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Les Mis v Phantom – The Reprise

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A charity football match took place between the casts of Les Miserable and Phantom of the Opera last Sunday 11th August at Bromley football club. This post comes a little late, but better late than never I say.

The two teams played in support of Melanie Oakley-Dow, head of wigs at Les Mis who is currently battling cancer and an ex crew member, Alex Bremer who’s 2 year old daughter Lizzy recently lost her fight with Neuroblastoma – a rare and aggressive cancer. Proceeds raised from the event went to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

The event was a huge success and in total raised a staggering £18, 635.10. As well as the money raised from ticket sales, on the day they held a raffle and auction. One generous spectator bid £300 on the football used by and signed by both of the teams. Overall, it was a fun and entertaining day.

The line-up included some celebrity players with Tom Fletcher of McFly fame presenting the trophy to the winning side. Tom’s Sister Carrie, who’s currently playing Eponine in Les Miserables performed an emotional rendition of “You are my Sunshine” which she found very difficult to finish but luckily the crowd were able to lend a hand. Knowing that the song used was played at the funeral of Little Lizzy made it even more poignant.

On the team for Les Mis we had Ethan Bradshaw, Dougie Carter, Lee Dillon-Stuart, James Gant, Gareth Gates, Ricky Green,Dayle Hodge, Danny Jones, Paul Jones, Chris Key, Danny Mac, Tam Mutu, Johnny Purchase, Leo Roberts, Niall Sheehy and Bob Taylor. Mario Falcone from ‘The Only Way is Essex’ pulled out at last-minute due to filming commitments.

Phantom had Chris Barlow, Francis Benali, Ben Brown, Dom Cobby, Peter Dukes, Sam Hiller, Michael Kerry, Tim Laurenti, Ralf Little, Nadim Naaman, Ryan O’Gorman, Simon Prockter, Jeremy Secombe, Richard Shelmerdine, Simon Shorten, Charlie Sims and Simon Thomas. Nothing was said about James Atherton from Hollyoaks but I’m sure he wasn’t there.

The commentary and sound effects added a light-hearted comedy element to the match to remind everyone that it was a bit of fun. One of the best bits was when they taunted Gareth Gates with the well know Will Young song ‘Leave Right now’ when he messed up. Those who don’t understand that joke, Gareth came second to Will Young in Pop idol back in 2002.

My favourite player of the day was Les Mis’ very own Tam Mutu who plays Javert in the Musical. If I didn’t know who he was, I probably would have mistaken him for a professional footballer. The full-time score was 1-1 with goals scored by Phantom’s Ryan O’Gorman and Les Mis’ Chris Key. Les Mis then won 5-4 in a penalty shoot out.

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Yun*chi

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J-Pop artist Yun*chi performed at Hyper Japan at Earls Court, London on 27th July. Not being familiar with her (or any J-Pop music to be honest) I decided to look her videos up on YouTube. The only way I can possibly describe her and her music would be unique, fun and completely adorable. The only obvious problem is, I can’t understand a word she is singing. She wears some fantastic outfits too.

Hyper Japan 2013

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The UK’s biggest J-culture event came to Earls Court, London this weekend. This is an annual event but it was my first time attending. There was so much to see including J-pop performances, martial arts demonstrations, fashion shows and Cosplay competitions. There were many awesome stalls showcasing artwork and selling cute home-made Kawaii accessories, clothes, toys and Japanese sweets. A large gaming area attracted many people including my niece who had a go on the new Zelda game for the 3Ds.

The main stage saw presentations by robotics companies, Japanese comic storytelling and a mix of live performances and demonstrations. An array of hot food, snacks and drinks were available and proved to be very popular judging by the queues. We arrived early but we started getting tired and a little bit bored around 3pm as we had seen most of the things they had to offer. This doesn’t mean that I had been put off, in fact I would love to go again next year and possibly even be brave and join in with the Cosplay action myself. Go to the Hyper Japan website HERE to find out more about it.

London Film and Comic Con 2013 – Part 2

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A few more photos from Yesterday’s London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court.

Photo shoot with Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead)

Me, The Hoff and Kitt the Car from Knight Rider

Phantom of the Opera at West End Live

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I thought my Phantom photos from yesterdays West End Live deserved to have their own dedicated post for fans to admire 🙂 Enjoy!

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West End Live 2013

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This weekend saw the return of the annual London event West End Live.  For the ninth year running it has played host to a number of performances by resident musical Theatre shows. Here are a collection of photos I took at Yesterday’s event in Trafalgar square.

Once the musical

Let it Be

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Wicked

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Top Hat

Les Miserables

Matilda

We Will Rock You

The bodyguard

Jersey Boys

Thriller Live

Mamma Mia

Dirty Dancing

Collectormania Milton Keynes- Warning! Scary Clown Alert

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After MCM, Collectormania the next day (26th May) at MK Dons stadium came as a breath of fresh air. A lot less stressful, free entry and no queue to get in. There were some amazing costumes which I couldn’t pass by without getting photo’s with them. I had photo shoots with Craig Charles, Billie Piper and ex WWE female wrestler Amy ‘Lita’ Dumas. Loved this convention!

My mate Chewy

R2D2

Darth Vader

Cool Stall

Scary clown mask

Planet of the Apes

Bernard Cribbins

Me and Lita

Me and Billie

Me and Craig Charles