... and finally, a weekly trip to the Dentist... I am at last overcoming my phobia of the Dentist, it is taking much courage, but I am getting there... cant live with the earaches and pain any longer, so have found a lovely dentist who is very calming, and now look forward! to one day a week for the unforeseeable future dribbling and drinking through a straw whilst the treatment takes place!....

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Happy 4th July...




Today is Independence day, so what better to blog about than New York!
alas I am not there, but I am going in December! and I'm a little excited.... Bestie text me today to say that she will be out there for some of the time that I am,.... Hence the excitement!
I've started my planning, and think I probably need 5 weeks there instead of 5 days!... I'm going to blame the lovely Ali McNamara for the excitement so early,as she has just spent 2 weeks writing, blogging & tweeting her days in New York in preparation of her book release later in the year From Nottinghill to New York ..... actually the follow up to the fabulous From Nottinghill with Love Actually.


check out her blog, I'm loving Ken in Tiffany's ... I'm going to seek him out when I'm there..... He will be so famous!
I know that there is no fear of me getting lost on my travels as I picked this fab tote bag up in the Kate Spade sale which features a map of New York, complete with mini bag for all my essentials....


Hope everyone has had a fabulous 4th July.... Off to peruse some websites looking for new things to do in New York...... X

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