27 April 2011

Willing the Canucks to victory

I got home last night exhausted from a long weekend in Dublin. I went to bed. Of course, I wanted to stay up until 3am and watch Game 7 of Canucks vs Blackhawks, but I knew that would be folly. So instead I steeled myself for some mental willing-and-hoping-for-victory before I went to bed.

To begin putting that positive energy out into the world, I tweeted this: "I am applying all my psychic energies to willing a massive Game 7 victory. Go #Canucks Go!"

My friend Dylan replied almost immediately, putting me through to this article. No, I hadn't read it. But when I did, I realized I'd been on the right path - the path to victory; I redoubled the amount of good vibes I was pouring into the atmosphere.

It turns out that putting out positive vibes and fervent hopes from afar was actually a strategy endorsed by the owner, who asked fans to "get that positive energy out."

My positive playoff energy was already out, all over London. And then, on the weekend, all over Dublin.

I had suffered through the successive defeats from afar but - rather valiantly I would say - I refused to give up hope.

And Game 7 I put it all on the line, and online. My willing and hoping and positivity had reached fever pitch. And according to that article, even being so far away wouldn't be a problem.

As Anna Golbeck, co-owner of Vancouver’s Vikings Dragons & Fairies says: "You don’t need to be there at all. You just have to remember that you have a mind and you can use it to influence and create the reality around you." So I did.

I'm happy to report that it worked.

'It' being both my positivity and - also - the hard work, grit, passion, and belief of every single Canuck.


20 April 2011

Beats, Rhymes & Mirth 2

Our first Beats, Rhymes and Mirth show was a huge success, back in March - fusing hip-hop, comedy and jazz. Furniture provided the music, we provided the improv, and then us and various audience members rocked mics. Some evidence.

All in all, pretty damn amazing - a view you might have reinforced by this excellent review.

We're bringing it back 16 May at the Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell. And we've got some amazing guests(including Rob Broderick from Abandoman) and some new and old surprises lined up for this one. Should be a scorcher. Get tickets.


17 April 2011

Greening the thumbs

There are currently real live plants growing all over our terrace (and the perilous wraparound perimeter) of our top-floor flat. Strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, lettuce, peppers, and even more strawberries. Weather and green thumbs permitting, those bushes above will be heaving with fresh strawberries in a month or so.

But it's too early to tell how this experiment in nature-nurturing and increased self-sufficiency is really going to go. But that's not the point; cutting open soil bags and inserting the little seedlings was as fun a Sunday afternoon activity as the trawling of the garden centre was for my Saturday.

I think this enthusiastic gardening effort is due in part to the sunshiney weather, partially to the farm fresh produce we've been getting delivered every week from Abel & Cole, and partially due to the latest Marbles booking: a night in a theatre in Ealing, performing for an evening of theatre based on Allotments. It's got me thinking about gardening, and how it's probably a skill, and one that can only be acquired by actually having a go.

So here we are, having a go.


14 April 2011

Stephen Harper, shit-doer

Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada, is quantifiably a terrible human being. The website Shit Harper Did is a harrowing catalogue of things that Stephen Harper has done during his tenure as Prime Minister of Canada (AKA the Harper Government). There are some really great promo videos too. Watch them, and get your friends to watch them. Check out the website, see some of the shit Harper's done.

And then vote.

The website is fun to visit: the layout is clean and the snappy headlines well-written. The content, however, is heart-wrenchingly depressing. How is this possible? Are the things Harper does to seem human really that effective?


This is even worse for me, as I've recently discovered that I'm unable to vote - due to residing abroad for too long. But that doesn't mean that I don't care about Canada, and don't want to have a decent human being as leader.


05 April 2011

Wills & Kate getting married, separated


I don't know if you heard, but very soon Prince William will be marrying Kate Middleton in London. The news cycle is heating up as we count down. For example, just days ago, this story broke: Wills is having pre-wedding jitters!


Any wedding under this much scrutiny, followed by a life in the public eye on the public's dime, would put a lot of strain on any union. It can't be easy, this goldbricked road in front of them; I, quite honestly, wish them all the best.

New Zealand, however, doesn't fuck around with such niceties. At least the Stamp Department doesn't.

As you can see above, the stamp-printers of this sheep-loving Commonwealth nation figured: what with the likelihood of divorce these days, why don't we make a joint Wills and Kate stamp that's perforated right down the middle?

That way you can use the commemorative stamp of them united in blissful wedlock to mail a family member a small wheel of cheese or their car keys. Or other slightly weighty or oversized item.

But if you only need to send something small, like a couple pieces of dried fruit or a copy of a divorce certificate, then you can just rip the soon-to-be-wed Royal Couple apart and use them as individual stamps.

Maybe Wills caught wind of Kate and Harry's commemorative mug fandango?

But if the thought of tearing the betrothed asunder is too much to bear, remember: it need not be permanent rupture. Just think of it as separate first-class vacations. Or perhaps a trial perforation.

And not that anyone's counting, but the Wills stamp is worth a full New Zealand dollar more than Kate's half. I hope that's not what drove them apart.

UPDATE: As a Kiwi friend has pointed out. The stamp is actually from Niue, a tiny island nation close to NZ. They use NZ money and stamps, but are not actually New Zealand.