Watching a West End show in London was on my travel bucket list. But once I saw one, I was hooked and with some cheap tickets I spent almost every night in the capital sitting in a theatre. It was absolutely brilliant. Although some of the shows have or will soon finish their West End run, I wanted to share my views on these delightful experiences.
If you’re headed to London and there’s a specific show you want to watch, like say Book of Mormon, you’ll need to book a ticket. There are over 40 theatres in the West End, so there’s literally something for everyone – be it a musical or play. There are short runs for some shows, which last a couple of months, or ones like Wicked!, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, or Les Miserables which run continuously. You can book online before you get to London, but if you can’t decide or you’re happy to take a bit of a lucky dip, you can visit the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. You can get half price tickets for the day you visit and the following two days from a heap of shows (except the really big new ones).
Anyone who follows me on social media knows I’m addicted to podcasts. I’ve shared some of my favourites on here before and even started my own. But overwhelmingly, I’m listening to chatty podcasts. The last serial one I binged was, appropriately, the first season of Serial. In many ways, the hype around Dirty John was similar to Serial, which brought podcasts to a whole new mainstream audience. I can’t remember where I first saw Dirty John, but suddenly it was everywhere. And every other podcast addict was talking about it.Read More
On a global scale, it feels like the world is sliding into despair. But personally, 2017 has been a year of incredible opportunity for me, of love, adventure and ultimately joy. This year I’ve really come to believe that certain things are meant to be. There have been too many wonderful things happen for me not to believe that. Read More
I’m not here to tell you I had some incredible, Eat Pray Love-style ‘finding myself’ moment travelling by myself overseas. Actually, I was walking through Hyde Park in London listening to an episode of Hack where people were talking about the pleasures and pitfalls of solo adventures when I started wondering if I’d done this whole travel thing right. Read More
Some people buy designer bags and shoes, or spend their money buying parts for the vintage car they’re restoring. I buy books. And I’m guessing if you’re reading this, a significant part of your non-essential spending also goes towards the written word in some form. I’m sure if I added up the cost of every book I own (which I realised was quite a lot as I huffed and puffed with countless boxes during my recent move), I could afford some Prada or Dior. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking. But you get my point: we bookworms spend plenty on our passion. It’s a passion which takes up space as well as money and I feel like almost every voracious reader has a constant eternal debate about supporting the publishing industry and keeping the budget in check.Read More
In hindsight, it probably wasn’t too clever to plan a holiday in Brisbane less than two months from my trip to the UK, but it turned out to be exactly the break I needed. My partner and I flew down and caught up with friends and family, did some shopping and, most importantly, went to see My Favourite Murder performed live at The Tivoli. Grab a cuppa, I’m going to be rambling for a while here… Read More
I was researching the first essay of my Masters when I had a moment of panic: how the hell do I actually write this? That’s where I fell back on a plan I’ve been implementing since my senior years in high school. I can’t guarantee you good grades, but it does limit the stress and make writing a brilliant essay just a little easier. The plan has changed a little over the years, but the basic structure has stayed the same and I’ve used it to tackle almost all my assignments.Read More
As a little kid, I couldn’t wait to start school. My enthusiasm for the classroom never really dimmed and throughout high school, I always found a sense of comfort in achieving that perfect mark. I genuinely loved learning and putting all the theory into my essays, presentations and assignments. There was never any question I’d study at university and when I finally figured out what I’d apply for, I was again eager to learn. Unfortunately, my perfectionism came at the detriment of my mental health. When I graduated, I was sure I’d never be back. Study was done. I was learning so much in my workplace, I wouldn’t need to study again. So why, then, have I gone back to university to study a Masters? Read More
The Beatles meet the press ahead of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Photo: Linda McCartney.
It was 50 years ago today, that Sgt Pepper taught the band to play and a creative explosion cemented The Beatles in music and pop culture history. The album, bursting with bizarre new sounds and classically beautiful Lennon-McCartney lyrics, shattered the music industry’s status quo. Half a century later, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band remains one of the most iconic albums to ever hit the charts. It’s actually relatively low on my list of favourite Beatles albums, but objectively I still marvel at its brilliance (and, let’s be honest, a Beatles album I enjoy a little less is still one I love more than any other music). Read More
The 2017 House Rules contestants. Photo courtesy Channel Seven.
I rarely watch reality television; a few episodes of Toddlers and Tiaras here, some Location, Location, Location re-runs there. I’ll even have a stake in the office Bachelor sweep. But there’s nothing I enjoy, or become as addicted to, as House Rules. In our family, it’s a yearly ritual. My mum and I have watched the show from the start, analysing every episode and becoming armchair stylists as each room is uncovered. Last year, despite saying he would “never watch that crap”, my dad started watching. He even cried when the boys saw their renovated house and, of course, when they won.