Sunday, 20 October 2013

Up & Out in October...

October is flying past as quickly as the leaves are turning from green to gold, and November is rapidly marching towards us... and before we know where we are Christmas will be upon us!.. Before I talk about Christmas I am going to share with you some of what I've been upto in October.
With the weather being favourable for this time of year, there have been some spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets on my journey to and from work.  Starbucks excelled themselves this month with the spelling of Teresa as Torisa.!!.. William Shakesphere featured twice in my month and I enjoyed turning the fire on for the first time this year.. and curling up with a good book, This months being Amelia Grey's Fireside dreams and catching up with this Autumns, Whitechapel with the gorgeous Rupert Penry Jones.. filled with murder, witchcraft and history. This month I have also discovered that the creme de la creme of notebooks now has an app for mobile & tablet!.. This has been used lots this month.
October featured a trip to the theatre to see Barking in Essex  an evening with Tony Hadley pretending I was 14 again!.... A gorgeous autumnal day in the country and a promotion


Saturday, 19 October 2013

A night with Tony & Albert...

This week my friend and I spent an evening at the Royal Albert Hall with Tony Hadley and the Southbank Simphonia orchestra. Purchasing the tickets several months ago I was pleasantly surprised on getting there that we were in the stalls about 20 rows back from the front. This gave us an amazing view, not just onto the stage but of the whole venue.
As a huge Tony Hadley fan both of his solo work and with his Spandau Ballet days, he has featured in my music collection or the last 30+ years! and I need to say he hasn't lost any of it, the voice, charisma, looks and chat!
The show was split into two halves, Act 1 was Tony's solo work and some fantastic iconic covers and Act 2 was the Spandau years.
Highlights from Act 1 were:
Highlights from Act 2 were:
    And the finale which ticked so many boxes for me and was the highlight of my evening... GOLD complete with John Keeble on drums and Gary Kemp on guitar ... 
    Sheer class from start to finish...complete with Ton's legendary wine glass of Jack Daniels!!... An evening that transported me through the School Disco, broken hearts, love affairs and London 2012!..

    Wednesday, 16 October 2013

    Another rung on ladder...

    Back in August I talked of some of the changes that I was going through both at work and at home.  This culminated in me after 7 years of doing what I do, make the decision  to change direction and look for a new job. Primarily this decision was made not because I didn't enjoy where I worked but because saw little career progression and financial security for me over the next 10 years. Being a female in middle management in your 5th decade is quite uncertain and doesn't give you lots of opportunities.... This led me on a journey both at work and outside, at times stressful and exciting.

    After making the decision I sent my CV out to some agencies and had 11 interests within 24 hours, and within a week I had 7 firm offers. The interview / job market world has changed lots. Some of my interviews were via Skype, some telephone and others face to face. During this time I also sat down with my boss & HR and told them that I was considering leaving. They came back to me with a great offer and long term career promotion to consider.
    One of my interviews took me to the heart of the Essex countryside where I took some time out of a busy stressful time to sit by a river and have some lunch... How lovely in October, perfect place to sit and think.

    After lots of lists of pros /cons I have decided to stay where I am and take the promotion being offered. This was announced this week which has led to lots of lovely congratulations messages, and good wishes. Nothing changes much for me at the moment as with retail Christmas is now upon us, but will see some changes day to day from the New Year.

    This journey has done wonders for my confidence and I'm slowly beginning to accept compliments when given!

    Monday, 14 October 2013

    Barking in Essex

    I have 3 actresses who I admire greatly and avidly watch what ever they are in. Two are Dames and the other in my opinion should be; Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Sheila Hancock. This year I have been lucky enough to see them all on stage in the west end. Judi Dench in Peter & Alice, Helen Mirren in The Audience and finally Sheila Hancock in Barking in Essex... Such a contrast but fantastic in their own rights.. Masters of their craft.
    Sheila plays the matriarch of a Barking family now residing in a palatial mansion in the Essex countryside, all of which has been born from the fruits of the labor of her errant safety deposit robbing sons!. Barking in Essex come's with huge warning notices “if easily offended please stay away” this comedy is Black & Blue throughout. Imagine a cross between Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and you will get some idea of the dark comedy on offer here. The play opens with the word c*** from the mouth of Keely Hawes, complete with Essex twang.. and features heavily throughout.

    Sheila Hancock is in blissful comic form as the disreputable old mum, recalling the sexual exploits of her younger days with raunchy relish and Lee Evans is delightfully endearing as her mentally challenged son even when the shooters come out. His aggrieved account of a disastrous appearance on Who Wants to be Millionaire? proves a comic joy. There is strong support, too, from Keely Hawes as his ruthless wife and Karl Johnson as a spectacularly doddery old hit-man. This is certainly not a show that will appeal to everyone, but those who like their comedy black, blue and raucous will have a ball... I laughed out loud lots throughout, it will offend, but still very funny.
    Throughout the play are many references to William Shakespeare's English, which is hugely ironic due to the context of the play and that, on my walk to the theatre I passed the newly refurbished statue of the Bard in Leicester Square. The statue is in the centre of the square complete with fountains ... 

    Had a fun evening filled with, words, humour and British icons.

    Sunday, 6 October 2013

    October fall....

    I'm still struggling to come to terms with that we are in the 10th month of 2013 .... Really not sure where this year is going but its quick!
    I love October, it is one of my favourite months... The nights become darker, trees become a cacophony of oranges and reds and you get to pretend you are 5 all over again by kicking the crispy leaves in the kerbside!.. ( every time I do I hear my nan in my ear telling me to stop as I will scuff my shoes!) and pumpkins & apples in a plenty.
    It seems that autumn is being as kind to us as the summer was with glorious sunshine and blue skies, which has created the most amazing sunsets & sunrises.... I've had lots of stuff going on in September, which I will share with you soon, a night out at the theatre and some downtime with old friends.
    Early this morning I spent some time in the park, enjoying the sunshine, which resulted in a fabulous conker haul... Bought back lots of lovely memories.., think the kittens are going to enjoy these.
    October brings another favourite treat of the season Pumpkin Spice Latte... a firm favourite across the pond, Starbucks have introduced over the last few years, with it now becoming the pre-treat to the seasonal Red cups.
    These are a welcome afternoon treat in the office,it does allow me to to daydream for 15 minutes that I am in New York! ... Mmm yum.
    What autumnal treats are you looking forward to... I've already got the slow cooker out from the back of the cupboard ready for stews and shepherds pie.... Comfort food is a coming!..

    Sunday, 20 October 2013

    Up & Out in October...

    October is flying past as quickly as the leaves are turning from green to gold, and November is rapidly marching towards us... and before we know where we are Christmas will be upon us!.. Before I talk about Christmas I am going to share with you some of what I've been upto in October.
    With the weather being favourable for this time of year, there have been some spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets on my journey to and from work.  Starbucks excelled themselves this month with the spelling of Teresa as Torisa.!!.. William Shakesphere featured twice in my month and I enjoyed turning the fire on for the first time this year.. and curling up with a good book, This months being Amelia Grey's Fireside dreams and catching up with this Autumns, Whitechapel with the gorgeous Rupert Penry Jones.. filled with murder, witchcraft and history. This month I have also discovered that the creme de la creme of notebooks now has an app for mobile & tablet!.. This has been used lots this month.
    October featured a trip to the theatre to see Barking in Essex  an evening with Tony Hadley pretending I was 14 again!.... A gorgeous autumnal day in the country and a promotion


    Saturday, 19 October 2013

    A night with Tony & Albert...

    This week my friend and I spent an evening at the Royal Albert Hall with Tony Hadley and the Southbank Simphonia orchestra. Purchasing the tickets several months ago I was pleasantly surprised on getting there that we were in the stalls about 20 rows back from the front. This gave us an amazing view, not just onto the stage but of the whole venue.
    As a huge Tony Hadley fan both of his solo work and with his Spandau Ballet days, he has featured in my music collection or the last 30+ years! and I need to say he hasn't lost any of it, the voice, charisma, looks and chat!
    The show was split into two halves, Act 1 was Tony's solo work and some fantastic iconic covers and Act 2 was the Spandau years.
    Highlights from Act 1 were:
    Highlights from Act 2 were:
      And the finale which ticked so many boxes for me and was the highlight of my evening... GOLD complete with John Keeble on drums and Gary Kemp on guitar ... 
      Sheer class from start to finish...complete with Ton's legendary wine glass of Jack Daniels!!... An evening that transported me through the School Disco, broken hearts, love affairs and London 2012!..

      Wednesday, 16 October 2013

      Another rung on ladder...

      Back in August I talked of some of the changes that I was going through both at work and at home.  This culminated in me after 7 years of doing what I do, make the decision  to change direction and look for a new job. Primarily this decision was made not because I didn't enjoy where I worked but because saw little career progression and financial security for me over the next 10 years. Being a female in middle management in your 5th decade is quite uncertain and doesn't give you lots of opportunities.... This led me on a journey both at work and outside, at times stressful and exciting.

      After making the decision I sent my CV out to some agencies and had 11 interests within 24 hours, and within a week I had 7 firm offers. The interview / job market world has changed lots. Some of my interviews were via Skype, some telephone and others face to face. During this time I also sat down with my boss & HR and told them that I was considering leaving. They came back to me with a great offer and long term career promotion to consider.
      One of my interviews took me to the heart of the Essex countryside where I took some time out of a busy stressful time to sit by a river and have some lunch... How lovely in October, perfect place to sit and think.

      After lots of lists of pros /cons I have decided to stay where I am and take the promotion being offered. This was announced this week which has led to lots of lovely congratulations messages, and good wishes. Nothing changes much for me at the moment as with retail Christmas is now upon us, but will see some changes day to day from the New Year.

      This journey has done wonders for my confidence and I'm slowly beginning to accept compliments when given!

      Monday, 14 October 2013

      Barking in Essex

      I have 3 actresses who I admire greatly and avidly watch what ever they are in. Two are Dames and the other in my opinion should be; Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Sheila Hancock. This year I have been lucky enough to see them all on stage in the west end. Judi Dench in Peter & Alice, Helen Mirren in The Audience and finally Sheila Hancock in Barking in Essex... Such a contrast but fantastic in their own rights.. Masters of their craft.
      Sheila plays the matriarch of a Barking family now residing in a palatial mansion in the Essex countryside, all of which has been born from the fruits of the labor of her errant safety deposit robbing sons!. Barking in Essex come's with huge warning notices “if easily offended please stay away” this comedy is Black & Blue throughout. Imagine a cross between Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and you will get some idea of the dark comedy on offer here. The play opens with the word c*** from the mouth of Keely Hawes, complete with Essex twang.. and features heavily throughout.

      Sheila Hancock is in blissful comic form as the disreputable old mum, recalling the sexual exploits of her younger days with raunchy relish and Lee Evans is delightfully endearing as her mentally challenged son even when the shooters come out. His aggrieved account of a disastrous appearance on Who Wants to be Millionaire? proves a comic joy. There is strong support, too, from Keely Hawes as his ruthless wife and Karl Johnson as a spectacularly doddery old hit-man. This is certainly not a show that will appeal to everyone, but those who like their comedy black, blue and raucous will have a ball... I laughed out loud lots throughout, it will offend, but still very funny.
      Throughout the play are many references to William Shakespeare's English, which is hugely ironic due to the context of the play and that, on my walk to the theatre I passed the newly refurbished statue of the Bard in Leicester Square. The statue is in the centre of the square complete with fountains ... 

      Had a fun evening filled with, words, humour and British icons.

      Sunday, 6 October 2013

      October fall....

      I'm still struggling to come to terms with that we are in the 10th month of 2013 .... Really not sure where this year is going but its quick!
      I love October, it is one of my favourite months... The nights become darker, trees become a cacophony of oranges and reds and you get to pretend you are 5 all over again by kicking the crispy leaves in the kerbside!.. ( every time I do I hear my nan in my ear telling me to stop as I will scuff my shoes!) and pumpkins & apples in a plenty.
      It seems that autumn is being as kind to us as the summer was with glorious sunshine and blue skies, which has created the most amazing sunsets & sunrises.... I've had lots of stuff going on in September, which I will share with you soon, a night out at the theatre and some downtime with old friends.
      Early this morning I spent some time in the park, enjoying the sunshine, which resulted in a fabulous conker haul... Bought back lots of lovely memories.., think the kittens are going to enjoy these.
      October brings another favourite treat of the season Pumpkin Spice Latte... a firm favourite across the pond, Starbucks have introduced over the last few years, with it now becoming the pre-treat to the seasonal Red cups.
      These are a welcome afternoon treat in the office,it does allow me to to daydream for 15 minutes that I am in New York! ... Mmm yum.
      What autumnal treats are you looking forward to... I've already got the slow cooker out from the back of the cupboard ready for stews and shepherds pie.... Comfort food is a coming!..