Monday, 23 January 2012

STRICTLY GERSHWIN AT THE LONDON COLISEUM ..... THE ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET .....

The London Coliseum is an opera house on St. Martin's Lane in central London and is one of London's largest and best equipped theatres. It opened in 1904 and was designed by theatrical architect Frank Matcham, who also designed the famous London Palladium.





The other night, we went to see The English National Ballet's interpretation of Strictly Gershwin. It's a dazzling celebration of the sparkling age of Hollywood music and dance.



There is always so much to look at in London, even as you walk from the station to the theatre ..... I always remember someone telling me years ago that, when walking in any city, town or village, anywhere in the world, to always look UP as well as DOWN ..........




..... there are so many wonderful architectural details to be seen .....



.....even in the pub !!



..... in the shop windows .....




..... even before the performance, the theatre has some beautiful details to look at .....






The interiors of London theatres are so beautiful ..... yes, I am that woman taking loads of photos of the theatre right up until the lights dim ..... anyway, curtain up and strike up the band .....








Combine Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris ( amongst many more of Gershwin's compositions ) with sensational choreography and you conjure up the Silver Screen genius of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly. It's a glittering journey in dance from ballet to tap, ballroom to jazz, climaxing in a breathtaking finale.



I'm off now to practice my arabesque and pas de deux .....




I just can't seem to get them quite right !!!!



image 1: via Grant Smith, image 2: via Travel Stay, images 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14: via ME, image 4: via Gerrod, image 5: via brown dress with white dots, image 15: via tickets inventory, images 16 & 17:  via The London Coliseum, image 18: via Northampton Chronicle, image 19: via Southwark Carers, image 20: via Stop Traffic Clothing, image 21: via Pear Tree, image 22: via Zsa Zsa Bellagio



Jackie

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

..... A LITTLE TIED UP .....



Have been somewhat tied up, helping to move our son, daughter-in-law and grandson into their Victorian home. As they have been living with us for a few months while everything went through, having sold their flat a while ago, they now have the luxury of moving in at their leisure.





After getting the keys on Thursday, we have been gradually moving them in but, they are now on their own, apart from some help with painting & babysitting !!






Most of their possessions are now in their new home and they can now start making it theirs .








Here's wishing them many happy times in their new home....







..... &, if you haven't seen them already, here's a video of the spectacular London fireworks, bringing in 2012, the music having been mixed by our son for the second year running.
They were even more amazing than last year so well done Dan ..... another proud moment for your Mum and Dad !!




image 1: via Pretty Stuff, image 2: via House Move Checklist, images 3, 4, & 5: via Love French Bulldogs, images 6 & 7: via The Little Corner, image 8: via Zsa Zsa Bellagio.
Video via You Tube from the BBC.


Jackie

Sunday, 1 January 2012

JUST A REMINDER ........



Just a little reminder to go over to Lou, Boos and Shoes , as I am guest posting on this New Years Day. Lou's blog is beautiful and you will love her posts ( much more so than  my guest one .... haha !! )
Please go over and leave a comment for me !



&, once again,



HAPPY NEW YEAR 



image : via The Fame Kills
Jackie