It’s been a really busy week reporting for BBC Radio Scotland on rude gift cards, looking after a poorly five-year-old, squeezing in the new Kingsman movie – complete with a burger at the Hard Rock – and celebrating the 200-year celebrations of James Dobbie. I could do with a large red wine already and it’s only midday when I’m writing this!
I was really keen to see the new Kingsman and decided to stop by the Hard Rock Café as I’d heard they’ve teamed up with Kingsman: The Golden Circle to release a special burger inspired by the blockbuster film. The twist on the burger prepared by the motion picture’s villain, Poppy, played by Julianne Moore (I’m a huge fan and think she’s great), who owns a diner in the film, is on offer until October 6 pleasing movie-goers and Edinburgh Hard Rock fans.
I didn’t realise, until Eddie the mnager told me, that the director of Kingsman – Matthew Vaughn – is actually godson of one of the Hard Rock founders, Peter Morton, so it seemed quite fitting to collaborate on the movie. My friend Susan loved the burger and thought it looked tastier than the one in the movie – for obvious reasons to those who have watched it, no spoiler! After our burger, we walked down to the Botanics for a garden party. Dobbies Garden Centre hosted an exclusive soiree at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of James Dobbie.
It was a beautiful event and it felt very special being in the gardens at night. I’ve taken some Instagram pics (I’m hotlipshayley if you’re on it and interested) of night time flower pics (apparently it’s a thing). A specially-curated exhibition was also unveiled and after having a long chat with the CEO Lorri Robertson, and being welcomed with a large glass of wine, I was given a tour of the life and works of James Dobbie. The exhibition will be touring the garden centres soon, so it is a must over the Christmas decorating shopping period for the horticulturally blessed.
The week finished with a reporting stint on BBC Radio Scotland with Kaye Adams as I’d been sent to investigate offensive greeting cards. I’m a bit shocked that some of them are allowed on eye-level shelves. I’m no prude but don’t really want to explain to my bright-eyed and bushy-tailed five-year-old, what a ‘bawbag’ is, just yet.
He’s reading everything just now, so I do think card shops should have a visible PG sign on the window to warn parents that there are drawings of male danglies and lady melons on show. I maybe need to rethink my choices in greeting cards for my partner.
Speaking of my son, I’m actually writing this as I sit on the sofa, waiting on nine pairs of pyjama bottoms spinning in the washing machine as he has had a really bad tummy bug. Also, loads of his friends at school have been unwell with tonsillitis, colds, and tummy bugs too. It seems to be that time of year again when everyone gets ill.
I’m always reminding my son to wash his hands and would probably be as well telling the cats sometimes, as my advice often falls on deaf ears. However, I find fun scented antibacterial gel like Soap & Glory’s Hand Maid smell amazing and encourages him to keep his hands clean because, if I’m honest, I don’t fancy having the skitters too!
Hayley Matthews – @hotlipshayley – is a TV and radio presenter.