I went out last night & thought I'd blend into the background so I donned my trusty fried egg clip (thanks Lou.....courtesy of Luna on the Moon - check out their Etsy shop HERE). I had lots of compliments & I think my favourite comment was....."only you could rock fried egg & penguins!"
I keep feeling really motivated & ready & raring to go when I think of everything that needs doing & what's coming up....then I sit there in my onsie....on the sofa....with a cuppa & my iPad & suddenly I'm not so motivated! Yoink!
Finally! A chance to explore Brighton properly - better late than never (just like this post - we only went in September!).
It was as awesome as everyone had told me it would be. We even left with a new friend....
He now guards the front door along with our gold Pug from Shoreditch....as you do!
We'd stayed the night before in our first AirBnB place & it was great - see HERE. It was a lovely studio room at the bottom of the hosts' garden, we had tea/coffee facilities (as well as a few spiders!) in the room & fresh fruit & a jug of milk in the cool box outside in the morning. It was really peaceful & only a 20min (30min max) walk into Brighton itself. Perfick!
We moved into our new place almost a year ago now & we had no idea how cool the place is & the film history that surrounds it.
2014 was the Centenary of Filmmaking & Television Production in Elstree & Borehamwood & to celebrate, a group of awesome people called The Elstree Project made a film called "From Borehamwood to Hollywood: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Elstree." It's a fascinating film which starts at the very beginning (without sounding too Julie Andrews!) & ends with current films & tv shows that are still being made today.
There are 2 ways you can watch:
1. Grab a cuppa, get yourself comfortable & watch the link HERE
2. If you're ever in the area they're planning on showing the film at regular times at the library at No 96 in Borehamwood. The first showing is this Sunday (8th Feb) 2pm - so get down there quick - tickets are first come first served!
After the showing we went to there was a Q&A session with:
~ Jan Harlan - executive producer of Kubrick feature films - Barry Lyndon, The Shining (my personal fave!), Full Metal Jacket & Eyes Wide Shut & Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence A.I.
~ Martin Baker - floor manager of The Muppet Show, producer of The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth & Yonderland.
~ Ray Merrin (dad's hero bottom left!) - post-production sound - one of the first people to use Dolby sound; sound re-recording mixer - Alien, Return to Oz, Chariots of Fire, Batman.....the list is endless, this guy has done everything including The Avengers (dad's favourite show ever!) & all the Kubrick films done in Elstree.
After the Q&A I managed to grab Jan Harlan for a photo & dad ended up speaking to Ray Merrin for ages - he was so lovely & willing to chat. I think we could have stayed there all night if the cleaners hadn't turfed us out!
In May there's a very exciting Shining event coming up for the 35th Anniversary of the film. I'm crossing my fingers I get tickets so hard it's hard to type this so I hope they don't fly out as soon as they're released! Eeek!
I've always wanted to go to Plumpton seeing as that was my maiden name & finally, even though that's no longer my name I made it! I found these photos squirreled away in my drafts folder (along with a load of others I'll be posting over the next few weeks - bet you can't wait!)
Poor Adam....every time we went past a new sign / place name we had to stop for a Kodak moment! Brill!