Parliament and a Banana Split

Hello!
I am writing this to you on a surprisingly sunny afternoon, and I have to say what a treat this weather is! It’s yet again been a busy week full of comings and goings, and here’s what’s been going on…
Last Monday the Wizard of Oz opened in “Fabulous Las Vegas”, and although I wasn’t there to celebrate it myself (sad face!) I sent the cast a good luck message and lots of love. You can follow @yellowbrickroad on Twitter for updates and backstage pics, and for all my followers in the US you can book tickets here!
I had a very nerve wracking morning in Parliament speaking for the Alzheimer’s Society, and all over twitter you can see the amazing support of MPs pledging to raise awareness of dementia and improve services. Find out how you can make a difference and become a dementia friend http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
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I had another fantastic morning filming a new campaign for Save the Children, all about getting kids involved in reading. They have teamed up with a company called Beanstalk who have volunteers to work with kids who for many different reasons either have trouble, or lack the confidence with their reading, which studies show can greatly affect their chances for good GCSE grades later on. I spent the morning reading and talking with some of the 7yr olds from a primary school in North London, and was amazed at the progress they were making with the help of their reading mentors. As soon as I have the pictures to show I will post them up!
A photo that I DO have to show you is one that I’m very proud of, and also very proud to be a part of the campaign… Yes the Bearfaced picture I mentioned I was shooting a few weeks ago for Children in Need is finally out and I love it! Do you Dare to Bear?
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As I’m sure you know I am still all Starlight Starlight Starlight, and have been busy with interviews and rehearsals for the International Tour that’s about to roll out across the world!  Tickets.  And you can also check out the new video here.
Someone who I am sure is thrilled by this little patch of sun is my partner Angus, who braved the rain and the cold to go camping in Devon last weekend, and came back utterly bedraggled poor thing! Anyway while he was in one kind of tent, I was sort of in another – although it was more of a marquee at a Birthday garden party I was at on Saturday night. It was my friend Wayne Garvie, who had decided to throw a mini fete, complete with garden games and a gorgeous food! Delicious chicken and lamb wraps, with different salads and fillings, and then huge plates of piping hot churros with thick chocolate dipping sauce. I think thats all I need to say about that…. *stares off into the distance dreaming of churros*
Following on the food theme, I’ve had a couple of lovely breakfast meetings this week, one at the Ivy Club, which is always a treat! I also went to a party at the Soho Sanctum Hotel in Picadilly to celebrate the launch of my darling Sam Dowler’s new PR company, Big Smoke that he has started with Made in Chelsea’s Cheska. It was filled with the usual faces like Lizzie Cundy, PR Guru Nick Ede, several of the Chelsea crew such as Ollie Locke whom I adore, and a few other very fashionable people that I probably should have known! True to form I didn’t stay long, and somehow managed to make it home with a giant caramel ice cream cone from Scoop that just happened to be by the car park…
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Another blog worthy addition is the secret filming I did for ITV, yes frustrating I know that I can’t reveal all yet, but as always it’s worth the wait…
Did anyone catch me on the charity version of Fifteen to One last Friday as part of the Channel 4 80’s night?  All I can say is that I had major question envy!
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Friday was also a trip to the eyebrow goddess Karen Betts for a much needed top up on my brows, and as ever I love hearing about the amazing work she does with the Katie Piper foundation, she really is a genius.
This weekend I was lucky enough to snare tickets to Chimerica, and it was well worth the wait to see I can tell you. A genuis production, made all the more incredible by the young ages of the writer and director, who are truly brilliant, as was the production.
Sunday was a wonderful end to week with a fabulous Sunday lunch at The Delaunay, where my heavenly lobster cocktail and banana split was devoured in an instant!
So for all those that missed me this morning, you can catch me on The Wright Stuff this coming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on Channel 5, so make sure you tune in!
So until next week, let’s hope this weather continues!
Love Arlene x

Time for a Catch up!

 

My goodness where has the time gone? This past coupe of weeks have flown by, and I realised it’s been what seem like an age since I last cheked in! Seeing as there’s been so much going on, I’ll give you the edited version rather than make you sit through what could easily be a five page (yet still very exciting!) essay.  

 Starting way back on Monday over two weeks ago, I was treated to a gorgeous long lunch at Le Caprice with my agents, and it was as delicious as you could imagine. The rest of the afternoon was filled with a couple more meetings, a voiceover, and a quick change back at home to get ready for dinner at my new favourite place Balthazar to discuss an exciting top secret new film project! Full as can be from what was essentially a day of dining, I made my way home to bed as the rest of the week was looking busier by the minute…  

 Tuesday I was up early to get my hair done, and of course I couldn’t just sit and relax like most people do in the salon, I was busy giving interviews! You can read my one with the South Wales Echo http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/former-strictly-stars-flavia-vincent-4694501) and listen to my one with Gordon Burns here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01b1yzl/Gordon_Burns_Arlene_Phillips

After the mornings chat and colour… I arrived at a studio in Islington for my Save the Children Christmas Jumper Campaign shoot. As soon as I have all the details about how you can get involved with their new initiative I’ll let you know, but what I can tell you is what a great afternoon I had! It was lovely to catch up with some of the other celebs involved, including Myleene Klass and Ashleigh and Pudsey, and before I knew it I was jumping in my car to the next port of call! I was opening a new centre on Harley Street for Alliance Medical alongside Joanna Lumley, and I have to tell you the things they can do with these new machines that can somehow make a 4D scan of your body is just remarkable. 

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It was another early start on Wednesday, as I made my way to Denman College, Oxford University. I was there to meet the WI to give a talk on Dementia and give exercises and rhythms that may help in the fight in keeping the brain and body active! That evening I went to watch Billy at the Union Theatre, directed by Michael Strassen. It was a stunning production, and lovely to bump into my dear friend and producer extraordinaire David Ian.

 Thurs was yet another early start for a long day of interviews for Care UK, and drinks in the evening with the wonderful Rob Jones.

 Friday was a REALLY early start with an appearance on Daybreak talking about the Nations Favourite Dancer that was on the following Saturday night. Did you watch? Did you agree with the best dance moments – and if not then what are yours? Tweet me and let me know @arlenephillips! 

 The Weekend was a bit of a disaster, starting with driving three hours out of our way to get to a party in Surrey for the Orpheus Trust 15th Birthday.  Nerves fraying, we arrived only a couple of hours late… but I tell you what it was worth every second of temper tantrums in the car to see the incredible work the trust does in providing a music education and  life skills to disabled students. 

 

Sunday morning I managed to put my back out on the exercise bike, so spent the rest of my day in bed!

 Monday I was feeling a bit more mobile, and managed to make it to a meeting at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s offices about the upcoming Wizard of Oz tour in America.  Then seeing as I was literally next door, I popped into the Ivy Club to meet my darling Debbie Moore for a quick catch up before retiring back to my bed and trying to get the back, back to normal!

 Tuesday I was feeling right as rain, and made my way into town for some top secret filming. I can’t tell you what it was for, but I can show you it involved this lot…

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After my more hectic than usual week I was definitely in need of some R&R so I headed off to the country for the week. It was as always utter bliss, and although I popped back to London for some filming over the weekend (more about that in a minute) I’m still here and the relaxation programme is going strong, however I do hate being away from the gang at home, but someone’s got to keep Phillips Towers running!

 As I mentioned, I came back to London for the weekend to film a celebrity edition of The Chase! I was fretting about it for weeks – have you seen some of the questions they ask?! I can’t tell you too much about it yet (as it seems with so much at the moment…) but there was both excitement and stupidity.

 I turned up at auditions for the new cast of We Will Rock You and saw some fabulous dancers and after watching all that activity, I went on eating overload at the opening of Five Guys in Covent Garden.

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 I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my adventures in showbiz land this week, and I promise to keep up to date so expect more hot gossip coming soon! 

 

Love Arlene

PS If you’re keen to get your dancing seen check this Dance competition from Danceamatic out! 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cM9lKSjG1U