Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Step in the studmarks of a genius part 2 (29/1000)

(#579 in the book)

Remember when I went to the Emirates Stadium in June for a Coldplay gig? What do you mean no! Well, if you don't you can find that post here. Anyway... I tried to palm it off as one of my 1000 things to do, but let's be honest... it's not really! So as part of my 30th birthday pressie from @londonfox and @chrisnotwell, I got a voucher to do a tour of Wembley Stadium. Yay, something actually that is part of my book. This really is an proper tick off now. Now sadly as it was only for 2 people, @chrisnotwell had to spend this one at home while @londonfox and I went and did a tour of the home of football. 

So on Sunday, 25th November 2012, off we went to North West London. Our tour was for 1.30pm, but we got there pretty early so we had a slow walk down what we all refer to as Wembley Way, but is officially known as Olympic Way. I gotta admit, I was a big fan of the old stadium with the twin towers, but the new stadium does still look pretty darn cool.

The main entrance for the tour is through the Bobby Moore entrance, hard to miss as it has a massive statue of Sir Bobby Moore (England legend).

Once we’d swapped the voucher for a ticket, the ticket then got us a hangy thingy showing our start time and we went and sat in the Crossbar Reception (basically a little cafĂ© at Wembley prices!) while we waited for our tour guide to come get us. The was a few bits to look at in there including a model of the old stadium, a TV screen showing some of the major events held at the new and old Wembley (including the 1933 Speedway World Championship!!) and probably the most cool thing in there, one of the original crossbars from the 1966 World Cup Final between England and West Germany.

Soon enough it was 1.30pm and our tour guide arrived to take us on the magical mystery tour that is Wembley Stadium! Our guide was call Dominic and he was a brilliant.

We took an escalator up to the next floor, where we were greeted with the original flag of the 1948 Olympic Games that was hung from one of the twin towers. Now, I have yet to write up my blogs from during the Olympics from 2012, but let’s just say that they were quite possibly the best 2 months of my life. Ever. So I was very excited by this flag from the 2nd time we had hosted the games.

Next we walked through to the seating area itself, but not before standing in the warm for a little longer where we found out some pretty cool facts about the Stadium. I won’t spoilt it too much for you, but there are 3 pretty cool (albeit also kinda strange) world records that the stadium holds.

After that we went outside to take a seat (every seat in the stadium has more leg room than the old Royal Box did in the old stadium. And they’re pretty comfy), and we had a pretty decent view too…

So Dominic then carried on with his cool information about the stadium. He explained about the architecture of the building, including the arch (which takes the full weight of the northside of the roof and 60% of the southside) and I shouldn’t say too much cos it’ll spoil it for when you go on the tour, but I have to tell you this fact because it’s pretty cool… you could role the London Eye under the arch if you so wished, that’s how high it is! See, cool huh? Not that you could role it under… but you know what I mean.

He also went on to talk about the acoustics of the stadium, and we even had a little bit of audience participation too - considering there was only 22 of us in our group we made a lot of noise! We then got to have a pic or two if we wanted.

Then time to move on… we went back in the way we came out and had a nosey at the Royal Restaurant – where when footie is played both teams are invited to eat afterwards, but by tradition only the winning team actually do – and then we got to walk down the Royal Steps… and holy moo there was a lot of them!!!

Eventually we got to the bottom and went to the next part of our tour – the press conference room. Not the place you wanna be when you’re team has lost (like when Rotherham lost to my mighty Dagenham and Redbridge in the League 2 play-off final in 2010) or when you win – an awesome place to be.

Now onto the probably my favourite part of the tour – snooping around in the changing rooms :¬) Including the England one! The first one we went into was just a bog standard normal changing room. Lockers and a small kitchenette. They had a few international football team shirts up such as Barcelona, and most excitingly for me – @teamGB Olympic ones!

From here we then went onto the England changing room.

As you can see from the pic above it’s blurry :-( Actually a completely gutted about that. I was one of the first ones in there and I tried to take a pic of the room empty… but I rushed and it blurred… but you get the idea! This room was bigger than the previous changing room and had quite an extensive recovery/massage area, full kitchen, two baths, a spa type bath and a whole lotta showers.

I of course had to have my pic taken against the Arsenal players shirts… Walcott’s and Wiltshire's.

I also had my pic taken with the Ashley Cole shirt, but there may or may not be some profanities on my part in this picture so it’s not fair for you all to see (but he’s a money grabbing so and so, so of course the shirt deserved it!).

Next… the tunnel. Eek!!!!

In this holding room, where the teams line up before coming out of the tunnel, there are number of England legends on the wall such as Sir Bobby Moore, David Beckham, Kevin Keegan (with a totally awesome 80s perm), John Barnes etc… And a bust of Sir Alf Ramsey to finish it off at the back of the room.

We were then told to form two line – they happened to be England and West Germany in our cases – and it was time to walk out of the tunnel onto the pitch. AWESOME. As you walk out they play audio of screaming fans and it’s a pretty epic experience – and ours is all fake. Imagine what it’d be like to be a footballer. Hairs on the back of your neck kinda stuff.

After a few pics, it was time to walk up the trophy winners steps and go get our hands on the FA Cup! Ok, not the real FA Cup, it was on a replica. Still £70k worth of replica!! Now in the old Wembley, there was a whole 39 steps. At the new stadium, there is 107! Sod climbing up all them after you’ve just played 90mins (possibly longer with extra time), we were knackered and all we’d done is a little walk!

These are the official photo’s – you weren’t allowed to take any photos in the royal box. But they weren’t over expensive, we got 3 pics and downloads of them for £20. Not too bad in this day and age.

After these pics were taken, we got to have a seat in the Royal Box. I made full advantage of being in here as I ain’t ever gonna get the chance to be in there again! Although the tickets are free… you just have to be invited! Can’t see Prince William inviting me any time soon though sadly. Sigh. I did have a little touch of his chair though, ah come on – he’d sat there! How could I not?!?!??

Time to go back inside now where the tour was about to be wrapped up. It finished outside the Bobby Moore Restaurant (which happens to be the biggest in Europe) where they also had a display of all the winners of the Champions League finals – where I found out an English team won the year I was born. Go Aston Villa!

And that was it. Tour over.

All in all, it lasted just over an hour, and although I was a little sceptical when arriving, I actually really enjoyed it. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that our guide was so good. He had lots of facts and figures – not all sport related – and he was able to interact with the group he was with. So thanks Dominic, you made the tour for us!

Because we had a voucher, it didn’t cost us didly squat for the tour (although we brought the photos), but the tour does cost £16 a person to do. Would I recommend it? Yeah I would. It’s one of those things that I wouldn’t wanna shed £16 out on, but now that I’ve done it, it’d say it’d be worth doing too for the money. You don’t have to be a sporting buff (although it probably helps) to be able to enjoy it.

They do tours every hour pretty much on non event days. You can book tours via the Wembley website http://www.wembleystadium.com/Wembley-Tours.aspx although you do have to book them through ticketmaster… never ideal! Think you can also turn up on the day if you wanna take a chance.

All that’s left to say is a big thanks to @londonfox and @chrisnotwell – was an awesome birthday pressie :¬) 

I'm back!

Hello... erm, any one there?

I know I know, it's been a while and I said waaaay back in July that I'd be back soon and well, I might have fibbed a bit. Not intentionally I promise!!!

Anyway, I'm back on the blogging trail you'll be pleased to hear - and even if you're not, humour me people!

Things might be a little fragmented for a while, as in the next post I do will be from Sunday just gone, and well, I have entries going back from July that I need to do... 

But I will get there... promise. And then I can stop getting abuse from my friend Giu! And we all want that for me don't we?

Thursday, 23 August 2012

BBC Show Preview - Updated

So way way way back in April I went to watch a final scripted run through of a new TV show, Citizen Khan, a radio to TV show for @BBCComedy

If you need to refresh your memory of that blog entry, you can have a look at that here. It's basically about Mr Khan, a self appointed Community Leader who hasn't really got a clue about anything (when he thinks he really does!) and his long suffering family.

Well, I am glad to say that the show is FINALLY coming on the beeb! Yay!

It is going to be on @bbcone from this coming Monday, 27th August 2012 at 22.20. So everyone go watch!!! I really enjoyed the two episodes that they went through on that preview night, and am very excited that the show is now coming on TV.

If you wanna do a bit more reading and have a look at the cast, watch some clips etc..., go have a butchers at their mini site on @bbcone's website here. Also, Mr Khan is actually on twitter @therealmrkhan too.

WOO HOO!!! Roll on Monday!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

An Apology...

Hello... remember me? I'm the girl that is trying to do 1000 things (now 1366 things) in London. I know it's been a while. I'm sorry.

So, I've been pretty crap at this lately haven't I? Life in the @tadders lane has been pretty hectic lately hence me not doing ANYTHING on here for what feels like a lifetime. And I have things I need to blog too. Pants. Not that I have a blog about pants, just that it's pants that I haven't had time to blog. 

Yes I know I'm blogging now, but I need lots of time to blog my usual waffle!

Unfortunately things are gonna be a bit more hectic for a while - I'm moving house and the Olympics are coming! Woo and indeed a hoo! 

But I will be back soon. 


Monday, 18 June 2012

An Additional Challenge...

So while on an errand for one of my brothers, I had to pop into a shop called Anthropologie to pick up something on his behalf. This is now my favourite shop in the whole wide world - tis amazing! Although it is one of those amazing shops that even with their sales on I still can't afford anything - Sigh. Anyhoo... as I was wondering around I came across a book. A very interesting book...

So I brought it. I couldn't help it!

The basics of this book is this - 366 things to do in London. Now a few of them are in my other book, but the large bulk of them are not. And this book is also split into months with more seasonally appropriate suggestions. It even includes the Wibbley Wobbley @londonfox@chrisnotwell and @tin_fish - so another visit there is on the cards!

The only problem with this is that I potentially now have 1366 things to do in London! Plus this is going to get all confusing with which book each thing is from blahdee blahdee blah... so any ideas on that front are welcome because I wanna keep you lovely people reading not put you off! 

I'm not going to lie... I'm quietly very very excited about this book. Even more excited that the 1000 things one. And I might even get to complete everything in this book - how exciting!!! 

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Step in the studmarks of a genius (29/1000)

(#579 in the book)

Ok... so this section is to go and visit a london football stadium - for a tour. And for me, this would be my life long (and local) club, Arsenal. 

However I didn't go to the Emirates Stadium for a football tour (but I do plan on doing it at some point!). went there to see...


So here I am with my ticket, wristband and the stage in the background.

Apart from wanting to see this amazing band, I went as this formed part of a birthday present from my sister for her hubby.

Bro-in-Law & Sis
Sis & Me
We all got given wristbands as we entered the stadium, they were going to light up at specific intervals during the show. I'd seen this before on TV on a show Coldplay were on, and it looked pretty cool then - so I was a little bit excited!

Then it was time for the band to come on stage... eek! Excited!!!!! And they came onto such an amazing piece of music.

The clip below gives you an idea of the size of the stadium by the amount of people there!

A few songs in and the balls were released...

Chris Martin trying to avoid the giant balls...

Possibly my favourite pic... we might be at a music gig, but we are at Arsenal's ground too :) 
The band at the middle stage
And back on the main stage...

And now, quite possibly my favourite moment from the entire gig... totally fricking awesome! So, apologies for my shaky camera work (I was excited), terrible singing (I was excited) and my screaming (I was excited).

So you get an idea about the wristbands, but because they excited me so much (I am a total kid at heart) you have to deal with photos too. Sorry about that*.

So totally, like, cool!

The next bit was pretty cool. No honestly, it was another really cool thing. Coldplay went off to get ready for their encore, and then they turned up at the other end of the stadium...

with a mysterious 5th band member...

It was only blooming SIMON PEGG! Simon Pegg! Playing the harmonica. With Coldplay. So totally cool!

Alas, the concert was almost at an end. But not before Fix You (and yeah, I may have got a little tearful).

I do like this pic of the stage all dark and just the wristbands glowing... was a brilliant sight.

A few fireworks to end...

And then it was over. Finished. Done.

Sigh. Coldplay you were fricking awesome. And to see a gig at such holy turf too was wicked. Especially as it was nice and easy for me to get home!

So yeah, not really a tour. And absolutely nothing to do with football. Well, except I'm an Arsenal fan, Chris Martin is an Arsenal fan, and not forgetting the dude with the Arsenal scarf being an Arsenal fan. So there will be a part 2 to this. I have been to the ground before for a quite a few games, but I've not done a tour and I'd be very interested to. So watch this space...

Hang on... I've just realised that actually this was part of tour - a musical tour! So technically I did what the book asked. Go me**.

*not really
** I will still do the stadium tour

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Admire the city from a summit - Tower Hill (28/1000)

(#209 in the book)

So in the book there are 10 hills and Tower Hill is one of them.

Back in the day, way way back in the day, there was a Bronze Age settlement here. Now there's, well, an Underground Station.

Hardly a summit anymore. But there is a fabulous view from the top all the same...

Well hello the Tower of London! What a sight for sore eyes you are.

And that's kinda it. Not so amazing any more, but you do get to appreciate the Tower. Below is a video of the panoramic view of the area from the top of the hill.

So if you find yourself at Tower Hill Underground Station, or Fenchurch Street, come and have a look. Might not be the greatest view you'll ever see, but the Tower does look impressive on the other side of the road all the same.