Captain America Civil War Premiere – April 26th 2016.

I don’t do as many red carpets as I used to. Partly because I work full time and partly because the queueing thing has got way out of hand – the two combined make it quite difficult.

There are however some exceptions, in which I make the effort and book the time off work for. One is the BAFTAs, the other is Marvel premieres.

I was unsure up until the last minute whether I was going to do the Captain America Civil War premier, due to my never ending ankle injury. But when it was announced that they were giving out the wristbands two days before the premiere I decided that I would – as it would give me plenty of rest time between queues.

We queued outside Westfield Shepards Bush overnight on Saturday, luckily we had security with us all night as it’s *not* the most pleasant of areas on a Saturday night. By the time Sunday morning came around we were all extremely tired, slightly damp and more than ready for our wristbands. The premiere itself was cordoned off into 5 pens – two #TeamIronMan – two #TeamCap and then the balcony area upstairs.

Now even though I am 90% #TeamCap I chose pen A – which was on #TeamIronMan‘s side. This was because the spot we wanted on the barrier happened to be there. We were aiming for the base of the escalator as we had fab luck there at the Avengers Age of Ultron premiere in 2015.

Whilst we were around the late 30’s in the main queue, because of this splitting up we ended up with super low numbers for the pens, pretty much guaranteeing we would get our spot!

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A Saturday Chat…

I’ve been a bit MIA over the last month. For anyone that knows me in real life they will know it’s because I have sprained my ankle and pulled peroneal tendons in my right leg.

I’ve not been up to that much at all, just resting and icing and resting some more. It’s still a tiny bit swollen and tinged a rather odd shade of blue-y green. It was quite spectacularly bruised.

I did it by falling over a pothole on the way to work. Full on arse over tit into the road too. I somehow made it halfway to work before being rescued by my boss, but by the end of the day I was off to A+E. I have spent the last three weeks on crutches and have had a physiotherapy session, with another one booked in next week.

The sprain is pretty much healed – but NEVER injure your peroneal tendons. It’s a full on constant deep ache in your calf and the mobility in your ankle is none existent.

Now I am getting back on track, back at the gym ( well, kinda) and am planning all sorts of shenanigans in April.

And I go back to Regents Park Open Air Theatre for the summer too.

You’ll get a three week Monday Look Back on Monday – covering the few things that I have done. It’ll include Adele, How the Other Half Loves and probably a lot of photos.

After that the blogging should be back in full force!

Enjoy the sunshine!!

-Amanda

 

 

Sunday at the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival.

The Destinations Travel Show was held at Kensington Olympia from the 4th till the 7th of February. The vast hall contained over 550 travel brands for you to peruse at your hearts content. That’s if you weren’t distracted by the plethora of talks, performances and food.

The main reason I attended was to go to as many talks as possible at the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival. I am a travel procrastinator extraordinaire. I love reading about people’s adventures into the unknown. I dream about doing these things myself. At the moment I am working on getting my fitness up to a good level so that it’s one less thing to worry about should I ever venture out my door when I find a ‘thing’ I want to do. (more like decide which of many ‘things’ I will do.)

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Monday Look Back Week 16.

Good afternoon from a VERY blustery and wet London.

Today’s blog contains photography exhibitions about India – and MUCH wanderlust!

And this week is going to be super busy, what with the BAFTA awards on Sunday. If I don’t post next Monday it’s because I froze/drowned/got blown away *delete as applicable*

Bad Jews opens tonight for a quick six-week run. It’s nice to have people back in the theatre, even if it is a very small cast. I am looking forward to catching it at some point in the next few weeks. (after I have maxed out my Cineworld card catching up on all the films I’ve missed)

Isn’t our auditorium pretty…

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Monday Look Back – Week 14.

What happened this week?

I worked. A lot.

And when I wasn’t working I was at the gym. I have signed up for a personal trainer. I did my stats. I have a plan. This is getting WAY too serious.

Despite the awful weather we have been having recently the flowers in the close are having a good go at blooming, just a tad early.

We have also had some really stunning sunrises over the last week. I know this because I have been at the gym at 6am. When it is still dark.

Some people take selfies at the gym – I take pictures of the sunrise.

On Friday The Hunchback Of Notre Dame studio cast recording was released. This is my favourite musical. I fell in love with it back in the early 2000’s when the German cast recording was released. Disney staged it in Germany for a few years and that was it. There are brief clips of this show on youtube but other than that I have just had to make do with the beautiful animation.

In 2013 there was a rumour that there was going to be a production in the US, hopefully leading to broadway. It had two runs, once in San Diego at the La Jolla Playhouse before moving across the country to the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey. Both were sell-out productions with brilliant reviews, but it never made it to Broadway. There was, however, huge demand for an English language cast recording. I mean come on, if we weren’t going to get it on stage for more people to see, we could at least listen to Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s beautiful score whenever we pleased.

We were very lucky to get this, especially with the full original cast and a huge orchestra and choir. It’s a beautiful soundtrack that makes me a little (ok – A LOT) upset that I won’t get to see this. My physical CD is on the way so for now I have had it on Spotify on repeat. I recommend if you get a chance that you go over and have a listen. Especially if you are a fan of Wicked.

My favourite tracks are 13) Hellfire and 14) Esmeralda then 22) Made of Stone and 23) Finale. (Although never skip the Entr’acte – a stunning choral section showing off the talents of the ensemble!)

But please- just listen to all of it! Maybe the more people listen to it there is a smidgen of a chance we could get it in London. (If I win Euromillions I am on it!)
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After work on Saturday we went out for a friends 40th birthday celebration at Strawberry Moons. Dancing happened, a lot to cheesy 80’s music and a little to more recent club music. We drank Long Island Ice Tea pitchers and had a good time. A sign of a good night is when you have either taken a gazillion pictures with friends, or none because you were having too good a time. Not many were taken this night. And a big lie-in happened on the Sunday.

Today is get out day for Mr Foote’s Other Leg. The theatre is full of people, all doors are open and everything is being loaded into the big blue truck of doom.

We are dark till February 8th, whilst the theatre is getting a little bit of TLC. Then we re-open with a transfer of the sell out show Bad Jews. 

These posts are pretty basic at the moment. Now I am off the overtime (boo) I might actually get out more. And a gym post is imminent too 😛

So I shall be seeing you soon!

-Amanda


Being a Lunchtime Tourist.

Last week I got a Fitbit, and it’s sort of changed my lunch breaks for the good! Whilst I am going to do a post on my Fitbit in a month or so when I can really see what I have achieved, I thought I would write a little on the things I have discovered whilst walking more around London.

I work right next to St James Park, but never take much advantage of it. Whilst on weekends and in school breaks it can be quite hellish to navigate, between the hours of 2-3 it can be quite nice to have a stroll around. You can often hear the echos of the Changing of the Guard as the band are walking back to barracks. Last week there was the WI Centenary Event at Buckingham Palace, so there were a lot of very well dressed ladies holding on to their hats, clearly excited about their trip. It’s always an ever changing atmosphere that can make the same walk each day different.

Daisy. Giant Daisy

Shasta daisies are my fave!

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