I heart Mykea

I admit it – I love Ikea – always have. Every time I head out to the gritty suburbs of London, I am surrounded by a sense of home when I step inside the giant blue and yellow building. Ok, so I am not Swedish. But for most Scandinavians (or just me), this is a haven when you need a fix of modern, stylish, well-designed Scandinavian living. The fact that it comes at reasonable prices is also a bonus.

However, many times my joy of a new purchase has faded once I realise that several people I know have the exact same furniture as is currently in my bedroom. So much for individuality and personal style…

That is now a thing of the past thanks to Mykea. In three simple steps it lets you personalise your Ikea furniture! I know what I’m doing next time I’m adding a piece to my collection.

Writings and professional blogging

First of all, to any readers who have visited Nordica in London to read the latest on…well me… in the past ten days, only to find the same old post (although a good one on Oxjam Kilburn Comedy Festival) – I am sorry.

Whilst not expressed here, I have been busy writing, taking photos and editing videos. My works can be found here, here and here – among other places.

I now am an Account Manager at Sutro Digital – email
or tweet me if you are looking for an agency that can help you with your social media activity. I also write for TVScoop and Bridalwave, so if you are a PR with a TV/anything wedding related to promote, do get in touch.

So apart from writing for myself, I now also write for others.

I will write soon – and it will include a song about a panda…

Oxjam Kilburn comedy festival

After a busy weekend; the Scandinavia Show on Saturday and a mighty Urban Walk around London on Sunday, I was more than ready for bed when I was on my way home on Sunday evening. Then a text from my flatmate ticked in, reminding me of the Oxjam Kilburn comedy festival I had said ‘yes’ to go along to. I had completely forgotten!!

Arriving home, legs aching from my long walk and head aching (lack of coffee I think) it was with heavy steps I walked down the road to Power’s to go to the comedy. I had not heard of any of the acts before, but being informed that one performer would sing about a panda bear cheered me up.

The room was filling up nicely when we placed our derrières on the church pews (interesting) and looked at the stage with wonder of what was to come. Kicking off the four day Oxjam Kilburn comedy festival was compère Jeff Leach (apparently quite famous – I hope my ignorance is excused, I’m foreign after all with much to learn). The acts, even if I had not heard of them before (apologies again) were of really high quality and made me forget about my tiredness. The crowd on the other hand, were a right mixed bunch. And it seemed like the odd ones had gathered at the front; Jenny who go by the play name of Penelope (she must have been drunk); the blonde Tracey who couldn’t stop giggling, before throwing ice cream at Jeff Leach (Thanks for the ice cream Oxjam – such a nice touch!); the guy who threatened to stab Jeff Leach (poor Jeff come to think of it); and not to forget random guy who clearly had just walked off the street (where he might even live…).

The second half turned into a mish-mash of random comments from those mentioned above, at times completely throwing the comedians on stage off their prepared material.  Some of it was actually quite funny, but I am glad I wasn’t one of the comedians.

Oxjam Kilburn is on today and tomorrow at Paradise by Way of Kensal Rise (Alex Zane on stage tomorrow) before coming back to The North London Tavern for Wednesday, where Gail Porter and Rufus Hound take on the Kilburn crowd. For the nice price of £5 (£6 on the door), it is almost criminal not to check it out! And you get to sample ice cream by Gelato Mio (trans. my ice cream).

I’m hoping that The North London Tavern will draw a slightly different crowd than Power’s… And Mr Panda, aka Paul Sweeney, this time I will bring my boyfriend so I won’t ruin your joke!

Scandinavia Show 2010

I first read about the Scandinavia Show 2010 in a copy of Scan Magazine which I’d picked up at the Wild Swans shop in Islington. And seeing as my annual summer holiday back to the home country had been scrapped due to various events, I was really excited about the idea of going to a show all about the Northern countries to get my Scandi-fix. And it was also a great chance to introduce my all-British Boy to my non-British background.

Bright-eyed and bushy tailed I met with The Boy, and off we went to Kensington Olympia where the show was taking place. In to the conference centre we went, in the lifts and *ding* were met by the Rekordelig Cider by Sweden stand. Hello Scandinavia! Walking around taking in the food stands; Finlandia Vodka, Norwegian waffles (yum!), Freia melkesjokolade, Danish red sausages, yummy sweets by the Scandinavian Kitchen and much more, I was overwhelmed with a sensation of home. It was the scent of reindeer (too strong of a smell for The Boy’s liking), waffles and getting to speak my native language with others than my family.

We walked around the venue looking at the amazing design that has come out of the Scandi countries – Bang & Olufsen, Nordic Elements to name a few, as well as entering a couple of mini-break holidays to various destinations (pick me please!). I even got a free dvd showcasing the best of Norway by Visit Norway – perfect for the days when I feel a little homesick. And the Moomins were also there. Coming to a 3D screen near you soon.

We also had a in-depth chat with one of the ‘vikings’ present (all English from Leicester, who are part of a Viking warrior reenactment group) – oh my their chain mail is (was) HEAVY – before re-visiting the Rekordelig stand prior to departure.

With perhaps a little less money than what I came with, I left with a much increased Scandi love level. It was good to be Scandified for a little while.

Until next year. In the meantime, I’ll be heading over to the Scandinavia Kitchen more regularly for my fix.

On a mission to rock you

If someone says Queen, what is the first thing you think about? Pound notes? A little gray haired lady? Or do you think rock, catchy tunes and bohemian wrap rhapsody?

One of the more famous bands to have come out of the British Isles; giving the world songs like Radio Ga Ga, Killer Queen, Under Pressure, Who Wants to Live Forever and not to forget We Will Rock You; the mighty Queen enjoyed success through the 70s and 80s. Unfortunately the group dynamic changed when singer Freddie Mercury died of illness in 1991. Fast-forward 20 years and the music of Queen has been performed every night at the Dominion Theatre in London for almost a decade, in the form of We Will Rock You.

What’s the story?

(SPOILER ALERT)


It is the year is 2300-something, and all musical instruments, live music and songs have been banned on Planet Mall. Under the control of GlobalSoft, the Killer Queen rules the planet with an iron fist, and the plastic, glitter wearing Ga Ga Girls and Guys obey her every command. Yes it is the World of Ga Ga – fashioned long time before Lady Ga Ga had sung about her Bad Romance (yes Radio Ga Ga inspired her stage name).

Two outsiders, Galileo and Scaramouche, encounter the Bohemian rebels, who worship the ancient musical texts from a time they call Rhapsody. Brit (as in Spears) and Meat (as in Loaf), take them to the Heartbreak Hotel where plans to break down GlobalSoft are hatched. The rebel force is broken by the Killer Queen’s minions, with only Galileo and Scaramouche escaping. Now they have to continue the search for the mythical Place of Champions – which is said to hide the last ever musical instruments encased in rock – alone.

I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I will tell you this: Britney Spears dies to save us all.

But this is not the only Mission Galileo and Scaramouche are on…

Mission Foods have teamed up with the hit West End musical to offer fans 2-4-1 tickets to the show, plus a chance to win a walk on part. How do I enter I hear some of you budding thespians out there ask? Well, first you have to get your hands on one of the tortilla wrap packs with a promo code on, which can then be entered into a prize draw on the We Will Wrap You website – including the chance to take part in the show.

And the wraps? They are quite tasty. In a resealable bag, they stay fresh longer and have unknown uses. Have you thought of making a rocky-road with a tortilla wrap or put whipped cream on top for a sweeter treat before? No, neither had I.