Sunday, 28 September 2014

Yummiest of Breakfasts

Remember last week I told you how much I was looking forward to the Breakfast I had planned for the following few days ? And I promised you a pic ?

Well here you are - it was to die for...

Toasted bagel, peanut butter and banana... 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Instagram Generation

The wonderful Rahla Xenopoulos sent me this video and I just had to share it with you -

Emma Watson: HeforShe - Gender Equality

This week, Emma Watson gave the speech of her LIFE at the United Nations - calling for men as advocates for gender equality:

What she has to say is incredible. And although she was clutching notes, she learnt it word for word.

"If not me, who? If not now, when?"

Sunday, 21 September 2014

A fun trip to Basingstoke and other travels for the Mumbles...

Its been a busy few days. I'm trying not to over do it. My new rule is to always try and be in bed my 11 pm during the working week. So far I have failed miserably. It's currently 11:07 pm.

My friend Rosie Norman has written some good tips on how to improve your health this autumn. Do take note. And Rachel Kelly has written a great Stress Busting piece in today's You magazine

Last weekend was so much fun. I was invited to join Ruby for the opening night of her second Sane New World tour in Basingstoke. We sat in First Class, drank Starbucks, ate cake and didn't stop chatting the whole way there and back. We even managed a mini dress rehearsal on the train much to the amusement and confusion of other passengers. 

The train conductor was so excited when she saw us standing on the platform - she knew exactly who my companion was. When we asked the taxi driver, however, to take us to the theatre, she said "So are you going to see anything good tonight...?" Oh how I snorted with laughter. Of course, its fine when someone who is frequently in the media / been on television isn't recognised. But she started to dig a hole by saying something along the lines of "you look / sound familiar..." and we were glad to arrive at the theatre and leave her to ponder on who she had just driven. 

Long may Ruby's good work continue. The feedback has been incredible. We didn't leave the theatre until every person in the queue had had their book signed and photo taken. I fell into bed that night beaming with pride and my jaw hurt from smiling so much - and I was in awe of the fact that she would do that all over again for another 19 nights in the next few weeks.

After such an fun filled weekend, the week got off to an entertaining and busy start with the Beat ComEDy Gala at the Comedy Store organised by me and a few others. Several super comedians took to the stage and entertained us exquisitely. Dave Chawner was a brilliant host and compere - introducing Katherine Ryan, Patrick Monohan, Juliette Burton, Nat Luurtsema and Adam Kay. I laughed until it hurt... I think it did an enormous amount at stamping stigma and raising awareness. Everyone will have left feeling inspired and will have learnt something new. 

There is lots to look forward to in the coming few days. I am going to see Dawn French in her new show, which is on tour at the moment called "30 Million Minutes" - roughly the number of minutes she has been alive. Apparently its incredible so I can hardly wait. 

There is a very special concert taking place in Covent Garden this week for Charlotte's Helix - a charity / research project that is close to my heart. Come along ! There will be singing from the iconic Brindley Sherratt and ROH Jette Parker Young artists. And a reading by David Robb, who stars in Downton Abbey.

I am also going to see Stephen Fry at the start of October. Desperate to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Robert Lindsay - you can probably tell by now that I am obsessed with the theatre.

I'm looking forward to a new breakfast this coming week - toasted bagel, almond butter and chopped banana. Yum...! Stay tuned for a photo..

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Courting Trouble on my first DAY OFF

I finished my degree, left university in May and secured a permanent job before I had even graduated. Friday was my first proper day off on "annual leave" and I made sure it was fun from start to finish.

The day started with a lie in, which was such a luxury on what would normally be a working day. Then breakfast at my favourite local - Granger & Co in Notting Hill - and guess who was there? Actual Bill Granger himself...!

Continuing with the Aussie theme of the day (which was not intentional but a coincidence I have only just realised...), I jumped on a bus and headed to the Savoy to join Australian author Kathy Lette for her literary lunch... Even better that the wonderful Romy Wood was able to come too..!

Kathy has just written the most incredible book called Courting Trouble and I highly recommend you read it or "slip between her covers" as she says...  The book is set in the world’s first mother/daughter, barrister-solicitor, two person boutique feminist law firm and I was gripped from start to finish. The best thing about it is that its the first in a series AND will eventually be made for the television. Hurrah!

Kathy is a literary queen - I don't read as much as I feel I should but her books are the ones I actually make time for. She reminds me that there is no such thing as normal and abnormal - instead its 'ordinary' and 'extraordinary' - see her TED Talk. She is one of the most well connected people I have ever met. She once turned down a date from George Clooney and her husband was engaged to Nigella Lawson when they first met.... go figure that out!

We toasted Joan Rivers, the Queen of Comedy who sadly passed away this week, ate delicious food (see above) and drank litres of champagne. 

The end of my wonderful first day off was spent at the St James's Theatre watching Tamzin Outhwaite and Angela Griffin in a new play called Breeders. It was side splitting-ly hilarious and asked lots of big questions in a really funny way. I saw Tamzin Outhwaite last year in Raving and therefore was so excited to see her again. Its only on for a month - I can't recommend it more highly.