Monthly Archives: March 2010

//March

My life – an update

By | 2017-01-06T11:16:41+00:00 March 29th, 2010|Life in France, pointless whinging, Strasbourg|

As Golfy rightly pointed out - it's been a bit quiet in here recently. The reasons for this have been several, not least a cooling off period following a couple of career upsets, which I won't go into for fear of inciting a law suit for libel. Here's a run-down: I'm rehearsing for my first ever acting role with Quai des Prunes (a Strasbourg based am-dram company of players), for a stage-set sketch show in January 2011.  This is testing my French to the limit - not only requiring me to understand the script, but also memorise it AND pronounce it without sounding like a five year old.  It perhaps would have been wiser to start my acting career with something in my native tongue, but there you go - should be interesting/painful.  Ticket info to follow. I have started writing a book about the trials of being self-employed in France.  It's taking shape very slowly as I try and also earn money at the same time. (If you're a writers agent - please get in touch - I [...]

Swan Lake on Ice

By | 2017-01-06T11:16:41+00:00 March 15th, 2010|Strasbourg|

Ever wondered what Olympic Ice Dance and Figure-skating champions get up to after their gold medal performances? Okay - of course they binge on champagne and get horrendously drunk, but I mean after that - career wise? No? Well 26 or so former world and Olympic champion skaters will be performing at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden later this month, as part of the Imperial Ice Stars production of Swan Lake ... on Ice. If you manage to get hold of one of the fast-selling tickets then you're in for a treat - because not only will you get to see breath-taking performances and athleticism on a par with , if not better than, that recently seen during the Vancouver Olympics, you'll also get to see it in the ambience of a proper theatre - as opposed to a giant indoor ice rink. That's right - they freeze the stage of a regular theatre and then skate on it! Crazy! Then - they set fire to it! All the while leaping and spinning and dancing at a dizzying pace. It [...]