365 Days of Writing Prompts rebellion: Live TV audiences

Since we are super close to press week and pretty much everyone I know outside of the office is at work right now, I decided to rebel against todays writing prompt. Instead I thought I’d share my TV experiences, which include Channel 4’s hit comedy programme The Last Leg and the BBC’s first live final of The Voice.

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I managed to get audience tickets for my family and I to see The Last Leg on the 14th March, the Friday after my birthday, as we are all massive fans of the programme ever since it started during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. My brother met me first as he only had lessons that morning and we went to get our favourite (quick) dinner courtesy of Tortilla – a huge, deliciously fresh burrito for £5… umm yes please! We didn’t have to queue very long for this show at all as it is only a small studio, but we didn’t expect to get seats ON the set, sat opposite the host Adam Hills (who I’ve met before) and behind his co-hosts, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe! It was so exciting to be amongst the thick of it and as always, we were laughing our way through it. Plus it was quite nice to see that during the ad breaks, they talk to the audience and really keep us entertained. I’ll definitely try to get more tickets for the next series!

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Then on the 22nd March we went to see the first live final of The Voice!

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This was a bit of rush in the end as I only received the email the afternoon before… but we still went for it and the show was like one long party. The downside was that you had to start from queueing from 2pm – six long hours before the show even started and it wasn’t a lovely sunny day as you’d like to have hoped! I’d rung ahead as soon I’d received the email as my dad has a bad back so wouldn’t have been able to stand for the entire show. Unfortunately, this had been forgotten and we were told that the only places left were standing… so after a brief word with a lovely member of staff, she found us some seats to the left of the stage closest to Ricky Wilson. After he’d looked over at us several times within the first part of the show, it finally dawned on us after spotting the signs under our seats, that this section was reserved for his guests… eeeek! So we thank him greatly for the fantastic seats (ooops). It was amazing to hear the later crowned winner, Jermain Jackman perform his incredible cover of Bruno Mars’ Treasure. I’d loved him from his blind audition and witnessing this performance, confirmed his star potential!

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Pictures: all (sneakily) taken by myself… which explains the poor quality!

Personal space

#121: To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?

Neither really. I definitely didn’t set up my blog purely to attract readers, although I am extremely excited by the fact that I have 95 followers! This blog is more of a personal goal, where I’m aiming to complete the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge without missing a single day. So far, so good! 

I guess, even though I’m set specific prompts everyday, I am able to express myself by the way in which I interpret the prompt. If the prompt is unfortunately not a topic of interest, I indulge in a cheeky little rebellion post, but it still counts as I’m still posting everyday 🙂

365 Days of Writing Prompts rebellion: Race for Life 2014

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As with all of my rebellions, today’s prompt simply didn’t interest me. So, instead, since I’ve now got less than 8 weeks to go, I thought I’d write about my participation in this years Cancer Research, Race for Life!

I’ve never before taken part in a fun run and I am extremely far from being a gym bunny, so this will definitely be a challenge. Last month however, I joined my local gym in the hope that it would motivate me to train ahead of the race… let’s just say the only thing I’ve done regularly is the Sunday morning Yoga practice. That said, over this Easter weekend I took a Zumba class, which as always, I loved as well as a class called Cardio Combat, where I’m pretty sure the instructor used to be in the army as it was super tough and I’m still aching… 48 hours later!

I’ll be running 5k on the 15th June with my mum, my cousin and my auntie, who two years ago had to have a double mastectomy. Her strength, positivity and courage throughout was simply incredible and I often think that if I have to go through something similar in the future, I’d be able to show even half the bravery she did. This is why I’d like to raise money and contribute to investing in the potential futures of my friends and family. I’m hoping to raise £100, anything more would be overwhelmingly appreciated. If you’d like to help me in my mission, please visit my Just Giving page here.

Thanks a bunch and Happy Easter!

Mr. Peabody & Sherman gala screening, Peter Andre and Choccywoccydoodah!

As another 365 Days of Writing Prompts rebellion (don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I didn’t like the prompt, I just couldn’t think of anything I’d liked to have been different in my childhood – I know, sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth!), I’ve decided to write about what exciting things happened last Saturday.

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So, as you can probably tell from my post title, I went to the VIP gala screening of Mr. Peabody and Sherman! I ended up taking my parents as unfortunately, I was going to take my best friend and her daughter but lil’un was unwell that morning, so couldn’t come 😦 We saw the film in 3D and were given the coolest glasses… shaped like Peabody’s specs! Before the film begun, we were treated to the preview of Peter Andre’s song ‘Kid‘, introduced by the man himself (if you haven’t heard it – watch it now! You have no excuse since I’ve provided the link!). The film itself is absolutely fantastic! It’s one of those kids ones that has adult humour sewn throughout, so everyone can enjoy it!

As we were leaving the screening, who did we happen to spot coming up the escalator… Peter Andre! This is when I went into full professional mode introducing myself as being from NG Kids mag (such a handy skill to have nowadays!). He was a really nice, genuine guy and we had a brief chat about how we loved the film, and of course his happy go lucky song! I also told him that my auntie would be very jealous as she’s a big fan and he kindly signed a Mr. Peabody and Sherman poster for her… d’awwww!

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After such an exciting day, we headed to what is becoming a regular hangout for me and my family… Choccywoccydoodah! We had to wait a little while since it was a Saturday, but we didn’t mind as the staff are so entertaining and give you free samples (this way I got to choose which flavour cake I wanted before heading up to the cafe!). I tried a piece of their ginger cake just to be sure that I’d enjoy what I planned to order… and boy did I! Plus since there was three of us, we though we’d treat ourselves to two slices wedges; one traditional chocolate and one ginger. As always, we had to bring half of each home (there was no way we’d waste it!) and they suggested that we pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds to make it gooey… heaven!

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P.s. I had to write this earlier on today and schedule it as I’m actually at a gala screening of another movie right now (which I’ll fill you in on when the embargo has passed) and afterwards, I will hopefully be heading to… you’ve guessed it… Choccywoccydoodah! In my defence, this time I’m taking my brother and we’re planning to try a slice wedge of lemon cake, so it’s all strictly for research purposes!

Image: Peabody poster and cakes – me. Peter Andre and I – my dad (hence the fuzziness).