Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

As I mentioned in my September Now Playing/ Wishlist, I recently saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. And by recently I might mean over a month ago, but WOAH time needs to slow down. I’ve wanted to see this play since it debuted in the West End three years ago, as the book features pretty highly in my all-time favourites and I’ve read it more times than I should probably admit.

Why it’s taken me three years to see it is a mystery to all of us, but I finally put my foot down, overruled the student spending tendencies that I still seem to be clinging onto and bought tickets.


Monday, 28 September 2015

Travel: Why Now?

If you follow me on Twitter then you might be aware that I’ve decided to put the grad job hunt on pause, and go travelling for just over seven weeks. If not, then SURPRISE!

This has never really been my plan. Having started the job hunt almost a year ago (with grad schemes and what not) I always kind of assumed that I’d come out of uni and start working pretty much straight away. But I suppose I never once stopped to think about why I thought I would do this or whether it was what I really wanted to do.


Saturday, 26 September 2015

Review: Lianne La Havas – Blood

Top tracks: Unstoppable, Grow, Never Get Enough

It’s time for another music post, and by some crazy coincidence this album also contains ‘blood’ in the title. What is that saying about me?!
As I mentioned back in July, Lianne La Havas’ first album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, is one of my all-time favourite albums, so I had colossal expectations for this one. No pressure.
Having heard the track Unstoppable before the album was released, I was anticipating a change in style with this second album. Blood has a much more electronic foundation than the more acoustic and guitar-led melodies of Is Your Love Big Enough?


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Review: Rent - Simply Theatre

On Saturday night I spent the evening watching Simply Theatre’s production of Rent at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking, because my good friend from school was in the show.

I’ve seen Rent once before, and it was actually another amateur production that the same friend was in, but I know the music really well, having performed a fair bit of it over the years.

Rent is a rock musical by Jonathan Larson, which is loosely based on Puccini’s opera, La bohème. The musical follows a group of young people, predominately artists, and their struggles with poverty, drugs, HIV/AIDS, sexuality and relationships in Bohemian New York.


Friday, 18 September 2015

Review: Saint Raymond - Young Blood

Top tracks: Fall at Your Feet, I Want You, Wild Heart
Songs to skip: Great Escape, Movie in my Mind

Saint Raymond has featured twice on the blog before; once back in May’sNow Playing/ Wishlist and secondly in my write-up of this year’s Dot to Dot Festival. On both occasions I mentioned how excited I was for his debut album, Young Blood, which was released at the end of June.

You might be wondering why it’s taken me so long to write this review, and honestly it’s because I still can’t quite make up my mind. I really like the album and I listen to it a fair bit, but I’ve kind of been waiting all this time to love it.


Monday, 14 September 2015

Food: Lunch at Itsu, Reading

I don’t know what planet I’ve been living on, but somehow I’ve only become familiar with Itsu recently. Over the past few months I’ve been into London a lot more regularly, for interviews, theatre trips and visiting friends who are gradually all moving there, and I started to notice that there are Itsu stores all over the city.

I don’t know how many times I stared through the windows, drooling over the amazing smells and wishing there was one closer to home so I’d have an excuse to swap my homemade cheese sandwich for some yummy noodles.

So imagine my excitement when Itsu got in contact about the opening of their new store in Reading and invited me down to try out some food.


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Now Playing/ Wishlist - September

I know I say this every month, but September? Already? Are you sure?

More than ever this month it feels like time has sped by scarily fast. I think it’s because for the last eighteen years September has been a time of new beginnings, with a new school or university year beginning, and for the past four years that’s meant a new home and room too.

Watching everyone going back to school and university, or starting grad schemes is making it feel really strange that I’m not off anywhere new yet.

Although it does mean that I’ve had infinitely more time to blog, and to catch up on the things that I love doing – like discovering new music, TV and books for these posts!


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Review: Gypsy - Savoy Theatre

I had wanted to see Gypsy for a long time. A really long time. In fact, even when I mentioned it in my Now Playing/ Wishlist back in May, it had already been on my mental wishlist for a while.

As a little joint birthday celebration, Tom and I decided to treat ourselves to a theatre trip at the beginning of August. There were so many things we wanted to see, but Gypsy was my top choice, and although Tom hadn’t heard of it he was happy to trust my judgement and just go with it.


Friday, 4 September 2015

Review: Once Upon a Time Season One

Before twitter the world recently exploded with the drama of PLL (Pretty Little Liars), everyone was talking about Once Upon a Time. And because I’m that far behind the times, I’ve only just finished the first season.

I was immediately intrigued by Once Upon a Time because I love retellings of fairy tales. Having said that, I was also a little dubious as adaptations tend to be a bit hit and miss. It’s easy to fall into a trap of cringe-worthy clichés, but there are some really ingenious retellings out there, both on page and screen.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Travel: New Orleans

Following on from Washington, D.C. and Nashville, the third stop of our trip was New Orleans. Originally we had been considering getting another Greyhound coach from Nashville to New Orleans, and after experiencing Greyhound between Washington and Nashville, we were so glad that we had opted for the hour-long flight rather than another 14 hours on a coach. I don’t know if I could have done it again so soon.

The journey felt luxurious in comparison, and really flew by. (I’m sorry, that was awful).

We spent a while deliberating how to get from the airport into the French Quarter, with our main concerns being safety issues we’d heard about from friends that had previously been, but in the end we decided to brave the bus. This was definitely the right decision as it was super easy and only cost $2 each for the 40-minute journey to the edge of the French Quarter.

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