Day 6 – Blazing Saddles
Friday 14th November
I hate Rick Stein….is he having a laugh? His take away restaurant recommendation in downtown Kolkta seemed ok at the time. It was the night before an hour and a half crazy school bus journey into the centre of town where the Schwarzkopf Training Academy is. The last thing we all want is too lose our dignity in front of 22 students who are hanging on your every word. However, I did not need to worry as on the journey into town I noticed a clever entrepreneur had opened ‘The Kolkata Toilet Emporium’. At least in a worst case scenario we could have a pit stop there on the way back in the evening.
Day 5 – The Good , the Bad and the Ugly
Thursday 13th November
Tonight we ventured into Kolkata city centre. The most alarming traffic I have ever seen in my life and remember I’m from London. Everyone drives two inches from the person NSEW of them constantly tooting ‘watch out I’m coming through’. I even think a motorcyclist wobbled into the verge when it hit our taxi and the driver didn’t even bat an eyelid. I passed a leafy bonfire in the middle of the road on my way to work this morning and we just drove right over the top of it it and twice we did a ‘Hollywood Nooooooh’ in the city centre when we thought we would be crumpled between two buses.
Sarah’s Indian Journey
Day 1 – True Grit
Sunday 8th November
After looking forward to this moment for so long I finally arrived in Kolkata this morning minus my suitcase. However, based upon the sage advice from a good friend who has grim experience in these matters, I had packed a spare pair of drawers in my hand luggage so things were not quite so hopeless. (Thanks Noel!).
The drive from the airport had me instantly smiling as we wove through the traffic merrily tooting and swerving, avoiding hot lazy dogs, lean angular cattle, rickshaws and vehicles of every description with wobbly wheels and even narrowly missing a reckless wheelchair user going the wrong way round quite a busy roundabout. Everybody seemed to happily, yet calmly join in this chaotic way of going about their business.
I spent an inspiring day with Janet Maitland, the Ambassador for Shaping Futures along with a hand over from the enthusiastic Anthony McMeiken and a committed Sara McBride who have done a fantastic job so far. They were both so sad to leave all the young people they have coached for the last two weeks and I am absolutely sure they will be back volunteering another year. They spent the afternoon showing me around the local area whilst they looked for gifts to take back home. Those beautiful silk fabrics along with Anthony and Sara’s wonderful personalities will certainly light up the streets of Durham and Perth.
Sarah signing off…..zzzzzzzz
20 Years of The Hair Shop Kemnay
A great afternoon of nibbles and champagne to celebrate a tremendous 20 years of the The Hair Shop Kemnay and fundraising for the Schwarzkopf Shaping Futures Charity.
We would like to thank everyone who attended,it was a great start to our ongoing fundraising endeavors, also a thank you to Noelle for the incredible food, find her at http://www.andreefinefood.co.uk/ and of course the girls for all their help!
In the Chair with…
Such a wise head on young shoulders Isla has now achieved her Modern Apprenticeship in Hairdressing and has taken to it like a duck to water. The brain child fae Rothie spends her free time with her family tinkering around attaching tow bars to cars, riding horses and dog sitting for family while they are enjoying themselves on holiday. What a heroine!
The best thing my parents taught me… Nothing in life is unachievable if you work hard at it, and I’m a grafter!
What I love most about hairdressing… You can make someone’s day. Its always expanding
My proudest hairdressing moment… When I finished my SVQ Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship
I think my clients love me because… I try and put people at ease and really listen to want they are saying
My favourite part of the working week... Tuesdays, they are the start to my week
One thing I would change about the hairdressing industry… The stereotype given to hairdressers
If I wasn’t a hairdresser now I’d be… I’ve never really thought about it, I have always wanted to be hairdresser
My biggest influence… My Mum
My greatest weakness… Pizza!
If I could change anything about myself I’d… I would of learnt to drive sooner
It’s not good for my image but I like… To go home on a saturday a put my jammies on and dance around my bedroom!
The song i can never get out of my head is… Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me
The most expensive thing I’ve ever frittered money on was… Cigarettes 😦
My last meal would be… Hunters chicken and homemade spicy potato wedges, mmmm