Welcome to another fun-filled 5 things… if you’re wondering what you need to know about this week, fret no more! Here are your five things…
The Guide Awards – 26th January, Portsmouth Kings Theatre
The Guide Awards celebrate the best of the area’s arts and entertainment talent. People have been voting since November in 13 different categories. What I love about these awards is that there were nominees listed, but you could also nominate someone you thought deserved an award who wasn’t already on the list – so really, anyone could win an award. Categories include Best Band, Best DJ, Best Comedy, Best Film, Best Amateur Actor and Actress and Best Classical Music Act.
I love that these awards celebrate local talent and achievement, it’s great for promoting these industries to new talent, and for helping people to get some exposure.
Holocaust Memorial Day, 27th January
Holocaust Memorial Day is especially significant this year, after the rent terror attacks. This year is also 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, and 20 years since the genocide in Srebrenica in Bosnia. There are lots of memorials going on across the south; the D Day museum in Portsmouth has a service at midday, and in Southampton there is a service at 6pm at the Solent University Conference Centre with testimony from a Holocaust survivor.
I know we usually focus on upbeat, cheerful things in 5 Things, but in light of recent events it’s more important than ever to remember what has gone before, and what intolerance of racial and religious groups can lead to. A lot of places have already held events today, but if you can get to one on Tuesday it’s something worth doing. The Southampton service will be particularly sobering. I’ve heard a couple of Holocaust survivors speak, and it’s something that stays with you. It’s one thing to read it on the page or see it on TV, but quite another to have the person standing in front of you, telling you what they saw.
An Evening of Stuff & Nonsense, 28th January
In stark contrast to the previous event, An Evening of Stuff and Nonsense features Harry Hill and Tim Vine as well as several other guests, and is in aid of Parkinsons UK. It’s at the Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday evening and looks hilarious. After all, if anyone can do nonsense and absurd, it’s Harry Hill and Tim Vine. There are some video performances too from stars including Matt Lucas and it’s bound to be a great night raising money and awareness for a great cause.
Tax Return Deadline, 31st January
I don’t wish to gloat, but my tax return was done months ago. However, I do moonlight as a book keeper, and in a previous life I worked for a pension company so I know the fear and dread that tax return deadline day strikes into the hearts of people everywhere. All over the country right now, people are sitting on the floor surrounded by 12 months’ worth of receipts, trying to figure out what the heck they bought in that shop that cost £7.28. Or… they’re shoving all the receipts into a carrier bag ready to dump on their accountant in the morning. If you’ve not submitted your return yet, take my advice and do it right now. Don’t wait til the 31st; the website will be chocka and it won’t be pretty. I always think of those ads that used to say “Self Assessment tax doesn’t have to be taxing…” – they were clearly written by someone who either never had to do it, or paid someone else a lot of money to do it for them! The rest of us go through a process similar to this one.
Super Bowl Sunday, 1st February
The biggest date in the American TV year seems to have made its way across the Pond, and now we all care too. Well, if we’re honest, most of us care about the actual Super Bowl; we care about the half time show. This year Katy Perry is performing with Lenny Kravitz, which should be interesting.They did have Coldplay on the shortlist though, so I for one am glad they went with Perry!
Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal reported last year that the NFL had approached potential performers and asked if the performers would provide compensation to the NFL in exchange for being allowed to perform! The NFL denied the reports, of course.
I’ll be honest; I’m not even entirely sure what the Super Bowl is all about. Is it American football? Is it the same as the World Series? They wear helmets, right?
Thank you for reading/listening; I’ll be back on Simon’s show with another 5 things…