School Of Rock Brings Sheer Joy To Wolverhampton

School of Rock, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, opened at the Wolverhampton Grand last night, and it has to be said, it truly rocked!  Based on the Jack Black film of the same name, an awe inspiring, talented cast brought the movie to life in the best way possible, with verve, with joy and with performances that will long stay in the memory.

For those who haven’t seen the film version, School of Rock is the story of a loser, Dewey Finn. After losing yet another job, and being thrown out of his band on the eve of the ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition, Dewey is on the verge of hitting rock bottom and being thrown out of the home he shares with his best friend Ned Schneebly and his girlfriend Nadia. When a chance arises for Dewey to earn his rent by posing as Ned, and taking a job teaching at Horace Green, a prestigious private school, he jumps at it, with hilarious results. But discovering his class are all talented musicians sends Dewey in a new direction, maybe could his class enter the battle of the bands and he could achieve his life long dream after all.

Jake Sharp is brilliant as Dewey. He plays him as almost like an overgrown child, lacking in responsibility, manners or any sort of morale ethic. It is a tremendous performance that is made all the more special by his never-ending energy. He is ably supported by Rebecca Lock as uptight headteacher (with a penchant for Stevie Nicks) Mrs Mullins, both funny and yet poignant in the ‘Edge of Seventeen’ scene, Matthew Rowland as the real Ned Scheebly, an hilariously nerdy guitar hero addict, and Nadia Violet Johnson as his girlfriend Patty, who, as is so often in these sorts of shows, is actually the voice of morale and reason, and so is therefore some kind of villain.

But the scene stealers have to be the children. Playing all their own instruments, showing incredible talent in the song and dance scenes, and all able to deliver a killer line with comic talent, the talented young cast are at the heart of School of Rock, and totally steal the hearts of the audience with ease. They make you laugh often, but with the sad lament ‘If Only You Would Listen’ they also bring a lump to your throat in beautiful style. Another highlight is the stand out song ‘Stick It To The Man’ which is performed in exuberant style by this group of mini rockers. You’ll find yourself humming it all the way home…

School Of Rock is just glorious, energetic, funny, poignant with a joy that is highly contagious. Definitely one of the best shows you’ll see all year.

School of Rock

23 – 25th September

Wolverhampton Grand, click here for ticket information.

6 Reasons To Buy A Pair Of Elevator Boots

While increasing one’s height with footwear used to only be possible by donning a pair of six-inch high heels, elevator boots are making a major comeback in the men’s fashion domain. 

Now, men can add a few inches to their height simply by slipping on a pair of elevator shoes – A-listers like Justin Bieber, Vin Diesel, Tom Cruise, and Brad Pitt have been wearing lifts for years.  

They are just a small tweak to your outfit, but they come with many other benefits. Let’s discuss each one in greater detail.

1. Increase Your Confidence

Although societal pressure – and the major emphasis on everybody’s appearance in general – does seem to be decreasing worldwide, men still feel insecure about being below average height. 

Unfortunately, shorter men have had to deal with an undeserved stigma that they have wrestled with their whole lives. The harsh reality is that being shorter than average can destroy self-confidence and lower self-esteem. 

Elevator boots are a quick way to build your self-confidence up again – which can improve other aspects of your life and even affect how you carry yourself… which can lead to other positive changes in your life. 

2. Boost Your Height

The most obvious benefit of wearing elevator boots is the instant boost in height. The height difference can be as subtle as a few centimetres or as dramatic as a few extra inches. Because they are available in all shapes and sizes, it’s won’t be hard to find a pair that suits your needs.

The best part about getting a few extra inches in height is that these boots are so discreet that nobody will even know you’re wearing them. Gone are the days of clunky platform boots to make you taller, elevator shoes can look just like regular tennis shoes or fancy dress boots – it’s all up to you.

3. Improve Your Posture

Not only do elevator shoes boost self-confidence, but they also have medical benefits as well. A simple boost in the way you perceive yourself can result in a better posture overall. 

When a man carries himself with confidence, he won’t try to shrink into the background and walk with hunched shoulders and a slouched back. Instead, he’ll stand tall and carry himself proudly. 

Bad posture can lead to muscle fatigue and tension, which can cause headaches, back pain, poor circulation, and breathing difficulties.

4. Correct Leg Asymmetry

Almost 90% of the world’s population has leg asymmetry – one leg is slightly longer than the other. Although mild cases often go untreated and don’t cause serious problems, more severe cases can seriously impact your quality of life.

Buying a pair of elevator boots with one insole raised slightly higher than the other instantly corrects leg asymmetry, relieving the pressure on the affected ankle, hip, and spine. 

By raising one leg so that both are symmetrical, you won’t put more undue strain on your bones, joints, and tendons. When it comes to non-invasive asymmetry correction, elevator boots are the way to go. 

5. Be Comfortable

Elevator boots are designed with comfort in mind. They have cushioned insoles that cradle the natural curve of your foot – which can make spending a lot of time on your feet a lot more bearable. 

The insoles give the correct amount of support to the arches of your feet, which can prevent collapsed arches later in life. Fallen or collapsed arches cause the feet to turn outward, which leads to pain, inflammation, and even loss of mobility. 

6. Make More Money

It’s an unfortunate fact that numerous studies have found a direct link between a man’s height and how much money he makes. The research revealed that an extra inch of height adds around $1,000 per year to a man’s salary.

While it’s not written in stone that taller men are more successful and earn more money, it is believed that taller people are perceived by employers as being more intelligent and assertive, and therefore less likely to accept a lower paycheck.

The Bottom Line

Elevator shoes come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you wear athletic shoes, dress shoes, or boots, you’re bound to find a pair to complement your look. 

The best part about elevator shoes is that they make you a few inches taller, which in turn can improve your overall health and general wellbeing. 

Although you may feel a bit out of your comfort zone when you first try them, you’ll quickly grow to love them – guaranteed.

Enjoying A Day At The Races

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It is nice every once in a while to treat yourself, without the little ones, and spend some quality time with your friends.  So how about a day at the races?  This is the one time you can have the whole day to yourself, getting fully dressed up and sipping champagne, whilst soaking in the atmosphere and having a little flutter. Or how about having a family day out at the races?  These days the races are perfect entertainment for the whole family, and there are still plenty of meetings left in 2021. If you are interested in why you might enjoy a day at the races, then step this way.

Enjoying a Flutter

Horse racing is one of those sports that combine the excitement of the event, the frill of dressing up, and the chance of winning some money. Horse race betting doesn’t have to mean high stakes, or even be based on some superior knowledge, it can just be fun. If you want to take it seriously, you can study the form of the runners, and their last few performances before placing a bet, either online, or on the day. You may be acting on a tip from a friend or from the Racing Post, who use expert analysis to predict possible winners. You may just be like me, and choose a horse based on the name you like most (I’ve had a few Grand National winners from doing just this.)

Things to look out for when placing your bet are aspects like if the horse has had any previous wins, the horse’s age and weight, it’s top speed ratings, and its latest betting odds.  Handy tips to picking your horse are found easily on various websites, and information is also available at the racecourse itself.

If you are tempted to have a flutter, you just need to set your budget and boundaries, and it will make your day all the more interesting and exciting, and you could end up taking home a few extra pounds.

Upcoming Events

Of course, the biggest racing events of the year like the Grand National, Royal Ascot and The Derby have all taken place this year, but most courses still have regular meetings in 2021. Next week (30th September) sees the Great Autumn Meeting taking place at Warwick Racecourse, whilst if you want to plan a little further ahead, Uttoxeter Racecourse has a jump racing afternoon on Friday 29th October, which, if you want to take the family, is actually during half term.

If you enjoy your racing under floodlights, Kempton Park has an evening of floodlight racing next month, whilst there are also meets at Newmarket, Haydock Park and Epsom Downs, all before the end of September.

Ladies day

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Fashion at the races is all important.  You want to create that right look but need some inspiration.  Dress codes at race tracks usually advise that you dress as you would if you were going to a wedding.  You can get ideas on the formal dress you are looking for, to express your desired look.  Many ladies enjoy wearing hats, which range from the simple design to the flamboyant, which you can pick up at local department stores, or have specially made by a milliner.  Shoes come in a range of shapes and colours, and can be easily found online to compliment your outfit.  Handbags and the right jewellery are the accessories which can finish off your race outfit perfectly.

A family day

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Family days at the races include extra activities to keep your cherubs entertained throughout the day, from an appearance of their favourite children’s characters, bouncy castles, to interactive racing zones.  Whether you live close to a racecourse or are travelling, racecourse websites advise you as where to drive in and park onsite, or local bus and rail information, with many places offering shuttle buses taking you directly to the course, from the nearest stations and town centres.

If you are travelling you also might consider making a night of it, and staying in local accommodation.  Whatever your requirements you might want to splash out on a lavish hotel, to an affordable boutique bed and breakfast, or stay in local flats and rooms.  However you wish to spend it, a day out at the races is a way of having fun with your friends or entertaining your family.