Beautiful, Inspirational and Colourful – All in the Countryside: OneWorld Festival Review

Set from location to location in location, it is no surprise that the OneWorld festival has become an absolute favourite of mine. It has always been very special to me and my mother. We love coming there; we’ve been coming for four years now. How did we hear about the festival?

It was recommended to us by one of our family friends, who’ve attended the festival a year before us. So, we decided to try it and since then, we’ve never looked back. My mother, and I have had wonderful times and amazing memories. Every year, OneWorld have never failed to disappoint us and this year, the festival did it again.

OneWorld celebrated its twentieth anniversary and what a celebration it was. They had more guests, as well as teachers; a full pantomime of The Wizard of Oz, certificate presentations for teachers, who have been attending the festival for twenty years and visitors were treated to more, new lessons that have been added to the 2015 programme. We had a blast; the entertainment was fantastic. We had live bands, open mic nights and camp fire events. There was wonderful vibe and I felt there was a sense of community. These parties and gatherings were enjoyable – I danced with many old, and new friends and strangers. I had a lovely time and will never forget those wonderful times. As well as partying all night, the festival will not leave you alone with boredom in the day time too. There is plenty to do and I loved this year’s programme, full of regular and extra lessons. I didn’t attend all of them, but the ones I did go to were interesting. Very interesting. I’ve attended many lessons, including Pilates, Morning Yoga and Creating an Art Journal. However, my favourite lessons were the Improvisational Comedy and Musical Improvisational Comedy. Although there both for adults only, I really, really had a ball. The group were very kind, sweet and funny; we played a lot of improvisational games, and activities and we put on a lot of shows. One for the Cabaret, which took place on the second last night and on a Open Mic night. The show was a wonderful turnout. We had large, full audiences  (the children enjoyed them, especially they were allowed to participate, suggesting ideas for our improvisational performances). Also, we had a lot of amazing, talented comedic actors who have delivered the shows to perfection. Without them, the festival wouldn’t have the shows and classes I would regularly participate, attend and enjoy.

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Brymore Academy, where the festival took place this year (2015)

Every year, the festival travels to different locations all over the world. I’ve never travelled aboard with the festival, but I love them within the UK. Most of them are in boarding schools, in the middle of the great, British countryside. This year’s festival was located at Brymore Academy in Cannington, Somerset; a farming, boarding school for boys. It is a stunning location, with beautiful farmland and outstanding landscapes around the school grounds. It also has a swimming pool, heated by solar panels, but go and swim when it’s sunny. I’ve tired swimming when it’s cloudy and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. However, swimming in the beautiful sunshine will be a different experience; I would recommend it, especially if you have children. It’ll be best for them, in case they’ll catch a cold or two. Despite the temperatures, the pool is completely safe and fun for all ages.

I’m not sure about the accommodation within the school grounds as we stayed in a twin bedroom (complete with an en-suite) at the Malt Shovel Inn. The staff, at the time, had agreed to lend some of their rooms to the festival’s visitors. And it was wonderful; simply wonderful. Our room was very clean and the staff were very generous of cleaning and reorganising our room while my mother and I were at the festival. Before we returned home, mother and I had breakfast at the Inn. Our meals were top-notch; mother had poach eggs on toast and I had a Full English (minus the sausage, toast and baked beans). The service was brilliant too; the owners even had a dog there, who was so good and had been really good company. We really enjoyed our stay; it has been an absolute pleasure.

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The Malt Shovel Inn, where I stayed with my mother.

Although we had one day at the Inn for a meal, mother and I had the food at the festival, for most of the holiday. Decided volunteers and chiefs have certainly put a lot of effort to create fabulous meals. At breakfast, lunch and dinner, visitors, teachers and volunteers are treated to alternative and macrobiotic meals. Each meal is delicately prepared and suited everyone’s taste, whether you have food allergies (like me), or a huge fan of one or both meals. I would highly recommend the macrobiotic food throughout an entire week; it will change your life.

Overall, I give OneWorld a thousand out of ten because of the beautiful surroundings (although, the locations may change within the next year or a couple), amazing entertainment, outstanding food, excellent accommodation and a week, full of excitement and guaranteed fun. If you want a festival with everything, then adventure to OneWorld next summer.

If you sign up to the festival’s mailing list, and want to attend or volunteer the festival, please click on this link below:

https://oneworldcamp.com/

Please bear in mind that it may take the festival a week to three weeks to organise and publish a full schedule before each event.        

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My Summer Reading Bucket List (2015) (*UPDATE*)

Update: Finished reading my third novel; just written the review. To read see below:

https://actingmylife.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/pride-and-prejudice-is-too-long-id-cheat-on-wikipedia/

As an author, it’s always important to read many good books. For me, that’s been hard as I always leave it after reading the first chapter or in the middle of the novel. But this year, I’ve decided to change my ways and trying to read as many as I can. Some, I might read again (ones that are highlighted in bold) and there’ll be new books to look at too. Here are my top books to read this summer:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Girl Online by Zoe Snugg

Bridget Jones – Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Jane – the Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

What Are My Aspirations For the Summer Holidays?

As well as writing a Bucket List for the summer, I also have aspirations to keep my life on track – and to keep healthy.

In the past, I have never kept my health up to date; mainly because I’ve been busy and pretty lazy. So to change my ways, I’ve decided to keep fit and take on health classes. I decided to try:

  • Zumba
  • Aqua Aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Badminton
  • Walking
  • Gym

I’ve already tired Zumba, Aqua Aerobics, walking and swimming; I really enjoyed these classes, and activities and will return to them within the next week.

I’m going to look at fitness activities when I’m away on holiday and see how much difference it’ll make when I reach September.

Also, I’m going to try to cut back on food by eating healthier. All my loved ones have told me that stomachs are about the same size as a human fist and it’s very important to listen to your body; it’s like another human being only it lives inside of you. So, I’m going to try and cut the limit of starch, unhealthy main meals, desserts and snacks. For breakfast, I’m to have three slices of bread instead of four, have occasional unhealthy food (either once every two – three weeks or once a month), and try my best to eat more vegan and vegetarian food.

So, that’s it – that’s my aspiration for the summer. Do you have any aspirations for this summer, this year or next year?

I hope you are all enjoying the rest of the summer (or the first week if you live in the UK).

Gigi Xxx

Waiting For A Rainbow: Catching Dreams – 20th July 2015

20th July 2015

Ever since I came back from Liverpool, things have pretty much changed.

First of these changes is Kat; she moved to the Isle of Wight on the tenth. Before she moved away, we managed to meet up and had dinner at Frankie and Benny’s. We had a wonderful time and a lovely conversation. After her move, we began to contact each other. I’m pleased to say that Kat is doing well and is enjoying the Isle of Wight. She really misses London, though and cannot wait to meet up with me again. Kat said she’ll come back in September for a week so hopefully we’ll see each other then. Let’s just hope I don’t get tangled up in things…

Next is Drama school. My peers and I have been spending our final weeks sorting out stuff. I’ve also had my sign language examination. I’m not sure how it went or what really happened because it was over pretty quick. I am now waiting for my results, which properly won’t come until September. Outside of lessons though, there’ve been a few feuds between my friends that have involved arguments but no physical fighting was involved (thank goodness). My friendships with many of my peers are straining too; I feel that I’m changing because I’m starting to see who is really there for me and who understands me for who I am. And to be honest, not many do. It’s really sad but that’s the way it goes. I’ve never had lasting friendships while I was at school (all apart from one) and it’s something I’m used to because it is always a learning curve for me. I only want to around those who really care and see me for myself, just as much as I would see them as they are.

As for Stu, he has now graduated. I haven’t seen him but I’ve been trying to give myself space from him when I do; so I can concentrate on myself. What happened between us is now history; good and bad memories and I’ll leave at that. But despite our differences, I wish him well for the future. Now, I can finally let go of my anger, let go of each other and move on with our lives.

But, all these changes are subsided for now because I’m already off for the summer!

Song #1: School’s Out by Alice Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDqNHl9ACQs

This is my summer tune; in the summer, I would put it on when I’m YouTube, turn the radio up, and sing or just sing along to it when the holidays start. Nothing like a good summer classic, hey?

And before my holidays began, I managed to finish a half task:

  • Finish Sign Language Online Course
  • Revise Driving Theory
  • Book Automatic Driving Lesson
  • Research and Find Volunteer Projects in the UK or Aboard for 2016
  • Complete My Reading List
  • Organise a photography day
  • Tidy My Room
  • Keep Catching Up With My Blog
  • Do More Art – Buy A Canvas and An Easel
  • Collect all of your spare change. Then, at the end of the summer, cash it in and get something fun
  • Treat myself to a manicure and/or pedicure, or spend the day at a spa
  • Pitch a tent in the garden and camp there for the night
  • Sleep on the porch all night under the stars
  • Attempt to break a world record
  • Go for a hot air balloon ride
  • Write a novel or short story
  • Do something ‘green’ for a change
  • Make a fun summer treat like gummy bear ice pops, watermelon cookies, or campfire cones
  • Go to an amusement park
  • Take a photo every day to document your life for the summer
  • Watch a sunrise on the beach or the sunset
  • Write a handwritten letter to someone, add a stamp and mail it
  • Do something that’s completely out of your comfort zone for a change
  • Clean something you don’t normally clean — like the deck, the garage, or clean your down pillows
  • Write a letter to your current or future child (be sure to include these important things)
  • Create an idea notebook for your dream home

Not bad, hey?

I don’t know what to expect this summer, but I hope it’ll be a blast, an adventure and life changing. So I will expect the unexpected; I already have a good feeling about this. 🙂

Song #2: Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtGY4G7II6s

This song explains my desires, dreams and hopes with this summer and the future including my creative writing. I think I can achieve everything because I’m locked on my targets. 🙂

My 2015 Summer Bucket List

Next week, I’m breaking up for summer from Drama school! Although it’ll be a scary experience (since I’m moving onto my fourth year), these six weeks will give opportunities to try, explore and see new things. So this summer, I’m going to do my best to complete this bucket list:

  • Finish Sign Language Online Course
  • Revise Driving Theory
  • Book Automatic Driving Lesson
  • Research and Find Volunteer Projects in the UK or Aboard for 2016
  • Complete My Reading List
  • Organise a photography day
  • Tidy My Room
  • Keep Catching Up With My Blog
  • Do More Art – Buy A Canvas and An Easel
  • Collect all of your spare change. Then, at the end of the summer, cash it in and get something fun
  • Treat myself to a manicure and/or pedicure, or spend the day at a spa
  • Pitch a tent in the garden and camp there for the night
  • Sleep on the porch all night under the stars
  • Attempt to break a world record
  • Go for a hot air balloon ride
  • Write a novel or short story
  • Do something ‘green’ for a change
  • Make a fun summer treat like gummy bear ice pops, watermelon cookies, or campfire cones
  • Go to an amusement park
  • Take a photo every day to document your life for the summer
  • Watch a sunrise on the beach or the sunset
  • Write a handwritten letter to someone, add a stamp and mail it
  • Do something that’s completely out of your comfort zone for a change
  • Clean something you don’t normally clean — like the deck, the garage, or clean your down pillows
  • Write a letter to your current or future child (be sure to include these important things)
  • Create an idea notebook for your dream home

Hopefully, I’ll get to chance to complete this list (especially number 4) and if I do, I’ll be the happiest girl in the world.

What’s your favourite thing to do this summer? Please let me know in the comments selection below. 🙂

Gigi 🙂 Xx

Waiting For A Rainbow – 30th April – Part II

Note: This entry is a day late; this was due to Internet problems last night. I’m really sorry about that, but I hope you enjoy reading Part II. 🙂

‘Happy Birthday’.

‘“Happy Birthday”?’ I was confused; what on earth was she talking about?

‘You better ring your parents and tell them you’re coming home late, Georgina’.

‘What? Why?’

‘You’re going to see “Disney on Ice” for your birthday’.

I was so shocked; I couldn’t believe it. Ann said she kept the show as a secret since Christmas and I knew nothing about it. We went to see the last show and loved every second of it; there was brilliant ice-skating, dancing and tons of visual effects including fireworks and glow lights. What’s more, the show was inclusive as the audience were allowed to sing along, dance and have fun. I won’t give too much away, expect the movies that were featured were The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen. Ann and I had a blast and we didn’t want the show to end; there’s no such thing as being too old for Disney!

Songs #4 & #5: I See the Light from ‘Tangled’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLSrOijxFKQ and Let It Go from Frozen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-EZNWeei9Q

 

These songs were in the ‘Disney On Ice’ Show, but I think these songs have a special meaning to me; I See the Light explains positive outcomes and hopes for the future, as I am coming towards, seeing the light. Let It Go was one of the songs that helped me get through my heartbreak a year ago and it helped me become a stronger person. And I sang along to it, because I wanted to! 🙂    

 

Yesterday, I had a small gathering with my close friends at Drama school. After our afternoon lesson (which was Home Education), I brought out cake, chocolate and sweets. We all had a bite and a chat and sang S Club 7 songs. The small party lasted until the early evening and we all had a wonderful time; there weren’t many people around and two of my friends were angry that most of our peers couldn’t be bothered to celebrate or wish me a ‘happy birthday’. But I didn’t care; I learned that I didn’t need a big party to be liked or admired. All I needed was to invite those who were close to me and show everyone that I was having a good time. It’s a wonderful life lesson, one which I will never, ever forget and treasure forever.

Song #6: Reach For the Stars by S Club 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SxSnjL3nZ0

This is one of the songs I played and sang along to, while talking to my friends, but this a favourite song of mine because I love it sooo much! 🙂

Today, I had a father and daughter outing with my Dad; we spend the day in London and as a birthday treat, we went to see Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theatre! It was pretty spectacular; we saw the show in Bay K (the Middle Gallery) and had front row seats. We saw everything! The actors were amazing, the music was amazing, and the action and the romance were amazing. In the interval, I saw (from the corner of my eye) a woman, who was taking pictures of a Lego man, dressed as William Shakespeare standing on the oak rail and in front of the stage, near our seats. After she’d finished, the lady noticed my interest in her Lego figure; I kindly asked her how she made it.

‘I didn’t’, she said. ‘I bought him’.

The lady explained to me that she is currently travelling around the world and she takes pictures of the figure, wherever they go. Then, she lifted the Lego Will’s hair and revealed his baldness. ‘Look; he’s bald’, she laughed. I laughed with her. When Dad came back, I explained to him what the lady was doing and said to me. He was pretty interested too. Before she left, the lady told us that she had published a book, based on Juliet’s Nurse and it is a prequel; the story begins fourteen years prior to the play.

When we got home, I decided to research the book and the lady’s name. First, I discovered that the lady who I spoke to was American author Lois M. Leveen and the book she mentioned was Juliet’s Nurse. It was a complete surprise speaking to her; to be honest, I have never heard of Lois before, nor have I read her books but I now I have, I’m really, really keen to read Juliet’s Nurse which I’ll definitely read sometime soon.

Well, this it. I’m nearly coming to the end of my one year journey and tomorrow, I’ll reach my twenty-first birthday. I hardly can believe it; normally, I wouldn’t finish a task but I’m proud to say that this is my first. Yay! Soon, I’ll be taking a new path into my life – one that (I hope) will be full of new discoveries, new thrilling adventures, positive outcomes and tons of happy memories, full of smiles and uplifting hearts. I’m sure it will (*TOUCH WOOD*) because I can feel it in my heart. (*TOUCH WOOD, AGAIN*).