Who Would You Like To kill This Christmas?

Ho Ho Ho! And again, Ho Ho Ho! ¬†Enough already!! I think you get the gist.. holidays, special occasions – in fact anything which involves a bunch of people getting together who are called ‘relations’ has the potential to ignite. Normally fuelled by the warmth of a Dutch lager or sickly pint of Tia Maria anything can happen.. It’s the seething undertone of unresolved arguments, differences of opinions, and personality clashes that form the seasonal powder keg. In my family this was partly resolved by a game of Trivial Pursuit. Nobody knew the answers to any of the questions and this blanket of mutual ignorance doused any potential flames of nigglyness. We also kept well clear of any controversial topic – yes, the interesting ones. So Sam the dog was top of the list. Isn’t he cute/ his health/ silly habits/ time for a walk/ to be fed…etc..and this was enough time filler before the telly took over.

Thus numbed by over-eating / drinking and mundane, ‘air freshener’ chit chit – it was yet another flatline christmas.. absence of violence and fights but at what cost..?

How To Tell Ghostly Tales!

It’s funny isn’t it, that come Christmas thoughts turn to ghost stories and gothic murders..? Perhaps it’s because the cold and long dark nights draw everyone around the fire (or radiator) and stories are told.. talking of which.. how do you tell a ghost story? I’ve now lead hundreds of ghost tours so here are a few hints -

a) ..have a good story and adapt it to the surroundings ‘and he used to sit in the chair over there..’ OR you can produce a prop – a cursed glove / bus ticket etc..

b) speak a bit slower and draw your audience into the tale

c) ..imagine the story as you are telling it – if you believe it everyone else will

d) now you’re ready for the surprise ending.. I love stories to have a twist at the end – pulling the rug from under an audience & leaving them just hanging – OR a ghost story can end in a jolt – a shout, scream or noise will do nicely..

e) Don’t be afraid (sic) of using humour – this can delight and temporarily relieve the atmosphere – think Hammer / Hitchcock – too much horror & mayhem can ultimately become rather depressing, & dark – keep it entertaining..

Happy Haunting!



Birthday Bash Bashed!

Had a marvellous Treasure time with the smallest of groups on Saturday. It was a Birthday do. I’d planted the envelopes they had to find – got the games all worked out – ready to go! With only a group of five it had to be just two teams (or 5 teams of 1!) – but it was great! Everyone had a really good time – it was intimate and everyone was up for having a good time..plus, new bits of London were a revelation..and a Christmas Pub Quiz was thrown in..

Christmas Humbug?! Not if Dickens Is Here..!

When Christmas looms on the horizon I think, what would Dickens do?

The Winter chill does bring to mind a London Christmas and the Dickensian festivities that we all associate
with it. Warm glowing fires in warm glowing pubs, the company of jolly larger-than-life characters.
But isn’t all this Dickens stuff a myth? Can we experience a Dickens Christmas in 2012?
Certainly Dickens himself practised what he preached – his own Christmas parties were famous –
games played until the early hours fuelled by plenty of wine, his own strong punch and a table groaning with food.

Is there any chance of recreating that golden era when telly is the god, and we face spending it with
fractious relations and Latvian lager from the local corner shop?

The answer is not a simple one. Yes, there are historic pubs that can conjure up the Scrooge era. I can
think of ‘Ye Olds Cheshire Cheese’ off Fleet St – ‘The Mitre’ in Hatton Garden – ‘The Lamb’ in Lambs Conduit Street.
I also love the pubs along the river, whether ‘The Dove’ in Hammersmith or the ‘Town of Ramsgate’ in Wapping.
All have that ‘Dickens was here’ feel about them.

However, you may have got the venue right but what about the company?

Perhaps the answer is simply that a home grown Christmas is best. Good company can be created by a welcoming
cosy atmosphere, games anyone can play – and a strong punch helps!

The Human Link

Hi All – I’ve been asked to run an Event to celebrate a special occasion..
with a difference..

So I thought, why not get all the friends involved to make human links
which, when followed, lead from the beginning to the end of the ‘Hunt’..
Each friend would give the ‘hunters’ the clues to where their next friend
is and so on.

But I also thought it would be fun if the clues were led by each of their
friends interests / hobbies / guilty pleasures etc..

I’ll tell you how it worked out – after I do it!