Tuesday, 4 February 2020

& Juliet | Official Trailer Theatre Play Shakespeare

Time Out says  
t of 5 starsJoyously daft musical riff on ‘Romeo & Juliet’, based on the hits of pop maestro Max Martin
‘& Juliet’ is a heavily ironic Shakespeare rewrite based on the songs of super-producer Max Martin. And with the gift of that knowledge, I can fairly confidently state that you’ll probably like ‘& Juliet’ almost precisely as much as you expect to like ‘& Juliet’.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Uncut Gems | Official Trailer HD | A24 Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnet

A New York City jeweller always on the lookout for the next big score makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to his greatest windfall.

 Uncut Gems is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ronald Bronstein. 

Howard dreams of a big score, which arrives by messenger from Ethiopia: a gleaming chunk of opal-encrusted rock which he hopes to auction off for a fortune. (It’s ‘real old-school Middle-earth shit’, he tells the hypnotized NBA star Kevin Garnett, playing himself with self-deprecating charm.)

The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Mike Francesa, Idina Menzel, and Eric Bogosian. 

 Uncut Gems. 2h 15mThr


Release details Rated: 15 Release date: Friday January 10 2020 Duration: 135 mins Director: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie Screenwriter: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein Cast: Adam Sandler Eric Bogosian Julia Fox Idina Menzel Kevin Garnett

Thursday, 23 January 2020

House Cleaning Calorie Calculator

Now that the weather is getting colder it is often difficult to find 
outdoor activities to burn calories.

But do not worry, help is at hand with some of those mundane household jobs we all love to hate. Here are a few tips on how to burn calories, and have your home looking in tip top condition. You won’t believe the amount of calories you can burn. So, what Household Chores Burn The Most Calories?

Sweep away up to 70 calories in 15 minutes!
Home Cooking
We all know that fresh is best. Cook a homemade meal for you and your family or just you - if you're single like that - and you could burn up to 60 calories for 20 minutes and earn yourself a healthy meal as well. Cook a three course meal and you have gone over to burning up to 120 calories for 40 minutes cooking time!


Not everyone loves to shop, but if you do you can burn up extra calories. Just doing the weekly grocery shopping for 30 minutes can burn up to 100 calories and more. Just imagine if you doubled that to  one hour -  that calculates to burning up to 200 calories or more.

Wash the dishes

Ditch the dish washer and wash up for up to 20 minutes a day and see up to 50 calories drop off. Do this three times a day and you get a lovely 150 calories gone, gone gone!


Just put some headphones on and start to vacuum. Doing this for just 20 minutes and you will burn up to 50 calories. Do the entire house for one hour and this calculates to up to 160 calories.

Sweeping and Mopping

Is that kitchen and bathroom floor in need of some attention? Sweeping and mopping will get those arms moving and help with fat burning  Sweep for 10 minutes and burn up to 30 calories. Mop for 15 minutes and see up to 70 calories swept away!

Cleaning the Home

Time to get dirty! Clean your home until it shines. Just cleaning for 2 hours could burn up to 600 calories.  Clean  for just one hour and you will burn up to 300 calories.


15 minutes of ironing will burn up to 40 calories - so iron , iron and more iron!
  Ironing for up to one hour could burn up to 160 calories! I think it is time to get the iron out!

Doing Laundry

Washing clothes never seems to end...  put one one load on and another load appears!  But take heart, folding and hanging out clothes can calculate to burning up to 40 calories for just 20 minutes!

Weeding the Garden

Keep that garden in pristine condition. Weed for up to 30 minutes and see a 
lovely 153 calories gone, just gone! Weed for longer and an entire meal has been 

Painting the House

The king of calorie burning. Paint for up to one our and see up to 330 calories drop off. 
Wow! Do this for 3 hours and you have painted away an entire 990 calories!! 

How to ice Skate for the First Time What To Wear

Things You Did Not Know About Ice-Skating

This is a paid for activity 

Ice skating is a fantastic way to keep fit and have fun at the same time. It’s the sense of freedom you get on the ice. Armed with headphones, gloves and warm clothes, there is no better way to spend an afternoon. I wish I could persuade more adult friends to participate in skating. Most are too apprehensive or consider it just for kids. This is far from the truth, the benefits of ice-skating safely are wonderful and you get to meet new people, exercise and socialise.
The origins of ice skating
Ice skating originally was introduced in Scandinavia, over 1000 years ago. At this time ice- skates were used as a practical measure for getting across the frozen waterways and canals. The ice- skates were made out of animal bones with a piece of leather string, threaded through a hole in the bone, to secure it to their feet. They would skate and use a stick for support. I don’t recommend anyone trying to make a skate out of animal bones now though! Inexpensive ice-skates can be purchased from numerous retailers!. It was King Charles of England who eventually brought ice-skating to England. He saw ice-skating whilst visiting Holland. The ice-skate boots, as we know it today, were invented in 1848 by an American E.V.Bushnell. He invented the first steel clamp for ice-skates. It was Jackson Haines a ballet dancer and ice skater who, around 1864, developed the figure skating. He incorporated skating into ballet and dance movements. The name figure skating comes from days when skaters used to make figures on the ice with the blade of their ice-skates; this coined the term ‘figure skating’.
Tragedy in Ice-skating
The world of ice skating had a tragedy in 1961. The entire ice-skating team, of the US Olympic team, died in a plane crash on its way to the Soviet Union. Over 19 of America’s most renowned and highly successful ice-skating coaches and competitors died. It is due to this tragedy that the Soviet Union excelled in the sport of ice-skating, as America had to completely rebuild their team.
Places you can go to ice skate
Telephone or search online for your local ice-skating rink. You may have outdoor rinks as well as indoor rinks in your area. If you’re not confident, you can book lessons. Most rinks offer lessons, private and group sessions, and the prices are very reasonable. You will be able to hire boots from the rink and if you keep going then you could invest in your own ice-skating boots.
What to wear when ice-skating
1: Even if it is a warm day, it will be chilly on the ice –even in an indoor rink. Take a sweatshirt or jumper with you. If you are skating outside, you will definitely need to wrap up warm.
2: Socks are a must. This will prevent damage to your feet and keep your feet warm.
3: If you suffer from cold hands, take a pair of gloves with you. Hands can get very cold on the ice.
4: Take some extra money to purchase a drink or snack.
5 If you decide to take young children, the same advice applies as above. I would also take a protective helmet for young children. I notice that many young children in the UK do not wear protective helmets when ice-skating. I cannot understand this, as head trauma can be very serious. I make any child I take skating wear a helmet. Often they are the only children wearing one, but I think safety must always come first with young children. A bike helmet is fine.
6: Take a pack of tissues, for a runny nose!
Practical Skating Tips For beginners:
1: Slowly ease yourself onto the ice and hold on to the barriers. Stand on the ice and get a feel for it by moving your feet to and fro.
2: Keep your head upright and looking in the direction you are going. You will be tempted to skate with your head down. Do not do this, as your head is heavy and it will pull you forward and you will fall over.
4: Take tiny steps. I tell the little ones to march gently like a soldier. Basically, pick up each foot and put in front of the over- you only need to lift it a little. Remembering to keep your head up and looking in the direction you are going. Don’t worry about the other ice-skaters whizzing past you, you will get to that level soon.
5: To begin with you may want to use the barrier for support. Stand to the side of the barrier, put one hand on it and slowly move forward.
6: Practise skating around the rink a few times. Then take both hands away from the barrier, still keeping near to the barrier, and use your hands for balance placing them at the side of your hips with your palms out facing the ground. Again, keep practising walking slowly around but this time you’re not holding on to the barrier.
7: It only takes about three/ four sessions ( about 3 hours of practise) before you are gliding along.
8: Whilst you are learning avoid busy sessions, find out when the quieter periods are on the ice. Most quiet sessions are during the day when children are at school.
Good luck. I hope this article has inspired you to give ice-skating a go. Have fun.

Thursday, 16 January 2020


Canary Wharf has glowing lights across the landscape! It finishes on the 25th of January 2020. You will be electrified by the dazzling light art. Watch this video.

Thursday 16t - Saturday 25 January
4pm to 10pm
Throughout Canary Wharf

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Taming of the Shrew Globe 2020 - February

This is a paid for event!  But it is free to walk across the Millennium bridge and take pictures of the Globe Theatre! 

The Taming or the Shrew is a comedy written by William Shakespeare between 1590 and 1592. 
The Taming of the Shrew opens on 1 February and will be exploring the very essence of 'man' and 'woman' through one of Shakespeare's hotly debated plays.
Katharina and Bianca, the daughters of a rich man of Padua, are ready to marry. The game is simple: the youngest can be won only if the eldest finds her equal. But Katharina is strong-willed and not afraid to challenge the rules. Who will be able to rival her? The hunt is on.
Accompanied by live music and song in the unique and intimate setting of the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Taming of the Shrew questions the essence of Man and Woman, the feminine and the masculine, and searches for answers in the realm of the wondrous.
In an exciting and experimental production, roles for The Taming of the Shrew are to be played by different company members at different performances.
Provocative plays about the power of men and women.
Next month we open two plays that both explore the power that men and women hold. We're excited to announce our company of actors for the plays, which are the culmination of our season exploring She-Wolves and Shrews. 

calories burned roller skating

Roller skating is a great way to burn calories. You can burn up to 250 calories rollerskating for 30 minutes. If done regularly,  you will soon be pleased to see that your muscles become more tones as roller skating helps to tone up thighs, calves and  your bottom!  What's more it is a relatively cheap form of exercise as you can just roller skate in the park or at a skate park. 

There are many roller skating parks around the country here is a list of some. 

How to reduce high blood pressure naturally at home FUN FREE

We all want to go out and have a great time. It goes without saying that in order to be fit and active we all need to be in good shape. However, high blood pressure will not allow you to do all the fun things you want to do , so it is important to keep your blood pressure in check.

Who is at risk of getting high blood pressure. You are at risk if you:

  • are overweight 
  • are a smokers
  • are Afro-Caribbean or African
  • Don't exercise enough
  • Don't eat enough fruit and vegetables
  • Drink too much alcohol 
  • Drink too much caffeine laden drinks such as coffee
  • are over 65

Although you may not be able to control all factors pertaining to developing high blood pressure,commonly high Blood pressure is a result of being overweight and diet. The more overweight you are increases your chances of you having high blood pressure. This increased risk means that it is important to maintain a normal weight for your height and build. Being a normal weight for your height and build is important even if you don’t have high blood pressure. Overweight people risk getting not only high blood pressure, but other ailments and life threatening diseases.

The good news is, that even if you are suffering with high blood pressure you can control it by losing weight and maintaining and overall good diet. 

Losing weight is not simple but it is achievable as is  and staying fit and healthy.  Reduce the amount of food you eat, eat fresh and natural food and start to become more active and fit. You may not think you eat a lot and indeed you may not. However, if your diet consists of food high in calories, added salt and sugar and low in nutrients then you are basically starving yourself and denying your body vital nutrients. Fresh foods – vegetables, fruit and fresh meat and fish are the best way to get your daily calorie requirements. Stick to this and you will see the weight fall off. Stay away from convenience food whenever you can and you will find that your overall health improves. Also stay away from those beastly calorie laden soft drinks which have too many hidden and unnecessary calories.

Get active and be fit and healthy  This will not only aid in you losing weight but also it will lower your blood pressure and also your cholesterol level and thus you will feel better and the risk of you contracting a disease will greatly be diminished. The more active you are, the less likely you are of getting high blood pressure. Take time to visit places you enjoy, go on family days out and experience all there is to do and see in London or where ever you live

Finally, try to get your heart pumping at least 4 times a week as this will help your heart and lungs be strong will feel fitter and stronger. Read how to stay fit and active without going to the gym. 


Canary Wharf  has glowing lights across the landscape! It finishes on the 25th of January 2020. You will be electrified by the dazzling l...