Giggles & Gasps Sunday, May 23 2010 

Ahhh, there have certainly been a few interesting things that I have stumbled across online this past month or so! Enjoy!

The Simpsons intro for Season 21, Episode 20 – the one that features Ke$ha. Don’t particularly like her but LOVE the intro!

This was found by a friend of mine… possibly the WORST website ever created in the history of the internet! *Shudders* Check it out here. There is no more to the story other than the fact it just looks awful.

This is from years and years ago, but I had never seen this particular interview with Madonna before. Why is it so special? A suspiciously loose-tongued and clumsy Courtney Love stumbles in and hilarity ensures. SO AWKWARD!

The Miley Cyrus scandal of the week – the video of her dancing with her “The Last Song” producer, 44 year old Adam Shankman. (The only thing that saves him is the fact he’s gay!) In the clip she is 16 and grinding like a pro! Yikes!

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performs a piece to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. So amazing! The talent absolutely floors me. Well done guys!

From Cracked.com comes a rather hilarious article! 15 unintentionally perverted toys for kids! Sheesh, who comes up with these things?

This guys blog is EPIC! 27bslash6.com is one guys witty fight against the world – and more often than not, authority. ALL of his posts are hilarious, but here is one of my faves! Enjoy.

And last, but certainly not least, is John Campbell and Roves bromance exposed! Watch the clips here at TV3’s video on demand.

These certainly all entertained me in one way or another! Hope they do the same for you.

Video source: YouTube, TV3 On Demand

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RENT the Musical Saturday, May 8 2010 

When I saw that the musical RENT was playing at the Civic in Auckland, I thought “Hmm, might be interesting.” I soon forgot this little inclination, to be perfectly honest, until one of the girls I work with piped up and said “I want to go to RENT – anyone else keen?” So we got together a group and bought tickets. Well. Best decision EVER!

RENT is an avant-garde rock opera, based around a group of young, down on their luck creative types living in New York and trying desperately to survive (and pay their rent, of course!). This story could very easily tip towards being quite depressing, as it touches often on poverty, death and HIV. And yet… it is woven together in such a way that it becomes a story of hope, endurance and love, without becoming overly sentimental. You fall in love with the characters, you understand that their mistakes are what make them so wonderful and offbeat. You are sucked into their world, and even though you know there can’t be a fairy tale ending, you sit there desperately hoping for them to be touched with happiness even for just a moment.

And the music… ohhh THE MUSIC! Beautiful, haunting, catchy… Obviously, many actors/singers have played these brilliant parts all over the world during different productions of RENT, but the songs themselves are pure gold. And the New Zealand cast of Rent? Didn’t let the show down at all. They were exceptional.

When I got home, I went straight onto iTunes and downloaded the album (from the film that was made based on the musical) and I have the film itself on order, too. This musical left me buzzing… It just was so riveting, dark, honest and thought provoking. I recommend anyone, anywhere in the world, to go see this show if the opportunity presents itself. It isn’t light and fluffy, but it is utter brilliance.

Can you tell I really enjoyed the show? Haha 🙂

Watch a few scenes here from the musical RENT!

Longroom Saturday, Dec 5 2009 

So tonight I went to longroom, a cafe/club/bar on Ponsonby Road (Formerly Safari Lounge) due to the fact my friend was having an engagement party that moved on from dinner to drinks. Now, at the moment, I’m a bit crippled. Was in a car accident a few months back and now hobble around on a crutch due to a broken femur (I’d have two, but my left arm is broken too – yeah, life sucks, eh) so I’m sure you’d understand that I haven’t been to a club in a while!

It was raining – hard – and the club was packed. All I could think about was either slipping over in front of a massive crowd of people, or getting taken out by a tipsy club-goer who didn’t have the coherency to be careful around me! But I bit my lip and went in – and although there were a lot of idiotic tipsy people that were quite close to taking me out, thanks to the great staff at longroom I was fine.

I was so impressed with their help. The club was packed and I’m sure they had much better things to do than to take care of me, but they walked me in with an umbrella, walked me through the crowd and creating space around me so that no one walked into me or hit me with their handbags, and even cleared a table in the corner for me and my peeps. Once there, they kept coming and checking on me, seeing if I needed a drink as I couldn’t go the bar and carry one back for myself. And even when I left, they helped me out, unbrella whipped out again.

The club is gorgeous, the music great, the service phenomenal. But what I really want to rave about is how absolutely wonderful the staff are. I was so grateful to them for making my night safe and easy, and for taking the time to be decent human beings. Longroom obviously hires well, and I will certainly be going back! (Especially when I’m all better!)

Thanks longroom!

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