Rope at the Queen’s Theatre

Hi all. I am sorry if this post is a little rushed, the Wifi set up in my new flat (Talk Talk) is currently very poor and keeps dropping out completely (phoned to complain as it was slow and they made it even worse!) so I have had to write this in a matter of minutes before I loose the connection again!

Anyway, I went with a good friend to see the new adaptation of Rope at the Queen’s Theatre.

Rope is a 1929 British play by Patrick Hamilton. There is a good chamce you may be familiar with the 1948 Hitchcock film adaptation.

The story follows two well off, young university students Wyndham Brandon (George Kemp) and Charles Granillo (James Sutton) and is set entirely on the first floor of their London house.

The men have murdered a fellow student Ronald Kentley, with no motive, rather as an expression of their believed intellectual superiority. The corspe has been hidden in a locked chest, which is center to the room where they invite friends and family around for drinks and a buffet. The buffet is served on that very chest! Can the two get away with their murder, even with the body in the same room as the guests? And what happens when a guest in particular starts to get suspicious?

I enjoyed this production of Rope directed by Douglas Rintoul. I felt it was tightly mapped out, keeping you guessing untill the end, with enough time spent on character development and plot advancement, for a well balanced unraveling thriller. The lighting helped evoke a film noir style which was very effective. Also the story still managed a nice line in humour too.

The whole cast did a great job from an acting point of view, nicely judged performances in both the more subtle moments and the more tense and dramatic ones, with beliveable chemistry and friction rubbing against the characters. They all played off each other very well. The play also explores interesting moral dynamics.

All in all, this story of a daring cat and mouse game is well worth catching at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch.

ūüėôDark Chocolate

These days many reports published in the news suggest a food to be a ‘Wonder-food’ due to its high count of essential nutrients. Often a week later, they will then be telling us how bad that same product could be for us!

But the buzz around dark chocolate and its health benefits seems to of stayed consistant. Researchers in general seem to agree that dark chocolate could provide these benefits:

  • Protection from Disease-Causing Free Radicals
  • Potential Cancer Prevention
  • Improve Heart Health
  • Good for Overall Cholesterol¬†
  • Improve Cognitive Function
  • Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Aid
  • And that dark chocolate is an Antioxidant-Rich Superfood!

Now I really love me some dark chocolate and I’m always on the hunt for new brands. I heard about a 99% bar from Lindt but haven’t been able to track it down, however in my local Sainsbury’s I found a 100% bar which you can see a taste test for below!

What’s your favourite dark chocolate brand, perhaps you can give me some recommendations?

 

Featured Artist: Davina Michelle

Davina Michelle photo taken from her cover of Pink's Beautiful Trauma.

One of my favourite artists at the moment, who I eagerly await her latest cover on YouTube, is a young lady called Davina Michelle.

Davina can definitely sing, there is no doubt about that. All of her performances have been great, she hits both high and low notes beautifully, has great delivery, with a lovely smokey, sultry tone to her voice, giving her own trademark to her covers.

I feel she adds a lot of personality and style to her songs, which is perhaps sometimes an underrated consideration in a performance.

Image of Davina Michelle from her Relove video.
Glad to see someone loves Autumn as much as me!

Davina only joined YouTube and began sharing her music in February of 2017, but rightly she has already received millions of views and thousands of followers. Her cover of a Pink song was even featured when Pink was commenting on peoples covers-and lovely that you could tell she genuinely loved it too! Have a look at the video below, Davina is the first featured artist. This is amazing also for Davina who is a big Pink fan (as may I add, am I).

She really does do an incredible cover, but it is not all about covers. She has also been putting her own tracks out as well, with her Relove. I really like the concept and vibe of this, which was interestingly an inspired reaction to Pink’s¬†What About Us.

 

 

As Pink said, this lady needs to be signed.

Have a look at Davina Michelle’s Content For Yourself:

www.davinamichelle.com www.instagram.com/davina_michelle_music

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6OG9fZ1LKXyL0hShRmmnq1

https://itunes.apple.com/nl/artist/davina-michelle/1243047841 Be part of my adventure, x Davina http://www.davinamichelle.com

Favourite Songs of 2017 Podcast

Hi all. Why not join me and my sister Chelsey-Ann who will be discussing our favourite tracks of 2017. We both agree that 2017 had some good hits and here we will be taking it in turns to pick our top 10. Let us know what would have been your picks!

For the YouTube link:

For the Soundcloud link:

Note, experimenting with sound quality styles and setups, so the podcast audio should improve over each week ūüôā

Is Joanne my Guardian Angel?

The concept of a Guardian Angel is not one I either believe or disbelieve in. Like so many things, I take the open stance on the subject. It is not so much about sitting on the fence, more just that I have not had any experiences that have led me to one side of belief more than the other.

I got on to thinking about this subject, how I get on to thinking about most subjects-a few drinks courtesy of the local. These type of subjects always come up. In fact, sometimes I swear we have the exact same conversation, at the exact same time, on the exact same beer round as last week, yet we act as if we are giving this a thought for the first time. Is it even a pub conversation if a debate with some sort of spiritual question has not kicked off, such as is there a God?

Well this time, as I say, it was the subject of if we have a Gurdian Angel or not. I usually find that in any group, usually there will be at least one person who inf

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2018 The Plan

I’m about to take a Christmas break, so expect less new content on this site until just after Christmas. When I return, I’ll be more then doubling the content amounts that 2017 saw, as I expand on what 2017 brought to Stuffhere Projects!

Please note, the Stuffhere Projects store Thrifty P will of course continue to operate as normal, and if you order before the 19th December delivery is still guaranteed to reach you in time for Christmas Day!

All other services offered by Stuffhere Projects still remain active.

 

When I do return with more content, a fair amount will be focused on plans for 2018, including from a business perspective but also from a more personal one.

I’m not just thinking about literal plans here; plans for holidays, plans of what to buy, project plans etc. But plans from an inner place, if you catch my drift. How I am going to try and develop myself and apply that through all the more literal things I hope to be doing such as the various projects.

But for now, I want to thank you so much for you company and support in 2017 and wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and the Best New Year Yet!

Love,

Ben

Cafe Romford

Google Map of Cafes in Romford.

The book I am currently reading is¬†Personal a¬†Jack Reacher novel.¬†¬†I have in particular been looking forward to reading this Lee Child’s book as a large part of it is set in Romford.¬†If you do not know, I have spent most of my life in and around this famous town.

The reason why I mention the above is because I was looking forward to seeing what M.r Reacher would make of our ‘humble’ town and how Lee Child would describe it. Now I am only just a few chapters in, but so far the descriptions of the town are accurate. Lee Child was born in the UK, and likely may of visited good old Romford at some point, and even if he had not, he always does top notch research for his books.

I recently got to a part where Reacher and partner are hungry (‘always eat when you can’) and the food places available in Romford were described as being full of fast food places such as pizza and of course chicken. That is of course very accurate. We can not move without bumping in to a chicken shop in Romford. There are I think even more chicken and chip shops in Romford then Fish and Chip shops. Reacher and partner decide to opt for the pizza option. They do, in another part of the book spend sometime in a cafe, and in my imagination it was one down the high street, a small turning by¬†Maplin. That was just in my imagination and the name was not specified.

Now Reacher fans will know, he loves a good cafe. As an American he likes what they would call a Diner, or perhaps in particular a Greasy Spoon. Now why it is true Romford is full of fast food outlets, it would be a dis-service to the town to just think of it in that way-we have an abundance of great cafes. And, I do hope as the book progresses Reacher explores more of them, as we really have some gems here.

And that is what I thought I’d do. I’ll be featuring content based around the cafes of Romford every so often. Starting with¬†Poppins!

At Last a Saturday Night TV Winner!

Title for article about Saturday Night TV on theshp.net

Time to give credit in TV land, where credit in TV land is due!

That credit is for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.

Well I mean I have been thinking for a while that this show has been a big improvement to the usual prime time Saturday UK schedule ,but now its reached its third series, the format and presenter have settled even more in a Saturday Night Winner!

Since the nineties, Saturday night schedules here in the UK have really lacked a great prime time show with universal appeal. The kind that offers some comedy, maybe a variety act, audience participation and some music.

The only one that has been a major player in recent years would be Ant & Decs Saturday Night Takeaway. They hit the nail on the head with that one, and there is a reason why it has been going as long as it has. But that show can not be on every Saturday and its an ITV show. What about the BBC’s offering?

Which brings us back to Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, where the man of the title and the whole team really deserve a big thumbs up. The show has a presenter who is funny, good with people, plenty of personality and energy. Which is what is needed to carry a good format, something this show delivers on with that its fun audience interactions, music, games and stand up. Particular highlights include the Unexpected Star and Send To All segments. Some shows receive other amusing audience’s (unknowingly) participation with for example last weeks inspired Karaoke bit.

The show has also helped cement M.r McIntyre’s road to being a solid all-rounder presenter for light entertainment.

Photo of Michael McIntyre
By Damien Everett from Southampton, UK (Cropped from Michael MacIntyre at the BAFTA’s) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
You could see that the powers that be saw his potential as more then just a stand up with how they tried him out in different formats such as his own chat show. But you can tell ‘The Big Show¬†is his winning fit.

I look forward to the rest of this all too short series, which will include a Christmas special.

What are your thoughts on the show?