Tag Archives: entertainment

The lil’ things…

Following my last blog, this one may seem strange, nearly contradictory.

I found the conflict to be within me though…as I reached for a lil’ bowl of chocolate cluster crumbs on my desk.

I’m not a chocolate fan, I’d rather eat olives or egg-plant ,but there’s something about a rare treat makes me love life even more.

It may possibly be that the more I have of something the less I like it. On the other hand, I’ve loved olives all my life.

Life’s dimensions have got me entertained. For the first time in a while I enjoy my own company.

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The elephant in the room

This is a funny one. It’s like a joke that never gets old.

Ah, how I love the human psyche. There are some things people tend to ignore so as to not make anyone in the surrounds feel uncomfortable. And you know what, I don’t see this as a flaw in human nature at all. I actually find it quite entertaining.

Find the elephant in my blog... Hint: It's in the example.

Often there will be someone who is brave (or foolish) enough to point out the obvious. This ends in embarrassment, almost inevitably. What’s hilarious though, is that everyone else was thinking exactly the same thing, but ironically deny it.

Trust me, if you know what’s good for you, you won’t point out that your hottest lecturer’s fly is undone in the middle of a session. He will be embarrassed and everyone will question where you were looking resulting in your embarrassment too.

We know they were all staring at his crotch too, right? RIGHT.

Yet still, the joke is on you! Pa!ha!

There’s actually an elephant in this blog…anyone brave enough to point it out? 😛 I dare you

Don’t give to receive and you will be eternally blessed.

During the month of February I was asked to volunteer to be part of the CANSA Relay For Life Committee to help organise the event that was to be held within three weeks of me joining. My proposed role was to source and manage entertainment.

FREAK OUT! Only 3 weeks!

So here I was, little old me, with three weeks to plan the entertainment for a 12 hour overnight relay! I must admit I was a tad concerned, so I started making calls right away.

In the end the stage was set and my programme of singers, dancers and ceremonies ran according to plan! I was so relieved, but I was more shocked by the emotions and enthusiasm of the people in the crowd. From 4pm to 4am they just kept going and going…all this to raise funds for a good cause.

The CANSA Association is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer and serving patients with financial difficulties. Relay For Life gives communities affected by cancer the opportunity to raise awareness of the killer disease. The event, Relay For Life Parow, raised nearly R90 000!

Me receiving a certificate from CANSA 🙂

The experience of being part of a successful task was humbling and I’m proud to say I’m a member on the committee for the 2011 event too.

Money, money, money…

No, I don’t get paid to do it, but it brought me the kind of happiness someone only gets from doing something for someone else. When last did you think of putting the energy and effort of your body and mind into something that makes a difference?

Albert Einstein said: “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” Wise guy…

Daily I look around and wonder the same thing: “Why are we all too selfish and proud to get down on our knees and scrub the floor of the earth to give thanks for it being there to walk on?” and “Why is it so hard to want to do something good for your fellow-man when you know you will get nothing physical out?”

Feel free to comment on this one. I’d like to start a discussion…

Cirque du Soleil magic

Today I want to share with you the amazing costumes and attire of the circus act Cirque du Soleil

Anyone who has seen one of their shows is bound to highlight the theatrical style in which they dress. No penny is spared in creating a visual experience never to forget! This is art in fashion at it’s very best!

Photo: Al Seib Costumes: Dominique Lemieux

Notice the amazing make-up? Every show produced by Cirque Du Soleil is created around a specific theme. The latest theme for their 25th Birthday celebration act in 2009 was “The dream continues”.

The first show of theirs I ever saw was broadcast on television and it was called Alegria (meaning happiness or joy). Alegria was created for Cirque du Soleil’s tenth anniversary and marked their transition from the traditionally bright circus into something excitingly unconventional. It’s definitely still my favourite for the amazing fashion and overall spirit. Here’s a short extract of the show.

Cirque du Soleil is more than just a circus act, it’s a Quebec based company with more than 4000 employees worldwide who represent 40 nationalities and speak 25 different languages. They’ve come a long way from a group of 20 street performers in the early 1980’s.

1983- LA FÊTE FORAINE. A gathering of street performers, it was inspired by the communal spirit of the 1960s. Photo: François Rivard

Cirque du Soleil are planning on publishing a book about the contribution and passion of the talented costume designers and craftspeople that became part of their family through the years. The book will feature costumes of it’s shows. I am definitely in the que to get me one of them babies!

“Cirque du Soleil’s mission is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world.”

Wonderfully artistic and well worthy of praise! I love Cirque du Soleil, what do you think of them?