Sunday, 29 April 2012

BBC Show Preview

(not in the book)

I'm on the mailing list to be in the audience for @bbc shows. About 2 months ago, I got a standard email with the upcoming show's - both TV and radio - and one particularly caught my eye. A new @bbccomedy show Citizen Khan due to be aired on BBC One. The basics of the story is of Mr Khan, a Pakistani self appointed community leader (who thinks he knows everything and really knows nothing!), and his long suffering family. It was written by @AdilRay and also Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto who wrote such shows as Goodness Gracious Me. Goodness Gracious Me was one of my favourite programmes when I was younger, so that kinda swayed it for me. So I applied for 2 tickets to be in the audience.

I am forever applying for tickets for shows, but had never got any. Until this! I'd forgotten all about applying (generally do as I don't expect to get any!) but they emailed me to say that I'd been successful. Yay!

Now let me explain. This series is going to be filmed in Salford, so what I had tickets to was a read-through in front of a live audience - the first time they would have done this.

So on 17th April 2012, @paktographer and I went to the Rada Studio's (16 Chines Street, London WC1E 7EX) where the read-through was being done. Although I had a ticket, it didn't guarantee us entry, so we got there early to make sure it wasn't a wasted journey for either of us! Thankfully it wasn't and we were admitted.

I had absolutely no idea who was in this show except for Adil Ray who plays Mr Khan. So was pleasantly surprised when we got given a programme with a Synopsis and the Cast.

So the cast included, Shoubu Kapoor (Probably most famous as Gita from Eastenders. Remember her? Married to Sanjay who slept with her sister? Wow... I remember way too much from old school Eastenders!), Felix Dexter (comedian who has been in shows such as The Fast Show, Lenny Henry Show, Absolutely Fabulous) and my personal favourite, Kris Marshall (off of My Family, Love Actually and the BT ad's fame)!!

I wasn't able to take photo's during the read through, but I did take a sneaky one of the "stage".

Not very exciting agreed. Soz about that.

But... there is a pic of me and @paktographer you'll all be glad to see...

Now, why did I go with @paktographer I hear you all ask? Because he's Pakistani? Nah. Because I knew he'd have no plans! Haha. Plus I've always thought I'd will make a good Pakistani wife for him, so thought I'd better get some research in! Har de ha ha. 

We had seats in the front row and at 7.30pm it started. We sat and watched the first two episodes of the series, although it was a read through the cast were wearing their costumes and it was pretty much a dress rehearsal. The two episodes that we watched we very very funny. One was about Mr Khan's long suffering wife wanting to drive, and the second one was about his daughter's finace losing his job. 

I'm not going to tell you any more about it as you'll have to watch the series when it's on TV - which I think is autumn time. But it is very funny and I will most certainly will be watching it. If you want to get more of an idea just what Citizen Khan will be like have a look at the clip below  

There are lots more specials with Mr Khan on the @bbccomedy section of the @bbc's website here.

If you fancy applying for @bbc tickets, go to the website and register! The chances are you probably won't get any, but you never know! You can get to the website here.

Camera action! (23/1000)

(#168 in the book)

So I'd completely forgotten that when I visited @boroughmarket at the end of February (have a look at my blog post here) I also did another one of the 1000 things - visiting where Bridget Jones's flat was based in the hit film Bridget Jones's Diary.

This original film was released in 2001, and @boroughmarket has changed quite a bit with all the Overground railway works going on.

Her flat in the film is above the Globe pub, in Borough Market.

The pub isn't shown that much in the film, but the front door to her flat is;

Below are a couple of clips where the door is in the film - apologies for the shaking, I'm recording it from my TV! Oh, and warning, there's some swearing in it too, so if you are easily offended, don't watch!

The bottom two clips are probably my favourite of the whole film. The middle one is the fight scene between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant and probably one of the best (and most civilised!) fights in a film ever. I could have done the whole scene, but the pub is only really in the beginning bit so I'm afraid that's all you're getting! The last clip is also brilliant, my fav bit being when Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth are about to kiss. If I was one of the friends, I so would have done similar!!

If you wanna have a look at the pub (or even pop in for a beverage) it's in @boroughmarket and located at 8 Beadale Street, London SE1 9AL.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Get to know the Goths (22/1000)

(#666 {how original!} in the book)

Today is my best friend @londonfox's birthday, so on Friday just gone - 6th April 2012 - we headed up town to have a few birthday drinks. One of the places we went to was Garlic and Shots in Soho.

Me and the birthday girl @londonfox
I was first introduced to this bar by @londonfox a few years back and it has become on of my favourite places to drink in London. You walk in the door, and you are greeted by a restaurant - which I haven't eaten in yet, but I've heard the food is delicious - but you walk straight through to the end of the room and there is a set of steep stairs you walk down on the right hand side that take you down into the basement - or the Vampire Bar as it officially known.

Skull on the stairs
Now the bar downstairs is tiny, there is a very small room where the bar is and then an area off of the room which I can only describe as a cave.

Garlic and Shots is famous for having garlic with everything - from the food to the drinks - but they are probably most famous for the bloodshot. 

This is bloodshot - tomato juice, vodka, garlic, chilli and spices - as a shot it's not for me (not a massive fan of tomato), but I think it would be an awesome sauce for pasta! Nevertheless it would be very rude not to have one (well we had two actually) while we were there. 

This is the gang of us who went out for the drinks and about to do our first shot. From left to right there is @benfocusST3 (who's birthday is also today), @chrisnotwell@londonfox and @Jeff_Tanton in the top pic, and me (@tadders), in the bottom pic. Bottoms up!

And it was done. Garlic is good. Vodka is good. Tomato is not so good. And the chilli?!? My throat was still burning 10 minutes later. Was the first time that @benfocusST3 and @Jeff_Tanton had been there, and I think after the initial shock of the hit of chilli in the shot, they enjoyed it. Luckily we had a few San Miguels to cool us down! They do have another 100 shots too you can try if the bloodshot isn't for you.

So the goth reference in the title of this blog. This place is very well hidden but well known to those who are into "heavy metal" music - this is what is played in the bar. It is also quite gothic with the skulls and strange mummy type thing in the corner. Oh, and the clientèle too helps.

Oh, and it's very dark. But is such a good place that I highly recommend if you are in the Soho area.

I was quite drunk in that photo... but surprisingly I don't look that bad. Yay, go me!

Ok, so now the important bit - where Garlic and Shots is located and their website. Garlic and Shots is based at 14 Frith Street, London W1D 4RD and their website is here. Sadly I get completely lost when I get into Soho and all the streets look exactly the same to me - so good luck finding it and I hope you're sense of direction is better than mine!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Happy Easter!

A giant Lindt gold bunny in Porters Fields Park, south side of Tower Bridge. I love lindt chocolate too... if only it was really full of chocolate! Yum.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Faberge Egg Hunt

Just had a wonder through Covent Garden and they had all the Faberge Egg's together from a recent egg hunt for well, Easter! This is my favourite egg...