Silly Season

I noticed it has been a couple of, er, years (years?) since my last blog post so thought I’d venture back into the realm of writing things down. Here goes…

In what I’m pretty sure will live on as the most ludicrously stressful three months OF MY ENTIRE LIFE, I went through some fairly life-changing projects between April and June this year:

  1. Renovating and launching a new pub business
  2. Gutting, redesigning and renovating our first home
  3. Planning and executing a (slightly extravagant, I must admit) wedding 180miles away from where we live

I wholeheartedly do not recommend this.

And whilst I feel blessed to be in a position to do such things, doing them all at the same time reduced me to a babbling, psychotic wreck most of the time. I never knew stress could be so.. physical. I would just like to publicly apologise at this point to everyone I came into contact with during those three months; most notably my mum, dad, brother, husband and all the lovely people who work for me. It was a mental time and, lets face it, I was mental.

But looking back, there were some pretty awesome achievements in there which I’m really proud of.

Over the next few posts I’d like to share a bit of the journey through each one with you, starting with project no. 1: The Gipsy Queen.


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The Obscure Tour Revisted

The Obscure Tour will endure amongst my happiest memories for life. Definitely a top-3 career highlight.

I put it across to fans to decide where our intimate tour of obscure locations should take us and the requests came in in droves; from art galleries to college canteens to granny’s kitchen. We chose 6 locations over 6 dates in the Spring of 2010 and captured our journey through this documentary film.

After another long day/week/month at The Grafton, it was nice to escape back to my former life for a few minutes, so thought I’d share it with you.

Nighty night x

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So I opened a pub…

My partner and I bought a filthy run down boozer in North London a few months ago. It was the kind of place that most people were too scared to venture into, where a pint only cost £2.50, but left you sick as a dog; where mice and ants and mould and slime were at home, but barely a human soul dared to go. We rolled up our sleeves, we got dirty, sweaty and exhausted, we got a little help from our friends and from clever people with skills we don’t have and, eventually, we turned it into this…

Photography: Philip J Mitchell

I am a little sad to leave music behind me, but this new venture makes me so very proud and excited for the future! My songs will always be there and I’ll write more one day I’m sure. Check out the website to see all the exciting things we’re doing in Kentish Town and I do hope some of you will visit soon www.thegraftonnw5.co.uk

x

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SECRET CINEMA. Tell no one.

Secret Cinema is shrouded in mystery. Once registered, all you discover is a location, a date and time, a password and a dress code. You can expect to see a film, but unless the dress code is enough to give the game away, you’ve no idea which. You must tell no one.

As if all the mystery wasn’t enough to pique my interest, I was sold the moment I saw the style guide. The look allowed me to completely indulge my fashion fantasies! I wore:

Dress- Topshop, Coat and Stole- My mother’s, Wide belt- charity shop

Make up look:

Foundation- Chanel Pro Lumiere (discontined, sob) Lipstick and Liquid Liner- Rimmel Nails- Rimmel

On arrival my boyfriend and I are ordered to stand against a wall in an alleyway leading to the abandoned Warehouse near Barbican we’re sent to. After being barked at and seemingly interrogated in Russian by a guard, a Frenchman subtly wheedles the password from us and we’re led inside. The warehouse is dressed with an immaculately authentic post-cold war set.  In-character actors and perplexed punters are almost indistinguishable as we explore the seemingly endless rooms and discover that the various narratives, scenes and interactions we encounter are interpretations of the film plot we are about to experience.

A recent addition to the Secret Cinema package is a Restaurant add-on. My lovely boyfriend had booked us into the Secret Restaurant as part of our experience, so we spent an hour of our evening on the top floor of the warehouse. The room was filled with beautifully dressed round tables, pieces of art on the bare-brick walls, an upright piano and an array of dim candles. We were served a superbly executed, if a little meagre, three-course meal by St John, finished with the most delicious whisky I’ve ever tasted. Scenes continued throughout our meal, with characters joining the pianist for impromptu songs and a glamourous hostess welcoming us like old friends.

After more exploring the building, some black market trading with secret handshakes and a purchase of drinks from the bar (which could only be bought with enormous shilling notes obtained from the exchange cashier), we were led to one of five specially created cinema rooms. Ours was a large mock-up of a hospital booth, surrounded with a white curtain and large enough to seat around forty cinema-goers. The film screened was classic film-noir The Third Man, starring Orson Welles.

Read this fantastic piece on the event by Design Week here.

I can’t recommend the Secret Cinema experience enough. I’m definitely going again and hoping next time perhaps for a film from my youth. Whatever it may be, I know it won’t disappoint. Visit the Secret Cinema website to register http://www.secretcinema.org/

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Audience Of One- Episode 2 ‘Sing For Me’

Video series entitled ‘Audience Of One’ filmed late at night in a deserted recording hall at Surrey University. This one was a performance of my debut single, Sing For Me.

Filmed at Surrey University PATS studio 1, audio track recorded by Hush P

Download the single from iTunes itunes.apple.com/gb/album/here-and-now/id498352495

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Fashion Against Aids

H&M is collecting kisses in aid of Fashion Against Aids. $1 will be donated for every picture uploaded. Click here to upload your kiss and see the gallery.

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Here and Now- OUT NOW!

Blimey, that’s it. The culmination of 5 years’ work out there for all the world to scrutinise, ahem, I mean enjoy! I’m very proud of all the people involved in the making of this record. I do hope you like what we’ve done with the songs. Grab it for yourselves from iTunes now for a bargain £7.90 (or equivalent in your country) and I hope you all enjoy a very happy Valentines Day xxx

CLICK THE IMAGE TO VIEW IN iTUNES

Here and Now

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February 14, 2012 · 11:54 am