A LilMissAshes Musical Venture: StatusTwo

With cricket and sport playing a massive part in my life over the past ten years, 2016 was an epic year of MUSIC for me. It began with a decision of mine to audition for a local Musical Theatre company, subsequently securing a lead role and starring in New Direction’s Theatrical Society’s ‘Rock of Ages’ in Y Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli in September 2016.


Having not performed in musical theatre since my teenage years, it was a massive step for me but nothing was going to stop me. Sometimes you just have to stop saying “I’ve always wanted to…” and start saying “I’m going to…”



Gaining more confidence, learning more about my own resilience and strength of character and most of all, meeting new friends was a massive part of why this journey was so special. I certainly recommend it to anyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to be on stage.




Something else that came out of my Musical Theatre journey, and he’ll probably be devastated that he did not get a blog of his own dedicated to him, was meeting my boyfriend Andrew. Andrew, the most talented musician I know with the most devastatingly spectacular piano skills, (yes I’m biased but ask anyone who’s met him!) was the Musical Director for the show and last year I had the privilege of getting to know him, and well, the rest is history.


This led on to Andrew and I starting our band, StatusTwo.




“An eclectic yet unique Welsh vocal and piano duo serving you up ambitious and complex covers and mash-ups, elegantly garnished with hypnotising style, uplifting harmonies and piano that seeps into your soul!”

Performances in the latter half of 2016 include local television appearances, radio shows, private parties, music festivals and providing entertainment during the Cardiff Half Marathon. Our repertoire includes music for all ages across genres such as pop, jazz, rock, easy-listening, musical theatre and covering artists including Queen, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Bruno Mars and Adele amongst many more.

Imagine doing a hobby with your best friend and soulmate? Seriously, this is what life is like right now, and I LOVE IT!




Thought I’d take this opportunity to give us some publicity. Our performance diary is gradually filling up with festivals, cafe/bar performances and weddings but we welcome a lot more so please feel free to listen to our most recent recording, “Make You Feel My Love” by clicking on https://soundcloud.com/status-two-952030585 and send any enquiries to statustwomusic@gmail.com.

Check out our website for more details!


YouTube Video of the Week Eps. 4

Everywhere we look at the moment it’s The Royal Wedding. You can’t swing a cat without hitting some old biddy drinking out of a William and Kate mug. You can even get William and Kate false nails! So in true British spirit, this week’s youtube video of the week goes to lifesforsharing who uploaded this weirdly accurate piece of brilliance on 15th April 2011.



Take a look and enjoy. I for one will be hoping that it will be what i’m seeing as I turn on my television Friday morning! Although I have a sneaky feeling that that’s not going to happen! If only life were a musical…

Man Chat

I was lucky enough today to witness the incredible act of Man Chat. It’s important that you first understand what man chat is exactly. It’s not simply men talking, it’s when a group of men come together to say all the latest goings on in their lives – in this case, over a game of Fifa 11. The funniest thing about it is that it’s a 90mph conversation with no gaps in between statements. As soon as one guy finishes a statement about how one of his ex’s has put on a load of weight and really let herself go, another one jumps straight in with the question of how does he tell the girl he’s sleeping with that he’s not going to sleep with her anymore because she’s got BO? And they say women are bitchy! They’re actually JUST LIKE US.


I think it’s safe to say that the modern man has evolved and adapted to the world today. Thank you Charles Darwin. The gap in all-male and all-female conversations is narrowing. Soon they will be blending into one. No longer will women be buying Now and Heat with men buying Zoo and Nuts. There will be one Super Mag, which will be read by all. In fact, I may invent it myself and call it Now Heat the Zoo Nuts! It would probably have bikini-clad celebrities with both 3D breasts and 3D cellulite. Although I will have sacked my male features editor after he inappropriately suggested ‘scratch’n’sniff!’

I will never know, however, if those conversations were only what they were because there was a female present. Maybe they wanted me to hear these things, subconsciously, because they knew that I would pass these concerned male observations on to my female friends and they would pass it on to their friends and so forth. Sooner or later, 3 billion women would all know that men analyse everything about us, indirectly resulting in a race of perfect female specimens!


Clever boys, very clever!

She took my biggest childhood crush and yet I don’t hate her?

I’m sure we’ve all had famous childhood crushes. Mine consisted mainly of David Bowie in Labyrinth, Andrew McCarthy in Mannequin, Lee Sharpe from Manchester United and Liono from Thundercats. A couple of months ago, when I heard that my biggest childhood crush of all, Prince William, was due to be married to Kate Middleton on 29th April this year, my heart sank. I literally thought Oh my God, I’m officially never going to be married to this man! I immediately thought Right, who is this bint? WHO IS SHE?! I was prepared to hate the poor girl who unbeknown to her took my fantasy childhood sweetheart from under me. Me and Wills grew up together damn it! I kept thinking.


 But all this seemed to change recently, when I caught sight of her singing the Welsh National Anthem. MY Anthem, which, let’s face it, if you’re not Welsh, is pretty hard to sing! Somehow though, she made the effort to learn it and seemed to win a few points from me. It was then when I started thinking, maybe this chick’s not too bad after all. She’s come from a middle class family and been thrust into the limelight and probably got accused of breaking the hearts of women all over the UK my age. Let’s give her a break! I’ve decided to give you all 10 reasons why Miss Middleton is actually cool as hell and why we should get behind her!

1. She modelled a dress at a St. Andrew’s University Fashion Show which cost $40 to make. After she gets married the value will go up to $160,000! If I become famous from selling millions of copies of my book, I’m selling School Prom dress on eBay!

2. She likes Wimbledon. I like Wimbledon. She doesn’t want to go and watch some polo match, she wants to watch Murray get beaten in the semi-finals and sing songs in the rain with Cliff Richard. Perfect.

3. She’s been assigned 4 bodyguards. I’ve always wanted bodyguards – not that I’m well-known enough to have any of course, but still. Bradley Cooper only had 2 bodyguards in Limitless. Kate gets 4!

4. She went to the same college as Chris De Burgh. Lady in Red is a classic so she gets cool points for that already! The boys in my sixth form used to have milk-drinking competitions and spew in the bins! Nice.

5. She was born in 192 and is 5 months older than Wills, making him her toyboy. Everyone loves a toyboy, it’s a bonus if he happens to be the future King of England!

6. She’s a style icon. It makes a nice, welcoming change to have the future Queen as our style icon instead of some bint from The Only Way is Essex!

7. Her parent’s own a party supply company! I don’t know about you but this make me want to have the biggest house party and order a load of almost-royal party supplies!

8. She used to play hockey, tennis, netball, rounders and she was a swimmer! She’s my sister from another Mister!

9. She’s eighth cousin eight times removed to President George Washington. I have absolutely no idea what this means – I don’t even know if that’s blood-related or not! – but to say you’re related to a president? More cool points. I’ve decided to start the rumour that I’m related to Charlie Sheen.

10. She’s allergic to horses. The Royals are all about horses, we know this, so power to her for struggling through! After all, it’s not too bad a flaw to have around royals as far as flaws go. Mine would be an inability to shut the hell up, which let’s face it, would probably cause more of a problem!

Well I hope you’ve all sat there reading this, realising that this girl ain’t that bad. Saying that, I’m still not sure if I’ll be able to watch the wedding without balling my eyes out with a tub of Ben & Jerrys and Eric Carmen All By Myself on repeat!

5 Perfect First Dates

Dating is always a dangerous game to play. Racked with fear and uncertainty, it can be enjoyable (as it’s obviously meant to be!) but can also be shark-infested waters if the correct location isn’t established right at the start. Think back to how many first dates you’ve had since you first got in the game. If you’ve got lots of examples to think about then clearly you were doing something wrong. I’ve spent many a night with a bottle of red and Cookie Dough Ben & Jerry’s asking myself Why oh why did it go no further? After a long and depressing analysis of my ‘man history’ and that of those closest to me, I’ve noticed a pattern emerge which has enabled me to give you this advice. I haven’t hit 30 yet and I’m certainly no Carrie Bradshaw but think you should give some of these ideas a try!

1.      Restaurant by the Sea – A romantic restaurant is an obvious choice I know, and you’re probably thinking that you knew this anyway but the restaurant location depends on the type of man. If your new man is a City Type and by city type I mean office man or generally some sort of work that involves computer use at some point then he’ll want a place that’s the complete antithesis of what he’s used to. Don’t go to a restaurant in the city otherwise, subconsciously, he’ll associate you with work and what he’s used to, instantaneously rendering you less new and exotic. Ideally, you need to be in an environment unfamiliar to you both so you can therefore form some instant bond. 


2.      Restaurant in the City – Now this would be for the opposite reason of the above. If you’re a lady who’s been lucky enough to bag a gorgeous bit of rough that works on the high seas then you generally want to steer clear of a restaurant too close to his workplace. If you’re a city gal then that helps too because you can take the lead and impress him with the best local haunts to go to and manipulate him into thinking that you are actually Samantha Jones incarnate (another Sex and the City reference – I apologise!) and really know your stuff. Plus, you get the best cocktails in the city. I’m a Pina Colada girl myself.


3.      Live Gig – This is always a fun option, especially if your new guy is a musician himself. He’ll be relaxed and enthusiastic and enjoy the fact that he’s got the upper hand for a short time while he tries to impress you with his music knowledge. Unless you know your stuff too then try not to blag too much otherwise he WILL notice you’re trying too hard! Also, the genre of the gig is very important. You don’t want to go to rock night because you’ll spend about 3 hours having a conversation that goes exactly like this:

 “This band’s awesome!”



“What? You’re a fan of threesomes?!”

 Not really something you want to discuss on a first date is it! Go for a relaxed jazz night. It’s classy, enjoyable, and you won’t come across as a kinky freak! (Unless that’s your thing!)

4.       Sci-Fi Convention – The chances of you actually going on this date are slim to none but I will prepare you just in case your new man is a) into comic books b) spends 23 out of 24 hours of the day playing his playstation or c) Thinks he’s been abducted by aliens and that Vampires really do exist. Whatever the convention, it’s always good to read up on the basics such as aliens, zombies, ghosts, vampires, witches and such – this doesn’t just mean watching Twilight beforehand and perving over Taylor Lautner! You need to be able to make comments such as, “I wonder if Zirk from the Glacticon’s Army will arrive on his molecule-altering ES19” and “Hang on, i’m off to get the autograph of Delia the Witch of Darkness before she heads back to conquer Eastern Europe!” Show your man you’re on bored with his girlfriend-time-hogging hobby at first and soon he’ll be putty in your hands, only playing his console to kill time on his private jet which he bought with the money he earned starting up a multi-million pound-making website. Fool-proof plan!

5.      Twenty20 Match – Ahh now then, this is more like what I’m used to. This is the venue you could take a sports fanatic. The great thing about Twenty20 cricket is that you don’t have to be into cricket to enjoy it. Watching it live at the stadium is like being at a pub, a nightclub a cricket match and a music festival, all at the same time! There are quiet moments for you to chat and get to know each other, times when you can showcase your beautiful singing voice in the debilitating chants aimed at the poor fielder on the boundary line, moments when you can impress him with a random cricket-related comment that you learned from my book Point to Fine Leg (had to get a little plug there didn’t I!) and times when you’ve got so drunk on cider and black that all your deepest, darkest secrets come out in one foul swoop – always fun!


I do hope that I’ve given you some good ideas to experiment with. Remember, I’m completely GENERALISING here. Believe it or not, there are more ‘man categories’ than the ones I’ve discussed e.g. chav, adrenaline-junkie, loner, metro-sexual, surfer… the list is endless! Bottom line, take into consideration who he is, what he does, where he lives and how easy he is to manipulate. In a nice way obviously! 😉

When do You Tell a Guy You’re a Cricket Buff?

Sexy and geeky about cricket? What more can a man want?

Sexy and geeky about cricket? What more can a man want?

This point is absolutely vital in a successful relationship. The simple answer to this question is Never. You should never come out and say you’re a huge cricket fan who knows everything about the game.

There’s so much to learn in this sport, this sort of statement will send the chap running for the hills! He may also become very intimidated. Either that or mistake you for a statto and escape through the bathroom window of the restaurant on the first date! It’s all about what you say and when you say it. The best way to teach you is through a first date scenario. Allow me to begin.

Meet Matt and Sarah

Matt arrives at Sarah’s house at exactly 7:45 like they’d arranged, but Sarah isn’t quite ready. Matt waits in the hallway as Sarah finishes off what she’s doing on her Sky+ box. She makes a passing comment on how what she’s recording requires too much memory space and has to delete her Glee episodes to her dismay. Matt smiles.

What is Sarah doing? She’s preparing to record an Ashes Test match without actually telling him. It subtly makes Matt think what on earth could she be recording that’s so long? Not to mention dropping hints that soon she’ll need to buy the Glee dvd boxset. Two birds, one stone.

Sarah locks the front door and they head for his brand new sports car which is parked on the road. Sarah smiles and runs her hands along the bonnet of the car.

“Mmm, good lines, good length.” She says just before getting in the passenger’s seat.

What is Sarah doing? Subtly dropping in a comment that’s usually said at a cricket match about a bowler’s bowling style. This makes Matt think ahh funny she should say it like that, you’d swear she was commentating!

After arriving at the posh, French restaurant, Matt asks Sarah where she’d like to sit. “Let’s take guard over there.” She says, pointing to the table by the window. “Howzat?” Matt gives a wry smile, nods his head and leads her to their table.

What is Sarah doing? Watering the cricket seed that she’s already planted in his head, that’s what! At this point Matt is questioning to himself as to whether she’s making these cricket references on purpose.

As the night goes on, Matt and Sarah realise they have more and more in common than they thought. They both like Michael Buble, Harry Potter films and walks along the beach. All of a sudden, Matt decides to ask Sarah a difficult question. “So what do you look for in a guy?”“Ooh you’ve got me stumped there!” She replies. “Well I don’t like a defensive guy. He’s got to be quite forward. Someone who’s into developing a good partnership. I know that this is a bit of a silly point but I do like fine legs!”

What is Sarah doing? In just one simple answer, she’s included SIX cricket references, and if Matt hasn’t worked out by now that she knows her stuff then Matt’s probably been hit in the head one too many times!

Matt and Sarah have a little giggle about her answer. In fact, Matt is so impressed with Sarah’s wit and subtleties that following the date, Matt goes online and books their next one which takes place in their own private box in the R. Primadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka ready to watch the Cricket World Cup!

You see girls? This is how to play it. Don’t be a geek and dazzle him with stats, and don’t give too much away so he can’t dazzle you back with his own cricket knowledge. It’s all about the balance. Men like to feel in charge when it comes to sport discussions, so let him have his moment!