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Derren Brown -Showman



 Today I received an email announcing that the cancelled ( because of Covid) tour by Derren Brown has been rearranged yet again but that my tickets will be all set to go in August! To say myself and my daughter ( His number one fan, don’t they all say that?) are excited doesn’t begin to describe it!

We first became followers of the amazing Mr Brown years ago and marvelled at his TV programmes. Eventually we managed to go and see him in Oxford and what a night that was! We were enraptured and mystified and totally caught up in the magic of it all. I don’t care that Derren himself says , “I am always honest about my dishonesty.” For me it is not a trick it is Magic! At the end of the show we waited like eager groupies at the backstage door with many others, and eventually Derren came out and was so kind, polite and completely charming I forgave my daughter the long cold and dreary wait and happily took snaps of her as she sidled up to her hero. She is sure that one day he will propose to her, I’m afraid that we all know that’s never going to happen but if you see the happiness in her face in the pic you will just accept common sense isn’t going to win this argument.

His shows both stage and TV are astounding and he never fails to entertain with his complete air of showmanship and presence. A master of psychological illusion the term mentalist doesnt seem to do him justice.

I would hate to ever give anything away about the shows because simply being part of the audience at home or in the theatre is simply an experience you can’t explain. At the end you simply ask how? It’s amusing and sheer fun to be so befuddled and duped by him! He is smart, enigmatic, dapper and charismatic holding the audience in rapture from start to finish.

My daughter found herself on stage at one show and I have to say the level of audience participation makes it a delight for those prepared to be ‘hypnotised’ or manipulated into telling their darkest secrets and thoughts!

If you manage to go to one show this year and like the idea of a little magic in the darkness that overtook the world with Covid then go to see Derren Brown… Have fun be amazed and remember what the wonderful Roald Dahl told us…Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

All I can reveal at this point is that the show will ultimately be about you, the audience member, because that’s what I find most interesting. There are places I’d like to take you where we haven’t been before. I always aim to have it deliver more than you’d expect. I’m excited to be at the starting point of that process. Getting it on the road will be my favourite part of the year.”

– Derren

I'm a slightly deranged middle aged widow, living in the Cotswolds with two fabulously funny little dogs. A mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Determined to survive by writing to remember, to forget and to cope with grief. the memory of my husband supporting me, guiding me and probably laughing at me if there is a ‘somewhere’

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Dua Lipa, the most listened to artist in the UK in 2020



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The latest album by Dua Lipa won many awards but was also the most listened to in 2020 It took the title from Ed Sheeran who is the most listened to artist in the UK in 2017, 2018 and 2019 However Sheeran ranks second followed by Ariana Grande and Sam Smith .

 Dua Lipa’s album was the soundtrack of many people’s pandemic, with its enthusiastic disco anthems providing the perfect antidote to isolation. The album was released just four days after the first lockdown in England. .

 Dua Lipa is a British singer born in London of Kosovo parents, known for her song” New Rules “, her first to reach the top of the charts. It is not just her music that makes her famous, but the lyrics that writes to accompany her. The father period singer and guitarist of a rock group in Albania.

Lipa’s debut album “Dua Lipa” was released on June 2nd 2017 and reached number one in the UK.


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Book Review: All for You by Louise Jensen



Louise Jensen is by now a fairly well-known author in the psychological thriller/domestic noir thriller genre but I think this was her first book I read. It is about a family of four, Ellen the mother an orthopaedic surgeon who is currently not working, Aidan the father a vet and the two boys Connor and Kieron. Kieron has some rare possibly terminal disease while Connor is a sensitive 17 years old. In the picture, there are also two of Connor’s good friends: Ryan and Tyler. We know that something happened to Connor’s girlfriend Hailey’s but we don’t know what. First Tyler then Ryan disappear and everyone fears that Connor might be the next as the three were always together and they were together the night something happened to Hailey.

Connor disappears as well but it is not what it seems. It’s a complex thriller with several punchy twists, I couldn’t work out who could be the kidnapper and the ending was genuinely surprising although a bit far fetched and very dark. You can tell that Jensen is a bit more accomplished in writing thrilling plots than other authors. Overall it took me a while to get into this book but then I was engrossed in it and read it late at night. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery with lots of family secrets. I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This book will be out in October but you can pre-order it now. 

All For You: don’t miss the next thrilling and shocking psychological thriller from best selling author of The Date and The Sister in 2021!
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jensen, Louise (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 10/28/2021 (Publication Date) - HQ (Publisher)

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Large retrospective exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe in Madrid



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The exhibition, currently underway at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, traces the long career of the American painter, through 90 works that reflect O’Keeffe’s research and style, an elegant and mysterious combination of figuration and abstraction.

Georgia O’Keeffe is widely regarded as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century and one of the greatest artists in history. She is famous for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and close-up shots of animals.

O’Keeffe was born in 1887 in a remote part of Wisconsin and then moved to Texas as a child. After graduating from high school, she took art classes at Art Students League in New York City. In 1912 O’Keeffe moved to New York City and began studying with famed artist William Merrit Chase. She became an active participant in the “American modernism” movement that originated in Europe earlier that century.

Ninety works have been selected for the exhibition, the first ever in Spain at the ThyssenBornemisza National Museum.  After Madrid will also touch th the exhibition will go to Paris and Basel.

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