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Bugsy Malone

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Saturday was a rather exciting day for me. Me and Bobby had booked tickets for Future Cinema‘s showing of Bugsy Malone. The concept behind this is amazingly simple, you watch the film, but the people organising it will bring it to life around you. It leads to a truly unique experience. Still not sure what I mean? This YouTube clip might help.

Of course this meant it was a great excuse to dress up and play with new make up and hair, though I was quite impressed with the result. The only problem was that I ended up doing my hair really early as I wasn’t sure how long it would take and it then didn’t quite last the evening. It had mostly fallen out by the time we all started dancing at the end, but I was quite impressed with it. Especially as it was a first attempt as I hadn’t really had a chance to practice.

We got to the venue early, just as the matinee was kicking out in fact, to make sure we knew where it was and to check what time they were opening the doors to make sure we got a good seat then headed off to find a nice pub to have a drink and some food. We ended up in the Railway Tavern by Limehouse station which as nice enough and we could watch all the people from the afternoon going past, it was nice that so many people had dressed up. It really put us in a good mood for the evening. Then we jumped on the DLR up to Tower Gateway as that was where the nearest pub that I knew did food was located. We did attract some interesting looks wandering round and were snapped by at least two curious tourists but on the whole it was nice to just go for a wander.

We headed back to Limehouse relatively early to make sure we would be back in plenty of time and went back to the Railway Tavern as I needed the loo. We weren’t the only people in there this time. There were a few other people similarly dressed and I started to get rather excited. We didn’t stay there long before heading back up to the Troxy where we were informed that we were rather early, well yes, we did know that, and we actually wanted to go down the side of the building and use the entrance round there. Having established where we were meant to be and not particularly wanting to hang round a dodgy bit of London when none else was there yet we went to the pub across the road for a quick one while we waited.

When we came back the whole area had been transformed. There was a bit of a queue now and there were actors going up and down the line and interacting with the public. We were ‘interviewed’ by a reporter for the New York Times about what we thought about the recent splurge attacks, had several people comment on our outfits, favourite one has to be the guy who asked if my borrowed fur coat was dalmatian and how many dawgs went into it.

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Then we got inside the Speakeasy. They had really gone to town with recreating it, after going down a corridor you came to a large bookcase where you had to present a book to go through (there was a pile you could help yourself to for those of us who didn’t bring our own). Then when you got through it was like really being in Fat Sam’s. We found a table and I made myself comfortable while Bobby went to the bar. There was still lots to see inside, Fat Sam came over to ask us if we had seen Bugsy, then the man himself came over to ask why I never called him. Hadn’t I enjoyed it when he took me out for meatballs last week? That was a first for me, being chatted up by a famous gangster!

Before long the entertainment started. Fat Sam compered as a number of cabaret acts took to the stage, our favourite has to be the pair of dancing girls who called themselves The Bee’s Knees. This did also follow the plot of the film with loads of interaction all the way through. Tallulah came out among the tables for her number. The audience were encouraged to audition as dancers in the club, the job of course being given to Blousey. Lena Marelli burst in at one point, a role I will always remember as having been played by my sister in her school production. We even cheered on Leroy as he began his career as a boxer.

Then the film started. There was a great atmosphere in the place by now. Everyone seemed to be having a really great time and cheering and singing along were actively encouraged. Although the interaction was greatly reduced it didn’t stop once the film started, though was mostly limited to people coming through as appropriate. I couldn’t help laughing when they finished singing Bad Guys danced into the SpeakEasy and through the tables. Then of course there was the custard pie fight at the end. They passed out cans of foam and paper plates then paused the film so people could make up some pies and put on the plastic ponchos they had provided. Then all hell broke loose. I don’t think anyone was still watching the film at this point as pies went flying in every direction and gangsters burst in with splurge guns and started spraying everyone in sight. The fighting stopped when the final song started for which everyone joined in and several people, us included, ended up dancing on the stage to. After that it just became a great party venue, the tables were pushed back and everyone started dancing and generally having a great time. I think we both would have liked to have stayed later but it was very warm in there and I had started to get a mammoth headache so we decided to call it a night and head off.

Overall we had a great time. so good in fact that we have booked to go again during my Easter holidays, and this time we intend to stay until the end! Unfortunately neither of us took a camera with us, probably a good thing as we didn’t want to risk it getting, Splurged/stolen/broken, but Future Cinema’s Flickr can be foundhere.

 

13th Chime, 13th Moon and 18 Summers

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Some more bands for you.

Ok, I know I haven’t posted any more of these since the first set, I have listened to quite a few on the list. However I am trying to space my thoughts on them out a bit so you don’t get a whole load to wodge through in one go.

So lets crack on first up are 13th Chime. Last.fm had this to say about them; “Born out of the British Punk scene: Vocalist Mick Hand, guitarist Gary O’Connor and drummer Ricki Cook were previously in The Antix while bass player Terry Taylor, played with the hard hitting three piece The Wynd-ups.” I listened to 13 tracks in total; Coffin Maker, Dug up, Cuts of Love, Cursed, Hide and Seek, Keep in Pace, Tinker Man, Fire, Two as a Couple, Sally Ditch, Sarah’s Got a Chainsaw, Radio Man, and Help Me Street.In general they made ok background listening but I’m not sure how much I’ll be listening to them in the future.

Next up is 13th Moon, or †13th Moon† to give them their proper name. Last.fm has no information on them other than the genres they fit into so I got this off their myspace. “†13th Moon† is a Deathrock/Dark Punk band,finding from the deep dungeon of foggy grave in somewhere in Tokyo, Japan.” I managed to listen to 5 of their tracks; Countdown to Suicide, Re-Dr-uM, Grave Dance, Under the Mask and 13th Moon. My initial feeling was that I wasn’t a fan. They’re not bad, just not my set of thing.

Finally 18 Summers. “18 Summers represents an independent, distinctive style, wonderful melancholy Goth Pop pearls, melodic acoustic songs but also club hits you can dance to with innovative sounds that no DJ programme should miss.” Managed to find 8 of their tracks; Down in the Park, Felix in the Sky, Sensation White, She’s Running, Girl of 18 Summers, Turn off the Radio, Phoenix From the Flames, and She’s Coming Home. Again it seems that the third band I list is my favourite. They were very easy to listen to and I will probably buy something by them in the future. I really liked Girl of 18 Summers.

More of these posts will follow over the next few days

BatFit Challenges three and Four

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I have got a bit behind with the whole BatFit thing. At first it was because it was near impossible to eat healthily while I was doing the panto. Yes I know I could have gone to Tesco’s and got a salad or something instead of McDonald’s and I didn’t have to go to the pub quite so often, but it’s a good excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Lately I have been so stressed with work that the thought oncoming home and cooking something healthy did not seem like a good idea. I have been trying but it’s still not as good as it could be.

So now the challenges. I will be doing these consecutively, plus the next one when it is updated. The first challenge is to give up a bad habit and replace it with a good one. Well, there is one bad habit I have been fighting with on and off for years. I bite my nails. The reason this one is such a problem for me is I don’t do it all the time. Stopping is not the problem. The challenge comes from not starting again. Even up to starting to write this post I wasn’t sure what to replace this with, but it has just struck me that the main reason I start again is either stress, I’m sure I can find more constructive outlets, and me breaking my nails and being really annoyed by the rough edge. So new good habit is going to be actually carrying a nail file with me, and just generally taking better care of them. If I can get my hands looking pretty I’m probably going to be less inclined to want to mess that up. Well, heres hoping anyway.

Challenge four was to take time out everyday for you. Just to sound some time reading or taking a bubble bath, or anything that will make you happy and that you enjoy. It sounds simple but I don’t know easy it will be to keep up. I’m going to try though.

Keep checking back for updates I do intend to blog a lot more frequently now

BatFit Challenge two

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The second challenge in BatFit 2012 is to dance for 20mins a day to VNV Nation. Now I don’t actually own anything by them so I have been instead using the bounciest artist I have, Ayria. When you actually try and do something like this you realise just how long twenty minutes is, that or just how ridiculously unfit I am. Still I have been enjoying myself, nit sure yet if it will become part of a regular exercise regime, but it’s a nice gentle start to doing something regularly.

No I am not going to post any pictures of me dancing up here. If you are that desperate to see me make a fool of myself you can come and see me in panto. Yes I know shameless plug, still Babes in the Wood is on over the next two weekends. Tickets and details are available here

Book one – Oh My Goth

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The aim of the 100+ reading challenge is to read 100 or more books in a year. this is something I attempt every year but usually fail due to forgetting to keep track of them all. So this year I’m going to follow Skippy’s idea and blog each one.

 

So first up it made sense to read one of the three, now four, new books I got for Christmas.

Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter tells the story of teenage goth Jade Leigh who finds herself switching places, freaky friday style, with the most popular girl in school. With one slight twist, when Jade enters this virtual world she finds that everyone s now goth and those people who were her friends before are now dressed like Barbie.

I found it an amusing read. It made a nice light hearted start to the year and didn’t take me long to finish. One down ninety nine to go.

 

BatFit 2012

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Ok, so the first of my challenges I am going to tell you about is BatFit 2012, mainly because I am already slightly behind as people who have been following her blog earlier started planning for this in December. Oh well, here goes nothing.

So firstly what is BatFit. Le Professeur Gothique has set up a challenge where we all set our own goals for health and well being for the year, such as loosing weight or gaining muscle. There will be weekly challenges to participate in and hopefully making this public will actually give me the kick I need to do something. Heres hoping anyway.

BatfitRight the first challenge;

“Go out and buy yourself a notebook, journal or sketch book — anything that you’ll write in constantly. If you can’t buy something then find an old half used notebook or make a file on your computer. This is going to be your health journal and will be the place where you keep your innermost thoughts, accomplishments and miscellanea associated with Bat Fit 2012
Once you buy, make or find your journal write your first entries:
1. Write your health goals for 2012. Be brutally honest, candid and realistic about what you want to achieve.
2. Once you’ve done that, your second entry will be for you to explore the meaning of good health. What does it mean to you? How does it relate to your goals? Be absolutely realistic.
In this journal you will keep a record of your progress and daily health activities. This includes your food intake, exercise output, moods, mental state, trips to the doctor, sickness, PMS, etc. Since I’m trying to lose weight and get fit, I am going to record my food intake and will slowly eliminate the “culprits” and habits that are causing my problem. I will also keep track of all of Bat Fit’s challenges in my own journal and my own results. We all have our own goals so your journal will look quite a bit different than mine.
However, we should all write this one entry EVERY NIGHT before bed:
3. Write no less than five things that you are grateful for, or that you’ve accomplished during the day and are proud of, or that you like about yourself.”
Right ok, finding a journal was not hard, I have loads of notebooks lying around that have various half written things in them it was just a case of deciding which one to use. I finally decided on my dragon one, which despite having the best of intentions for I haven’t written in since university. Bad me. The bigger challenge was finding a working pen.
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So with that achieved it was time to start the challenge properly. I know there will not be enough pages to last me the whole year, but that’s ok, I can always switch to another book later, but this will get me started. So first task. Write down my health goals. Firstly, I want to generally live a bit more healthily. I am of a slim build but that doesn’t mean I am healthy by a long stretch. I eat utter rubbish and that has to change. I could also do with undertaking more regular exercise, I am hopelessly unfit, and building some muscle, my current muscles are non-existent.
So the meaning of good health. To me it is all about being able to achieve everything you want to. I know full well that being slim does not automatically equal good health, on the other side of things being curvy is not an indication of bad health either. It’s about feeling good about yourself. Plus I am looking to the future, I know my stupidly fast metabolism won’t last for ever so I am going to start eating better now so I get into good habits for when I am older. Plus, just because I don’t seem to put on weight does not mean I’m doing myself any favours in the long run. Yes there will be bad days, there always will, but this way I hope to take more control over them. Well that’s the plan anyway.
Finally I am grateful for, and no I will not be posting this every day, I just thought I should for the first one;
  1. The nice weather earlier. Yes, it was still bitterly cold when the wind picked up but I arrived early to meet a friend today and so just sat outside reading and watching the world go by. It was actually pleasantly warm when the sun came out.
  2. The good friends I have around me. You know who you are and thank you.
  3. This is going to seem really silly but, the goth scene. Or more specifically the London goth scene. I don’t get out very often, something I am planning to change, but when I do I am always left feeling like I belong. I don’t know what I would do without that.
  4. Books. I love books, I just love being able to escape into another life for a bit, what better way is there to relax than to curl up with a good book.
  5. Finally, my parents for today providing advice, a chauffeur and dinner. What more could I ask for!

So that’s my plans we’ll see how long I can keep this up.

New Year

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Ok, this is a new year and I am determined to make the most of it. Expect a few posts over the next few days as I try my best to start all those goals I keep meaning to and never actually finish. Plus I do have some updates on my 101things and other projects that I would like to share.

So after a frankly miserable end to the last year. For those who don’t yet know I broke up with Skippy. This is not something I want to talk about on here but I thought you should know to keep things in context. I feel that this year will be better. I am going to set myself some goals and see how well I stick to them. i know I have failed slightly already by starting all of this on the 2nd and not the first but it’s a leap year this year so I get an extra day to make up for it.

As it currently stands my goals for 2012 are (and yes I know some of these are the same things I post every year)

  • 100+ reading challenge – read 100 books in a year
  • Project 52 – write at least one blog post a week
  • Crack on with my 101 list
  • Write some more London’s Dead posts
  • Actually go out so I see people more than once or twice a year
  • Have a crack at Le Professeur Gothique‘s BatFit 2012 challenge
  • Actually complete an entire month on 750words.com

I think that is everything for now but I will update you on all of these soon so watch this space.

Reliving my childhood

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One of the first computer games I was introduced to as a child was Nibbles. A Dos based snake game. Ok, it wasn’t the first one I remember playing. That was hangman on Spectrum, which my parents had programmed to contain the names of all the My Little Ponies.

Anyway, I have spent years trying to find an online version of Nibbles, no luck so far, other snake type games are just not the same. However I did find this site; DosGamesArchive which has a number of old Dos games that you can download, including Nibbles. The only problem with this is that my computer is too fast to run it, oh well. I will keep looking. Though while I was looking for Nibbles I did discover that they have another of my favourite childhood games; Secret Agent Man, commonly abbreviated to SAM. You play the role of a secret agent, number 006 1/2, and then fight your way past guards, robots and other obstacles to destroy the enemies radar. Skippy seems to think that this XKCD cartoon is appropriate at the moment;

 

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New project

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No prizes for guessing what this is supposed to be

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