Alicia is from West London & has been a professional actress for nearly 25 years. She is currently on tour around Australia with The National Theatre, playing in ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?I always knew I wanted to be an actor. I started as a child actor aged 7, so I grew up with it in my blood really.
What are your 2013 hopes & dreams?That Dominic Mohan of The Sun remove naked pictures of women from Page 3. I passionately support the @NoMorePage3 campaign.
How did you become an actress? I started doing small parts in TV shows, commercials & movies, worked in theatre at 11 & later trained at LAMDA drama school.
What is it you love most about being an actor?To change an audience in some way – to make people laugh, cry, remember an old love & forget the stresses of life for 2 hours.
Which actors inspire you and why? Diane Keaton – a true comedian, Mark Rylance – a chameleon, Anne Hathaway – for making musical theatre work in Les Miserables & Amy Adams.
What tips can you give to any wannabe actors?Only become an actor if there is nothing else that could make you happy. It’s a hard path to choose, so you need to love it with your heart & soul.
What other advice would you give to someone who wants to be an actor?Educate your mind, travel, listen to people’s stories, become secure in who you are… THEN go to drama school. Life experience is the best tool at an actor’s disposal.
What other passions take up your time?My friends & my huge family first. Singing, walking, dancing, museums & I like a good biography.
Who would be your fantasy 5 dinner party guests?Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Dawkins, The Pope, Germaine Greer & Amy Winehouse.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 items would you wish you had?A Swiss Army knife, Lucas Paw Paw ointment, a fully loaded iPod, a pencil & a note book.
Thanks Karen & Alicia! One Man, Two Guvnors is one of my fave shows, so it’s an absolute honour to feature Alicia today.
Alicia now takes over the baton & will interview someone that inspires her for the next #TheChainofInspiration on Friday 17 May.
Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend… the weather’s looking promising!
Evening & welcome to #WellbeingWednesday. In less than 4 weeks I’m taking part in my next running challenge. On Sunday 26 May, I am running the Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon which takes place in beautiful coastal Argyll, Scotland.
Tori has run hundreds of kms around the world & has about 30 pairs of trainers, so she’s more than qualified to talk trainers! Here’s her #5aday advice on choosing running shoes to minimise injury & maximise fitness & well-being.
Always take at least a 1/2 size bigger than normal to allow for swelling and to avoid black toenails and other unsightly conditions.
Always shop later in the day when your feet are more swollen. Morning they tend to be slimmer but later resemble a bulging sausage.
Support your local running shop! Trying in store & ordering online to save a few ££s is not nice & the running gods will punish you!
Even on finding your dream shoes, it’s still good to swap & change in order to avoid the exact same stresses & strains on your feet.
Don’t dismiss colour co-ordination. Look good in a stylish outfit & shoe combo & you will train well & race better. Fact!
Afternoon! Welcome to the new look #TheFridayInterview also now known as #TheChainofInspiration… Friday is the perfect day to enjoy an inspirational interview, at the earlier time of 4pm, with that last cup of tea before the weekend!
“Noura has a contagious energy, a can-do vibe & inspirational entrepreneurial vision for her wonderful company Yogalates Bliss. Noura’s company organises divine yoga retreats, comprehensive yoga training and cool little classes for kids.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Wow! Reflecting back, I have always loved adventure. Funnily enough I wanted to get involved with the CIA/FBI. I loved detective movies!
Tell us about your 2013 hopes & dreams?To enable passionate yogis to become certified, to travel to far-flung corners and to dive deeper into Spanish lessons!
What advice do you have for any would-be yoga teachers?Keep learning new sequences, take up new yoga courses to keep your passion alive & your skills sharp. Stay authentic in your teaching.
What do you think are the key benefits of yoga?Yoga is wonderful for alleviating stress & allowing you to release muscular tension from the body after running errands the whole day.
What’s your favourite Yoga position and why? Downward Facing Puppy – decompresses the spine, melts tension round neck & shoulders & is great for super tight hips/overworked muscles.
Who and what has inspired you the most?My 2011 Yoga & Surf retreat to Bali also inspired me to start my passion of Yogalates Bliss.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to set up a business doing what they love?Do it! Don’t give up when things get tough. Obstacles will definitely make you a hell of a lot stronger & when your passion & confidence is there, you’ll succeed.
What other passions take up your time? Travelling to Muscat for outdoor adventure fun, rock climbing, body pump, swimming, cooking, and photography.
Who would be your fantasy 5 dinner party guests?Lana Del Ray. Timothy Ferris. Andy Warhol. Sadie Nardini. Marco Pierre White.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 items would you wish you had?My Canon Powershot G12 (charged for life!), unlimited dark chocolate (I can only wish), coffee, my mp3 player & juicy cold fruits.
Being a chocolatier sounds like the dream job! I caught up with Frances to find out about her life and love of chocolate and to get her advice on the best chocolate Valentine’s gift out there this year…
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I think I always wanted to do something with food. I would spend all my holidays baking with my Gran.
How did you become a chocolatier? I was in the right place at the right time. A job overseas fell through and L’Artisan du Chocolate needed some help in the run up to Christmas.
Which is your favourite type and brand of chocolate? I love Madagascan chocolate so probably Amedei Madagascan 70% or I have recently discovered Amelia Ropes Dark Sea Salt chocolate which is yummy!
What are the health benefits of chocolate? Dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants and iron but most of all it makes you happy. (Just what we need on a Blue Monday like today! G x)
If you could work with any other food ingredient what would it be and why? Cheese! I would love to be an official cheese taster.
What’s your favourite recipe including chocolate? I have a great chocolate tart recipe that is a blend of a rich ganache and a light sabayonne folded together. Imagine a super light extra chocolaty fondant!
What’s the most unusual ingredient you’ve mixed with chocolate? I once tried Guinness chocolates for St. Patrick’s day… they didn’t work so well.
Who would be your fantasy 5 dinner party guests? Rene Redzepi, Sarah Lund, Tyler Hamilton, Lance Armstrong & Barack Obama.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 items would you wish you had? Chocolate, My iPhone, my photos, factor 50 sun cream and a really long book.
Thanks so much Frances! Lots of tasty answers there… And plenty to inspire us as we battle with Blue Monday!
You may remember that Fit Chick Tori is going to kick off a new Chain of Inspirational Interviews. This has been delayed until February, so be sure to clock back in for #TheMondayInterview on Monday 4 February.
Hello & welcome to the new look Monday #GTime – #TheMondayInterview. 6 months ago I interviewed Fit Chick Tori, an ultra-runner, adidas athlete, writer & blogger based in Dubai.
Tori is a true inspiration to us all – she’s so positive, energetic, motivated and she’s great fun. In her latest challenge – the Action Asia 100km in Manaslu, Nepal, she came 4th female. Read all about her experience here.
Tell us about your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions? Where do I start? To run more, to sleep earlier, rise sooner, waste less, work more, drink less… all the usual, year in year out!
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to take up running in 2013 for the first time? To remember that we all started with a slow, lung-bursting, heart pumping plod around the block. But commit and it only gets easier…
What advice do you have for any aspiring ultra-runners? How do you move from a marathon distance to an ultra-marathon distance? It’s primarily down to time on your feet, being self-aware, the art of pacing and mental toughness. Conquer those and any ultra is yours!
Who and what inspires you to take part in the challenges you do? Everyone from the world’s best long distance runners to those at the back of the pack. They show the greatest spirit and inspire me no end.
Other than running and generally keeping fit, how do you spend your time? Writing. Words are my greatest passion and I’ve carved my career out of them. I even have ‘wordsmith’ tattooed on my body!
Thanks Fit Chick Tori. If you want regular doses of inspiration and to follow her wonderful adventures around the world, then be sure to follow her blog ‘Fit Chicks and Fast Women’. I’ve just agreed to a small challenge in the form of the Beaujolais Villages Trail (28km) with Tori in April – she’ll of course do the longer distance, but we’ll still have plenty of time for fun either side of our respective challenges!
Good luck in your next challenge Tori, we’ll be following!
p.s As part of the new look Monday #GTime, Fit Chick Tori will take over the baton and will interview someone that inspires her, on behalf of Ginger and Spice… so make sure you clock-in on Monday 21 January for the next #TheMondayInterview.
Evening! For today’s #MondayMonthlyInterview I’m delighted to welcome Caroline, a personal stylist & shopper from Style Bureau.
After studying fashion, Caroline was a high street fashion buyer for 10 years before setting up her own personal styling business. Caroline has kindly answered the following 10 short questions giving us an insight into life as a personal stylist and mum…
When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? A singer.
What makes you get up in the morning/inspires you? My boys (including husband!) and my personal styling business.
If you won the EuroMillions what would you do? Buy a private jet so I could visit my brother in Sydney whenever I liked!
Who would your fantasy 5 dinner party guests be? Kate Moss, Miranda, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmanuelle Alt, Rhianna.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 items would you wish you had? Cheese, bread, wine, mobile phone, ipod.
Who are your 5 favourite fashion designers? Chloe, Burberry, Isabel Marant, Marni, Tibi.
What’s the biggest style faux pas that people make? Perfectly co-ordinating outfits – it can age you!
Have you got any quick fashion tips for the festive season? The must-have piece this season is leather trousers – they’ll take you anywhere!
As a mum, which are your favourite places to shop for your kids? H&M for boys and GAP.
What advice do you have for anyone interested in setting up their own business? Give it everything but make time for your friends and family.
Thank you Caroline. If you’re looking for great gift ideas this Christmas, why not consider a gift voucher from Style Bureau. G x
#GTime is back! I’ve had a lovely few weeks off and am feeling revitalised and raring to go, bringing you your #5aday Ginger goodness!
Welcome to this month’s #MysteryMonday #MondayMonthlyInterview, when I interview someone doing interesting stuff with their life… Today’s interviewee is Emeline aka The Herder (founder) of Remote Goat - an online network for creatives. Remote Goat enables creative designers & prospective clients to work remotely, flexibly & freely with each other, for free…
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Ballet dancer, marine biologist, first woman fighter pilot in space – in that order!
What makes you get up in the morning/inspires you? FOMO – Fear of missing out!
If you won the EuroMillions, what would you do? Launch Remote Goat in the most almighty way and then champion its cause by taking it to all the four corners of the globe.
Who would your fantasy 5 dinner party guests be? Emeline Pankhurst, David Carson, Stephen Hawking, Donna Summer and Pete Tong.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 items would you wish you had? iPhone, speakers, laptop, generator and my best mate!!!
Thanks so much to Emeline for taking part in today’s quickfire #MondayMonthlyInterview & all the very best with Remote Goat! To all the creatives out there… check out the website, sign up/follow on twitter (@Float_Your_Goat) and start networking with your peers now! G x
Welcome to the #MondayMonthlyInterview when on the 1st Monday of each month, I interview someone doing interesting stuff with their life.
I have just booked my ski holiday to Switzerland for Christmas to stay with my brother who runs a ski business in Verbier & St Anton… I’m pleased to welcome Colin Mayo, co-founder of Bramble Ski as today’s interviewee, as he gets ready for the coming ski season. Bramble Ski have been offering niche luxury chalet ski experiences since 2004.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I was always keen on sports & the outdoors, so ending up living & working in the mountains is not too surprising.
What makes you get up in the morning/inspires you? The kids! And of course the mountains and what they have to offer each day for us and our clients.
If you won the EuroMillions, what would you do? Buy our chalet and a camper van to take to Japan to spend a winter exploring their ski resorts.
Who would your fantasy 5 dinner party guests be? Mallory, Tensing, Andrew Flintoff, Boris Johnson and my grandmother (father’s side) who died when my brother, sister and I were very young.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 items would you wish you had? My smartphone, a surfboard, my down booties, a round of Raclette cheese and a Swiss Army knife.
Which is your favourite ski resort? Verbier because of the extensive off-piste and touring opportunities. 7 seasons and I have only scratched the surface!
Have you had any famous guests stay with Bramble? Yes, but I can’t disclose names. We’ve had ex-footballers, celebrity chefs and TV personalities.
What advice do you have for anyone interested in setting up their own business? Follow your passion. You have to really love what you are doing as there will be many late nights and early mornings.
What’s the future for Bramble Ski? More resorts, more luxury, more skiing…
What do you think sets Bramble apart from other luxury ski experiences? The founders are still very much involved day to day and not only do we ensure we have the best properties and service, but we ensure everyones’ (including our staff) ski experience is the best.
Thanks so much to Colin for taking part in today’s #MondayMonthlyInterview & good luck for the season. Fingers crossed for lots of snow! G x