Hello and welcome to another fun-filled week on the South Coast. Here are five things you need to know about this week…
1. Single Tasking Day – Tuesday 24th
Apparently, multitasking dilutes our focus and makes us work slower. The idea of Single Tasking Day is that we all make a list of things we need to do, in order of priority, and do one at a time whilst ignoring everything else. Remember the days when you went home from work or school, and if you wanted to interact with your work mates it had to be something important enough to warrant a phont call – on a landline! Now they’re on Facebook. Twitter. Text mesages. WhatsApp.. Snapchat. All these distractions! Mobile phones dinging, messages popping up on your laptop screen… Tuesday is about getting rid of all that, and just doing one thing at a time with no distractions.
2. Brit Awards – Wednesday 25th
The biggest night in UK music is back, and being broadcast on ITV. I’ll admit I’m not exactly down with the kids these days, and don’t recognise lots of the acts – but I think Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are definitely two to watch. Sam Smith especially, having just won 4 Grammys and then 4 Mobos as well. The current record holder for Brit awards is Robbie Williams; he won 12 as a solo artist and 5 as part of Take That. Another tip for the night… or more of a wish: I’m hoping Beck gets Best International Male, just to wind up Kanye West a litle more. And of course, with it being a live broadcast, keep an eye out for mistakes, stage invations, fluffed lines…
3. Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music at the Lighthouse in Poole – Thursday 26th
The movie is 50 years old this year, but the Sing-a-Long-a company actually does this sort of thing with loads of movies that are great for singing along with; Frozen, Grease and Dirty Dancing to name but a few. Here’s how it works: you turn up at the venue (in fancy dress, obviously) and take part in a live show with a vocal warm up to prepare you for the main event. Then the fancy dress costumes are judged and a prize given. Finally, you all sit down to sing along to the movie. This sounds absolutely fantastic to me, and I’d love to take part in it! My daughter’s nursery went on a trip to Sing-a-Long-a Frozen the other day and I was gutted I couldn’t go. Now, where did I put that nun’s habit…
Fun fact about the Sound of Music: during filming, Julie Andrews would sing Supercalifragilistic to the children on set between takes, to keep them entertained. The movie (Mary Poppins) hadn’t come out yet, and they all thought she’d just made it up one day on the spot!
4. Stargazing at Durlston Country Park – Friday 27th
Durlston Country Park in Swanage has a new astronomy centre, and a shiny new telescope. The dark skies over the country park make it perfect for stargazing and they regularly have open evenings. The night involves an illustrated talk int he learning centre, and then you get to look through the different telescopes – including the shiny new one! This sounds like a great thing to go along to and learn something new. And you’ll definitely see more than you would from your back garden!
5. Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition – Saturday 28th
I admit, I had to Google to find out exactly what hedgelaying is. I can tell you, it is “the process of maintaining a hedge by weaving partly cut branches through the stems of a row of shrubs.” And the Isle of Wight has a competition for it. I love that there are all these weird and wonderful things going on at the weekend, for those of us who don’t want to just watch the football or doze in front of the afternoon movie. There are three categories: Open, Novice and Team. Last year’s competition was cancelled due to bad weather, so this year there’s some making up to do!
Well, that’s us done for another week. Thanks for reading/listening and I’ll be back again next week with another 5 things.