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Three days at home. Day 2.

Today is Sunday 12th April 2020, and the start of day 2 of my three days at home venture. I must admit to waking up in a really good mood this morning (most Sundays are the worst day of the week for me), I actually have plans for staying in. First off, a bit of breakfast to set me up for a marathon Harry Potter watch, where I will try and cram in as many films as I can today, aiming to start the first film about 9.30 and see how the day goes from there.

It’s now 4.30 and just about to start the fourth film, the goblet of fire, doing well so far, still not having the urge to even want to go out again today, Harry is helping loads, also catching up with the films I haven’t seen for ages.

7.30 having a few beers with dinner and one more Harry Potter before bed tonight. Five have been watched by me over the day so far. Really has made the day go quite quickly, and I’ve still kept up that feel good feeling I’ve had all weekend. Day 2 has come and gone, and still haven’t been out of the house, one more to go before I’m back in work.

Three days at home. Day 1.

Today (Saturday 11th April 2020) will be my first day to stay at home, with 3 days off work, my first long period for three weeks, having been at work during the lockdown. For me trying to stay at home for three whole days is going to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Normally I’m either working or volunteering at the Millenium Centre in Cardiff, keeping busy to avoid the boredom, so I’m going to bore everyone with a log of my activity during this time.

Actually having a lay in, breakfast and watch Saturday kitchen, doing well so far. Setting up Zoom for video calls and then lunch. Wow what an exciting day I’m having so far, still haven’t felt the need to go out only another 60 odd hours to go.

Since lunch spent about 4 hours looking and filing my photographs I have taken over the years, mostly of Cardiff Bay and the surrounding area. Photography has been part of my life a while now, I enjoy just popping out for a walk with my camera taking photos of anything and everything.

Finally tonight with dinner and a couple of beers will be a few DVD’s with Maleficent and Maleficent 2 (Mistress of evil), and if there is Time another watching of Frozen 2 (for the 6th time this week). So that’s my day, one down two to go and I never felt the urge to even want to go outside today in this beautiful weather we have had recently. If I can do it then anyone can.

 Slava’s Snowshow.

Saturday 21st October 2017, and the first of my two shows today, kicks off with a visit to the Millenium Centre in Cardiff Bay, for a matinee performance of ‘Slava’s Snowshow’. This is an opportunity for me to see something completely different and unique. I’ve heard many good reports from people who have seen this at other venues, not sure what to expect but usually I have a good reaction to everything I see. 

A two hour show, with some great background music to support the clown activities. A bit of comedy, some really beautiful moments sprinkled into this act. A bit dark in places,which a few of the kids in the audience didn’t really get. Spectacular finale with storms, snow and huge balloons to end festivities, which the kids found fascinating. Not a bad afternoons entertainment, although I don’t think it’s a younger kids show, too many darker moments mixed in with lighter times, for a younger audience. 

Choir clock

Having arrived early I’ve just found out about choir clock. Situated around Cardiff every hour, a different choir will perform around the capital until midnight tonight. 

This promises to be a fantastic showpiece for a Saturday away from the footie, if you are about the city today look out for these choirs or even pay a visit to the Millenium Centre and pick up a leaflet showing where everyone is performing. You never know you may enjoy the chance to see some amazing voices absolutely free.

Les Miserable – The Movie

I finally got around to watching the movie version of Les Miserable,a few weeks ago and boy was I disappointed. Having seen the stage version of this magnificent show a few years earlier,I thought ‘give it a go I may like it’. Sadly that was not to be.
I was actually appalled at the miscasting of most of the main characters in the first half hour of the film. Russel Crowe was awful and I’ve heard a lot better from Hugh Jackman. Although Anne Hathaway was good as Fantine, if a little too quiet singing I dreamed a dream.

Moving on, I was actually going to switch off at that point but went a bit further, but not that much. The only bright light was the voice of little Cosette,who,for me made that first part watchable. She was amazing. It was shortly after that that I did switch off after hearing Sacha Baron Cohen,I couldn’t go on. And that was the end of my viewing of Les mis.

I tried to listen to the cd but gave up on that also. For me I hated it, even though I love the voice of Samantha Barks playing Eponine. It just wasn’t for me.

I started going to watch theatrical shows, about three and a half years ago,this is the only time I have actually hated anything based on the theatre. I have seen over 100 shows in that time, many of them more than once and have reached 230 performances of those shows, and to tell the truth I have loved everything I have seen. Except this.