Friday, 31 October 2014

The Zombie Apocalypse


Happy Halloween everyone. Have you got your costumes sorted? Your ghoulish makeup and your stash of candy by the door?

Technically Halloween comes once a year, however if you fancy extending fright night by a little bit, then I’ve got the thing for you. Prepare for things to go bump in the night. Mwahahahaha.

Last night, I was invited down to the press launch of Backyard Cinemas Zombie Apocalypse. A fully immersive, interactive event, this is no ordinary sit down and munch of your popcorn kind of movie.

As darkness fell, we drove down the backstreets of Hackney Wick, turning into a rather scary looking industrial park. Pulling up outside a rather derelict warehouse, my heart was already beating faster than usual. 


Suddenly a soldier appeared from around the heavy door. Becky- from the other night- and I looked at each other.

“Quick, get inside, it’s not safe” he barked.

We quickly moved in, lining against the wall, where he questioned who we had come into contact with on the way here.

Satisfied that we hadn’t seen anyone suspicious, he let us in to what he called ‘The Safe Zone’. Gulp.


The Safe Zone is one of the last few places in London that hasn’t been taken over by the raging disease. It is a military base, where survivors can come, rest, refuel and take shelter.

Oh and maybe play a bit of pool too.


We grabbed a drink, swapped horror stories with the other survivors and tried our best to stay away from the door that had a big bio hazard sign on it.

“Excuse me Ma’am, do you have any weapons training?” A voice boomed behind us

“Erm, I’ve fired a BB gun?”

“Excellent, come with me”


We shuffled off into a side room which looked like the militias strategy base. Here we learnt that a raging disease had spread across London causing people to turn into Zombies.


All of central London was infected- well that’s my house ruined then, not to mention the poor boyfriend. My zombie boyfriend. 


The military was desperately trying to fight the zombies but it was getting harder, and so now the outside world was a no-go area.


Back in the main base, we saw the missing person’s posters. We knew though that they probably hadn’t survived. 


Keen to try and stay positive as we knew that things were not looking we decided to refuel on some Benito's Hat burrito's. If it's that last meal I have on earth, well it was a pretty darn good one!


Oh and we might as well drown our sorrows in good old fashioned alcohol. 


Well maybe not old fashioned at least. Deep fried tequila? Hell yes. It's the end of the world!


Bottoms up!


No sooner had we finished out rations we were told that the main area was needed as incoming wounded soldiers were arriving. So we were lead off to a backroom. But first we had to pass through the testing laboratory. 


This is where we came into contact with what humanity had become. Gulp.


Making it safely through, it was decided a nice film would relax us. Zombie Land was seen as appropriate enough, 

We even might even learn a few things "Rule number 2: Cardio" - Zombie Land


However before the film started we finally learned of the true horrors of the Zombie Apocalypse. A innocent drugs trial turned people into raging Zombies, which causes them to go wild, and eat people.


Wide spread panic and annihilation has occurred. 


So far, there is no cure. 

Good luck my fellow survivors. I hope you make it to the safe zone.

To find the safe zone, follow this information: http://www.backyardcinema.co.uk/
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A Night Of Magic

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Do you have one of those friends who you may not have spoken too in years but when you finally meet, it’s like no time has passed?

I’ve really come to appreciate the power of friendship lately. Not just those who flit n and out of your life, but those who you can call up when the shit hits the fan, or just go for a girl drink with to chat about your new found love for Made in Chelsea.

Becky is that. Technically we’ve known each other 5 years as we lived next door to each other on campus in first year of university, however it wasn’t properly till 4th year when we actually lived together that we became friends.

For the past year I’ve been down here in London and she’s been up north and so we lost touch a bit. Yet low and behold here she is, down in London for good for a kick ass job with Cadburys. Chocolate heaven no?

After 1 year apart, we had so much to catch up on, and so we headed to the W hotel in Leicester square for some cocktails and catch ups.

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Catching a lift up to the Wyld bar, you instantly step into a glitz lounge.

I think it was definitely pencil skirt worthy- I told you I was a little bit obsessed. My latest buy comes from River Island of all places and it’s a little bit naughty- its PVC. Ooh err *wink*

My necklace is new from Topshop too. Sadly my Zara caution clutch and my favourite shoes in the world are no longer for sale, but for more crazy crazy designs, check out Kandee.

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While pretty glam and a little show off-y (err hello disco ball tower), The Wyld bar is quite relaxed. With huge sprawling sofas to recline on, with little coffee tables to stow a cocktail or two, it makes the perfect relaxed night for chatting away with friends. 

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Getting in the first round of drinks, we opted both for the Bubble-gum. A sugary muddle of strawberry’s and marshmallows.

Not having seen each other for so long, Becky didn’t fully understand the world of blogging, so it was great to explain and yet also nice not feel that pressure sometimes you get from people who think bloggers are a strange breed. You know the judgemental eyes, as if to say, what are you?


Yet free meals could wait its turn, let’s talk about free chocolate! Ok not really free, but Becky has just started working in sales for Cadburys with her own fleet of shops to manage. You know that feeling when a friend does really well for themselves? Well I couldn’t be more proud of Becky. Out of my other housemates, she worked the hardest, applying for graduate jobs and attending interviews. Finally her hard work has paid off.

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We vaguely became aware of someone coming over to our table. Cards in hand and a strange miniature brief case.

He introduced himself as Oliver B, a magician with some serious credentials behind him. Having entertained the likes of One Direction, Ed Sheeran and the whole of The Brit Awards, we were intrigued. He started with the usual name of the card which still fails to amaze me. Yet when the card started to fly, that’s when we were hooked.

I know magic isn’t real, and there has to be some kind of backstage work going on, but I still fall in love with the fantasy for that one moment, things are not as they seem. 

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We tried to get back to our lazy cocktail chats, yet we were too giddy after that to bother chatting about trivial things like what TV we were hooked on. We were hooked on magic instead.

So off we went in hunt of Oliver B.

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Grabbing him by the lifts, like a couple of fan girls we asked him to do some more magic. This time upping his game. And of course, he rose to the magical challenge.

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Turns out we needed have been so fan girl with him as he actually works every Tuesday at The Wyld Bar, wowing drinkers all night.

Unlike the mysterious Dynamo (who happens to be his friend by the way) he was as friendly as could be. Randomly I even got a book recommendation of him which I've since bought. Stranger meetings have occurred.

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Of course, cards are OK, but I had to go ask him to make something fly. Well I mean Harry Potter was a magician of sorts, and he could make things fly!

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OK, fair play to you Sir.

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So magic may be an illusion, but isn't that half the magic of it. Being swept up in something other than plain, visible reality, for one moment?

With this in mind, Becky and I left the poor man alone as we stepped away into the night, with a sense of magic in us. 

I'd definitely go check him out at The Wyld Bar next time you need a girls catch up. Forget traditional cocktails now, I want mine with added magic from now on.

W Hotel
10 Wardour Street,
London 
W1D 6QF

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