24 Oct 2014

Life in plastic, it's fantastic!

There's one name you may have heard flying around the news and social media airwaves over the past week - 'Renee Zellweger'. That's right everyone's favourite blundering journalist (with a rather questionable English accent) has made a comeback, of sorts, during a rare public appearance at ELLE's 21st annual Women in Hollywood Awards in LA and her name has been ringing in our ears ever since. You find yourself asking 'Well what warrants this surge in public interest? A new film role perhaps? Fashion range? Fragrance? BRIDGET JONES 3?' and the answer would be none of the above - it's her new...........face. That's right Renee has gone and got herself a new face, we here at the Lady Boys HQ are all about the glam but Renee's is certainly shocking mostly due to the stark contrast from her previous image. 

While you let that sink in lets go on a journey through the wonderful of celebrity changelings as they make or break not only their careers but also their faces....

First up it's everyone's favourite Osbourne - SHARRRROOOOON or to everyone else besides Ozzy Sharon Osborune. The musical manager from Brixton is best known for her portrayal of herself in the reality TV show that bears the family name and also her hard nosed judging on the X Factor. However her nose isn't the only thing that may be hard on Sharon's face as the star has admitted to spending a whopping £300,000 on surgery! Compared to other celebrity facial mishaps Sharon's surgery, though very apparent when compared with her old photos, doesn't look to bad and she has promised that she would not have any surgery on her lips or eyes - which is a very level headed proclamation.

This is an example of somebody going a little bit to far down under the knife. This is Jocelyn Wildenstein a famous New York socialite whose been experimenting with plastic surgery since 1997 and if your finding it hard to decipher her age she is 74. We were under the assumption that plastic surgery was supposed to make your ageing face look younger, not mask your age completely beneath an ageless mask. Her plastic surgery antics have earned her the name "Cat Woman" which you probably guessed is based on her Lion-esque facial demeanour.

Now onto a more successful story the ageless Jennifer Aniston who turned 45 this year, yes that's right 45 and it turns out she may have had a helping hand. Rachel, sorry...Jennifer doesn't deny have plastic surgery on her nose but it is rumoured she has also had face lifts, Botox and some other forms of facial augmentation to try and keep her face useful! Celebrities could take not of Jennifer s less is more approach to plastic surgery as it seems to be doing to trick. 

All this talk of plastic reminds us of the plastic themed number we have in this years Lady Boys of Bangkok production 'Red Hot Kisses' which we're currently showcasing to the lovely people of Leeds for our last two days! Then it's on to Belfast! We think we may need a lift by the end of this tour......

17 Oct 2014

Thai Beef Stir Fry Recipe...

Well it's the weekend folks, and in celebration of this ever fleeting wondrous free time (for most) we call the end of the week here's a tasty Thai treat for you to try. As you may well  know, or could have guessed, the ladies love the food of their homeland and so today we have the recipe for the a very tasty Thai Beef Stir Fry and it's surprisingly easy to make!

Like with all things you cook ingredients are a must, and this is what you'll need:
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 400g beef strips (Or if you can't find these just cut steaks into thin slices)
  • 1 Red Chilli
  • 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce 
  • A couple of basil leaves for good measure
  • Tickets to see the Lady Boys of Bangkok (these are necessary for the recipe due hold the significant spot in the concoction of a good time)
Now are you ready for the hard part? Nah? Neither are we. So here the ridiculously simple method...heat a wok until smoking hot - pour in the oil and swirl accordingly - then place in beef strips and chilli and cook off till lightly brown (should take about 3 minutes) - add the sauce and basil leaves then making sure the meat is sufficiently coated and voila you got yourself a small bit of Thailand in your kitchen. The whole fiasco should take around 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to cook - 10 minutes all in isn't bad for a tasty meal. Below is what it should look like - if your a professional photographer with a fancy camera. 

You can find the original recipe here - link - now whilst you enjoy your Tasty Beef of Thailand think about the Lady Boys of Bangkok who are currently continuing their sensational tour in Leeds for the next 15 days! If you live in or anywhere near Leeds check out our show times here. Happy weekend!

10 Oct 2014

Gandeys Circus is on the move.....

Now you may have heard through the grapevine that Gandey's Thrill Circus is back for the second time this year! After a hugely successful stint in Liverpool back in February, we're brushing off the Big Top and preparing to bring our magical all human take on modern day circus to the intu Merry Hill Shopping Centre, in the West Midlands this October half term!! With a whole new amazing line up of acts from all over the globe it's set to be a one of kind treat this October half term!

It's been rather a busy year for us here at Gandey World Class Productions HQ - what with Gandey's Thrill Circus, The Lady Boys of Bangkok and Butlins this past year there hasn't been much time to breath, and with more to come this winter it doesn't seem to be letting up! Which is certainly a good thing, proving undoubtedly that people still have a thirst for big top productions and cabaret!

A little heart-warming news next from the charitable arm of our organisation - the wonderful 'Circus Starr', which, if you didn't know puts on free circus shows for special needs children the length and breadth of the country! The first thing that comes to mind when people think of the circus isn't generally thoughts technology and innovation, more connotations of breath taking feats and.....popcorn. Circus Starr however is working against these assumptions bring circus firmly by the poles of it's tent into the 21st centery with their new app, dubbed the 'Show and Tell' app. 'Show and Tell' was thought up by our imaginative Circus Starr team in cojuction with organisations such as the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, the app is designed to help children with conditions such as autism to prepare for what they will see at the circus, record it and keep it as a cherished memory. A summary of the app and there work recently appeared in the Guardian (I know, we're moving on up right?) which you can read here. The app also has room to grow with a show and tell aspect being applicable to many more situations in a child life, such as the first day of school or first time at the theatre or just about anything you can think of! Giving the app a very large area in which to grow and develop. Keep up to date with the app by giving it a download, it's available in Apple App Store, and is soon to be available on Android.

Keep posted for news and updates on all our productions at our site gandey.com, and if you find yourself in the West Midlands this October half term why not pop in and see us?

7 Oct 2014

Autumnal Fashions....

You may be clinging desperately onto the last remnants of Summer but Autumn is most definitely upon us with a couple of Tuesdays ago marking the beginning of  Autumn Equinox. No more long warm nights, no more summer clothes and no more cheaper heating bills - the last one of which hurts us the most....BUT don't despair, Autumn has it's own merits - there's.....those....errrrm....beautiful colours and....you know....the....crunch of leaves under foot - but most importantly of all there's a chance to change up your fashion d├ęcor with a more wintry aesthetic. If  crunchy leaves and colder fashions have got you a least a little bit more excited for the winter don't you worry - The Lady Boys of Bangkok have got you covered with our breakdown of the hottest fashion trends circling the runway - the web and our wardrobes over the next few months.

Number one on the trend setters Autumn wish list is the rather asymmetrical solo earring; this rebel chic is all the rage with celebrities and models this autumn. The lonesome ear look has been rocked by Cara Delevingne the modelling worlds current it girl and even the more classy and debonair Emma Watson has taken the the red carpet with the look. However unusual an asymmetrical look may look (showing off the vocabulary there) in this relatively symmetrical world, we here at Lady Boys HQ rather like the look. Too many of today's high fashion trends never make their way to the high street, but with celebrity endorsement from fashion icons like Emma Watson we hope this one does, and the ladies love a bit of difference in their attire so watch out for those solo earrings glistening in future shows.

BELTS....who doesn't love a good belt? It one of the accessories that can make an outfit...adding or subtracting colour accordingly and tying an outfit together with some midriffing originality. Belts are also on the conveyor belt of 'in' this Autumn, we weren't entirely aware that they were ever 'out' but the internet assures that they are most certainly 'in'. All this inning and outing may have you macarena-ing all over the shop, but before you shake it all about take what do you think to our favourite belts of the season? Slightly lacking if exposed to elements - but they certainly fit the bill for us inside the Sabai Pavilion!

We also loved Abbey Clancey's daring belt/dress combo on the Pride of Britain Awards red carpet - very Aztec-y (definitely a word), wonder if they sell them in Primark?

Now our last ear to ground fashion tip we is colour themed - now those of you who have seen our shows may have noticed that there is a faaaaiiiirrlly significant splash of Pink in our costumes - lighting and basically everything...needless to say WE LOVE PINK. It therefore gives is great pleasure to announce that Pink is in this autumn - not just any pink mind you, no no. The rather subdued pale Pink is the colour of choice, so keep that In mind the next time you think that pink may be to garish for an outfit....and just to let you know the Pink Tartan Skirt coupled with a Pink Beret is a timeless look - but shhhhhh don't tell anyone! For more fashion tips for the Autumn check out our font of fashion knowledge here in this little article - LINK.

The Lady Boys of Bangkok are moving onto Leeds for our next 15 days of performances starting this Friday! Check out our performance times - here - we will be looking out for these fashion statements in the crowd!