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Sunday, 15 January 2017

A New Year: Reflections & Goals

I’ve never been one to set New Year’s Resolutions but, like most other humans, I welcome markers in time as a chance to refresh my mindset or kick myself into gear, whether it’s simply a new day, week, month or, in this case, year.

So, though I won’t be setting myself any personal resolutions or taking on any major lifestyle changes, there are various things I want to achieve, projects I want to start and places I want to go before the end of 2017, and setting these out in writing somehow makes them feel more feasible and less overwhelming.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Review: Dreamgirls - Savoy Theatre

Dreamgirls is a show I’ve wanted to see on stage since discovering the infectious music through the 2006 film adaptation, so when I found out it was coming to the West End for the first time since its Broadway debut in 1981, it went straight to the top of my list.


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Bloggers that Inspired Me in 2016

At the beginning of 2016 I wrote a little post about five bloggers that had been a huge source of inspiration over the past year, and when it came to planning this year’s New Year posts, I knew I had to do it again. Not only does it give me the chance to reflect on blogs that I love and figure what exactly it is that inspires me and shapes my own motivation to develop my writing, photography and general creativity, but it is also the ideal opportunity to spread that blogging love and support some amazing content creators.


Monday, 2 January 2017

2016 Favourites

I started collecting my 2016 favourites back in January. Every time an album, book, TV show or something on stage has excited or inspired me over the past year, it’s been added to a list I’ve been keeping in the mess that is my iPhone notes. And I can now confirm, it hasn’t made the task of choosing my absolute favourites any easier.

As much as the over-organised side of me would love this collection things to consist only of TV, books and music that have been released during 2016, my consumption habits were not willing to cooperate. So, while most of the below were in fact 2016 babies, expect a few older competitors to have snuck their way onto the list.


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: Last-minute Ideas for All

Although in an ideal world we would all have finished our Christmas shopping weeks in advance, complete with colour-coded spreadsheets, in the real world that never quite happens. Even for those of us who are organised enough to write lists and get started early, you can never be fully prepared for last-minute changes. I’m talking the deliveries that don’t arrive on time, that friend who suddenly arranges a pre-Christmas rendezvous or the relative that you quite honestly just forgot. So for such last-minute panics, or for those of you who have left all your shopping to these last few days, here’s my list of great gifts that anyone and everyone will love…


Monday, 19 December 2016

Review: This House - Garrick Theatre

This House is a fictional account of the House of Commons during 1974 and 1973, inspired by very real events. James Graham’s play follows the daily conflicts and battles between both Labour and Tory whips during this highly turbulent political period.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Review: Half a Sixpence - Noël Coward Theatre

Following a successful run in Chichester, Cameron Mackintosh’s new stage version of Half a Sixpence has just transferred to the Noël Coward Theatre in the West End. This musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s semi-autobiographical novel ‘Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul’, boasts a new book from Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes and a score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe that combines reimagined numbers from the original 1963 production and a selection of brand new songs.
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