The Queen of All Things Wonderful

Hello!

First off as promised, my amazing night of Queen! I have been very lucky in my time to watch some incredible shows, all over the world, and I have to say this would undoubtably be in my top 10. With the staggeringly brilliant Adam Lambert at the helm, and Brian and Roger, who’s genius only seems to multiply, the show was a spectacular performance I was utterly blown away by. With Queen’s iconic music, Adam’s voice brought a whole new dimension to it, and was so self assured in who he was not being a Freddie “tribute” act, and yet at times was so like Freddie it brought shivers down my spine. There were tears, memories, laughter and of course such loud singing along from all of us no one could so much as make a sound the following morning. A night I will remember forever.

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I had a hilarious morning filming for the upcoming Comic Relief Danceathon I’m taking part in. Dancing away alongside Kimberly Wyatt, Rufus Hound, Sara Cox, Ian Waite and Gemma Cairney to name a few! See who else you can spot in the pics, they may well be wearing a red nose disguise… I’m really looking forward to the main event, I’m definitely inclined to join in the musical theatre slot taught by one of my loyal ex students, David Olton. I hope he throws in my oldie but goodie stuff! Also, check out the picture Alana made of me completely oblivious to the fact I’m standing in a hilarious array of dance positions during my interview!

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I was thrilled to be asked to present this year’s National Dance Awards, and had a wonderful time doing so. Dance is my life and my passion, so it’s wonderful to be able to give recognition to those who share that with me. I also, got to catch up with Darcy and Kenny Tharp, and the wonderful Xander Parish.

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I’ve also seen some really interesting theatre, with Gecko at the Linbury, and Othello at the Lyric. Both very different, physical and innovative productions. http://www.geckotheatre.com/project/missing/?project=183&section=introduction However, Gecko was outstanding in every aspect of theatre, and terrifying that one could go from laughter to tears in such a short space of time. I can’t wait to see The Missing at BAC Arts Centre in February.

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I managed to fit in some family time, taking my girls out for a day of lunch and shopping. We did, Harrods, Harvey Nics, Selfridges, and a divine lunch at Zuma. Despite the fact we came home empty handed, it was such a wonderful day, and just being able to be a mum is something i cherish more than anything.
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As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed all my pics and hearing about my crazy life, and I’ll be back next week with gossip from the press night on Di, Viv and Rose!

Love,
Arlene x

Parties, Pearls and Precious Little Time

Hello!
How’s everyone’s start to the year been? I can’t believe It’s almost the end of January, it’s like the older I get the quicker my life seems to move! Of course I do fill it with as many exciting projects, outings, meetings, theatre trips and as much work as I can – not to mention of course all the time I can spend with my beautiful family.
So what have I been up to? Well I was lucky enough to get a last minute ticket to the completely sold out Here Lies Love, the Fatboy Slim musical on the Southbank, and had such a fabulous time standing on the floor, watching and dancing along as the show moved around the audience. I do hope they bring it back as I would be there again in a flash!
I’m loving watching Broadchurch 2 – I’m totally wrapped up in the intrigue already, and not to mention my love of David Tennant! I’m also loving Foyles War, where the brilliant writer Anthony Horowitz has woven some uncovered history into the drama which I find just fascinating. If you haven’t seen either then get watching on catch up!
I had a hilarious night at my darling Craig Revel Horwood’s fabulous 50th birthday party! A 20’s themed night at the appropriately glorious Cafe de Paris, which had been dazzlingly decked out in drapes of pearls and giant feathered table decorations. Of course me being me, didn’t realise it was 20’s themed until I arrived, looked around, assumed I was at the wrong party as everyone was in fancy dress, and nearly walked out again! My effort to the evening was to do the charleston at every available opportunity… Craig looked a dream in his drag outfit, and it was lovely to see so many old friends and familiar faces all there to celebrate. There was brilliant entertainment, a delicious dinner, and some of the most hilarious speeches I’ve heard to date. A truly memorable night, and Happy Birthday Craig!
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The next exciting evening in my fly by January was the opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza at the Royal Albert Hall. One of the best Cirque shows I have seen there in years, it’s simplicity and elegance mixed with death defying tricks (quite literally, google the Wheel of Death!) made it a thoroughly wonderful evening. As always it was lovely to catch up with friends that I know personally and from my work, and also be accompanied by my family, I really am so lucky to be able to mix business with pleasure!
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So as always I hope you like my pictures, and make sure you check back next week to hear about my filming for Comic Relief, and my incredible night watching Queen and Adam Lambert at the O2, an experience I will truly never forget!
Love as always,
Arlene x

Last Christmas, New Year, New Blog!

Hello and welcome to my first blog of the year, all about, er, last year!

December ended in a whirlwind of parties, functions, fabulousness and festive fun! As usual I have a trillion pictures to share with you, and as always I hope you like them…

Christmas was a surprisingly quiet affair this year, as I just really wanted to take it easy after what has been a pretty manic yet very memorable year. Surrounded by my beautiful family, wonderful gifts and the worlds most delicious Christmas lunch, it really was truly relaxing. I think one of my highlights was watching the divine Ed Watson in the Royal Ballet’s The Winter’s Tale, it brought tears to my eyes all over again.

As always, I’m starting the year as I mean to go on, with a diet, that hasn’t started so well after deciding to eat a mountain of cheese for breakfast, so basically how I mean to go on… Still after pretty much eating Christmas it’s definitely time I kicked my butt back into shape, if nothing else so that I can fit back in to all my gorgeous clothes I rediscovered in the New Years clearout!

So on to the pictures… Here’s me at the Macmillan Xmas Stocking event, The Sun Military Awards – also known as the Millies, the opening night of Cats (in which Nicole Scherzinger is to die for!!) the Great Ormond Street Gala, catching up with the TOWIE gang at ITV, and finally some photos from the beautiful Christmas windows in Paris at Galleries Lafayette, where I managed to find the present that I think won Christmas, pink scented toilet paper!

I’ll be back next week to tell you all about my crazy night at Craig Revel Horwood’s 50th Birthday, and my trip to Cirque du Soleil, as well as the rest of my jam packed week, what a way to start the year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and truly wishing all of you a year filled with love, success and much happiness.

Love Arlene x

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