The coincidence 1 year before our wedding. An Improv Everywhere Mass Freeze.

So I got into work this morning and found a very funny video on my newsfeed:

You’d know by now about my extreme relationship with all things Harry Potter, so you wouldn’t be surprised to hear I was laughing out loud at my desk (and I’m a) not a big youtuber, and b) not a big laugh-out-loud-er during youtube videos). Poor Harry, unable to find the right station platform. So my boss piped up asking if I was alright (because obviously, something must be hysterical) and when I told him we realised we had a shared love for Improv Everywhere.

The discussion reminded me of an Improv Everwhere Mass Freeze arranged in Cape Town a couple of years ago around the Design Indaba time (one of my favourite times of year), which Greg and I took part in. So I went to google for the video (watch it, you’ll spot us quite clearly):

And noted the date:

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1 year to the day of our wedding. We were even far from being engaged at that point.

So in essence, this blog post holds no greater purpose other than to share this random instance, which makes me smile albeit having absolutely no relevance.

And now that that’s out the way, I suggest you watch some of these videos:

And now there’s your youtube quota for the week (or day, depending who you are).

and for extra laughs:

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Happy Tuesday 🙂

If Harry Potter had Instagram (not only for the nerds and the young at heart)

I was a huge Harry Potter nerd growing up. I probably wouldn’t have admitted it back then, you didn’t admit to being a “nerd” at age 12 (social suicide, and totally uncool). To put things in perspective, I began the Harry Potter series in grade 5 (the same day we found out my mom was pregnant with my baby brother. I needed to be soothed by this news, and this book I’d been waiting to try certainly worked).

Aside for devouring the books I distinctly remember showing up to the “About Me” show-and-tell vibe in grade 6 with a poster I’d made (including scanned covers of the books and a quiz I had written). In grade 7 I arrived on the first day with a space case decorated in Harry Potter movie stills, had seen the first movie (which had been released over the holidays) at least 10 times (sadly, I could quote it), and had read the first 4 books over 8 times each. I was even one of those lame-o’s waiting in midnight queues for book releases. It’s kind of weird reading and typing all this out, more than 10 years later.

As proof, see my bedroom when I was 12, at the hype of the first film.harry-potter-bedroom

(note the banners, the many posters, my homemade poster, the floating darn candles, and chocolate frog cards for good measure)

And now that you have the basic background of my love, and how I grew up with Harry Potter (the last book was released in Matric), you might be able to understand why I found this Buzzfeed article so fantastic. I know it’s all movie still (please, movie haters, back off), but just imagine. Imagine if the movies had been released in this age, and the awesome instagram campaigns they could have run, like the Hunger Games do.

Have a look, and smile 🙂

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While buzzfeeding, I also found this (see them all at this link), which is so true and relevant (to life, and this blog post). Enjoy.

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A dose of Harry for the day.

So in my past life (read: childhood). I was the hugest Harry Potter fan. I may or may not have written about this previously, but I’m not sure I want to dig up blog archives of posts to prove it to you. But I saw this and it made me smile. And I hope that it’ll make anyone who lived through (and with) Harry and the gang, smile too.

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(Apologies for some of them not coming out. Anyway, source here.)

An Evening With Harry Potter. Kind of.

I really like to see plays, something not so many people I know spend their money on. As a not-so-closet Harry Potter fan, I was super excited when I started seeing adverts for Off Broadways “Potted Potter” show. Note: This was about a year ago. The time rolled around, our tickets were booked, and off we went on our merry way.

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Potter Potter, the unauthorised Harry Potter parody play is a 2 man show, summarising the 7 Harry Potter books we all know and love into 70 minutes. The originals of the show, Dan and Jeff were replaced in the South African leg of the tour with Gary and Jesse.

In the intimate Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay, the crowd ranged from probably-too-young-to-have-ever-read-a-harry-potter-book to the-only-time-you-ever-read-any-of-these-books-was-reading-to-your-grandchildren. The stage set was modest consisting of a wooden train, the “forbidden forest” (not quite what it sounds like), a wardrobe, and a coffin. There were no theatrical set or costumes, but as one of the actors commented at the start – in shows like this, it’s less about the sets, and all about the acting. They could not possibly have been more right.

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Nothing could have prepared me for such hilarity. Gary, the Harry Potter expert played Harry while Jesse played… practcally everybody else. There were points where Jesse was having such a laugh and was being so funny, that even Gary couldn’t keep himself contained. We began to wonder how much at certain points were even scripted, thoroughly impressed with their improv skills.

"Come, Nagini!"

“Come, Nagini!”

Dobby, our very favourite House Elf

Dobby, our very favourite House Elf

We sailed all the way through all 7 books, from Philospher’s Stone to the Deathly Hallows (“What are those even? Like haallooooo *cough*splutter* haaallloooo *cough*splutter*” – sorry, it was too funny at the time to not include). We even played a real game of Quidditch, the seekers rewarded with chocolate frogs. The show couldn’t have ended off better, with a sung Deathly Hallows rendition of “I will survive”.

Greg and I loved it, and laughed through the entire show. The friends we took with us, not so much. And it seems like there was a whole lot of old people who didn’t either, consider the empty seats after interval. But shame for all of them.

Of Men and Cufflinks

So I always have really liked a guy in cufflinks. A guy in a shirt is rather smart. But add in cufflinks, and it’s a total sealed deal! Greg bought his first cufflink-able shirt for our wedding – the only problem is that he doesn’t have any cufflinks (aside for those material, round, knobbly, ball ones – he borrowed a friends’ for the wedding). Him not having cufflinks is probably something I should remedy myself.

So I came across this link today of some cool cufflinks. Would you ever put your guy in some of these?

If I had my way…

If I had my nerdy/childhood-takes-the-better-of-me way, he’d be wearing cufflinks like these!

But I feel like these are more Greg’s vibe. Y’know, if we’re going unconventional and all.

He’s a superhero fan. Iron Man and Spiderman in particular.

And here are some other cufflinks which are cool enough to get a mention:

This is as far as Greg would be allowed to take part in any MOvembering.

As cool as these are, I feel I’d prefer my guy in more traditional, smart cufflinks. But you can’t deny they’re pretty cool 😉