Tuesday was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory day.
Twas a good day friends, a very good day. Everyone should have a Tuesday the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory day.
We had NOT afternoon tea at the Oxo tower
Begin with theses badboys….
They look like sweet innocent desserts oui?
NON! They start off all lovely and delicious but then the chillie chocolate kicks you. Where it hurts. It was great. hah…
Then came our chocolate desserts. These were AMAZING. Especially the mousse and the honeycomb. I was in the midst of a serious sugar rush after this. A word of advise, have it to SHARE. You really have to be able to handle your sweeties in order to finish everything in one sitting. I didn’t. I so wanted to but I would have killed me. If it didn’t then their cocktails would have.
I have no idea what was in this Snozzberry Slurp but it packs a punch and a half. I do love candy floss though.
After many giggles we were ready to leave and were presented with this little box of treats to take home too!
The fudge was my favourite. =)
We then had tickets to the show at Drury Lane.
It was incredible. I loved every second of it. I never have a bad time at the theater but they were not wrong when they called it spectacular. Go see it people. You won’t be sorry you did.
So I talk about my sister alot and she needs help. YOUR help to be precise. Lynx holding a competition of sorts to send people to space camp and the like. Now, my sister is studying to become an astrophysicist and this would be an AMAZING opportunity for the darling.
If you could be so kind as to click on the link and vote for her to get a place she will be ever so grateful! It only takes like 10 seconds to enter your email address!
So the holidays got to be a bore once everyone but me returned to work and so I decided to do the obligatory wardrobe purge. Now I got so wrapped up in the task that I forgot to take a picture of how much I decided was no longer wanted but it looked a little something like this:
Just with a lot lest colour.
I managed to rope my sister into becoming a packed mule and trudging down to our local charity shoot to drop off all the unwanteds before my mother caught sight of them and had a cow.
My wardrobe now looks like this:
With a massive gaping hole in the middle that NO SHOP has had the decency to fill. It’s so bare its sad. I went to every shop in Westfield and found nothing that I liked. (Save for a pair of boots…I needed to stop walking around in snow boots…it was wishful thinking really….)
I then went to Oxford Street. Still nowt. Save for two jumpers that I already owned but in the colours I do not.
I just want it to be summer again so I can unpack this:
and wear all the colourful flowy skirts and dresses again! Damn you London with your lack of snow and lukewarm summers. Bastard.
Anyhow. There was a selection of unwanteds that I could not part with so easily for some reason or another so I’ve listed them in a new section on this smashing blog of mine with the aptly named ‘Shop’ which can be found here:
See? Easy! Let me know if anything takes your fancy. I’m going to relist it all on ebay or something at some point if that makes it easier.
That’s enough outta me. It took an age to list all that but now its done. Woo!
Despite Notting Hill being one of my favourite haunts, the arrival of the super mall Westfield in Stratford has lead me to abandon visiting anywhere west of E1. As a result, I morph into a snap happy tourist on the rare occasion I mange to bare a train journey longer than 15 minutes.
We watched a live relay of The Nutcracker ballet in the recently refurbished Electric Cinema on Portobello Road.
This cinema is stunning. Leather sofas, those adorable table lights and a bar that also serves cheeseburgers and hotdogs along side cajan peppers and shrimp cocktails.
And the booking office!
They still have the fire buckets
You know. In case of a fire.
(Awful photo I know but it was dark and I had to use the flash)
Me and Ani then went back TWO DAYS LATER to watch the Hobbit. How was it? Excellent. Although I haven’t been keeping up to date with the entertainment world and wasn’t aware that they had split the book into three movies or something. Hence, and two hours in, I was exhausted!
'They haven't even reached the mountain yet! And WHO KNOWS what's gonna come outta there for them to fight! How much longer can this go on?!'
And then the credits began to roll and I left feeling slighted cheated and red faced but excited at the realization that there is more from Middle Earth to come! Huzzah!
I also discovered this:
Bubble tea! From Bubbleology! Its like herbal tea with bizarre squishy balls (I’ve been told these are tapioca balls…whatever that is…). The passionfruit tea I love. I love tea. The squishy balls? Not so much. They taste fine but it’s the consistency of them… yuk. Have also since discovered they have a pop up shop in Westfield Stratford. I had the lychee cold there recently which was beautiful. And avoiding the balls is a fun game. *giggles like a child*
Finally, my youthful friends and I went to the Tabernacle to watch the panto ‘Oliver Twisted’. It was pretty darn funny. May have been down to my recent discover of raspberry flavoured vodka but yes…very funny!
Obliviously this is very very much a latergram so I cannot for the life of me remember what else Notting Hill held in store that had be so excited about it a month ago…. must be old age….
Being sick = catching up on reading all the books you want without feeling like you should be outside enjoying the autumn sun. Bed and books and tea. Yes please =)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been on my shelf forever and despite it being 100 pages long, I forgot it was there never got round to it.
I love Holly. She’s mental and does what she wants and even though you can feel that she is going to run into trouble you can’t help but think damn I wish I were that innocently reckless. I am cross with her though, for her treatment of ‘Fred’. He was ever so lovely to her.
Normally I would also be cross for movies to change the endings of books but in this case I’m happy they did. The book is great but the movie has the happily ever after I had in my head for these two. And I love Hepburn and can’t bare to see her frown.
Woke up to mail from uni (text books and DVDs…blah) and a fat envelope from the inland revenue. Le fat envelope detailed numerous tax things and calculations that had happened to my salary over the last few years and had a big number at the end with the note ‘this amount is either owed by US or by YOU’ or something of those ambiguous proportions. Que heart attack. Which was it?!?!?! To me or to you?! Just say dammit!
A swift phone call later and I was a very happy bunny as my savings account is looking much healthier. Thanks for holding it for me Mr Tax Man.
Moral of the story? Ensure you have the correct tax code.
So last weekend, the family and I visited various places in central that I haven’t been to since the birth of Westfield in Stratford.
We went on the London Eye and acted like high tourists in our own city.
That smoke worried me…. Still don’t know what that was about…..
The sister and I took a wander down Carnaby Street as my Beau had mentioned Ben’s Cookies and I developed an insatiable craving.
This is the box I bought for him which went undelivered until the next day as he is of little faith. And wasn’t where he was supposed to be. And I wanted to watch the Coldplay concert Paralympic closing ceremony. Tough cookie Beau.
The Carnaby Street trip was awesome for two other reasons. I hadn’t been down that way for over a year now and so found a few things had changed.
Firstly, my old favourite vintage clothes shop outside of Brick Lane had been replaced by this amazing project:
Amazing eh!? I love the idea! So much so that I decided to join in!
I swapped my unfinished copy of ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ for ‘Bored Of The Rings’.
It’s on the ground floor of Kingly Court if you’d like to join in and contribute. Or to find out more click HERE for info.
The second amazing thing was the cream tea at Camillia’s Tea House.
This darling little tea room/shop is on the top floor of Kingly Court and absolutely satisfied my cravings for scones.
Their Tea selection was HUGE and you could sniff and smell all the canisters before you made your choice.
We had White Rose and Raspberry Tea which was delicious but made me veeeeery sleepy.
Those little handleless cups are adorable! Makes me feel like I’m playing with doll house-esque crockery. hehe…
Ugh. Waking up at 6am again is haaaaaard. Especially now that Autumn is here to stay…
But I have tickets to London Fashion Week this Thursday so yay me!
LEGO is a huge deal for me and my sister. It’s just amazing. I mean check out that Dalek!!!
DOCTOR WHO IS ON IN ONE HOUR AND TWENTY MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wanna see another view? Of course you do!
Just imagine how much that weighs. Phew!
Westfield has many changing LEGO displays. I love it! Our favourite to date is the model of the aquatics centre with the synchronized swimming. It is genius.
It’s hard to capture in picture form but the roof is all wavy like the real centre and there is soo much going on! There’s a guy in an ice bath, a medal ceremony, the next team waiting to come one, the judges, Tom Daley! the logo on the bottom of the pool….
Also, there is the Olympic stadium complete with LEGO spectators. Dedication I tells ya!
Friday 10th August saw me and my two buddies set off on a 4ish hour train journey north in search of some comedy.
Comedy we found.
I COULD tell you about everything we saw but I cannot be bothered. What I will do is tell you everything that I loved and cannot wait to see again when it rolls into London town!!!!
This sprightly young lady is the magnificent tap dancing, grown-up Brownie that is Jenny Fawcett (real name Louise Ford). Her general awkwardness and endearing but complete disregard for boundaries had me giggling and enthralled throughout her story of her pursuit for her sweetheart Peter Dink (which includes a slow mo re-enactment of when she first laid eyes on him. How erm… messy…that was…)
As I’m usually a stand-up fan, this style of comedy was a little new to me but I loved it. She has you captivated and laughing for the moment you enter the room and you leave wondering was else life will have in store for young Jenny.
Max and Ivan were quite easily the best live sketch comedy act I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. It’s just the two guys staging a heist with practically no props, flitting between characters, accents and LOCATIONS so seamlessly you cannot help but be glued to the performance. The boys appear to love to try and throw the other off their game for the audience’s pleasure though the rollerblading and laser-beam-vault-protection spectacle.
Holmes and Watson last year was awesome.
Con Artists is fast paced, hilarious sketch comedy.
I cannot wait to see what these two come up with next.
If you fancy seeing them for yourselves, click HERE for their website where they list their shows and stuff.
Yes that is Ted from Scrubs. Yes this is his ACTUAL accapella group. Yes is was amazing.
The concept of the show was based around them trying to score a contract to be the first group to perform on the moon and they had a list of stuff to create the perfect show from an agent who was ‘in the audience’. The work through the list and perform ‘skits, antics and choreography’ with hugely comical consequences. They are adorable. And BOY can they sing!! They do all sorts of tunes and with that kooky charm of theirs you find yourself singing and smiling and leaving with a lovely warm fuzzy feeling a bit like a nice hug. I genuinely don’t know how else to describe it. The Blanks left me feeling so childishly happy that I was practically skipping back to the hotel that evening.
Their website can be found HERE. It has details for their upcoming shows, a mini juke box for you to sample their work and a few videos of them fooling around and whatnot. Check them out!
Nicholas Parsons. Now I didn’t know much about this dude before we got there and I cannot for the life of me remember why we chose to go and see him but he was pretty great! I’m gonna be lazy and paste a review from threeweeks.co.uk as it explains way better than I ever could why this dude is a great host;
Parsons is publicly popular, fantastically flashy and incredibly charismatic, a little like Bruce Forsyth but with far superior jokes. Add to this a fundamental awareness of his audience and you have a man who is a delight to be in the company of. His jokes are expertly delivered and often have an unexpected crude twist, revealing his natural comedic charm. Each night, different guests join Parsons on stage and, if your guests are as funny as mine were, you are in for a treat- smarties if you sit in the front row!
I didn’t get smarties.
Adam Hills in his I-have-no-show-because-I-want-to-spend-an-hour-talking-to-the-weirdos-in-the-audience show entitled Mess Around was pretty funny. Adam Hills was once one of my favourite comedians as he is goofy and he knows it. I haven’t seen a lot of him in the past year or so though, and this show where he just talks to the audience and picks on people could have gone either way really. It was pretty good and there were enough weirdos and loud people for him to entertain for the hour but I think I’ll stick to watching his stand up.
He writes a blog about what happened every night which can be found HERE. We were in the audience on night 12 (his blog post on Aug 15) if you’re interested.
The Beta Males’ Midnight Movie Theatre. My goodness. This was certainly the weirdest experience of the festival. The concept of this was to show a really bad horror movie (in our case Spiders) and sort of pause at intervals and have a selection of Fringe acts come on to do cameos and whatnots on whatever is going on. Max and Ivan, Late Night Gimp Fight and The Noise Next Door came on and did what each of them do best but it was all a bit disorientating. But given that I was shattered that night I reckon that my confusion was just down to me being sleepy. I was jolted awake though, every time the ‘attendants’ came on stage to offer raw meat or guts or spider’s eggs. There was silly string and puke and technical problems at the end and I left feeling relieved that I was able to get out of there but glad that I had done it. A bit like how you’d feel if you’d just got off a rollercoaster. The best thing about it was that we were introduced to:
The Noise Next Door! These guys are an improv comedy troupe who are RIDICULOUSLY fast and witty and AMAZING that it is difficult to believe they can come up with the hilarious sketches and songs simply from suggestions for the crowd without seeing them for yourselves. Honestly, I didn’t think there were enough people in the world who could gather the randomest of suggestions and mould lyrics that make sense and rhyme and are soo soo funny and so seamlessly!!! And yet there are FIVE of them!!!! And they also play multiple characters in their Chumely Amateur Dramatic Society sketch where I was even more impressed by not only their improv skills at including the most ridiculous suggestions but also at their knowledge of mythology. You can throw ANYTHING at these guys and they will never be phased.
Check them out for yourselves HERE and go and see them if ever they are near you. You will not regret it.
This is Jollyboat. They are brothers Tom and Ed Croft and do songs. Very funny, well written and -not exclusively - piratey songs. They are so enthusiastic and happy that they make YOU happy and that is just what you want from a comedy show right?
We saw them as part of a free show on our last evening in Edinburgh so didn’t get to see their whole hour long show but may try and see them when they come to London.
HERE is a link to their website where you catch watch the video of their pirate song. It’s pretty funny.
Yes!! It IS Pinder off of Franklin and Bash!!! Well done you for noticing!!!!
Real name Kumail Nanjiani, was I think, the only paid for stand up comic we went to see! He is new to the Edinburgh Fringe and you could tell from the beginning of the show that he was a novice. However, he absolutely turned his show around and as it built momentum, you could sense he was growing in confidence and that really helped make it show a success by the end of the hour. I hope he sticks with the whole comedy thing as well as the acting as I would certainly like to see him again!
All The Kings Men sang their little hearts out all a cappella style-ly. They were VERY good singers and gave me goosebumps with their rendition of Imogen Heap’s Hide And Seek. Their choreography is timed well but really stiff and that’s really the only minor negative thing to say. Think an English Boy version of the Dalton Warblers and you’re there.
They are doing VERY well on the global scene though and you can follow their success through their website HERE.
PHEW! And that was just the stuff I liked! I shan’t go through the OK and not so great stuff as I’m shattered doing this post.
Party At Gatsby's? Hopefully The Dress Code Is Huge Slouchy Hoodies.....
I’ve entered that stage of the holidays were you spend the indoor days in the comfiest clothes known to man and lounge around with books and the interweb. Yes it IS as awesome as it sounds. Shut up, I earned these lazy days.
Anyhow, I stumbled upon a website where you design your own tshirts and jumpers and the like and since I couldn’t find the ‘Party at Gatsby’s’ slogan on a top a liked, I thought I’d do my own. Avec martini glass. So I did! (Not entirely sure about the copyrights and whatnot but I mean words are words right?)
Its SNOW WHITE with black glittery font which you can’t see so well in the pictures but there you go
I ordered a medium as most of my over wear tends to be a medium (and i’m usually a size 10 uk sizing if thats any help) but its BIG so if and when I get anything else it shall defo be in a small.
Big for a hoodie is good though. I like. *thumbs up*