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Performance Dates Added!


With next year being the 70th Anniversary of the D Day Landings, it is set to be busy with WW2 events! You will find my confirmed bookings HERE for 2014, so don’t forget to update your diaries!

You will also notice a commemorative steam train journey on 6th June, which may interest puffer nutters, families and wartime revivalists alike. I will be doing a special post on this journey, but more information can be found at Train of Events in the meantime!

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Woman’s Own Magazine!


You may just spot me on the double page feature spread in this month’s copy on ‘Alternative Lifestyles’!

A few facts are wrong, so just to clarify a few things…

  • Things in our cottage date back to the 1930’s to the 1940’s. The 3 piece suite is Art Deco as are many of my furnishings and we love collecting WWII memorabilia and clothing!
  • When I was about 11 I was wearing my Grandma’s Victorian boots, high necked blouses and plaid skirts. I was wearing 1950’s clothing from around 2000
  • I was spotted by a local photographer in 2001 and was in full time employment at that point. My Media Studies course was in 1996 after leaving school.
  • My name Kitten Von Mew came into effect in 2001 as a modelling name
  • I met Richard in 2008 whilst he was part of the USO shows, of which I joined as a burlesque entertainer. We did not start dating until late 2010/ early 2011.
  • I do not think there was ‘something so simple and British’ about the 1940’s. I believe it was a time of uniting together, keeping up morale and making do/ getting creative with what you had.
Kitten von Mew in Womans Own Magazine June 10th issue 2013
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Kitten Von Mew in Woman’s Own Magazine June 10th Issue 2013

Thanks to Candee Piccies for taking the photographs and all of my followers for their constant support!

Twinwood Festival 2012


Voted in the top 20 of UK festivals by The Telegraph 3 years running, Twinwood Festival is back for another great year! From 25th to 27th August, I will be there and performing Burlesque on the Saturday and Sunday evenings!

I am so excited as there will be a NEW entertainment marque, that can house 2000 people and not only will *swoon* Max Raabe be performing there…I will be too!

You will get to see my Lili Mewleen act in the Colonial Club, which was debuted at War and Peace Show this year and a fan dance with my ATS corset and some fun Gracie Fields songs to get you all singing along in Cafe du Bois and the Casablanca Club!

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Stocking Striptease by Kitten von Mew, Photography by Lee Parker

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Kitten von Mew in ATS corset, taken by Candee Photography

The fantastic Sticky Wicket band will be there, my gorgeous Madeline Brown and Lola Lamour…did I already say MAX RAABE?…and sooooo many more acts.

For a little history behind Twinwood, you may not know that this was the airfield that Glenn Miller made his last flight from, before disappearing. They have a fantastic museum on site, that you must go and visit on Sunday. It is open 10.30am til 4pm, so plenty of time to fit in some culture before you Shag on the dance floor (it’s a dance move Ma…).

Remember to save your pennies before the event as there are heaps of swell stalls selling vintage bric-a-brac, clothing, repro and Vintage Life Magazine too! Strut your stuff in the evening in a new outfit from one of the stalls!

On Sunday and Monday ‘The Last Flight’ will be shown twice daily in the Tin Hat at approx 2.30 and 7.00 each day. I saw the live stage play in Leamington Spa a year or more back and it was incredibly well done and truly spine chilling. I can’t wait to see how they have turned it into a film.

There is something going on all day and night, whether it is watching a singer, dancing to a band, learning a bit of swing or watching Burlesque, so whether you are into the 30’s, 40’s or 50’s, head on down to this amazing event!

FRIDAY EVENING
(Friday evening is open to onsite weekend camping ticket holders only)
STROLLIN’ STEVE & ROCKIN’ THE JOINT
(DANCE MARQUEE)
RICARDO GAZZINI (TIN HAT CLUB)
RUG CUTTERS DANCE (HANGAR)

SATURDAY – ARENA STAGE
PASADENA ROOF ORCHESTRA
STICKY WICKET & HIS SWING ORCHESTRA
MOSCOW DRUG CLUB
BOBBY VALENTINO & THE MUSICIANS
THE THREE BELLES AND THE BEVIN BOYS
MADELINE BROWN
THE TOOTSIE ROLLERS
RUG CUTTERS DANCERS
C&BLE DANCERS

SATURDAY – CONTROL TOWER STAGE
SI CRANSTOUN
THE HEP CHAPS
CARMEN GHIA & THE HOTRODS
OO BOP SH’BAM
GALAXIE BOB

SATURDAY – COLONIAL CLUB
MAX RAABE & PALAST ORCHESTER
KITTEN VON MEW
THE LAMOURS
CASABLANCA STEPS
HANNAH NORTHEDGE
ALEX & SERGE
THE TOOTSIE ROLLERS
TEA DANCE
FASHION SHOW
DANCE LESSONS
ALL DAY VINTAGE MARKET
AND MUCH MORE
HOSTED BY DUSTY LIMITS

SATURDAY – DANCE MARQUEE
STROLLIN’ STEVE & HIS MUSIC MACHINE
DANCE LESSONS
FASHION SHOW

SATURDAY – HANGAR
CHRIS REYNOLD’S SWING SHIFT
DANCE LESSONS

SATURDAY – TIN HAT CLUB
RICARDO GAZZINI & FRIENDS
AFTERNOON VARIETY SHOW
THE TOOTSIE ROLLERS
SINCERELY YOURS
RICHARD C PARKER
ANNIE ANDREWS
SAMANTHA HUGHES
HISTORICAL LECTURES

SATURDAY – CASABLANCA CLUB
CASABLANCA HOUSE BAND
HANNAH NORTHEDGE
MADELINE BROWN
KITTEN VON MEW
BELLY DANCING

SATURDAY – LE CAFE DE BOIS DE JUMEAU
FLEUR DE PARIS
MOSCOW DRUG CLUB
SWING MUSEUM
ALEX & SERGE
KITTEN VON MEW

LATE SATURDAY NIGHT – THE GLADE
SWING MUSEUM

SUNDAY – ARENA STAGE
MAX RAABE & PALAST ORCHESTER
JOHN MILLER & HIS ORCHESTRA
THE JIVE ACES
THE METROTONES
FLEUR DE PARIS
THE POLKA DOTS
SINCERELY YOURS
C&BLE DANCERS

SUNDAY – CONTROL TOWER STAGE
THE FIREBIRDS
CROWN TOP KINGS
PAUL ANSELL’S NUMBER NINE
LAURA B & THE MOONLIGHTERS
GALAXIE BOB

SUNDAY – COLONIAL CLUB

KITTEN VON MEW
CASABLANCA STEPS
MAINLINE BIG BAND (TEA DANCE)
ALEX & SERGE
FASHION SHOW
DANCE LESSONS
MISS VINTAGE AND MR VINTAGE PAGEANT
ALL DAY VINTAGE MARKET
AND MUCH MORE
HOSTED BY DUSTY LIMITS

SUNDAY – DANCE MARQUEE
STROLLIN’ STEVE & HIS MUSIC MACHINE
THE STROLLERS
DANCE LESSONS

SUNDAY – HANGAR
CHRIS REYNOLD’S SWING SHIFT
DANCE LESSONS

SUNDAY – TIN HAT CLUB
RICARDO GAZZINI & FRIENDS
HISTORICAL LECTURES

SUNDAY – CASABLANCA CLUB
CASABLANCA HOUSE BAND
MADELINE BROWN
KITTEN VON MEW
BELLY DANCING

SUNDAY – LE CAFE DE BOIS DE JUMEAU
FLEUR DE PARIS
MOSCOW DRUG CLUB
SWING MUSEUM
ALEX & SERGE
KITTEN VON MEW

LATE SUNDAY NIGHT – THE GLADE
MOSCOW DRUG CLUB

MONDAY – ARENA STAGE
THE BOMBSHELLETTES
KINGS CROSS HOT CLUB
THE ZOLTANS
LOLA LAMOUR
MADELINE BROWN
SINCERELY YOURS

MONDAY – CONTROL TOWER STAGE
THE REVOLUTIONAIRES
THE CAT FISH KINGS
THE JIVEOHOLICS
STROLLIN’ STEVE & HIS MUSIC MACHINE

MONDAY – COLONIAL CLUB
ALL DAY TEA DANCE
DJs RADIO FLYER, MAJOR SWING & KITTY
PLAYING THE BEST IN 30s & 40s DANCE MUSIC
AND VINTAGE MARKET

MONDAY – DANCE MARQUEE
STROLLIN’ STEVE & HIS MUSIC MACHINE
DANCE LESSONS

MONDAY – HANGAR
DANCE LESSONS

MONDAY – TIN HAT CLUB
HISTORICAL LECTURES

War and Peace 2012 Video – Boobie Woogie Bugle Boy


A Great video taken by my gorgeous friend Lee Parker of my family friendly Boobie Woogie routine with the alternative ATS costume (‘Almost Totally Starkers’ as I like to call it!). Thanks Lee!

War and Peace 2012 Photos


Swing Time Sweethearts and Kitten Von Mew at War and Peace Show

Swing Time Sweethearts, Richard and Kitten Von Mew at War and Peace Show 2012

Well, I cannot believe another year of Beltring is over! Thanks to everyone who made the trip so enjoyable, especially Paul Harper and the entertainers, Terry Elliot, Vintage Military Magazine, Mr Mew and his family, and of course everyone who came to watch my act!

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Kitten von Mew with Terry Elliot, Ashley Elliot and Rex Cadman, War and Peace 2012. Taken by Mr Mew

The weather was ‘squidgily temperamental’ when we got there with slashes of heavy tire tracks all over the caravan field. Mr Mew did a brave job of ploughing through the banked-up mud in Big Bettie, towing Gracie Wheels.

The temperature stayed mild, making the days so much more enjoyable, although it did rain at night. The great thing about the South East is the sandy soil, which drains the water rather quickly. It was very strange though as although the surface crisped up, underneath was waterlogged, so you felt as if you were walking across someone’s water bed or a big duvet!

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Pearly King and Princess, taken by Kitten von Mew

I debuted my new act Lili Mewleen at the show and it seemed to go down very well. I was really pleased with everyone’s reaction to the costume too. It has been a while since I did a proper striptease at the show and as I had 2 adult performances this year, I made the most of my zip-sided Vollers Corset! Everyone was gob smacked that Richard had made my incredible lamp post prop too!

In the daytime I brushed off my old ‘Boobie Woobie Bugle Boy’ act from when I first performed with the USO, this time with a new costume. No sleaze, just some lovely ostrich fan action and live singing!
We had a few accidents whilst we were there (which made the week hilarious), including…

Mr Mew:

Dropping his baked beans on the floor and asking why the bean fairies hadn’t come to clean it up.

Breaking the front door handle clean off, so resorting to climbing through the toilet window and breaking down the internal door!

Asking me to move my cup of tea whilst he get the bedding out, so he didn’t spill it over. I moved it right over the opposite side…only for Mr Mew to send it flying.

 

Mrs Mew:

Burnt toast

Forgetting my lyrics and inhaling fur from my cape so I had to try not to have a coughing fit through my act!

The stalls at the show were yet again full of a lot of ‘man stuff’, but I got some FANTASTIC things!

WW2 Collectibles Stall

WW2 Collectibles Stall, War and Peace 2012. Taken by Kitten von Mew

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WWII Antiques, War and Peace 2012. Taken by Kitten von Mew

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WWII Memorabilia. Check out the hand painted pebble! Taken by Kitten von Mew

 

 

My buys:

An 1800’s ship porthole from a sunken boat off the coast of Devon (£20!)

A Woodbines cigarette, trench art photo frame made out of 42 packets (£priced at £18, got for £10!)

A Kings Coronation mug that Ive always wanted (priced at £28, got for £20)

2 gorgeous 40’s silk crepe dresses

An amazing deep red 30’s coat with red fox fur cuffs and fox stole collar

A 1930’s silk pajama top I will use as a blouse

A trench art bomb shell ashtray I gave to my cousin as a thank you for coming to the show

A brocade dress scarf for Mr Mew with a woven design of trains and a couple in Paris

Some Art Deco GWR brass buttons (£5 the lot!)

A dated pair of ATS stockings with a military arrow! (£4!)

A gorgeous brown felt 1940’s peaked tilt hat

A WWII Scottish War Dept poster saying ‘VICTORY starts in the Kitchen (£25?!)
I also found Mr Mew a wonderful 1930’s Crombie suit which has never been worn. Can’t believe I got it for £40. It is gorgeous and will be a great excuse to wear some different ties!

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Kitten, Peter from Jive Aces and Gary Gibbs at Beltring!

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Veterans at the Sunday Service. Taken by Kitten von Mew

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To melt the coldest of hearts. A modern day soldier offering himself as a step for a WWII veteran.

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Lee Parker and I at the Saturday Dance! Taken by Mr Mew

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Bagpipers. Apparently they don’t do requests. Taken by Kitten von Mew

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Richard with his boys Lewis and Darren. One very proud Pa! Taken by Kitten von Mew

 

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Military WW1 Truck detailing by Kitten von Mew

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WW1 Trench, my favourite diorama at the show! Taken by Kitten von Mew

 

Will post more soon!

 

 

Military World Magazine Launching at Beltring!


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As our beloved WWII Reenactors Magazine has bitten the dust (*sob*), it is about time someone filled that empty void for us!  Well, Dave King has saved the day with Military World Magazine!

I have kindly been asked to write some more articles, so look out for my tuppence worth in each issue. The first one is due out at the War and Peace Show, so make sure you get your copy and support a British publication!

The magazine will feature reenacting groups, history, suppliers and more!

Kitten von Mew 2013 Calendar is now FOR SALE!


To purchase your limited edition calendar, just email me at kvm@email.com for details or collar me at the War and Peace

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Kitten von Mew Calendar 2013 (April), taken by Candee Photography

Show!