Here there and everywhere!

 Another two weeks has gone by and of course it has been crazy busy as usual…

 I have been up to so many different and wonderful things and have finally found the time to put it all together…

 I drunk lots of champagne at the Beaufort Bar at the Savoy with Kathy Lette and Horrid Henry superstar writer Francesca Simon which was quite fabulous

 I spent a very special evening with my Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music director Jeremy Sams watching Le Weekend, which he composed the glorious music for, then eating an even more glorious dinner!

 I’ve been trying out a juice diet by juicemaster extraordinaire Jason Vale, and aside from a couple of slip ups (which I can explain!) I have done pretty well! I’ve been carrying my juice to all my meetings and events, and aside from a dinner out and long overdue lunch with my darling Molly Molloy, I have rocked this diet!

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 Having my juice to hand has meant I’ve taken some pictures of me drinking in some very strange places, for example at the final of Britain’s Best Cat that I was filming over at This Morning. As I mentioned last time, the cats who performed so well in all the rehearsals, basically refused to so much as glance in the right direction, which made for an utterly hilarious final of what was pretty much “Britain’s Most Useless Cat! To say that these cats unwillingly went where no cat has gone before is an understatement, but all made for some hilarious live TV. It was wonderful to work with fellow cat lover Tom Fletcher from McFly, and I’m looking forward to checking out the McBusted tour next year alongside my gorgeous Matt Willis, who I worked with in Flashdance a couple of years ago.

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 Another “juicy” filming day was me talking all about my work and friendship with Freddie Mercury and Queen for an upcoming show called “The Nations Favourite Queen Song”. It was such a rush watching all those old videos again, as the memories came flooding back of such significant points in my life, and just talking about Freddie and how flamboyant and fabulous he was, brought tears to my eyes. It strange even now after all these years how much I miss him. Of course I will keep you updated as to when it airs, and you’ll hear all the secrets behind some of the most famous videos ever made.

 Thank goodness I had finished juicing in time to attend the launch of Bakers Toolkit, the new business from Apprentice runner up and family friend Luisa Zissman. It was cakes and sweet things galore, alongside heavenly pomegranate vodka cocktails I was in my element! I met the gorgeous Francine Lewis, and would have met a whole host of other celebs had I not have done my usual early disappearing act, but it was a fabulous party nonetheless.

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 I had a truly wonderful evening at the Collars and Coats Ball for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, which was to raise money for the new dogs housing unit. It quite honestly broke my heart seeing the conditions some of these dogs have to live in, and to give them the love, care and attention they so deserve is all down to the generosity of the public. There were some of the dogs there on the night, and to say I fell in love with one or two is an understatement, and have not so subtly been begging my partner to head down there with me so we can pick out a new friend, so I’ll certainly keep you updated as to how that one goes…

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 Another awesome event I had the pleasure of attending last week was for, of course, Children in Need that I have been working with again this year. Gary Barlow was hosted a magnificent dinner at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, and it was about as star studded as they come. I was sat next to magical genius Dynamo, who made me continuously rub my eyes in disbelief as things flew across the table, cards swapped places in people’s mouths without them realising, hands and fingers bent into impossible positions, it really was an experience I will never forget, Among the other celebrities I caught up with were the divine Ben Shepherd, Louis Smith, Eamon Holmes, Dave Myers of the Hairy Bikers, and not forgetting one of the most hilarious conversations of the night with the one and only Louis Walsh. Watching the performances during and after dinner from artists such as Ellie Goulding and of course Gary himself was simply thrilling, and again an evening that will stay with me for along time. I’d also like to add my congratulations to Terry Wogan, Lizze Fee, and all the team who made this years Children in Need smash last years record by I think 5 million, bringing the total up to £31 million, which is just astounding.

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 Another charity event I was involved in last week was the recording of the flash mob dance I have put together for Save the Children, that will be going ahead on the 13th of Dec, so grab your Christmas sweater, get online, and get learning the dance so that you too can help break the world record for the most amount of people dancing together in Christmas sweaters – and raise money doing it! Me and my boys Ashley and Ashley show you how step by step, and we will be posting the link as soon as it goes up for you to get involved.

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 Filming over and sweaters laid to rest, I was off to experience another kind of dancing at Sadlers Wells with my dear friend Pamela Stephenson, to watch M’Longa, a tango show that was an absolute triumph and a joy to watch.

 I had bit of a brush with radio as I stood in for Vanessa Feltz on the panel at Radio London, and I have to say what an experience! I got into a rather heated debate with the, shall we say “mildly opinionated” Katie Hopkins, who really should as far as I’m concerned keep her mouth shut once and for all! Of course I’m all for people standing up for what they believe in, but to be that prejudiced in this day and age is just beyond me.

 So feeling much calmer, I made my way to Parliament to support a new venture I am involved in for the National Youth Arts Trust set up by my friend Fiona Laird, alongside patrons such as Grayson Perry and Ewan McGregor, that involves mentoring young people who want to be involved in the arts, and for various reasons are unable to do so due to lack of funds, It is such an amazing collective to be part of, and just seeing the hope and happiness it brings makes it even more worthwhile. I will introduce you all to the fabulous girl I am mentoring soon, and I can’t wait to keep you informed of her progress.

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 So there you have it, my last two weeks, and hopefully the last time I will be so behind on the blog for say, another how many weeks…!

 Just kidding, so until next week…

Much love,

Arlene x

 

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A Mini Catch Up

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So I left you all at the start of another crazy week, on my way to an event for the Dog’s Trust at the very exclusive Home House.  It was hilarious, surrounded by celebs and their pampered pets, all getting very over excited. Myself and Abi who accompanied me fell completely in love with the stunning Donna Air, who is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. It was also really interesting talking to Marc Abraham or “@marcthevet” as some might know him, about his campaign to stop puppy farming. It is so heartbreaking what these dogs go through, and please if you can try and support him in his efforts to stop it now. You can sign his petition here http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49528 and tweet your support to @pupaid.

 Wed morning was a new and exciting rehearsal day with Alastair Lloyd Webber, son of… On his incredible new project The Wolf, although I can’t reveal too much about it just yet… watch this space!  Rehearsals were followed by a girls lunch with my darling Debbie Moore, where I got a chance to check out her new makeup boxes for her Pineapple range, and they are fabulous! That evening was the opening night of WAG the Musical, which I attended to support my friend and star of the show Lizzie Cundy. It was a very tongue in cheek production, and worth a see for the sheer hilarity of it! Clearly I’d been laughing a little too much and was feeling all giddy as we left, hence the rather cheeky pics of myself and Sinnita surrounding Bruno with kisses!  Well you got to let your hair down every so often, right?

 

Thursday was another day of rehearsals, only this time for the upcoming US production of We Will Rock You I love working with my team and coming up with new and exciting ideas, and feeling inspired by the incredible voice of Freddie. After rehearsals I popped in to see my skin guru Fiona at Skin Associates for a gorgeous Skinceuticals facial and a Sublime facial tightening treatment. I always leave with my feeling fresh and glowing, and always have one very happy daughter/makeup artist Alana who is obsessed with me taking care of my skin!

 

I’m coining the phrase “Catch Up with Coco” for those days in the office we so rarely manage to get, which is what Friday was. We figured as it would probably we a while till we have another one, we should make the most of our time together so managed to squeeze in a glamorous lunch up in Hampstead. We barely managed to get through the piles of emails that afternoon due to being in a food coma! 

 

Who caught me on You Saw Them Here First? If you missed it you can see me in all my youthful glory around 29 minutes in… – https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/you-saw-them-here-first/series-1/episode-1

 

FInally I want to say a huge congratulations to my darling daughter Abi, who has got the most amazing new job at Bespoke in Selfridges. She’ll be working for the incredible designers Emilia Wickstead and Henry Rose, building clients lists and giving customers the true A list experience that comes with having your very own designer outfit created especially for you. Whatever the occasion, or even if you just want to pop down and say hi, head to the 2nd floor and get creative! 

 

I’ll be back next week with more gossip about what I’ve been up to on my hols….

Until then

Love Arlene xx

 

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