Going out out #Suki10c

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It’s time to let loose and have some fun, and listen to good music once again at #ChapelOfChaos at Suki10c it’s taking us back to the 90s when nobody had any cares in the world.

Let’s hope the hip and hands can behave for one night!! Last time I came here I was day 100 post #hipreplacement this time it’s day 268!!

I adore this club, it’s accessible for wheelchairs and walking sticks, and best of all I love their recycling policy.Proving you can be wild and hedonistic while caring about the planet too.

It also has a vast amount of seating, which I need. As even when hips do behave, I still can’t stand for long.


Chapel Of Chaos goes back to the 90s for a retrospective night of hardcore, gabber & early rave classics 1993 to 1999. Join us as we go back to the days of Helter Skelter Technodrome, North, Steam, Club Kinetic, Hardcore Heaven, Vibealite, Rezerection, Dance Planet, Obsession and more with some exclusive sets from the DJs & producers responsible for shaping hardcore techno music in the 90s.

LEVIATHAN AKA TELLURIAN (CENOBITE / MOKUM LEGEND)
With a career spanning over 30 years with huge releases on the legendary labels Cenobite & Mokum amongst others, we are absolutely honoured to welcome a good friend of the Chapel, all round nice guy and pioneer of the hardcore scene Leviathan / Tellurian. Hailing from Amsterdam, this groundbreaking artist started with hip hop in 1985 before releasing his first rave record in 1992 and then becoming a regular on the Mokum label and starting his own label Cenobite in 1996..the rest is history! This guy helped shaped the sound we all love so we are proud to bring him over to England to rock the Chapel. Get ready for Leviathan vs Tellurian classics…we’ll tear your soul apart!

FERGUS (VIBEALITE / TOMORROW’S WORLD)
Vibealite, Tomorrow’s World, Helter Skelter, Hardcore Heaven, Uprising, Diz, North…what else needs to be said? The Vibealite legend doesn’t take many bookings so this will be a very special vinyl set just for the Chapel diehards. Your favourite DJs favourite DJ is making his debut at the Chapel with a hard trance into gabba set.

SCORPIO (DANCE PLANET 93/94 SET)
Well we couldn’t have a 90s night without Scorpio could we? For this special set we are going back to the south coast in 1993-1994 for the start of Scorpio’s journey into hardcore. Dance Planet, Obsession, Fusion and more were a huge part of this guy’s history and the young fresh faced lad interviewed by Carl Cox hoping to play at Dreamscape one day in 1993 is coming out to play for one night only with the records that shaped Simon Mitchell aka DJ Scorpio. Strictly 93/94 classics and forgotten gems from this hero.

MARC SMITH (REZERECTION SET)
Marc Smith has been a cornerstone of UK rave music for 30 years with releases on the Thunderdome CDs, Clubscene and his own long running label Notorious Vinyl alongside numerous album mixes, countless tapepacks and sets all over the world. With unmatched energy on the decks and an open minded approach to hardcore music, we are very proud to present the party animal Marc Smith playing a very special Rez set 94-96 style. Fasten your seatbelts!

DJ RIBBZ (CLASSIC ACID TECHNO)
He had such a good time at our old skool night in February, we just had to invite Ribbzy back and this time he’s bringing his 90s techno records! Known predominantly for his MC’ing, Ribbz is also a highly accomplished DJ with a DJ career spanning 25+ years at Helter Skelter, Hardcore Heaven and more. We could genuinely listen to this guy read the phone book so it gives us great pleasure to welcome DJ Ribbz to play some of his favourite acid techno records and warm up the Chapel properly.

ANDY FREESTYLE vs ANDY TECHNO
2 of the most skilled DJs in the UK (FACT!) go back to back for the first time with an exclusive bouncy techno / early gabber set on vinyl. This set will be fast, furious and bouncy as fuck!

THUMPA
(1997 – 1999 EARLY RAVE SET)
Slow and low set from Chapel boss Thumpa with lots of 97-99 classics and underplayed gems from the ‘new style’ era of hardcore. This set will be strikt voor de hardcore!

PSYVEX (TECHNODROME FORGOTTEN GEMS SET)
Friend of the Chapel, regular at our nights and top bloke Psyvex impressed us with some amazing sets on soundcloud so we thought it was only right to let him loose on the decks! Playing an hour of the underrated, under appreciated and often forgotten gems of the Technodrome days 97-99, we are excited to bring Liam over for his first Chapel set!
HOSTED ALL NIGHT BY MC RIBBZ, SQUIDGY B & FROSTIE

Date Night #Cabaret

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Bill Kenwright presents the multi award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, CABARET. Directed by National Theatre Director Rufus Norris, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy theatres.

CABARET features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs Money Makes the World Go Round, Maybe This Time, Cabaret and more.

It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub…

Starring as Emcee is John Partridge, winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2018, well known to TV audiences as EastEnders’ charismatic Christian Clarke and one of West End theatre’s most prolific leading men (A Chorus Line, Chicago, and La Cage Aux Folles). Kara Lily Hayworth stars as the iconic Sally Bowles following her spectacular performance in the title role of Cilla The Musical which was revered by both critics and audiences alike. They are joined by Anita Harris, who first rose to fame as a singer in the 1960s and has appeared both on screen (Follow That Camel and Carry on Doctor) and on stage, most notably as Grizabella in the West End’s Cats.

Not sure what to expect as we are theatre newbies, we’ve watched Oz and Lion King but nothing like this.

First off we headed to the Bohemian in Wolves for a cheeky cocktail.

Then off we went armed with intrepidation and excitement. And OMG it was a tad fleshier than I knew it would be. But the darkness and foreboding of the story, left us with so many questions, thoughts and all the way home we discussed it. This touched me in so many ways, it was camp, funny,over the top, yet emotive, dark, depressing and so upsetting all rolled into one.

The cast were sublime, and absolutely wonderful. They all had a part to play that weaved the most interesting story I’ve ever witnessed.

John Partridge was my favourite Emcee after watching the film and other versions once we got home, I felt that John played crazed and depressed and disturbed so well.

The entire cast I felt were my favourite after seeing other versions online, is it because I saw them live? I can’t say really. But each character was superbly cast, and held the audience in every scene, there was no dead time, or boring scenes.

I’m a theatre convert that’s for sure, especially with singing and dancing!!

Date Night #HeartbeatOfHome

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HEARTBEAT OF HOME is a spine-tingling, tantalizing, high octane, sexy, dance and music extravaganza. Embracing flavours and cultures from around the world, it is a heart–stopping tour de force that features the dynamic, vibrant components of traditional Irish, Latin, Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban and Contemporary music and dance, uniting performers and audiences on a journey to find a home, wherever that may be.

HEARTBEAT OF HOME showcases 33 world-class dancers and live musicians from Ireland, U.S.A, Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, Argentina and Spain. Produced by Moya Doherty, conceived and directed by John McColgan with award-winning Irish composer, Brian Byrne (who has worked with Katy Perry and Barbara Streisand), concept development and lyrics by award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor and choreography by David Bolger.

We got the chance to see this show, and omg it was amazing!! I’ve never been so entranced and memorized in my life.

Grabbed our tickets, and San Miguel for a quick wait before we could take our seats.

Sat in the bar, (we stood at first, but I was offered a seat lots of times by customers, which was heartwarming) it’s so cutely decorated. It’s my first time in this theatre and staff are lovely.

Mr Moon caught unawares!! Lol. Excited to go in and see what this show is like.

Seats were uncomfortable for folks like me, my only grumble. They aren’t disabled friendly seats, but the place is 125yrs old this year! Great view of the stage, I only wish seats were more staggered, as taller folks in front block your view a tad.

Now phones off, as photos and videoing is not allowed, and I can honestly say, I had the best 2hours of pure entertainment. Every musician, artist, singer, and dancer were absolutely incredible. I’m a concert, I bloody love Irish dancing, was so skeptical before.

#Orbital Live Digbeth 31st May 2019

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Never been to this venue so it’s a new exciting experience for me, and I’m hoping it’s going to be an awesome night out.

Been really enjoying concerts lately, as our usual nights out are getting too long and hard for me to deal with, these are a couple of hours of fun, and I’m soon back to resting. So concerts are easier on me bodywise and painwise.

Off to see the Electronic music legends Orbital, hoping for some audio and visual delights!!

DIGBETH ARENA

29 Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham, B94AG

Digbeth Arena is the outdoor sister-venue to The Mill – an old builders merchant yard, situated against the backdrop of Birmingham’s Victorian railway arches.

These look amazing as the sun is going down, totally transformed it, truly magickal.

Above is when we first arrived, but later on the sun caught the arches as it was setting at 9.15pm, and it’s so golden, see below.

It is a unique and versatile open-air space in the heart of Birmingham. A 3500 capacity configuration with over 12,000 sq ft extensive outdoor space.

Because it’s outdoor, it has a real festival vibe going on, watching the planes fly over it was like a UK version of Ibiza’s space. It was glorious in weather which was lucky!!

Digbeth Arena offers an array of flexible and impressive infrastructure to producers, agencies and brands & provides the most unique backdrop for conferences, exhibitions, experiential events, live music and more.

Look at these backdrops, just amazing art all around, making it unique and adds to the visual magic.

It was such a breathtaking visual and audio concert, that nothing has ever come close too. It was an experience of a lifetime, and one I will certainly treasure forever too.

Now I’m home my head says I want to do it all again it wasn’t enough, but of course body, mainly operated hip says you ain’t moving ever ever again!! Pain is off the charts

Sting and Shaggy 44/876 Tour

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The album’s title refers to the country calling code for the United Kingdom (+44) and the North American area code for Jamaica (876), Sting’s and Shaggy’s respective home countries.

Following their win at the 2019 Grammys for Best Reggae Album, Sting & Shaggy have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 tour.

A series of intimate and exclusive shows will begin at London’s Camden Roundhouse on 19 May with additional dates in Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester.

2018 saw Sting & Shaggy bring The 44/876 tour to North America, South America and Eastern Europe. Hailed as one of the most anticipated concerts of the year and a “reggae rock dance party that never lets up,” the show sees the pair collaborating on each other’s most celebrated hits such as Every Breath You Take, Englishman In New York, Message In A Bottle, It Wasn’t Me, Mr. Boombastic and Angel as well as new hits from 44/876

In spring 2018, Sting & Shaggy made UK headlines with a memorable performance of Don’t Make Me Wait at the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall. The pair also performed the track live on BBC’s The One Show, and in the latest series of Mrs. Browns Boys. 2018 also saw the release of Skank Up (Oh Lawd), a further collaboration from Sting & Shaggy that featured dancehall music sensation Ding Dong. 2019 will also soon see the release of the pair’s next single, Just One Lifetime.


Never been to the 02 academy before, and it was a very small intimate venue, easy to get to bar, and toilets, nice staff as well.

The music kicked off at 8.10pm while I was on the loo!! Weird as it said last entry at 8.30pm so I thought I had plenty of time.

Anyways straight into stings classics, with the crowd joining in. I needed a San Miguel, so headed to the bar, which was super efficient, well staffed and I was served pretty quickly.

Had a few tall tall people in front of us, but the odd one made an effort all night to duck and weave so us small ones could see. He was well into it!!

I think the crowd was predominantly for Sting, but behind me and including us (me and Mr moon) we were there for Shaggy, wooping and whistling when his songs came on.

Though admittedly we bopped and sang along to both sets of classic songs, as well as their collective new songs on the album. Some songs were slow at times and I personally would of loved the same reggae energy all he way through, but I had an absolute blast!! What a way to kick start the bank holiday weekend.

Nickelback concert

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We were given the opportunity to see #Nickelback in concert in Birmingham Genting Arena, which I couldn’t pass up!!

Which is why it’s been hard to do physio, as I’ve being doing ‘normie’ activities instead. Though I confess they take some days to recover from, and an increase of pain medication. However, regardless of that, it’s an opportunity I thought was worth it, and I was right.

Got the train, so we could have a beer or two.

Stick and decent footwear worn, so I was prepared for the evening. I will say I needed to lean at times. And I was so bodily broken afterwards, it took 2 days of not moving to recover.

Had a nice cold #Amstel beer. Delicious

Seether was up first, and properly warmed up the crowd. Though they were way better than I imagined.

My leaning post, and support. Had the biggest giggles all night. We sang our hearts out, and truly loved every second.

Though it wasn’t our music genre and we were new to concerts, it was a truly magickal evening. I think I’m a rock convert!!

30 weeks post #HipArthroscopy

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It’s now 7 months since my surgery and I’m ready to say it’s not worked. In fact I’m actually worse off. Not pain wise initially, but this unstable joint is far more life hindering.

A few days ago you saw I popped to the cinema, we used disabled parking so it was minimal walking, seats were amazing, yet somehow my hip still went from under me in the evening.

Cue tears, lots of pain, swelling, leg is 3inches fatter than other one!! And I’m back to one crutch. I’d only just been saying earlier, if hip stayed in the joint life is perfect. Now I’m sat here thinking if popping out my house once a week is enough to make it unstable, then I’m ready to rip it out. I want to live, do things and not merely exist.

So with this said I’m still chasing steroid injection appointment, it’s not been done yet. I now have to rest the joint. So I’m going all in on arms. This way I feel productive and not bored and useless. I use it as a tool to distract from hip pain too.

Bicep curls 15reps x 3

Shoulder press 15reps x 3

Side lateral raises 15reps x 3

Bicep row 15reps x 3

Tricep extension 15reps x 3

Chest press 15reps x 3

Tricep overhead 15reps x 3

My weights are only 3.5kg and I know it’s not much, but it makes me ache, I do it to failure. And I feel better once I’ve done them. The ache is unreal afterwards, I feel like I can’t lift my arms, so clearly it’s needed for me.

My new joggers came, so that’s a silver lining too. You can get yours here and use my affiliate code which helps me out and you get 10% off too DEBORAHWY10

ICC Birmingham #SBS Theo Paphitis, getting ready!!

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It’s that time again… The annual event of #SBS Small Business Sunday at #ICCBirmingham. A time for us all to be inspired, encouraged, and supported by the Shopkeeper himself #TheoPaphitis

How I got into this prestigious club?  I tweeted my business to Theo on a Sunday night and he goes through them all and choses 6 winners each week. Boom I’m a winner. I won 1st April 2012. And it’s been awesome, admittedly I have had health setbacks along the way that hinder moving forwards, but I’m grateful to have this opportunity to see him, and hear the speakers, see buyers, manufacturers, understanding business more. Knowing that this value wealth of knowledge and understanding will pay dividends in the future.

I wish we got new photos with the man himself each year, but alas its only at your first year you get one! Here’s mine 2012

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Here it is again on Friday 23rd Feb and I can’t wait. It’s well catered for disabilities which is always good to know, the food available is catered to all needs, and usually it’s just great fun to see so many winners, the speakers and to hear others successes.

Trying to decide on clothes and of course jewellery to wear now… I’ll probably wear my eye catching Gemstone Chakra Tree of Life necklace and a collection of my Peace bracelets, as both are bright bold and me!

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Until then, it’s a mad dash to ensure hip behaves itself until the day, organising clothes, make up and hair. It will be lovely to not be in clothes that I do daily physio in, and to just have a break from physio too. Back after the event to tell you more.

MysticMoon Jewellery ShopSbs

MysticMoon Etsy

MysticMoon Swanky Maison

 

Glossy box UK #Galentines February box

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This month’s box is Neon pink and funky, in fact I think it’s my new favourite box (more designs like this please!)

In the run up to receiving mine, I’d obviously checked on others to see what they got, as I’m nosey!! And I saw lots got the #IconaMilano Mascara which is admittedly good, but I craved the #SkinChemists Aqua Repair Serum. So I wished and prayed for it. And Woohoo I got it!! This has 3 FULL SIZE products and 2 minis

24Hour Aqua Repair Facial Serum this is suitable for all skin types, delivering vitamins and antioxidants to the skin to reduce redness and hydrate deeply. It was a FULL SIZE product 30ml RRP £64 skinchemists.com clearly way out of my price range, but I’m glad to have this opportunity to try it out, see how the other half lives eh?!

Other variables were #Oolution Eye Cream which I’ve had before, nice but I didn’t actually see results. RRP £30.99 Or there was another Mascara by #Rodial Glamolash XXL RRP £24 which again I’ve had before, I love it, but I’m very very happy with #SkinChemists

Another #Sleek palette in #VintageRomance and though I’m not a fan of Sleek before, I’m still eager to try it out, and the colours are beautiful. FULL SIZE product RRP £8.99 sleekmakeup.com/uk brilliant price for this beauty

#SteveLaurant Nude Lip Gloss a beautiful cruelty free lip tint that’s creamy and hydrating. FULL SIZE RRP £17 stevelaurant.com *Packaging lovely, it’s truly pretty, but the Nude colour on me looks like Foundation lips* and sadly this is too pricey for me as a gloss.

#Studio10Beauty is a new brand on me, it’s a Make up Mist Glow-Plexion a gentle mist that hydrates lacklustre skin (that’s me) primes and also a setting spray. I use Makeup revolution one at £5 for quite a lot of product. This however is a MINI SIZE RRP £14 and full size would be £26. I’m not convinced it’s worth that much? Will it lure me away from Makeup Revolution?? studio10beauty.com

Last but not least it’s a MINI SIZE #Ciate gelology paint pot. Meant to give 10 days of high gloss shine with minimal chipping (we will see) it’s cruelty free so thats a plus. Pale minty green is perfect pastel shades for spring and will look amazing with pastel lavender combo. RRP MINI SIZE £6 full size is £9 ciatelondon.com

So there you have it, a great array of things to try out, feel pampered and beautiful this Valentine’s Day.

The Journeyman… #Goldie

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To mark my 9week post op milestone, we had an epic date night seeing #Goldie the drum n bass artist live with an orchestra. This was going to be immense!

Drinking prosecco, getting dressed up and going off to our date night, I was a collection of nerves and excitement. 

Arriving to the Wolves Civic Hall we walked to the box office queue, got searched quickly first and ushered through swiftly, so far so good. Collected our tickets, quick scan then off to see the room, and locate our tickets. Grateful we were near the front and seated. Although many opted to stand in aisle’s so they could bop away.

We had special guests, and one was a Beat boxer, and for the life of me I can’t remember his name (so ashamed) but he was amazing, always been in awe of such talent. 

It was a puzzle to me how an orchestra could bring the electricity and atmosphere of drum n bass to this concert hall, but they sure did. The bass line was intense, fast paced, pure lightening. It had the intensity of an actual rave, while being comfy on seats. (Just what I needed while still recovering from hip surgery. What a way to celebrate 9weeks post op! Though)

The eclectic mixture of soulful singing, balearic beats, and shamanic rhythms, this concert was art in its purest form, a self expression of #Goldie’s journey. From his days in 90’s Brooklyn, street beats and b-boys to present day. The music was a journey from past present to future, and we had special guest Tyler Lee Daly. 

We watched #Goldie bounce around the stage with pure energy and excitement, it was infectious. The cello was at home with a snare drum, kick drum, along with rainmakers and wind chimes, not something I would of ever guessed. Watching Goldie gave me Bez vibes, and was proper entertaining. And the audience was enthralled, and soon joined in, not many stood still. Barely anyone sat in their seats. We did, but more due to circumstance, if I didn’t have crutches, I would of liked to have joined the dancers at the front. We still moved to the beat in our seats.

All too soon it came to an end, such a shame, we were hungry for more. I definitely could of watched double the amount of time. We were buzzing, and full of electric energy. Its amazing what good music can do for the soul. It was an incredible venue, incredible night and I was sad it was over!!

I tweeted about going and @MRGOLDIE himself retweeted and replied. How cool is that?! I know totally fangirling but I don’t care, I thought it was cool to get a reply.