Happy Birthday Ellie
I would feel bad for not updating in a while but then again I have been busy and I have a couple of decent posts to talk about.
The first of which is about going to see the X Factor being filmed on Sunday night.
This is not the first time I've been to see it filmed - I went a couple of years ago when One Direction were contestants on the show... how was I to know they would become so globally famous and successful??
It was the results show and Mary J Blige, Jessie J and JLS were performing. Arriving at the very unglamorous and rough round the edges studios immediately burst the illusion of stardom and fame that surrounds the show. We queued outside in a murky drizzle as we waited for the doors of the studio to open.
As soon as we put on our purple X Factor wristbands we were taken seriously and showed into the cafeteria area where food and drinks are served for guests that evening. We soon spotted one of the contestants who was very humbly having something to eat with his family before the show. Bea swooped in for a photo...
After dusting off a large portion of chips to satisfy a food craving we entered the studio. I am always shocked by how small the studios really are: the spectacularly bright and bold set seems minute when you glance around.
A warm up presenter talked us through the works of how to cheer loudly and got us excited.
Watching the show was a bit of a blur. It's a very different experience to watching it on television where camera angles direct you in the right places - where to look, when to see something closer, when it's good to see the whole picture - whereas when you watch it live there is a greater freedom to watch the whole goings on. After watching some of the show back home we all questioned - did we see this bit?
One notable occasion was Nicole Sherzinger's fury that her act Hannah had been sent home. Whilst the cameras only picked up a fraction of her rage and strop, we could see her storming off backstage in a huff.
Similarly, Tamera, an act that had been voted through despite forgetting her words, was booed. Whilst audiences at home will have seen this, we saw the other half of what happened: Dermot told us off, telling us that our actions were 'undignified for this stage in the competition [sic]'
The show finished and we re-entered the drinks and food room that we were in. Whilst the judges didn't join us in the room, we could see the backs of their heads through the windows in the doors as they shuffled back to the serenity and quiet of their dressing rooms.
(The photos were taken on the d.l.)
We went downstairs to a cramped but hearty room where 10 acts performed for 5 minutes each.
A diverse bunch, the acts slagged off a number of things. Some were funny... Some weren't.
One particular female act did not make me laugh. Hoping to shock with crude stories - 'Sometimes I like to rub my left boob' (the woman proceeded to caress her breast) - and shockingly rude vocabulary - 'my *** is so **** it's like a box' - she had a sheer inability to make people laugh.
Female entertainers have gained a large amount of publicity recently with the most notable feminist explosion being Miley Cyrus. Whether you think that she is empowering herself wither her sexuality or humiliating herself otherwise, she is a female entertainer that has used her femininity to craft her career. Lily Allen's new music video 'Hard out There' confronts the issues at the heart of Miley's debacle, suggesting that she is being exploited by white older males for money.
What's unfortunate is that we see Miley's crudeness as an act on feminism, a move on females. Yet she should surely be seen as an individual, there are certainly very few women like her. Whatever your stance on Miley she has certainly confronted a large sum of people with issues that they might not have even considered.
I'll leave this post with two things.
The first, a rather photo of a couple who consumed each other's mouths for 4 minutes and 55 seconds:
Secondly, a photo to show my excitement for Catching Fire and a real feminist hero.
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The menu is very decently priced...
Everyone got a bit excited with how I had brought my camera and I will be starting to charge those wishing to make an appearance for their own publicity or otherwise...
This is a rather cliched comment but I have to - "the drinks came in really cool glasses"
The burgers came and were consumed in minutes.
The chips are some of the best I've ever had.
This is absolutely the best burger place in Soho if not London - it's definitely my favourite.
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A series of photos.
It was on Friday that Flora demonstrated her high levels of culinary expertise, preparing food for a dinner party at our house.
Of course there were a variety of initial preparations to be done before cooking officially commenced which involved a large amount of cutting and boiling.
I was rather brutally left to do the washing up...
Mum laid the table...
Flora, as ever, was incredibly professional with the task in hand.
Here are two of the canapes that she prepared.
The first - mozzarella, sun dried tomato and pesto:
The other, creme fraiche and salmon.
I was unable to capture the rest of the food as I had to dash for work.
Tonight is my last night shift. I can't wait to get some decent sleep.
The trees looked amazing on the way to work - I really have become obsessed with their colours and light.
I hope you all have a great weekend and a rest from the bitter cold...
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All the best.