So BFRB week is in full swing! It’s taken a few days to get it lifted off the ground this year which did worry me at first! The first day seemed very slow online, but it’s picked up now!
It’s hard because there are so many different BFRB disorders out there, that trying to raise awareness for the individual disorders AND the overall umbrella term simultaneously (excuse the pun here) can be tricky! Personally, I find it difficult raising awareness for the two disorders I have, let alone an additional ten! I feel we’ve yet to find the balance.
Even so, we’re trying our best with what we have and that’s what counts!
I posted a video on TrichJournal today outlining a few things going on in my life, how I feel towards this week and what people can do to help. Have a look!
I also came across a posting on Tumblr, which I thought was fantastic at outlining a few of the BFRB disorders:
Last October, I was invited to Madame Tussauds to see the launch of their new Star Wars themed gallery (in addition to seeing the overall venue full of life-like wax works).
Whilst I mainly shared my journey through the event on social media, I did mention my trip during the following vlog!
Prior to this adventure, it had been a decade since I last set foot at Madame Tussauds, so I was most excited to return. This event is better documented through photos than blocks of text, so… here are some of my favourite moments from the day!
They had a section devoted to Zoe “Zoella” and Alfie, which was most bizarre indeed! For they were probably the only “celebrities” that I’d actually met and known in real life. That was a very strange experience to sit between them both.
Whoopi Goldberg is an actress I have looked up to since I was a child! First with Sister Act, then Star Trek, Ghost, The Colour Purple. I adore her work and her ability to lift me up! Whilst she may only be a wax work in these images, I loved “meeting” her haha!
Then, it was time for STAR WARS!
They’d tried to recreate some of the iconic moments from the Star Wars films (apart from the newest film of course)! Light sabre fights, first impressions! All of which true Star Wars fans would adore!
This was my favourite moment from the night:
Overall, I loved my time at Madame Tussauds, especially the Star Wars section! It was like stepping into my childhood and facing the villains there in the flesh! That last photo is definitely a re-enactment of many past dreams I’ve endured!
Hello Bloggers, whilst I’ve been away from blogging land for sometime, I thought I’d reappear with a bang!
This week is BFRB Awareness Week.
BFRB stands for: Body Focused Repetitive Behaviour Disorders (a very over complicated abbreviation haha!)
In 2014, I put together a video explaining more about BFRB’s and what they are:
According to The TLC For BFRB’s, the current definition is:
“Body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRB) is a general term for a group of related disorders that includes hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting. These behaviours are not habits or tics; rather, they are complex disorders that cause people to repeatedly touch their hair and body in ways that result in physical damage.” (https://www.bfrb.org/learn-about-bfrbs)
From the 1st-7th of October each year, myself and other sufferers try to raise as much awareness for these disorders as possible! Due to the nature of my own awareness all year round, I don’t aim to share brand new revelations, but help share other people’s efforts!
The hashtag for awareness this year is #BFRBWeek and some are using #NotAlone to help further! If you do want to get involved, please do share your thoughts and share other people’s postings where you can!
I was invited to see the Wonderfully Wizomanic Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London! Here I am, awaiting the performance with excitement, whilst clutching my beautiful brochure!
If you’re new to Wicked and are curious as to what it’s all about, here is a little more about the show!
Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, Elphaba (The Wicked Witch Of The West), and Glinda The Good – and is based upon the novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire.
It portrays the story of the two very different women who first meet at University and over the course of their lives, become entangled together in love, heartache and friendship! It has been described as a prequel to the story “The Wizard Of Oz“, but as you encounter, it’s timelines pass from before Dorothy’s entrance to Oz and after her departure!
Other awesome facts to mention, since the London production opened in 2006, it has been seen by 7 million people, playing over 3800 performances AND across the world, it’s been seen by 50 million people in 13 countries! That is rather mind-blowing!
The performance I attended was the first of the new cast for 2015-2016, starring Savannah Stevenson as Glinda and Emma Hatton as Elphaba! (See below!)
The show was incredible, a terrific technicolor extravaganza from star to finish! There were tears and laughter throughout!
My favourite performance was from Savannah Stevenson as Glinda (the “Ga” is silent). At times she was hilarious and at other times, moved us to tears. A truly beautiful performance that captivated my attention whenever she was on stage!
As for Emma Hatton, it was great to see a shorter Elphaba in the show, little people can be powerful too! Her smile was electric and I can still picture her as she made her entrance on the stage – face beaming away! Her rifts were perfect! I noticed that she became more confident in her character as the show progressed (whether or not this was to aid the character’s story arc, I am unsure, terrific nevertheless).
Just before the interval, we hear Elphaba sing the (in my opinion) biggest number of the show, “Defying Gravity”! Despite some technical difficulties, preventing Elphie from being able to fly during the song as planned – the cast continued to stun!
My favourite part of the show this time round, was Dancing Through Life (when I first saw the show many years ago, I didn’t appreciate the depth to the song itself) – it was funny whilst simultaneously thought provoking! Fiyero, portrayed by Oliver Savile, was charismatic, humorous and I must say – very energetic indeed!
After the show, there was a special party for family, friends and special guests – to which I was also invited to attend! That in itself was a great event to be a part of. It’s not often you get to socialise and talk to the actors one on one! It was quite enlightening to meet cast and crew alike behind the scenes!
Here is the majority of the new cast after the show!
I feel very privileged to attend this first performance and take part! I do hope that whoever reads this gets a chance to go too! It’s been seven years since I last saw Wicked and as a huge fan of the show itself and it’s soundtrack, to go again was an absolute delight! Thank you!
You can find out more about the show by clicking through to the UK Website below:
Last week, I was invited to the BBC TV Studios in London, to take part in Doctor Who: The Fan Show, hosted by Christel Dee and Luke Spilane with fellow guest Jake Dudman.
This is Christel Dee, Luke Spilane, Jake Dudman and I!
If you didn’t know about Doctor Who: The Fan Show, it’s a fantastic YouTube based show that delves into the wonderful world of (Doctor) Who! For the duration of the current series of Doctor Who, each week the show’s hosts and special guests discuss about the Doctor’s latest exciting yet terrifying adventures! :D.
The episode I was called upon to discuss was the concluding episode of a two parter story written by Toby Whithouse.
To give you a little insight into the premise, these are the trailers for the two episodes!
Under The Lake:
Before The Flood:
I must say that the first part of this chilling story, was blooming fantastic! Bravo Doctor Who! I found myself so nervous at certain points in the episode, I wanted to skip them! (I guess that’s the modern day version of hiding behind the sofa!) I loved it! I was thoroughly excited to discover how Whithouse would conclude this refreshing tale!
Here is our discussion about the concluding episode, go grab a cup of tea and enjoy!
I had a blast doing this! It’s was such a balanced and in depth discussion! I hope that came through to you too!
And if the show wasn’t enough for you, here is a bonus video of me answering some questions for the team at Doctor Who!
Other fantastic additions to my little trip, were the life size Dalek in the cafe dubbed the “Dalekatessan”.