Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile. We're not quantified; there's no chart of desire. When the roaring flames of your heart have burned down to embers, may you find that you have married your best friend. [Steven Tyler]

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Distant Memories

In my last posting I got as far as the grand opening at Graphicus but what I didn't get round to recording was the other hi-light of that weekend. We had tickets for the Sunday evening performance of 'Dancing On Ice' at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. As soon as we saw it advertised I said I wanted to go but didn't get round to buying the tickets until some time later and then they were sold out. My husband's boss Ann, does a lot of advertising for her company on TV and radio and they have taken us to the Arena on previous occasions. So Stuart asked if she could help to locate tickets for us and yep! she did it again. Complementary tickets arrived the week before and late Sunday afternoon we set off up the A1M for Newcastle.

When we arrived at the Arena we had a quick bite to eat and then tried to locate the direction of our seats. Our tickets didn't seem to correspond to any of the directions in the foyer so we asked an attendant where we should be. She told us to go up to the second level where we would find our seats. After trudging up all those stairs we finally arrived at the right level and asked again and were directed to the front row of the balcony. It was a sell-out performance and we had pretty good seats, almost centrally on to the length of the rink. We were seated early and the TV cameras were there as they were filming this performance for the DVD, so the audience was warmed up and rehearsed which was all good fun.

There was a group of girls seated to our right and they kept getting very excited, they were looking up above and behind us and pointing - they had located 'Dec' from Ant & Dec and a famous footballer which had them almost passing out. I hadn't a clue who they were talking about.... I know who George Best is (was) and David Beckham and, well that's about as far as my knowledge of footballers go. Anyway, these guys were obviously in the very expensive hospitality boxes way above our heads and I wasn't going to give myself whiplash trying to celebrity spot. Stuart told me that it was Peter Beardsley who they were getting all hot and bothered about.
With that, four more people arrived in the front row for the two remaining seats. Two of these people had seats 12A and 13A which were our seats. I knew this was too good to be true, they'd over-booked! We exchanged tickets and sure enough, the same seat numbers appeared on both sets of tickets. I was just about to stand my ground and refuse to move when one of their party pointed out the our tickets were for the Suite and not the Balcony. So without further ado we collected our things and went off in search of where we should have been.

Back outside, we found another attendant and she apologised for the error in directions and ushered us into the hospitality suite with, you've guessed it! some famous faces to our left and right. We were greeted as we entered, drinks brought to our seats for us and as soon as our glasses were empty they were replenished without asking. What a night! It was a fantastic show..... Torville and Dean performed several solo spots, a lot more than they do on the TV show, they were outstanding.

The show was very much the same as it was on
TV and even had the same panel of judges.

It was very polished and great fun to see. The
professional skaters were superb. They covered the ice with speed and grace and some of the performances were just incredible. It was a very exhilarating show which we both enjoyed. It was a fab night and being in the VIP Suite just put the finishing touches to it. Ice skating was how Stuart and I first met and we ended up as Ice Dance partners during our competitive days. We remember watching Torville and Dean competing at the British Ice Dance competition in Nottingham when they were just coming onto the British skating scene. Ahh memories!

Well, that's enough reminiscing. Back to the future or at least now!

I promised to post my latest ATC's in my last entry. I have been playing with some brand new stamps from Elusive Images. They haven't been released yet and will feature as part of a 'Pick of the Week' on the Create and Craft channel next month. They are absolutely amazing..... I love them! This is just a sneak preview and on my ATC's, they are used in conjunction with other stamps from both EI and other companies. This is going to be a superb show and when you see the other products that are coming.............. well, you'll have to wait a little longer for that!


artyfartykat said...

What a wonderful evening you must have had, memorable indeed.
Those ATC's are fab, but then from you, I wouldn't expect anything less!!

acrylik said...

Wow, what an amazing evening you had, Lynn! Fantastic, I really enjoyed reading all about it.