WELL DONE YOU MADE IT THROUGH ANOTHER WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKK! Here’s what’s been good in mine this week.
- Craft Beer Rising– AH WHAT A FESTIVAL. This is the beer festival to end all beer festivals. Set in the Old Truman Brewery there were over 150 independant brewers, all waiting to tout their wares onto us hop-loving huns. We supped, we slurped, we quaffed. BRILLIANT day.
- Book Club- Sunday morning saw my beloved book club meet for our months chatter about the novel we’ve been reading. Despite a terrible experience with the service and food at The Refinery (seriously, Hannah had to wait half an hour for a mint tea. HOT WATER AND A TEABAG!) it was, as ever, glorious to spend time in the company of these fabulous, fierce women. We were discussing All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr which we had all thoroughly enjoyed. Well worth a read.
- Fringey Frollocks- On Sunday night I swallowed my fear, pride and dignity and took part in an improvised cabaret evening at the Union Theatre to help raise money for their move into a new space. Muchly in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway but with less skill and more booze. We played silly improv games like ‘One Song to the Tune of Another’, we asked the audience to replace song lyrics with new (often rude) alternatives and made up hoe-downs and new musical theatre hits on the spot. It was terrifying and exhilarating and I ached from laughing. Hopefully the theatre will schedule another evening of frollocks soon!
- SpiceWorld The Movie- This slice of cinematic GOLD is now on Netflix and I spent a happy nostalgic evening snuggled up giggling at their GIRL POWER antics. It’s such a terrible movie. I LOVE IT.
- Asahi Party – Japanese beer brand Asahi have just launched the world’s first slow-motion video booth and Erica and I went down to the Truman Brewery to check it out. We drank some excellent beer and clambered inside the big beer shaped booth. Once inside we were bombarded with plastic balls which shot out from the bottom of the booth and dry ice smoke rings. I am so excited to see the video of us screaming in slow motion.
- The Night Jar– Guys, I’ve had the best cocktails of my liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife! On Wednesday I went to this unassuming doorway in Old Street and ended up in an old fashioned speakeasy. This bar is AMAZING. The menu is chokka with the most unsual and exotic sounding cocktails (literally most of the ingredients I didn’t know) and each cocktail is served in weird and wonderful vessels- conch shells, tin birds, bamboo steins- and with individual garnishes (the most memorable for our table was a side of toasted meal worms. I tried them. They taste like nuts.). It’s pricey in there but worth the dollar for a few special drinks.
- Spring- It’s not just me is it? Spring is definitely EN ROUTE, right? The mornings are sunnier and the air is clearer. C’mon SPRING YA BIG TEASE! We’re so ready for you.
- Story Writing Course- I mentioned last week that I’d enrolled in a creative writing course at UAL, but this week because I’m a KEEN BEAN I also enrolled in and started an online course in writing children’s fiction. And I’m loving it. WATCH OUT J.K, I’M HOT ON YA HEELS.
- New Gym Kix- To try and tackle my innate and very real fear of exercise, I’m working out once a week with a personal trainer who is BRILLIANT. These new gym leggings from Primark also just brighten up the gym and make it not seem like the place where dignity and joy go to die.
- Rehearsals- I’m performing my show ‘Twentysomething- The Quarter Life Crisis Cabaret’ again at the beaaautttiful St James Theatre on the 19th March, and we had rehearsal for it this week. There’s still tickets left, so DO COME! It’s rude, it’s funny, it’s touching and it’s all about the trials and tribulations of being a modern day twentysomething. Tickets are available HERE!
Happy weekend folks, have an absolute STORMER.