Whyte and Brown, Guardian Masterclasses, The Weeknd and REAL beauty

3 Dec

It was my Mum’s birthday this weekend. Which has made me realise I’ll be 25 in 16 days. And this has really depressed me. I’m a big fan of the ‘age of just a number’ line, but the reason I feel old is because I don’t have the young kind of fun I used to.

Yes, yes: being an adult means you have bills to pay. You can’t laze around all day with your mates like you used to at Uni. You work 9-6 and then come home, too tired to do a huge amount. The thing is… the last bit isn’t true. My friends are all in relationships and they create reasons why they couldn’t possibly come out. But in actual fact, they just want to spend the evening with their partner. Which is totally fine BUT it does mean I can’t remember the last time I went dancing. I mean… not even clubbing. Just DANCING. Doesn’t have to be a club – could be a bar with a dance floor. I miss the days when my friends were up for getting drunk for no reason on cheap drink, playing drinking games, dressing up and having a great time together before we went and had an even better time dancing until 3am.

I either need to get a boyfriend and succumb to a boring, but steady life OR get friends who are single and up for having fun. Or, not single, but willing to have a night out and have fun at some point. Anyone up for a night out? Let me know because my youth is DYING. DYING.

EAT: There’s a (reasonably) new place in Kingly Court, Carnaby Street. It’s called Whyte and Brown and they specialise in free range chicken and craft beers. As you’ll know, I pretty much only eat veggie food and chicken when I eat out, so naturally I had to give this place a try.

I went for the Pulled Chicken Bap and it. was. divine. For £10 you get pulled roast chicken with slow-cooked onions, smokey BBQ sauce and sour cream. I had to order fries as a side (an extra £3) and they were actually quite undercooked – however the bap was filling and delicious so don’t sweat the sides and just focus on the mains.

My friend tried the mac and cheese and she loved it – perfectly crispy on top and gooey in the middle. I know gooey is an odd word to use for mac and cheese but think about it: it’s actually a great description. C’mon. Think about it. There’s a huge range of craft beers and they even recommend on the menu which would go best with each main meal.

It’s a little pricey, but well worth a try. The restaurant is nice and spacious and the service was good. I’m definitely planning on going back at some point and giving their chicken crisps (seriously) a try.

SEE: I went to a Guardian Masterclass last week and I have mixed feelings about it. Now – you have to take this as a review solely of the class I went to. Any reservations I had were about the lecturer and the way he ran the class. Also, Guardian Masterclasses range from £20 – £500 and the Grammar is Fun Masterclass was only £35, so obviously at the lower end of the spectrum.

I went to a Grammar Masterclass because I’ve let me spelling and grammar slip. This is partly because I don’t read as much as I used to or write essays like I did at Uni. My life is tweets and bullet points nowadays. Also, I love language and my reliance on spell check upsets me. So I thought I’d be proactive and start to re-educate myself.


I learned some interesting tips. I also learned that some people don’t like semi-colons; I do not understand these people. They’re great. C’mon now. However, the lecturer (who happens to be an Editor at the Guardian and manages the Guardian Style Guide) generally said “grammar and language changes over time, so most ‘rules’ aren’t rules and everything is flexible. Which is true, but I feel like I’d have liked a little more teaching and less running through rules and the dismissal of most of them. I don’t care if grammar changes as time goes on but double negative are NEVER OK.

LISTEN: I went to go and see The Weeknd last week. I’ve liked The Weeknd for about 3 years and I was ‘one of those people’ who downloaded the first EP for free before he got Radio 1 airplay. So going to see him play at the 02 Arena was a bit of a surreal experience.

He was great for someone who was someone still quite amateur when it comes to live performances and surprisingly not sexy in the slightest. For those of you who don’t know his music: it’s music to have sex to. Try it, you’ll enjoy it and then you’ll see what I mean.

Anyway. He played a lot from his new album – which went down with most of the arena, however I’m less impressed with his newer stuff. Since he signed to a label he’s lost his experimental touch. He doesn’t sound new now; he sounds like someone who is trying to sound like, well, The Weeknd. It’s a little hard to describe, but anyway. He was so overwhelmed by the response to his new album tracks – and he played a huge number of tracks from his first three EPs. The highlight for me was Loft Music. It’s one of my favourites and it worked far better live than I thought it would. The Party After the After Party is a song FULL of atmosphere and in a huge arena like the O2 this didn’t quite come across. However, Abel’s voice was great and he had enough stage presence to entertain the crowd and keep the energy of the crowd going.

Check out Loft Music below. And I challenge you not to wanna get busy to it 😉

LOVE: When the person you’re chasing thinks you look more beautiful like this….

dfsagfdsa… rather than this….



…then you know you’ve got a good’un.


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