This weekend, we did something we have never done before.
We decorated. We’re adults now . We decorate things.
Over the last 10-11 years, I can’t say we have ever done this successfully and I’m actually not even sure that this attempt has been more successful than any previous.
Reasons why we have never decorated:
– No space . ( Yes , space matters. And yes, I have seen that video where the entire house folds into itself . No-one has time for that).
– One of us has no interest. And I don’t mean a lack of motivation or drive . I mean a happiness in just living with whatever there is, wherever it’s placed.
– The other one of us has a complete lack of talent in decorating. This person is me.
The last reason is big .
I have read blogs, magazines, books , I’ve been to Ikea, I’ve signed up to Pinterest, I’ve picked up a free copy of ”House Beautiful” magazine that I saw on the train (someone left it behind). But give me a vase and I will put it in the middle of the living room , on the floor.
So the learning continues. Next, we’re attempting to maybe put up some pictures. It may take some years to decide on a frame or the layout but watch this space !
I live in a city that has a theatre on practically every corner. By every corner I mean only certain corners in central London but there are a lot of corners there. This being said , I don’t go to the theatre nearly as often as I should.
There are certain times when I do. These times include:
– My mother visiting
– Somehow getting a free ticket
– My mother visiting
– Mistaking the theatre for a cinema
On this occasion (see Reason Number 1 ) , I was glad I did:
The 39 Steps , showing right now at the Criterion Theatre , is quite something. Four actors play over 130 roles in just 100 minutes and very little by way of special effects; brilliant. The play , originally a novel by John Buchan, has been adapted into several movies but I doubt anything has come close to this kind of talent. If you are (or aren’t!) a fan of theatre, go and see this !!
In other theatre news , I have booked tickets for two more shows this year (No, this sudden burst of booking theatre tickets is not part of a dare or new years resolution).
In February, we are off to see Cirque Du Soleils’ Kooza , which should be spectacular and hopefully no one will die on stage ( Google it. It happened. )
And then this:
Very excited and slightly nervous at my high expectations for this one. I’m expecting to cry throughout the entire show; the mark of a good night. Can’t wait for all of the crying.
We were lucky enough to get a trial of the Taste Card this month. (Actually we weren’t lucky . We signed up for a free trial online which every person living here can do ). The Taste Card , for the hefty price of £80 normally , gives you 2 for 1 offers or 50% off the total bill in many restaurants around the UK and 100’s in London from what I could tell.
It claims to ”make eating out more affordable, therefore encouraging people to eat out more often, and as a result helping the restaurant industry as a whole”. Terrifying.
So we gave it a try with Amera Rani. Definitely not disappointed:
Not a place we would have normally visited without a 50% discount on the bill (not afraid to admit that), but I’m glad we did. My waist-line is less glad.
I wondered how to start off the first post of the year and I think it’s reasonable to go with a review of Birdman , which is the best movie of 2015. Yes , we are 5 days in to the new year but trust me this is about as good as it will get with cinema this year.
Alejandro González Iñárritu ( nope, never heard of him either ) , known also for directing 21 grams and Babel ( you’re welcome ) , directs an impressive cast through this story of a failing actor who directs his own cast in a broadway play which he hopes will be his next big break. As opening night approaches, our main character Riggan (Michael Keaton) starts to unravel and his relationship with everyone around him follows suit.
Iñárritu uses some clever camera tricks to make it look as though the movie was filmed in a single long take. The whole thing starts to look like the actors are improvising (and improvising brilliantly) , and you’re never quite sure what will happen next. The characters go from their dressing rooms and on to the theatre stage and it’s occasionally not clear whether they are practicing their lines or really yelling at each other in ‘real’ life.
Basically , the rest of cinematic 2015 will be one big disappointment once you get your eyes on this.
Go before you miss the chance to see it on a big screen !