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Christmas

Culture, Theatre

In Praise of Panto

When you think of Christmas, what springs to mind? Tinsel? Trees? Red cups? Family size tins of Quality Street? When I think of Christmas, I think of work. For actors, the festive season is a cornucopia of casting opportunities, which let’s be frank, for the majority of us is not the case the rest of the year. Why? Well, because panto is still as much of a Christmas stalwart as mince pies, having a squashed Satsuma in the bottom of your stocking and falling asleep in front of the Queen’s  ...

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Feel-Good

A Blue Christmas

I love Christmas. I love the tinsel, the tat, the sense of goodwill to all and mostly, I love the pigs in blankets. I’ve always been fortunate enough to be ensconced within the bosom of loved ones at this time of year, always felt the warm fuzzy glow of giving and generally felt a real happiness as I snuggle into my Christmas jumper. This year I feel different. I’ve made no secret of the fact on this ‘ere blog that I struggle with mental illness. That sometimes everything is TOO HARD and I  ...

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Fashion and Beauty, Lifestyle

Christmas Outfit with George at Asda

OKAY NOW IT IS DECEMBER I CAN OFFISH GET EXCITED ABOUT CHRISTMAS! It’s true, it’s true, I’m in rehearsals for panto (oh yes I am), I’ve had a mug of mull, I’ve whacked up a big loads of fairy lights and I’ve pretty much committed to not shaving my legs until March (COME GET ME BOYS). I BLOOMING LOVE CHRISTMAS! I love the tinsel, the tat, the glitter and the gluttony. I love trees blooming with baubles, hearing ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ as I  ...

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Feel-Good, Humour

Things I have learned in 2014

In this weird period of between Christmas and New Year (which by the way, I’d like to rename InBetweenMas when I am Queen of the World) I always find it’s a good time to reflect. I like to flick back through my diary of the year, through photos I’ve snapped and consider the things I’ve learned and experienced over the last twelve months.  So, this year I thought I’d share some. Some are from my own experiences, others are nuggets loved ones have shared with me.  ...

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