Friends Fest in Oxfordshire

Friends. The iconic TV show, one that stole the ratings and has held the hearts of fans for over 20 years after the first air date.

I was only two years old when Friends aired, yet here I am, almost 25 years of age and it is by far my favorite TV show, and is the TV show I have most resonated with over the years.

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Standing outside of Central Perk was surreal

The characters are a classic mix of loving, funny, wacky and caring. The writing is timeless and the actors were outstanding. This caused for the perfect recipe for TV gold. Thanks to Comedy Central we have Friends on a constant loop where we can indulge and binge-watch our favorite six characters in New York’s most famous coffee house.

The main stage at Friends Fest

Another fantastic Friends fandom dream Comedy Central has made a reality is the ability for fans to visit all of the important and iconic stills of the Friends world. This can be done through Friends Fest UK.

For the small price of €30 you can experience what the cast and crew of Friends lived through every day. The site explains how a group tour of Monica and Rachel’s apartment and Joey and Chandler’s appointment, as well as a tour of actual props used throughout the ten series of the show. Also outlined are Central Perk, The Moondance Diner, Phoebe’s taxi cab and the opportunity to recreate the classic beginning credits.

Recreating the famous title sequence with Mr. Cooke

I was lucky enough to have the chance to go to this festival thanks to Mr. Cooke. We had the chance to partake in all of the various activities.

Enjoying the props in the boys’ apartment

At first, we got there about three and a half hours before our tour date, we thought walking into the field that there would not be enough to keep us entertained for that length of time. However,  there was so much to do that we had enough time to do everything we wanted before we went for the tour. In a way it was better to be early as we had the chance to take everything in and when there were queues we were not stressed about pushing through each activity quickly.

Getting married in Vegas

The event was well organised and there were many Friends activities organised onstage for festival-goers to take part in or to observe and enjoy. There were also clips from the nation’s favorite Friends episodes on stage with garden chairs and loungers where you could enjoy your meal from the ‘Moondance Diner’, a sandwich from ‘My Sandwich’ or a drink from ‘The Chick and the Duck Bar.’

Monica and Rachel’s apartment

If you are a big Friends fan, like I am, this is definitely the place for you. From the gift shop that even sells Mockolate bars, all the way to the real props and the opportunity to interact with recreated sets your day is bound to be filled with a trip down memory lane with a twist.

We had a brilliant time and thank you to Comedy Central for for allowing us to be able to get this experience!

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Christmas TV

Why, oh why did I choose today to attempt to go back to writing? Was I not aware that it is the week leading up to Christmas? Lord knows all great shows come out during the run up to Christmas! Between movies, marathons and Christmas specials it feels like the whole TV end of the world is completely against me writing!

Not only is there a Friends AND Catfish ‘the most shocking moments’ marathon on, but we also have a Christmas movie channel. It physically hurts thinking that I need to turn the TV off and turn to a blank document and try to make sense of how the hell I’m going to start this bloody novel!

This always happens. I am positive for weeks beforehand that I know what I want to write about, how to start it and where I’m going with it. Then the day like today comes and I find myself staring at my laptop screen, willing my fingers to type… anything… ANYTHING AT ALL!

Though there is one positive about starting to write today, and that is that tomorrow I won’t be staring at a blank screen anymore, I will be picking up where I left off and finally back on the writing path and walking- slowly but surely- to my destination- finished novel!!

I’m not entirely sure where I’m going to start, but I have my idea, so I guess I just have to work from there. This novel is going to be set in Ireland, which is a new thing for me, as I usually try to set them in America. This one is going to be home grown though! Which might actually help because I won’t be focusing on a system I don’t know that well.

Well I’ll keep my Blog updated, and we’ll see where this novel goes! Hopefully I’ll do well enough with it, but at the end of the day it is just a first draft! Enjoy your day people!