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Looking Back: 2015

Happy new year to all! As we head into 2016 we thought we would have a little look back at all the Make, Do and spend activities over the last year…..

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January 

Getting Organised

blood orange and pistachio cakes

February

Blood orange, almond and Pistachio Cakes and Rhubarb Rum

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March

The Big Clothes swap  & an exclusive interview with Richard III on the day of his burial

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April

A guest Post from our Friend Holly Loves Cake & Those Doughnuts 

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May

Bluebell Woods

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June

Elderflower Sugar & Mango Frozen Yoghurt 

Positano

July

B & E do Italy, plus Jam Tarts  & Macarons

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August 

Watermelon Cake

Nyhavn

September 

B Visited Copenhagen, E made Elderberry Vodka

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October

Pumpkin & Spice Sugar Buns

November

What November?!

grown up hot chocolate

December

Amaretto Hot Chocolate

All best wishes for 2016!

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Q&A: Catching up with Richard III

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If you own a TV or radio, particularly if you live in Leicestershire, there’s pretty much no way you could’ve avoided hearing the massive build up to Richard III’s reburial in the last week.

Proceedings kick off today with his coffin touring the county, passing places associated with the the king’s last few days – including Bosworth Battlefield where he died in 1485.

The former ruler will finally be reinterred on Thursday at Leicester Cathedral – just around the corner from where his bones were discovered, famously under a car park, in August 2012.

So, having brought you the first exclusive interview with @richard_third back in early 2013, we thought it was only right to catch-up with the king of Twitter… before the coffin lid is sealed.

How’ve things been since your last interview with us?

Ah my life has been manic, truly manic. I’ve become a media sensation and a corporate product. Bewildered might be a good description I guess. Despite this, things are pretty good tbh. I can’t complain, even if it did take 500 years for people to appreciate me.

How does it feel having the world’s media on you again?

Well, at least they are no longer discussing my personal health issues I suppose? It’s nice, though in a week’s time they’ll have moved on to the latest dubious electorial candidate/tax scandal/Jeremy Clarkson story. I’m not sure if I’m happy about that or not just yet…

What do you think of the King Richard III Visitory Centre?

I’ve not been in – well it would be a little hard in my current stat – but I’ve seen pictures. That blue and white skeleton repro looks uber cool. So yeah, one does approve. Bit pricey for entry though (don’t you think?).

Can we expect any surprises from the reinterment ceremony? When we last spoke you’d requested Engelbert Humperdinck to perform… any luck? 

Engelbert can’t make it, sadly his US tour dates don’t allow it. I’m proper gutted.
To be truthful, the TV have taken over and dominated everything. Even I don’t get a say! I don’t suppose there will be a surprise, though I’m Catholic – god knows what they do in these Tudor ‘Church of England’ things. I suppose I should worry about that more maybe, but… y’know… I’m dead…

Will there be cake?

A record label promised me some cake as a present, I’m yet to see it. I’m told their cake department is a little slow with such things… but coffee would be good (if they happen to read this).

You famously said you’d give your kingdom for a horse – what are you demanding now you’ve been given a horse-drawn carriage for your procession?

A Porsche! A Porsche, a Porsche, my kingdom for a Porsche! I’m waiting on Porsche GB Ltd’s press department. They’re a bit slow over this.

How will you tweet from inside a tomb?

Modern technology, dear child. My people have already sorted it, they tell me its a bit like a Flux Capacitor, but I’m buggered if I know… works though. Magic lead maybe?

Are you worried about your profile going down post-reburial? Would you consider celebrity Come Dine With Me or Strictly?

Excellent question Miss Make Do, but easy to answer. A king will never do reality television, I’ll stomach the 20 year gap before I become cool once more #welliamtheking

You mentioned last time that you were planning on making your own fan club – can we join yet?

You can indeed, the address is 40 Abbey Street, Leicester. No need to post a cheque, you can pay them an evening subscription on the door. Tell them Dicky sent you and all will be fine.

[NOTE FROM E&B: We checked – this is the address of indie nightspot Fan Club!]

Are you proud of putting Lestah on the map?

In my eyes, it was already there. I blame Richard Haswell for this, beating me to international recognition for such things.
[NOTE: Richard Haswell was the former organiser of the city’s now sadly cancelled Summer Sundae music festival]

Most importantly, are you worried about the future of One Direction?
Hmm, the youth of today! I gave advice to a young follower recently and this may also work for them: avoid cheap vodka, avoid legal highs, and avoid girls with tattoos on their ribcage, and you’ll do ok I reckon…
So there you have it! We’re going to be among the thousands hoping to catch a glimpse of the cortege passing today.
You can follow live updates of the procession online with the BBC website or, of course, @richard_third on Twitter
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Looking back: Febuary

A little look at what we were up to this time last year……

We were busy Making…..

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Baking….

lemon meringue layer cake

And Organising…..

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Also, B wangled an exclusive interview with Richard III!

And TWO years ago… 

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Day 6: Richard III

Richard III (Photo: Robert Day)

Last week we were kindly invited to a performance of Shakespeare’s Richard III at Nottingham Playhouse

The theatre were looking for Leicester bloggers to review the first proper production of the play since the discovery of the real king’s bones in a car park

Despite the local link, neither of us had actually seen the play before

So first things first, two things to admit…
1. We were both feeling pretty tired after work, so were a little worried about facing 2hrs 30 of Shakespeare
2. We (annoyingly) arrived late and missed the first 10 minutes of the show

Two very important points, because…
1. Despite the tiredness and theatre being pretty warm, we were both absolutely captivated by the performance
2. B was waiting for the ‘This is the winter of our discontent’ speech all the way through… that’ll be the opening speech then

Richard III (Photo: Robert Day)

So why were we captivated?

Well much of that has to be down the the excellent acting – in particular from Ian Bartholomew as Richard and Milo Twomey as Buckingham, pictured above

Bartholomew’s portrayal of Richard is darkly humorous and in turns quite charming, his soliloquies and asides with the audience reveal his plans and as the play unfolds we found ourselves secretly hoping he would succeed!

The lines were delivered very naturally by all the actors, and although fast paced (they were on stage for 2hrs 30), it was easy to follow the plot

The set is very cleverly designed, a tombstone lined wall gives a medieval feel whilst projections to depict off stage murders and dream scenes add a modern twist

The cast use the whole of the theatre including the stalls and the circle which make for a very involving performance

Richard III (Photo: Robert Day)

This is the first major production of Richard III since the discovery of Richard’s bones and this historical find has shed new light on the events leading up to Richard’s death at the battle of Bosworth (we resisted whooping when Leicester and Bosworth were mentioned on stage!)

It is now known that Richard was not wearing a helmet when he was killed and which weapons were used to deliver the two fatal blows that killed him

Director Loveday Ingram has called on this new historical information to create a more authentic re-enactment of Richard’s death on stage

So a very enjoyable evening at the theatre – and it’s made us even more determined that Richard’s bones should stay in Leicester!

Richard III can be seen at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday, November 16  (and you can see our Q&A with the king himself here!)

Photos above by Robert Day

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Q&A: Richard III

Richard III

It’s been an exciting couple of days for Leicester

After months of historical research and DNA tests, experts have confirmed “beyond reasonable doubt” that a skeleton found beneath one of the city’s car parks is that of Richard III!

Following the discovery of the bones back in August last year, the former royal was quick to embrace the modern world and soon popped up on Twitter – where he’s picked up thousands of followers with his witty observations

And I’m honoured to say that today we bring you a world exclusive interview with @richard_third

You don’t look particularly healthy in the photos the Uni of Leicester have released… how are you able to tweet?

One resides in a university laboratory, technology is a wonderful thing, and I’m in the best place for it. But there are no windows or daylight here, it’s playing havoc with my complexion

It’ll be nice to sort a permanent abode soon, I’m told the bishop at the cathedral is working on it. 

How are you coping with social networking?

One hath been both puzzled and pleased by social networking.

I’m followed by half the Guardian, a pretty girl from Le Monde, the British Ambassador for Ecuador and my ex-wife… not liking the nasty tweets from York citizens though.

I seem to be followed by many of my subjects which is expected…  but… well I am the King.

AND I’ve lost my horse, so I’m starting a competition to find it. 

What reaction have you had to your tweets?

Excellent. Truly Excellent for me. At least two of my compositions have been re-tweeted 700 times. One doth assume that is good?

Let alone 3,700 followers! Just don’t believe everything King Henry VIII may write…

Made many famous friends?

One should never boast out one’s friends and connections… but two Hollywood actors are now followers, and many BBC/newspaper journalists.

It seems the Chief Constable of Leicestershire will help me find my horse (Simon Cole, excellent right hand man, I might give him the Isle of Man in appeciation). 

Or enemies?

One must always keen your enemies close. I have an amusing relationship with King Henry VIII, the most comical of the disastrous Tudor families. Kind of a medieval Dingles.

Oh and it seems several young history undergraduates’ boyfriends…

 Are you enjoying the attention?

Who wouldn’t??? I’m a good looking chap, and it seems very pretty ladies like to study history and me, and… well… who could blame them? 

What are you enjoying most about modern UK life?

All the pretty ladies! Does it show?

You modern day boys certainly have it easier then when I was younger. All the underlayers to remove and lack of deodorant meant things weren’t so much fun or so easy.

Mind you… I saw all sorts of naughtiness in that car park over the years. Honestly, ladies have no decency sometimes these days I feel. Shocked I tell you!

Are you happy about staying in Leicester?

It’s ok I think, relatively large, excellent food market, and oh boy those curries. Bit far from the sea though, but not too far from Fotheringhay whatsoever though and that’s home.  I’m almost at complete home one thinks. 

Any requests for your reburial?

Engleburt to sing please. NO Elton John, no re-written Lady Diana songs here thank you, or songs about fighting. Some Walkers Pork Pies might be a nice touch ;) 

Any plans for world domination/advertising campaigns/celebrity marriages?

My advisors have warned me to stay away from Katie Price,  and anyone in Hollyoaks?  Is that right? What is Hollyoaks? I think my mother warned me about girls like them…

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS!

Favourite nephew:
Edward was my favourite, I miss those boys, I honestly wish I knew what happened to them. 

Favourite book:
Fly fishing by J R Hartley

Favourite dish:
Lamb Bhuna

Favourite performance of Shakespeare’s RIII:
Robert Lindsay, RSC Stratford, 1998 

Summer or winter?
Winter

Red or white?
White

Leicester or York?
Leicester

Foundation or Society?
Hmmm. Neither, I shall be starting my own ‘official’ fan club shortly, with strict historian qualification vetting procedures.

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