Category: All About Alice

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December 7th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

1111aaaOur young columnist Alice tells us what she thought of Imberhorne school’s production at Chequer Mead last week

AS some of you may know, in the last few days Imberhorne students have been singing, dancing and acting their hearts out at Chequer Mead Theatre for their school production of The Wizard of Oz.

There were four performances with Jasmine Barraclough and Grace Dougan sharing the role of Dorothy. The performance that I saw was on Saturday evening with Grace Dougan.

Grace played her part excellently and amazed the audience with her West-End worthy performance of Somewhere over the Rainbow with Finn Devrey’s adorable performance of Toto adding the occasional woof here and there.

Another one to look out for in future musicals is Sam Tutty who was made for the part of the Scarecrow.

His performance was completely believable and hilarious. He even added an extra bit of comedy when he experienced an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction after a quick outfit change.

Olivia Marshall and Tom Clark also blew the audience away with their performances as the Cowardly Lion and the Tin-Man – and their extraordinary acting skills.

Sophie Saunders-Griffiths and Bethany Whitaker playing Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West were just the right amount of good and evil accordingly.

And of course you can’t forgot the chorus who made the show with their enthusiasm and energy especially in the Jitterbug number which was a personal favourite of mine.

All in all it was another excellent school production from Imberhorne with everyone playing their parts to the very best of their ability, which was overall amazing.

I can’t wait for the next one.


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September 2nd, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

unnamed-1THE Webb Ellis Rugby World Trophy was in East Grinstead this morning, as it made the latest stop on its tour before the start of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham on 18 September.

unnamed-2Former England and Harlequins player Ugo Monye was at DHL to meet rugby fans who included East Grinstead Online’s youngest columnist, All About Alice.

Alice, a huge fan of the game told Ugo that she couldn’t wait for the start of the World Cup.

“It was great to see the Cup in person and I am really excited about the possibility that England will be lifting it at the end of the competition,” she told the player.

Alice asked Ugo to sign her rugby ball – before tucking into the McDonald’s breakfast which DHL had laid on for everyone who turned up.

  • The World Cup kicks off at 8pm on 18 September when England play Fiji

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July 11th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

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THIS week our youngest columnist Alice looks at some things to do in the school holidays which are fun and won’t cost a fortune.

“IF you’re not going anywhere for the summer and you’re bored at home with nothing to do here are some fun things that cost no money,” says Alice who suggests you get together with a group of friends, be inventive and make your own fun.

imgresInvite all your friends over and have a camping sleepover. You can all sleep in a tent in the garden, and maybe even have a mini fire to make *s’mores and roast sausages. This is very cheap and is a good way to bond with your friends and just have lots of fun. If you haven’t got a tent, then ‘camp out’ in the sitting room. 

Have an all night movie Marathon  – all you need to do is find movies you love, and rent some new ones, buy some popcorn and you’re ready to go. Easy but effective.

imgres-1Go for a picnic. This may seem simple but you can make it special by cooking your favourite things to eat and making cute decorations: go into the garden if you are feeling lazy – or nip up to East Court for games and adventures.

Go for a bike ride.  Bike rides are AWESOME! Almost everyone knows how to ride a bike so gather your friends, make a cool playlist and take some yummy snacks, then ride around some local green spaces – my favourite place to ride my bike is the Worth Way…Crawley, here we come…

Collect a jar full of souvenirs of things you’ve done this summer – cinema tickets, menus, invitations, photographs  This is a great way to record your activities because you know that when you get back to school everyone will be asking what you did that summer and you will know exactly what you did. It’s also a great way to preserve your memories so that in a couple of years time you can look back over your experiences and enjoy them all over again.

Get hold of a book you have been meaning to read for ages, find a comfortable spot out of the sun, and a bottle of something cool to drink, and then put up the Do Not Disturb sign while you enjoy a really good read.

* S’mores are a traditional American campfire treat of marshmallows and chocolate melted between digestive biscuits.

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December 25th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

10862604_10152991874661388_7235010228665884333_oWE’VE just received this picture from our youngest regular contributor (All about) Alice who sent us this seasonal shot this morning – but that’s not a snowy scene behind her, it’s Eastbourne beach.

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December 7th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

Photo on 22-06-2014 at 18.26WITH Paddington set to be the Christmas must-see for the whole family, we sent our columnist Alice along to review it. Here’s what she thought…

THIS week my friends and I went to see the new film Paddington and it was brilliant!!!!! It’s basically about a bear whose home in darkest Peru has been destroyed by an earthquake and he has to travel to England where the explorer who discovered him lives.

imagesBut he faces many a problem while doing so, and winds up at Paddington Station to look for a family. Luckily he finds the Browns who kindly take him in although Mr Brown is not very happy about this.

Paddington then has to become accustomed to life in the modern world –  and causes disasters while doing so.

But unfortunately Paddington is not safe even with the Browns, as the explorer’s daughter – played by Nicole Kidman – is out get him:  her father was never rewarded for his discovery, so she tries to capture Paddington and stuff him for the Natural History Museum.

The film is hilarious –  a feel-good family movie that is well worth taking your kids, or even teenagers, to see. The special effects are really good too – Paddington himself is obviously CGI but also there is one terrific scene where Mr Brown is hanging off a building and it looks absolutely amazing and completely realistic!!

And it’s not a movie that the adults will have to sit through and pretend they’re enjoying it – because they actually will be!

I would recommend this for children of all ages as it is just an all-round brilliant movie!


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November 2nd, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

Photo on 22-06-2014 at 18.26PARENTHOOD, as we all know, entails a degree of self-sacrifice, and never more so than when your daughters demand to be taken – please daddy, please daddy, PLEASE! – to see the teen icons of the age Live! 

Ear plugs were issued, but I have it from one dad who survived the experience, there is nothing on earth which will block out the sound of two thousand small girls screaming in unison…

It was he said wearily, even worse than One Direction…hitherto the gold standard of parental endurance.

So as Zoella and her chums look set to conquer Christmas, Alice spills the beans…

“FOR those of you who don’t know, YouTube is basically a collection of millions of videos all made by different people all around the world.

photoAnyone can make these videos and anyone can watch them, free of charge.

But there are an elite few who have conquered the YouTube world and have millions of followers (subscribers).

These people are Zoella (6m subscribers – left), Pointlessblog (3m), Tanya Burr (2m – below right), Jim Chapman (1m), Marcus Butler (3m), Niomi Smart (800,000), Sprinkleofglitter (1m), ThatcherJoe (3m) and Caspar Lee (3m). 

They have recently been on  a tour called Amity Fest which I myself have been lucky enough to see. It consists of all the YouTubers I have just mentioned going around England to different venues and putting on a show for the subscribers.

AppleMarkUnfortunately the Amity Fest has just finished its tour of Liverpool, Birmingham and Brighton where some of them live, but I saw the show in Brighton and I must say it was absolutely amazing!

The show was basically a few hours of them playing games, doing interviews and just having a good time!

There were queues around the whole street and further, all because these nine people talk to a camera for a living. As well as YouTube, some of them have their own beauty brands such as Tanya Burr Cosmetics (nail polish, lip gloss and fake eyelashes) and Zoella Beauty (candles, make-up bags, bath bubbles, perfume and bath bombs).

And if you didn’t think they had enough on their plate, two of them have released their own books in time for Christmas – PointlessBlog’s The Pointless Book and Zoella’s Girl Online which is predicted to top the market!

Now you may be wondering why I and many other teenagers all round the world actually enjoy watching their videos. One reason is that you can relate to them and they can help you with whatever problem you have because it’s very likely that one of them has done a video about it or mentioned it in a Q&A. 

But as well as the helping side of it, another reason why it’s so popular is that it’s just so funny and genuine – it’s not scripted or anything, it’s just them, and their camera, in a room.

Thank you very much for reading my article about YouTube I really hope you enjoyed it!


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August 30th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

Photo on 22-06-2014 at 18.26HEARD of Stampylongnose?

Of course you haven’t. It was a ridiculous question.

But it’s a good bet that if you have children, and they have some sort of mobile device, they are spending a good deal of time with him playing Minecraft.

So in a bid to get the town’s adults up to speed with the online phenomenon that is all things Stampy, 11-year-old Alice explains the attraction of the build-it-yourself online kingdom which is now the second most popular computer game of all time.

“MINECRAFT is a strategy game about placing and breaking blocks. It was created by Markus Persson, published by Mojang and is an international hit.

stampy_2981579bOne of the reasons why it is so popular is that you can personalise your world and you’re almost guaranteed to have a completely unique game.

Another reason why this video game is the bees knees is that you can build whatever you want and however you want to build it – there is no right and wrong, and the only limit is your imagination.

The game is also available on lots of different devices such as phones, tablets, PCs, Xbox and playstation, which is brilliant as some other games are only compatible with certain devices and therefore you cannot access them.

It has two different game types depending on if you want to create lots of buildings or just want to play the game, and it’s brilliant for all ages as it has settings to make it easier or harder depending on age or ability.

Minecraft is an excellent game for education as well as enjoyment as you learn what certain things are made out of and where they come from.

Also, on YouTube there are videos from people such as iballisticsquid and stampylongnose who make hilarious videos to show you how to create certain things.

I love this game and so do millions of people all around the world – so I think it is well worth checking out!”


To see Stampy – who gets 160 million hits a month from all around the world – in action, check out the video below:

 And here is an interview with Stampy – also known as Joseph Garrett.

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July 25th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

Photo on 22-06-2014 at 18.26ALL About Alice is an occasional column by one of East Grinstead Online’s younger correspondents.

This week Alice, 10, tells us about trying out for a new girls football team.

But things don’t quite go as planned…

“Last week I signed up to a new girl’s football team in Forest Row.

When my dad told  me that there was a girls team starting I was over the moon as I have always wanted to play football but didn’t know of any local girls clubs.

I think having a girls football team in the area is very important as many of my friends love playing football but don’t have the chance to control their skills, learn new techniques and ultimately make new friends!

10394834_10152628193226388_7071973971490436584_nMy taster session was brilliant and I really enjoyed meeting all the girls and learning a bit about what kind of things they do.

And it turned out I’m pretty good at saving penalties too…which should have been good news.

But unfortunately the last one I saved broke my arm…

Despite this setback,  I am joining in September with some of my friends, and I must tell you, I am really looking forward to it!”


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July 9th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline


Photo on 22-06-2014 at 18.26AS a community news site we are all about encouraging and nurturing the talents of the town, and we have several new contributors in the pipeline.

One of them is ten-year-old Alice – a pupil at St Peter’s – who asked if she could write an occasional column about the things she and her friends are interested in. So this week Alice has reviewed for us The Fault in Our Stars, the must-see weepy which is going to have little girls  – and their mums – sobbing their hearts out in the dark this summer.

She’d read the book, so we sent her along to see the film and tell us what she thought of it.


“THE Fault in Our Stars is a teen cancer book written by John Green, and just this month it has been released in cinemas.

You have probably heard of the book as many teens have been raving about it on social media especially in America.

And having just seen the film I must say it is the best I have been to in a long time.

Right from the start The Fault in Our Stars is heart-warming and truthful. It really gives you an insight into people living with cancer.

The film is about a 16-year-old girl named Hazel (Shailene Woodley) who haimages-1s thyroid cancer, and a 18-year-old boy named Augustus (played by Ansel Elgort) who’d had ‘a touch of osteosarcoma’ the year before.

As the film develops so does their love story when they visit Amsterdam and become as close as you can get to someone you’re not related to.

I would highly recommend this film as it is so lovely and a very honest portrayal of young love.

It contains soUnknownme strong language and is a 12A so ask your mum or dad to take you if you are younger than twelve.

I personally give this film four and a half stars out of five.”


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