Next Street City Sheffield food event is in honour of Saint Patrick’s day …

From my experience of previous Chinese New Year event and carnival (see previous posts) I think the crowd will be more mellow than the crowd celebrating St Patrick’s weekend on say west street. As St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland many celebrating my drinking a lot of Guinness. With the drink prices at Street City and the civilised crowd I think it will be less rowdy, children fit into event well and there is good choice of food as well as drink. If people are lucky they will see the amazing aerial acrobat that I have seen at previous events.
Mardi Gras Carnival Continues Saturday 25th….There is not much of a nod to the carnival theme but there are bands and saxophonist accompanying DJ and other acts.

Including same aerial acrobat …

Mardi Gras Carnival Continues Saturday 25th….

There is not much of a nod to the carnival theme but there are bands and saxophonist accompanying DJ and other acts.

Including same aerial acrobat as at Chinese New Year event. She is amazing hanging off a Hulu hoop attached by nothing more but her limbs; so strong and flexible. I would not want to attempt half of what she does above a concrete floor!

My starter was a shared platter of calamari from Italian stall; as a connasoir of calamari they were pretty good. I then had an ostrich burger with tasty onions and cheese.

There was also a hot dog stall, smokehouse van, crepe van, pizzas. The Indian street food stall was doing interesting and tasty looking wraps. Later in the evening from the waffle store I had a rocky road waffle. There was also bannofee and millionaire waffles.

The prosecco and other main bar was present as for Chinese New Year. As was the city taxi booth for free photos. There was a good atmosphere on the dance floor before ten. My prediction that is was a good place to take kids was correct as the almost 2 year old with us had a good time running round. Plus it was still free to get in.

Street City Sheffield ‘Mardi Gras’ Carnival The next Street food event on Ecclesall Road, takes place February 24th and 25th. It has a carnival  theme. It does not specifically say it is for …

35 before 35 progress

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling

A couple I have already done and some I have booked already! Scoring a Turkey I have never done; can it be done before November? 

1. Dye hair blue

Did in December.

2. Read a Stephen King book

This was a new year resolution. I have bought Insomnia.

3. Do a park run

Need to practice.

4. Go to Amsterdam


5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes
Saw one in Hull need to seek another.

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan


9. See Greenday


10. Score a Turkey at bowling.
11. Watch love actually again

🙂 Looking Coward to

12. Watch love actually sequlae

Looking forward to.

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema


La La Land

Manchester by Sea


50 shades

Trainspotting 2

3 more to watch! Last year only about 3 in whole year.

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 


16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

Got 50 so far.

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.
Been to three so far.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing

Everybody is Talking about Jamie: Showing at the Crucible Sheffield until 25th February

Well certainly this morning, I have the catchy chorus of the opening song (which is briefly repeated in second half) in my head “I’m a superstar and you don’t even know it”. On the Crucible website for Jamie, there is a you tube clip of the opening number, the song is entitled “Don’t Even Know it”. The opening scene is in a school classroom during a careers advice lesson. A lot of the class wants fame and the teacher is trying to manage expectations. Jamie initially is sat at the back of the class and the first dialogue is with teacher and the other pupils. Once you remember the play is meant to be set around Jamie, you can identify him by his pink socks under school trousers. The blurb for the production states Jamie has a secret; from the accompanying photos it is not hard to work out Jamie wants to be a drag Queen. Teacher believes that Jamie would be better suited to being a forklift truck driver. At which point Jamie breaks into “I’m a superstar and you don’t even know it”. This musical number can be seen in a YouTube clip on the theatre website. In the background of the clip there is an impressive backdrop; a  simple structure consisted of steel boxes; the boxes are two stories high with the orchestra sitting in the top box. Later in the show the boxes are moved around to create different settings.

The play is based upon a true story of a teenager called Jamie who wanted to be a drag Queen. The original Jamie was from County Durham, he approached the BBC to do a documentary about him, because he wanted cameras to follow him around to protect him from bullies. This 2011 documentary was seen by Jonathon Butterell who was at that time living in New York although he had been born in Sheffield. The show’s destiny was triggered by Jonathon meeting Daniel Evan’s who was artistic director of Sheffield theatres at the time and commissioned the play. The stars aligned for Jonathon to collaborate with by screen writer Tom MacRae and the song writer for the Feeling Dan Gillspie Spell. In the three years that this musical has been in development transgender issues in school has become increasingly topical and Daniel Evans last year moved on from Sheffield theatres. The show’s setting is Jonathon’s birth place Sheffield providing familiar references to Sheffielders like Meadowhell.

The soundtrack to the show is to be available as an album. I would buy the single   ‘Don’t even know it’ but not sure about the rest of the album; perhaps it needs to be heard separate to the show . In fact I would have preferred, the show as a play without the songs or as many songs. There was some suburb dialogue; some of which had the audience laughing particularly with the Sheffield references; other parts were painfully observed of life as a teenager in school trying to fit in; being the boy who wants to wear a dress or the clever underestimated girl in the hijab. During songs I wanted to get back to the plot and felt the songs distracted from the poignancy of the plot. The brilliantly observed school scenes and Jamie’s home life with his supportive Mum covering for his absent Father. There could still been some music; ‘Don’t even know itit could have been song by Jamie in a performing mode. I think a good final scene would have been the prom allowing the show to end with feel good music.

There was certainly a good feeling within the audience at the end after they had followed Jamie’s story from his first tottering steps in his first heels to his prom. In fact there was a good atmosphere from the start owing to it being the world premiere and families and friends of those involved in the show being in the audience. Before the show I ate at Crucible Corner where Sophie Ellis Bexter (whose vocals along with those of Betty Boo feature on the album) and her Mum Janet Ellis were at the next table to support Sophie’s husband bandmate from the Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells. At the end of the show the original Jamie and his Mum joined the cast on stage, in a touching ending. Right until the end leaving stage there was a realistic rapport between the actors playing  Jamie (John McCrea) and his Mum (Josie Walker). The actors playing Pritti (Lusie Shorthouse) and Leigh (Mina Anwar) were also outstanding.

Josie Walker playing Jamie’s supportive self sacrificing Mum

The ending left some in tears of joy and seemingly most of the audience in good spirits; it may not have quite the same impact without the original Jamie and his Mum on stage at the end. Alas I think most people who like theatre  will leave with something to talk about and will hopefully have enjoyed it too, like I did.




Celebrating Chinese New Year at Sheffield Street City Food Market avec Music

Sheffield street city food market is located,  opposite the Co-op which is behind Bistro Pierre / opposite Napoleons.

Previously there has been an event for Halloween and one for Christmas. I went last night: the day before the official Chinese New Year starts. It continues tonight (28th January 2017). The yard and warehouse the event is hosted in, was decorated with pretty lanterns.

Happy Chinese Year of the Rooster

There were three stalls selling Chinese food. I shared 4 duck pancakes for £5. Then from the same stall (with the purple Skipton awning) I had beef and black bean with egg fried rice for £6. There was one stall selling Malaysian curry, appropriate as Malaysia also celebrates Chinese new year. There was also a stalls selling stone baked pizza, mexican, burgers and churros with chocolate for something sweet.

Inside the warehouse there was a bar with a range of beer, wine and spirits. Calling draft was £3.50 but, I upgraded to Bierre Moretto for £4.50. My round also included Black Sheep for £4. Inevitably both were served in plastic glasses. There was also craft beers on the menu which presumably would have come in a bottle at £5.50.

Additionally there was a stall to buy mulled wine.

There was also a prosecco bar. Most people seemed to opt for a bottle which was £18 and came with plastic prosecco flutes, rather than by the glass. Revellers could be seen dancing with prosecco bottles.

There was a female  performer who I saw in two outfits performing aerial acrobatics accompanied by a dj and a saxophonists. prior to that Doncaster band with a female singer sang. There was also a photobooth hosted by city taxis where you get photos printed for free as long as you were happy being part of a postcard advertising city taxis – your photos can be cut out from it!

I left about 10pm, when it was starting to become a little chilly in the warehouse , sitting down. I probably needed to dance to warm up albeit in coat and gloves and if I, had of had one a bobble hat! The dancing had been started off by the younger generation (under 10s) but, from about 9pm adults were beginning to join in.

I will definitely keep my eyes open for future events. Ideally it would be good to go on a summers night when my myself and my dancing partner would be able to wear our gladrags and she would have the flexibility of bringing her little one as it was child friendly.

La La Land Oscars vs Manchester by the Sea Oscars CONTAINS big SPOILERS

I’m not a film bluff, so I don’t tend to watch many films or think that deep about Oscars. I prefer films under 2hours. Unexpectedly I have watched two films (La La Land and Manchester by the sea) in the last two weeks with Oscar nominations and both were over 2 hours!

I preferred La La Land, it was a pleasant 2 hours and 8minutes. Both feature some of the grit of life, but La La Land, is about two people following their dreams and their romantic relationship. Whereas Manchester by sea flashes back and forth between two tragedies in the same family and is therefore a more somber film. At 2 hours 17 Manchester by the sea did feel like a long film. To be fair , I did watch Manchester by the Sea after a busy day at 8.25pm whereas, I watched La La Land earlier at 1745 so this may have contributed. I think Manchester by the Sea felt long to me because although it features, two major tragedies the actual tragicevents themselves,  features minimally with the focus being the aftermath. The film is quite subtle in it action, mixing the practicalities of dealing with a death such as dealing with funeral and legal arrangements whilst also showing life going on for the teenage son of the deceased. This meant there was no natural end point to climax to, therefore at various points near the end I wondered if the film was going to fade out. But slightly disppoitingly failed to and continued.

Neither film arrives at a happy Hollywood ending, making both poignant. Manchester by the Sea ends with little being resolved, which is authentic in terms of the aftermath of a death, it would have not been in the spirit of the film to have a more dramatic ending. Not too much of a spoiler there but, please stop reading if you want to watch La La Land and be surprised by the ending. Unfortunately before watching, I accidently read a brief comment by Rachal Johnson  which stated that the couple did not get together at the end. So when near the end of the film, it fasts forwards 5 years and you see them, not together that was not a surprise to me unlike for the lady next to me who I heard let out a cry signaling sadness that the couple had not ended up together. But, then  the alternative film sequence started with the couple kissing upon first meeting. The kiss was a less realistic than the actual start, with him walking out on her and then several false starts before they finally got together. The alternative sequence after believing ,was being denied a happy ending felt magical and you wanted it to be true. The alternative version would not have made such a good film as it would have been less believable without the grit and perhaps annoyingly saccharine. Therefore, when she opens her eyes and you realize she had just been fantasising and they are not together it is a fantastic twist which, I got to enjoy because it would not have totally contradicted what I had read about the ending. I also enjoy the thought of how one moment, can change everything like in Sliding Doors.

It will come as no surprise, that overall I agree with La Land receiving more Oscars nominations than Manchester by the Sea (14 to 6) and also that in the categories of Best Picture and Original Screen play which both are nominated in; thst between just the two (not having seen the other nominees) then I would go for La La Land.

Manchester by the Sea’s main characters are male therefore, there was no chance of a nomination for best actress. Emma Stone for her portrayal of Mia in La La Land is nominated for Best Actress. 

Both leading men (Ryan Gosling and Casey Affleck) are nominated as best actor. Goslings role in La Land playing Sebastian, involved the challenges of singing and dancing. Whilst Casey Affleck role as Lee Chapman in Manchester on the Sea, on the surface appears more straight forward, he appears to be not expressing much. However, actually to create the socially in-edept character that he has without ruining it by overplaying it takes skill. Therefore in best male actor category I would go for Casey Affleck.

Both films are nominated for best director:  Damien Chazelle for La La Land and Kenneth Lanerghan for Manchester by the Sea. I do not know enough about the impact of directors to judge who was most effective.

As La Land is so focused just on Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling there was no one else who played a big enough part to be worth of supporting actor / actress. Whereas Manchester by the sea although it is centered around Lee (Affleck) it more complex and a variety of characters play, their part in the film including Affleck’s boss in Boston giving him a hard time, to the ladies in Boston and Manchester who flirt with him, to Patrick (Lee’s nephew and his two girlfriends, Patrick’s Mum and Lee’s ex wife.

In the flashback scenes,  I would have liked to have seen more of Lee’s brother who dies in the film, triggering Lee’s journey from Boston to Manchester.  Initially his journey was aimed at one last goodbye then morphing into caring for Patrick on a temporary basis to shockingly for Lee, later being told he had been picked to be Patrick’s legal guardian. It would have been good for him to feature more to understand Lee and Patrick’s grief better. As it was it was left to Patrick’s character to throw in comments about his Dad. Alas when he says that ‘is or not what Dad would have wanted’ is it a true reflection of his Dad or is he just using the statements to try and influence his Uncle Lee? Lucas Hedges who plays Patrick, certainly has to display a range of emotions to deal with the death of his Father, the arrival of his Uncle as carer, aggressive side at hockey, his side with his two girlfriends including displaying sexual frustration and handling his estranged Mum and her new partner. He has been nominated for best supporting male which seems fairly justifiable and especial his portrayal of experiencing a panic attack.

Michelle Williams who plays Lee Chapman’s ex wife, has a nomination for best supporting actress. I may not disagree with this is, had it not been for the scene below where the attempt at crying was very weak. As Lee walked away her attempt at crying was merely holding her hand over her face. Until that point I had not had an issue with her acting.

I feel perhaps that the above scene, could have been more powerful with different dialogue. It may have  been Lee who left the fire unattended however, it was mentioned in one scene about it being cold because of her health they used the fire rather than central heating; therefore this scene could have conveyed her guilt more.

Another one of the categories that La La Land has been nominated in, is costume design. Whilst watching La La Land my friends and I noticed Emma Stone’s fabulous dresses, not sure they quite count as costumes. Although when Emma goes to auditions she always has a different outfit and they do count as costumes! Similar to Carrie is Sex and the city, I’m not sure how at the start when she was a barista , going to  auditions she could afford her wardrobe; so fabulous dresses but not authentic!

It may seem like, I have been more critical of Manchester by the sea than La La Land however I do, like Manchester by the sea. Manchester by sea is more complex in a good way, with more storylines, characters etc and hence more to comment on. Sometimes part of the fun with viewing is the thought and discussion afterwards of the good and the bad points!

La La Land






2017: Hull City of Culture

During 2017 I would like to visit Hull.

I would like to search for the moths to honour Hull’s female aviator Amy Johnson. Hopefully searching for moths is as much fun as hunting elephants.

Tiger Moths — 30daysofwildparenting

I saw all the big and mini Sheffield elephants; but where are they now????

Having billboards with original art work on, means there will be something else to view as wander.A new gallery, light installations and masterpieces set for Hull city of culture 2017 — features and photography about how humans live today

I would also like to see the gold post box in Hull.

Would be good to visit after September to see Turner prize pieces.