29 Aug 2014

Happy Hooves...

Well seen as we haven't had a circus themed blog in a while we though we would treat you to some Friday Circus themed fun in the form of these two happy hoofed elephants! Now we all know the basics about Elephants, their large, their mammals, they have a decent set of ears and they love classical music? We'd forgive you for not knowing the later as we have only just found this out ourselves through watching the below video!

This rather talented violinist was due to perform the Bach Concerto the Two Violins with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo in Wisconsin, United States when she decided perform her warm up for some rather unexpectedly appreciative recipients. The Elephants can be seen swaying along to Bach, proving that those ears didn't just evolve to help cool them down! These guys go a way to prove that even the most unlikely of people (and animals) may enjoy something once given the chance to partake in it. The same goes for our circus shows, not been before? Think it may not be to your liking? Give a show a go, we promise not to disappoint.

Our circus shows in Butlin's are coming to a close now after another great run at the English holiday destinations, but theirs still time to catch us if you find yourself with the opportunity of seeing one of the amazing shows! Keep an eye on our blog, facebook page and website for any upcoming productions!

22 Aug 2014

Our Anacondas might want some.....

You may or you may not have heard of Nicki Minaj, and you may or may not have heard of her new song Anaconda, which we can only presume is be named in lieu of her love of the significant serpent. Well Nicki's new song and more importantly the video were released to world this week to millions of eager fans, some of which include the Lady Boys of Bangkok, who love abit of Nicki on and off stage as our fans will know if they have seen this years show! Weeeeell her new song is certainly different, take a look below....

Did you watch it? Yes - that is a strange sample of Sir-Mix-Alot's classic I like Big Butts and yes rather ironically the video may as well have been called I Like Big Butts because it features a biblical amount of large buttocks. Not that the Bible has much mentions of butts, but if Nicki Minaj was the messiah it certainly would do. All these butts kind of take away from the song, which is different from her usually forte of catchy beats, memorable choruses and fast sometimes inaudible rapping - which works and is why she is one of the best selling artists of recent years! The tagline is undoubtedly catch but is most of the appeal from the big butted, product placementy video? Who knows, we have caught a few people humming it around the office - so maybe its a grower! The Lady's do love Nicki so don't be surprised if you see a jungle themed set and some padded backed trousers in future productions!

What do you think of Nicki Minaj's new song? Let us know!

15 Aug 2014

Thai Green Curry Recipe...

Whether your at Edinburgh Fringe or not, who doesn't love the chance to inject a bit of exotic Thai-ness into your everyday life. For all you people that can't to see the Lady Boys of Bangkok do their thing, or already have and are left wanting more - here is a recipe  for some mouthwateringly scrumptious That Green Chicken Curry! Now the list of ingredients is rather long, but don't blame us, blame the BBC and it is a classic after all.....so try to stick with it (here have a picture of the Lady Boys to lessen your Thai fix for the Thaime being, puns away!!).

What you'll need: 
  • 225g new potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 100g green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 rounded tbsp or 4 tsp Thai green curry paste (you can't fit the tablespoon into some of the jars)
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 2 tsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 450g boneless skinless chicken (breasts or thighs), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 fresh kaffir lime leaves finely shredded, or 3 wide strips lime zest, plus extra to garnish
  • Good handful of basil leaves
  • Boiled rice, to serve (or to stick to the pan, as is the case with me)

Right so here's to the nitty gritty, it's method time. First wack those potatoes in a pan of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, then throw the beans in the pan and cook for a further 3. They should be sufficiently softened by this point, so drain it and put it to the side. 

In a wok or failing that a laaaarge frying pan heat the oil till very hot, then drop in the garlic and cook till brown (which should only take a few seconds). Take your spoon and spoon in the curry paste and cook for a few seconds whilst mixing it around to release that spicy goodness. Pour in the coconut milk and let it come to bubble.

Next stir in the the fish sauce and sugar followed by the pieces of chicken, turn the heat down to a simer and cook for around 8 minutes until the chicken is cooked. After this add in the potatoes and beans letting them warm through the coconut milk, then add that trademark citrus flavour by stirring in the shredded lime leaves. Then add the basil leaves, scatter the lime garnish and serve promptly with boiled rice.  

And there you have it, your very own bit of Thailand brought 6,000 miles to you through the power of cooking! Above is what it should look like, but below is our attempt.

Now this recipe is totally original on our behalf, but you can get the full more formal version on the BBC Good Food site. 

What's your favourite Thai recipe? Don't be scared to share!

8 Aug 2014

Oh how we love you narcissistic animals....

Seeing as it's Friday we have a special treat for aaaaalllll (used in the most ironic sense) blog readers out there! We here at the Lady Boys HQ love animals, big animals, small animals, medium animals, fictitious animals and especially vain animals, so what we have for you today is our round-up of the best animal selfies that we have collated from all over the weird and wonderful land of the Internet! This blog post was inspired by the selfie monkey which has been all over the news recently for his rather dashing self portrait taken with a stolen camera! Kim Kardashian aint got nothing on this prehensile picture prodigy!

First up we have what has to be the internet's favourite animal, the domestic cat....Now if you get all your factual information on the evolution of animals from Cravendale adverts as we do, you'll know that cat's have developed opposable thumbs and with these thumbs have apparently become quite self obsessed. Evidence of which is below (the bottom one has to be our favourite).

It's not just Cats that love a selfie, the natural arch enemy Dogs have also known to partake this this self photography. If we were as happy as the first dog, and had as much swag as the second our lives would be complete....

You may be thinking that selfie Monkey is forerunner in the world of exotic animal selfies, but he is in fact just one of a long line of photo savvy animals from all over the globe. In fact we are pretty sure that if any other animal had invented the camera first this selfie craze would have come about alot sooner than it has for us Humans.

And lets not forget some of the animals we have here in the UK as well! Does anyone else think the horse on the left looks abit like Robbie Savage

Now this selfie may not have strictly been taken by the Llama, or is that an Alpaca? Well for now lets dub it a Llamaca! But the sheer joy it's face is a good enough reason to share it with you as any! 
When alls said and done what can be better than pretending animals can take selfies and laughing at the results? What's that you say? The Lady Boys of Bangkok playing their second weekend of show in Edinburgh! Well your in luck, because they are. We are loving Edinburgh at the moment, a venue that never fails to amaze. If your after tickets then look no further, obvious link time - LINK -
What your favourite animal selfie? Don't be shy and share them with us on Twitter @TheLadyBoys or Facebook!

1 Aug 2014

Ed Fringe and it's art infused oddities....

Tis that time of year again....time to don your tartan and ingest some art infused oddities at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe one of which includes us, The Lady Boys of Bangkok. Ed Fringe holds special place in our hearts as it was where we held the first production of our show 16 years ago; a show which is......lets face it is rather an odd mixture of fun, frolics and Lady Boys! It's kind of show that Edinburgh Fringe not only attracts, but also helps to promote and flourish as it's own entity and it's the incredibly warm reception we received from the audiences there all that time ago that spurred us on to still be performing to this day! So basically this blog is about all things Fringe this month as it takes over Edinburgh, in homage to the worlds largest arts festival.

The Fringe Festival started life in on the back of the Edinburgh International Festival in 1947, when 8 theatre companies turned up uninvited to perform shows in Edinburgh, taking advantage of large theatre crowds. They used these willing participants as Guinea Pigs of sorts, testing their own alternative theatre styles. Since these humble beginnings Fringe has grown exponentially into the largest arts festival in the world and has become synonymous with alternative and 'out there' acts, considered on the to be on the.....Fringe of the theatrical performance spectrum! Word play, gotta love it. In line with this bohemian anything goes persona the festival is unjuried - meaning no acts are selected and basically opening the flood gates to a menagerie of experimental works which you wouldn't see at more elevated brow events....acts including The Lady Boys of Bangkok. 

With 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues  at this years festival, it's kind of tough to cover them all. One of the highlights however has to be Jeremy Paxman's (of Newsnight and also beard fame) very own stage show rather simply entitled PAXO. Now what you may be dreaming of is a chance to grill Paxo as he has so famously done to many politicians and other figure heads in his time, and this would be your chance - with a good old fashioned grilling session being one aspect of the show, just don't mention Angela Merkel.

Edinburgh Fringe is known for it focus on comedic acts - who doesn't love a good stand up? This year is no different in that respect with many big name stars making there way up to Old Smokey to test their new material of hopefully receptive audiences. These range from big names like Jimmy Carr, to old names like Ruby Wax and lesser known people such as Kerry Goldliman, who stars with Ricky Gervais in Derek. Obligatory celebrity name drop over - this lean towards comedy at the Fringe leads to some pretty ingenious show titles, here's some of our favourites: Gavin Webster: A Controversial Title in Order to Sell Tickets, the rather depressingly named Andrew Lawrence: Reasons to Kill Yourself and our personal favourite that were sure Lewis Carroll would love -  Rob Rouse: Through the Looking Ass.

With all this and more to be seen at Ed Fringe 2014 (purposeful rhyme btw *takes a bow) don't forget that the Lady Boys of Bangkok are here between the 2nd - 24th and the one and only Sabai Pavilion is in Meadows! So make sure you come on down and say hello...........or should we say Swasdi.