September 19th, 2011

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Justin Timberlake

The only Justin that I want, or need, in my life is ...

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... Mr Justin Timberlake!

This is dedicated to all my Home Office colleagues. It will bring a smile to their faces and they will all understand the point that I am making!

Justin Timberlake is an actor that I want to start championing. I have already recommended his latest film, Friends with Benefits. I am also going to highly recommend one of my top three films of last year - The Social Network. Justin was one of the leads in The Social Network.

The three outstanding films for me last year were - in no particular order - The Social Network, Black Swan and 127 Hours. I was distraught when The King's Speech cleaned up at the Oscars. Yes it was a good film, but it was not ground-breaking or outstanding in the way the three films that I have cited were.

I will do a quick review of The Social Network on Friday - I am seeing it again on Thursday (22 September) for free at The Scoop. Details are here:
How to find The Scoop:

Come on down - you know you want to!
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Congratulations yvaine24!

Congratulations to yvaine24 - her review of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has garnered the most hits on this com in one day than any other story I have ever run! I think that shows the quality of the review.

Her amazing review is here:

Which just goes to show I was completely and utterly WRONG WRONG WRONG about this film!
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Maggie's London Night Hike (10m) Successfully Completed

The Maggie's London Night Hike was on Friday 16 September and I managed to successfully complete the 10 mile event (there was a 20 mile event running too, but there was no way in hell I was attempting that!). I will post photos of my t shirt and my medal later this week.

We started at Leadenhall Market, the key stops along the way were City Hall (1.1 miles), the Southbank Centre (3.5 miles), and the Royal Geographical Society (6.6 miles), and we finished at the Maggie's London Centre (10 miles), based in Charing Cross Hospital on the Fulham Palace Road.

Key things for me:

- I started at 8.15pm
- I was walking on my own, but fell in with a range of different walkers and groups of walkers along the course of the route - everyone was really friendly and welcoming
- The view from the top of City Hall at night was breathtaking. We also had a Gospel choir singing there, which was really uplifting and inspiring
- I stopped at the National Theatre (where else?) for far too long! The National was not an official Maggie's stop. However, I got to the National and couldn't resist going in - I did the same on my Walk for Life. I had only intended to stay for 5 or 10 mins but then I met a friend there and we got chatting, then One Man, Two Guvnors broke up and the place had a real buzz about it, and then I couldn't tear myself away! As a result, I got to Big Ben by Westminster Bridge at 11pm and thought "why has it taken me so long to get here?" and then thought - "oh yes, because I stopped for 45 mins at the National!".
- Walking across and through London at night was magical and very atmospheric. Especially the walk past Buckingham Palace and along by Hyde Park
- Along the route we passed a number of cinemas, all of which were showing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy! As you can imagine, this spurred me on!
- One of our com members has a very close relative who is currently using a Maggie's centre and I was thinking about him on the walk. The people I knew affected by cancer have sadly long since passed away and I would much rather walk for someone who is alive and fighting cancer now, rather than in memory of those who passed away many years ago.
- My main hindrance was the fact that I had been to a conference for the day. I had in my rucksack a bumper crop of free literature that I had picked up for my friends and former colleagues. That was all well and good, but it weighed a ton! I had to offload at least half of it at the National because I decided that there was no way I could carry all of it around 10 miles. However, I dutifully carried the other half around the full 10 miles breaking my back in the process. So for those of you receiving this free literature - I hope you appreciate the pain and suffering I had to endure to bring it to you! So it was not so much the distance that was a problem (there was no issue with that) it was the weight of all the paper I was carrying around with me!
- I finished at 2am, slightly later than planned due, as I said, to a completely unnecssary and unplanned stop at the National!

However, I went home a happy bunny. The Walk for Life was one thing that I did this year that I can be proud of. This is another.

Full details of the event are here:

You can still sponsor me here (a huge big thank you to those of you who have already done so):

Information about Maggie's
Maggie's runs cancer caring centres. Maggie's is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to create exceptional centres for cancer care.

Maggie's are here:
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One Man, Two Guvnors closes at the National Theatre tonight

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One Man, Two Guvnors has its final performance at the National tonight (Monday 19 September). I have a ticket - I bought it eons ago, solely off the back of the fact that this was a Nick Hytner production.

My take on it:
I love this production. I can describe it in three short words - fun, fun, fun! I loved the band. I loved the physical comedy. I loved the slapstick. It was very funny. And I loved the surprise right at the end of the first half!

The production has been a sell-out because I think, in these times of economic doom and gloom, people want to go to the theatre and have a good old-fashioned fun and enjoyable night out. This production most definitely delivers on that!

If you have not been able to see it at the National because its run was sold out, do not despair.

It is going on tour after it closes at the National tonight. Details here:

It will be coming to the West End at the Adelphi Theatre from 8 November, with the same cast. For further details and to book tickets follow the link:

Treat yourself to a good old-fashioned fun and enjoyable night out at the London theatre - go on, you know you want to!