likes, loves and lusts

funny bunny dunny

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Another vinyl toy collection I've started is the dunny. This unsuspecting little guy looks a little like a bunny rabbit in form, and like nothing on earth once a designer has been let loose on it. They come in little sealed foil bags, so you never know which one you're getting - it's always a surprise, and always a little scary incase you get the same guy you already have (there aren't exactly loads of collectors to swap with in sa). Imagine my excitement when out of my christmas stocking tumbled a little box I recognised. And it was different from the two i Have! So meet new dunny - robber in the middle there, who's head reads "I get mines the fast way..."
The bird nest dunny on the left is designed by CW, the robber by Mishka, and the hello dunny by Huck Gee.

blogger hiatus

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Looking at my blog, I've realised something - I haven't blogged nearly as regularly as I used to. Which is sad, because my blog has really turned into a little scrapbook for me, and I'd hate to lose or forget all those things I haven't had the time to blog (isn't that always just the worst reason). So the next few posts may be a little out of synch, but I'm determined to get my flow going again. and seeing as it's holidays, and I have a new office (that may be a future out of synch post), there's no excuse. Apologies if my link has been boring to click on recently...

stocking filler

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So christmas was fun. A time to spend with family and laugh at those same old jokes and quirks you've been laughing at for years - just less and less as we all become busier and busier. And here's a christmas present we were definitely not expecting. This little girl was found in a macdonald's parking lot by Brennan and Philipa. After some deliberation we decided to give her a home. And boy has she taken to it. Her name's Vegas, and expect to see a lot more pics of her.

Vegasasleep on the beanbagasleep in dad's arms

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'TOKIDOKI means "sometimes" in Japanese. I chose a Japanese word because I love Japan.
I love everything from the ultra modern happy face of Shibuya to the serious magic silence of Kyoto. I chose "sometimes" because everyone waits for moments that change one's destiny. By simple chance or meeting a new person, tokidoki is the hope, the hidden energy everyone has inside that gives us the strength to face a new day and dream something positive, that something magical will happen to us.'

I know I've mentioned tokidoki before, but I really do admire this designer. And he's just growing and growing. On the site today: shoes (!!!), watches and the new moofia range!

my tj blog

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blog titleAs part of my position as TJ, we now keep updated blogs on the GO website. Mine's called Cloud Nine. Although some of the stuff is the same as here, it's different in that none of my personal posting goes there - so it's become mostly jokes and a collection of online goodies I come across. Come visit!

mr gisby's totally gay pet shop

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Totally fun here!

our engagement party

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inviteThis was the invite to our engagement party featuring us on top of Rockefeller center the night we got engaged. Designed by Robin.

It seemed like just another social event that needed planning, coordinating and cake lifts. But it was so much more. It was the first time Robin's family met mine. The first time my mom met his. The first time my mom and dad have really spoken since I was 17. The first time my mom and Ingrid have EVER met (this was a biggie). The first time I felt like I was really entering Robin's family, and that they accepted me. The first time our engagement became real for a lot of people. The first time I used my new GHD (also a biggie :oP).

Considering all of this, and all the pressure, it went really well. Everyone got on (no one mention to two dutch people singing in the corner), and everyone had plenty bubbles, vino and tasty treats. For me, it was a success. A chance to see that these people are all actually really great - despite your opinions about your family every other day of the week.

Added to which everyone had to bring us a bottle of wine as an entrance fee, so we're well stocked if we ever get snowed in :o)

thank youThis was a thank you message designed by Robin and send out afterwards to all the people on the card. That's us at our engagement party! I know - I look serious.

BTW, this was my 100th post!

now i love halloween

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she's a spider!

not miss muffett

summer sips

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While we were in California (blog coming SOON I promise!), we got the chance to wander around their Napa Valley winelands a la Sideways. In fact, we spent most of our last day driving round and round and round trying to find Francis Ford Coppola's winery. And success! I found something I know some of you will love! It's called Sofia Mini. It's basically one of their white wines, packed in a little sippable tin, with straw attached. And it's electric pink! What a brilliant idea! I don't know what it tastes like yet - I'm saving mine for a lilo day. And I don't think it's out here yet. But the packaging is gorgeous, the cans are darling, and they just scream "I'm an it-girl on the run."
the box holds four cans

melancholy death of oyster boy and other stories

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Toxic boy, the Pincushion Queen, the Boy with nails in his eyes, Stain BoyWhile shopping around San Fran, we came across Tim Burton's "tragic toys". Robin immediately knew I'd love them, but we weren't sure where they were from. Tim Burton has written a series of tales and poems called The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories. In true Tim Burton style, the stories are a little macabre, a little sad, a lot quirky and each quite tragic. But they're also quite beautiful, and the characters lovable. As are the illustrations that go with them.

"There once was a girl
who was made up of junk.
She looked really dirty,
and she smelled like a skunk.

She was always unhappy,
or in one of her slumps-perhaps 'cause she spent
so much time down in the dumps.

The only bright moment
was from a guy named Stan.
He was from the neighborhood
garbage man.

He loved her a lot
and made a marriage proposal,
but she already thrown herself
in the garbage disposal."

Junk Girl, Boy with Nails in his Eyes, Oyster Boy

friday smiles :o)

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we're late!
6 degrees of kevin bacon

shiney shiney

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my ringThis is my shiney-shiney - isn't it goooooorgeous!

this is halloween

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king of the pumpkins in 3D!

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Nightmare before Christmas poster
Disney have announced that they're re-releasing Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christjmas on 3D! Yay! I've been wanting to watch this movie again for ages (my DVD is still in plastic) and now I can watch it big and in 3D! And not ONLY are they re-doing the entire movie, but Marilyn Manson has done the "This is Halloween" song - so this is one big production. So looking forward!

ahoy blogger beta

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This is officially my last post on blogger. I'm now going ot try migrate to beta blogger. hold thumbs for me! If I get this right, I'll be back in full blogger mode. See you soon...
And here's a pic of Erin just cos I can :o)


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Oh my HAT! have I beens truggling with blogger. For anyone that comes here, I do apologise for the long delay in posting, specially after I really really really had so much news, but blogger just refused to publish anything. I suspect it's something to do with blogger beta, so if you've migrated your blog, let me know what it's like...

26 - just checking in

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26 has been quite a big year for me. Huge in fact. And now I'm back from New York with even more life-changing news.
It started just 9 months ago with Robin and I finally deciding to give us a try. Who knew *evil grin*
Then I got a new car. Oh - new job description in January. All the while trying to find my feet with the presenting gig, and my living arrangements. Huge.
So my news for today - we got engaged!
We're busy putting together a blog of our trip which I'll direct you to soon. But it really was the trip of a lifetime with the tone being set by our scary but wonderfully exciting decision. More news soon - watch this space!


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bouncy balls
This is one of my favourite ads. I want to be standing right in the middle of the road when they let the balls flow down! It's gorgeous - the music, the simplicity, the colour. You want to feel what it's like to have so many balls bouncing passed you, into you. To see that colour flowing down a main street with nothing to stop it. So I think I'll take my own ball and send it running down - another reason to visit San Fran :o)

happy birthday robin!

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Playboy cover from September, 1973
33 (number)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
33 (thirty-three) is the natural number following 32 and preceding 34.

33 is the largest positive integer that can not be expressed as a sum of different triangular numbers. It is also the smallest odd repdigit that's not prime (unless we consider 1-digit integers to also be repdigits).

The sum of the first four factorials is 33. Adding up the sums of divisors for the 1 through 6 yields 33. 33 is the smallest integer such that it and the next two integers all have the same number of divisors.

33 is also the atomic number of arsenic.

david brent rules!

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We recently finished watching my DVD set of The Office. It took Robin all of 2 episodes to get into it. And it really is like that - compelling in a cringable squeamish kinda way. But even we couldn't handle too much David Brent in one weekend. Robin made an interesting observation - that the Christmas Specials finish it off too neatly. That they tie up too many of the loose ends and emotions. On reflection though, we've decided you HAVE to watch it with the Specials. It was those that made the series for me. Otherwise it was just a series of embarrassmentsThe Office at the hands of one of the strangest characters in TV history. Including Basil Fawlty. Make some time and watch The Office - with the Specials. You'll appreciate the script in a way no Amercian sitcom can surprise you. David Brent is just too much. Gareth makes me laugh. I like Tim and Dawn.

the cast and crew

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Following on from the post about our New media movie, here are some pics of the "Oscars" event that we attended to win all our awards. Naturally we all went in our overalls. This is us at the after-drinks held in the old Big Brother garden. Yes - where Ferdie...
Greg and I looking dubious
Robin looking saxy!
Head of New Media, Jason, and Robin's partner, GlennGreg and Robin - now out of his overalls

We were nominated for 9 awards, took 2. Hollywood here we come!

full moon...

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...seen from my house - kitty and I exploring my tripod
moon - doughnut in the sky!

kitty pikchas

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kitty in the bathroom
kitty having a bath
Russia's been spending quite a bit of time in Greenside lately, and he's never been happier. He's already got his favourite spots and the most bizarre routine - which includes chasing a shampoo lid round and round and round in the bath, batting his ball up and down the passage, getting up at 5am to go play with the birds and eating really crunchy dry bits as loud as he can at 2am every morning. GNA GNA GNA.
And he also gets incredibly spoiled! All in all, he's eating better than ever, and looks a lot happier and healthier. Seems Russia's not so much a northern suburbs kitty :o)

3 more sleeps!

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knock me out - please!

friday frenzy

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Magical TrevThe office is in a bit of a tizz around me today - we're launching the official survivor website. Everything is being tested, checked, re-checked, updated, unDRMed and re-associated. Going through things with a fine-toothed mouse.
Now it's 2.50pm on a Friday afternoon and I'm wondering who's going out to buy the beer ;o) Weebl and BobAlso - I'm eyeing online Weebls toys. These are awesome! If you've ever seen Magical Trev or Lions in Kenya you'll know what I'm talking about! If you've never played on Weebls, then do yourself a favour!!! Start here if you're a Lost fan...


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A friend is getting very bored at work and directed me to this gem today: MAHNAMAHNA!
Crank it up, and sing along! Mahnamahna!

blockbuster hit "5"!

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M-Net recently did a corporate building type excersise like none I've ever seen, but which was pretty appropriate considering our industry. Each department had to create a 3 - 5 minute movie describing in an entertaining fashion what is it their department does. Sounds cool huh? Now consider all the departments at YOUR place of work - HR, finance, IT, marketing, catering - now picture their movies. It just got a lot funnier, right?
As New Media we had a pretty tricky task. How to explain to everyone what it is we do in the odd environment blanketed by the title "New Media"? And even trickier - how to include each person in a department of over 40 people - detailing what it is they do. Good grief! Well done to our script writers. Because of course we had to do all the creative, writing, filming, lighting, editing and wardrobe ourselves too! What was spawned was the new hit movie, loosely fashion on that TV show with Kiefer Sutherland in it, called "5"...

Newsflash we sent to M-Net

Watch the trailer.

Visit the movie page.

See the blog.

21 more sleeps...

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Carlton luggage
...when to start packing!?! I'm trying to find out what the luggage restrictions are on SAA for a trip to the US - pretty strict I imagine. But do you think SA's official carrier has put any information on their website or anywhere online you can find it? Of course not! Don't be silly! Way too 20th century. So now my mom's deep in research. I will be THIS *holds hands as far apart as possible* upset if they've put weird restictions in place. Robin's just bought me a set of luggage - my first ever set - and I'm dying to use it! I want to walk in to The Alex with my new Carlton 2006 Ebony range luggage in tow - not a clear plastic packet! Argh! Struth! So we wait and hold thumbs - maybe I start using it for work :oD

can you survive the wait?

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Survivor SA is almost upon us (3 September), and the hype just gets bigger and bigger. I think it's going to be pretty damn awesome - one of the best productions to come out of M-Net. If you're a fan, then watch out this Sunday: the contestants are being announced!

The Survivors

If you want to see clips of each of the contestants, click here.

our holiday - the planning phase

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I've shared a little about where we're going and what we're doing, but every day our plans become a little firmer. As we stand now, we're going to The AsiateNew York for a week, then we fly to San Francisco for four days, then it's off to Las Vegas for two days (via the Grand Canyon) then back to NY. Sounds busy huh?
And each spot is packed full of stuff! NY includes Sunday at the men's US Open final, dinner at The Asiate on top of the Columbus building, Yankee StadiumThursday on Coney island, Thursday night at Yankee Stadium watching the Yankees play and of course oodles of shopping and major landmarks.

Golden GateOur four days in SF include the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz, Triburone across the river, oodles of shopping, and a drive into the winelands where they filmed Sideways. Did I mention shopping?

We're then going south to Vegas, where we're hiring a car and driving through to the Grand Canyon. Cirque du Soleil - OYou can't really go all that way and not see one of the wonders of the world now can you? We'll probably stay out in canyon area overnight before we drive back in to Vegas to go stay at the MGM Grand (pictured below). I'm so excited to take pics in Vegas - it must be insane! We'll be attending Cirque du Soleil's performance of "O" that night at the Bellagio daaaahling... Very swank ;o)

And even more exciting - pretty soon the pics of all these places will have been taken by me!