REVIEW: Sunny Afternoon @ His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

Sunny Afternoon – The Hit Musical Based On The Music Of The Kinks

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REVIEW: The Broons Live Stage Show @ His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

The Broons Live

The Broons Live Stage Show

It was daft. It was nostalgic. It was full of energy. It was exactly what I had hoped it would be.

When I heard that The Broons Live Stage Show was coming to His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen I knew I had to go and see it. Having grown up reading the comic strips and annuals I wanted to see the characters I was so familiar with come to life on the stage.

The story centred around the idea that Maggie was getting married and that all Maw Broon’s kids would be leaving the family home. There were more “jings, crivvens and help ma boabs” than you could shake a spurtle at. With a great cast belting out great musical numbers and who were clearly having a great time made this show everything that a true Broons fan would want.

Maw Broon was played by Joyce Falconer – a local Aberdeen lass or a “Torry Quine” to be more specific. I think there were a lot of people in the audience who had went there to see the show just for her alone – possibly having spent some time with her in nearby bus shelters whilst growing up together in the area.

Maw Broon – Joyce Falconer

Joyce did an amazing job as Maw Broon – even managing to strap on an accordion and dance round the stage while having a substantial bosom to carry around.

Paul Riley played the part of Paw Broon who is better known for his role as “Winston” in the brilliant Still Game.

Paul Riley – Paw Broon

This was a great choice for Paw and he definitely knew how to work the audience.

The rest of the cast was just as great including Maureen Carr as “The Bairn” even although I will always think of this actress like this. Either way – me think she did a brilliant job!

If I had to pick a favourite character from the stage show I would have to say it was Hen Broon. Interestingly enough – he was played by an actor who is originally from Alaska – Tyler Collins. He still did a great job as Hen and really pulled it off whilst being very funny with it.

Tyler Collins – Hen Broon

There were mishaps, misunderstandings and music all along the way keeping the audience laughing and singing along. The show was brought to an end with a fantastic medley of popular Scottish songs ranging from Deacon Blue’s “Dignity” to “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond“.

It was a great show and I truly enjoyed it. It was also great to see so many other people awash with nostalgia as they watched the characters they had known and loved since 1936 (yes there was some really old people there that night) come alive before their very eyes.

Have you heard of The Broons? Have you been to the show?  Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014

The Broons Live On Stage

Everyone in Scotland now has the chance to see The Broons live on stage thanks to the Sell A Door theatre company.

“Pit the kettle oan mither, this is braw news!” Scotland’s most famous family The Broons are coming to the Theatre Royal! The Glebe Street bunch have featured in the classic DC Thomson comic strips in The Sunday Post since 1936 and this production celebrates them on their 80th anniversary! Award-winning Scottish playwright Rob Drummond brings the infamous characters Granpaw, Paw and Maw Broon, Hen and Joe, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the Twins and the Bairn to life in a production filled with laughs, love and comic-strip visuals, all set to a Scottish soundtrack. This world first theatrical staging draws inspiration from the famous comic strip to bring you a brand new lively and fast paced tale… Can Maggie really, finally be getting married?! Return to Glebe Street, the But an’ Ben, and of course the Kirk to find out! The marvellous artwork and well observed storylines of The Broons means that everyone recognises a little of themselves in these classic tales. We are thrilled to be honouring these much-loved characters and bringing them to life for a live theatre audience.

If you grew up in Scotland this show is a must so try and get along to one of the dates.

The Broons is currently touring Scotland. Click below to book tickets – you won’t be disappointed!

The Broons Live Show

I’m Frying Without Wings

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What’s for breakfast?

It’s Sunday morning and I get up to have my breakfast but what do I find? The cereal box was empty – what was I to do? It’s obvious isn’t it?

Since it is the weekend and I am in no rush to get to work I was going to treat myself to a breakfast fry up and it was the perfect excuse to try out my new frying pan.

I don’t always get excited about kitchenware but this frying pan is awesome. It’s from Moderna Housewares and is from the Ozeri range. I’m not a big fan of cooking but I do like good design and the colour of this frying pan is what caught my attention first as it fits in so well with my other kitchenware…

However, it’s practical side is just as brilliant. It’s very solid and when you first lift it up you just get a sense of confidence in it that you might not get from other frying pans, it’s very weighty. In fact, I might go as far to say it could even be used as a weapon…

I was very impressed with my cooked breakfast and therefore very satisfied with this frying pan. Great design, great results and would thoroughly recommend this company!

What about you? What’s your ideal breakfast? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014

 

An Open Letter To The Gregorian Calendar…

Dear Gregorian Calendar,

As your gift to us of 2015 is at its end I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything it has brought with it. You have been giving us these gifts since 1582, that’s 433 gifts and I bet no one has ever thanked you for any. Until now…

So, 2015…where to start. I could start with December but I know how fussy you are with the order of the months so let’s look at January.

January

You named January after Janus, the Roman god of gates, doorways, beginnings and endings, or as he is known to his friends – Hugh.

Janus (January) – a great big hole at the start of the year waiting to be filled by the pleasure and pain of what is yet to come. But Mr Gregorian, why before we can even embark on the year do you give us homework to do? As we lie in bed, nursing a hangover from the celebrations of one of your birthdays might I add, you give us complicated equations to do so we can work out how many days the months have? I refer you to the below:

 L = 30 + { [ M + floor(M/8) ] MOD 2 }, where L is the month length in days and M is the month number 1 to 12

What the hell?

You have obviously never read my post, Learning – Keeping It Simple because that equation is just way too difficult for us to work out. Luckily for you someone came up with the “knuckle mnemonic” otherwise no one would ever know when to flip over our calendars and begin the next month. I do have some bad news for you Gregster – every man and their dog (and cat, guinea pig, meerkat) have jumped on to your bandwagon and produce calendars these days. Don’t panic though, they don’t mess around with the months or anything. Basically, if you are a celebrity or an animal it has become an unwritten law that you need to have a calendar. I personally think you should put in a royalty payments claim!

There are apparently 7810 famous people who were born in this month. A good mixture of people from presidents to porn stars (Mr Clinton, if you are reading – that’s not a career path). Alfred Tarski, a Polish mathematician, was also born in January and I bet even he used his knuckles to work out how many days were in a month!

Thank you for January.


February

In January you gave us your equation for calculating the number of days and we had 31 days to get used to it and then February arrives and kicks your equation right up the Janus! Is it 30 days? Is it 31 days? Not even close! Sometimes 28, sometimes 29. However, I will forgive you for this slight error as it’s a very quick month and means I get my salary sooner.

You named February after Februss – Etruscan god of death.

Interesting choice.

So January is a time for setting new goals, making plans for the future and before you even get a chance to flip your “I Love Cats” calendar to 1st February – dead!  To date there have been 141 famous deaths on 1st February which I hold you responsible for Gregsy but looking at the list I don’t really recognise any of the dead people so perhaps it is a good opportunity for a clear out.

There are some unfortunate people wandering this planet who were born on the 29th February. This means they only have a birthday every four years but at the same time they age at the same rate as normal humans. Surely you could have built-in some anti-ageing clause for these poor people who only get birthday presents every leap year. Even a gift voucher for Botox in their birthday card would help their plight.

Luckily, I wasn’t born on February 29th and I am neither famous nor dead so thank you for February.


March

Now we have got to grips with the numbers and can happily use our knuckles from now on things are looking brighter. You named March after Mars – Roman god of war (and confectionery). I think you chose Mars for one of two reasons:

(1) You sometimes make Easter come early (do you have an equation to calculate when Easter is as I’ve never worked that out) and you have shares in the company, Mars, with a nice healthy dividend payment from all the chocolate eggs and bunnies sold.

(2) It’s been 3 months since you got the board game, Risk, as a Christmas present and Mrs Gregorian has lost some of the cards so you think let’s have a real war instead – March 20th, 2003, Iraq War. Thank you for flying Gregorian Calendar Airways – Chocolate or war?

In 2016 I can forsee a combination of both…

I was born in March and I like chocolate, not war ergo option (1)

Thank you for me and thank you for March.


April

I’m not really sure what you named April after as my source of all knowledge, Wikipedia, is somewhat confusing:

“Modern scholars associate the name with an ancient root meaning ‘other’, i.e. the second month of a year beginning in March.”

Maybe you have a reverse, hidden, subliminal message in there that reads “this is the first of the three months that you are allowed to name your female children after”. April, May and June are the only three months that are also common female names. That’s it!

However, I hate to rain on your parade but there are kids out there called August and January. But rest assured Mr Gregorian, these kid’s parents are most likely hippies and don’t even know what day of the week it is never mind months of the year.

There are lots of famous people called April, I’m sure, but the one I share back to you is one of the most influential women in modern journalism. Her talents know no bounds and she is worthy of every second of her on-air time. She is also the only woman in history that knows how to rock a yellow jump suit. I present to you – April O’Neil.

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Kids, if you are reading this do not attempt to Google April O’Neil as there is a porn actress of the same name who is currently number 49 in a list of The Top 100 Porn Stars Right Now.

Thank you for April…and porn😉


May

We’ve made it to May Gregypoos – don’t the months just fly by? By the time we get to May we’re usually upset by how quick the year has gone and frustrated by how many (if any) of our New Year Resolutions we have fulfilled. So, we’re like – come what, May? There’s just a general sense of “oh if it happens, it happens”.

A very nice man called William Shakespeare (you would have liked him) coined the phrase in Macbeth and his definition is “let whatever events crop up come to pass”. He makes use of the word “crop” so I sense a secret alliance between you and him. You gave him a sign to tell him to spread the word on when to plant crops, didn’t you?

A good friend of yours, Mr Julian Calendar told me that you are a big fan of the Musicals, well hold on to your lunar cycle because they only went and made “Come What May” into a song too.

 

Apparently you named May after Maia Maiestas – Roman goddess of springtime, warmth, and increase. Well she’s changed a lot since her days “godessing” it up in Ancient Rome. She too has went down the Musicals career path. She’s changed her name to Mya and teamed up with a bunch of lovely girls called Christina Aguilera, Pink and Lil’ Kim. She now uses her powers to tell all the Ladies of the world that May is the time to make Marmalade.

Thank you for Moulin Rouge and thank you for May.


June

You named June after Juno – a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film starring Ellen Page and Michael Cera which was quite strangely released in September…

…oh no, silly me I’ve only gone and got my Juno’s mixed up.

You actually named it after Juno – Roman goddess, wife of Jupiter (and also sister apparently, bloody Romans).

I know it’s been a lot of years since you spoke with June but you’ll be glad to know I have a telephone number for her. If she doesn’t answer then leave her a message after the beep just like this person done.

You decided to put the longest day of the year in June. I’m not quite sure on the thinking behind that because I’m usually working that day. I don’t get paid any extra for working longer as I am sure a lot of other people don’t. Could you not have put the longest day of the year on January 1st – that way we get longer to celebrate your birthday and don’t have to work extra for free – win, win situation.

Thank you for June.


July

So, here’s a question Mr G…

July on the sand or July on a towel? Haha, that was just a little joke to celebrate the halfway point and also the fact that July means summer and beaches to me. You named it after Julius Caesar – Roman Dictator and lead actor in the 1953 film Julius Caesar. Dictators aren’t nice people, why did you chose to name the month after him? He must have given you no option and forced you to do it or he would have made you marry your sister or something. I’ll let you off.

You decided that the following won’t have a good month in July:

(1) Spring lambs, born in late winter or early spring, are usually sold (it’s not looking good) before July 1st

(2) Aliens trying to land in America on July 4th – be warned Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum will whoop your ass!

But the following will have a great July:

(1) Australian Trees – National Tree Day (the last Sunday in July throughout Australia) has been observed in Australia since 1889

(2) Dogs – Dogdays begin in early July, when the hot sultry weather of summer usually starts So on behalf of dogs and trees everywhere thank you for July.


August

You named August after another Roman person – shock! If you ever need to develop the “Gregorian Calendar II” then I urge you to steer clear of gods and emperors and look on Perez Hilton’s website for inspiration. Alternatively, do a competition, hold auditions and make some money from it “Calendar Idol” or ” The Month Factor” – open it up to the public!

My entry would be to re-name August to “Princess Diana” as this was the month you chose to take away our Queen Of Hearts.

Just like the artist formerly known as Prince, August used to be known by another name before you and your new calendar record label took over. It was known as Sextilis…..good call on the change!

Thank you for Princess Diana – the month formerly known as August.


September

You must have run out of Romans for naming the next few months as they are all named with Latin numbers. That’s very inconsiderate to the non-Latin speakers of the world. They get up to the end of August and then have no clue what’s going on until January. It’s just one big time of confusion. They just have to look out for the tell-tale signs of what month it is:

Osama Bin Laden is on the television – must be September.

American people go over the top with ghosts & monsters – must be October.

British people celebrate a terrorist with fireworks and bonfires – must be November.

Someone gives you a new calendar – must be December.

So, they have a workaround but learn the lesson – no one speaks Latin anymore!

Did you know that cheeky little chappy Nostradamus? His book was top of your charts in 1555 and you didn’t produce your calendar until 1582. Apparently he predicted the 9/11 attacks. I wish you had worked together and got him to mark exact dates when we are likely to see such catastrophes or the end of the world. All his little poems are a bit wishy-washy and some of us like to plan for these type of events.

Thanks for September.

October


I’ve marked this heading red because I think Sean Connery is still looking for it and I like to help out my fellow Scots when I can.

The obvious celebration you give us this month is Halloween and this is what “normal” people look forward to and enjoy. However, there is another celebration that goes on in October isn’t there G-man? You’ve kept it well hidden to prevent ridicule – Mole Day

 

Normal people like myself would expect this to be a day of celebrating the little furry animals but oh no! This must be the biggest, geekiest, saddest celebration I have ever come across. It’s too sciencey for me to even comprehend. They even try to make it “funny” by having different themes i.e. “Moles Of The Caribbean”. It’s not big and it’s not clever Geester, next you will be telling me that the Pie Day I am so looking forward to in March is about the 3.14159 number and not crusty, meaty filled goodness. What? It is? Noooo..

Thanks for October – if you see Sean, tell him you’ve got it.


November

No one likes November and you are entirely to blame!

You start it off with a big, negative No!

People ask me in November am I looking forward to Christmas and No is the answer. Think positive Gregori and call it Yesvember. Or as we Scots would say – “Och Aye”vember. Then ask me if I am looking forward to Christmas and I shall say No, it’s still 2 months away – get a grip. But I will say it in a positive way🙂

Och_Aye_Cufflinks_largeThere’s not really much else to say about this month as it is too often overshadowed by the forthcoming, heavyweight…

Thanks for November.

December

Forget the Super Bowl, forget the Word Series and forget the Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Final (well except 2013 when Andy Murray won) there is only one battle you want us to focus on in December.

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Santa Claus vs Baby Jesus

Every year on 25th December you host the ultimate showdown between these two Christmas favourites. You’ve been keeping the score since 1582 and at the start of December it was all equal and everything to play for.

I was rooting for the Baby Jesus as I know what you always have in store for him come Easter….

However Santa pipped him at the post this year by leaving a brand new shiny DSLR camera for me underneath the Christmas Tree. Sorry, Baby Jee maybe next year….here’s a head start, get me a car🙂

I’ve got another bone to pick with you about December Mr Gregorian. What the hell do you sprinkle on the days after Christmas that makes everyone forget what day it is? It’s so confusing, stop it!

Then we get to then end of December and everyone is in party, joyful, happy spirits and before we know it – January again! You make us go through all this once more!

Thanks for December.

Thanks for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 etc etc etc.

Lots of love,

Steve

 

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Netflix Jukebox: The Office…The End Oh Nooooooo!

 

It’s the end of an era and I feel completely lost…

I have finally watched all nine seasons of The Office. It’s taken a few months and the characters become part of my evening meal and it’s as if they established their own place at the dining table – I don’t know if I can cope without it.

If you have never watched it then I can’t recommend it highly enough – you will grow to love every single character for different reasons. While I go cry under the table I’ll share these…

 

If you have any recommendations for what show I can engross myself in next then all suggestions are welcome!

 

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Netflix Jukebox: The Office…


I’ve become addicted to the U.S. version of The Office

I know it’s been around for years but I only just realised how great it was after watching the first episode properly.

The reason I have never opted to watch it up until now is down to the fact I associated it with the British version of the show and I’m not a huge Ricky Gervais fan. That always put me off. 

The U.S. version is waaaay better!


They really deviated from the British version after a few episodes and I suppose they had to as they were lazy and only made a few episodes. There are 201 episodes in the U.S. Version!

The characters are given much more time to evolve and I like every one of them for different reasons. The boss – Michael Scott – played by Steve Carell is such an idiot but you grow to love him too. Well, love him whilst face palming yourself at his antics.

I’m only on as far as season three and it’s exciting to know that there are another six for me to watch. If you’ve never watched it before I would highly recommend it – just get ready to cringe!

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Netflix Jukebox: Death In Paradise…

This week the Netflix Jukebox threw a British murder mystery drama at me called Death In Paradise

The show begins with  a British police officer having to go to a Caribbean island to solve the mystery of the murder of his colleague who was working on the island.


It’s kind of like a version of Murder She Wrote and Heartbeat only it’s set in the Caribbean.  It does have a few famous faces from the UK in it but it doesn’t have the brilliant soundtrack like Heartbeat or the brilliance of Jessica Fletcher.

I’ve never been a big fan of mystery dramas and I’d be quite happy just seeing who was murdered and then skipping to the end to see who done it. I don’t really want to watch someone solving all the clues, I just want the closure. Therefore I was bored watching this for 50 out of the 52 minutes it lasted.

Don’t get me wrong, if you like this type of show then I can see the light-heartedness appeal and the quirky charm but it’s just not for me.

Top tip for anyone – don’t move to this island because it seems there will be a murder each episode but I can’t say that for sure as I won’t be continuing to watch this.

Have you watched it? What do you think?

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#OneTalentOneTweet: Britain’s Got Talent Auditions – Week Six…

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For anyone who doesn’t follow me on Twitter @stevesays2014 I have started to do one tweet reviews of each performance on Britain’s Got Talent

Please feel free to join in – I will be using the hashtag #OneTalentOneTweet

Go on – you know you want to!

Here are my tweets from the sixth week of auditions…

 

The stand out performance for me this week was Lorraine – piano teacher and singer who sang a song about Crumble. This is all kinds of awesome and so pleased David gave her the golden buzzer!

 

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