Free speech and Sherlock Holmes…

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What a week I’ve had! I was asked to sit on the panel of BBC3’s live debate show, Free Speech, alongside Alistair Campbell (Former Director of Communications for Tony Blair), Dr Sarah Wollaston (Chair of the Health Select Committee) and Jon Ronson (the Author of Psychopath Test). The show is a wonderfully inspiring platform for young people to share their stories and challenge the opinions of those on the panel and in the audience.

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Our topics of discussion were Mental Health, the Ched Evans rape case and Tuition Fees in the UK…as you can imagine we had one of the most interesting, thought provoking and passionate debates of the series. I suffered quite badly from anorexia in my early 20’s but have since recovered and I’m now an ambassador from BEAT, the biggest UK based eating disorders charity. One of the things that struck me so strongly was how many young people in this country are suffering from mental illness and how they feel they are being failed by our health care system. One young guy in the audience told how he’s been waiting for six months to see someone after he attempted suicide. It’s shocking and quite frankly disgraceful that anyone should have such a lack of support. I’m determined to try and get mental health taught in schools alongside physical education. One in four people will suffer from some sort of mental health problem as an adult and maybe that astonishing number would come down if we started teaching our young people to talk openly about their illness. It really was a career highlight for me and I was totally inspired by the bravery of the teenagers in the audience. And who says young people aren’t engaged?!

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I’ve also been covering for Essex dancing queen, Mark Wright, on his Club Classics show on Heart for the last month. He’s currently in Strictly Come Dancing so I’m keeping his seat warm on Saturday nights from 7-9pm, playing all the biggest dance floor fillers to get you up and dancing on that kitchen table! I really love being part of the Heart family and it’s a joy to record every week. Plus it means I get to bump into two of the nicest women in showbiz, Emma Bunton and Jenni Falconer, they give the best hugs.

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On Thursday I took to the decks to play some tunes at my beautiful and clever friend, Ashley James’s, luxury bracelet launch, Whistle & Bango.
They’re basically bangles that you can personalise with your favourite London postcode.

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My SW6 one has even got ‘Superstar DJ’ engraved on the inside. Love it!

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Jumpsuit – Oasis

Bag – Marks and Spencer

Shoes – Miss Selfridge

Necklace – Katie Mullally

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For more information on BEAT go to – www.b-eat.co.uk

Matt
Another week another Blog from DJ Zoe and Jazzy Johnson. For me, this week has been a tale of Extremes. From high-brow museum exhibitions, Ninja turtles, to Beckham’s Booze. Yes! I couldn’t have planned it better.

I’ll start with my trip to the Museum of London for a private viewing of their Sherlock Holmes exhibition, which was opened by non other than the absolute legend that is Sir Ian McKellen. Or as I like to call him: Magneto from X-Men. (He’ll probably hate that, but hey ho.) Anyway, the event was honestly great. As a big Sherlock Holmes fan, and with Mr Holmes’ popularity on the rise because of Mr Cumberbatch, Mr Downey Jr and now with Sir McKellen’s eagerly anticipated adaptation of the famous role in the works, I wasn’t alone. The room was full of Sherlock fans, all well excited to take a look around. The exhibition, brought together Sherlock Holmes material from across the globe, some of which has never been on public display in the UK, and it was ace. We were also thoroughly entertained by a brilliant and witty speech from Magneto himself. What a crowd pleaser! So If you get a chance, try to pop in and have a look, I’d highly recommend it.

The Exhibition runs from Oct 17-April 12 2015 at the Museum of London.

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Next up (on the same night) was an evening that I’d been waiting for, for ages! A night drinking free beer, eating pizza watching the new Ninja turtles movie with my mate Scott. I know what you’re thinking, but c’mon, give a lad a break! After all the geeky Sherlock Holmes stuff I really needed to watch some overgrown, mutated, pizza loving turtles fighting monsters, alongside the screen goddess that is Megan Fox (who still hasn’t realised that I am actually her soul mate.) I really needed it. It wasn’t just a screening of the movie though, it was an ‘experience’ to remember. The Event was held at the awesome new House of Vans skate park near Waterloo station, which fitted with the films underground, cool, ninja, skateboarding, cowabunga, etc style brilliantly. There was also a Ninja turtles art exhibition (I kid you not) that was actually great. Mainly because I managed to steal one.

Im not going to bother reviewing the film for you, you don’t want me banging on about it, but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Even if I did have a lil pizza coma for a few hours afterwards.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in cinemas now dudes.

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Finally! We get down to Beckham’s Booze. Is there anything that this man cant promote?? Probably not! Mr Golden balls is a marketing dream. Rightly so too. From his new range of leathers for Belstaff, to his H&M panties, It’s money in the bank for all involved. However, Becks has tried something new, he’s spread his angel wings into my area of small expertise. Yup, It’s alcohol. More specifically Whisky! Whoaahh! Steady on Becks. I’ll wear your pants, but WILL I drink your Whisky??

Lets find out.

So, the good people at Haig Club (that’s what his whisky is called) sent me a bottle to try and review. Now, believe it or not I have been a big fan of whisky (both scotch and bourbon) for quite some time. From when little 15 yr old Matt used to steal “swigs” from his Grandad Ron’s Vat 69 collection, to now, where I have been known to attend the odd whisky tasting course, both for a laugh, and to also find my perfect blend. Basically, I like the stuff. I’m an “always neat and NEVER on the rocks” kinda guy.

Let’s get to it then. Firstly you cannot say that the liquor isn’t packed well. In fact its packaged so beautifully, I didn’t want to open it at first (that lasted about 10 seconds). I thought to myself: forget the packaging that’s what they’ll try to do, they’ll try to bedazzle you with so much style and Beckham gold dust, that you’ll fall immediately into the marketing teams plan, where you’ll be reviewing with Becks tinted glasses (I’m an over thinker). So without haste, I dodged the clever marketing wizardry, and quickly poured a ‘decent’ sized glass and began my session. Sorry, tasting.

So, not to over complicate things, I’ll try not to make things complicated, as there’s many different ways and steps to taste a single grain Scotch, so I will use just three steps for you.

1. The ‘nose’ (the smell): For me, it has a buttery sweet, Orange zest nose to it.

2. The Taste (when you swill it around your mouth): It had a really creamy palette, for me. With a sweet Toffee Popcorn taste.

3. The taste (after I swallowed): Had a very smooth, sweet, slightly vanilla mix to it. Very Warm an Christmasy.

Blah Blah Blah! Did it taste good? Will it make a good Christmas present??

Lets not “beat around the bush” as my dad would say. It’s a good whisky. As a Single Grains go, this is a drink that I really enjoyed. It’s easy to drink and it would be very hard for anyone to not to happily sit back and enjoy it either. There may be a few Booze snobs that don’t like this Whisky’s affiliation with Beckham, but I say sod them. Becks stardust aside, this whisky is a good un. Nice Blue bottle too.

Haig Club is available now, and please drink responsibly.

www.haigclub.com

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Have a great week!
Love Matt and Zoe xx

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