Monday, November 26

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Thursday, November 22

#HogwartsInTheSnow 2018 | Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter

When the festive season comes round, I love nothing more than the social side of visiting pretty places, eating yummy treats and doing activities like ice skating and shopping at Christmas Markets. But now, visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour* in London is up there as one of my favourite things to do around Christmas. Known as their Hogwarts In The Snow event, running until January 27th, the castle is of course covered in snow, but the rest of the tour has plenty of festive touches. The mix of magic, extra attention to detail and the final snowy castle is enough to make anyone feel festive!

I've been three times now but i's been two years since I did the tour last and I was very surprised to find lots of new elements. The Forbidden Forest, Whomping Willow, ability to go inside 4 Privet Drive, costumes from the Yule Ball and Fantastic Beasts, Magical Trophies and so much more!

For Hogwarts In The Snow, they really go all out. Decorating The Great Hall just like the Yule Ball as seen in Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire, you can find snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles, and an orchestra of magical instruments that have been painted by the Prop-making Department to match the silver of the Yule Ball. Along the dining tables are seasonal feasts seen in the films, including roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and don't miss the Christmas puddings surrounded by real flames!

As well as The Great Hall and snow sprinkles on the model of Hogwarts, you can find The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were created by the cast members during production.

Tuesday, November 6

Things I've Learnt Since Clubbing In My Mid-20s

It's a bit of an on-going joke that I call myself a Nana, because some of my favourite things in life are puzzles, an afternoon nap, a good cup of (Biscuit Brew) tea, fresh bedding and cooking a nice dinner. Gone are my clubbing days where I'd get dressed up and go out until 4am. My idea of a good evening is having my pals over for a games night, or going to a cocktail bar where we can still talk and socialise. Benji & I also love cinema dates, playing pool, bowling and going for a nice meal, rather than spending our Saturday night in a club.

But here's the thing, being in your mid-20's means you still have friends who enjoy going out. It's a very odd transition phase in our lives, some of our friends went to Uni late, whilst others are getting engaged, buying houses and having babies. We often get invites to celebrate our pals birthdays for pre-drinks and a night out. Benji loves having a few drinks and going 'out out' with his mates, so once in a blue moon I like to go with him, especially if the girlfriends are going, it's nice to make an effort and get to know everyone. I often convince myself that "I fancy a night out" too but in reality, I always fake smile about how much I'm enjoying it, and mostly regret going in the first place. So, without further ado, here are the things I've learnt about going clubbing but this time, in my mid-20s.
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