Comic Con Glasgow

Jack and I attended MCM Comic Con in Glasgow this year!
As great as the day was, perusing the stalls and markets and buying a few Funko Pops and artworks, the ABSOLUTE highlight was sitting upon The Iron Throne!!!


All hail His Grace, John of House McBlain, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.

Or should that be…

All hail His Grace, Jack of House De Banzie, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.


Hmmm…

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Scream Queens

Scream Queens

From the creator of Glee, Nip/Tuck, American Crime Story, American Horror Story and the greatest show ever made, Popular, Scream Queens continues Ryan Murphy’s reign of creating razor sharp television. This show is fucking fantastic- sassy, sly, clever, witty and completely self aware, Scream Queens is one of my favourite shows right now- and it’s only at Season 2!

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Perfectly cast and featuring the original Final Girl herself, Jamie Lee Curtis, this show can do no wrong in my eyes! Paying homage to classic horror and slasher movies with a killer soundtrack and brilliant, brilliant writing, this show is Ryan Murphy at his very best. And i was quite happy to be admitted to the C.U.R.E. Institute Hospital to be treated for ‘Stupid Hippo Syndrome’!

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Bring Back The All Stars! Again!

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Hot off the heels of Season 8, and an Emmy nomination or two, Mama Ru will return to the runway for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2 premiering Thursday, August 25th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on Logo with a supersized 90-minute episode!

The new season featuring 10 of the most celebrated competitors vying for a second chance to enter Drag Race herstory will be filled with plenty of heated competition, lip-syncing for the legacy, and, of course, the All-Stars Snatch Game!

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RuPaul will be joined by Michelle Visage, Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley alongside guest judges Raven Symone, Ross Matthews, Jeremy Scott, Nicole Scherzinger, Graham Norton, Aubrey Plaza and more for a season packed with more eleganza, wigtastic challenges and twists than Drag Race has ever seen.!

“From this moment on, it is about building your legacy… But wait… There’s more… Because you are All Stars I won’t be eliminating any Queens this season…” – RuPaul

To be an All Star you have to mix it up to stay on top with the bottom two being cast aside for a top two each episode who will lip sync for their legacy with the winner yielding the power of elimination!

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Featuring Queens from seasons two, four, five, six and seven, All Stars 2 feels like a real race for the crown already with an incredibly well matched cast of favourites, villains and frenemies. No longer ex reality show contestants- these Queens are seasoned and talented performers, artists, comedians and musicians and all are beloved equally by the Drag Race fan base and beyond!

Casual viewers and newcomers to Drag Race will surely love it but hardcore fans will devour this season- All Stars 2 is a celebration of these Queens and the Emmy nominated empire that Drag Race has become!

May the best woman… win!

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LCD Soundsystem

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T in The Park 2016. The final T if you like! Jack and I braved the mud and rain and mud and rain and had the best time ever!

We saw everyone that we wanted to, but to be fair, the whole point of going was to see the legendary LCD Soundsystem playing live and my god they did not disappoint!!!

James Murphy did what he does best, Nancy Whang hammered those keyboards and the ensemble of LCD Soundtsystem played like I’ve never heard them play before! This was a one off chance to see them play live and I’m so glad I got to see it!

The set list that lasted well over 2 hours and turned in as impressive a performance of their greatest songs as they have done headlining at Glastonbury, Coachella and Bonnaroo etc in the past.

Yeah, as reported in the press and Twitter the crowd was pretty small for a headlining act- the majority of the T in The Park crowd opting for other things and stages. But when the music and songwriting and production and sound is as good as this, who gives a fuck! LCD Soundsystem… you were fantastic!

Come back soon!

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It Is On Drive In Movies

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What an awesome time we had at It Is On’s Drive In Movies!
Showing Grease, Jaws and Dirty Dancing across the day and night on the beach at Troon in Ayrshire, It Is On pulled off a brilliant event full of fun!

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We played on the fairground, grabbed some food and popcorn from the stalls and tuned in the car radio for an afternoon of sheer joy!

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I cannot wait til the next time!!!

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Hey Derrick!

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I’ve been to see a fair *few* of the Queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race perform at Menergy at AXM over the years…
But oh my days…
Derrick Barry!
Wow!

Hot off the heels of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8, the world’s premier Britney Spears impersonator descended into Glasgow’s AXM and pulled off one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to at Lady Munter’s Menergy!

Performing and lip syncing and dancing with such ferocity to, Derrick Barry completely wowed the Glasgow crowd and showed just how entertaining and talented a Queen she really is!

Having seen Britney Spears live in London a few years back, it’s obvious Derrick Barry has studied the legendary Miss Britney’s craft down to a T! She moves the moves like Britney! She serves the face like Britney! She got the lip syncing even better than Britney!

I’ve always loved seeing the Queens of Drag Race perform in Glasgow. Every Queen has offered something different, but with Derrick, it was absolutely mesmerizing- not one dull moment! Just sheer Britney Spears indulgence- and it tasted good!

Meet and greets can be a bit “HI! PHOTO! BYE!” sometimes but sweet lord- not only is Derrick Barry a true talent, she’s the nicest person ever and spent a long long long time indulging Jack and I in conversation! Mostly Jack though, as he’s a superfan and loves Britney and Derrick equally!

A fantastic night all round!

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Derrick Barry… Gimme Gimme MORE!!!

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The Edinburgh Dungeon

Jack and I had a fantastic stay over in Edinburgh for my birthday this year staying at a fancy hotel overlooking Edinburgh Castle, being wined and dined and learning how to salsa dance while enjoying Edinburgh’s nightlife! We had a fantastic time and visited The Edinburgh Dungeons- something I’ve never been to before- and enjoyed every minute!
They say a picture say a thousand words!

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American Crime Story

The multiple award winning American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simpson is a brilliantly written, acted and directed dramatization of the “trial of the (last) century”- the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. Ryan Murphy and his wonderful team delve into the heart of this all too familiar real-life tragedy and explores the complexities of the people involved in the case.

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I was only 12 years old when the trial of OJ Simpson was televised in 1995 and 11 when the Bronco chase aired on the news in 1994. I do remember watching it on the TV in my grandparents kitchen while i probably should have been doing homework or something else and not knowing exactly what was going on, but knowing enough that this was a big deal. Now 33 years old in 2016, I’ve saw this bizarre and tragic case parodied and retold and rehashed over the years- the OJ Simpson case (and other cases) have become so ingrained in popular culture and public consciousness that everyone knows of the events and repercussions of the case.

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I thoroughly enjoyed watching the dramatisation of the real life events. The casting was fantastic as was the writing- dramatic, engaging and just the right amount of melodrama to keep you on the edge of your seat. Although we all knew the outcome and how the story would end, the show was crafted in such a way that each episode cliffhanger really was an ‘I can’t wait for next week’ moment.

Inspired to read more about the case and the real people and individuals involved in the case, I read Marcia Clark’s ‘Without A Doubt’, OJ Simpson’s ‘If I Did It’, Jeffrey Toobin’s ‘The Run Of His Life’ and Vincent Bugliosi’s ‘Outrage: Five Reasons Why OJ Got Away With Murder’ amongst others! My 12 year old self may not have understood what was going on way back then, but my 33 year old self certainly has an exhaustive and well read knowledge of the case!

Captivated by the show and the story, I was pleasantly surprised to have a few Tweets picked up by the FX and used in their social media and marketing campaigns!

With The People VS OJ Simpson having wrapped and finished and won it’s awards, here’s hoping the second season of American Crime Story is just as engaging and brilliant as it’s first chapter!

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John! I Hate You! I Prefer Jack! 

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Bianca Del Rio.
Shady Cunt. And my hero.

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At the end of last year, Jack and I travelled down to Manchester for Bianca Del Rio’s penultimate Rolodex of Hate show at the O2 Ritz. New Year’s eve and Bianca Del Rio AND The Rolodex of Hate. What a combination! And sweet Satan, it was everything I had hoped it would be and more!


 

The event was hosted by Holy Trannity, and introduced and supported by the fabulous and fantastic Divina Di Campo- a powerhouse of talent and entertainment!

 

And then there was the Lady of the Night herself…
scathing, vicious, hilarious and the most entertaining comedian I’ve ever seen! Living up to and exceeding expectations is no mean feat, but Bianca Del Rio did just that and I am so happy we had the chance to see the Rolodex of Hate live on stage before the worldwide tour came to an end.

Bianca Del Rio, season 6 winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race, is hilariously hateful in this stand-up comedy special. The self-described “clown in a gown” takes the audience on a journey through her childhood, pointing out the experiences that created the “Rolodex of Hate” in her brain. Along the way she takes a few detours to interact with the audience. No one is safe from her lightning quick lashes, but her victims hardly have time to feel the sting before she zips on to the next topic.

This show is not for the faint of heart, so leave the prudes at church. Bianca is foul-mouthed and unapologetic, but she points out that she’s the biggest joke of all. The NY Times calls her “The Joan Rivers of the Drag World”, and Joan Rivers herself called Bianca’s humor “So funny! So sharp!”

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There was a strict NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR FILMING DURING THE SHOW warning but we managed to sneak some photos before the show started! Unlike the random man who interrupted the show halfway through to take a photo from the front of the stage who was unceremoniously torn a new one and moved on by security!

 

After the show Jack and I did the meet and greet with Bianca and spent some time chit chatting about the Rolodex of Hate show, Hurricane Bianca, seeing her in Glasgow at Menergy, beards, boyfriends, love and life and whether she could borrow Jack…

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I had (not so) secretly joked that the one thing in life I desired most was to be called a CUNT by Bianca Del Rio and thanks to some shady shit between Jack and Bianca, not only did she call me a CUNT, she declared that she HATED me and PREFERRED Jack!

 

Personally insulted by Bianca Del Rio.
A bucket list moment if ever there was one!!!
Acerbic. Amazing. Awesome.
Long live Bianca Del Rio!

4 Years of Blogging!!!!


My little blog is 4 years old today!
It all started as a project for my Master’s Degree and 214 blog posts and 4 years later, it’s still up and running!
Happy Birthday Blog!
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