Shakespeare’s Globe

So, having done a very brief post on a play at Shakespeare’s Globe, I figured the next logical step was to do a post about the Globe itself.  First up, I really like this theatre.  I mean, speaking as someone who wants to spend the rest of my life doing lighting for the theatre, I doubt I’m ever going to go there as anything other than an audience member, but as an audience member, it’s a fantastic place to be. The history as I vaguely remember it is something like this… theatre built in Elizabethan times, nabbed a reputation for…

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In Praise of Terry Pratchett

Ready to have another literary god praised to the sky?  I hope so… So, odds are that, if it wasn’t for Terry Pratchett, I wouldn’t have started reading fantasy books.  When I was 10 years old, my Dad, who at the time worked as a publisher, came home one day with a copy of The Colour of Magic, the first in the Discworld series of novels, tucked under his arm and a cry of, ‘give this a go [nickname that shall not be repeated] and see if you enjoy’! And, having not much else to do, I did. I devoured…

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What I Did On My Holidays – Istanbul

I love Istanbul. By now, dear reader, you may have noticed a pattern in What I Did On My Holidays – I do cities.  I vaguely get the idea of going on holiday to the countryside/mountains/beaches/forests etc., and find all of the above very pretty and pleasant in reasonable doses.  But the NHS makes me pay prescription fees for my asthma drugs, and having been born and raised in a city, I now find myself medically incapable of breathing properly unless surrounded by buses, trucks and carbon monoxide, so cities are my destination of choice. And Istanbul is a city…

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Helen

So, I went and saw Helen at Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank.  I even took my big rain coat, and, with the magic of the big rain coat, it of course was a lovely night and completely and utterly failed to rain. Shakespeare’s Globe is another one of those landmarks that I may have to add to the ‘something to talk about at great length later’ category; however, I will take a quick 100 words or something to say that Helen was immensely enjoyable, tonnes of fun and lots of other things besides, as well as a brilliant example…

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Dennis Severs’ House

Nestled away on 18 Folgate Street, Spittalfields, is a place known as Dennis Severs’ House.  It’s a building which contains within its traditional terraced walls various rooms charting the course of one family’s life from the 1700s through to late 1800s, and prides itself on not being a traditional museum, but rather a sort of still life drama, in which every room has the feeling of having just been vacated.  This can occasionally be annoying – a lack of information coupled with occasional notes telling the viewer to ‘feel’ the past grates after a while – but mostly, it’s a…

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What I Did On My Holidays – Verona/Aida

First thing to be said about my trip to Verona is this – myself and boyfriend did very much not go and stand under Juliet’s balcony.   Because let’s face it, the idea is kinda silly.  What we did manage to do was walk for 3 and a half hours in search of a place to stay before ending up back where we’d started.  A word of warning for all potential travellers to Italy – if you’re thinking of going down the Bed and Breakfast route (which we were!) charge your phone and make sure you’ve got credit first.  Verona is…

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