The Spice Girls aren’t the first group I’ve seen at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, but they’re possibly my most anticipated. I’ve been a fan for years, their single ‘Wannabe’ was the first single I ever bought, and their album ‘Spice’ the first album. I never got a chance to see them live when I was younger, so I wasn’t going to miss this one.
They played all the hits and my friend and I had a fantastic time. I was sad that Victoria (Posh) wasn’t there, but frankly she was always my least favourite and the others definitely made up for her absence. I loved the costumes too, especially Geri’s – I really want an Anne-Boleyn-inspired initial necklace like hers!
’Twas in the town of Sunderland, and in the year of 1883,
That about 200 children were launch’d into eternity
Her Majesty’s grief for the bereaved parents has been profound,
And I’m glad to see that she has sent them £50
Later that week I popped to Sunderland with my parents, who go every weekend. We visited a few shops and had a coffee in Marks & Spencer. It’s such a shame there are so many closed shops and dingy streets, as there are some really nice areas, and the city does have so much potential as well as a rich history – as marked by the ‘Propellers of the City’ monument to Sunderland’s shipbuilding past.
And so it begins… for the next year or so practically all of my friends are turning thirty. Kicking things off was my friend Elisa, who celebrated with a cocktail making masterclass at Revolution. The class was great fun, and many cocktails were made; even more were drunk. Afterwards there was some dancing, but this part is all a bit hazy.
Christmas always comes as a bit of a surprise: it seems weeks away for ages, then suddenly you realise it’s next week. I have been doing Christmassy things like going ice-skating. I went to the Canary Wharf ice rink with a friend for my first ever ice-skating experience. I can say with certainty that it will also be my last. I fell over twice and spent most of the time clinging on to the side for dear life. After fifteen minutes I gave up and went indoors to sit in the bar with a glass of mulled wine.
I came home to the north east on Wednesday and have already been to see my brother’s band playing at the Angel in Durham. I’m going to the pantomime tonight in Sunderland, which should be fun!