Miss Bouquet gets noticed!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Naked Miss B

There’s an annoying trend at the moment that makes me rather uncomfortable. At the end of every West End musical worth its weight in ‘fun’ the audience has to get on their feet and dance in the aisle like a bunch of loons. What happened to traditional seated applause to show your appreciation and a standing ovation to mark excellence? Now it seems you need a singing and dance class before qualifying for a ticket.

If you’ve experienced this lately then you’ll empathise with the discomfort I felt when I went to see Hair on Shaftesbury Avenue last night. Not only did we get full frontal nudity from the entire cast **eyes wide open in delight shock** but also 100 or so members of the audience got a birds eye view of their seat when they were dragged on to the stage to help the cast repeat ‘let the sun shine’ over and over again. Luckily I think my loud internal monologue – which was undoubtedly reflected on my face “Please don’t drag me up, please don’t drag me up” – meant I got away with a half hearted hip wiggle and sore palms.

Of course being English typically means no public displays of emotion or outbursts of any kind, likewise any expression of self pride is not tolerated unless qualified with a statement of self depreciation to follow. As an English thoroughbred then my hip wiggling was normal, non? The thing is that once I left the theatre I felt annoyed at my inability to bop a bit more in the aisle or sing along and it became clear to me that I need to embrace my inner American and get over my fear of public expression. The first step in my recovery is to tell you about a little thing that I’m delighted with and would like to share with you. No apologies, just positive information sharing. So here goes:

My name is Miss Bouquet and I’ve been listed on the definitive list of UK wine bloggers.


There we go. Little steps at a time. Now that wasn’t so hard.

Wednesday 5th May 2010

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4 Responses to “Miss Bouquet gets noticed!”

  1. Gavino says:

    When I was 18 I went to see the Waterboys in concert at Southampton Guildhall with my then girlfriend and her friends. It was an all seated affair and being very self conscious I froze with fear when people started to stand up and dance along to the music.

    So convinced was I that everyone was looking at me in order to pass judgement, that I decided to make a tactical withdrawal from my seat and spent the whole gig in the bar getting slowly drunk on snakebite and black.

    The relationship didn’t last. Blimey, this memory is 20 years old. Now that’s a sobering thought.

  2. Miss Bouquet says:

    Snakebite and black, what a blast from the past! I find that wine cures most of my insecurities, even though one is not supposed to admit it!

  3. Ryan says:

    Welcome to the wine world! Missed you when we were in London for the LIWF, but hope you might consider the EWBC http://winebloggersconference.org/europe Lot’s of fun and tons to learn. Let me know if you have any questions!

  4. Miss Bouquet says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for getting in touch! I popped along to one of your seminars at the LIWF on the last day but it was running late and I had to get to another appointment. I’m seriously thinking about coming along to the EWBC. Do you recommend anywhere in particular to stay?

    Thanks again,
    Miss B