Thursday, 8 September 2011

Rugby world cup Car flags

If anyone has been out and about recently, they will have noticed that many people are sporting their national flags on their cars, vans , trucks etc for the rugby World Cup. I'm going to see if I can spy all twenty World cup nations flags before the cup is over. So far I have seen

1. New Zealand
2. Samoa
3. Tonga
4. Fiji
5. England
6. Scotland
7. Ireland
8. South Africa
9. Japan
10. USA
11. Romania
12. Argentina
13. France
14. Namibia
15. Wales
16. Italy
17. Australia
18. Canada
19. Russia

Georgia, you let me down!!! Sigh.......

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Top five Puddleglum quotes to learn for the Ball.

Top five Puddleglum quotes to learn for the Ball.

1.  “Puddleglum is my name. But it doesn’t matter if you forget it. I can always tell you again.” (useful if asked who I am.)

2.  “Marsh-wiggle. Marsh-wiggle. Very respectable Marsh-wiggle. Respectowiggle.” (useful if people ask what I am)

3.  “Life isn’t all fricasseed frogs and eel pie.” (possible useful, if asked how I am)

4. “I’m on Aslan's side, even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live like a Narnian, even if there isn’t any Narnia.” ( Puddleglum as his best.)

5.  “Well, I wouldn’t have dreamt of her doing that. Even though I am a good –looking chap.” (can’t see this one being useful much….)

Friday, 29 July 2011

Narnia Ball: Costume Ideas

People are complaining that the theme of this year’s Laidlaw ball (Narnia) is too limited. Personally, I think that that is the most ridiculous claim ever. I’m not just saying this because I happen to be a big fan of Narnia, but because there is, in fact, a lot that you could do with the theme. You can legitimately go dress in two decades dress (1900s and 1940s) as pretty much any animal or any mythical creature, or in medieval style. Failing that, girls could probably get away wearing a ball dress, adding a crown, and they are Susan or Lucy at their coronation. But if that’s not enough to go on, I’ve made a list.
Peter or Edmund: 1940s style, or as Kings
A Faun, such as Mr Tummus
Mr Beaver
A Dwarf: Trumpkin, Nikabrik, The white witches dwarf, Poggin
The Professor ( Digory)
Father Christmas
Trufflehunter the badger
Repacheep the mouse
A Bear
A Centaur
A Giant
Digory ( 1900’s style)
Prince/ King Caspian
King Miraz
A Telmarine Lord or Solider
Price Rilian
King Tirian
Shasta/ Price Cor
A Calormen Or Archenlander
A Narnia Lord or solider
Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle
A Sailor on-board the Dawn Tredder
Shift the Evil talking Ape
Jewel the Unicorn
Uncle Andrew
A Satyer
A Minatour
A wolf or werewolf
King Frank
Glimfether the owl
An underlander
A dufflepud


Lucy or Susan: as Queens or 1940s style
Polly (1900s style)
Jill Pole
Queen Helen
The White Which (or as Queen Jadis or Charn)
Mrs Beaver
The Lady of the Green Kirtle
A Nymph, Nyard or Dryad
A Narnian, Archenland, Telmarine or Calormen lady
Sarah the maid (who really was have a wonderful day) , Digaorys mother or Aunt Letty ( 1900’s style)
Ginger the Cat
A giantess
An owl
Queen Prunaprismia
Caspian’s nurse
Ramandu’s Daughter
Tarkheena Lasaraleen
A hag or something else from the White Witch’s army
A bear, surreal, cat, leopard, panther, dog, mouse, rabbit, hare, hedgehog, fox, owl, horse, badger

That should be enough to get you started. And if you are not share what some of them are or look like, try Google. Better still read the books or watch the movies.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Harry Potter 7.2 Review

Firstly *** SPOILER ALERT ***

I went to a midnight screening of the last Harry Potter movie tonight. Overall, I though that it was a great climax to the series overall. It would be best to watch is as soon as possible after watch the first part.

But there were part, particularly towards the end, which I though were weak. The aftermath, I was left disappointed with that. There was not really any emotion, ether the joy or morning, both of which were there in the book. There seemed little emotional response to the fact the the greatest dark wizard of all time had just been defeated. And it really was not clear which peace of magic finished Vodermort off. In the book, its his rebounding avada kedavra, but it the movie, its almost as if losing the wand destroys him. I also would have like the event have have had more witnesses. While it looked like Ron, Hermione and Neville did, no one else did. I also didn't like that Harry never fixes his own wand before breaking the elder wand, and that Neville is never told to destroy the snake, but just happens to do so. It was very much focused on Harry, Ron and Hermione. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more of some of the other characters.

Overall however, it was great. It was fast passed and exiting, fulled with humor as well as sadness, and involved some great magical warfare.

Ok, that will do for tonight. I might edit or do a new one tomorrow. Night world.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Top Ten Blog posts I would/could have done, since the last time I blogged....

My last blog post was on the 13th September. That’s about 266 days that I have been out of the so-called blogosphere. That’s 266 odd days ( If I can count) which you, as one of the approximately three people who read my blog have missed out on hearing my thoughts. Unless you count Facebook status updates. Or have seen me face to face in that time. I also have noticed that I seem to be doing a lot of these “I haven’t blogged for a while” posts. So I have to get more creative each time I do one. J ( In my defence ,this time, I have the excuse of not having a working computer of much of that time.) Anyway, just to make you feel better (or worse) about missing out, I decided to compile a list of the top ten blog post I would have done, had I been blogging during this time.

10. Disasters. Ok, let’s start with the serious ones. The Christchurch earthquake. The Japan Earthquake , tsunami and nuclear crisis. Pike river. Had I been blogging I would have said something about these. As humans, we are all affected by these sad events, and I think we will all look about on the last few months with sadness in the future. Whatever you think about the Royal Wedding (which I possible also would have blogged about) I think it did raise the spirits of many people.

9. Movies. As far as I can remember, I have been to three movies in this time: The Kings Speech, Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader, And Pirates of the Caribbean 4. There is a high possibility that, if I was in the habit of blogging, I would have blogged on at least one of these movies, most likely Narnia. For the record, I liked them all….

8. Vote for the Silver Fox Project!!! Some of my friends in a band called The Sliver Fox project entered and won a competition with Life Fm, along with $13000 of gear. Had I been blogging, I would have told you to vote for them on my blog, as well as on Facebook.

7. The Hurricanes and their worst season in ages. Ok, as this is still current, I think I will. But not too much, cos it makes me sad. Pathetic season. At the moment, I’m not a fan of Mark Hewitt. I was willing to be patient when I heard his rhetoric around his team and culture values, but his actions say the exact opposite. Whatever you think of Ma’a Nonu, when he’s in form, he’s dangerous. And Andrew Hore has another year or two in him yet. Bad calls in my books.

6. The Phoenix. Their season ended in this time, and they were below exceptions too. But its now too long ago, so I'm not totally share what I would have said. I might also have said something about the All Whites…..

5. Harold Camping and the Rapture. As a theology student, there’s no way I could resist blogging about this. Unless I was not blogging, as I wasn’t. But if I would, I would have pointed out some of the flows in his theology. However, Mark Keown did it on his blog, which saves me the trouble of saying it here. I would suggest reading his instead if you are interested.

4. Act, Don Brash and Rodney Hide. As an ex-politics student (well formally at least-I still try and keep up with what’s going on, especially with an election coming up….), I would have said something about Act during their leadership debarked, and why they are my least favorite party in Parliament. In fact, I did hear a good quote about them: “Act know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.” Sums them up pretty well I think…

3. Laidlaw College top quotes for 2010. Well, maybe not, as they are all on my computer which is not working, but if I had them, they would have gone up. I will however, give you a few I collected after my computer broke.
Laura: Talking to you is a waste of my natural responses.
Ash: I didn’t do anything dodggy. Christian: What do you mean?! Why not?
Jess: Everyone is a loser.

2. Intentional community. This year, at Laidlaw, we are exploring what it means to live intentionally together as a community. At some point (or points) I would have said something which conceivably could have passed as deep and meaningful about what I thought that this would be/ look like and possible how it was going. Unfortunately, you are going to have to settle for some reflections as to how it went at some point, if you are lucky…

1. Is that one, or won? At some point, it is highly likely I would have shared something which I would have considered funny or witty (unlike the lame pun I just used). Unfortunately, I cannot, retrospectively tell you what it would have been. However, What I can tell you is that it probably would have also contained as many spelling mistakes as this one probably does…

Typical. While in the middle of writing this, the internet decided that it’s not going to work….