About Layla Anne Lee

A rare interview with Lionel MESSI

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October 27, 2014 by Layla Anna-Lee

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For many years, when asking who the greatest football player in the world ever was you would hear one of two names…Pele or Maradona.

Now a third name is firmly added to the tightly fought table.

Lionel Messi.

The magic that is created by Messi on the pitch is as indescribable as his position of play. His strong, short and Maradona-esque frame appears to be glued to the ball and he is famed for running faster with the ball than without.

But there’s something else about Messi that’s almost as intriguing as his talent. His personality.

Unlike the David Beckham’s or Cristiano Ronaldo’s of the football world, we don’t see Messi in gossip magazines or celebrity media. In fact we hardly ever hear him speak at all.

Messi is known for being shy, modest and football focused – He’s also known for rarely giving interviews.

So when Adidas told me I was being granted the rare opportunity to interview Messi, I couldn’t believe it.

Literally.

I didn’t believe it and therefore didn’t even get excited. I was sure this would fall through at some point and that it could only be a dream. I started to research and couldn’t find another filmed interview with Messi for over a year!

In a rare interview when he was seventeen you hear him say “I don’t like talking about myself – I’m done now”.

I was sure this wasn’t really going to happen and that if it did he might just walk out.

But there was a little twinge in the back of my mind that….perhaps.

It was with Adidas that I interviewed David Beckham at the World Cup in Brazil and Messi was due to be interviewed at an Adidas promotional shoot so we knew for a fact he’d be there. I was just sure in my mind that the morning of the interview he’d simply say “No thanks I don’t like talking about myself”.

It was only when he arrived on the shoot that it started to sink in. I watched him from a distance as he posed for photographs and then he started to walk towards me….

Credit: top photo of Layla by Chris Parkes


Layla interview’s – GARETH BALE

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October 21, 2014 by Layla Anna-Lee

The Wonder Kid from Wales has made himself at home in Real Madrid. I went to visit him on and Adidas photoshoot to hear about how he’s settling in and how his Spanish is coming along… Enjoy!


6 Super Foods Your Body Will Love!

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September 29, 2014 by Layla Anna-Lee

Europe’s largest online cooking channel, Sorted Food invited me in to their London studios to give my recommendations on my favourite Super Foods!

I was over the moon to able to take part in their wonderfully innovative culinary show and chuffed to be able to work alongside my good friend Ben Ebbrell again after co-hosting ITV’s The Munch Box with him in 2013.

Sorted Food are an incredibly fun an laid back channel that shows food in it’s most precious form – socially.

Being half Brazilian I believe we should share food as an important social affair. Large amounts of food are shared over long sittings and too many chefs in the kitchen adding and arguing and, put simply, joining in.

It is friends, stories and tasting that makes food so fun and Sorted food do all of this on a global scale. Four friends debate and create in their studio kitchen sharing their cooking experiences online.

They have even launched a new app which enables recipe sharing world wide and culinary problem solving through social media. Join in and enjoy the food prob!

www.sortedfood.com


It’s Back for Series 2 – The Munch Box

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September 16, 2014 by Layla Anna-Lee

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The Munch Box on ITV & CiTV

Just imagine the mess made during a game entitled ‘Pancake Head’.

Last year The Munch Box debuted on Saturday mornings on ITV with teams of boys vs girls competing against each other in the kitchen.

The teams are made up of chefs aged between 9 and 12 years old who compete in a series of cook off’s and culinary challenges judged by a celebrity chef & his two Munch Box tasters.

We had laughter, tears and lots of spreadable chocolate. The young teams are inspiring in the kitchen – with no boundaries and an array of healthy ingredients they cooked a divine Thai Prawn Tagliatelle – the pasta handmade from scratch!

I tasted the juiciest, most flavoursome beef burger I had ever experienced and when I asked the 9 year old chef to describe the flavour he proudly claimed “it tastes like a burger”.

Children recreated dishes from The Wolseley restaurant FROM MEMORY and now we’re back for series 2.

I’m joined by a brand new co-host Joe Hurd. The Anglo-Italian chef will be helping me guide the mini chefs in the kitchen as they prepare for an even tougher series of culinary challenges.

Empowering children and educating audiences with fresh home made deliciousness makes this a show I’m incredibly proud to be part of.

Join us in the kitchen at 8:30am The Munch Box Saturday mornings on ITV!


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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August 23, 2014 by Layla Anna-Lee

I was nominated to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in order to raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

I accept and I nominated my good friend photographer Tom Leishman. My KickTV co-host & former USA national soccer player Jimmy Conrad.
Meu amigo Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara, and Crystal Palace Co-Chairman Steve Parish.

I wonder who will accept?!

Donate to ALS on www.als.net


The Telegraph

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August 21, 2014 by Layla Anna-Lee

Chuffed to pieces to be interviewed for the Telegraph all about HOW I DID IT! click here to read the TELEGRAPH article I hope
You like it xxx

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A ‘Happy’ protest

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March 29, 2014 by Layla Anna-Lee

A group of savvy protestors from Porto Alegre, Brasil have made a fun video clip drawing attention to their complaints.

Porto Alegre is home to Estádio Beira-Rio, a R$290 Million World Cup stadium that is not yet completed….like many of the public services in the area.

In this video the joyful protesters draw attention to local construction that’s been on ‘indefinite pause’ due to World Cup strains. Roads left unfinished. Traffic problems and issues with public transport.

Twerking in abandoned construction sites and clapping through rush hour traffic, the (UN)Happy protestors use the Pharell Williams track ‘Happy’ to express their juxtaposing dancing displeasure.


Oh Dear Brasil

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February 25, 2014 by Layla Anna-Lee

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It’s only been a matter of weeks since FIFA’s Secretary General Jerome Valcke called the Arena Da Baixada World Cup Stadium in Curitiba an ‘Emergency Situation’ but now, upon revisiting the site he claims to be happy with current efforts and has confirmed the stadium will take part in this years World Cup…despite being massively behind schedule.

Dilma Rousseff, Brasil’s president, has full confidence in her nation’s preparations claiming that current delays are “relatively simple” to sort.

Whilst all eyes have been on Sochi, Brasil have masterminded a media turnaround and all of a sudden we’re apparently ready. The rest of the world have taken a positive view and are now listening to the politicians in hard hats surrounded by rubble saying “Look! Isn’t it lovely?”.

No it’s not. 4 weeks hasn’t turned anything major around and we’re still in trouble.

The high speed rail links Dilma promised haven’t even started – we don’t expect them to, they have been neatly shelved alongside the airport upgrades and a box titled ‘future false promises’.

Protests are still causing mayhem – although decreased in size they still bug the policing system and an online drive for larger World Cup timed protests looms.

But let’s return to one building in particular that emphasises Brasil’s delays.

These photos of Arena Da Baixada in Curitiba were taken on the 18th and 20th of February 2014…yes that’s this February and under four months until the stadiums’ first game.

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This structure needs to be completed inside 118 days.

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Only 2700 hours and counting.

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What do you think?

At the end of the day us Brazilians only really need grass and a few toilets to make the whole World Cup fiesta function. It WILL happen and it WILL be the most incredible World Cup, however despite our Presidents confidence and Valcke’s change of heart – to many of us Brazilians this is still most definitely an ‘Emergency situation’.

Below the architects vision of Arena da Baixada.

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Image rights www.arenacap.com.br


Suicide Survivors

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January 27, 2014 by Layla Anna-Lee

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Stephen Manderson aka Professor Green has been in the news this week promoting what he should proudly consider one of his greatest achievements to date.

A documentary about Suicide.

6 years ago Stephen’s father committed suicide. After years of painfully varied emotions Stephen has chosen to use his public voice to draw attention to the fact that it is OK to be down. He wants to make changes to society’s mindset and even our education. Changes that could help someone who’s in a dark place know that there is an avenue for life.

Dr. A. Baleck teaches “The one thing we can be sure of in life is that there will be change.”

Stephen explains “In happiness there will be change. Nothing is permanent. In sadness there will be change. Nothing is permanent”

One psychiatrist on the show tells us that “Suicide is a very permanent solution to a temporary problem”

The thought provoking documentary SUICIDE SURVIVORS is on BBC Radio 1 every Monday at 9pm and takes you on a journey alongside Stephen’s own story to meet real survivors of attempted suicides. Joined by top doctors and psychiatrists Stephen asks what can we do to help others, and prevent ourselves from feeling so lost.

I highly recommend you listen to it. I am unbelievably proud of Stephen and his beautiful words on the show have already touched thousands. Pass it forward x

Listen here

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Big Apple

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December 10, 2013 by Layla Anna-Lee

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I’m back from a short trip to New York where I visited all the generic tourist locations and was most impressed by the ‘Muppets What Not Workshop’ in FAO Shwartz – where you can actually create and bring to life your own muppet!

It’s the simple things that please me.

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My favourite moment had to be cheering for the New York Rangers in an ice hockey match in Madison Square Gardens where they played their arch rivals The Devils. I had never been to an Ice Hockey match before and am now head over heels in love with the sport.

A love that sees me furious with Rangers Captain Callahan after he single handedly lost us the game by high sticking his opponent in extra time and being punished to the penalty box – With one man down we were toast.

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I also found time to meet the KickTV crew and was asked to be a guest on their World Cup Draw show.

As we watched team USA be drawn into the group of death the mood turned and the boys got mad! Poor USA. They will be lucky to get out of that group.

It was a pleasure to meet Mr Jimmy ‘conradinho’ Conrad who made me giggle almost the entire time I was there – a true pro and a hilariously sharp guy.

Check out my quick chat with Jimmy by clicking HERE

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