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.

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

Hunting For Fairies

When one of my girlfriends sent me a message to see if I wanted to go fairy hunting, of course my immediate reaction was a great big YES!

Next thing I know, train tickets are booked (Little did I know at this point that this expedition was going to be a 2 hour train journey from Paddington) and three of us are off to The New Forest, Furzey Gardens to be precise. Luckily, we somehow managed to get a First class upgrade on the train and there was Prosecco so along with good company the journey actually wasn’t that bad.

Now I love trees, I even downloaded an Woodland Trust app a few weeks ago to try and identify a tree in my garden and was more than overjoyed when I was successful.

So what’s better than trees? Let me tell you, trees with fairy doors hidden in them, that’s what!

Living in London for the past 10 years, I do love to get back out to the countryside and appreciate nature, the tranquility and the colour.

Did we find fairies? No (Surprising actually considering the Prosecco) but walking through this enchanted forest, we did find lots of the hidden doors spinkled with fairy dust.

Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in The New Forest. 

I’m not sure about Blood. Sweat & Glitter though, it was more MUD, Sweat & Glitter, I ruined a pair of leopard print pumps, it you go, wear wellies!

 

 

Miss Dani Teeze

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m quite partial to a cocktail or two whether it’s out in a bar or at home experimenting so imagine my delight when High Roller Cocktails created a cocktail and named it after me!

Introducing the ‘Miss Dani Teeze’ featuring some of my favourite flavours and of course completely vegan.

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Of course I had to go out and get ingredients to make it straight away, and as I couldn’t get the Malibu with passion fruit, I added Passoa in to the mix (which actually probably made it a little bit more alcoholic, but that’s not a bad thing right?).

 

Nothing Quite So Sad As A Girl Who Can’t Shop!

Imagine the excitement when I woke up a couple of weeks ago to an email saying that one of my favourite online retailers, Lindybop was having a flash sale – one problem, I’d lost my bank card, a replacement card was on order but with it being a bank holiday weekend it had taken longer than usual for my new card to arrive.

I found four dresses I really liked and added them to my shopping basket ready for when my new card arrived, I waited for what felt like forever, and then the day came that my new shiny piece of plastic arrived in the mail, I excitedly went online ready to complete my purchase only to find out two of the dresses were no longer available in a size 8, I bought the other two that were still available and went off to work, but no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that two dresses are better than none I couldn’t seem to shake the feeling of discontent.

I got as far as my first break and went back online and managed to find two more dresses, one in the sale and one new stock and after purchasing both of those I managed to get through the rest of the day feeling less traumatized.

Moral of the story, take better care of your bank card!

So far, I’ll admit I’ve only actually worn one of the dresses, to my friend’s anniversary celebrations at Hockwold Hall in Norfolk this weekend but I’m sure I’ll find the perfect occasions to wear the rest soon!

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Pumpkins

Being a horror actress, Halloween is my absolute favourite event of the year, granted I’m definitely a little pink and sparkly and ‘I love unicorns’ for a horror actress but nevertheless, as soon as Autumn hits and those pumpkin spiced soya latte’s are advertised in all the coffee shops, I can’t help but get a tingle of excitement.

So imagine the excitement when fellow actress/directress Maria Lee Metheringham asked me to  join the cast of her Halloween themed eightiesesque horror film, Pumpkins!

What’s better than your every day horror film? A horror film set around Halloween!

OK, so it’s not Autumn yet here in England, in fact it’s meant to be Spring but it’s been raining so much, I think someone forgot to remind the weather gods! Anyway, last week I made a little road trip to ‘not so sunny’ Skegness for filming.

We shot over night in a very ‘Country’ pub, such an old building that as soon as you walked through the door you literally couldn’t get any phone signal, 4G or even 3G through the old walls.

In between filming we lived in caravans – because that’s what Skegness is famous for, I shared a room with Marcella Edgecombe-Craig (Panda), we hadn’t actually met in person before, but after a couple of days as roomies, accidentally keeping everyone else in our caravan up all night with our giggling, we’re literally friends for life!

Even our drives to set were eventful, with rainbows, bunnies and a group of very friendly cows, I do love the English countryside.

It was lots of fun filming, a great cast and crew and I’m looking forward to another days filming to finish off later this year.

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