Interview with our Sleeping Beauty Panto stars – this week it’s Charles Burden.

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This will be Charles’s twenty first Pantomime for UK Productions, and he was thrilled to be asked to appear at The Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl for this year’s production of “Sleeping Beauty”.  Charles is a very experienced and versatile performer in Cabaret and Theatre. For thirty five years he was part of the double act Burden & Moran until the death of his stage partner.

During this time he appeared as an Ugly Sister with his partner for twenty five years, as well as appearing as Dame in other Pantomime productions. In Summer Shows he appeared with his late partner presenting an illusion act. Performing stage illusions, escapology and dog production.

Channel 4 featured Charles and his late partner in an hour long documentary about their career on Mavis on 4.  Pantomime has seen Charles in many guises as Dame appearing as, Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington, Nurse…

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Review: Monty Python’s Spamalot at Storyhouse Chester

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By Nala Rollo with photos courtesy of PR

Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue. What’s, uh, what’s wrong with it?

I would like to start this review with an admission, dear reader, that I’m a Monty Python fan, so this review may be biased.

Ten or so years ago, I sat with a pair of promotional half coconuts in Trafalgar Square in London as part of a world record ‘coconut orchestra’ attempt to promote the original West End cast show, before a free open air screening of Monty Python and The Holy Grail, the film on which this musical is ‘lovingly ripped off’ as the promotional materials all state.

Biased in favour or not in favour, I’m not sure, but it’s not going to be an entirely impartial review. I guess when a show is working with such source material it’s always going to be hard to write…

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SciFi Wales and the tale of the Chocolate TARDIS and more!

Once a year geeks and nerds arrive at Venue Cymru for a celebration of SciFi fun and this year, the 3rd SciFi Wales, saw cast from Doctor Who and more.

Source: SciFi Wales and the tale of the Chocolate TARDIS and more!

Escape the crowds – The best places to eat in Ubud 

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Ubud is so busy that sometimes it feels impossible to escape the crowds. If you’re sick of generic takes on Indonesian dishes and listening to pop music then head down one of the quieter side streets and eat at a warung – you’ll feel a world away from the bustling centre and you’ll get to taste some authentic Indonesian cuisine.

Where you choose to go in Ubud can make or break your stay!
After literally sweating my tits off walking around I can tell you that the best place to head to is Jalan Arjuna (just off the top of Jalan Monkey Forest). It’s quiet and there are several excellent warungs to eat at. The best two are Sinduk and my favourite, Budi’s. The food is cheaper than the beer and you can get a meal for less that £2. Both served the best food that we had in Ubud…

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Pitch Perfect

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It’s a great idea to pitch your blog direct to brands. For many, the stumbling block arises when considering what to say and how to say it. In this post we highlight some valuable tips and pointers to help you make your pitch perfect.

What PRs and brands are looking for…

Well, the one thing they’re most certainly not looking for is another begging letter or a ‘hey, I exist’!

PR and brands can receive hundreds of pitches from influencers every week. Most are generally very receptive to direct pitches, if only because it demonstrates initiative and enthusiasm on the blogger’s part, but sadly, this alone, isn’t going to be enough to win you a ‘yes’ vote, the key is in the sell-in.

Where to begin…

Think of it a little like a job proposition, you’ve got an awesome CV – Pitch Pack™– now all you need…

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The Laws of Blogging: Promotional Content

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Non-disclosure of paid commercial content is considered illegal under Consumer Protection law. In both the UK and US, efforts are being made to step-up enforcement.

In the UK, this enforcement is upheld by the Competition and Markets Authority (CAM), whilst in the US it’s upheld by the Federal Trade Commission.

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) ‘Code of Conduct’ aims to help both practitioners and influencers navigate the murky world of promoted posts.

The Facts

The issue addressed by all of these bodies is that of disclosure; ensuring that audiences can easily distinguish paid content from owned content.

Paid Content – Typically paid content will take the form of advertising, sponsorship or ‘in kind’…

Advertising = A brand / business assumes complete editorial control in return for payment

Sponsorship = A brand / business assumes partial editorial control in return for payment

In Kind = A brand…

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Nostalgic photos of Chester station feature at Llangollen Spring Steam Gala

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img_6250 Llangollen Railway   Photo: Angela Ferguson

We Are Chester’s Sophie Francis tells us about an event happening at Llangollen Railway this weekend, including some fascinating photos of Chester Station back in the 1960s. Photos of Llangollen Railway courtesy of Angela Ferguson.

Llangollen Railway will be playing host to a number of guest engines during their annual Spring Steam Gala – Along Birkenhead lines – this weekend.

The locomotives featured tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday have been chosen specifically to represent classes of engines that would have run on the Great Western Railways Northern Trunk Route.

This year marks 50 years since the end of the Paddington to Woodside Express service.

Chester City was an important junction on the GWR northern route to Birkenhead. During the gala the railway will be displaying photographs of Chester Station during the 60s.

A long lost steam locomotive which spent its final days around Birkenhead 50…

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Coming up in February 2017

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Happy New Year!


We’ve got some fantastic shows coming up this month at the Pavilion Theatre, here’s a taste of what we’ve got on.

The Buddy Holly Story

Monday 6th February @ 7:30pm & Tuesday 7th February, 2017 @ 2:30pm & 7:30pm


Performance: Monday 6th February @ 7:30pm, Tuesday 7th February @ 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Ticket Prices: Monday Evening £22.50, Tuesday Matinee £21, Tuesday Evening £24.50 concessions £1 off

Seen by over 22 million people worldwide

Book now for the most successful rock and roll show of all time!

“The show you will never forget”

Daily Mail

Joyous! I love this show”

Sunday Express

This sensational multi award winning West End show returns to the Rhyl Pavilion!

Forget feel good, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is FEEL GREAT! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his…

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Hoping that 2017 is better than its start!

Yes I know it’s been a while since I posted anything up here, but 2017 was a pretty busy year, not only did my Blazing Minds blog become even more popular, but I also spent a lot more time behind the scenes on projects with the Canned Media production company.

All this film work led to me starting a new blog that is mainly for the work that I do with them and so as it was for me, I have to grab my name as a domain (, as you do.


2016 was a rush, with so much going, I’ve had the chance to photograph some amazing people such as Brian Blessed during is stage time at the Sci-Fi Weekender in March, got the chance to have a new Alfa Romeo for the weekend at Wales Comic Con and also got the chance to work with Steve Arnold (Coronation Street, Evicted) and Jonny Dixon (Boy Meets Girl, Evicted).

After all the excitement came to a lull in December and the time that being self-employed is possibly one of the worse things to be during the Christmas holidays. The moment when it all becomes a time of, “no work, no pay” and this is a time that is so hard to get through.

All the bills have all come at once and over Christmas, with no money in the back and none coming in until the end of this week, no food in cupboards and no fuel in the car, it’s a time of the new year that really puts a dampener on the whole, “let’s all get excited for 2017!”.

So all that I am now hoping is that the rest of the year perks up after this rather atrocious lull during Christmas/New Year, yes I will be in work for a couple of days this week, but then it’s another week off after and yes you guessed it, no work = no pay!

Fingers crossed that 2017 is going to be THE year for a steady income. Laters folks.

The Importance of Rural Prides

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Last weekend marked the fifth North Wales Pride at Hendre Hall in Bangor and it is currently the only welsh pride event north of Swansea and Cardiff. In the north, we are a world away from Cardiff and it is quicker and easier to get to London than it is our own capital. This separation is reflected in the the lack of services on offer to the LGBT community in rural North Walian towns and villages.

Like all other pride events, North Wales Pride is primarily a celebration but it also provides a place for people to network with and get advice from a range of LGBT service providers such as Stonewall Cymru, The Terrence Higgins Trust, VIVA LGBT youth group, Wipe Out Transphobia, MESMAC and North Wales Police Diversity Unit. For LGBT people living in rural North Wales, physical access to these services is extremely limited and the event…

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