Halloween for the lazy and desperate

The working world seems to celebrate Halloween just as much as the chocolate-keen child and the booze-ridden varsity student, although there is an added pressure to dress up as something simultaneously funny, topical and creative.

Having left most of my novelty gear in various bars, res rooms and my childhood home over the years, I Googled “lazy Halloween costumes” where I discovered a saving grace for people like me. If you’re skint, couldn’t care less and driven by the knowledge that the shit that makes up your costume will probably be out of your possession by the next morning, these costume ideas can help. These are mostly made up of things you can easily buy or find lying around the house. A bonus is that they require no paint or glitter (my friend Cam calls the “herpes of crafts”). Paint looks great for about an hour until you want to start living your life again by drinking a beer or dancing which turns you into a messy preschooler. The only solution to this is to “Go Gaga” and look like a mess from the start.

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This kid has life figured out and will go far, developing the social media we are going to use in 2030. Image: http://www.funcage.com

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Turbo lazy Image: http://www.hercampus.com

This may be my favourite if not very work appropriate. Image: http://halloween-ideas.wonderhowto.com/

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Adult Halloween: ruining your childhood since the internet. Image: http://www.funcage.com

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Max Fischer (Rushmore optional) No surprise I found this in an album called “Brooklyn Halloween 08” Image: http://www.flickr.com

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Expect eyerolls and people not thinking you’re cool. Image: http://www.dailyedge.ie

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He definitely got some in the bathroom. Image: http://www.dailyedge.ie

Honourable Mention goes to GQ. They tick topical, humorous and easy by suggesting dudes go as Meltdown Shia Le Beouf.

Tried and tested costumes to save anyone are:

  • Buying a witch/wizard hat and wearing a cape
  • Dressing like Tom Cruise in Risky Business if you know you aren’t going to be actually dancing on tables
  • Drawing “S” on a white shirt, wearing white pants and going as “salt.” ( A friend could be Pepper).
  • Wes Anderson movies have tons of individual specific characters to crib off.
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Cultivating local tourism by being a cool community member

As a social media strategist and marketer, much of my life is spent trying to figure out what the special news and events of the month ahead can benefit my client. This means that I have had to become a calendar freak- with special highlighters for each event and heavily-pencilled weeks. September has been a hugely educational month for me and it hasn’t even reached the midway mark.

This month is:

• South African National Parks Week –where you have free access to selected national parks;
• Creative Week Cape Town;
• South African Tourism Month –focussing this year on the oft-neglected (but not as much the North-West) Northern Cape;
• Heritage Day AKA Braai Day;
• And, the one I had no idea existed: World Tourism Day on the 27 September, which melts into the rest of these events as well as butter in mashed potatoes.

Delving into World Tourism Day’s Google search revealed that it was first started in 1980 as “a global observance to highlight tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value” according to the official website. The global event is held annually in a different country with a specific focus. This year it’s held in Mexico and the theme is “Tourism and Community Development.”

The theme is incredibly apt for 2014, especially for South Africa, as we have seen increased tourism and global recognition in the last four years. After reading an extremely well-written article called How to Keep Travel Mode on At Home on cultivating community diversity and positive interaction in every day spaces and routines (in the writer’s and in my case, Cape Town), the connection I made to both tourism and community is the following.

By acting a like a tourist who experiences wonder in what we see as the minutiae of life –the people we interact with, the transport we use and the infrastructure around us –we contribute to becoming a better community. A community that seeks to constantly better itself is the cornerstone of improving and sustaining a city. This leads making a city more appealing, which is a honeycomb to swarms of happy tourists. The point is to cultivate the right kind of community attitude and engagement by starting out small and sincere. A good example of this is Durban’s Rivertown Project, which seeks to renovate an unused area in the city and turn it into a pedestrian-friendly space. By working with what a city has to improve peoples’ experiences of it makes their lives better and, in turn, the tourists who will visit it one day.

The point is to keep both our minds and attitudes positive to better the environments we live in to cultivate tourism. There are countless ideas that use design, green materials and technologies to sustain tourism while also improving peoples’ lives, most recently seen at Open Design Cape Town. This World Tourism Day and SA Tourism Month, ensure you do something that would make your community better –even if it is just making use of a cycle path or visiting a SAN Park.

How to find and support tourism in your own backyard:

 

  • Monitor the Twitter conversations #TravelLocal, #TTOT and #TravelSA to keep abreast of travel news and information
  • Head to Gansbaai for a weekend and go shark cage diving, whale-watching and hiking
  • Visit the West Coast flowers this spring
  • Travel to Stellenbosch and learn more about it’s heritage

 

A mandatory yet list-free post on being 25

There have been a great many articles and posts on the perils of getting older and, sometimes, wiser. Buzzfeed in particular have a monopoly on listing one’s milestones in their twenties, thirties and beyond with the corresponding hilarious gifs from popular culture. Often these are gender specific and a little generalised but overall entertaining. I appreciate a good gif and have no desire to jump on the I Hate Buzzfeed bandwagon, especially the open secret is that we visit that site at least twice a day and unashamedly love it.

Thought Catalog also produces some particularly poignant pieces on getting older, predominantly directed at us millennials (cringe, sorry) in our twenties and early thirties. Sometimes I find myself inwardly groaning at the points made but the overarching message of “It’s OK, we all don’t know WTF we’re doing and we’re just doing the best we can,” is extremely comforting and, for the brief second before you scroll down to the comments section, the internet becomes a caring community of friends.

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I recently turned 25 and was delighted to find I had just as many people still willing to be my friend the day after the celebrations. After mulling this milestone over (my celebration was titled “Quarter Life Crisis Conference”), I surprisingly found myself enjoying the opportunity to take stock of the years I have lived and the experiences I have been through for the first time. In fact, I made a little list of my own on the lessons I have learned. Note: all lessons came with a hearty helping of hangovers, deep internal shame, public humiliation, dancing it out and Sinead O’Connor-level angst.

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This is what happens when you listen to Sinead.

Exactly how many glasses of wine I need depending on if I want to sleep deeply or just get my drink on

It was lovely to meet wine after a few years of alcohol initiation where, as an impressionable fawn on the party scene with minimal funds and a stomach that can take it, you opt for bottom shelf liquor every time. Wine was the natural progression to the more sophisticated way of getting trashed and one that our parents had been enjoying for most of their lives.

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Effects of Friday night+wine

Wine is much like chocolate; there are many varieties and most of them taste gosh-darn amazing. I have become something of an amateur wine appreciator where I enjoy a good bottle of white paired with Lays Lightly Salted. After sharing one bottle of wine with a friend, I can happily amble off to bed for a sleep that would make sedated babies envious.

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Add one more glass: weird and emotional.

Minus one glass: ready for dinner and a dance.

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The Radish Spirit knows what’s up.

Most embarrassing moment with wine: Any time you get the dreaded maroon teeth from drinking a bit too much red wine. Sadly, this is also the point where you want to put your mouth on someone else’s mouth.

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The answer to “Are my teeth red?”

There are certain things I have to buy as the exclusion of one of these seemingly nondescript items opening up my entire universe to chaos

These items depend on who you are and the kind of lifestyle you lead. You know exactly what these things are because the realisation that you needed them was preceded by a devastating incident that you never want to repeat. I, for example, cannot live without baby wipes, a little bottle of hand sanitiser and tissues. You may have guessed I am a messy person. It is true, I always spill food on myself and, if it’s windy, snot may come out to say hey. There is no dignity in needing these things, but the fact that I now know to carry them lessens regular humiliation and everyone I know calls upon me for one of these things, so who’s really the winner here?

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I is. I is the winner.

Hand sanitiser: Great for helping your sister who placed her hand on a rock that was mainly used by homeless people to urinate. Also great for any time you eat something sticky.

Baby wipes: Great for life, but the example that springs to mind is getting rid of racoon eyes anytime, anywhere.

Learning to be a teensy bit less afraid and confused

As I have gotten older, I found that the lessons learned in terms of friendship, relationships, work and university have shaped me into a person who can deal with the reality of life: you don’t always get what you want when you want it, you can’t force someone to be something they are not (including yourself) and you will have to go through some heavy shit to become the person you are destined to be.

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YES I DO.

How you deal with these lessons is the real sorcery of growing up. There was a time when I was way too afraid to ask for what I wanted and, if I am honest, I didn’t really know what it was anyway. Today, I have a clearer image of who I am and what I want out of life, which makes you less inclined to put up with the rubbish you did before –from yourself or from other people. Thanks to the years preceding being 25, I no longer feel the need to always prove myself to people and I have no time for people I see as having a negative impact on my life.

The main lesson and one that I have to stress to you all: Don’t be so hard on yourself.

On that same token:

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Realising that there is still a looooong way to go

I haven’t even reached the base camp of the Everest that is my life. But, sitting here and realising I haven’t done a completely piss poor job is satisfying. Cue wine.

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I raise my glass to all you 20-summin summins. Well done, Godspeed and bless you all.

 

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A love letter to Glastonbury 2014

Hi there Glasto (I can call you that, right?) and Worthy Farm,

I may not have been able to don wellies from Harvey Nicks, stalk Alexa Chung and Interpol or drink myself muddy and bloody but I lived vicariously through the BBC Youtube channel of the performances and the hilarious Noisey write-ups.

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Matt Healy of the 1975. This image captures everything I want in life.

Alexa chung

My Max Mara jumpsuit in space-silver Alexa needed.

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MGMT in a mud-free zone.

Arya Stark

Arya Stark was there too.

I just wanted to express gratitude to you and the internet as, because of this event, I have been able to inject a little sunshine and happiness into my corporate work day this past week with much aplomb.

In the aftermath, I hope that your fields aren’t too strewn with Strongbow cans, hemp products and used condoms. I am now going to pore over the Facebook photos my London friends have posted up in the hopes of getting one last taste.

See you in the future (I promise I won’t wear a flower crown).

X

The highlights

Interpol

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One of the only bands who sound even better live than on their albums. They aren’t the festival type, as this interview with ex-bassist Carlos D will attest, yet they still hypnotise with each staccato note. The setlist was as golden as the sky: Antics and Turn on the Bright Lights mainly but with two songs off their new album, El Pintor. Some die-hard nit pickers knocked the setlist but I think it was just the right fit for Glastonbury; a festival where a lesser band than Interpol would sink right under the layers of filth and beer if they didn’t give the audience what they wanted while still maintaining their own essence. Always well-dressed, always in sync with each other and always relevant. And Kessler’s red socks.

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He’s like Regina George.

My favourite moment: the outro to PDA at around 40 mins. Kessler going mental on his cherry Gibson, Banks’ loving looks  at his bandmates and Fogarino just smashing it.

 

Bombay Bicycle Club

Being mean about these guys is not OK, they’re multi-faceted with each album and always surprise me. Unlike Mumford and Sons. I think it’s so great that they’ve included female vocals on their new album. Even though they were performing a full set the next day, they still managed to pull off an amazing surprise set on the Introducing stage. This show is the equivalent of munching jelly beans in the sunshine whilst playing with baby farm animals without going overboard on the spectacle (looking at you, Arcade Fire).


My favourite moment: Luna (at 13:52). If that song doesn’t touch you in the heart and marrow, you are the great stone dragon. Just look at their faces! So stoked to be there.

MGMT

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I would have loved to look around and see who was tripping out to this shit.

If this is any indication of  their future Rocking the Daisies performance, consider me well and truly ready.

 Brian Jonestown Massacre

They’re baaaaaaaack! A little older but still the same druggy tripcats we love.

The lowlights

What in the smokey, pencil-dick thin vocals hell was happening with The Horrors? For shame, Faris.

 And this dude who overdosed on ketamine on the first day.

Day one was already marked with tragedy, when a 67-year-old woman died on festival grounds. According to The Mirror, the festivalgoer passed away from natural causes not tied to the festival or occurrences on the ground and her death is not being treated as suspicious.

The same cannot be said for the second death at Glastonbury. After overdosing on the drug Ketamine and being in a “life-threatening condition” for a day, a 26-year-old man also passed away after attending Glastonbury.

According to The Telegraph, the unnamed Reading resident died this morning (June 27) after having a reaction to the powerful horse tranquilizer, often taken for recreational purposes within the rave scene. It oftentimes goes by the street name “K” or “Special K.”

“A man has died following a suspected reaction to ketamine. The man was taken ill overnight on Wednesday into Thursday and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Unfortunately he died earlier today,” police said in a statement about the incident.

– www.musictimes.com

Point of the story: the K is never special.

Image credit:

http://www.tumblr.com/

 

The best of the internet: Game of Thrones S4

I am a self-confessed Game of Thrones nerd, or as the succinct John Bender would put it: “neomaxizoomdweebie.”

In addition to reading the books and watching the show, I have grown to love fans’ internet reactions to it. I have combed the net to find the best Game of Thrones fan stuff. These people internet good.

Impressions

Back again with a whole host of new impressions, the extremely great Steve Love.

Baelish

This season I have been happy to note that Littlefinger is more of a big player thanks to his seemingly endless bag of tricks. This has garnered him much popularity with Tumblrs popping up like whores in Flea Bottom.

mywaterway: scampea: Poor Sansa. Lucky Sansa!

seeyouintheacidbath: That moment when asked to give his character some advice, Aidan inadvertently creates the words for House Baelish. "Keep shady."

Why we love Petyr Baelish

why-we-love-petyr-baelish: 71. Because he doesn’t take Cersei seriously. Submitted by Anonymous

why-we-love-petyr-baelish: 67. Because of his fabulous undercut. Before it was cool.  Submitted by http://mywaterway.tumblr.com/

The cast being awesome


Pizza

Bad lip reading

Honest trailer

Reactions to episodes

Uproxx has done a stellar recap after each episode and compiled all the best reactions on the internet with “Game of Lulz”.

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My favourite.

Lena Headey and Pedro Pascal

Guys, it’s very possible to want to be in a 3-way relationship.

Lannister and Martell peace treaty passed.


Images:

http://why-we-love-petyr-baelish.tumblr.com/

http://petyrbaelish-littlefinger.tumblr.com/

http://uproxx.com/tv/

Lena Headey’s Instagram

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Sid, Nancy and what really happens inside a dishwasher.

Today was an especially excellent day for Youtube trolling.

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cinemash Sid and Nancy

Movie was a tad annoying (Like watching a couple you know imploding despite all your good advice and also having to see the pirvate bits that are just as annoying) but I am forever grateful the movie introduced me to Sweet Disposition –a wonderful track to dance alone to. I cannot believe I haven’t seen this before. Remember where they have their altercation about who is Sid and who is Nancy? Here is the beautiful baby of that exchange.

Inside a dishwasher with a Go Pro.

We’ve always wondered. The answer is given. Bless Go Pros. What’s next? A tour of a cow’s stomachs?

Image: jaxsmovielist.blogspot.com

Cool music: Burger Records

Not sure if you have seen it but Vans have been promoting documented stories of independent musicians, skaters and punks in East LA in their Living Off The Wall campaign. I did a write up on it recently which you can read here and you can subscribe to their videos here. One of the videos caught my eye, which focussed on the independent record label, Burger Records, known for releasing material on cassettes.

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Looking at the logo will induce cravings.

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“Being able to eat whatever you want is our measure of success,” says founder, Sean Bohrman. While he looks like a crumpled, stoner Linus with a bunk bed surrounded by boxes of his clothes, Bohrman is no slacker. Burger Records, the label and the store, is a culmination of more than seven years of hard work. Bohrman and his business partner, Lee Rickard, started their label in 2007 and opened the record store in 2009, quitting their jobs and actually living in their record store to do what we all want; live the dream only talked about.

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Since 2007, the label has put out 600 titles or more (“Who’s counting?”—Rickard) and has signed 500 artists including tenacious surf punks, FIDLAR, Black Lips and avant garde art pop band, The Garden. Stepping into their record store is a veritable treasure trove of musical treats that don’t subscribe to any genre, even offering up gospel, blues, techno, lounge and disco, among other eclectic records. Speaking to the artists in the videos, the love for Burger Records is their ability to be a label that is consistent; getting music to the people who want it.

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The Shears twins of The Garden (Yes, they also do runway modelling and DGAF).

Black Lips band

Black Lips do their OWN poses, thanks very much.

In 2012, Burgerama was established, a rock, pop and punk festival for all ages and featuring most of the artists from the label. 2013 was big year for Burger Records with dozens of bands joining the Burger caravan tour and over 50 of the bands playing at SXSW. Despite the fact that the store has no shower facility and there is no discernible filing system, these two guys seem to be delighting the public, gaining fans and promoting a great method of making music. To me, that’s a fucking legacy.

Follow @BURGERRECORDS

Listen soundcloud.com/burgerrecords

FIDLAR at Burgerama III, Santa Ana, California, March 22-23, 2014

FIDLAR at Burgerrama 2014, Santa Ana, Calif.

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Jealous yet?

Mac Demarco at Burgerama 2014

Mac Demarco at Burgerama 2014

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Mini-Burger Records at Burgerama 2014

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White Fang’s impressive gymnastics at Burgerama 2014

 

Images:

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http://ambig.com/

http://farmerdavescher.com/

http://ladygunn.com/

http://www.spin.com/gallery/burgerama-2014/

LONDON BASED POP UP CAKE SHOP STARTS GLOBAL TREND

Baking grey-iced cupcakes to raise awareness for depression and mental health issues.

Emma Thomas (Miss Cakehead)

LONDON BASED POP UP CAKE SHOP STARTS GLOBAL TREND IN SELLING GREY COLOURED CAKES TO RAISE AWARENESS  OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

 A charity cake shop selling ONLY grey coloured cakes – in a bid to to raise awareness of mental health issues – has started a global trend which will see over 30 ‘depressed’ cake shops  popping up during August, including some in locations as far flung as Australia, Malaysia and the United States. It matters. One in four people will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives, a key theme that will also be reflected in many of the cakes designs.

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The unique concept was conceived by Miss Cakehead as a creative platform to raise awareness of mental health issues and provide a platform for discussion. The first shop is based in London and can be found at Suzzle on Brick Lane from the 2nd – 4th August. On…

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Here’s The Mesmerizing Macaulay Culkin-Ryan Gosling Shirt Inception GIF The Internet Was Destined To Make

HOOOOOOOLLLLY META.

UPROXX

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I’m still kind of shocked by the extent to which Macaulay Culkin wearing a t-shirt of Ryan Gosling wearing a Macaulay Culkin t-shirt took the internet by storm. Honestly, the most intriguing part of the picture for me is the fact that The Pizza Underground had coffee mugs made.

Well, thanks to semi-anonymous photoshop and animated GIF wizards of the internet we now have the above mesmerizing Inception GIF that takes the whole thing to the next, predictable level that I am totally OK with. Someone quick make a Vine of Steve Buscemi on 30 Rock wearing this GIF as a t-shirt and peak internet will be achieved.

@anchorlines via @Digg

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