Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Naturally there was then a mammoth scramble out of bed by myself and Mr B. We let them in and were shown a warrant to search the premises and one of the badges. As Mr B said afterwards ‘it was like being on The Bill’. Basically they were searching the premises for some reason (we weren’t allowed to be told) but once they had seen our passports got our full names, dates of birth and had a cup of tea they then left us to be sat very dazed and confused. What a mystery.
Have just got in from a night out with G. We had a lovely coffee, great Chinese, great chat and some lovely wine, so from bizarre to divine in one day, how random.
Oh and I got the promo for the new Goldfrapp album... its amazing!
Monday, January 28, 2008
We had a nice meander down to the river under the arches (apparently Pleasuredrome is there, not that I have been there – honestly) and down by The National and then along the front, past one of my favourite parts of London. The book stalls that are under the bridges. I love them, mainly because as people will know all too well I am a book addict. I almost physically can’t help myself but buy the books, as my flat sadly shows with its piles and piles of unpacked boxes.
We had a nice lunch at Gourmet Pizza on Gabriel’s Wharf, another favourite part of London for me, and had a good gossip about all things pre and post Panto. It was interesting to get his take on all the highs ad lows from the whole thing. The reunion has been shifted and he’s not sure he can make it which is a shame. I must try harder to stay in touch with Chris P and the like; I have been a bit shit!
We then headed for a coffee before his next audition at the Old Vic; I actually really want to see the new play that’s coming on there with Kevin Spacey in it. In fact I wouldn’t mind trying to get hold of him for Bent. Anyways we wandered round realising that we couldn’t find any coffee bars around that part of Waterloo. We managed to find a sauna (Chariots) though as Jez is straight and I am taken we weren’t tempted. It’s been a good day. I haven’t done any work mind.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I met up for a long and boozy lunch with The Ex today. We went to a pub local to me, he only lives down the road so it wasn’t a trek for him, and it’s sort of a gay pub and yet doesn’t advertise itself as one. It’s also quite an odd job place. No chairs or tables match, there isn’t a theme to the place and I don’t think they have heard of central heating. The food is really good though. I had a massive burger.
Sadly The Ex is having a bit of a hard time. His current fella who was actually his boyfriend before me has had an affair of sorts. He even advertised the fact on Facebook. I don’t particularly like the guy I am being very supportive and being a sound board though. No comments of ‘he’s a tit’ or ‘well you shouldn’t have your rejects back’ from me.
What came out of the whole conversation is that The Ex now thinks he is ugly, a loser and basically is feeling like shit. What also came up was what happens to us if we end up alone in our 50’s? Now I don’t want some people to start gay bashing the gay but it is something to think about. I mean with no family planned and a partner The Ex now thinks he will end up alone and he’s not a major gay scene fan. He doesn’t like Gaydar and OutEverywhere is now becoming the new Gaydar. So what do we have? I am perplexed at this, I mean what if I get widowed or Mr B does? What do we do? I have not been able to get the thought out of my head. Yes we have friends and yes there are the bars and clubs, there should be something else, and what that is I will be looking into. I feel there should be something that I can do.
Friday, January 25, 2008
I had a strange call from Emirates last week saying that there had been some problem and that everything was fine, now I found that odd, if there had been a problem and it was resolved without telling me why should I care? They also said someone would phone me on Monday as a courtesy call. No one did so by 5pm I phoned them.
‘Oh Mr Savidge, we were going to phone you, its very embarrassing but there was a problem with the computer system and we have sold your tickets’. I was majorly pissed off. They then promised it would be sorted for the next day to fly (since when did first class ever sell out – you can buy the tickets today online a fact I have mentioned, they are mystified) and they would call back. End of yesterday still not heard a word.
Spoke to them today. They can do the 20th or the 10th of March. Is there not something wrong with that? It’s a competition the planes aren’t sold out. I was then offered economy, to which I said ‘ok… then as it’s a prize can I have the cash difference?’ They changed tack then and said they would get back to me, they haven’t. Livid!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Well… he wasn’t even bloody there. I mean it’s an amazing exhibition but it’s not worth £20. I was really disappointed, is it me or does everyone think that you will actually see him after all the fuss the media has caused? I am really into the Egyptians and so I was quite bitterly disappointed frankly. Mind you I am also the first person to say ‘they should leave him alone and in peace and have some respect for the dead.’ So if you are expecting to see him save your money.
Something I was not disappointed by was ‘The Kite Runner’. I loved the book (even though I hated the main character I guess that’s the idea) and so as a treat took myself to the cinema today as a break from work. I thought it was brilliant. The two boys are amazing actors and the story is quite a harrowing tale and I didn’t think two young actors might be able to do it, also there’s been all that controversy around it, but they were both incredible. I don’t normally think movies do a book justice this one was just how I had imagined it would be. So go see it and I promise you’ll think it’s great. An afternoon well spent.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I have been to the O2 quite a few times of late but never in the actual arena and they have done a brilliant job. We’d had an upgrade after ‘the interview’ and so we would have not been in the gods but quite high up as it was we got big seats and a really good view. The audience went wild before the show started as David Beckham came in with the kids and everyone was taking photo’s left right and centre.
The show started and the screaming was just immense. The whole show was amazing they belted through Spice Up Your Life, Say You’ll Be There, Stop and Headlines in the same outfits and then it was almost a new outfit every song. Victoria Beckham was smiling constantly, Mel B was raucous, Mel C was vocally stunning, Emma was… Emma and Geri was loving it to death totally taking the stage in her stride. Apart from when she fell over in ‘It’s Raining Men’.
Highlights for me were all the solo pieces (I love Emma’s ‘Maybe’) that they did, including the Catwalk that Victoria did as she wouldn’t sing. It was very much her taking the piss out of herself… and the audience goes crazy when she sings which I think is hilarious. ‘Viva Forever’ and ‘Holler’ as my favourite songs were for me the best bits, particularly ‘Viva Forever’ as they had made it really Latino. The opening was spectacular as well.
It was all too soon time to go home, I had to endure Mr B in a Spice Girls t-shirt on the tube, he hadn’t been to a concert like that before, mainly beach party type gigs, it blew him away. I felt a bit depressed after, there’s Kylie in the summer though.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
So anyway Mitch came down this weekend as we had planned a weekend of writing and also we wanted to audition for Big Brother on the Sunday, well it’s the open auditions. It is now Sunday and I can vouch that me and Mitch have not been to the auditions as we have been far too a) busy watching Most Haunted an addiction of ours and it seems ours alone b) lazy c) hungover. Plus I found you can audition online so I will be doing that thanks very much.
We spent yesterday firstly in one of my new favourite places in London; it’s a greasy spoon on my road about 3 minutes from my house with a massive shit yellow sign and possibly the hottest (nuclear) tea/coffee in London. One sip and your mouth it healing for weeks, but it does amazing breakfasts for cheap and I love it in there. In fact I have spent a few happy Sunday mornings in there reading the previous Saturday’s literary bits from the newspapers.
We then headed to The British Museum which is really important to the whole book of COPL1. Oh prior to that we spent about half an hour deciding what pens we should write with in the new glitter-tastic notebooks that I had bought for us. We were both aligned that a writer’s pen is very important to the creation process, nothing to do with just having strange stationary fixations then? Mitch then felt ill which lead to almost a day long joke about her being pregnant which she was unimpressed by, can’t think why.
We did get some amazing inspiration from one of the rudest women I have ever seen who actually seemed to give off a poisonous air about her and has now become the face of our evil villainess. So thank you horrid lady who was exceptionally rude to the Chinese Tourist’s who could barely speak English and didn’t understand you. You made our day. Actually the bare bottoms in the Greek section also helped.
Got home, whacked a Chilli out, drank three bottles of wine and watched a solid 5 hours of Most Haunted before another 4 hours this morning with Mr B’s Brazilian Scrambled Eggs, there is nothing like them, so delicious. So all in all it’s been a perfect weekend. Oh and I don’t have to go to an office tomorrow, life is good.
Friday, January 18, 2008
I took Spanielle which was really nice as we didn’t get to have a good catch up when she came to see me in Panto. We had a lovely meal at Pizza Express in the O2, I seem to live there at the moment and a really good catch up on everything before heading down my very first red carpet… sorry but I am finding this all very exciting.
The show is not in the actual O2 Arena itself but in some huge funking tents on one side of the O2 so you go in and out of the actual Dome if that makes sense. We went in and shoved the stuff in the cloakroom before making our way swiftly to the VIP tent. No one took any photos of us on the red carpet. Yet they did for Vanessa Feltz, a Sienna Miller look-alike who seemed very sweet and yet I had no clue who she was, Samanda, Chantelle (who now looks like Jordan), Nancy what-a-face and Kate Middleton. I also saw someone I swore I worked at the Millennium Dome and who I wanted to say hello to but had vanished by then.
I had been privileged to see a few choice highlights on Tuesday when I had been at the press conference. We went in and any seat you get you can see the whole show, I had better seats than some of the celebrities which made me happy on the inside. The delights you will see are the man who can hold litres of water and spray them like a human fountain, a woman who can literally slither under and over herself like a snake, amazing dancing, and unicycle basketball. Seriously it is over 2 hours of amazing stuff; check my review in March or April’s edition.
We ate a lot of free food, particularly the white chocolate fountain and strawberries and then drank too much, I remember saying to DC2 that I would stay and take some photos with various people, then I was then suddenly on the tube very, very drunk and then laughing at a man weeing on London Bridge Jubilee Line platform and saying very loudly he had ‘a little willy.’ And I wonder why I have such a headache today!?
Go see Afrika, Afrika… its amazing I promise you that you will be left with a dropped jaw and it’s worth every penny.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
No it’s the whole place, it’s not the most expensive cinema, it’s not the cheapest either, it is just so relaxed. No rushing to get your popcorn, or organic coated raisins that they sell. No mad dashes for seats and you aren’t told you have to sit anywhere. There is a feel of real love for all things film, even the toilet walls are posters from random films both modern and classic… and random, not like in Odeon where it’s a constant advert. There is also loads of room in your seats, a fabulous bar and lounge and its just great, does that deserve me a free lifetime pass?
The movie I had blagged/begged tickets for was Ang Lee’s new film Lust Caution (which should actually be Lust, Caution) and it’s brilliant. Yes there is lots of sex in it but it should be there as it helps tell the relationship story more in depth. Its not there just to shock its there to tell the story. The film is stunning and considering I don’t like (or thought I didn’t) foreign films, which is very narrow minded of me, I really enjoyed and got involved in the film and the characters. Great, great movie, rush out and see it.
Other than watching that gem, I had a lovely lunch with Big Sis and it was book group this evening at La Tasca in Covent Garden, we have now decided that we have to eat somewhere either the writer is from or the book is based, we have been reading ‘Winter in Madrid’. The food was great but the waiter was a complete freak and I am still bloody deaf from sodding panto so couldn’t keep up with the conversation, which as you can imagine greatly vexed me. I have chosen next months and it’s ‘On Chesil Beach’ by Ian McEwan so I now have to think of somewhere ‘English’ to go.
Oh the bloody BT hub was left on the street all last night that’s why I couldn’t find the bloody thing took me several hours to get to the bottom of that! Who leaves a sodding expensive thing like that on the street, I have lodged a complaint, I swear I am getting old aged. Anyways it should be working tomorrow, it better bloody had be am sick of spending so much money on the rip off internet cafe.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
So I phoned him from the O2 wanting to know if the internet would be working today (as now this is my job really I need it to be working from the go as I am on deadline week) and he said ‘oh I haven’t asked’ so after me then asking him to ask – tut, men – he then tells me that ‘the guy says the internet arrives in the post’. This didn’t seem quite right to me but I let it go.
I got home, line sorted, in a stupid place. Then I noticed no hub. So we had a landline and no wires, no phone and really no use of the thing. We went out and bought a lovely £50 phone (I wanted the £19.99 one but was given a look) then I thought no I will phone BT; this would have been the best idea sooner in hindsight. The announced that the hub should arrive today and it could actually be with me now if not it would be here by 6pm. Fucking wasted trip then wasn’t it really? I said this to them as there twatting engineer had said sweet nothing.
So then I had a hunt and no sign of the hub, no sign at 5.55pm so I phoned. ‘You need to phone the delivery company’ so I did. ‘Oh, it might be with you by seven… or maybe by nine.’ Now none of this made sense to me why would a company say 6pm, then 7pm and then 9pm. No hub at 9pm so phoned them back and received an automated system telling me ‘the office shuts at 6pm and reopens at 8am’. Ok I was furious and nearly threw the new phone across the room. The story will continue at 8am tomorrow…
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday night’s performance was good. The audience were really quiet though. I mean they laughed in the right places and got involved but it was very ‘British’ by that I mean a little reserved. We didn’t go out after though quite a few of us were in the mood. It isn’t the biggest theatre or anything but when you have finished the show you are on a bit of a high and the urge to go out is quite strong.
Saturday’s shows were both BRILLIANT! We had quite a lot of children in the audience so that really made the whole thing go. Panto is for kids really after all, and the kids in us I guess. The feedback we’ve had since Thursday is great. Saturday evening was just fantastic and by the end of it we didn’t want to come off the stage, I got a shout out for G congratulating her on her wedding! She wasn’t best pleased she’s trying to keep it a secret.
We had some after show drinks in the bar downstairs, there was a row which was hilarious, and I think it had been building up. Me and D decided it was time to get very, very drunk. It didn’t work. We were shortly dragged upstairs to dismantle the set and help pack it away. Funnily enough the bloody set designer who vanished was now back to revel in how good it looked. No one spoke to him.
So now it’s over. I am feeling a little bereft. I am missing the people, the nerves, the fun and just the whole ‘chaos’ that I have lived with and enjoyed so much in the last few weeks. We are all planning a reunion in February which will be really nice and I am sure we’ll all be in touch on the joy that is Facebook!
I slept for hours yesterday, I think my body just needed the rest, I have been ‘edgy’ the last few weeks apparently. Now I have to get my arse in gear and get everything off for Bent’s February edition, I have been a little lame on that front. The word ‘deadline’ is ideally when things should be with the editor at the latest; I have been using that as the last few days to madly get sorted.
Oh speaking of pieces for Bent. I had a very random interview with Andy Scott Lee on Friday. He is exceptionally lovely and very shy and we did it in a rather mad place… best guess gets a prize though I am not quite sure what yet… but have a guess!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Afterwards we went to the pub on the corner of Blackfriars the one that Bridget Jones lived above in the movies. Its really nice there and they do Pie Days, me and Mitch nearly wet ourselves with glee. It was really lovely to see the gang. Thank you all for coming!
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
The chase scene in the laundry has been an ongoing issue. There hasn’t been the time to rehearse it much and we’ve had bashed heads and trips before when they have given it a go. Tonight Widow Twanki tripped into the basket and ripped his knee out, vile and I imagine bloody painful. I didn’t know he had had a heart attack when he was 30.
We were all sat nattering in the dressing room and he was carried in dress and all, wig followed and the place went a bit mad. An ambulance was called, I tried to undress the dame and we just all went a bit crazy. Then we all got the hysterics. Then we went very solemn. Then Mr Am Dram took charge as usual, he’s been pissing me and D off so much, he’s lovely but he just suddenly takes control. People were discussing who would do the role, and who would do that persons role. I went and sat with the dame instead. The ambulance arrived and he was off, we then told the audience. I was glad I told my mates not to come; still I was home by 9.30pm.
Will the show go on? Watch this space…
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
So tonight was opening night and it went… interestingly. I hope the audience got the 50% off that SS2 was discussing in the dressing room. I had to dress the Dame, I have never had to dress anyone before, and I have never had to undo some of the outfits he wore and I hadn’t been shown the order to do them. That was my main drama. The nerves so far have been fine.
Tonight as one of the reviewers put it was ‘comical chaos’. No one knew what they were doing, the lights were wrong and the music went loud and silent; I was wetting myself at the back with D. So I had fun. I think tomorrow should be fine, we can’t have anymore drama’s can we?
Right am off to start writing my comedy for the BBC.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Saturday had a wander around High Street Kensington to spend money and didn’t before going to rehearsal, got lost was late, so what. Oh well being late was a massive drama, and Dawny Owl was even later and we’d had to start without her. I then got told off for not knowing where I was from the man who still doesn’t know his lines, I wanted to tell him to ‘bog off’ but thought that was quite immature. It all ended up being good fun; I just was so tired I couldn’t wait to get home. Was meant to do something for Bent but having to be at the theatre at 9am on a Sunday I cancelled.
Sunday was when the fun really began. The set arrived, unpainted, we knew this as we were already prepared to paint (bless Mr B he came along too – so he could spend the day with me) we just hadn’t realised how much or the fact that we were expected to stay until 10 or 11pm. And then the set designer walked out…
Seriously, we had no idea where he had gone or how to put the set together. There is one thing I will say people bloody pulled together, we left at 10.30 as it was just getting too late. We were back again today and it looks great. I think everyone deserves a pat on the back and we’ve now bonded as a team as we’ve not really been out together or even been introduced in some cases ha. So that’s been good. Now all I want is bed and sleep, not forgetting the fact its first night and we’ve not had a dress or technical rehearsal yet! This is real drama at its best.
Friday, January 04, 2008
It is interesting rehearing for a fringe item, we do it where we can when we can… hang on isn’t that the story of my personal life? Oh no, course its not, hem, hem. So far we have been in Transport for London and National Aids Trusts head offices which have been unusual, least there was free tea and coffee. The spaces were very small which wasn’t great and the chorus are still bundled off (like we don’t count) maybe I am just being a bit mardy lol.
You can tell tempers are getting frayed. Tonight SS2 got very annoyed that we had changed a few bits and bobs, when the directors not there what are you meant to do? We also learnt a new dance routine (some of it is not great if am honest) and that was hilarious. Calculated chaos we will call it. In fact that’s what the whole rehearsal schedule should have been called, is fun though.
Last night nearly pissed my pants. We had to do the whole rehearsal in character and take it really seriously. So the chorus all got called Bob… no comment. We also weren’t allowed to talk if we weren’t on stage (well in the boardroom). So naturally we all did and got a bollocking by Mr Am-Dram himself. So Jezza kicked off ‘I have worked with Judi Dench and we chatted as much as we liked’ good god I think Jezza is hilarious and he only said what we were all thinking!
So tomorrow we are in some Church Hall, gays in a Church Hall, someone won’t be impressed! It’ll be the full run through, hoorah, bugger is only 4 days to go, and I still don’t know when I walk on stage at all.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Organised a funeral, ha, that’s a happy way to start. I also got blindfolded around London on a double decker bus. Unusual.
2. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. Hopefully someone will be this year though.
3. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, as I am sure you will all know the man who I considered to be like a father (though actually my Granddad) died aged 68 of cancer, and in 7 weeks. Horrid!
4. What countries did you visit?
England, I didn’t go bloody anywhere else.
5. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
I would like more freelance work, though that went up at the end of the year. I would like more time with Alex, and I would like to do more random stuff.
6. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 30th – not saying why.
7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Oh, getting to become the ‘London Office’ of Bent Magazine that was fabulous. Also being there for someone who was very sick and making their time special.
8. What was your biggest failure?
I didn’t do as well at staying in touch with some people I would have liked to seen more.
9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Well… I had a big operation on my tackle!
10. What was the best thing you bought?
Oh god I don’t know, maybe my new TV and DVD recorder. Oh and my blender, so simple but has changed my life.
11. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
You know who you are! There are several of you.
12. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
George Bush – I don’t think I need to elaborate.
13. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, Primark and ticketmaster.
14. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Sadly one of the things was the Spice Girls reunion, I was a major fan what can I say. Alice’s wedding was a huge excitement. I love a wedding!
15. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Let Me Think About It – Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grande
16. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? A mixture for obvious reasons.
ii. thinner or fatter? About the f-ing same which is shoddy.
iii. richer or poorer? Erm at the mo richer, which could soon change lol.
17. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Telling people what I think (both nice and not so), seeing people that I just haven’t managed to but are in the same city!
18. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being so bloody indecisive. Moaning, I do that too readily.
19. Did you fall in love in 2007?
I fall more in love everyday.
20. How many one-night stands?
21. What was your favourite TV program of 2007?
Kath and Kim or Most Haunted as ever. Oh and I discovered Suburban Shootout which is a gem.
22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Quite possibly, though hate is a very strong word.
23. What was the best book you read in 2007?
It was Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. It’s now my second favourite book ever.
24. What was your greatest musical discovery of 2007?
Oh now that’s a difficult one. I might not say a band I might just say Zshare as it helps me download lots of new finds. If it had to be music… oh I can’t.
25. What did you want and get?
A Nintendo DS, I haven’t really used it as much as thought I would.
27. What was your favourite film of 2007?
I liked Atonement, but I loved Stardust.
28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I got very drunk and had a fabulous dinner with my mother and friends. Then went clubbing and got glittered. I was 25.
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Leaving Milkround and getting a deal after almost quitting six months before.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
A Passion for Primark.
31. What kept you sane?Alex and all my friends, my family drive me the other way.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hmmm, Bruce Willis or Colin Farrell I would say.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Anything that twat Bush does, oh and Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, who gave a monkey’s?
34. Who did you miss?
35. Who was the best new person you met?
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
You should live life to the full as you never know what happens. Stop saying no, yes’ can bring you lots of new experiences and people into your life.
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year...
Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone, I hear you call my name, and it feels like home – the old ones are always the best.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Last night was a brilliant night out, we ate some truly brilliant food, sadly the waiters were twatted which was a bit pants. I know I shouldn’t be such an old woman and complain but they are getting paid double or treble what they normally would be to provide a service and most of them were screaming all night and running around, normally in Balan’s I wouldn’t bat an eyelid. I do love that restaurant.
The low point of the evening was when some very, very drunk and very, very bad drag queen came over and started to hit on all the men, some of them looking very sick and/or uncomfortable, believe me she wasn’t pretty. She then also divulged her sex life (which was even unprettier) and her drug habit (unprettier still) so maybe Mr Balan’s would like to not let that happen next year? It was then onto GAY Late where I used my Press Pass to get into somewhere for the first ever time. That’s good going that is! I might use it a bit more in 2008. We’ll see.
So have I made any New Years Resolutions? Well I looked at last years and let’s see how many I kept shall we?
1. To be more frugal – NO CHANCE2. To love myself and respect myself a bit more – DIDN’T REALLY HAPPEN3. To write my novel – HA!4. To bullshit less – MID YEAR NO, NOW ALL GONE5. To see more of my family and friends – SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT
6. To rid myself of dramatic so called 'friends' - KINDA7. To make more friends – YES, YES, YES!!!!8. To have one big f**k off holiday – AS IF9. To push myself harder and further in work and personal life – YES! 10. To see the good in people and be a bit less of a bitch - SLIGHTLY11. To keep my resolutions! – NOPE!
So after that funnily enough I am making only TWO this year!
1. Say ‘yes’ a lot more than I say no, be open to things I wouldn’t normally do.
2. Live life to the full.
They have been learnt from 2007!
…And so now to my pit of hangover and despair and laziness, take-away and sleep.
Happy New Year Everyone! Make 2008 the best year ever!