Another varied week which gave me the fantastic opportunity to meet Dame Kelly Holmes! Working with her charity on some exciting events (more on that in a future post). As an iconic sportswoman and heroine of mine I was really pleased that I managed to hold it together and maintain some professionalism. She really is a fantastic person, full of ideas and exactly as enthusiastic as you would expect. Currently appearing in 'Mission Survive' I was saying how impressed I was...whilst knowing of course that she couldn't tell me what the outcome of the series is, ah well I will continue to watch avidly over the coming weeks, come on Kelly!
Monday saw the first appearance of myself, Charlotte and Sandra, aka 'Las Nenas' performing at the Hub Dot 'Art of You' event. This was in the fantastic Kensington Roof Gardens venue, so we were delighted to be in this space sharing 30mins of flamenco guitar as the guests arrived. We are now plotting world female flamenco guitar domination....
Rounding off the multi cultural experiences of the week, my wonderful 'foodie friend' Dawn visited from Edinburgh with a suggestion of visiting a Venezuelan restaurant. This is what I love about entertaining my friends from further afield, it gives me a great opportunity to sample some little gems of London that I otherwise might not have thought about. The lovely 'Arepa & Co' is in Haggerston, who knew! What a find, a lovely relaxed venue right on the edge of the canal, complete with hammocks for an even more relaxed experience! The food is fantastic, we sampled their speciality 'arepas' and 'cachapas' and of course couldn't resist a cerium, the Venezuelan version of a caipirinha. I don't now how we managed it but we somehow rounded of the international evening with a visit to the new 'The Social' tapas bar in my 'hood' Willesden Green. These are two places I will definitely be making a return visit to. Ole!
Denise Yeats is an events professional with over 18 years of creating inspiring events ranging from arts events at Tate to Tower Running races. She set herself a personal challenge over two years called 'The Secret Life' which involved doing a new pursuit every week which is chosen at random by an allocated colour and number. This has led onto the creation of 'nnoodl - discovering your secret london life' where people are led on surprise activities...