caramelsilver: (Les Miserables: Enjorlas awesome)
So I no longer have a paid-account, first time in two years that I see this really annoying ads. I don't love LJ enough to buy another year, but damn, it is annoying. How serious are people about dreamwidth? Like... could I change journal and not really miss anything? Give me the honest truth?

I spent the weekend in London! And it was marvellous! It was my birthday slash Christmas gift from my parents, and my mum and I took a plane early Friday morning. We spent all of Friday shopping. I think I've never spent so much money on clothes at once before, but I'm so pleased with everything I bought. Because before I left I made a list over what I needed and wanted and then I simply followed it.

Friday evening we saw Les Miserables. I booked the tickets because I wanted to see Ramin Karimloo and Hadley Fraser, so I was a bit disappointed when they announced that Hadley's understudy was on as Javert. But not much can really ruin Les Mis for me, and Shaun Dalton was magnificent! Ramin was really, truly good as well. He has such a wonderful stage presence. Helen Owen was on as Eponine, which I was thrilled about! She was on as Eponine last time I saw it as well, and she's so good. Scott Garnham was on as Enjolras, and since the things I heard of Liam Tamne wasn't all that good, I was happy to see Scott instead.

On Saturday I woke up feeling not all that good, and the morning was spent eating and going to Russell Square to buy books at my favorite bookstore in the world! The prices there are magnificent for a girl who has to pay a 100 kr for every paperback at home. Then we went to the Phantom of the Opera matinee. I already knew that I wouldn't get any of the performers I wanted when I booked the tickets. Earl was off, and Killian was on holiday, so we got the standby Phantom Scott Davies and the understudy Christine Claire Doyle and understudy Raoul Nadim Naaman. Claire and Nadim was fabulous together. I loved their dynamic, they were both so young and sweet together and I totally believed in their love. The Phantom had a glorious voice! But I'm not much of a Phantom girl, so he didn't really grab me all that much. The true star of the show, though, is the sets and the costumes! I've never seen Phantom live before and the sets and the lighting truly blew me away.

I didn't enjoy the show as much as I should, because I sat there with a fever, and the rest of the day wasn't too fun. Sunday was really not fun. And I've been sick all of this week too.

Other news that I've neglected to share with you: I have a job! I now work 80% at a kindergarten. I love it. It's hard work, but a lot of fun. When I willingly go to work with a fever that's a good sign that I'm enjoying what I do.


My Cabaret fic! I'm in love with it and I really want to share it. But not until I get someone to look it over. Because it's been like six months since I last wrote something, and I'd really like for someone to check my grammar. Anyone up for looking over 2000ish word fic? Please?
caramelsilver: (PotO: All I Ask of You)
Christmas was wonderful. So much better than last year. Of course, seeing as I had a fever and coughing everywhere last year, it wasn't really hard to beat it. But this years was truly great, because we had my uncle and aunt with their three children over, plus my granddad and grandma and my grandmother over. So we were many and it was lovely.

One of my cousins is just eight, and I'd totally forgotten how much of an awesome day Christmas Eve is for a eight year old. Being twenty-one now, I'm very used to all the "fake threats" of "Oh now we have to do the dishes, and then we have to rest and let the food sink, and then we have to brew the coffee, and THEN we can unwrap the presents!" So I know that of course as soon as we've cleared the table and unwound a bit, we'll start on the gifts, but him, being eight, did not. I think my dad really enjoyed having a kid around to react to all his tomfoolery.

My favorite present this year is definitely the London trip. Me and my Mum are going to London in February! We've booked everything. We're actually flying with a decent airline (NOT Ryanair for once) and actually landing in Heathrow, something that I find more exciting than I probably should. We've also gotten a really nice hotel in the West End. We have booked tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera.

Which is a bit of a funny story, because we booked these tickets in October. The reason why the trip is booked in February is because I really wanted to see John Owen Jones as the Phantom and in October it was said that his last show would be in March so we booked tickets for February. Then! No, JOJ is going to be the touring Phantom and had his last show in December. Earl Carpenter took over for him then, and I thought, "Hey, Earl! That's not so bad!" But then, I find out that the day we're seeing Phantom is the one day in February Earl isn't on! So, I'm understandingly a bit mad about that, but think, hey! I still got Killian Donnelly as Raoul. And then, NO! KILLIAN IS OFF ON HOLIDAY THEN!

-- So I'm a bit pissed about the whole PotO thing. Bad luck all around really. Not that I think it will be a bad experience or anything. I'm sure the actors we'll get will be fabulous.

But I am going to book tickets for Les Miz too, because I just can't miss the Ramin Karimloo/Hadley Fraser double act. I need to see them both play Jean Valjean and Javert!
caramelsilver: (Pretty: Paul Bettany)
I'm having all these thoughts that are fandom related, and I always forget to put them into a post, so here's what I've been thinking about lately:

First of all: If you are going to read only one auto-biography this year, then it HAS to be Tina Fey's Bossypants! It's the funniest book I have EVER read! It trumps everything. It's funnier than Good Omens. I was reading it on my way home from London, and I was sitting at Gatwick Airport, with people sitting around me. And I know how annoying it is when people laugh at something and you don't know what it is, but I just couldn't help myself. I was literally laughing out loud. Loudly! I had to stop reading, to cover my face, and laugh. I laughed so much that the lady sitting beside me asked: "So you recommend it then?" And I said: "Yes, so very much. It's really, really funny." And she said: "Yeah, I can see that."

You may think you are the most awesome woman in the world, and I'm not saying that you aren't really bloody awesome, because of course you are!, but Tina Fey is head bitch of awesome forever! Bow down to your queen. Her book is amazing. It's empowering, and just plain inspiring. It makes you want to be a better woman just so you can impress her. READ IT! You will not regret it.

2. Doctor Who mid-season six spoilers! )

3. If you are thinking about signing up for the Narnia Fic Exchange you have to do it now. Because it closes tonight. But even if you don't sign-up, don't go away, because we have planned a Narnia Summer of Awesome, where lots of things will happen and everyone will have fun. Promise!

4. Love Never Dies is apparently closing this August, so now I'm even more pleased that I managed to catch it while in London! Still super happy that I got to see David and Ramin.

5. Speaking of David Thaxton. How much do I want him to play Enjorlas in the Les Miserables movie that are in pre-production now? SO FREAKING MUCH! PLEASE UNIVERSE, MAKE IT SO! MAKE IT SO!
caramelsilver: (Les Miserables: Enjorlas awesome)
While I was in London I managed to catch two musicals! We had planned to see Les Miserables and got tickets for that in advance. But Friday night I spontaneously decided to get a ticket for Love Never Dies. I had been thinking about it, of course, but I never made a decision before I left. I don’t have much of a relationship with The Phantom of the Oprah. I own the movie and like it well enough. The reason why Love Never Dies was the other musical I wanted to see was not because of the story, but because Ramin Karimloo plays the Phantom and David Thaxton plays Raoul and I really, really wanted to see both of them. Why? Because both Ramin Karimloo and David Thaxton has played Enjolras in Les Miserables! I saw Ramin in the 25th Anniversary concert, but have never seen David and he’s supposedly the best Enjolras ever. So I really wanted to see him!

And I did!

Oh wow! They were brilliant! Ramin has the most amazing voice, and when he went full force on Till I Hear You Sing, my goosebumps got goosebumps. And David, oh David! Not only is he incredibly yummy to look at, but he has such a presence on stage. Maybe it was just me, because he was fifty percent of the reason why I was there, but whenever he was on stage my eyes never left him. The scene when only Ramin and David was on stage was understandably my favorite. I just sat there and totally fangirled out inside my head.

SPOILERS for Love Never Dies )

Love Never Dies in of itself is not something awesome. It was good. I enjoyed myself immensely, and the sets and costumes and lighting was gorgeous. And my boys were brilliant! And that was the sole reason why I went, so I’m very, very happy.

On Thursday we, my brother and I, went to see Les Miserables. And that was a wonderful experience as well. Except for Simon Bowman as Valjean who was a bit of a disappointment, everyone were great. The cast is brilliant! I was actually mostly looking at them because they do a great job in the background. Master of the House and Lovely Ladies was really, really great. I don’t know who played the Pimp during Lovely Ladies, but he was truly mesmerizing to watch.

Killian Donnelly as Enjolras was marvellous! So good, and when he died, I cried a little, and watching them as ghost during Empty Tables was chilling.

Norm Lewis as Javert was great as well. Very American though. In an all British cast his American accent stood out, especially when he said "lord".

But Simon Bowman... At some points he was really good, not going to take that away from him. But! When he sang Who Am I? he completely cheated on the 24601! I was sitting there waiting for the epic 24601 that always makes my hairs rise and just go yes, here we go! But he... didn’t! I’m not music savvy or anything, so I don’t know the right terminology, but he lay it a few notes lower, so it was horribly anti-climatic. And Bring Him Home... well, at least he hit the notes, but it was so soft, no power behind it, and then he overcompensated on the notes he could hit and powered through those parts and it just... wasn’t right. I’m going to pop in my newly acquired 25th Anniversary dvd and hear Alfie Boe nail all of it now, just to make myself feel better.

But don’t get me wrong! It was a great experience. Les Miz can never disappoint me. It’s always awesome. I was also being a major dork who was mouthing the lyrics while watching. But I really want to see the next cast that comes this fall. Hadley Fraser is coming in to play Javert, and Alfie Boe as Valjean, I hope I’ll find a way to see it, but... I don’t know.

To end on a geeky note: I bought two Les Miserables t-shirts and one Love Never Dies. I am one happy nerdy cookie right now. Some people buy band t-shirts at concerts, I buy musical t-shirts! So now my collection is: Wicked, We Will Rock You, Les Miserables and Love Never Dies. I also bought the collection programe from Love Never Dies, so I could scan some of the pictures if you want me to.
caramelsilver: (Pretty: Hat)
Autumn is rapidly becoming my least favourite season. I can never get through one without being sick, ALL THE TIME. I always have a sore throat or runny nose. If I only have one, then I'm fine, but when they hit me at once, plus a cough and chilliness, then I have to stay at home because I just can't function. That's how I been the last few days. Home with a nasty cold. I've been freezing!

The one thing that have been keeping my spirits up is the book I'm reading right now. The Painter of Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein and TUMBLR.

I have been ogling pictures of THIS GUY ) His name is Ramin Karimloo, and besides being absolutely gorgeous, he has a lovely smooth voice. He played Enjolras in the Les Mis 25th anniversary concert, and he plays the Phantom in Love Never Dies. I can listen to him for forever. This makes me happy, and keeps my spirits up. Don't care how pathetic it is.
caramelsilver: (Les Miserables: Enjorlas awesome)
Today I used the words occurred, poignant and ambivalent in my English essay. Hopefully my teacher will marvel at my vocabulary instead of thinking me pompous and show-off-y.

I had my first driving lesson today. I apparently can't clutch to save my life, and I pity the cars that was behind me.

I found out that they are planning a Les Miserables movie, and I jumped in my seat with joy! I am so excited. I want it, now! I also want more than anything to see the 25th anniversary production of Les Miz, but it ends next weekend. Hopefully they'll put it up again or come to Norway or something! I heard it's been a success so I doubt it'll go away completely. And hey, the 30 year anniversary is in five years. I'm sure they'll do something fun then.

Just look at this awesomeness. Doesn't it give you goosebumps?

I had briefly forgotten how much I love this musical, but now it's back with full force.

Meme time!

Aug. 13th, 2009 03:31 pm
caramelsilver: (Les Miserables: Enjorlas awesome)
Meme courtesy of [ profile] katakokk

-leave me a comment saying "BOILED GOOSE",
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

1. Greatest day of your life?
2. Most embarrassing moment ever?
3. Favorite song and why?
4. Top three countries you want to visit and why?
5. Favorite musical?

Answers to the questions )
caramelsilver: (sponge bob)
Today I spring cleaned my room. I washed all the dust off my shelves (and boy was there a lot of dust!) and vacuumed the floor, changed my bed sheets, then washed! the floor! My room has never been this clean by my hand! I even vacuumed my plushie animals because they've just been sitting on the shelf gathering dust. I took out all my books (and I have a lot of books) and washed the shelf and dusted off all my picture frames. It looks so nice!

Tomorrow we're going to see Les Miserables in norwegian and I could not be more excited. I've been looking forward to this for almost a year!
caramelsilver: (enjorlas awesome)
I'm Gavroche!
Snarky, self-reliant, and hyper as hell, I enjoy terrorizing the general populace. Nevertheless, I have a good heart, and am always willing to help out a friend, even in a dubious cause. In fact, *especially* in a dubious cause.

Which Les Miserables Character Are You?

I'm back!

Jul. 21st, 2008 08:00 pm
caramelsilver: (Snark)
I'm hooome! I bet you all missed me a lot. My dashing good looks and rapier wit... Yeah, I suffer from terrible internet with draw.

First thing first: I saw Prince Caspian. It was awesome. I loved it. Did anyone else see it? What did you think? I'm watching it again sometime next week and I'll post a review then.

I have also read Les Miserables. I spent 5 days on it and all I have to say is that while it's a great story, Victor Hugo can't restrain himself! Man, he had a whole(!) chapter on the Paris sewer! I'm not kidding. And the horrible long chapter about Waterloo where only the last section was relevant! If that book had been written today it would have been edited a lot!

When I opened my email I had a little under a 100 mails. Safe to say I've spent some time organizing my inbox.

I hope you all have had a fabulous summer so far. I'll be home for the next 3 and I love it. No place like home.
caramelsilver: (squishy)
I've been home a while now, and been so lazy, I haven't had the energy to tell you all about London. But thanks to [ profile] dieloreley who is demanding to know, I'm doing it now=)

London was awesome. Just wow. I loved it so much. Everything was so cheap! That was what struck me the most. We bought so much yet it felt like we didn't use anything, because if you were to compare it to what we would have to pay for it in Norway it was nothing. 1 £ = 10 kr! And to my immense delight the books, I found this cute little store were they sold classics for nothing at all! I bought 3 books for 5 £, that's 50 kr. You know what I can get for 50 kr? I can take the buss to Oslo and buy an ice cream! When I buy books here I have to pay 99 kr. for one. So safe to say I bought many books. I had 7 books with me back in my suitcase.

I bought other things too. We found this store, Premark I think it was called. And wow, it was cheap. And a lot of people there. Seriously, I had trouble breathing in the most crowded places. But I got 5 t-shirts and some other stuff to under 200 kr! At home I would only get one t-shirt for that!

We did other thing than shopping too though.

We arrived late Thursday night and took the Gatwick express to Victoria Station. From there we took the Tube to our hotel. We did figure out how to do it. If we used the entire train ride to interpret the tube map, we do not speak of it. Who said women can't read maps? (I'm actually not so bad at it. And geography which is my most hated subject! In our year book my quote was: "Zzzz! I *hate* geography!" (This was at the time when I was starting to be sick and I fell asleep on my desk.)) As fun as taking the Tube was, I have to say that it was very tiring to lift my suitcase up and down all those stairs.

Friday, we took the Tube to the Tower of London. (It was the only tourist-y thing we did. Next time we'll do more.) Unfortunately I get sore feet very fast. My poor feet is not used to be used so much! So we only saw the Crown Jewels. And man, those are pretty. And we went into the White Tower and saw all the weapons and armory. Henry VII's armor? All I have to say, "Yeah, right." After that I could not walk anymore and we took the Tube to Oxford Street were we ate lunch at a pub before we went shopping. I walked a lot that day. It has been ages since I walked that much.

Saturday, we took a taxi to Oxford Street. (I had had enough of the Tube.) The taxi ride was also very cheap...! We shopped a little, but my feet was sore from last day's walking. I switched shoes though, smart move. And besides, we were going to the matinè of Les Misèrable.

Les Misèrables: W-O-W! That is the best musical I've ever seen. It was so freakin awesome. I got chills. I laughed, cried and clapped to my hands was sore. And the music. The first thing I did when I came home was to download the music and I listen to it on replay all day. The voices. Just wow. If you ever get the chance to go see it you should. You will not be disappointed. I totally have to read the book now!

Sunday was really just a travel day. We checked out and took a taxi to Victoria Station. Ate brunch there and then took the train to Gatwick airport.

London was fabulous. I did not want to leave. I loved being able to talk english, and just listen to the people around me. I have a dream that when I get healthy I'll go study in London.

I'll post the few digital pictures when my mum upload them from her cellphone.


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