So much has happened…

6 10 2010

… I will write about it soon. Here is a bullet point list of things I have been doing lately, I will expand when I get a free day:

  • Having my buffday
  • Winning pole tings
  • Training for more pole competitions
  • Helping Donna set up the new studio in Melton Mowbray for First Class Pole Fitness
  • Travelling back and forth from Melton at least 3 days a week but mostly 5
  • Going to Ninjatune XX
  • Hanging out with Adam
  • Learning new pole moves on spinning and static
  • Looking for a new house with 2 new housemates
  • Getting ready to say goodbye to my current housemate
  • Working 5 but mostly 6 days a week
  • Buying a pole stage (yes!)
  • Winning another pole (I have a pole forest now)
  • Getting free beer
  • Going to Secret Garden Party
  • Watching circus acts
  • Teaching a splits and flexibility class at First Class Pole Fitness
  • Loving ballet – it’s hard but I am getting better every week
  • Working on 2 new routines for pole
  • Getting my spine and pelvis realigned – made so much difference!
  • Going to the masterclass with Felix on Saturday (!!)
  • Performing at First Class Pole Fitness’s Industry Launch on Sunday (wahoo! I am also baking cakes for it!)
  • Trying to find time to sleep

Right, back to doing my pilates core exercises. I am aiming to get Iron X by Christmas, it is my main goal at the moment. Let’s do it!

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Meeting the Pole Stars: Pantera Blacksmith

9 07 2010

Pantera is an absolutely brilliant performer, and after watching her go tonight and hearing about her training routine I am more inspired than ever to get going on the pole again. I have been relaxing a little more than I should have been lately but it was needed to sort myself out generally.

Anyway! On to the good stuff. She is so strong she can hold her moves for a very long time. Everything she does is so sure and confident, she really knows what she is doing. She has been doing it for 11 years though, she is one of the original old school girls who kick started this whole movement and I absolutely thank her for that.

Photos of her in action:

She also met her twin, Nicole. Apparently they have the same chin!

To end the evening I snagged a splits photo with her, I absolutely love this photo:

Brilliant performer, inspiring training regime and generally fantastic to watch. Can’t wait for Alethea Austin next week!





Excitement!!!

16 06 2010

This is a bit of a personal note in that no one except pole ladies will know what I’m talking about but:

Today I did a wicked move, something I’ve been trying to crack for ages.

I did the Twisted Grip.

This is amazing, because I’ve been trying to do it for so long but I think the hard training, situps and occasional sneaky chocolate are really starting to make a difference. This is such a personal achievement, especially after my massive crisis of confidence last month. For once I am really really pleased with my body.

Well done body, you have done a good thing. I will feed your favourite things (humous, apples and tea) tomorrow. Good work!





Rolling like Queens

6 06 2010

Second night in the new house:





2010: It’s All Good (Smarmy Git Post)

19 04 2010

So, in the last year so many things have happened, only a couple of bad things but you have to have the bad to appreciate the good.

In summary:

  • I live in a new absolutely beautiful house (not really new any more, been here about 6 months now)
  • With a new, absolutely beautiful wife – I’ve never enjoyed living with someone so much in my entire life, it really makes a difference all round when someone accepts you for who you are, and vice versa
  • Pole dancing is coming on better than ever before, I am getting the hang of the spinning pole and the static pole power moves are brilliant – entered a competition this year, maybe 2 if I get into Pole Divas as well
  • My new job is so good, I can’t even begin to talk about it. I feel so much freer yet I have so much more responsibility – a contradiction but to be honest I love responsibility when it comes to work and the Base is doing so, so well. I am so glad I made the decision to apply for the job with 2Funky, as I never thought I would get it. But if you don’t try, you won’t even have a chance of succeeding.
  • After that list of positivity I don’t want to talk about the bad things… so I’m not going to.

2010 is going to be another positive year, I am really looking forward to the rest of it.





{Promises of Sunshine}

12 04 2009

So many things have been happening lately, in keeping with my ‘let’s stay busy’ 2009 mindset. As always, I’m not the most articulate of people so here are the happenings in bullet point stylee:

  • Setting up Summer Schools is going well, waiting to hear back on some funding
  • Was at Step into Sport camp all last week, teaching lovely kiddies how to use cameras and make a film. Am having a big career shakeup as a result. Watch my transformation into a film person!
  • Cut my Bulb Studios days down to one. Will use the spare time to aid my transformation, as before I’ve been filling it with Pedestrian work which is not ideal.
  • Bought an iPod classic! I never buy things! Although again in keeping with my recycling brain, it’s second hand off ebay. It never occurred to me that people could be wankers, so I’m hoping that it hasn’t been dropped in water or similar. There is a way to tell, but I haven’t picked it up yet so we shall see. I’m a bit nervous, as my naivety might have cost me a hundred quid. Damn.
  • Have come back to parents for bank holiday. It is lovely and relaxing and I have slept lots and hung out with my Dad. We went to Blackbushe market. I bought shampoo. No, really.
  • We have a new lovely housemate called Lucy. She is wicked. We go to reggae nights and drink a lot of rum and ginger beer. I enjoy her face and her brightly coloured happy hippiness.
  • My poledancing competition is this coming Thursday. I haven’t done any practise for 13 days. I am going to fail miserably.
  • Have been planning Summer. It is lush. So far it looks like this:

  • Ibiza maybe! Not sure if I can afford it yet though.
  • One week in Devon with my down south chicas. Surfing!
  • Random, unplanned days in a transit van. You can put a hammock in it! Pure joy.
  • Reading festival maybe, if I don’t sell my ticket. Will see how I feel.
  • Promises of a reggae festival in the Netherlands, but again we shall seeeeeee.
  • Bestival! Am buying my ticket when I get some pennies.
  • Family tings. Standard. Maybe Scotland. Exciting! Heather and sheep and highland coos.
  • Would like to do something with Samantha. But due to the nature of our jobs we can’t take time off at the same time. But I will broach the subject anyway, test the water with our manager.
  • I feel a lot better in my mind at the moment. I am still sorting myself out, it seems to be taking a lot longer than I thought it would. Step into Sport really helped as we had a bit of down time in which I could have a really good think without the pressures of work around. Pedestrian is really stressing me out for no reason, I’m getting too emotional about the job. I am not my work. Must remember that. Will remember that…..





    The Great Bulb West End Christmas Party Competition

    5 02 2009

    Should have blogged about this ages ago because it happened before Christmas, but it still feels fresh.

    The Bulb Studios Christmas Party was immense. We went everywhere and did everything, from bowling to shooting basketball hoops to darts, all in the name of friendly competition. The prize was a tankard with £100 in it, and it was a showdown between Rob and Jim at the bitter end. Jim came out on top, but his wife spirited away the cash before he ever laid eyes on it! Such is marriage 😉

    Below are a selection of my favourite photos, courtesy of Rob on Bulb Studios Flickrstream.


    Mat had many, many fun times.


    I kicked Tanda’s arse at Jenga. Oh yes.


    Gala Bowls for the first time.


    Lovingly decorating the ham.


    The wife and I do the dancing thing. This was before she jumped through a moving car window. Never a dull moment!