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Ballie-Ballerson

Shoreditch’s a great place to hang if and when you’re in London, Ballie Ballerson especially. It has an awesome infinite ball pit bar, great for any and all parties.

If you’ve ever wanted to relive your childhood, and meet other adults who are children at heart, this is the place to be.

It is particularly great for students. At just £2 a ticket, being a student makes this a winning venue to get into (drinks excluded, obvs). Note, their student days are restricted to one Monday a month, so check before booking.

If you’re not a student, you can get in for £7.50 and then also pay extra for all drinks.

At Ballie Ballerson, the balls are most definitely in your court.

Ladies, get ready to be the Belles of the ball. Princes, get ready to be surrounded by Belles of the ball.

Speaking of ‘ball-‘, fill out the ballot on 23 May, as part of the EU election. Vote your way (after researching rights from wrongs). Thanks.

Ballie Ballerson

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I’ve reached 400 followers on my blog! Thank you to all who follow, and those that keep up-to-date with my posts even though I haven’t been blogging regularly.

To celebrate, here’s a post dedicated to all of you.

The beloved American-sitcom Friends is still on Netflix, so I will be sitting in my Netflix pants and watching it all day.

Moral of this post? We’re all friends. There’s also nothing better than watching Friends.

This is a great day out for all the family, or you if you’re an adult that has no children to take along.

You might get looked at strangely, but that’s okay. Just tell them you’re a child of God.

Just about everyone from Disney was there, apart from Donald Duck’s Daisy.

My favourites have to be: Rapunzel, Snow White and Aladdin.

Disney on Ice

But, then again, Lion King was cool and so was Little Mermaid.

Cinderella didn’t get her own part, but she did come out at the end of both sets.

Frozen took up most of the second part. I like Frozen, but it’s overrated. Love is an open door.

Book now.

Motown

This jukebox musical has one of greatest set-lists ever… 

I’m bereft that Motown: The Musical‘s London showing comes to an end this Spring. I have actually booked a day off work to watch it twice at the end of the month. Some might say I don’t have a life, others might say I have my priorities in the right place.

It’s honestly the best musical I’ve seen since Lion King, and Tina Tuner: The Musical is a close third. I’ll be going to see the latter for leisure again this Summer. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a journalist and review selected stage shows for a publication, on a freelance basis.

Back to Motown: The Musical

Motown: The Musical is a jukebox musicalthat premiered on Broadway in April 2013. The musical is based on Berry Gordy‘s autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown (1994),[1] and on the history of his founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The production’s music and lyrics are taken from selections from the Motown catalog.[2] It received four nominations at the 67th Tony Awards.

If you’re looking for a boogie, visit the Shaftesbury Theatre in Tottenham Court Road, London before Motown closes its doors.

Motown is my favourite genre of music of all time. I was born in the wrong era. Next.

The tickets are cheaper than they were. They cost less than Hamilton or Harry Potter.

Sophie Kinsella is my spirit author. I just love her quick wit and chick-flick the pagers. Her writing inspires me no end (pun intended). But, Jenny Colgan is a close third…

The Endless Beach is a book that I purchased a while back but have had literally no time to read. As you know, I’ve taken some time off for some R&R before a manic few months, so I’m also taking time to get back into the real world. I’ve started reading again.

This weather makes me want to read. So, I venture out into my garden, sit in my lounger and enjoy the rays with an iced coconut water in hand (and down the tonsils). I feel like I’m actually on holiday, it’s great!

Anyway, back to the book… The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan (not related to the inventor of Colgate toothpastes nor Hulk Hogan, as far as I know) tells the story of Flora and her friend Lorna who try to make their relationships work, in different circumstances. They do so on a beach – working in a kitchen… I mean, if you’re going to do some damage control/prevention, there’s worse places than doing it on a shore.

So, if you’re into funny chick-flicks and are looking for a new good read, give The Endless Beach a go. It’s 402 pages long, so the beach ain’t the only thing that’s Endless. All jokes aside, it’s brilliant. I couldn’t put it down.

Gorgeously romantic, gloriously heartwarming – take the unmissable new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Jenny Colgan to the beach this summer

Run away to a beautiful Scottish beach and let the unmissable new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Jenny Colgan heat up your summer!

Dreams start here…

‘Charming, made me long to escape to Mure. Total joy.’ – Sophie Kinsella

On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It’s a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content – unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend.

While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he’s about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him.

As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?

My rating: 5*

A very, very good read. There’s also a loyalty card on one of the pages further back, hand-drawn and written by a little one. That, together with the plot, writing and fact that Jenny Colgan who’s tipped to be the next Sophie Kinsellla makes this a must-read!

You can download it on Kindle or get it in paperback at most bookstores now.