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"FUIMUS - We Have Been!" motto of Clan Bruce

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

SLIPPERS & SKATES; Mirror Mirror on the Ice

I have just got home from an ice dancing show. I love to watch ice dancing.  I have been to Disney On Ice a few times and really enjoyed their shows. Last Christmas I went to see Disney's Frozen on Ice which was fabulous and they are great at putting on a winter show.  If you have kids though I recommend smuggling some treats in with you, or taking some cash, because Disney charge £8 for a portion of popcorn and £10 for a bag of candyfloss, so be prepared!

Disney On Ice is fantastic, but since a girl from my college class was killed at the Ariana Grande concert during the Manchester terrorist attack a few months ago, I have become a little anxious about attending big arena events.  So this year my mother and I went to see the Christmas show at the local ice rink, instead of going to see Disney On Ice at the arena. 

They put on a show called Mirror Mirror on the Ice which was an amalgamation of all the best loved fairytales; Snow White, Frozen, Cinderella and this years revived classic, Beauty and the Beast.  We had front row seats and a great view - I could see all the intricate step sequences and turns, which is beneficial for my own skating. There were some huge jumps and big lifts and the costumes were so pretty and sparkly...it was tutus galore!

It was a long show, starting at 1pm and finishing at 3.45pm with a fifteen minute interval, so it was certainly value for money. My favourite parts were the skating Snowflakes, Elsa's solo, Cinderella's solo, Beauty and the Beast pairs skate and the four Ugly Sisters, which were danced by male figure skaters in drag, skating to songs such as Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Its Raining Men, lifting their skirts and flashing their bloomers as they went!  They were hilarious, and recieved the biggest round of applause of the whole show. 

Although they didn't have the special effects of a Disney ice show, they did a fantastic job of giving Disney a run for their money.  Mirror Mirror on the Ice was magical, enchanting, princessy and romantic.  All the well known Disney songs were played and I think my absolute favourite part was Beauty and the Beast skating to Tale As Old As Time by Ariana Grande.  But the whole performance was fabulous. I loved it and I feel so inspired for my own skating - I can't wait to get back on the ice again myself.  It has been a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and I feel all festive and ready for Christmas now.

So if you don't want to pay Disney ticket prices, then check out your local ice rink and see what events they are putting on over the Christmas season.  It is far less expensive, but just as beautiful and so much fun to watch.  And if you just want to stay at home during the colder weather, then Dancing On Ice makes a welcome return to our TV screens in January, lending a touch of frosty magic to the dark winter nights.  I can't wait for that and I'm so glad that they have decided to bring it back.  And as if all that wintry enchantment wasn't enough - tonight we are going to have snow!!
Have a lovely winter...it's a most magical time. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

MUSICAL DOLL; Mistletoe Kisses

I should be playing in the winter snow,
But I'm gonna be under the mistletoe,
Kiss me underneath the mistletoe...

Sunday, 3 December 2017


Santa honey, I've been an angel all year...
Think of all the fun I've missed,
Think of all the fellows that I haven't kissed;
Next year I could be just as good,
If you check out my Christmas List...

Saturday, 2 December 2017

MUSICAL DOLL; He's Gone 2000 Miles

In these frozen and silent nights,
 sometimes in a dream, you appear...
I think of you wherever you go...
Gets colder day by day - I miss you


Thursday, 30 November 2017

SLIPPERS & SKATES; Northern Ballet's Little Mermaid

Northern Ballet

This afternoon my mum and I went to see Northern Ballet dance The Little Mermaid at Sheffield Lyceum Theatre.   It was one of my birthday presents and I enjoyed every second of it.  I have seen the Northern Ballet before; dancing A Christmas Carol and Wuthering Heights. They are my favourite Company and I was intrigued to see how they would dance out a story that takes place largely under the sea. Would it feel mermaidy enough?   The answer to that question is a resounding Yes!

This has to be the most beautiful ballet I have seen since The Russian State Ballet of Siberia's version of Swan Lake.  It is visually stunning, with lighting that looks like the rippling waters of the deep ocean and dancers acting as 'waves'.  The costumes were glorious, in pretty pastel colours and shimmering metallic fabrics that swish and sway and end in pleated mermaid tails!  It was very much like being swept away into an enchanted realm where pretty mermaids, sea nymphs and bare-chested mermen hold court. 

The story is true to the original text of the fairytale, which is always a relief when a book is presented in a different medium.  They had one piece of set which became by turns, the backdrop of the ocean, the rocks on the beach and a ship!  It was so cleverly designed and added to the magic of seamlessly transitioning the story from sea to land and back again.  

The music was beautiful and featured lovely mermaid vocals that echoed around the gilded theatre, making you feel as if you were surrounded by mermaids.  But it was the choreography that stole the show - the ballet dancers were so fluid in their movements; everything was slow and graceful, like they were actually moving through water.  They rippled across the stage like water elementals.  It was all so very magical and beautiful and pure.  Just writing about it makes me want to see it all again!

The Little Mermaid is one of the best ballets I have ever seen, so if you fancy going to the ballet this Christmas, I would recommend this one over The Nutcracker any day of the week.  They are on tour until May 2018, so check them out here and dive into a wonderful fairytale world of pure romance.  I enjoyed the ballet so much this afternoon and I really hope that they put this one out on DVD soon because I want to keep the magic and bring it home with me - it's that good! It makes me want to snuggle into my mermaid blanket and dream of being Ariel. 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

MUSICAL DOLL; Beautiful Ballet, Sugar Plum Fairy

Stunning balletic music videos that have the spirit of winter captured within them...
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

And Shatter Me...

Monday, 27 November 2017


Everybody's talking about kinky boots, kinky boots...
Lovely lanky thigh boots...
And I've bought three pairs already this autumn...
They certainly seem to stop traffic!