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Where has the Time Gone?

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I can’t believe we are nearly in April already! there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day lately. Shame on me for not dedicating more time to blog but in my defence work has been draining so evening blogging has become a challenge. The weather doesn’t help, which means I’ve not been out and about as much as I would have liked. Luckily events that I have planned for April should help me produce a couple of interesting posts. To be honest, I’ve been dreaming this month away in anticipation of my upcoming holiday at the beginning of May. But have now realised I had better get my arse in gear and begin to plan what remaining bits and bobs I need to get before I go.

I know a lot of people take books away with them on holiday but I’m not a big reader so that was out of the question. I gave it some thought and decided to purchase a couple of poetry books instead. That way I don’t have to stick to one long story that I might get bored with in five minutes. I also wanted something to help inspire me while sitting around the pool. I came across the work of E.J. Stevens and instantly knew that the poems in her two books entitled ‘From the Shadows’ and ‘Shadows of Myth and Legend’ would be my cup of tea and I look forward to reading them.

E.J. Stevens books

Now apart from watching a lot of ‘Supernatural’, last night I finally got to see the Theatre production of ‘Les Miserables’ and loved it. Although I still can’t decide whether I like the film or the stage show the best. I thought Tam Mutu’s Javert was brilliant and all the singing was amazing which you don’t quite get in the film but they do a great job none the less. There’s always something about being in the thick of the action and in front row I certainly had that. I would definitely recommend this award-winning show to anyone who is into musicals.

Speaking of musicals! I actually watched the film ‘Hair Spray’ for the first time last night ( I know it’s old now) and wished I had caught that in the West End while it was there. I found it highly amusing. First thing I noticed on the cover of the DVD was John Travolta’s name but I was disappointed that they hadn’t put a photo of him on there. I soon realised that he was, but his character was a woman so I hadn’t recognised him. I honestly don’t know why it takes me such a long time to see these things. For those of you unfamiliar with this film, here’s a picture of John Travolta as Edna Turnblad 🙂

Edna Turnblad

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First Show of the Year

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I kicked off my theatre going 2013 with the new musical ‘Loserville’ which unfortunately ended today as well. It was a show that my niece wanted to see before it closed. And after experiencing it, I’d wished I’d gone to see it before. It was a very lively, feel good show with superb choreography and imaginative set and props. Both myself and Jordan enjoyed it very much and came out buzzing. While I was in the West End I finally booked myself a ticket to see the stage show ‘Les Miserables’ for March but I’m sure I’ll find something else to go and see in the mean time.

Of course, no day out would be complete without a good meal. We randomly ended up in a Thai Style vegetarian buffet restaurant in Soho. It was different and enjoyable and I didn’t have to worry about what I was eating because everything was meat free and free of all animal products.

vegetarian foodWe had a bit of everything and the Mango juice was soooo nice! so pleased to eat vegetarian prawn crackers!

Vegetarian food

We went up for seconds and came back with Soya duck and pancakes!

fruit salad

We finished with a small bowl of fruit salad and mango jelly.

 

Shane Lynch in Panto

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This afternoon I enjoyed a visit to The Stag theatre in Sevenoaks, Kent where Shane Lynch from Boyzone played Abanazar in the pantomime Aladdin. I’ve been a Boyzone fan from the very beginning and I try to support the lads individually whenever possible. I’d never been to this theatre before but thought it was a pleasant venue which catered well for lunch which was much-needed by the time my friends and I arrived. We then went on to wait for Shane at stage door who is always very polite when we see him. After a few quick photo’s we went inside to find our seats and warm up again. We were 3 rows back from the stage and had a brilliant view.

Hats off to the producers who made this such a fantastic show and even managed to drop in a Boyzone number. The whole show was extremely funny and full of adult humour, I felt like a big kid. I thought Shane did a fantastic job at playing a bad guy which seemed to suit him better than his good guy roles in the past. I must give credit to the rest of the cast who were extremely entertaining. Andrew Stone played the chief of police, Tony Haygarth played the emperor of China, Jasette Amos played the genie, Robert Pearce played the Widow Twankey, Ant Payne played Silly (Wishee) Billy (Washee), Drew-Levi Huntsman played Aladdin and Lucy Reed played Princess Jasmine.

Dancers big and small also deserve a mention. There was one very little girl who tried her best to keep up with the others, she was so cute bless her. definitely well worth grabbing tickets if you are in the area… I’m even thinking about going again!

Me and Shane Lynch