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Broomsticks and Cocktails

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Now I’ve recovered from the weekend I might as well tell you a bit about it. Well I can start off by saying that it was a good one. Saturday began with food and wine in the Spice of Life, Soho with my friends Celia, Mandy and her lovely mum Ann. We then moved onto somewhere we hadn’t been before, a bar/restaurant called Ruby Blue in Leicester square. It was happy hour so we got the cocktails in and sat on the balcony which overlooked Leicester square. They played an array of 80’s/90’s songs on the top floor and we amused ourselves by chatting to some random people which is a regular occurence for us. We moved onto the Phoenix artist club, a members bar where we enjoyed boogying along to Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; songs that you don’t often hear on a standard night out. I love it in there and I love the people too. We must have been the last people to leave and after Ann had had a serious discussion with the cab driver putting the world to rights we finally rolled in at 4am… a sign of a good night out.

Sunday’s trip to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studio tour was long-awaited. It was my chance to behave like a big kid and that I did. Myself and Mandy admired the sets and props, sampled butter beer and rode on a broomstick across London (virtually). It took us a good few hours to work ourselves around the different rooms. I could have spent a fortune in the gift shop but I limited my purchased items to a guide-book and Professor Snape’s wand 🙂

Later that evening we were fortunate enough to catch the Jersey Boys performance on stage in Covent Garden for the Olivier awards.


Michael McIntyre’s Warm up Gig

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I just remembered I told a lie yesterday about not being up to much lately. I went to see Michael McIntyre last Wednesday at a small venue in London called Pleasance theatre. He’s been doing a collection of warm up gigs here and there to prepare him for his big shows in September, October and November at the London o2 arena and Wembley arena. It gives him a chance to think up new material and to see what works and what doesn’t by judging how many laughs he gets. Basically we played the role of his guinea pigs which I didn’t mind at all.

I hadn’t seen Michael McIntyre live before so I was really looking forward to it. My friend Julie had got hold of the tickets for just £5 each which to say that was a bargain is an understatement. Because the venue was small, it was nice having that bit of intimacy and Michael had me crying with laughter from the moment he stepped out onto the stage. He announced that he was a little worse for wear as he had been to the Britt awards the night before and it was also his birthday therefore there would be no skipping on stage. Every now and then he would take notes as his note taker didn’t want to come out in the miserable weather, we found this just as funny as the jokes themselves and chuckled every time he turned round to scribble something down.

I certainly have new-found love and respect for this hilarious man and I would definitely recommend that you go to one of his shows if you ever get the opportunity. Even better… go to one of his £5 shows and you’ll be laughing so to speak 🙂