TINA TURNER THE MUSICAL – WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT

TINA TURNER THE MUSICAL – WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT

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This superb highly captivating musical is more than the chronicle of a rock star.  As we are familiarised with the life of Tina Turner (born in Tennessee, Anna Mae Bullock) from her humble beginnings to her rise to fame, we are reminded of how she overcame obstacles of race, gender and abuse.

This incredible performer who seemed always to be ‘living the dream’, was in fact living a nightmare.   She was beaten both physically and mentally, with even her own Mother turning against her in her final hours, siding with the abuser who had convinced her he had changed.

The story is the most compelling portrayal of a woman who chooses to fight back, having seemingly lost everything.  Her husband had even stolen the copyright to her songs.  But with her dignity and integrity intact, and the support of a few friends and believers, sets to put the record straight, and returns to ‘centre stage’ with the victory of a lifetime.

Tina not only regains her legendary music career, but meets the love of her life, and succeeds in remaining one of the most revered female inspirations of our time.

The Musical has been several years in development, with Tina Turner herself attending the workshops in 2016 and subsequently has been involved in its progress.  She has a particular affection for the UK, who she feels never lost belief in her, and supported her when she returned to the stage as a rock star in her 40s.

“It’s really important to me to have the chance to share my full story. This musical is not about my stardom. It is about the journey I took to get there. Each night I want audiences to take away from the theatre that you can turn poison into medicine.” — TINA TURNER

The show is now at the Aldwych Theatre

Ticket Information – https://tinathemusical.com/uk/ticket-information/
Tina Turner the Musical website – https://tinathemusical.com/uk/

Highly recommended, as it is ‘Simply the Best’.

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Traveling The Netherlands is More Than Just Amsterdam

Traveling The Netherlands is More Than Just Amsterdam

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When our work took us to Amsterdam for a film festival (which we had entered and won, by the way – woo hoo!)

My husband and I decided to take advantage of the opportunity of being in Holland and take a couple of weeks to travel around The Netherlands. In that time – our first time exploring the country together – we fell in love with the place. And not just its capital.

When tourists think of Holland, they instantly think of Amsterdam, conjuring up images of weed cafes and legal prostitutes as far as the eye can see, with tulips, canals, trams or bicycles, but all still through the prism of The Dam (as the locals call it).

It does indeed go far beyond the tulips and canals and really is worth planning a trip to this amazing country – sooner rather than later.

Many of the places/attractions we visited are fun for both adults and kids alike. As the saying goes, The Netherlands is for ages 1-100, which was just as well as we were also travelling with our young toddler daughter Xena.

Public transport is a breeze in this country. Getting from city to city couldn’t be easier, and their trains are prompt and clean. We left Amsterdam and hopped on a train to The Hague. Even with four suitcases, a pram and a toddler, it was painless.  We opted to stay by the beach, which was beautiful and highly recommend. Even in the warm summer months, it means lovely cool breezes at night. The weather was especially fitting for rolling up our jeans and wading around through the soft sand of the flat beaches that seemed to extend forever, creating mini ponds and ocean water puddles throughout.

There were restaurants along the beach, and the harbour, where you could go for fresh and fried fish and seafood.  It reminded me of New England, with the same quality to the sand, the water and even the seagulls, but with far less congestion and pollution.

It was simple to get into the city center via bus and/or tram, and we headed in on most days, enjoying fantastic coffee. The third wave coffee movement is alive and well in The Hague. In fact, The Netherlands in general is one of the best countries in the world that I’ve visited with consistent quality coffee throughout.

We also explored the culinary scene, which was stellar. The food in this country is really great, and you will appreciate it even more if you are a foodie.   Wherever we were, it was possible to find a good quality restaurant serving sustainable, fresh food. Even most conventional grocery stores offered a decent organic (bio) section, including meats. There were also a few fully organic supermarkets to be found, even in smaller cities.

The City of The Hague is gorgeous. There’s greenery all over, smooth roads with bike lanes and quiet trams weaving in and out of the architecturally impressive homes. In the center is the Hofvijver, a beautiful pond adjacent to the Binnenhof (government office) and the Mauritshuis (the museum that is home to “The Girl with the Pearl Earring”).

Not too far away is the Escher in Het Paleis, where you can see M.C. Escher’s original artwork while wandering through the magnificent palace that houses it. Sheepishly, I’ll admit that I had no idea Escher was Dutch! I am a fan, though, and it was really special to see original works of such famous paintings, especially after being exposed to prints of them on the wall of every college dorm I’ve ever been in (alongside Ansel Adams, Bob Marley and Albert Einstein posters).

A trip to Den Haag wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Madurodam, a miniature replica of the entire country. My young 2 year old daughter Xena loved it, but I think my husband and I enjoyed it more. The detail is insane and settled in amongst the miniatures happens to be some giant tulips, perfect for unforgettable photo ops. Do not miss. I have no idea why, and no one could quite explain it, but Dutch people love miniatures. As if one theme park made up of a small version of the country isn’t enough, there’s also Miniworld in Rotterdam! It’s not nearly as majestic as Madurodam, but still fun to see, if you’re in the area. Which we were!

In fact, Rotterdam was our next stop. We enjoyed this bustling, hip city. If The Hague is a classy, bourgeois Grand Dame (thanks to all the diplomats, expats and government officials living there), then Rotterdam is its art-school attending, aspiring musician, younger cousin. It’s very multi-cultural, with a lot of cool shops and artsy vibes. It also, like most places in The Netherlands, has great cuisine and top-notch coffee. Another plus is the Rotterdam Zoo, considered one of Europe’s finest (my favorite part was the Oceanium).

To be continued ……………

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THE SILVER SCREEN BALL AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS

THE SILVER SCREEN BALL AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS

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Glotime.tv will be hosting the iconic Silver Screen Ball at Pinewood Studios again on 7th December 2019.

This star studded red carpet occasion will be hosted by Dee Anderson, daughter of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, creators of Thunderbirds and a host of legendary ground breaking television programmes over the past five decades.

Gerry & Sylvia Anderson

As well a champagne reception, fabulous food, and wonderful entertainment, there will also be the Sylvia Anderson awards for emerging creative talent, and a ‘what money can’t buy’ auction for Gt Ormond Street. Hospital.

It is an exclusive event, as Pinewood Studios has celebrated eight decades of eminent film making as home to James Bond, Disney and the Anderson portfolio of films and television.

Your Host Dee Anderson

Tickets are at a premium, and practically sold out straight away after the last event, with guests commenting that the occasion is ‘stunning, exceptional, glamorous and outstanding’.

Anthea Turner

Brenda Blethyn OBE, Barry Crier OBE, Sanjeeve Bhaskar OBE, Cass Lewis (Skunk Anansie), Thomas Brodie Sanster (Game of Thrones), Anthea Turner, Liz Kershaw

As you can imagine, stars from the World of stage and screen have been in attendance each year and will grace the floors of the Ballroom at Pinewood Studios once again at this exclusive Christmas event.

Christian Vit (Game of Thrones & Holby City)

 

Stephen Dixon & Liz Kershaw (Sky News)

 

 

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HORRIBLE HISTORIES – THE MOVIE – A SHOCK WAVE OF SUCCESS

HORRIBLE HISTORIES – THE MOVIE – A SHOCK WAVE OF SUCCESS

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Horrible Histories is no doubt one of the most popular kids shows of the past decade and it is also evident that the movie, due to be released on 26 July, has captured all the magic without losing the essence of the original show.

The concept was initially devised as an educational tool to teach kids historical facts through the fun imagery of blood and gore, and remains unique in its endgame of capturing their imagination and enabling kids to retain the knowledge through sheer shockwave entertainment.

I remember as a kid growing up with the creators of Thunderbirds, my parents Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, who told me that they always targeted both adults and kids – which was then labelled ‘kidult’.  They always felt that this was one of the most important factors that contributed toward their success.

Horrible Histories the movie has done just that, and as well as the obvious ‘toilet’ jokes that kids find funny and the ‘vomit’ humour which make adults heave – they have skilfully incorporated historical and legendary warriors, facts and figures, and even managed to include a storyline between a young couple fighting on opposite sides of the divide.

Even as a parent or grandparent, you will enjoy many elements of the film, knowing that your offspring will benefit from it and you will all learn something new and retain some knowledge even by yucky image association.

Atti, played by Sebastian Croft, is a Roman teenager who is always coming up with schemes, but one of them really upsets Emperor Nero.

For his punishment, he is sent to cold wet Britain, called ‘the Stain’ by Nero, as it is on the fringe of the Roman Empire. Whilst in Britain, he is captured by Orla, a feisty Celt, played by Emelia Jones, and they inevitably form a firm friendship.   But to Atti’s horror, when he is returned to his regiment, he finds himself pitted against Orla and her tribe at the Battle of Watling Street

How’s that for historical name dropping!!    Well, the best is yet to come, and if you get you and your tribe along to see the movie from 26th July, I guarantee you will come out by far the wiser!


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THE PLASTIC PROBLEM IN OUR SEAS

THE PLASTIC PROBLEM IN OUR SEAS

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More than two decades ago I had a conversation with the lovely Actor, Alison Steadman, who was then married to legendary Film Director Mike Leigh.  They were already heavily into promoting environmental issues of pollution and waste, and educated me into the hazards of buying coloured loo paper, saying it was non-biodegradable.  I have bought the white stuff ever since.

So where did it all go wrong, and why is it only now we are being made aware of the amount of plastic in the World’s oceans, which is set to treble in the next decade unless drastic action is taken to prevent it.

We have been warned that plastic is one of the most enormous threats facing the world’s seas, along with metal and chemical pollution.

It has apparently been swept under the carpet or beds of the Ocean for decades, and now only as it is now at danger level are we on high alert where our sea waters are concerned.

The Netherlands, who are famous for their environmentally friendly approach, have led the way by opening the World’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle and other Nations are encouraged to follow.

But we need to take it further and take control through research and awareness before the problem escalates even more.

Louise Edge, Senior Oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK warns us “Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats facing our oceans, with items ranging from whole plastic bottles to tiny microplastics being found in seas all around the world”.

“If strong action isn’t taken now, the problem will get exponentially worse. More research is needed on the many different facets of plastic pollution, but it is already clear that we must end our relationship with throwaway plastic and find alternative packaging solutions which won’t harm our environment.”

Professor Edward Hill, executive director of the National Oceanography Centre, said it was time to change the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude to the world’s oceans.

He said the Blue Planet television series has helped people visualise what is going on in the oceans, provoking both wonder at what is down there and horror at the impact humans are having.

“It’s this sense of the unexplored world on our own planet, but also it’s important to us. We know less about the bottom of the sea than the moon or Mars, but nothing lives on the moon or Mars, but things live in our ocean and they’re vitally important to us,” he said.

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If we want to contribute to the awareness of this alarming discovery, we can make a difference by creating plastic free awareness in our own homes, and pass the knowledge onto our kids, so that they lead by example.  If you click onto www.plasticfreetuesday.com, it will give you some great tips for the start of your own plastic free awareness campaign.

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