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Up at the O2

2 Jul

It seemed like a bit of a strange concept to me – pay money to walk over the top of a building? What will they think of next. But the more I thought about it the better it seemed. Who doesn’t want to be 52 meters up looking out at London’s vast landscape? (the answer being probably those afraid of heights!) So when I was offered the chance to go Up the O2 with my dad in advance of father’s day I couldn’t be happier.

Groups are up to 16 in numbers and are taken on their journey with one instructor, in my case a lovely guy called Liam (he was very knowledgeable about all things O2 and all things London). The climb is a little steep at first but even in my unfit state it was manageable! The climb takes around 90 minutes, half an hour to hear about safety and to get your gear on (in the summer this is a little vest to protect your clothing plus a harness, in the winter a full climbing suit to protect against the elements) and then an hour for the climb. You get around half an hour at the top and the views are amazing! There is a certain calm about being on top of all the hustle and bustle in the summer sun. The descent is a little tougher mentally as it makes you feel very high up, but was very fun as due to the bouncy walk way you feel like you are ‘bouncing’ your way down.

I would definitely recommend this adventure as a gift to share with a loved one, certainly something unique to do in London!

Tickets are priced between £28 and £35, book via the website here.

The easy part

The easy part

At the top

At the top

O2 selfie with my dad!

O2 selfie with my dad!

Sunbathing!

Sunbathing!

The last bit of the descent

The last bit

Verdict: 9 / 10

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Britney. A halloween delight or a nightmare?

2 Nov

Ok, for £2 a ticket (yes £2, turns out she was not sold out *Shocked face!* so those clever ticket sellers do what they can to fill seats!) I was definitely up for my first Britney experience this Halloween at Wembley Arena.

I had noticed the tickets on Groupon a week before, and also noticed the awful press leading up to the concert, but I still held out hope. I mean with a bunch of girl work mates (and we all know how much journalists love to party!) a bit of Dutch courage (if that is what you call downing some wine spritzers on the tube) and a dream of some of the classic tunes from my teenage years, what could go wrong right?

VERDICT: Nightmare.

She begins the act with some bubble-gum pop from her new album (yawn!) the outfits should have been sexy, but somehow were not. They lacked something impossible to place, just off kilter. The strip tease she does for Mr Jonas was a sight my eyes could have happily done without. I kept thinking, Britney, you are a mother! he is like 12 years old and you have popped out numerous children, he is not going to pant over you… Yes, she was in great shape. But she was trying so hard that she lacked any sex appeal. To compare her to Beyonce at Glastonbury this year, who engaged with the crowd, stunned with her voice and had sex appeal screaming out of every pore, it really hit home how Britney is now not even in the same league as the other female solo artists that are out there today.

Mid act she pulled out some of the oldies and it ended on a real high of the hardcore fans and sceptical few dancing away and belting out their own reditions of tracks such as ‘Womaniser’ and ‘Slave for You’ I must admit I left the arena confused. We had all enjoyed ourselves (but lets face it I have friends who dance enthusiastically to their own ring tones) but it would have felt like a slap in the face had we paid full price for tickets. To quote a friend “she danced like a drunk lady in Inferno’s Clapham on a Saturday night, trying to be sexy”….

Highlight gossip of the night: My gay friend snogging a strange man in the loo’s… (Yes Tonks, you know who you are!)

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