How Well Do You Know Alfie Boe – Part 2!

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So, how did you do on yesterday’s quiz?  Are you an Alfie expert or do you need to study some more – such a hardship!!!

Here are the answers:

  1. According to the first line of Alfie’s book, My Story, which compose nearly killed him? A: Bizet, The Pearl Fishers, ENO
  2. What breed of dog is Alfie’s dog, Guinness? A: Golden retriever
  3. How many brothers and sisters does Alfie have and what are all their names? A: 8 (John, Joe, Anne, Maria, Teresa, Michael, Pauline, Fran)
  4. Which musical instrument did Alfie want, but the record company didn’t on La Passione? A: accordion – do you think we’ll hear it on the new Italian album?
  5. On which drama soundtrack does Alfie perform two songs: A: Downton Abbey
  6. Who did Alfie duet with on the Team GB song, One Vision? A: Kimberley Walsh
  7. Before Alfie’s first performance with Lottie Dawson’s Musical Society, he was apparently so nervous he was sick! What song did he sing? A: Do You Hear The People Sing, Les Mis
  8. Which character did Alfie play in ENO’s The Mikado? A: Nanki-Poo
  9. Alfie played Rodolfo in La Boheme in 2009 and 2011; which two sopranos played Mimi? A: Melody Miller and Elizabeth Llewellyn
  10. What song did Alfie sing for his first D’oyly Carte audition? A: You Are My Hearts Delight

 

 

As a well done treat, here is an old clip of Alfie performing songs from La Passione:

 

How Well Do You Know Alfie Boe?

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The blog countdown is well and truly on – in fact it’s nearly over! From Thursday 1 May, thoughtsofjustafan will be on a new site – don’t worry, all will be revealed …soon!

To countdown the last couple of days, let’s see how much we all know about Mr Boe:

  1. According to the first line of Alfie’s book, My Story, which composer nearly killed him?
  2. What breed of dog is Alfie’s dog, Guinness?
  3. How many brothers and sisters does Alfie have and what are all their names?
  4. Which musical instrument did Alfie want, but the record company didn’t, on La Passione?
  5. On which drama series soundtrack does Alfie sing two songs?
  6. Who did Alfie duet with on the team GB song, One Vision?
  7. Before Alfie’s first public performance with Lottie Dawson’s Musical Society, he was apparently so nervous he was sick! What song did he sing?
  8. Which character did Alfie play in ENO’s The Mikado?
  9. Alfie played Rodolfo in La Boheme at the ENO in 2009 and 2011; which two sopranos played Mimi?
  10. What song did Alfie sing for his first D’oyly Carte audition?

To get you in the mood, here is Alfie singing Che Gelida Manina:

Answers revealed in tomorrow’s blog post – let’s see how many you get right!

Alfie Boe Wows Fans With Mr Selfridge Tweet Along

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As Alfie’s episode of Mr Selfridge was shown last night on PBS in America, the man himself tweeted along, sharing backstage photos and his thoughts on the filming process itself.

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Although the tweet along had been billed to start when the episode was broadcast on the East Coast first, fans were thrilled to learn that Alfie was early to the party and started tweeting beforehand.  Alfie had obviously missed being on Twitter as he tweeted like never before!  This led, later, to the unexpected tweet  “Got put in twitter jail tonight for tweeting too much” – Alfie, the only solution is to keep tweeting every day!!!

Some of the gems Alfie shared with fans were:

Doing Mr Selfridge was fun because television is so new to me, it’s good to step out of your comfort zone from time to time

The main difference between performing on stage and TV is if you mess up on TV you can re-shoot

The writers chose what songs I should sing. I thought they did a great job picking the perfect ones for my style and that fit the scene

I haven’t done a lot of television so this was a really enjoyable experience.  The cast and crew made me comfortable the entire time

True to his word, Alfie also answered questions from fans (really great to see so many of my friends so happy last night  after receiving a tweet from Alfie), mostly in regard to Mr Selfridge but not always.  We learned that he doesn’t have a favourite album as they all represent different parts of his career so are all important, he would love to go back into Mr Selfridge if asked, he hopes to play a few songs from his new album on the cruise  and Danny Boy may well be on the set list in the upcoming Trust tour.

I don’t know about you, but the last two things stand out for me; songs from the new album on the cruise is amazing.  All those going cruising with Alfie in May must be over the moon right now.  I have a ticket to SymFunny in June so hopefully we’ll get to hear the new album then as well. Big smile!!

Another thing makes me smile is this photo Alfie tweeted – hands up all those ladies out there who wish they were Lady Mae!!

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Lastly, Alfie was asked if he was feeling better and the answer was positive – great news for Alfie, especially as it was announced today that he will be performing at the 32nd Radio Academy Awards on 12 May in London. Click here for info.

Tweet Along with Alfie Boe as Mr Selfridge Airs in USA

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Exciting news for Alfie Boe fans in the USA today – Alfie will be tweeting along while his episode of Mr Selfridge airs on PBS TV tonight!

Click here for the link to the Masterpiece PBS site.

As fans will know, Alfie doesn’t tweet much these days (maybe he read this recent blog post on The Huffington Post!) so the opportunity to tweet with the man himself is not to be sniffed at – if only we in the UK weren’t eight hours ahead!  Having said that, I wonder how many UK fans will set the alarm for 2am Monday morning or just stay up very late!

So, what do we think Alfie will tweet about? If any of you could ask Alfie a question tonight, what would it be? Something about Trust, released in America this week, something about Mr Selfridge, or something else entirely? Click here to read more about Trust.

In the meantime, here’s Alfie singing Danny Boy:

Blog Countdown Part 1: Top 5 Tips for Successful Blogging – Inspiration!

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As we count down to the new website launch, I thought I’d share my top 5 tips for successful blogging – the first one is here but if you want to see the others, you’ll have to subscribe first!

My first tip might seem obvious but the first thing you need in a blog is INSPIRATION.  Like I said, it seems obvious but your blog won’t be successful unless you pick a subject that you like writing about, thinking about (and I mean, thinking about A LOT) and are passionate about.  It doesn’t matter if you think you can’t write and no one will read it; if you are passionate about your subject it will shine through and people who share your love will find you…after all, you’re all reading this blog, right?

So, what’s my inspiration?  Apart from Alfie Boe of course!  This is my little book of inspiration – literally I have my little book of Alfie with me to jot down ideas at any moment xx

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One word of caution – if you do start a blog, it gets very addictive and it can end up taking over your life!  Of course, this might be just what you want…now I have a legitimate reason for thinking about Alfie… A LOT!

Tip no. 2 for successful blogging is – you’ll have to subscribe to find out – go on, you know you want to xx

The Countdown Is On – thoughtsofjustafan Is Moving!

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That’s right – from Thursday 1 May thoughtsofjustafan will be moving to a brand new, self hosted site.  Everything you like about this site can be found on the new site!

If you can’t wait until Thursday to see the new site – why not subscribe now?  You’ll receive four fabulous photos of Alfie and the link to take you to the new site.

Hurry, there’s stuff there that you won’t see here!

To start the count down until Thursday, here’s a video of Alfie from St. George’s Day 2011:

 

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