February 26, 2011 by Amy Hansford
On Thursday night we popped down to our local lovely pub, The Olde Swan for some dinner. They always do gorgeous, gorgeous food and the staff are always great fun. After a top steak and chips followed by scrummy ice cream, I popped away from the table for a few moments.
When I came back, Alex was twirling a very shiny diamond ring on his little finger, at which point he suggested it didn’t really fit him very well so maybe I should wear it instead.
So all great happiness this weekend as he proposed and I said yes )
I now have a fiance, and he a fiancee!
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February 16, 2011 by Amy Hansford
It’s that time again!
It’s the day to celebrate all that is good and inspiring about books. The day where all the children and teachers dress up as various characters to bring their favourite stories to life.
Click here to see the last update of the costume inspiration list for World Book Day. Don’t forget to let me know which you did so I can add it to the list for next year!
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February 15, 2011 by Amy Hansford
Barney the kitten is not good at retracting his claws. At 6 months, you would have thought he’s got the hang of it by now, but no.
Barney the kitten enjoys generally terrorising our cat Echo (who you may rememeber from here and here), mainly consisting of chasing her round, jumping on her, swiping at her face etc.
Add the two togehter, and you end up with a violent kitten and a stressed out cat.
Over the weekend, Barney the kitten quite literally got his claws into Echo and would not let go, leaving a little wound. She kept it clean – ‘fine,’ I thought. But with the wound getting bigger and sorer and the little shit kitten getting nastier and nastier, I had to take Echo to the vets this morning for an anti-biotics shot. She now has a shaven rump, is condemned to the Cone Of Shame for at least a week and is therefore a sad kitty.
Echo carefully considers the cards that this cruel life has dealt her. And how to deal wih the evil kitten downstairs.
So the dilemma continues. If Barney is like this with a cat which can (or should be able to) protect itself, what is Barney going to be like with a newborn baby?
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February 14, 2011 by Amy Hansford
If anyone wanted to get a ‘well done, you had a baby, now eat’ gift…
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February 14, 2011 by Amy Hansford
It was my last day at work on Friday. Don’t worry, I’m on maternity leave. No sackings or HR staff members were harmed in the making of my maternity leave. The girls in the office decorated my table with balloons, ‘Congratulations’ banners and sequins, which is lovely. As silly as it sounds, and even knowing that everyone gets a similar treatment on any monumental day, it does make you feel a little special.
I did get a few complaints that, due to the selfishness of not finding out the baby’s gender, they had a nightmare finding ‘new baby’ banners or balloons, hence the ‘congratulations’ ones. However, all that is completely kicked in the ass by the kick-ass sequins of my name.
How blinkin’ cool is that? Finally, there was a little presentation. The director had some lovely, kind words to say. It’s a silly thing, but you don’t realise that you make that great an impression until someone is talking about you.
A friend, Vanessa, came in to work to see everyone and she bought two awesome gifts; a play mat with an octopus toy which makes it infinitely better than one without, plus The Autobiography Of A One Year Old which can only be read in the voice of Stewie Griffin. It should be noted that Vanessa always wraps presents beautifully – I nearly wore the ribbon as a hair attachment for the rest of the day.
So that’s me now on maternity leave. I’d like to say that I’m taking it easy, but I’m using the time to catch up on everything I’ve not done in the past couple of months. Like blogging )
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February 7, 2011 by Amy Hansford
Thanks to the power of Google Reader, I have lots of other blogs and websites that I keep an eye on, mainly for entertainment value. One such blog is Wedding Blog Of A Clueless Man. With Bridezilla, Don’t Tell the Bride and Four Weddings being big pullers on the telly these days, it’s nice to see things naturally bloom with a wedding rather than have it all thrust at you. Plus he has a great style of writing which makes me laugh. Especially the bottom of this post.
So, go see.
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February 6, 2011 by Amy Hansford
When you’re doing a show run, dinnertime is a slightly fraught issue. Trying to get food down you quick enough before a show is one thing – trying to find somewhere that does fast food where the queue isn’t 100 people deep is another.
Debs and I tried? a new outlet in Luton’s Arndale shopping centre called ‘Moodog’, focussing around hot dogs, hot drinks, ice-cream and doughnuts. All well and good. Or so you might think.
The hotdogs themselves – great. The french bread around them, coated in a dried syrup – vile. I can appreciate caramelised onions, but this was like eating a spoonful of pate with a spoonful of honey. Doesn’t work.
After all that, I couldn’t face the doughnut. I’d already had enough sugar! So instead, the doughnut faced me )
In short, if you’re passing Moodog, grab a doughnut, or a hot dog, but certainly not the two together.
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February 3, 2011 by Amy Hansford
So, you know that adult panto I did the costumes for? The one that’s taken over my life (in a good way) recently? The songs from which I keep singing and can’t get enough of?
Turns out the critic loved it too )
“Griffins’ pulled off a really good evening’s entertainment again at Luton Library Theatre – with a well written adult pantomime which was also written by John O’Leary.
Sometimes, combining the two roles does not always work well, but I was impressed with the slickness of the production and the very good and un-panto-like choreography from co-writer Kate Johnson.
As always, Paul Ramsey excelled with his music. There were some very good, funny and rude songs, but all sung really well? with some super harmonies.
I liked the way that John had worked the ‘Alice’ story through – but in a good way! – and using Joe Butcher as the Narrator and Cheshire Cat was inspired. It enabled Joe to show his comedy side yet again, and the litter tray incidents in particular were hilarious.
The opening scene, after a nicely set audience warm-up from Richard Haxell, was exciting. It gave the impression of the start of a film and incorporated some very funny touches and excellent lighting.
I was very impressed with the lighting from Andrew Maxted, creating some very good effects which enhanced the scenes and excellent sets.
I also found the sound to be good – everything gelled and worked well.
Amy Wake costumes the cast well, and congratulations on getting a Babygro to fit Errol Albert, who played a very funny ‘Baby’! He had the mannerisms of a baby, then came out with some lovely fruity comments!
There were some very good performances in this excellent cast. Josh Thompson as a delightfully gar March Hare was super and showed a completely different side to his skills. I loved his solo at the beginning of Act 2.
Jenna Ryder-Oliver was strong and ascerbic as the Queen Of Hearts. Jenna has gained in confidence and really gets into her characters well.
Ben Jaggers as the King had a very interesting appendage and gave us a good contracting portrayal to the Queen.
Lorna Trapp’s alcoholic Dormouse was incredibly funny and I should think very difficult to keep going night after night.
Michele Rolt was also funny in her sleeping bag as the Caterpillar, coping with the effects of her magic mushrooms! Two very good actresses who played for all they were worth.
Melanie Cavanagh was a charming Alison. I loved her number at the beginning of the show, with her very risque backing group who gave us some lovely harmonies. Mel had probably the hardest part in trying to be ingenuous but also to come out with some very rude lines – and she did it so well.
Aimee Thimpson was a beautifully common White Rabbit, who then sang a great blues/gospel song, showing off her powerful voice, while Rob Hayden was a wonderfully awfu Mad Hatter, showing all the traits of a hooligan.
A new name to me was Andy Sizmur who played three smaller parts and gave them all a different feel.
Richard Alexander and Richard Haxell played Tweedledumb and Tweedledee as Siamese twins, which again was very funny – and even funnier when Tweedledee had his head cut off by the King. Very nicely accomplished, giving the remaining twin some lovely chances for pathos.
I’m not sure who had all the ideas or if it was a collaboration, but there were some excellent and different scenarios which really worked and gave the production that extra something which lifted it from the normal adult pantomime.
I must also compliment the chorus of Jade Newall, Andy Harris, Debbie Cavanagh and Reece Lowen who all worked their socks off providing back-up to the principals, and I loved Reece’s flower scene. He had me in stitches.
So, I think you can tell I was very impressed with this production. Not only did it have me laighing a lot, it also left me feeling that I had seen a technically sound production as well as a well-acted show with strong music and effects. Thank you Griffins for brightening a cold January evening.”
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