30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 3:ย 

Day 3: What are your top three pet peeves? 


1. People without manners

Not saying please and Thankyou when someone’s done something for you is one my biggest pet peeves. Even if it’s something as simple as holding a door open for someone,washing up or paying for something. 

2. Newspapers that aren’t stapled.

For someone who loves reading printed journalism it really annoys me when newspapers aren’t stapled. Ok so I don’t read them very often but when my dad used to bring in The Sun it never went back to how it was after I’d read it. The pages ended up being screwed up because it just annoyed me so much to have to try and find the page I wanted to read. Shout out to The Metro and Evening Standard for doing it right and stapling your papers! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

3. People who don’t queueespecially for buses

Perhaps this is because I’m British but it really annoys me when people don’t know how to queue and decide to push in. This particularly happens I find when waiting for the bus and an old person or a Mum with a kid decides to push in. The thing is im too kind to say anything so I just tut under my breath secretly hoping they hear so they know how much it annoys me.

What are your pet peeves? 

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A life catch up!

So sorry for the lack of updates over the past three months. There was little, yet a lot to report at the same time but I just couldn’t bring myself to write it all down. Looking back at my Instagram though it seems quite alot has happened over the past few months. With the lead up to Christmas I thought I should document it all on the blog so I don’t forget. 

September


1. The main thing that happened in September(and the best thing that has happened since) is that I am now in a relationship! For someone who never thought she’d meet someone and for someone who boys were always mean to I feel very lucky to have now found someone who makes me so ridiculously happy! His name is Paul and he’s literally the loveliest person. So if there is a lot of mention of the name Paul on my blog from now on you’ll know he’s my boyfriend ๐Ÿ˜โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ™Š.


2. I got to see Beautiful the Musical on stage. Front row too! It was amazing and the songs have been on repeat since I saw it way back on September 20th. 


3. I was reunited with my pal Sarah. We had a major catch up and an awesome day in London taking selfies in the Urban Outfitters photobooth! 


4. Me and Paul went to Brighton on our first official date as a couple. We went to the aquarium and I fell in love with the turtles and all the fishies. 


5. I went to see Vanities the Musical with Becky and we fangirled over all the amazing songs! And over Lauren Samuels. 


6. I met and got papped with Colin Firth at the premiere of Bridget Jones’s Baby! It was amazing! 

October:


1. I had a much needed catchup with Amie in Brighton. We went to Ed’s,had coffee at Starbucks,sprinkles and I beat her at air hockey. 


2. I got to be in the same room with two of my favourite authors, Lindsey Kelk and Giovanna Fletcher. And meet Lindsey after. 


3. Me and mum spent a much needed weekend in London. We fulfilled one of our dreams and stayed in a rather nice hotel,and saw Matilda the Musical. It was incredible! 

4. I saw a live broadcast of Miss Saigon and had a Toby carvery roast. Aka the best roast ever! 


 5. I ticked something off my bucket list and got to spend a long weekend in Wales with Paul. We explored Cardiff,Chepstow and Bristol and I got very excited when I went to Barry Island. A great way to end October and begin November. 

November:


1. I had a much needed catch up with Lucy in Canterbury. 


2. I had my first orange hot chocolate of the festive season. Yes Costa!


3. Me and mum watched and cried our eyes out as we said goodbye to Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in the Gilmore girls a year in the life revival ๐Ÿ˜ญ

December: 


1. I met up with Sarah and we got in the festive spirit. Winter Wonderland,Oxford Street shop windows and another orange hot chocolate. So much fun! 


2. Me and Paul decorated the mini Christmas tree in my room. Such a cute Sunday cuddling whilst we watched the flicker of the lights.  

Overall it’s been a great few months and I look forward to seeing what the lead up to Christmas and the new year begins. 

I’m also looking into and hope to give both this blog and my YouTube channel a revamp within the next few weeks/beginning of next year. Keep an eye out for that. 

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#FriendsFest Event Report!โ˜•๏ธ


Last Sunday me and Lucy went to visit Monica and the gang at Friends Fest. By that I mean we got to spend the day at Haggerston Park pretending we were in the tv show Friends. Could we have BEEN anymore excited? Probably not by the amount of photos we took,which I’ll add throughout this post. 
We got to hang out in Monica’s apartment. Well a replica,but a pretty good one at that. We took numerous photos by and of the famous blue front door. We sat in the kitchen where the friends had sat,lounged on Monica’s sofa,and pretended to be Rachel in the episode before the break up episode. ‘Y.O.U.R apostrophe E means you’re, Y.O.U.R means your’. Still one of my favourite episodes. 

We played table football in Joey and Chandlers and played ‘Draw’ in the comfy black chairs. We sat in the wooden boat in the episode where Kathy cuts Chandlers Hair and pretended to be part of the friends gang. We also recreated the title sequence. ‘I’ll be there for youuuu’

The best thing though was getting to visit Central Perk,the famous coffee house which the friends favourited. Getting to sit on the famous couch was amazing! They even had a set up of Phoebe’s open mic set where you could sing ‘Smelly Cat’. We then enjoyed a cuppa outside Central Perk and unfortunately we weren’t allowed to have it in. 

We also took part in a silent disco and learnt the famous New Years Eve dance routine. So much fun! 

After giving all our energy in the dance,we made our way to the Moondance diner where Monica worked in series 1 and set her prosthetic boob on fire. We then sat and watched some of the best moments in big deck chairs on the big screen before visiting The Vegas Wedding Chapel where Rachel and Ross got hitched in Vegas. We even got to try on wedding dresses! Needless to say I won’t be getting married anytime soon,I was so scared I was going to stand on the dress and rip it that its I put me off for a good few years haha! 

We then spent a fair bit of money in the shop before leaving the world of friends behind. It was so great to be able to experience the atmosphere of Friends Fest. A must for every fan of the show. 
Thanks Comedy Central for putting it together and to Lucy for coming with me. I couldn’t imagine spending a Friends filled day with anyone else. 
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I met Billie Piper! Yerma Theatre Reviewย 

On Saturday I got to fufill one of my dreams I’d had for a long time. I got to go and see Billie Piper on stage. I’d waited years for it having been a fan since 2006 when I first saw her in Phillip Pullmans The Ruby in the Smoke. Dr Who followed. Rose and 10 were my favourite. Since then I’ve devoured everything she’s been in. Mostly rewatching Mansfield Park and Secret Diary of a Call Girl over and over. Hannah and Ben though. Still not over it. I still can’t listen to Someone like You by Adele without it giving me all the feelings. 

I remember asking my mum over and over again if I could get Billie’s autobiography,Growing Pains when I was around 11. When she gave in I devoured it in a few days. The first book I remember doing that with. It still remains a favourite. So much so that I have two copies. The hardback and the paperback(which includes an extra few chapters). Needless to say you can probably guess which one I lugged around London with me that day. The hardback obvs. 

Needless to say having waited ages to see Billie on stage I booked tickets,luckily before it sold out to see her in Yerma. A play based on Federico Garcia’s Lorca which had been modernised and brought up to date by the amazing Simon Stone. The story follows a successful journalist,who is only referred to as Her,and her husband John as they try to conceive. After various years and countless rounds of IVF and still no progress,Her begins to lose control reaching a tragic end. 

Set in a glass box,the set change are easily executed through the use of a blackout after each scene,giving the people behind the scenes the chance to quickly change the set from an expensive studio apartment in London Marleybone,to their back garden and a muddy festival ground with rain pattering against the glass.  

Billie Piper is absolutely outstanding in this role. I couldn’t take my eyes off her or the rest of the cast. I felt so much for her character. To think how true this situation is to so many women is heartbreaking. 

Alongside Billie,Brendan Cowell’s performance as Her’s husband, John was brilliant. Particularly in the festival scene near the end. You could see how worried he was and how much that he too was effective. I feel like most women forget that their husbands too are involved and also feel frustrated but this showed so well that they too go through the same feelings. 

I was so in this play that after the 1hr,40mins my mouth had turned so dry that I hadn’t needed a drink so much in my life. I also had to sit until most of the auditorium had cleared before I could get up. I was shaking so much that I had to remind myself to breathe through the sheer intensity of it. 

If you can beg,borrow or steal a ticket for this absolutely heartbreak,incredible play. It’s most definitely worth waiting in the long returns queue to witness this amazing masterpiece of theatre. 

After regaining my sort of normal composure I made my way into the bar to hopefully meet Billie and tell her how amazing her performance was. Shoutout to the lovely girl I met waiting,it was lovely to meet you. 

Billie came out not long later and signed for everyone who was there and took photos. She signed my copy of Growing Pains and I managed to squeak a ‘I’ve been a fan of yours for years so to see you on stage was absolutely amazing’. To which she replied ‘ah Thankyou so much’. We then took these lovely photos. Shoutout to Tim for putting up with me going completely insane after these were taken. 

See Billie Piper on stage and meet her after? Checkโœ”๏ธโœ”๏ธโœ”๏ธ. 


Now,I’m going to go and stare at my photo again. Like I haven’t been doing in since it was taken Ha! 


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Bugsy Malone 40th Anniversary Bash!ย 

Ever since I can remember I’ve loved the 1920s. You can imagine my excitement then, when I found out it was announced they were celebrating 40 years of Bugsy Malone with an exhibition,screening of the film and a very own Fat Sam’s speak easy at BAFTA picadilly. 

It was Bugsy Malone that made me fall in love with the 20s in the first place. The fashion, music and awesome headdresses. I remember watching Bugsy for the first time when I was about 8. I was sat in a classroom,surrounded by my peers on a Friday afternoon,the last school hour of the week. My favourite teacher(Mrs Duncan,who,fun fact taught me gymnastics when I was 5) put on the film about gangsters who shot each other with splurge guns filled with shaving foam who visited a New York bookshop which just so happened to be a speakeasy. Whilst everyone else sat and watched bits of it,I was completely absorbed. So much so that I asked what the film was called and purchased it on DVD not long after. I think it was the first DVD I actually brought. 

Anyway,back to the reason for this blogpost and the Bugsy Malone 40th anniversary event report. 

With the 20s being my favourite era,there was no way I wasn’t going to go dressed in style! Wearing my black flapper dress(well closest to anyway) me and mum made our way to the train station to meet our friends and mums work colleagues,Jen and Trish for a day spent in the 20s. 
Expecting the BAFTA building to be a prominent landmark we were surprised to find it tucked away in the middle of Picadilly,not far from the billboards that Picadilly is known for. Like most places in London the best are tucked away in little nooks. BAFTA was no different. 

Walking in it was immediately as though we were royalty. Ok maybe a bit dramatic but I felt important anyway. A man dressed in 1920s attire informed us that the event was happening upstairs and to enjoy our day. It was great to imagine who had walked up those stairs. 
After collecting our tickets we made our way into ‘Fat Sams’ a room decorated out with different activities from custard pie throwing,to splurge gun shooting,a dress up photo booth and character named mocktails. 

With three activities to choose from,we immediately made our way to the photobooth taking some 1920 inspired photos,dressed up in the different headpieces and hats that were on offer! We had a great laugh,as you can see below. 

Next,we had a go at the custard pie throwing which proved a complete fail on most of our parts. We done better on the splurge gun shooting though so it wasn’t all bad. 

We then made our way upstairs to the exhibition. Not before finding Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch though๐Ÿ™Š

The exhibition was filled with loads of behind the scenes photos of the cast,a mini version replica of the car used in the film and a real life spurge gun! I also found lots of BAFTA memorabilia which I though was rather cool.  

After a wander around,taking far too many photos,we went back into ‘Fat SAMs’ for a mocktail before going to watch Bugsy Malone in the most poshest and comfiest theatre ever. We even got out picture taken on the stage as we were the first ones in. 

Like with most films,you notice different things each time. We were surprised to see how different film making had changed since 1974 when this film was made. Examples being actors messing up their lines but still being kept in,actually listening more to the lyrics,and how different the film is when you watch it as an adult rather than a child. It is however,still one of those films that is classed as a classic! Nothing has ever been done like it since. And that’s what makes it so unique. 

The day ended with a natter and dinner in Garfunkles before travelling home. All in all it was a wonderful day and I’m so glad I got to live out my fantasy of being a part of the 1920s for the day. 

A life updateย 

So sorry for the lack of posts over the past 6 months. Life has been pretty hectic with my final year of uni. I’m pleased to say though,I’m officially done. Three years of uni is officially over! It feels so weird to think where that time has gone. I now have to go out and become a proper adult. Scary stuff. 

In officially six weeks I graduate and go out into the real world. Not sure how to feel about that. In the mean time I’ll give you a little update on what’s been happening in the life of Emily. 

Going back to April(I know,I know,that was two months ago) but I got to go and see some great theatre and see some of my favourite people on stage. Mainly James Norton and Sheridan Smith which I got to write about as part of my final university project due to creating a theatre magazine. Hope to share it with you over the next few weeks. I get my grades back(!) for everything next week so can hopefully share what I’ve been up to. 

Fast forward to the last few weeks of May: I got to go and see Emily Bowker(who was a massive help in my fmp thanks Emily) and Alastair Whately in Invincible. For those who have read my blog for quite some time will know that this time last year I had a bit of a love for a play called Birdsong which these amazing actors starred in. It was lovely to see them again. I also visited Winchester Cathedral and found Jane Austen’s grave stone.

The end of May was spent with my lovely friend Sarah in her hometown of Exeter for the lead up of Radio 1s Big Weekend last weekend. Can someone take me back please?! 
It was lovely to get away and spend some time with her on her farm,exploring the great outdoors with minimum Internet and phone signal. I was a total tourist as it was a place I hadn’t visited before and took loads of photos. I went to the zoo and saw an elephant being fed. A baby giraffe and some week old meerkats. I went on a lovely walk with Sarahs dogs and danced and sang the day away at Big Weekend. Generally living! It was the happiest I had felt in a long time. One of the best weekends ever! 


When I came home on the Monday I went and saw a preview screening of Me Before You and cried my eyes out in the best possible way. My favourite film of the year so far. 


My mum came to visit on Tuesday and we ended up having a very cultured few days visiting places we hadnt before. We went to Bath and learnt more about Jane Austen. We ventured to Oxford and had the best time looking at all the architecture and beautiful buildings wishing why I wasn’t clever enough to go to the university there. I bought an Oxford university hoodie because why not. I’d wanted one for years. 

Then we came back to Southampton and met Giovanna Fletcher. She seemed impressed when I told her I wrote my own stuff and told me to keep going when I said I’d written 10,000 words of a story. I cried. It was one of the best experiences to be told by someone you look up to to keep writing. 

In terms of this 10,000 words of Turn of the Clock,Amie bought me a pocket watch! I actually own a pocket watch like the one in the story. I got very excited when it was given to me as a belated birthday present. I’ve since carried on the PowerPoint I originally started,adding more photos of the characters,and generally getting to know them a bit better. I’m hoping to get back to it and spent the last few weeks in my flat writing before I move out at the end of the month. 


I’m home for a few days until Wednesday to recharge my batteries before beginning my job search. I’ve also recently joined TheatreBloggers so expect more theatre reviews on this blog over the coming months. 
For now I’m off to do some baking and watch Death Comes to Pemberly for inspiration for my story. James Norton in period costume. Yum!
I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.
Lots of love 
E
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The Anti Bucket List 2015

     
Inspired by the lovely Emma Gannon’s post about her Anti Bucket List, I thought I would take a look back on my years achievements and exciting things that happened. 

– I visited and fell in love with New York. Fulfilled a dream I’d had for ages by going into Tiffanys(Audrey Hepburn had been in there people. Omg). Got very emotional about it. Made my friend take loads of pics of me outside. 

– Tried a macaroon for the first time. They’ve since become my favourite thing. 

– Saw Ralph Fiennes on stage(so good)

– Went to see Birdsong another three times giving me some amazing memories with the 2015 cast

– Moved into my first flat(I now have to manage my money (aah)

– Got my first bylines in Tv Choice and Total TV Guide magazines. Realised that’s where I’d like to work 

– Met Laura Camichael at the last ever Downton event *sob*

– Got a lovely letter from the editor of Vogue

– Varied my reading horizons and discovered the Grantchester mysteries book series.

– Met one of my all time favourite authors,Lindsey Kelk who told me if it was possibly for her to write a book,it was for me too. So lovely.

– Got my braces off(finally!)

– Sang my heart out on more than one occasion. George Ezra,Lawson and S Club 7,thanks for some of the best nights ever! 

– Wrote 10,000 words of my novel. 

– Experienced a spa for the first time. I’d quite happily have a massage every week. Please and Thankyou ๐Ÿ˜‚

– Tried my hand at hosting a radio show. Such fun! 

Looking back I can’t believe how much I’ve achieved this year. What a great year it was. 

Things I’m looking forward to next year: 

1. Seeing Sheridan Smith and Pixie Lott on stage

2. Graduating! ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ˜ฌ

3. Going back to TV Choice magazine.