This Week We Have Been . . .

… getting freaked out at the amazing Dead Man’s Shoes Live screening at the Southbank Centre’s BFI Sonic Cinema. The re-scored version of the film, accompanied by a live band, was a suitably atmospheric way to experience Shane Meadow’s tense revenge thriller. Featuring an introduction from writer and star Paddy Considine, the band was a bit of a supergroup in itself, comprised of UNKLE, Goldfrapp and Clayhill musicians. (BONUS CELEB SPOTS: Four Lions’ Riz Ahmed and retail guru Mary Portas. Although not together, obvs).

… drinking Guinness on a trip to Dublin with Warner Bros. With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey released on DVD today (in Ireland – UK Monday) we hopped over the pond to talk to the lovely Irish media, AND Thursday just so happened to be the studio’s 90th anniversary (more on that later) – but it’s safe to say a hearty Irish celebration was called for. Plus the sun was shining super brightly – we could get used to daytime drinking in the sun!

… hanging out at East London’s latest pop up restuarant, Disco Bistro. Situated above an old boozer in the square mile, you are transported into a world of  retro pop music, gramophones and taxidermy when you walk up the stairs. The tables are furnished with 1980s reclaimed Routemaster bus seats and the eclectic menu was incredibly hard to choose from, offering small bites, a selection of their trademark ‘buns’ (beef, chicken, crab and lobster) or a more fine dining variety of dishes. We opted for the ‘Quack Bite’ to start – a delicious combination of creamy foie gras, shredded duck and pickles served on warm toast – heavenly! This was followed by a speciality crab and lobster roll and topped off with warm doughnuts oozing with white chocolate custard and an orange infused sugar frosting. Top marks and full bellies all round!

… reading our latest Book Club book – Gone Girl. It gained mixed reviews from our group but everyone agreed it was a compelling read – totally un-put-down-able (is that a word?). Scores on the doors were a tough 6.25/10.

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