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2013 In Review

Many thanks to all the wonderful people who told me to carry on. Blogging can be awesome but sometimes as Michael Owen stated the Keyboard Warriors can make life difficult. Whatever you are doing to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another do it in style. I believe that 2014 can and will be the year of change. Have a good one and I shall hopefully see some of you lovely lot next year. Thanks for spurring me on to continue you know who you are.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

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Chateau De Pierrefonds, Compiegne, France

Ever since Emma had first visited Pierrefonds I knew I wanted to embrace the wonder and beauty of this breath-taking castle.

Chateau De Pierrefonds is a castle situated in the commune of Pierrefonds, Compiegne. The castle is best known from the hit TV series Merlin. Although in the Middle Ages it was a defence base for the military.
I had said to Emma on a number of occasions if I ever got to visit The Castle I’d like it to be a nice sunny day. Now we visited Pierrefonds in October and on the day in question when we first set out it was a rather gloomy day. But I am pleased to say my wish was granted on this occasion. It was everything I’d expected it to be. I kind of wish I’d had the chance to visit when Merlin was being filmed but hey I’ve seen it and I thoroughly enjoyed embracing it. I hate telling my bestie that she’s right but just this once I will whole-heartedly admit it. Chateau De Pierrefonds is out of this world amazing.

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I’m in the court yard

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A view from the castle…

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Well this was one of my trips whilst in France a short train ride away from Paris. It’s funny how much reminded me of watching Merlin. Walking up to the castle there is a greenery that you can imagine is the woods. Sadly no King Arthur a girl can dream eh?

I really don’t post enough pictures I shall try and rectify that.

Anyway, time for bed.

Check Out London Live

A close friend of mine has decided to start blogging, so I thought I would tell you lovely people to check out her very new blog.

http://londonlive1.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/west-end-live/

West End Live is her first post so go check it out it’s an awesome event that happens every year and she has described it perfectly. The videos speak for themselves so make sure you give them a go.
Emma is also on the look out for anyone and everyone to share their London based experiences so do make sure you let her know if you have something to shout about. Seen a show? stayed in a hotel? visited a restaurant or bar in the Capital then she wants to hear from you????

Breaking Bad

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So many of my favourite TV shows had ended and I decided to find something new. From tweets, friends and colleagues I kept hearing about Breaking Bad. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I thought to myself too many people have mentioned this show. So shortly after I ordered series 1-3 as it was on sale and away I went.

When I first started series one I was like what the hell is this. A respectable teacher with a good family whose brother in law is a cop for the DEA. So why would this respectable law abiding citizen risk everything by cooking crystal meth in his spare time with a former student. It soon becomes apparent as to why Walt is doing this, it may not be honourable but his motives are from the heart. I won’t say why in case you decide to watch.

Although when I got to the end of series two and the beginning of series three I honestly wasn’t sure how it could go on any longer. What I will say is Breaking Bad is written excellently and you are never prepared for the twists it takes.
Having completed series three I have now hit a brick wall until I get my hands on series four. I am also told that series five will be the last, in a way I am sad but sometimes a good thing has to bow out when on fine form.

So for now I am completely hooked on series three of Grey’s Anatomy. The turbulent relationship between Dr McDreamy (Derek Shepherd) and Meredith Grey will have you on the edge of your seat. He’s the kind of guy most girls dream of. Is he perfect? Hell no he can also be an arse but that’s part of the fun.
I blogged about discovering Dr McDreamy when my bestie introduced me to series one quite a while ago incase you missed it Discovering McDreamy

So do you enjoy Breaking Bad and or Grey’s Anatomy?

OR

Do you have a series that I should see?

Anyway, until next time 😃

Laugh Out Loud Theatre

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Have you ever laughed soo much that your face physically hurt? Well tonight that is exactly how I felt.
I met a friend in London we entered the daily draw for tickets to see The Book Of Mormon. The anticipation and the build up was so exciting.
It was until our names never appeared. Although I was pretty chuffed for the person who had entered a hundred times as they actually won today.

I go to the theatre quite a lot and more often than not I’m drawn to my favourite shows.
Today I saw something new in One Man Two Guvnors.
A truly laugh out loud show- I mean a theatregoer actually snorted. (No it was not me).
Having now seen the show I’m a little sad I never saw James Corden as Francis Henshall, although Rufus Hound was hilarious. I really don’t know when my face will stop hurting.
The show is fast paced and funny, I loved the fact that there is space for impromptu ad-lib. Rufus produced some cracking one liners that had the audience roaring with laughter myself included.

One Man Two Guvnors gives you a taste of 1960s Britain, with the entertainment starting with a 1960s style band before and during the show.

I don’t want to give too much away but the story is linked to the bumbling fool which is Francis Henshall (Rufus Hound) he’s hungry and wants to eat and earn some cash. He manages to end up with two jobs ultimately leading to two guvnors.

If you’re in need of a laugh make sure you check this show out. My face has definitely had a work out this evening. I’m not sure of the last time I laughed that much.

Talking Of Musicals…

So since my last entry I have seen the awesome Ronan Keating live at The O2 arena, London, the film adaption of Les Miserables and Viva Forever.
So I thought after my last post was based on all things musical I should update you all.

Ronan Keating live at The O2 London

What a show from Ronan and the announcement of a Boyzone tour to mark 20 years in the industry sure did make my night.
Ronan was joined on stage by Boyzone bandmate Shane Lynch who made the announcement that Boyzone tickets will go on sale on the 14th February 2013.
The show was great I loved hearing the new songs from Fires alongside the old songs and a few Boyzone tracks.
It was lovely to see Brian McFadden again I hadn’t seen him in ages seeing as he now lives in Australia, so it was great for Ronan to have a support act who I also wanted to see.

Les Miserables film

I have also seen the film adaption of Les Miserables. I really do hope the film inspires people to visit the West End. You cannot beat the emotion and raw talent of the theatre. I have only seen the show once but I was spoilt as I saw Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean. I was an emotional wreck I cried constantly including throughout the interval.
I was really impressed with Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of prisoner 24601/Jean Valjean he got across the emotion and the hardship well.

Anne Hathaway’s performance of Fontine was outstanding the emotion was something else.
You will understand why I have mentioned this as I shall be posting something else in relation to another of Anne’s films. I can see why she has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress based on her role in Les Miserables.

The downside for me was Russell Crowe as Javert. I just couldn’t take him seriously and Javert is such a prominent character, I wouldn’t say he can’t sing but I really don’t think he was right for the role. I am also undecided on Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen as Thénardier and Madame Thénardier. They definitely portrayed the comedic side of the couple I just don’t know whether I would have chosen them.
There is always a worry when an iconic production has been reproduced but I do feel the story was done justice. A new song and some differences but a decent effort.

Viva Forever

Well firstly, I would like to say that now that I have actually seen the show for myself I do think the critics were a little too harsh. I won’t outrightly say it’s the best show ever but it is a feel good show. If you love the music from The Spice Girls you sure will enjoy singing along. I really liked how the songs linked to the story, although parts of the actual story are a little patchy.
There was humour and emotion the only thing that really annoyed me is I don’t feel like the story ended.
I loved that there were some old school classics from The Spice Girls although I guess you’d have to be a bit of a fan to enjoy.
It is a very modern musical that focusses heavily on Reality TV which is quite amusing. I am personally over the whole Reality TV show especially the X Factor it really needs a break now it lacks the real talent that used to have the public on the edge of their seat.
Overall, it is nowhere near as bad as the critics made out. Although I do believe that no one should cover Melanie C’s I Turn To You.

Goddess: Ronan Keating’s Film Debut

I haven’t really mentioned Ronan on my blog, but for anyone who knows me away from the world of blogging will know I am a huge fan. I have been since I was a child. Now why am I blabbering on, well the lovely Ronan’s screen debut is released in March in Australia (so far) in the film Goddess. I was lucky enough to attend a UK screening in August/September time last year and now I want to share the trailer with you all.

Elspeth finds out that Sometimes the only way out is to invite the world in.

I think Goddess is a feel good girlie film, which features catchy songs and some oh so funny moments and if you weren’t already intrigued Mr Keating’s bum features.

Laura Michelle Kelly plays Elspeth Dickens ‘The Goddess’ she is oh so funny, and she’s really nice. Laura attended the UK screening and I managed to speak to her after the film she is hoping that it will get a proper airing in the UK and I hope so too. She is a delight to watch and I know the second I see this film again I will get many of the songs once again stuck in my head.

Elspeth Dickens dreams of finding her voice despite being a mother, Ronan plays her hardworking husband. Watch Elspeth juggle being a mum and speaking to the world. Is fame what she really craves? You’ll certainly enjoy the rollercoaster ride that is Goddess.

Unleash your inner Goddess! Let’s get a UK premiere.

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