Beyonce - O2, London

On Wednesday I queued (for the second time) from 11.00 in the morning to see Beyonce at the O2. I bought the tickets last year with early entry passes (you go in before general admission) and was going to sell them but thought the opportunity was too good to pass up. I was concerned I wasn't going to find anyone as mad as Eva who I queued with last year, but thankfully Lara signed up with me - even though I'm not quite sure she knew what she was getting into.

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I swore to myself last time that I wouldn't ever do it again - she doesn't come on till 9 so there is a full on boring 10 hour wait in the line. But having already endured it I felt a little more prepared the second time around - I brought a sleeping bag to sit on and a phone charger for regular charging breaks. As a result, the experience was less uncomfortable then it was before.

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To explain a little how it works, you literally sit down in a barrier queue in an indoor part of the O2. Fortunately, the people in the queue were lovely and very kind so we were able to leave our stuff in the line whilst we went out for breaks to get food and coffee. Getting food breaks up the day meaning that it all feels less of an endurance task. In addition, making friends meant we could play games together and chat.

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That said, come 6.10 you are more then ready to be let into the arena. You get let onto the floor in groups and are told you can't run so you speed walk to find the best spot. Its intense and stressful being let in… seven hours waiting comes down to seconds in which to make quick decisions. Fortunately I knew that its best to go to the left of the stage and so we darted in that direction and secured being on the front row on the barrier.

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The wait once your inside the arena is the most frustrating. You can't leave or risk losing your position and time goes by very slowly.

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When Beyonce took to the stage the atmosphere was phenomenal. Being on the barrier meant that she sang to us a number of times and Lara and I both shook her hand. Jay Z coming on to rap as well as getting a selfie with Cara Delevingne was just the icing on top. Who knows, I may have to wait 11 hours for a third time...

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Bath

I went to see my brother who goes to Bath uni.

I think its one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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The Circus

The Circus

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The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent

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Oscars 2014

Oscar 2014 thoughts…

BEST PICTURE

Despite it lacking (I believe) a dramatic tension "12 Years a Slave" is most deserving of best picture. The very bland  "American Hustle" did very little for me, alongside the trivial and frankly boring "The Wolf of Wall Street".  "Captain Phillips" and  "Dallas Buyers Club" would be my underdogs. "Phillips" had a brilliant energy to it and "Dallas" offers a heartfelt and touching story - its a very moving film. "Her" is a decent offering for best picture but lacks any memorability. If "Gravity" wins I am never watching the Oscars again.

What I think should win: 12 Years a Slave

BEST DIRECTOR

The front runner for this is surely Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity". I would be very angry if he does win, however. The film contains very little depth and in my opinion serves as little else but a screensaver. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" was bland as was Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street". My penny is on Steve McQueen's, "12 Years a Slave." I sort of feel like its the best of a bad bunch - I would have loved to have seen Woody Allen nominated for "Blue Jasmine".

What I think should win: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTOR

Although it would be wonderful for DiCaprio to win, I don't think he is deserving of the prize. The performance is nothing we haven't seen before - I think instantly of "Catch me if you Can". Sadly, with such a talented cast (Jennifer Lawrence's supporting actress performance has snatched the limelight on this one), Christian Bale in "American Hustle" has not offered something particularly unique and whilst Chiwetel Ejiofor stuns on screen in "12 Years a Slave", it is more McQueen's directing that makes the film. I think Matthew McConaughey is most deserving for his stunning performance in Dallas Buyers Club.

Who I think should win: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ACTRESS

I don't even feel like talking about the other nominees for this award, frankly the fact that Sandra Bullock has been nominated for "Gravity" infuriates me - I went to a talk on how the film was made and her face was merely superimposed on a digital body.

Cate Blanchett's "Blue Jasmine" performance is absolutely phenomenal, I can't begin reel off enough praise for it.

Who I think should win: without a doubt Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

In an ideal world Barkhad Abdi would win for "Captain Phillips". I don't think I'm the only one that was terrified by his performance and its very exciting that it is his first big break in the film world.  Bradley Cooper bless him has been nominated already for an oscar but i don't think his performance in "American Hustle" sells himself nearly enough. Jonah Hill in "The Wolf of Wall Street", for me, doesn't and shouldn't stand a chance. The underdogs for this category are Michael Fassbender for "12 Years a Slave" and Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club". Fassbender is chilling in "12 Years" and Leto portrays a tragic character artfully.

Who I think should win: Either Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips or Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sally Hawkins is fantastic in "Blue Jasmine" but I am concerned that Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle" will have the edge. I personally think Lawrence was too young for the part and is actually a little out of her depth where as Hawkins is electric in "Blue Jasmine".  Lupita Nyong'o offers an emotional but slightly forgetful intensity in "12 Years a Slave".

Who I think should win:  Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Aside from these categories, Best Screenplay should go to "Blue Jasmine," written by Woody Allen and Original song 'Let it Go' from Frozen. Best Editing should go to "Captain Phillips," by Christopher Rouse and Best Original Score should go to William Butler and Owen Pallett for "Her".

I am going to keep it short and leave it there. See you in the morning and see if the Academy agrees with me!

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Goings on

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Not long till I go to Japan and China... March 16. Can't wait.

Platform Live

With SYCO I went to a great night at 48 Kingsland Road in Shoreditch.

It was an evening devoted to showing off new acts to music industry professionals - in order to get them signed or at least show what they are capable of.

There was a fantastic line up of acts.

Rather dauntingly - being the only one to bring their camera - I was made the photographer of the night which was a bit scary since I didn't want to do a crappy job. You can be the judge of that, here are a few of the photos, the rest of which can be seen on this link.

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Taylor Swift - O2, London

I'm feeling 22.

Last night Helen and I went to see Taylor Swift at the O2 for her Red tour. I didn't quite anticipate the fleeting barrages of teenager girls on the tube on my way there - the awkward and clumsy kind, vying for a role model that Taylor Swift so conveniently supplies.

Oldest people there apart from parents...

Oldest people there apart from parents...

22

22

Taylor's charm comes from being such a 'hopeless romantic' as she so describes of herself - she is both 'hopeless' at dancing and 'romantic' in her poetic heartbreaking lyrics. Hearing her singing the songs live opened up her lyrics - they resonated sorrow and love - and were amplified by the thousands of young girls singing along.

Flashing signs made by fans

Flashing signs made by fans

The production of the show offered an unnecessary distraction to Swift's power - her talent is in her songwriting and the moments in which the stadium is filled with the sound of just her and her guitar or piano- a highlight being when she sang 'fearless'.

Helen singing along like a proper Swifty

Helen singing along like a proper Swifty

Her vocals were impressively strong (something that came as a surprise after being notoriously wobbly during awards performances) and the show offered a slick and impressive set.

Taylor's success has come off the back of being sweet and kind, proving being nice does go a very long way. Still, she must be busy… finding time to breakup with all of these men of hers.