La traviata

Attend an Opera #101in1001 #54

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?

When I was putting my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, there were two challenges I was quite keen to do, to attend my first full-length ballet and also my first full length Opera.

I must admit, although I enjoyed and appreciated the ballet, it didn’t quite rock my boat ( a little too genteel), but last week’s visit to the Opera certainly did! I saw Verdi’s La Traviata at the invitation of The Hawth, Crawley and Amande Concerts to review for Theatre South East. I was excited but also a little bit nervous as I always get when I have to review something I know nothing about.

But oh, it was lovely! You can read about my experiences here – I shall certainly be returning to continue my education. A great challenge.


Theatre Reviews 2015

Even though I have transferred all my reviews to I am still aware that people are checking back on this site for them. Please forgive me, I shall add links here so that no-one misses out on some of the wonderful experiences that I have had.

These are only the reviews that I have done personally, for my guest reviewer’s reviews you need to visit Theatre South East… Happy Reading. Continue reading


The Girl On The Train | Paula Hawkins | Review 

Official Blurb

What the blurb says: “Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train.”

My View (no spoilers)

Continue reading


Race for Life – 2015 #101in1001

Having supported my 7 good friends as they trained and ran the marathon in aid of St. Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley, I wanted to do something too to raise money to help beat cancer and help eradicate this vile disease forever.

One of my 101 challenges was to take part in the Race for Life, but due to lack of confidence in my ability to even walk the 5k course I thought that I would leave this challenge until next year.

Continue reading

Vege pot

Go vegetarian for a week – #101in1001 #68

Don’t get me wrong, I like vegetarian food, I like it a lot. I just like meat as well, I actually admire vegetarians for their standpoint, whether their reasons are because of the animals,  health or because they don’t like the taste. I know that I could not be a vegetarian. But I wondered whether I could do it for a week…

Continue reading


Isle of Wight Festivities – 2015

So have you been to a festival? I was a bit of a late starter and it wasn’t until I was in was my forties that started going to the Isle of Wight festival each June.

This year was my fifth year – am I rock chick? Certainly not!

I am not even a big music fan, some of the other girls laugh at me and my lack of knowledge about the music scene – but I don’t care! It is all about the company.

Continue reading