Monday, 21 October 2013

The Late Late Show and Gok O'Clock

Well this weekend was a strange one... Not only did I have the experience of being in a live studio audience, I also impulsively said 'hiya' to Gok Wan.

The audience that I was a part of, along with Alan, Fiona and Eileen, was The Late Late Show audience. For everyone outside of the emerald isle, The Late Late Show is a three hour TV show / visual marathon of guests and performers, hosted by Ryan Tubridy. Often the guests are, to put it lightly, dull. However, we were lucky enough to be treated to some proper A-Listers, including Gok Wan, Steve Coogan and Colin Farrell!

The night began with a few glasses of free wine before we were trotted off into the studio. Once we were in the studio we took in our surroundings. There was a scattering of studio lights hanging from the ceiling and a rather dazzling pink neon sign reading 'The Late Late Show'.

Throughout the show I was on a complete high and judging by the general atmosphere the same can be said for the rest of the audience. To top it all off, it was announced that the audience prize was a night's stay in a hotel in Kinsale, where we would also receive a food hamper. Unbelievable!

After hearing that Gok Wan would be doing a book signing the next day, Eileen and I knew we had to go and see him. We're not mega-fans, but the fear of missing out was naturally upon us so we bought a book to get it signed by the man himself. Check out Gok and I being spectacle-buddies:

So that was my bizarre weekend. I'm chilling out now, spending some calm-time before my hectic week gets going. I plan update this blog next weekend when I can catch a breath, so I'll see you then!

Monday, 14 October 2013

My First Date

Last week I celebrated my 21st birthday and a few surprises came along with it. My good friend Nicole, from New Zealand, had dug up the time capsule we'd buried years ago and she sent me the contents! Inside was a mortifying poem I wrote when I was around 10. On seeing this, Sorcha decided to get in on the action and created her own dramatic rendition of the piece. It's hilarious and makes for a perfect birthday surprise, after all, embarrassing moments are compulsory when you turn 21.

It does the poem justice, I think!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Open Dublin

So I'm finally back in Dublin and now that I've survived freshers' fortnight at DCU I am ready to spend some time wandering around Dublin. First thing on the list of Dublin to-dos: Make the most of Open Dublin, the city-wide event which sees 100 iconic buildings opened to the public. My friend Andy and I had a gander around City Hall and The Tailor's Hall. Below are some of the photos I took.

By the way, if you were lucky enough to pop into some open buildings over the weekend then make sure you send an entry into the this photography competition.