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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.

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.

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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.

Summer 2018 is in full swing and when we think of summer, we think of three things: barbecues, festivals and drinks! Here at Beauty Bae, we’ve put together this handy roundup of our three best UK festivals of the year which is sure to cure your FOMO…

With Glastonbury taking a well deserved break, it is up to our ‘Top Three’ festivals to make up for its absence and we don’t think UK festival goers will be disappointed!

1) Wireless on 6 July to  8 July at Finsbury Park, London

J.Cole, Stormzy & DJ Khaled are your 2018 headliners making this the ultimate summer festival of 2018! Look, Wireless did get some stick over not including many women in their lineup, but they’ve learned from their mistake, apologised and actioned it by creating an all-female stage. Nothing says #GirlPower like that. Who else can you expect? Giggs, Rick Ross, Big Shaq, DJ KHALED (- “another one”), French Montana, Post Malone, Big Sean. Wiley and Wretch 32. Basically, it’s going to be ‘Unforgettable‘.

2) Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 24-26 at Little John’s Farm, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds

Nothing says “festivals that have something for everyone” like Reading and Leeds… This year, they’ve pushed the boat out and secured a diverse line-up with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Dua Lipa, Sum 41, Travis Scott, Skepta, The Kooks, The Vaccines, Fallout Boy and Panic! At The Disco taking to the stage. Linkin’ Park’s Mike Shinoda is also said to be making appearance… Something tells us these artists will add the fuel that’ll put festival goers’ Sex On Fire. Here’s hoping Big Shaq – who will also be performing – brings some ice along because ‘Man’s Not Hot’.

3) RiZE Festival (formally known as V Festival) on August 17 & 18 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire

Festival goers can enjoy all the current and old-school classics from artists such as Craig David, Bastille, Stereophonics, Plan B, Sean Paul, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man… Rita Ora, Liam Gallagher and James Bay have cleared their holiday schedule it seems, because they’ll all be stopping by at this one too! I mean, if we were given tickets to this one, we won’t stop going on about it for at least ‘7 Days’!Look, we’re not saying much apart from: Jay Z headlined V Festival last year… Expect big things.

So, that concludes our ‘Top Three Festivals of 2018’… It’s safe to say we’re in for a long, hot Summer!

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