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. 

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