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Thursday, 23 October 2014

DAY 65: New leather, M&S and Mexican


Flying to Helsinki today was a treat. The old BA plane had finally been replaced. The blue leather interior that was literally falling to pieces had turned into something black and sleek. I know, don't judge a book by its cover, but when you fold out your tray and it comes off completely, you start to worry about the engines ...
Comfy seats and free papers - Nice
I did worry a bit when I got off the flight bus and this was almost the first thing I saw. Had the plane turned around and landed back in the UK? Since when has Helsinki had Marks & Spencer?!
Damn you globalization.
Having relaxed (and warmed up, -2 C outside) a bit I headed out to meet some dear friends and it was great as usual. It doesn't matter if we haven't seen each other for months and months. Having been friends for over 10 years now, we just pick up where we left off and have a good time. This time, that included Mexican food. You know, when in Finland ...
I hope my Mexican flatmate approves.
Thanks to the 2 hour time difference I'm still pretty energetic and will enjoy some down time before a full on weekend. I hope you have something nice to look forward to!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

DAY 64: Sometimes it's definitely the destination and not the journey

The only good thing about packing is that eventually, after much teeth grinding and procrastination, it's done. And I'm done!
Poor things keeps being lugged between London and Helsinki. I'm sure it's thinking "For once, take me some place exotic!"
I'm off to Finland again tomorrow, braving the slightly cooler weather. I had to dig out some of my winter gear and think twice about where I'd put my wool coat. Apparently it snowed in Helsinki the other day, but it should stay on the plus side during the weekend. Time to find that Finnish sisu again!

I hope you've had a great day and I'll see you from up North!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

DAY 61, 62 & 63 - Very good indeed

The past few days have been so good I haven't even had time to write about them. Even worse, I just realised I have no decent photos! None. Nada. All I have is this one photo of my massive veggie roast at the Latchmere/Theatre 503. (I could've worn the Yorkshire pudding as a hat.) The only consolation is that I did have the pre-show meal with brilliant director Claire Mullane (in blue) and one of my great actors George Jovanovic (grey).
Sustenance before the "premiere". 
Claire and George and actor Nick Downes, made up the team that took my short play Nineteen from page to stage as part of Theatre 503's Rapide Write Response event. With very little time to rehears they made the characters, a father and son in a very vulnerable moment, seem heart achingly real. Both shows offered new discoveries and it's been such a thrill to be part of the whole process. There's so much I've learned just by observing how the others work. And I'd like to think I've also made some new friends.

 So a big thank you to "my" RWR team and to those who came and saw the play! 

I hope your week has started off well!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

DAY 60: My Saturday List


Here are three things I've appreciated so far today:

1. Lunch - Yes, it looked way dodgy, like uncooked mince meat, but I had a really nice beetroot risotto. I also realised how English I've become because I had tea with lunch. Not AFTER lunch, but WITH lunch. I think I'm ready for that citizenship test ...
Don't judge a food by its colour?
2. Socks - I finally decided to got out at get proper running socks that are supposed to keep you from getting blisters. My shoes are fine, I just have sensitive feet and it's a bummer if I have to take long breaks between runs. If these ones turn out to be any good, I'll go back and get a few more pairs. (They had some cool colours!)
Hmm. My foot looks super weird ...
3. Soundtrack - We've finalised the music for tomorrow's show. The choices might seem at bit unlikely at first glance (listen?) but I think they'll work really well! One of these days I'll share, but of course if you want the full effect, you'll have to come and see the performances! ;)

Right! Time to enjoy the evening! I hope you're all having a great weekend,

Friday, 17 October 2014

DAY 59: They see me coming


Greetings from the Running Raspberry. I've been thinking I might need to update my exercise gear. As the weather has gotten worse, I've been "forced" to wear my super pink rain coat outdoors (I can't really use my other one) and it makes me a tad "eye-catching". Today while having a jog I made a pros and cons list:

Pro - It might be good to glow in the dark so traffic etc. sees me.
Con - Do I really want EVERYONE to see me?

Going against the elements.
Call me silly, but sometimes I worry when I move about in the evening. I don't think I'm being completely unreasonable, things happen in a city like London, people disappear, bodies are found. Do I want a potential predator to see me coming a mile away? Wouldn't it be better if I was dressed for stealth mode and snuck past them? OR might my pinkness actually deter them? If they can see me coming then so can everyone else and perhaps it's harder to harass someone who looks like an out of breath Post It-note?  
My shoes don't make things that much better ...
As you might've noticed, I get bored while exercising. Too much time to think. I still didn't come to a conclusion though so I have "entertainment" for a few more runs. I guess I could always stay out of the rain and the dark, but that would mean not going out for the next 6 months ... (Hmm. Heureka?)

I'm not sure what the happy bit in this entry is but I guess getting some "fresh" air and being left alone counts?

Hope you've enjoyed your week and have a great weekend!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

DAY 58: Easy Peasy


My evening plans fell through so I decided to stay in and order sushi. Sometimes, that's happiness in a delivered box. 
A surprisingly unappetizing photo of sushi. 
We had another day of rehearsals today and now I won't see any of "my" team before Sunday when we have tech and then the first performance in the evening. They guys are still doing great and today emotions were running high!

That's all for now. I hope you've had a great day!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

DAY 57: They're coming alive!

Good evening!

How are you? I spent most of the day in rehearsals for the shows on Sunday and Monday. It was so much fun! "My" director and actors are brilliant and I really admire their energy and focus. I was mainly observing them while they worked and I was still knackered by the end. We're continuing tomorrow and I can't wait to see how it evolves!
I'm glad to get another day. I love watching plays and films, but I've always been even more fascinated by how things work behind the scenes. When someone gave me a DVD or VHS (!) as a kid, I would sometimes go straight for the  extra material where they talked about the making of the film. I guess that's why I enjoy doing work as an extra as well. A lot of the time it's boring and tiring, but you also learn new things and get to see what few other people get to see. Fingers crossed for an equally good day tomorrow!

Have a nice evening!