Marie Louise McConville: My night with Britney made me yearn for relaxing home comforts

My night out with best friend Louise and Pop Princess Britney Spears did make me feel young again - but also reminded me of how much I love my home comforts
Marie Louise McConville

Well, who would have thought - there's (a teeny-tiny) bit of life in the old dog yet.

Just when I truly felt like I had reached my peak and had begun the slow decline towards retirement, Britney gave me a kick up the backside and prompted me into action.

Good old Ms Spears, whether she's feeling toxic or wants hit one more time, she really does know just what to do and say to remind a gal how to enjoy herself.

Following my meltdown a few weeks ago about how the ageing process has caught up with me and made me feel 80 instead of (we'll not mention any more numbers), my best friend Louise leapt into action (despite being a couple of years older than me) and booked us both tickets to see Britney Spears at the 3Arena in Dublin.

So, with little Mrs Organised having sorted the tickets, transport and hotel (she really is a star), all I had to do was get a new `do' and head to the hairdressers to try to find a younger look.

With the help of my hairdresser Nadine, I decided to throw caution to the wind and get a fringe - dramatic, I know - but I was pretty darn pleased.

So, with my tresses looking not too shabby, off we went on the bus for our date with Britney to try and recapture our zest for life and rebellious youth.

After a day of shopping and some cheeky cocktails, we were ready for the Pop Princess.

Surrounded by sexy schoolgirls, sassy air hostesses, and even the odd fluffy snake hanging around the necks of fans, the crowd went wild when Ms Britney strutted onto the stage.

She put on a magnificent show amid very technical dance routines and numerous wardrobe changes but I can reveal that by 10.30pm, my feet were throbbing from all the dancing as Louise had mistakenly booked standing tickets (unforgivable).

Despite this, we enjoyed a great night and yeah, it did make me feel young again however, it also made me realise I think I'm past standing-concerts.

All that pushing and drink spilling and yelling over the music and queuing for drinks and the toilets - I just can't be bothered. And that's ok.

Fair play to Britney, at almost 37, she's still got it but these days I'm happy with my home comforts.

I'm thinking it's time to leave this type of socialising behind.

I'm sure new chapters of fun await me and I'm excited to enjoy some new experiences.

Bring it on.


It's official, one of my favourite television shows is being made into a movie.

According to reports, Family Guy (I know it's not everyone's cup of tea) is heading for the big screen and creator, Seth MacFarlane, who also voices a host of characters and other stars, including Mila Kunis, who voices Meg Griffin, have all signed up for the movie.

With the animated series now in its 17th season, no plot details have yet been announced for the Family Guy movie.

This is great news.

I'll be front and centre for the opening night of this.

Good times ahead people.



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The winners of the Lusso Tan competition are Marie McStay, from Lurgan, Jane Mulholland, from Poyntzpass, and Helen Rooney, from Newcastle.

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