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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.
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I saw Legally Blonde at De Montfort Hall on 28th March 2012. I really enjoyed it, such a fun and uplifting show. I didn’t know any of the songs, which bothers some, but I don’t mind as long as they’re good songs. It had a strong storyline but was funny as well with strong characters. The production was excellent, a full set which enhanced the show. The cast were brilliant as well, such amazing singers!
I saw Chicago at the Alexandra Theatre on the 8th March 2012, I previously saw it in a semi-professional show in August 2010 and enjoyed it so much that I was really looking forward to the West End show touring.
However, I don’t think it matched up. The acting was just as briliant, as was the singing, but the production seriously let it down. It isn’t possible to take a full set on tour but I’ve seen other touring shows with bigger sets. The stage seemed to be filled with the orchestra, leaving no room for anything else. Sometimes less is more, but this was not. They used little more than chairs, and seen as it is set in a jail, the bars of prison cells seem a must. There was also a distinct lack of police officers! It just seemed to have something lacking, it didn’t leave you on a high like the other performance I saw. But wow Bernie Nolan can sing!
May because it’s my birthday and it’s spring. May is usually lovely weather and it’s when spring is about to turn to summer and you have all the summer months ahead of you. Everyone starts to go out more and do more things and the nights are shorter and the days longer.
Plain and simple. Unless the pie has fruit in. But cake in general – victoria sponge, bakewell, battenburg, fruit, christmas, birthday. The list goes on.
Cake Cake Cake Cake Cake!
I love food, I like books and I really like films. But I don’t think anyone takes much notice of food critics, or book critics. People just tend to find things out for themselves. Everyone has different tastes in both food and books. However people, despite liking different films, seem to listen to film critics. And film critics really annoy me. They judge people’s scriptwriting, directing, acting etc without being able to do it themselves, or most probably, been unsuccessful at doing it themselves. Why do people listen to film critics? They are so arrogant and think their opinion is superior to everyone else’s and that everyone’s should watch what they say. If I were a film critic then I could offer alternative reviews to those pretentious, conceited critics and the geeks-stuck-in-their-bedroom types and give a proper opinion instead of acting as if I hate the world and everyone in it. Besides, if I were a food critic I would gain my own body weight in a week…
So many programmes, so many choices. Throughout the years, basically since I could see, I’ve loved many television programmes. If you asked me this question when I was five, the answer would without a doubt have been ‘Playdays’. This amazed me and from the moment it began, had my whole attention. I would have loved to have interacted with all the different characters and watched the magic pen. And I would have loved to wait to find out which way the story would go.
Now it’s a different choice, there are so many genres of television programmes before you even get started, let alone which one to choose after that. My teens have brought me so many programmes; other soaps than Coronation Street, Footballers’ Wives, Cutting It, I’m A Celebrity, Life On Mars, The Inbetweeners, Ant & Dec, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Shameless and so many more. Each one has meant something different to me and symbolises a different part of my life.
I think out of all of them, there are two I cannot choose between; Coronation Street and Waterloo Road. Coronation Street simply because it reminds me of my life, I have watched it since I can remember so to me it would be amazing to be a part of such an institution and something that has been such a part of my life. If I see a clip of an old scene or storyline, I can remember how old I was and what my life was like at the time. It takes me back to how I felt and what I had learnt and who I was to become. So to make an appearance would collide fiction with reality.
Waterloo Road on the other hand, would give me a chance to go back to school. School, especially year 11, was a prominant year of my life. I took my GCSE’s which was a pinnacle of my years of education and at the time seemed the most important and challenging time of my life. Year 11 was fantastic, in the last year of school and being in the top groups you can build an alliance with your teachers and you seem to “get away” with more than you did. There was prom and the long summer to look forward to and the excitement of starting college. Friends are there all the time and we did so many things throughout the year and had the best times and memories ever. Everything is so important and everything matters to you. Year 11 is full of freedom, but you still have the safe environment and protection of school. So Waterloo Road for me would be perfect as it would remind me of these times.
I saw the Dancing on Ice tour at Birmingham NIA on Sunday 17th. I saw the tour last year at the LG Arena which is an easier venue to get to and slightly smaller so I was a bit annoyed they had moved it to the NIA. However, it didn’t seem any different luckily. The format was still the same but they only had stars from this series of the TV show – apart from Hayley Tammaddon – unlike last year where they had stars from all series. My favourite star was Laura Hamilton and of course Hayley, but to be quite honest I prefer to watch the professionals. I like the second half of the show better; the first half consists of a mini competition like the TV show and the second is where some of the stars from the series perform but mainly it is the professionals; this section is amazing! The tricks and speed the professionals have on the ice is amazing and I love seeing them do what they do best and they get the chance to show off their talents, something they don’t ge tthe chance to very often in the TV series. I think the opening routine lacked something to last year’s- possibly the music choice. It was brilliant though and I love how the audience get the chance to be involved. I missed Fred and Mel Palascak being there as well as Matt Gonazalez and Frankie Poultney but all the professionals that were there were absolutely fantastic! Well worth the cost!
I went to see Goodnight Mister Tom at the Belgrade theatre on 15th April 2011. I read the book many years ago at school, in year six I think and saw the film adaptation starring John Thaw. I actually could only remember the very basic story but this was probably a good thing because very often stage productions are completely different to films. They brought forward a character called Zak, probably to lighten the play a little because he was a good comic character and the play is quite dark. The main characters were played by fantastic actors. It really was done beautifully and I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂