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5 Things You Need to Know This Week

5 things you need to know about this week


Hello! Welcome back, here are five things you need to know about the coming week…


1. Cyber Monday

This is a new thing that has joined us from across the pond; in America, Cyber Monday is the name given to the Monday after Thanksgiving. Like a lot of things, it was dreamed up by marketing companies. The Friday after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, where there are loads of ridiculous sales in the shops; on Cyber Monday, deals are mainly online. In the UK, it’s all academic any way, since Black Friday is mostly online any way. Either way, if you’ve still got Christmas shopping to do, Cyber Monday is the day to look online for some good deals.

2. Riverdance 20th Anniversary at the Mayflower

Remember when Riverdance first came out, it was an interval performance during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, but in February 1995 it was expanded into a stage show and went on tour. The show that made Michael Flatley famous is at the Mayflower from December 1st to 6th – though obviously, Flatley is off being the Lord of the Dance now, so he’s not in it. With or without Flatley, and with or without the allegations that the footstep noises were pre-recorded, it’s still a sight to behold and an amazing show. After all, you don’t last twenty years without there being something amazing there.

3. Peter Pan at the Pavilion

Welcome to Panto Season! Peter Pan begins at the Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth on the 6th December. It stars lots of children’s favourites like Barney Harwood from Blue Peter as Peter Pan, and Mark Benton as Captain Hook. If you don’t watch CBBC, you’ve probably no idea who Barney is, but your kids probably love him. Mark Benton is probably most famous for his role as Mr Chalke in Waterloo Road. They also have an offer on for pre-panto dining for kids, so it’s well worth a look.

4. Penguins of Madagascar

I wanted to feature a Christmas movie, but Simon likes penguins. Good job there’s a penguin movie out this week then! The evil penguins from the Madagascar movies have finally been given their own film and it looks like great fun – there’s even some Riverdance in there! It’s set right after the third Madagascar movie finishes, but realistically I don’t think you need to have seen any of the Madagascar movies if you just want a silly, light-hearted movie to watch with the children.It’s released on December 5th and looks like it’s going to be a big hit.

5. Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday… does it need an explanation? It’s a day to celebrate small businesses, and encourage people to shop local. New Forest District Council has arranged to waive parking charges for the day to encourage people to come out and support their local small businesses. Lots of other local councils and BIDs have organised things to encourage people to get involved too.There’s a hashtag – #SmallBizSatUK, as well as a Twitter feed and a Facebook page. So have a look around and see what your local town has planned!

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at

1 Comment
  • Debbie


    Hi Vicky, the images I saw in the news of Black Friday made my toes curl. It's not a Christmas tradition that shows the slightest hint of Christmas spirit! If Cyber Monday is the online equivalent then at least people can't degrade themselves or show themselves up. I used to love Christmas Pantos and Peter Pan has to be my favourite, it's good to see that some Christmas traditions are still popular! Debbie recently posted...Christmas JumpersMy Profile

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