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  1. Yes, I am looking forward to my viewing on May 11th. I seem to have had my ticket and been waiting for the big day for ages. Don't want to tempt fate but fingers crossed there won't be any cast changes. Promises to be a classy evening.
  2. We are having some replastering done at home and have packed everything away, apart from the tv and comfy chairs. Last night I had nothing to do so I watched a new game show called Big Heads. For those unlucky enough to have missed it, the idea is that contestants compete for a prize of £10,000 whilst wearing oversized heads in the image of famous people. Last night was an eclectic but instantly recognisable line up of Trump, May, Einstein, Adele, Camilla D of C, Simon Cowell and Mo Farah. The intellectual level of the proceedings is on a par with It's a Knockout. A winning formula as people repeatedly falling or being knocked over and getting wet seems to cause endless - almost hysterical - merriment. Well, us simple folk like it. Truth is generally stranger than fiction, but I have to admit that I was amused by the sight of "The Donald" dressed in a wee Willie Winkie nightshirt and with his underpants round his ankles, being chased by a giant shark. Mrs May was knocked out in the early rounds and the whole thing went on for an hour , so at least half an hour too long. Can't wait for next week's exciting episode.
  3. Apparently, the new shops are mostly food outlets and tobacconists. To add to the hundreds already trading. When we moved here, we commented that we had never seen so many places to buy "food" in one relatively small place. How it is not the fattest town in England I don't know, can't be far off. Everything is chips, chips, chips, burgers, kebabs and more chips. There was a proper deli years ago. I was talking to the owner one day and he said he had to fight the council for permission to open. They opposed it on the grounds that people don't want poncy overpriced deli stuff, they want chips. In a rare deviation from the norm, the council was right. The deli bombed after lasting a surprising 6 whole months, the last one being a closing down everything must go sale, in which they did their best trade. There has been a fish and chip shop there ever since. On the rare occasions I walk through town, the smell of fried food and specifically onions is nauseating. Going down, according to the report, are estate and employment agencies as people do more of that sort of business on line now it appears.
  4. Thank you for the advice. I am inclined to give it a miss as I assume the rest of the bill must be quite short, minus the interval padding, so not worth all the travelling and expense for me.
  5. Breaking news in the local rag tells us that no fewer than ten new shops opened in town last year. Further down the article, a brief mention that nine other shops closed. So is this good news or bad news or even news?
  6. A number of Grand Tier front row seats now available for the Ferri matinee. I have booked accommodation for the Thursday or would change my ticket to sit where I wanted. Anyway, you takes your chances and all that. I noticed there were quite a lot of good seats for the Vertiginous Thrill Bill matinee with Osipova. I am almost tempted but not at all sure about this programme as the Strapless reviews were so negative before.
  7. Crank up the Battle Bus! Is it petrol or diesel?
  8. I like the thought of just saying "quite average." I also dislike terms such as so and so "blasts" or "slams" something they don't care for very much. Aggressive tabloidese I suppose.
  9. Nothing to report from the incredible, shrinking Sunday Times today. Is it my imagination or is the paper doing an Alice and getting smaller and smaller? I did like the Telegraph article seen in today's links, regarding the ROH's latest appeal for donations. I received such a letter and admit it had a similar effect on me to those mentioned. Given the state of the world and that appeals usually focus on what one might term real and in many cases, desperate need, it does seem beyond parody to be asked to donate money to pay for crystals to adorn a caterpillar's shoes , the glue with which to adhese them and various other sundries. Although I realise the appeal is aimed at those most likely to appreciate the cost, having seen a number of productions that were a "triumph" of expensive style over substance I wonder about budgetary decisions sometimes. Still, if people want to donate, that is their choice. There was also reference in the letter to an amount of money that would pay for seven tutus for the new production of Swan Lake. Is this perhaps a clue as to what is in store if they are strapped for cash - a reduction in the corp numbers. Or perhaps there are seven more swans to cover the additional choreography. What excitement!
  10. Isn't it trifaw, cwumbaw? Our Adele being the queen of estuawee English? Then there's that famous ditty by Billy Jo Spears - Blanket on the Ground. For years I thought she was singing Just because we are married, don't mean we can't sleep around. Funny, that's exactly what I thought marriage did mean. I have since discovered, having heard the song again recently, she was actually singing We can't SLIP around. Presumably a reference to the possibility that despite being married, folks can still have fun. With the person to whom they are married. Oooh I see.
  11. Current tv ad earworms for me are "Easter cr*p" at insert supermarket name here. They must be saying Easter crack, as in eggs. But it doesn't sound like it. Come to think of it, neither version sounds too good. The other ad is for a brand of fabric conditioner which will provide "comfort in tents." Must be powerful stuff as that is quite a big ask, unless you are glamping perhaps.
  12. When I receive my inevitable prizes for services to literature, I will say thank you very much for giving me these awards which I thoroughly deserve and although the creative process was a nightmare and a trauma, if the money's good, I'd do it all again. I would of course, do my best to look "ever so 'umble" throughout.I might even squeeze out a few tears. I wouldn't thank anyone cos I done it all by myself.
  13. I don't know Hulme or Manchester in general, other than what you hear and read about big city crime, regeneration and so on. I think it is a matter of keeping things in perspective. No disrespect to your sister but I would treat what she says with caution as it sounds rather over excited and factually questionable. I have read that Hulme is unrecognisable now, compared to how it used to be, but in any case, city living is very different to the provinces. My first experience was an enormous culture shock and I had to wise up fast, develop street savvy and learn to look after myself. I also had the disadvantage of being in another country, so had to learn the language pretty quickly as well. There is sure to be plenty of advice available to students, about how to develop common sense and keep safe. An invaluable opportunity for young people having to take real responsibility for themselves perhaps for the first time, to listen and learn from those who really know.
  14. I am very much looking forward to this triple and would have liked to see it more than once with different casts, but am content with my one ticket. It has certainly sold quickly, despite questions over casting now answered. I am fully expecting it to be wonderful, along with Mayerling next month. Having seen what's on offer for 2017/18 it will be a while before I darken the ROH door again.
  15. Mmmm, what a good idea. I have plans to write a book, so a lengthy cruise to distant and exotic places would be necessary for artistic reasons. Just interesting would do, they don't have to be exotic. They do have to be distant though!