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200th Post celebrations

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Another milestone reached in my blogging ventures so I thought I would mark the occasion. When I reached my 100th post I decided to share my 10 favourite posts since I started blogging so I thought I would do something similar and share my 10 favourite posts since my 100th. Many of the posts have a lovely collection of photo’s to go with them.

  1. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium I’m currently looking forward to the opening of this cafe which looks like it’s set for the beginning of next year. It is very exciting and I’m sure once I get to go I will let you all know what it’s like. I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be very popular.
  2. Consuelo Parra – Digital Art An artist that I discovered this year. Check out some of the pictures that I have included in this post.
  3. Ronan Keating Live This seems like ages ago, I can’t believe it was at the beginning of the year. How time flies!
  4. The Struggle One of the few Poems that I wrote this year along with ‘Defeated’ and ‘Don’t Judge Me’ which I’ve also included in this list. I’m hoping to compile some more poems for 2014 because I’m not that bad at writing them.
  5. Egg-Citing Art Lots of giant egg designs in Covent garden. There are so many photos.
  6. Defeated
  7. Don’t Judge Me 
  8. A Damp Day in Camden Town This is the only time I visited Camden this year. I hope to go again next year. It’s so hard to find the time to fit everything in. There are lots of places that I had hoped to visit this year but didn’t.
  9. Carrie Hope Fletcher Photos of Carrie performing at this years ‘West End Live’. She has become one of my favourite YouTubers.
  10. Garden Wildlife It’s surprising what you can find in your own back garden. See what you can find.
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I’ve Missed You WordPress!

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Hello there! I must apologise for being so quiet over the past couple of months. My excuse is quite silly really but I’ll explain anyway. After my last post I realised I had reached my maximum space for photo’s on here and I was a little put off by this. Call me stupid but I didn’t know this could happen. For more storage space I would have to upgrade my account and start paying a fee which I can’t really afford.

As you can see by my previous posts, a lot of them include photo’s which are very important when giving people an insight into what I have been doing especially when it comes to travelling and conventions. Since then I’ve been wondering what I would do without photo’s to accompany my writing. But I’ve decided to suck it up and get on with it. After all there’s a lot of bloggers out there that don’t use photos in their posts, so I will just be one of them. At least I’ll still be able to connect with people. I’ve missed it here so I’ll be sure not to stay away for so long next time.

Disneyland Paris – Day 3

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Another early start on Sunday 1st September but this time we headed straight to the ‘Walt Disney Studios Park’. Where we went on the remaining rides that we didn’t get to go on the day before. First on our list was ‘Crush’s Coaster’ with it’s unimpressive 70 minute wait. Unfortunately they don’t do Fastpass on this ride so it was a matter of perseverance. It’s a great ride though and worth the wait.

As we were hanging around that area afterwards, we noticed Buzz Lightyear was doing a meet and greet so we grabbed our opportunity and joined the queue. Buzz is the most entertaining of characters and is good for a laugh. He also has one of the most impressive costumes which must be such a pain to move around in.

We then continued our mission to complete all rides on our list including ‘Armageddon’ the special effects walk through and the most terrifying ride of all, ‘The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror’ in which we had to obtain a fastpass for. I really didn’t want to do this ride again after last year… once was enough, but Jordan wanted to experience it for herself so I had to accompany her. To my surprise, it wasn’t as terrifying a second time around but I still wouldn’t say I liked it. However, I would recommend that you do try it at least once just to say you’ve been on it.

After we had been on all the rides that we wanted to go on, we walked back to the Disneyland Park to hunt down some more characters. The 20th anniversary train gave us a good opportunity. It would come along every hour for 4 hours so we had an idea of where each character was going to stop when they got off the train. On this occasion we met Donald Duck. It really is like a rugby scrum trying to get to these characters and some people can be quite rude, pushing and shoving. Sometimes I actually think the children are better behaved than their parents.

We then went for a walk around Fantasyland as it’s known that many characters congregate around there. Unfortunately we were always in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up catching them as they had just finished their meet and greets. Jordan was particularly annoyed that she missed Peter Pan who she had taken a liking to during the main parade the day before. I wish they could be more specific about where characters are going to be and what times. Then again, it’s probably best to keep it quiet to avoid the mad scrum for autographs and photos.

undeterred by the lack of character activity we decided to queue for an appointment card to meet a Disney Princess. We were scheduled to return to the Princess Pavillion at 8pm and we were rather excited. Until then we squeezed in some more ride action. There was one that I had completely missed last year as it was slightly hidden. It was like a little fairytail barge ride that passed miniature houses from Disney films. I’m terrible at explaining things so I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

We went for an early dinner at Planet Hollywood and was served by a lovely Englishman called Michael. The food was good but because we were so full up and we still wanted desert, we decided to go back a little later so we didn’t miss out. The decor certainly kept us entertained as we played guess the movie prop.

8pm came and it was time for our meet and greet with a princess. We didn’t know who we would have prior to the meet as it was a surprise. I was so pleased that it was Snow White, she was ever so lovely and asked us how we were enjoying our holiday and what rides we had been on in true Snow White style. We both went away very happy with our souvenir photos.

That evening we enjoyed a late night ride session and a spot of shopping and by the time we got back to the hotel we were ready to collapse.

Disneyland Paris – Day 2

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Getting up at 6:30am on Saturday 31st August was a killer but we had to be ready for breakfast at 7:00. I could quite happily eat croissants and Pan au Chocolate every morning. These were accompanied by a choice of serial, fruit cocktail, yoghurt with apple puree, toast with spreads and cheeses. Juice, tea a coffee were available to self-serve. We had everything we needed to start an energetic day, and once we were done, we went back to our room to get ready for the parks. This time I had everything planned out, and the fact that we had a two-hour head start before the regular ticket holders (people not staying at a Disney hotel) arrived made it even better. First stop was Fantasyland where we enjoyed some of the smaller rides such as ‘Dumbo the Flying Elephant’, ‘Mad Hatters Tea Cups’ and the rather amusing ‘Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. Unfortunately ‘Peter Pan’s Flight’ was closed for maintenance. And despite a spot of rain, it didn’t ruin our morning.

Our next stop was Discoveryland and ‘Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast’ which was fun. By the time we had finished those rides and had a walk around, it was 10am and time for all of the rides to open, so we headed to Adventureland where we went on ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril’ which is a looping roller coaster. We then took a short walk to Frontierland where we obtained a Fastpass ticket (which is free) to come back to ‘Big Thunder Mountain’ (one of the most popular rides and one with the longest wait time) in the afternoon. To pass the time we went to ‘Phantom Manor’ which is pretty self explanatory and then back to Fantasyland where we met our first character.

We waited around 45 minutes for ‘Winnie the Pooh’, the queue was quite long and we had back ache by the time we reached him. It was worth it as he was adorable. I know! your thinking ‘it’s just a guy in a costume’. But the characters have been well trained and their mannerisms are spot on. it’s also great to see the reactions from the children.

It was then time to return to ‘Big Thunder Mountain’ for a short wait with our fast passes. This is like a high-speed mine train with no loops but a fantastic view of the surrounding area as you go around. We had worked up quite a appetite by this time and went ‘Earl of Sandwich’. It’s great value for money but unfortunately I didn’t find the food as enjoyable second time around but it was still good none the less. After that quick stop, I introduced Jordan to the ‘Walt Disney Studios Park’. The queues were all quite long for the rides here but it was nearly time for the action packed stunt show so we went to watch that.

We still had ages left in the parks. That early start meant we could pack a hell of a lot in, so we Witnessed the ‘Stars ‘n’ Cars Parade’ in the studios park and ‘Disney Magic on Parade’ in the Disneyland park, both of which I had seen last year and you can view my photo’s by clicking on the links. We went on my favourite ride, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith’… a high-speed loop-the-loop, indoor ride accompanied by Aerosmith tunes which I always find myself singing along to.  Jordan got to meet Minnie mouse and after a tiring day we decided that it was time for dinner.

One of my most recommended eateries is Annettes Diner. This is a 1950’s American, Rock ‘n’ Roll style diner. The staff are friendly and occasionally burst into song and dance for the customers entertainment. Jordan had a standard cheese burger and fries which isn’t as big as most of their other burgers. I loved their veggie burger and their deserts are delicious. some of the waiters/waitresses may also serve you on roller skates, which must take a lot of skill.

To round off the evening, we purchased some Minnie mouse ears in one of the stores and went back to the Disneyland Park to wait for the ‘Disney Dreams’ event, made up of lights, lasers and fireworks. Images are projected onto Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to make up a little story. It really is amazing. People tend to begin their wait up to an hour before the event to ensure a good spot and it can get pretty packed. It started at 11pm and lasted around 20 minutes. Because of the crowds, we had to then endure a very slow walk out of the park and by then we just wanted to go to bed and rest our poor feet.

Sculpey Donuts

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I finally made my very first polymer clay creations and I’m pleased to announce that nothing went wrong in the process. I thought I would share with you my step by step account of how I made my cute mini donuts.

Step 1

I used the Ecru coloured ‘Premo Sculpy’ and a very small amount of ‘Raw Siena Premo Sculpey’ and blended it together to make the original colour a little darker. I rolled it into a ball and flattened it a little making sure the edges were rounded and smooth. To make the hole in the middle, I used the end of a paint brush. You can make your donuts as big or as small as you want.

Step 2

Smooth off any rough bits ready to place the icing on.

Step 3

Choose the colour of your icing. I used Green Translucent Premo Sculpey on 3 of them (it looks blue here though).  I also used Candy Pink Sculpey III mixed with a little White to take away the harsh brightness of it on the other 3. measure the icing against your donut then flatten it with your fingers until quite thin. Place the icing over the donut gently pressing it all down evenly being careful not to miss-shapen the whole thing. get the end of the paintbrush again and push it through, making a hole in the icing. It should then look like this:

Step 4

To make the little hundreds and thousands I used the Raw Siena and Green translucent on the pink icing and Raw Siena and Candy pink on the green icing. I broke off a small piece of each sculpey and rolled them into very thin pieces, I used the scalpel to cut tiny pieces and slightly rolling them into the right shape. I placed them onto the donut and pressing them firmly with the side of the scalpel.

Your finished product should look something like this:

Hopefully all that made sense to you. I had so much fun creating these and I will be adding them to a bigger creation which I still need to buy the resources for. Now I look forward to making something else with the Sculpey… but what? 🙂

 

 

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.

Garden Wildlife

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I’ve learnt recently that you don’t have to go any further than your own back garden to capture some lovely photos of the flora and fauna. Apart from the abundance of birds that surround the seed that is provided for them, some new visitors have been spotted hanging around too.