Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

More Potter? Yes please...

So obviously my lovely readers you all know I love Harry Potter (have I mentioned my HP set visit? A few hundred times you say? Never...) which meant I needed to be Beta User for Pottermore. Now I've no clue what a Beta User is or does but damn it by grabthar's hammer I was going to get my golden ticket.

It wasn't off to the best of starts when Day 1 I found myself "down the country" with no internet and one bar of coverage on my phone. I hear the first clue via my friend Crazy Mary (bigger Potterhead than me!) How many breeds of owl are featured on the Eeylops Owl Emporium sign? Even Mary T didn't know the answer which was (after a quick google) 5 (Multiply this number by 49 and you get 245) it turns out she's magical. Something we'd always guessed to be honest with you So Day 1 Mary T is in and I'm glad for her. If only one super fan I know gets in I'm happy.

Day 2 rolls around and I've lost the plot (all the fresh air). It turns out I would not be happy if just one super fan I know gets in. After reverting to a teenage version of myself and throwing a strop I'd wrangled some internet. It only worked if I stand very still in one spot of the house but I could tweet. The hash tag Pottermore was now my BFF. August 1st I managed to stay hopefully awake at my computer until 4am reading The Chamber of Secrets before passing out. I'd made plans with Mary T who was using her superior HP Knowledge and faster internet connection to help her less fortunate pottermoreless pals so when I awoke at 8am without a number of missed calls or texts I knew the clue hadn't been posted yet. I had literally turned on my sleeping computer and managed to get the blinkin' internet working when TA DA the clue was posted. What is the number of the chapter in which Professor McGonagall cancels the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff? OMG I know that! 14 erm multiplying that by 42 is actually hard when sleep deprived. So 588? Huzzah.

I am Centaurwing78 thanks to Mary T who helped when my internet speed couldn't hack the race to get on Pottermore. I AM MAGICAL! WOW! I love my Username and I can't wait to be sorted, buy my wand and pick my OWL Subjects! Also, how sneaky is JK? Pottermore is making me do math! Refreshing is now replaced with refreshing gmail.

The next 5 days I casually figure out the clue and help the less hardcore join Pottermore. It goes as follows...

Day 3 In the Gryffindor versus Slytherin Quidditch match, in Harry’s third year, how many points is Gryffindor leading by before Harry catches the Golden Snitch? 60 x 35 = 2100.

Day 4 How many students take part in the Triwizard Tournament during Harry’s fourth year? 4 x 28 = 112.

Day 5 What is the house number of the Headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix in Grimmauld Place? 12 x 21 = 252.

Day 6 How many chapters are there in HARRY POTTER and the Half-Blood Prince? 30 x 14 = 420

Day 7 How many Deathly Hallows are there? 3 x 7 = 21. My boyfriend Chris figured this out by myself and joins up. I find myself thankful I'm not dating a Muggle and now rather scared I might be Slytherin.

Oh and I hear the answers were all multiples of seven! It's a magic number!

So I'm just waiting on my Owl now... I'll keep you posted...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Geek Out! Movie Fest is coming soon...

An Irish Style Comic Con is coming to Cineworld this August. I believe going brings me one step closer to crossing SDCC off my Bucketlist. The Big Question is do I get to dress up?

Here's the a post from my blog on Phoenix FM about it...

The first ever Movie Fest will take place at Cineworld Cinemas in Dublin on August 13 / 14. With exclusive footage from upcoming Hollywood blockbusters along with previews of Hollywood films not due for release until late 2011. Every day will include two high-profile feature film previews along with presentations from all major Hollywood studios featuring a huge selection of extensive never-before-seen footage and trailers from some of the most highly anticipated films of 2011 and 2012 including material from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, the new Steven Soderbergh movie Haywire which was shot in Ireland, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark from director Guillermo del Toro, Tower Heist starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, an exclusive four minute preview of The Adventures of TinTin, Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming epic, 3D footage from the highly anticipated The Amazing Spider-Man, and a five minute clip from the new Total Recall.

“We really wanted to bring an event for film fans to Dublin that had an air of genuine excitement around it,” commented Vincent Donnelly, creator of Movie Fest. “We had taken note of how huge Comic Con has become in the US, now attracting thousands of people and the biggest stars, and wanted to try to recreate some of that excitement here. Irish audiences, among the most frequent moviegoers in the world, can sometimes be neglected when it comes to access to an all-inclusive event like this, and we wanted to make sure that while it was modelled on Comic Con, it’s a very unique event,” he continued. “There will be plenty of surprises over the weekend, and plenty of prizes and goody bags for members of the audience, so if you’re a movie fan, this is definitely the event for you.”

Movie Fest takes place at Cineworld Cinemas, Parnell Centre, Dublin on August 13 and 14, the full schedule can be seen on

Day tickets are on sale from Cineworld's box office or online at (advance booking section).

Shakespeare in the park!

Cracked Light Productions, Dublin’s newest theatre company, is excited to bring the raucous street fighting, boisterous frolicking, heart melting romance and gut wrenching tragedy of Romeo & Juliet (Unplugged) for FREE to the Dublin community

When they found out that the 2011 Ranelagh Arts Festival had been cancelled (sadface), Cracked Light Productions Dublin’s newest theatre company, decided to put on a free performances of Romeo & Juliet with a 32 member professional cast in the Ranelagh Gardens. They raised an amazing €3000 through the most excellent Fund It (a new all-island crowdfunding website for Ireland’s creative projects, giving everyone the power to help good ideas happen.) to cover the production costs. When the Iveagh Gardens found out what the group where doing they donated the use of their park too. Norman & Brown hair salon in Ranelagh has offered to donate hair and make-up services. Amazon Landscaping has offered help with flowers and plants for set dressing. No doubt by the time I publish this blog many more peeps and local businesses will have thrown their helping hand into the ring.

Cracked Light Productions is a not for profit theatre company. Both the producers and director of Romeo & Juliet are donating their time, talents and resources to this event and will not be paid for their work. The production it's self is meant to be "unplugged" so there will be no sound system, no lights, no mics, no electricity and nothing artificial.

So that’s Romeo & Juliet for FREE in Dublin – Ranelagh Gardens (behind Superquinn) from August 9 to 14 and the Iveagh Gardens from 17 to 21, 7pm weeknights and 3pm at weekends.

Directions: Take the LUAS to the Ranelagh stop, go under the overpass and go through the arch into the Gardens. Walk to the other end of the park and Ta Da your there. Bring a blanket, some snacks and remember clean up any mess you make before you leave. Find Cracked Light Productions on Facebook for more info.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Vision Board

Huzzah I've finally finished my Vision Board. I did it online with the Oprah website. I focused on what I want in my life aka friends, family, pets, as well as dreams, travel and career