I was lucky enjoy to be invited to Disney’s preview of the Winnie the Pooh exhibition in London’s Victoria & Albert museum (V&A) on Wednesday, ahead of its official opening on Saturday.
This exhibition was an absolute treat, especially for a life-long Winnie the Pooh fan like me. They had everything from movie props to merchandise, though the clear highlight was the number of original pencil drawings that made it into the books themselves. I loved being able to see these early sketches that I remember so well from my childhood.
The V&A have said they want this to be their most immersive exhibition yet, and I can definitely see why. There are letters falling from the ceiling, huge balloons at the entrance, little holes and slides for children to play, and even a little cinema room where people can lie on the floor to watch the stories unfold on the ceiling.
Watch my video of the experience at the Winnie the Pooh exhibition to find out more:
It’s December. Did you notice the arrival of the most talked about and eagerly awaited month of the year? The advent calendars have started, from the humble chocolate ones to those with £100 worth of beauty products behind each door. No matter how your December has started, there is no denying that the Christmas spirit will soon infect all of us. Personally, I cannot wait for all of the humbugs to start yelling The Pogues at the top of their lungs.
As well as drunken chanting, there is a lot that I’m looking forward to this month. Here’s a taste.
Cruise ships can be huge places. They’re even bigger than a floating hotel, and often have handfuls of restaurants, theatres, and activities on them, plus enough rooms to house thousands of guests and thousands of staff. Disney Cruise line is no different, and I had a great time on the Disney Magic Mediterranean cruise back in September. It was my second time on this ship, but I hadn’t stepped foot on this incredible floating home since 2010. Quite a bit had changed.
With so much to see and only a set number of days to do it all, here are my favourite places on board the Disney Magic. I hope my list inspires you to book a cruise, or gives you ideas for your must-do things when you are on-board.
Can I give you some life advice today? Next time you step into the shower, look at where you put your feet. Make sure you lift your feet high enough to step completely into the shower. Sounds basic, right? ‘I do that every day,’ you might think.
I didn’t do that on Sunday, and now I have a broken toe. Instead of lifting my leg and climbing in the shower, I managed to kick the bottom of the door with surprising strength, and now my middle toe is broken. It’s actually quite a feat. That one middle toe is bruised, red and painful, while the two on either side have escaped unscathed.
You never realise how much you need your middle toe until it causes you pain with every step. My usual power walk to the station has been reduced to a slow limp. It’s quite a sad sight. You have to think about how you’re putting your foot on the ground with every step. Turning it slightly to one side and not the other can make the steps a lot more comfortable. Suddenly what used to be on autopilot is turned to manual.
It’s mid-November, and therefore I am expecting to see festive cheer and decorations whenever I go. What can I say: I love Christmas. Restricting Christmas to just December is just not enough for me.
At the weekend, I went on an autumnal walk around central London to see some of the new decorations and give my camera a bit of a work out.
Some of my favourite Christmas decorations in central London this year can be found in Covent Garden. They have it all, from their classic mistletoe hanging over the main market place, to a gigantic Christmas tree sitting in the biggest pot I’ve ever seen.