Romeo A Juliet at Dance City

Ballet Wales’s (Ballet Cymru) award winning production delivered a unique and dark portrayal of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Winner of Best Large Scale Dance Production at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2014, the intense, full throttle fight scenes and passionate despair of this adaptation would not have been out of place in a Hollywood…

Top 10 Spooky Films on Amazon

I’m a bit of a film buff, particularly when it comes to horror, ghost and supernatural films (and books). I also love, love, love the ‘found footage’ genre of film, think back to the best and original of these in 1999 with the Blair Witch Project. So I decided to list my Top 10 movies…

Coffee & Kin

#AD/GIFTED Coffee & Kin based in Alnwick, Northumberland recently sent me some boxes of their Nespresso compatible pods to try. Not only was I assured they were great tasting, but the pods themselves are 100% plastic free, biodegradable and compostable!! It’s great that someone is finally tackling the fact that 95% of coffee capsules end up…

Hound of the Baskervilles at Northern Stage

Northern Stage expanded its NORTH programme from actor training to staging and touring, which is where I first witnessed the production of The War of the Worlds. Not only did it sell out, it had a very successful tour. Now we have the second offering from NORTH – The Hound of the Baskervilles. Originally written by…

Paint and Sip, anyone?

Painting a selfie in the style of Picasso? Surely you can’t go wrong! The Paint and Sip Co run sessions quite regularly at various locations and last weekend I popped along to the event running at Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead to see what it was all about. We arrived 10 minutes early to grab…

The Winery @ Sundown Social

The Winery by Laneberg Wines opened in 2017 and is located on Team Valley in Gateshead. They are a regular on the event scene now, attending Low Fell Market at Saltwell Park on the 1st Saturday of each month and more recently I had the pleasure of tasting their wines at the Sundown Social in…

A Tyneside Christmas in the Summertime

#Gifted Tyneside Cinema launched their Christmas programme on the hottest day of the year, but surprisingly I was still excited for Christmas after I arrived out of the hot sun and into the cool, calm interior of the Digital Lounge complete with tinsel, mince pies, a Christmas tree and even Santa himself. The screen showed…

I Built an Artificial Pancreas!

LOOPED is an open and transparent effort to make safe and effective basic closed loop technology widely available to reduce the burden of Type 1 diabetes. So what does all that mean? Since my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 4 years ago it has taken over our lives and while it doesn’t stop…

Wellbeing at Work

My employer recently set up some free wellbeing events at work. Such a great idea, workplace health and wellbeing is moving up the corporate agenda and more and more businesses now recognise the benefits of taking care of their most important asset – their staff. It aims to increase productivity, mental clarity and creativity of…

Too Good to Go or Not Too Good to Go, that is the question

I joined the Food Waste Revolution! I’m going to help make a change. So what is it all about? So much food can be lost or wasted along the chain from farm to table. It’s not just the food itself that goes to waste, it’s all the resources that went into making it, from water…