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It’s a Boy!!!

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…. If you didn’t already know! Only joking, I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now.

I couldn’t let today pass without marking the occasion in a blog post.

Those that don’t care (and believe me there are), there’s really no need for you to be reading this.

Congratulations William and Kate on the birth of your baby boy weighing 8lb 6oz, at 16:24 BST at St Mary’s Hospital, west London. I can’t help thinking about how proud Princess Diana would be right now. Just waiting on a name 🙂

 

My True Calling

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Apart from catching up with Supernatural, spending time with family and seeing ‘Man of Steel’ at the cinema recently in my spare time I have also discovered a new recreational activity. I have joined a local Amateur Operatic Society that I didn’t know existed. I’ve always been very fond of singing; usually around the house, on PlayStation sing star games or more rarely on Karaoke. I wouldn’t normally sing in-front of strangers but knew I could hold a tune. For a while now I have also been interested in musical Theatre but realised that it’s too late to pursue a career in this field being nearly 33 years old. That’s why when this opportunity came up, I wasn’t sure whether it was fate (if you believe in that kind of thing) or pure chance.

This week I have to turn up a little earlier to run through some keys with the music teacher to work out whether I am a Tenor, Bass, Alto or Soprano. Unfortunately I may not be able to take part in October’s show as I joined too late and rehearsals are well under way already. I’m happy just to be there and sing a bit.

Anyway, while I’m here I wanted to give a shout out to ‘London Live’ recently created by my good friend Emma. She put this blog together to be able to share her London-based experiences and give you the chance to share yours too. She’s looking for anyone who would like to guest post any reviews and stories about Theatre shows, hotels, events, restaurants, museums, Art Galleries…. well you get my drift! Just about everything and anything of interest basically. Go and give her a follow for me 🙂

Big IF London

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Yesterday (8th June) myself and my niece Jordan attended the Big IF London Rally in Hyde Park to contribute to the thousands of campaigners who turned up to make some noise to persuade G8 leaders to put an end to world hunger, which has been an ongoing issue for many years. I was made aware of this event through Jordan who is a fan of YouTuber Charlie McDonnell (Charlieissocoollike) who has teamed up with Save The Children and his mum Lindsay Atkin to raise awareness of malnutrition. They experienced the effects of this first hand through a trip to Tanzania. While they were out there they made a series of video’s to make others aware of this problem too. Inspired by their determination to make a difference, I thought I should do my bit and share this with you all.

Hyde park was the ideal location to hold this event and we had such lovely weather for it too. Hosts Myleene Klass and Gethin Jones welcomed a variety of performers and speakers onto the main stage to help get the message across and different support groups had areas set up on location. We mingled around the video bloggers tent where a few other YouTubers had arrived to be part of the day.

Charlie and Jordan

Video blogger tent

Charlie being interviewed

The main stage

the crowds

other end of field

We headed over to a separate part of the park to contribute to the thousands of spinning flowers which had been planted by campaigners. Each petal on each flower represented the 2 million children who die of hunger each year. This was an impressive sight and a powerful message to send to world leaders.

a spinning flower

field of spinning flowers

planting the flowers

Here’s how it all unravelled.

I really hope that we all made a big enough impact for world leaders to take notice and do something. This isn’t just a problem in Tanzania and other parts of the world but also affects families in the UK. Nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night. This has to end. To find out more about the campaign, go to the main website HERE. You can help by raising awareness in a way you know best…blogging! You can write your own post or re-blog mine. The more publicity the better.

This Weeks Shenanigans

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It’s been all go this past week. Work has been busy and there hasn’t been enough hours in the day to do everything I need to do before I go away. I’ve been spending a bit of time with my niece recently for various reasons, one or two being Dan Howell and Phil Lester. This is where I start from the beginning to avoid confusion. It all started about 5 or 6 years ago when I introduced her to my favourite YouTuber Cory Williams. I then made her aware of some of my other favourite YouTubers such as Katers17, Charles Trippy, ShayCarl and iJustine. Her curiosity got the better of her and she started looking for others… mainly the younger ones as she is only 14. Two of her favourite YouTubers are also BBC radio 1 presenters that have their own show on a Sunday evening. On two occasions I have had to take her to meet her heroes who have a huge teenage following so being a 32-year-old I felt a bit like the odd one out. Fortunately I don’t think anyone noticed so I grabbed a sneaky photo for myself.

Phil, me and DanTuesday night we went to see WWE Smackdown at London o2 arena. This was my first ever WWE live event. Excited wasn’t the word. I shouted so much I nearly lost my voice. It was a thoroughly entertaining night despite the fact that My favourite Wrestler ‘Sheamus’ lost to ‘the Big Show’. I also touched the arm of Roman Reigns (one part of ‘the Shield’) as he walked past me towards the ring, all was good until I realised I had a handful of grease so proceeded to wipe it on my niece haha! It was satisfying to watch ‘the Undertaker’ Beat ‘Dean Ambrose’ but man they are sore losers. After Dean tapped out all 3 of the Shield decided to beat the crap out of ‘the Undertaker’ who has been in WWE for longer than I can remember.

Anyway I’m now all set for my holiday around the Canary Islands with my friends Debbie and Heidi and will be taking my new ipad with me so I can blog when I’m away. Fingers crossed it works. We leave on Saturday 4th May. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet, whether I’m going to make a daily holiday diary or do it some other way. Stay tuned to find out 🙂

Sunshine Award

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the-sunshine-awardFirstly I’d like to say a big thank you to Steve Rebus from iChristian for nominating me for this lovely award, I am so happy to have received it. Go and check out his blog and those of the nominees that I have chosen for the award.

Rules for receiving the Sunshine Award:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  • 10 other fabulous bloggers must be nominated.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

The 10 Questions:

  1. Favourite colour: Yellow
  2. Favourite animal: Cat
  3. Favourite number: 7
  4. Favourite non-alcoholic drink: Chocolate Milkshake
  5. Prefer Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
  6. My passion: Animals
  7. Prefer getting or giving presents: Giving (I get a kick out of seeing people smile).
  8. Favourite pattern: Celtic
  9. Favourite day of the week: Saturday
  10. Favourite flower: Rose

Ten fabulous bloggers who deserve The Sunshine Award!:

  1. Hayley’slilworld
  2. Lily Wight
  3. My Endless Rants & Ramblings
  4. confessions of a theatregirl
  5. Kitty Bloger
  6. Toemail
  7. Poet’s Corner
  8. The Muffin Tale
  9. Sethsnap
  10. Grandma Says…

 

 

 

Easter Wishes

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Easter Bunny

Just wanted to wish all my readers and anyone else who see’s my blog, a very happy Easter whatever you may be doing today. A big thank you goes out to all those who have liked my last couple of posts, I really do appreciate it.

Blogging Etiquette

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There’s nothing worse than seeing a nasty comment on a new blog post that you may have put a lot of thought and effort into. Fortunately I’ve been blessed with a kind audience that like and leave nice comments on my posts which continuously boosts my blogging confidence. Yes I’ve had one or two negative comments since I started my blog around 16 months ago but that is to be expected. Not everyone is going to agree with you. Some people are not so fortunate.

A friend of mine has experienced a lot of negativity on her blog for a while now and it has effected her deeply, to the point where she doesn’t want to write a new post in fear that she will get some abuse thrown back at her for it. There isn’t anything offensive in her content and it baffles us as to who could be so cruel and really quite personal with their responses.

My motto when replying to people’s posts is to leave a constructive and friendly comment. I’ve always been one to avoid conflict, even online. You may not know the person you are replying to, but think about how your comment is going be perceived by them. If I read something that I don’t agree with I simply don’t leave a comment. That’s probably not how everyone works but as I see it WordPress is here to be enjoyed, not to get angry at.