Sunday, April 13, 2014

Odd things I find while gardening

Unusual things I've found while digging in the garden I tend to keep, as the above pictures shows.  

They're plastic toys, or as the bottom picture shows, a plastic toy soldier's leg.

If I find anything else that's a bit odd, I'll be sure to let you know.
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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - again and again

To the theatre this weekend to see Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.

It's the 5th time I've seen it since 1999 and it was just as good as ever this time around.  Every time I've seen it over the years, it's been changed and improved in tiny, subtle ways.  At the theatre this weekend, the stage was so small that the 'ballet within a ballet' scene had to be split in two.  On the stage was the ballet within the ballet, and instead of another set on the stage for the main characters to watch, and react to the ballet, they sat in a box next to our seats in the dress circle. It was quite a treat.

Each time I see this fantastic show it's included a different male dancer playing the lead swan.  Nothing and no-one will beat the amazing Adam Cooper, who played the male lead when the show was first launched.  But Jonathan Ollivier in the current tour of the ballet is fantastic, and the best lead swan I've seen since Adam Cooper.  Jonathan is taller, stockier, a bigger unit of a swan than ever before and is absolutely mesmerising to watch. 

See more blog posts about Matthew Bourne ballets - I've seen every single one.
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Corrie Weekly Update - Brie, boobs and kebabs

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here

This week on Corrie, Steve was caught out with Andrea.
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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Corrie Weekly Update - baby news, booze and blokes in bed

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here

This week on Corrie, Peter fell off the wagon and into bed with Steve.
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Beautiful butterfly

In the garden this morning, this Red Admiral butterfly sat on the lawn for some minutes, unmoving, wings spread. 

It stayed still just long enough for me to take its photo and then it flew away. 
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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Blowing a trumpet, playing all the wrong notes

I'm not good at blowing my own trumpet as I don't know the keys or the instrument well. So forgive me if any of the following sounds as awkward as I feel.

I'm extraordinarily happy and proud to announce my book will be out in the shops later this month. Here's the science bit from the publisher:

Coming Soon. A Perfect Duet. The Diary of Roy and Hayley Cropper. By Glenda Young
With a foreword by Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper)
An Unofficial Coronation Street Companion book. 
Published 24th April 2014 and available for pre-order now here

For Coronation Street fans everywhere, the amazing and touching story of Roy and Hayley Cropper, from Hayley's arrival in the Street through to her sad farewell.

Relive their story through the eyes of  lifelong Corrie fan, Glenda Young, editor of the Coronation Street Blog.

Rediscover all those magic moments, the gossip, the highs and lows of this brave and ground breaking story line in Britain's best loved soap opera.

Join the Facebook page for A Perfect Duet

Read my About the Author page here.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Being a tourist in town

To town today to be a tourist.

Through Mowbray Park where the statue of Jack Crawford stands, nailing his colours to the mast.  Yes, that phrase comes from a Sunderland hero.

Onwards through Mowbray Park where spring flowers shone through the mist.

Then to the Sunderland Museum and Winter Grrdens to see a fantastic exhibition of Sunderland maps from the Tyne & Wear Archives and Sunderland Antiquarians.

Onwards to the Norhern Gallery for Contemporary Art to see a wonderfully quirky exhibition called Stone.  It's part of the AV Festival 14 which is running all over the North East.

My favourite thing in the NGCA is the comments boards where people can say what they think about what they've just seen.

And finally to the small but perfectly formed Monkwearmouth Station Museum.  It's worth a visit at any time, and at the moment has an exhibition of original World War I recruitment posters.
And then back home, to a cuppa and a hot cross bun.

Read all my blog posts about Sunderland here.
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