Tough Mudder In The City 5K

We did it!!!

Not only did we do it, we also had a surprising amount of fun!

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Obviously I packed sensibly for going in to battle . . .

Last year when we signed up for this, I’d never even attempted to go for a run before let alone a 5K run with crazy obstacles but a few months of running 3 – 5 times a week in the gym, I quickly worked up to running 5K so on the day, I at least wasn’t worried about the running, the obstacles however . . .

Well I needn’t have worried, the girls were all absolute superstars, we all helped each other, worked as a team and completed the course in around an hour and raised money for Help for Heroes .

We’d set a £250 target but smashed it and there’s still time to donate to our Just Giving page.

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This was Tough Mudder’s first ever mudless race, we actually didn’t know that when we signed up, we were prepared to take on the mud but when we found out there wasn’t going to be any, I wasn’t complaining, having said that, the ground was wet and muddy through wear and tear from the previous night’s Mudder’s so we still got a little muddy.

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I never thought I’d say that I actually enjoy running but I think I’ve got the bug! I gave myself Sunday as a rest day but this morning, I downloaded Strava and went for my first ever outdoor solo run in Victoria Park.

What’s next? The Goldenball Girls and I have another 5K obstacle race in May, more of a fun one with colour bombs but we are looking in to pushing ourselves with a possible Half Mudder which is 10K and if we do, there WILL be mud!

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Horror On Sea 2018

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Horror On Sea is one of my favourite yearly events, organised by the wonderful Paul Cotgrove and set in Southend On Sea, the festival at the Park Inn hotel pulls in film makers and avid fans of the genre from up and down the country and is a great platform for indie horror films to premiere.

I’ve been lucky enough to have films screen there for the past four years running. In 2015, ‘Serial Kaller’ and ‘Axe To Grind’, in 2016, ‘Banjo, in 2017, ‘Zombie Women Of Satan II’ and this year, Sunday 21st January 2018 saw the premiere of ‘Pumpkins’

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Written and Directed by Maria Lee Metheringham, and edited, VFX’d and scored in lightening speed by a very talented bunch, principal photography only wrapped in October and the festivals submission cut off is in November, this was the first time most of the cast and crew had seen the finished article.

We shot mainly up in various locations in Yorkshire so for most that are based near there it was quite a distance from Southend but that considered there was an amazing turn out, one of the actors I think even had a 500 mile round trip.

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The hotel bar next to the function room is always a great place to meet like minded horror freaks and catch up with friends you’ve made over the years, like team Mycho whose film ‘Mask Of Thorn’ screened on the Saturday so I’m yet to see it and Mark Rathbone and the main reason I come to the festival every year (other than that I’ve had films screening each year) Marks ferrets! Their little faces though, too cute!!!

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Team Pumpkins – some of the cast/crew

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Jelly the ferret

I also missed Eileen Daly whose film ‘Witches Brew’ screened on the Saturday.

Every year I say that the next year I’ll do the full weekend but then January seems to come out of nowhere and I’ve ended up working but next year for sure, I’m going to do the full weekend!

Even though I was only there for the one evening, I still left feeling inspired, my friend John, also in the industry came along with me and we bounced a few ideas around in the car home so maybe we’ll have something to screen at the festival next year . . .

 

 

Teeze & Tone

A good few years ago, in fact probably 10 years ago back when I was at the height of my glamour modelling career, I presented a little show called ‘Babe Aerobics’ it was basically a couple of episodes that played on loop on TV during the day and it’s never failed to amaze me the amount of people over the years who have asked me if I’m ever going to do any more . . .

Well it might have taken my 10 years to come up with the goods but I’d like to announce a new era of Dani Fitness!

The videos were actually meant to be available right at the beginning of the month ready for everyone setting their new years fitness goals but due to some pesky technical hitches on amazons part they’ve gone live today.

The videos themselves consist of quick workouts with warm ups and cool downs designed to fit in to your day easily and can easily be done at home as I know not everybody has time to get to the gym every day, if you don’t have a kettle bell or any weights, use a tin of soup from your cupboard. No excuses!

So are you ready to Teeze & Tone with my Glamour Workout? Well come on then, Let’s get physical!

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Guilt Free Glitter

It’s Christmas, and if ever there was an excuse to wear glitter (not that I need an excuse) it’s Christmas!

I’ve always been drawn to anything that sparkles, maybe because I was a unicorn in a past life, all my friends have come to accept that when they see me, they will somehow end up finding glitter on themselves for days and I have to admit, up until now, I’d never really given much thought to where glitter came from and what harm it could do to the environment, I mean something so pretty could hardly be bad right? Well, apparently, that’s not the case.

I guess with it’s metallic facade, I thought it was probably tiny little flakes of metal, I definitely never thought about it being a microplastic getting in to the ocean and putting marine life at risk.

Glitter in cosmetics, when washed off, in the same way as microbeads for which a ban will come in to force by the end of June 2018 find their way down plug holes and in to the ecosystem, it seems glitter is litter!

I can’t imagine my life without glitter, and  thanks to my friend Zoe Disco (yes that’s really her name, I was at her wedding when the new surname was revealed) a life without glitter isn’t something I had to contemplate for long!

Her company eco twinkle stocks ethical, biodegradable glitter made from sustainable plant derived film and contains no plastic. Packaging is recycled and refillable.

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Fine and chunky glitter comes in lots of different colours and is available in 5mm or 10mm pots. A little bit really does go a long way so depending how many Christmas parties you go to, the pots should last for a while .

For this look I have the chunky silver glitter underneath the eye and the fine on the brow bone.

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For this look, I have gold chunky glitter on the brow bone and pink chunky glitter underneath the eye and on the lips.

For more details check out http://www.ecotwinkle.com

The Museum Of Witchcraft

The first time I went to The Last Tuesday Society it was for an evening of Absinthe tasting whilst getting up close and personal with all kinds of wonderful scaly beasts, I think at one point I had a snake cuddling my neck, a bearded dragon balanced on my chest and a chameleon perched on my finger, that night the Victor Wynd museum of curiosities that lurks beneath the quirky cocktail bar was closed so I jumped at the chance to go back for the launch night of the temporary exhibit from Cornwall’s Museum Of Witchcraft and to finally see the permanent collection in the basement.

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The Museum Of Witchcraft was founded by Cecil Williamson and opened in 1951 in Castletown, Isle Of Man and was moved to is’s current location in Boscastle, Cornwall in 1960 and through various gifts and acquisitions over the years the collection has grown to be the largest of its type in the world.

The exhibition in London features photographs and a mix of magical objects including a witch mirror, like something straight from the evil queens lair in Snow White, a wax poppet, spells, charms, a fortune telling tea cup and items from a black magicians alter, scary!

After a couple of complementary Hendrik’s gin & tonics from Victor Wynd himself I descended the spiral staircase to feast my eyes upon the wonders that lay below.

Wow, what a collection, erotica, taxidermy, fairies, shrunken heads, a mummified penis and apparently Kylie’s poo although I’m pretty sure that can’t be real, I mean, Kylie doesn’t poo right?

The Museum Of Witchcraft exhibition is running until the end of February so don’t worry if you’re too busy with Christmassy stuff this month, there’s still a time to catch it in the new year.

 

 

Running

I’ve never been particularly sporty, I’ve never really enjoyed exercise, I hated P.E at school, I always had a note with some excuse as to why I couldn’t do swimming (in my defense, my hair was very long, swimming in the morning and then having to spend the rest of the day with wet hair? No thank you, isn’t that how you catch chills?) I would try to get batted out early on in a rounders game in the Summer so that I could sit in the Sun and tan my face and when it came to sports day, I think it was compulsory that you signed up to compete in at least 3 events, I’d always choose the ones that would be over the fastest, the 100 metre sprint, long jump and well, actually, I don’t even remember what else.

Back as a teenager, I was blessed with a high metabolism so that and a vegetarian diet meant that I was pretty much still too small to fit in to the average Topshop or Miss Selfridge size 8 (size 6’s back then were harder to come by) so I didn’t really need an awful lot of exercise anyway.

These days, I do go to the gym, I don’t love actually doing the exercise but I go to keep in shape as more of a necessity and I do feel good afterwards.

With all this in mind, it would seem ludicrous if  I were to tell you I’ve signed up for 2 5K runs next year wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t it???

Well ludicrous of not, that’s exactly what I’m telling you, along with a few of the other  ‘Golden Ball’ girls from work I’m all signed up for a 5K Tough Mudder obstacle course in March at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – albeit without the mud and a 5K Colour Rush obstacle run in May in Brighton! 

Training has started, the manager of my gym walked in the other day and actually had to do a double take, in 10 years, he’s never seen me set foot on the treadmill, and when I told him what I’m training for he chuckled, well I’ll show him!

I’m up to 2K today, I figure if I can be up to 5K by the end of the year and keep it up, I’ll be fine come March, then it’s just the obstacles I’ll have to work out how to tackle, and coming to think of it, I’ve never seen a fat runner so that will mean I won’t have to feel guilty about the amount of hobnobs I eat my way through!

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I love the thought of my first run being at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from the window in my apartment, I watched the Olympic village being built, the main stadium, the aquatics centre and the orbital all went up so quickly, they seemed to appear out of nowhere, then for the opening ceremony in 2012, my view of the fireworks was spectacular and during the Olympics, I also watched the athletes train on the open running training track.

 

The Tough Mudder race is in association with Help The Heroes and I will have a fund raising page up soon.

 

 

 

Shocktoberfest 2017 Launch

Being born in Australia, I’m convinced I’m not cut out for England’s cold Winter climate, having said that, most of my favourite calendar events (bar my birthday which is in August) happen during the Winter, Bonfire Night, Christmas and of course, the most important one of all, Halloween!

Of all the Halloween attractions I’ve been to, Tulley’s Shocktoberfest is the best. Set in the middle of nowhere in Crawley (about an hour and a half drive from where I live in East London) on a farm, with lots of various haunted attractions to work your way around.

I went along to the launch night with friends and had a great time, even bumping in to my friend and favourite horror hostess Miss Bunny Galore who was there on the black carpet!

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Having been before, I knew what to expect and was pushed to the front of my group of friends to lead them around for most of the attractions, my favourites being Twisted Clowns 3D where dimension is a state of mind and The Colony where you get to walk through a maze of corn among a breed of feral survivors.

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The whole Scream Park is so well put together and each attractions set so well designed, it’s a must visit for the Halloween season.

Book online at http://www.tulleysshock.co.uk – I’d recommend getting a fast track pass as the queues can be long and you don’t want to run out of time to visit the Halloween store!