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The Notebook – Outdoor Cinema Experience

Pop Up Screens are AWESOME!

Saturday night I crossed another item off my summer to-do list – going to an outdoor cinema screening. I had chosen the Notebook because let’s face it that’s an all-time classic. Easily the BEST chick flick of all time… and that’s coming from me who outright prefers action and thriller to a soppy romance where you can predict the ending!

I met Ally beforehand and we headed to Bishops Park – the Pop Up Screen location for this weekend. The gates opened at 7pm but we got there a little later after finding the correct spot in the park, and my earlier outfit issues (I can never decide what to wear!). But it wasn’t too difficult with all the signs.

They were positioned in a little opening and when we arrived there were already people blanketed up, kicking back and getting ready.

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We headed in after showing our printed ticket and made a beeline for the bar. They had a few options for drinks and they were very reasonably priced with £4 a pint (Magners being one, bit of a cider fan me!) or a glass of wine (Red/White/Rosé). They also did soft drinks and hot drinks too which seemed pretty popular! The food looked really tasty and many of the people in the queue before us were waiting for burgers fresh off the grill – the smell was so tempting!

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Now you can’t have a cinema trip without popcorn but they even catered for this. HUGE arm length bags of Drum and Kernel popcorn for £4! The bag is massive so great for sharing and they taste so good – the sweet and salted flavouring running throughout and not too little either. Unfortunately we got this a little of the way into the film and it was too dark to snap a quick pic so you’ll have to take my word for the enormous size of the bag!

After grabbing a drink we found a spot to perch. You were told to bring something to sit on and obviously wrap up warm. We didn’t bring a blanket – silly me – but we luckily had Ally’s gillet to sit on and we were both wearing warm clothes (After my numerous outfit changes that afternoon!). Others were on picnic blankets, sat in picnic chairs, or my favourite of the night one of the couples at the back was on an air bed! Now that’s a fab idea, why didn’t we think of this?

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There were quite a few couples and I did think it would make a perfect date night, but just as many pairs/groups of friends gathering for an evening out in the wilderness.

Ally and I sat chatting until the film started. One of the Pop Up Screen reps welcomed us and started the film. The sound was really good for outside, and although we were over half way back in the crowd we could hear really well. It had gotten dark outside too adding to the cinema effect, but I’m sure it would have been fab in the long summer evenings too.

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Getting a drink halfway through was easy, and the bar staff were friendly and quick to serve. This is when we got a popcorn to nibble on too – yummy.

Ally went to the toilets in the middle of the film too and said they were easy to find with Pop Up Screen reps directing you on your way and way back. I think that’s well organised!

The whole experience was great. Ally and I had a fantastic evening – and we even managed to not cry! The Pop Up Screen company are so well organised, did a fab job and are so friendly. I would deifnitely recommend this before the summer ends! We’re already looking at the other listings to see which one(s) we would like to go to 😛 Perhaps Devil Wears Prada will be next (one of Ally’s faces!) or The Goonies (One of my childhood classics!)… we shall see!

 

Love From Chloe xx

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I went to the Live Shows: Got To Dance

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A couple weeks back I got to apply for priority tickets for Got To Dance through Applause Store. I was pretty excited but didn’t want to get my hopes up too much as the last time we went along, we queued for ages and were 6 behind the cut-off point. Devastating! – especially for Alex who’d gotten up after an hour in bed as he fell asleep on the bus on the way home from a night out haha

We got the email through with our priority passes, I luckily already had the day off and Alex got to finish early. We turned up at Earls Court Two before the time they had said and queued…as we had priority tickets we didn’t have to wait long and soon exchanged our printed voucher for two tickets.

We were instructed to return at 5.30 for the live shows. I must admit I was half expecting it to be pre-recorded as they’d asked us to get there for 1.45 latest, so we had to change our plans from watching the Arsenal match in the evening. Although I obviously gave Alex the choice. I know, how thoughtful eh? ha

Returning at 5.30 we were back to queuing and slowly moving inside. We grabbed some food to snack on from the shop inside Earls Court Two – the wedges were actually pretty tasty, nicely seasoned! – and headed to our seats.

The seats were fab, great view, the only thing I would say if you’re going to a show like Got To Dance prepare yourself for the screams from the smallest members of the audience, can be slightly ear piercing!

IMG_1062.JPGThe guy who welcomed the audience and did most of the presenting off-screen was awesome! He really got the crowd going – we had dance offs between the two sides of the audience, people were winning free t-shirts, he was throwing Haribo out to the children, and he kept this up whilst also directing the audience before some of the pre-recording and during the breaks. He really did an amazing job and made it so much more fun!

The live show started at 7.30. We all had to be seated but were told to cheer and boo when we felt appropriate. It was getting excited.

All of the acts were ASTOUNDING! My faves were Nicholas Marvel, Dan-I and Sia and Duplic8. I watched in awe – If only I could be that amazing at dancing! The routine by Dan-I and Sia was incredible – their chemistry and the way they moved, just AWESOME! It was so much better than I’d expected – I’m a bit of a hiphop fanatic, I blame Alex for my conversion! 

The breaks always went quick, and we were soon on to the performance by Adam Garcia. His tap dancing was sensational, he wowed the audience and I loved the routine!

We did leave a little before the end, so we could miss the tube rush and make it back for the end of the Arsenal game 😛

All together the dancing on Wednesday evening was extremely inspiring and incredible! I loved the evening and would definitely recommend applying for audience tickets through applause store – fab, fun experience and FREE!

 

Would love to hear about any other shows you would recommend to go and watch!

Chloe xx

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Last bank holiday before Christmas..

Last weekend was the last bank holiday before Christmas – scary stuff! I booked two days off this week so I could have a lovely long 5days off to cram some of my summer wish list in. Amazing few days …

Saturday I went to dance at Pineapple Dance Studio. The 11am beg hip hop class is fun and gets you moving, brings your confidence back whilst also helping you keep fit and do exercise. Love it!

I then got ready and headed to Alex’s for the evening. We watched the Arsenal match at Josh’s before having a few drinks and heading on a night out. We went to Cargo in shoreditch – the first time Lucy and I had been there – was so much fun! The layout is awesome, its not as expensive as other clubs, and really easy to get to from Alex’s so nice and easy to get home!

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Sunday we woke up after a long lie in and headed to mine to get ready for CARNIVAL! We met some of his friends slightly more north than Nottinghill and walked in from that end. It was awesome, had such a fab time, great tunes, moves, jerk chicken…mmmmm. We only got to be there for 3hours ish before the music stopped but I really enjoyed myself!

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We were going to go out in clapham after with my housemates and a few others including Alex’s friends, but when we got there one of us couldn’t get in so Alex and I didn’t mind not staying out – I just can’t manage two days drinking 😛 not in uni anymore, definitely feeling older! so we headed home, stayed up for a little bit and slept…

Monday we had a huge lie in and such an awesome chilled day. We popped to the supermarket to get food and nibbles and had such a funny afternoon watching films and chatting. Just what we needed! I then headed to Bath late on the train for my reunion with my bestie!

Tuesday – lovely day! Huge catchup with Char in the morning, made a delicious salad before heading to bath city to do a little shopping, came back and popped to her mums to pick up a few bits before a night playing poker (yes I got taught…no I didn’t win, not even close!) , chilling in the hot tub and finally playing game for life. Fun day, loved being with char!

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I came back Wednesday morning for my last day off… I had tickets to see the Got To Dance semi finals!!! But will tell you about that later..keep an eye out!

Overall a fab long weekend, so varied but so amazing for my last bank holiday weekend before Christmas, really enjoyed it and feel like I definitely made the most of it!

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Salad doesn’t have to be boring!

My instinct is telling me that people will be reading the title of this post and about half will think I’m nuts!

But honestly, salad can be delicious, healthy and variety can be interesting and sometimes exciting – ok maybe I went a little far with the exciting!

One evening last week, after a hard gym sesh with one of the bestests, we popped to the supermarket and decided we’d be a little more adventurous with a salad option. Considering how things could work together but hoping for the best we came up with this concoction…

A peach and feta salad:

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It was delicious! It was sweet and juicy from the peach, mixed with the crumbly creamy texture from the feta – everything went to so well together. You didn’t even need a dressing due to the combinations going on in the dish.

We both really enjoyed this, so I thought I’d share 🙂

Ingredients (serves 2):
A small bag of salad leaves
Half a cucumber
Half a small tin on sweetcorn
One peach
Half a block of Apetina, cut into cubes

Presentation – well as you can see we piled ours in and it still looked fab. Just chop up the ingredients and put together any way you like!

A quick to make, healthy meal which tastes utterly scrumptious!

I wonder what salad selection we’ll make next time…hmmmm…I’ll be sure to share if it’s another salad that rocks my world 😛

Chloe xx

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Summer Over? No Way! – Plans Plans Plans

I refuse to believe summer is over yet!

Yes I know it’s a bit colder and a little wetter sometimes, and yes it is being pretty unpredictable BUT we do live in England! We have to remember this, and make the most of the weather being a reasonable temperature to do all the summery things we haven’t done yet. Come on, let’s all think positive! And who knows what September might bring – I’ve got my fingers crossed for a spontaneous heat wave!

There’s still a few weeks left yet (at least!) and lots I want to do. So I thought I’d share with you the extras on my to do list before summer really is out.

– Carnival – this is obviously a must! I mean come on, I live in London and I’m being offered two free days of partying, dancing to some great tunes and having a fab time with friends. Who could say no? Last year was so much fun with two of my girl mates and this year there’s hopefully more going to throw shapes all day long 🙂

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– Visit Char (my best friend from uni) for a reunion before she’s super busy with PGCE stuff – this is happening next week. Very excited!

– Barclays Bikes around Hyde Park. I will settle for another bike ride, not too fussy!

– Camden Market. Love it! I haven’t been all summer and it’s meant to be fab in the summer evenings. Need to fit this into my diary before it gets cold! Although it is great all year round.

– Outdoor Cinema – This has been on my wish list for some time! The idea of a pop up screen in one of the London Parks, watching a classic whilst enjoying the great outdoors with lots of others who enjoy the same film – AMAZING! They have bars and pop up food stands too! I was recommended popupscreens.co.uk who have been showing classics all summer and have some fab films still lined up in different parks over london – I found it so hard to decide! I thought I’d share the films with you, perhaps I can tempt you too!

In Morden Hall Park in Morden they’re showing Rocky Horror Picture Show (22nd Aug), Romeo & Juliet (23rd Aug), Mamma Mia (24th Aug) and the Hangover (25th Aug) – Awesome pick for bank holiday monday after many will be partying Sunday.

In Bishop’s Park in Fulham they’re showing Blade (29th Aug), The Notebook (30th Aug) and Back to the Future (31st Aug).

In Manor House Gardens Lewisham they’re showing Fight Club (5th Sep), Moulin Rouge (6th Sep) and Top Gun (7th Sep). In Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith they’re showing Heathers (12th Sep), Pulp Fiction (13th Sep) and Devil Wears Prada – to coninside with London Fashion Week! how cool? (24th Sep). Finally to end the summer in East Greenwich Pleasaunce they’re showing the Gonnies (26th Sep) and Forrest Gump (27th Sep).

Now can you see how I found it so hard to decide? I’ve chosen The Notebook to start, and who knows I might go to another! I’d get to see another part of London too 🙂

– Ping pong & Football in Highbury park – At the beginning of Summer Alex and I decided we would spend one day in the park having games of ping pong and playing football (mainly so I can learn 😛 I used to hate sport at school). This has not happened yet, but I am hoping it still will!

– Outdoor Bootcamp! I would love to try an outdoor Bootcamp class, being pushed to my limits out in the fresh air! It’d also be a nice change to the gym, and I’d leave feeling accomplished and amazing!

– Visit the wonderground and summer goings on at Southbank – Ally’s been and says its awesome! I must fit a day in my diary to go. I don’t want to miss out!

So there you have it. My key list of things to do still. I best get going or I’ll never fit all these in 😛

I hope you all have fab bank holiday weekends!

Love Chloe xx

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