A sideways look at jazz, through my new glasses!


Recently I went to see Sideways: The Play at the St James Theatre in London.

Based on Rex Pickett’s beloved novel (he was in the audience the night I saw it), which inspired the Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning film, his stage adaptation fizzes with comedy and heartfelt emotion, and goes down better than a well-aged Pinot Noir.


When a neurotic author (who is writing his way into a midlife-crisis) and an actor (who is marrying his way out of his) head out to Santa Barbara for a week of wine-tastings, they find out that there’s more to be savoured in California than a few new bottles. When Miles and Jack meet the equally strong and complex Maya and Terra, the four of them learn just how intoxicating a good glass of wine and good company can be – for better and for worse.


Following an acclaimed sold out premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, this brand new production of Sideways, directed by David Grindley, makes its UK premiere.

This production is brought to us by Amy Anzel, whom some of you may know from being on air with us at QVC. It is a wonderful production which has been garnering some great reviews from the critics. It is funny, smart, witty and absorbing and if you fancy a night out at the theatre this is a great option. You can even book to see the play and have a wine tasting of the wines talked about in the play as well! It runs until July 9th at St. James Theatre in Victoria.


From glasses of wine to glasses of a very different kind. I finally got my new reading glasses for my ‘middle-aged’ eyesight. I got two pairs but it is always so hard to choose glasses because they have you there testing your eyes for about an hour, and then they expect you to choose a pair of glasses that you are going to wear everyday within about 10 minutes. So I’m not sure that I am entirely happy with either of the choices, I made but they will have to do for now.

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I don’t know if any of you are jazz fans, I am. In fact I am listening to the chilled out sounds of Oscar Peterson playing jazz piano on my head ones as I type this. I have very eclectic tastes when it comes to music – classical, opera, pop, rock, jazz. I think, though, if I had to choose one style of music to listen to for the rest of my life it would be jazz.

withlianecarrollRecently a friend treated me to some tickets to see a jazz singer that I love. Her name is Liane Carroll. She lives in Hastings and was performing in London last week and we popped along. Liane is not only an incredible, world class talent but an outstanding entertainer as well. She had us laughing and crying and cheering throughout the performance. If you ever get the opportunity to hear her live then please do yourself a favour and go.

I first heard Liane at the famous Ronnie Scott’s in London a couple of years ago. More recently I got her album ‘Ballads’ and it was so achingly beautiful to listen to I had to go and see her live again. It was everything I hoped it would be.

I am actually writing this blog in Spain as I am away on a fitness bootcamp for a week for my birthday. We have a minimum of three training sessions a day and they are hardcore workouts, I am exhausted and can barely move but it is doing me the power of good. More about that next week though.

Until next time,

Miceal. Xxx


  1. Hayley June 24, 2016 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    I named.my cat Theo in honour of Thelonious Monk and my favourite.song ’round midnoght!
    But I also love indie and rock/heavy metal but mainly from the early 90 and 80″s

  2. Susanne June 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Miceal – just a word of caution.

    My Optician told me when I was 17 that I’d need to wear glasses PERMANENTLY but my Dad wouldn’t allow it. He told me to wear them for driving (for obvious reasons) but apart from that, NEVER to wear them because my eyes would get dependent on the glasses – and that every time I had a check-up the Optician would recommend I get a slightly stronger pair (weakening my eyes even more, and a nice profit for them).

    I reluctantly took Dad’s advice and can tell you, Miceal, that my eyes are NO WORSE AT AGE 60 than they were at 17 – in fact, my eyes are in better condition because I never got them USED to wearing glasses (which weakens them). If you need yours for reading, fine – then put them away.

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