Adventures, General Musings, London Adventures, Uncategorized

Remembering Hampton Court Flower Show

Sometimes I do love when Google pesters me with remembering what I did a few years ago around this time! In this case, visiting Hampton Court Flower Show, which was absolutely beautiful. It also means that my little cactus (below) is now 4 years old (well to me anyway!). How time flies! I still love the bush animals! I need to go again.

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Adventures, London Adventures, Music

C2C 2016!

So I got to see some of my favourite country artists at the C2C Festival at the O2 this weekend, as well as discover a whole load more, which was fantastic. I have been wanting to along for absolutely ages but then never got around to actually going, however this year knowing that Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood were both going to be there that swung it for me, especially as Miranda has never been to the UK before (as far as I am aware!). But I also love their warm up acts; Little Big Town, Ashley Monroe and also ended up liking Sam Hunt, High Valley, Maren Morris and the others.

It’s a three day weekend festival but I only went to the Friday and Saturday, I considered the Sunday but at the time I didn’t know the artists as well so I didn’t book for them, however it would have been great to see Chris Stapleton, after finally discovering his album Traveller. I like Kacey Musgraves as well, but didn’t really know Eric Church so wasn’t swayed.

I have to say the Pop Up stages, and the other smaller venues were fab! I got to see some great people, some I knew, some I wasn’t so aware of and also saw Charles Esten from afar, and then heard him sing later in the main stage. I also got in to see Lauren Alaina at the BBC R2 Country Stage and she was amazing, an awesome voice and just totally killed the stage. But a load of people did. It was a great weekend, one downside, I now have a million albums to buy!

I have some pics below – but I am getting really annoyed with my phone and it’s in-adequateness at taking pictures recently (didn’t help I forgot my ‘proper’ camera!) so excuse the blurriness.

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Adventures, Arts and Culture, London Adventures, Theatre, Uncategorized

CATS: Energetic, stylish, but the jury’s out on it for me!

So I finally got to go and see CATS earlier this month, on Sat 14th November with my mum, sister, aunt and cousin. I have to admit that I didn’t know very much about the musical or the storyline prior to attending.

In terms of the plot what I gathered was that the main premise of the plot seemed to be the Jellicle Cats; a tribe of cats, are all getting together for this one night, the night of the Jellicle Ball, where their leader chooses a a member of the tribe to move on to a higher place and be reborn (I couldn’t figure out if this was heaven or not!) and along the way we as the audience meet many different Cats and there are hi-jinks and dancing all round.

Firstly, the set design and the costumes were stunning. It really was a great visual feast, even for those of us sitting up in the rafter seats (we were on the back back row!), so this was great and really set the scene.

The music, the athleticism, the singing and dancing were all top notch; and Beverley Knight was as ever stunning as Grisabella singing the really famous song ‘Memory’. But all the cast were equally good, I really enjoyed listening to all of the songs and watching the routines. It was definitely a fun performance and you could see the cast were enjoying themselves, which makes you as an audience enjoy it more.

I enjoyed many elements of the musical overall, but I think, like the rest of my family that while we enjoyed it we didn’t really understand it. It was great to watch and I enjoyed but I can’t say that I was emotionally invested in any of the characters, they were all so fleetingly introduced and explained to us. It’s so energetic, so quick that I found it very hard to keep up and switch with the characters making it hard for me to totally immerse and I think this is the problem the rest of my family had also. It’s fine without minimal dialogue but sometimes when you cant keep up with the song, or in some cases fully understand the lyrics in relation to the action it makes it hard to really engage,

FINAL VERDICT: While I enjoyed it I am not sure that I would rush out to go see it again personally. I am glad that I have seen it, it’s definitely an experience but I think I can happily not repeat it.

I realise some people love this Musical, but it wasn’t 100% my cup of tea. What do other people think? Have they seen the production in London?

 

London Adventures

Work Event: Amazing Views

We had a work event in London this week at a venue that had amazing views of the London Skyline along the River Thames of some of the most famous buildings.

They were so beautiful, it’s a shame we had such dubious weather for the day as it would have been stunning to get some day shots; however the night one’s more than made up for it! I don’t live in London, not sure I could either, but it does have an amazing energy and pace.

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London Skyline ©alittlecornerofme

 

London Skyline ©alittlecornerofme
London Skyline ©alittlecornerofme