Monday, 2 February 2015

Strictly Glasgow

The trip north was picturesque - from the window of a heated train!


Despite dire warnings of disruption the worst seemed to be north of Carlisle. The Lakes and Shap, usually the first to go under, only had a powdering of snow.

Jean's garden was also looking seasonal:

It was the second half of Sis's Chrissie pressie. A big Strictly Come Dancing fan we'd booked seats for the live show in Glasgow. Held at Glasgow Hydro Arena, it's like a giant space ship that just landed on an industrial estate in Glasgow - 

and its just as big inside with layers of seats ascending into the stratosphere!

It was packed to the gunnals, but a dazzle of lighting and special effects:

This shows head judge, Craig R-H was well on form with caustic comments, low scores and an amazing song and dance routine at the end - well talented! Hosted by Zoe Ball. Frankie had to pull out for pregnancy reasons and last seasons winner Caroline, after a show stealing performance in the first half, had to pull out due to injury. But non of this distracted from Simon Webbe with Kristina Rihanoff's Argentine Tango only upstaged by Thom Evans slinging off his shirt and bursting into a rousing chorus of "Flower of Scotland" (having played rugby for Scotland) this was enough to secure him the days win :)

The comedy being provided by Scott Mills with Joanne Clifton reprising the roles of The Adams Family and the Lobster. Craig was moved to comment "Scott, you dance a lot like Judy Murry, the advantage Judy Murry has is she is not here!" (followers of the show will get this :)

Leaving the stadium was an experience in itself. 13,000 people attempting to leave at the same time. The endless queue for taxis back into town was dwarfed by the queue for the underground. Thought we would be engulfed in a stationary crowd for hours but to be fair the queue was well marshalled and kept moving at a reasonable pace. Got back to Central Station with 8 mins to spare to catch the Carlisle train.

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