The Vloggersphere

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The Vloggersphere

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. My week-well weekend atleast has been spent in my favourite place-London.

Saturday me and mum went up town to see Denise Van Outen in her show Some Girl I Used to Know which I won tickets from through twitter.

We made a day of it and I vlogged the adventure. Yes,I’ve finally joined the vlogging sphere and have begun putting my videos on YouTube. Feel free to check them out if you wish.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC7r0eP0AdV5tCkOLwLoBZNA

Some Girl I Used to know was great. It followed the life of Stephanie, a very successful business woman with her own lingerie line.

The play takes places over an evening in a London hotel. When she gets a poke on Facebook from her old flame Sean she reconsiders her marriage with husband Paul.

Through song and dialogue alone we are taken on Stephanie’s journey as she remembers the time she spent with Sean and considered going back to him despite the things he did.

Denise Van Outen shines as Stephanie and has done a really good job in portraying the script she wrote onto stage.

It made my mum cry so it must have been good. I really enjoyed it and I would like to thank Theatre People for running the competition.

I was back up London on Sunday. Which for those who know me,isn’t unusual for me to go up town more than once within a week. This time to have a catch up with Sophie,Lucy and Grace over Five Guys. It was really nice to see them and lunch was delicious. Waiting in the mile long que was worth it.

So far this week,I’ve been filming and editing videos which you can check out at my channel.

I also wrote two more pieces for filmandtvnow which you can check out below.

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/cilla-trailer-teasers-by-itv/

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/pixie-lott-set-to-star-on-strictly/

The fanzine is starting to come together too. I got a reply from an email interview I conducted a few weeks ago which means I can start the layout for that which is exciting.

I’m currently waiting on another opportunity to interview Alastair Whatley-an actor in The Original Theatre Company production of Three Men in a Boat which me and Tim have booked to see the beginning of October. We also booked to go and see Samuel Martin in The Story Giant at the end of October which I’m excited about and were off to see Once tomorrow too.

Review of once and vlogs to follow. I want to keep updating with the blog but keep an eye on my Youtube channel for more vlogs too.

Have a great rest of your week guys.

❤️

An Education

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‘An Education’

Hey guys,

Woah,I’m really slacking in the blog updates recently,aren’t I? Apologies for that. During my time of non blogging I’ve written two more posts for film and tv now which you can check out below.

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/tumble-the-tv-review/

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/the-great-war-the-peoples-stories-tv-review/

In last weeks blog post I mentioned that I was going to start book blog posts. That begins today with ‘An Education’ by Lynn Barber later on in this post.

First,I’d thought I’d give you an update of what’s been going on. Not a lot exciting to be honest but I’ll tell you anyway.

The week began with baking,afternoon tea and a trip to the beach, and ended with shopping(buying more books) and working on the fanzine which included getting interviews with a couple of the cast of Action to the Words Dracula which I hope to receive back soon.

I’m constantly checking my emails to see if I’ve heard back about the writing competitions I entered,so far nothing, but I’m not loosing hope.

I paid my deposit for my uni trip which means in January IM GOING TO NEW YORK!!! I’m not one to use capitals but this is very exciting!

Anyway enough of the excitement and on to the reason for this post. A few thoughts on ‘An Education’.

I love the film a lot(it’s the film I quite often put on to fall asleep to) so I was very excited to find the book for a bargain of £1.99 at The Works.

For those who don’t know, the film An Education follows the life of Jenny Mellor a sixteen year old schoolgirl in the 1960s who is studying to attend Oxford university. Her life is changed completely when she meets and begins a relationship with David,an older man who introduces her to a different world,a grown up world where she gets to eat at posh restaurants,go to concerts and take trips to Paris.

The book by Lynn Barber incidentally carries on from the film and is Lynn’s autiobiography. The film just included a few name changes including her own(changed to Jenny) and Simon who she had the relationship with(changed to David,which was actually her husbands name).

It was a very interesting read,both in general and from the perspective of an aspiring journalist. I also found out that Lynn’s husband,David taught one of my uni lecturers. Small word huh?

After covering the initial plot of the film it followed on through her time at Oxford to getting various jobs magazine Penthouse and newspapers including The Sunday Express and The Independent as well as getting married to David,having her two children whilst having to juggle and looking after David when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Lynn Barber seems like a very interesting person and I was very glad I got to read An Education.

I think the most important lesson I took away from the book was that when Lynn went to Oxford she realised that although Simon was no longer part of her life when she went to oxford,she realised how much of An Education and life experience he had given her which helped shape her life and who she was as a person.

Incidentally through going to uni I’ve realised who has shaped my life for the better and I’m happy to say that I’m generally pleased with how my life is at the moment. I’m looking forward to my second year of uni and having lots more fun doing the things I love.

On a work and studying note,from the book I took the lesson to always keep in contact with everyone as you never know who may be there to offer you a job in the future.

At the end of first year,we were told to start thinking about freelancing our articles. So,by the end of second year,my goal is to have began to start freelancing my articles to find lot what it’s like to actually get paid for something I enjoy doing.

For now though,I’m going to enjoy my last few weeks of summer reading and writing until my hearts content.

I’ve currently got two more books on the go so look out for those posts soon. I promise I’ll try and get back into the blogging more.

For now though,enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll be back with a post hopefully before next week.

I won tickets to see Denise Van Outen in her one woman show,Some Girl I Used to Know in London on Saturday and then Sunday I’m spending the day with my friends in oxford street to celebrate my friends birthday. Double London weekend. Don’t mind if I do.

That’s it for now.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

E ❤️

Heroes at Highclere,Lights Out & Writing

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Heroes at Highclere

Sorry for not posting in just over a week.

The past week and a bit has been rather hectic on the writing front. I wrote three different pieces for three different competitions which I’m waiting to hear back from.

Also last weekend was the Heroes at Highclere event at Highclere castle also known as Downton Abbey. Those who know me know that I’m a huge Downton Abbey Fan,and for those who don’t,you now do.

I didn’t think I was going to get to go as I wouldn’t have got there in time but my friend Alice who I met on Twitter and met for the first time back in June invited me to stay at her house the night before so we could go and share the experience together.

A few days before the event I saw a advertisement on Twitter from one of the journalist profiles I follow saying about a job as a contributor at the site Film and Tv now. I sent off my cv and thought nothing of it. Then,Saturday afternoon just as I was about to catch my train to Shoreham to meet Alice,I received an email from the editor,Lisa letting me know that she had reviewed my cv and asked me to write a tv piece on anything of my choice.

I thought about it on the train going up to shoreham but put it to the back of my mind until I came home Monday.

Alice picked me up from the station at 8.45 after a very hectic and squished train journey due to it being the weekend of Pride in Brighton. We had a chilled evening before our early morning start en route to Newbury and Highclere.

It was a very exciting day and I got a bit overwhelmed when I saw the house. I’d waited 4 years,since the show had started to visit. It exceeded my expectations completely. Still yet to go in the house itself but the grounds were beautiful. It helped that the weather held out too.

The grounds were filled with white coloured markee tents including a music tent where I managed to catch The Three Belles,The Military Wives and some swing dancers. Was very tempted to join them. There was also a tent for oxfam where we admired all the beautiful vintage clothes that were way out of my price range,amongst others.

The day celebrated all those who we lost within the First World War and those who gave their lives. Various charities were there including The Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes along with hero bear who I got a bit excited about as he had had photos taken with the Birdsong cast. Silly I know.

It was so lovely to be out in the sunshine to help celebrate.

Unfortunately,unlike previous years,Elizabeth McGovern was the only member of the Downton cast to attend the event. She came on the stage after a lovely introduction from Hugh Bonneville to tremendous applause with her band Sadie and the Hotheads.

All in all the event was great and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to go. Thankyou to Alice and her family.

I don’t know how many photos I took of or by the house so I won’t bore you with all of them but a few of my favourites are above and below this post.

After a great weekend I came home and wrote my first article for film and tv now about the Great War programme airing on itv tomorrow evening before going to the #LightsOut event in town to commemorate the start of world war 1 100 years ago.

On Tuesday I went and spent a few days with my family which involved a day of shopping and ended up with the shot below in ikea.

Another post for film and tv now was put up within those days. Both can be found below.

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/itv-commission-drama-series-celebrate-first-world-war-centenary/

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/full-cast-announced-for-maxine-peakes-hamlet/

Needless to say the next few days will be spent writing a few more articles and reading.

I’ve also decided to start doing book blogposts about books I read over the rest of the summer so look out for those.

Also I still need more people to join the fanzine so if you’re a fan of theatre check out this post.

https://emilypontin.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/for-the-love-of-theatre-a-fanzine/

Hope you’re all well.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

E ❤️

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