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My weekend in pictures: Travesties, the design of Harry Potter and breakfast in Beeston

Hope you all had a fun weekend. This weekend I visited London with a friend to watch the Tom Stoppard play Travesties currently playing at the Apollo Theatre starring Tom Hollander. The play is set in Zurich in the First World War and looks at the lives of the influential figures who called it home at the time. The play is funny, poignant, thought provoking and silly – making for  a truly enjoyable show. All the cast are superb too.

Tom Hollander day is here!

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Whilst in London, we also went back to visit The House of MinaLima on Greek Street. Just around the corner from the Palace Theatre (Home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), The House of MinaLima is an exhibition and shop of the graphic design from the Harry Potter films. The designers of the incredibly detailed elements which made the Wizarding World come to life are Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. The shop is now staying open indefinitely and features some of the duos other design work as well as a new section dedicated to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

In addition to the amazing artefacts and reproductions on show, the building itself is magical with fairy lights, patterned walls and flooring and other little touches which bring the Harry Potter experience alive. If you’re in London and are a fan of Harry Potter, make sure you pay them a visit but be prepared to queue for a little while if you’re visiting on a weekend.

The House of MinaLima is magical @minalimadesign

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On Sunday I met a friend for breakfast at Edwards Canteen Kitchen in Beeston which was really delicious. I had the vegetarian – falafel, halloumi, egg, mushrooms, tomato and bread. I’d recommend Edwards  – delicious food and a chilled out atmosphere.

Sunday morning cuppa

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Favourite things: Gaming, theatre and the Academy Awards

1. Board gaming

During the cold and dark winter months I’ve been really enjoying trying lots of board games with friends. My current faves are Takenoko, Star Wars Carcassonne and King of Tokyo. Also Ticket to Ride is a great way to round off a Sunday evening.

If you want to try different games with friends, I recommend checking out your nearest board game cafe. We’re lucky in Nottingham to have two – Ludorati and The Dice Cup. Both offer gaming in a great environment. The Dice Cup offers vegan food and cake whilst Ludorati sells wine and beer.

2. The Power

Train entertainment sorted. Thanks for the recommendation @kerryedwards

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My lovely friend Kerry of Kerry Cooks, recently recommended a book to me called The Power. I started reading it on a train home from London this week and I got hooked. I’m coming up to half way through and fully recommend it for clever and and engrossing storytelling.

3. Pride and Prejudice and other great theatre

Pride and Prejudice at Nottingham Playhouse

I’m really excited about the new season at Nottingham Playhouse. Upcoming shows include The Grapes of Wrath, The Cherry OrchardEast is East and a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Sara Pascoe (Animal) with music by Emmy the Great. Once pay day comes around I’ll need to get some tickets booked.

4. Academy Awards this Sunday

It’s that time of year again! Who do we think will win? Will La La Land sweep the board as expected or are there a few surprises in store? Check out this year’s nominees.

I’ve managed to see quite a few of the nominated films this year (thanks Unlimited card!) and I’ve enjoyed all of them but Moonlight was incredible. If you haven’t seen it yet – GO!

Every year I run a prediction competition at work with an ‘Oscar’ for the winner. Want to do your own at home? I have used bidvine’s printable ballot but do a google search and you’ll find loads of options.