72 hours and already into live music

 

 I have now been upon England’s green and asphalt covered land for a little over 72 hours. It’s wonderful to be home. (Dover. South-East England to be exact. -Ed) Before me stands a glorious countryside, magnificent cliffs, and a myriad of historic buildings; and within each of these locales a million adventures await to be lived. It’s a fantastic thing to stand in the centre of a small town knowing that there is a plethora of unique and interesting entertainments available within walking distance. Case in point, on Sunday night -while the sun was still up at 9pm- I indulged in a little sojourn at one of the local pubs. (Local pubs! What a statement! We have no pubs in […]

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Blue Man Group

 

 So here I am sitting at home, my head still pounding and my eyes still spinning -it’s all rods and cones, baby. What a night that was. Good Lord! It was absolutely fantastic. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it was legendary. What caused this legendary evening? Well, it’s simply the amazing meal that I had at Monte Casino. No, I lie. It was watching Wookiee play ten-pin bowling with a buggered hand. No. I am lying again. It was, in fact, the show put on by the gloriously entertaining Blue Man Group; who are at present playing across South Africa. (Go see them!) Now I wanted to give you a well written and well thought out […]

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A Night with Iron Maiden

And now that the dust has settled -and I have recovered from both a cold and a series of exams- it is time to reflect upon the grand spectacle that has thus far been one of the best nights of my life. (No, we did not sleep together -Ed) It is not often one gets to simply knock a major item off their top bucket list; but recently I did just that. Dreams do come true, and your faithful Wookiee has seen Iron Maiden Live. Years in the making, this is the tale of the greatest of adventures. My love of Iron Maiden started in my early years of high school when a friend lent me his Brave New World […]

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Supernatural Con (5 March 2016)

The time is fast approaching for Supernatural Con, 2016. (Last year was fantastic. This year shall be all that and more). Last year was the first ever Supernatural Con ever held in S.A. Last year’s con focused primarily on the TV series, Supernatural. This year we shall continue our love for this amazing show, as well as expanding our love/con for more supernatural related shows: X-Files, Ash VS Evil Dead, American Horror Story, and so many more… This year we have a new vendors and fun events occurring. We have a number of amazing vendors and stalls selling their wears on the day. After party. Yes, that’s right, we shall be indulging in a little dancing and karaoke. (No alcohol […]

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rAge Is In All of Us

“That’s how it starts. The fever, the rage. The feeling of powerlessness- that turns good men….cruel” – Alfred pennyworth Those are the immortal words uttered by Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler to describe the symptoms exhibited by individuals that have the rAge and are unable to go to The Dome . It is a condition caused by a symbiotie that turns its host into a rAge zombie whose sole purpose is to go to the Dome in Randburg where they revel in all the entertainment on offer there. First discovered in 2002, the rAge symbiote has infected more and more individuals with each successive year bringing its hosts together from all around South Africa. Although it might seem as though it […]

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Has rAge Outgrown Itself ?

 

 rAge is the premier event on the Johannesburg nerd scene, and has been a staple event for tech heads since the early days of my childhood. Initially a purely computer convention, featuring new technology and games that were on the way, it has grown over the years to include so much more. From comic books to cosplay, figurines to geek apparel, rAge truly has come to be the proverbial Mecca of the South African geek and nerd community. But has its grown too much ? Now before you all crucify me, let me clarify my point. I have been sitting here looking through the various posts from rAge, as one usually does after such events. I’ve been going through the […]

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A Veterans Guide to rAge

With rAge just around the corner, I decide to do a survival guide of sorts for first timers going to rAge. This guide is composed of tips and tricks from two rAge veterans, one who will be attending rAge for the 11th year in a row and the other their 9th. Tip 1 – The first tip is often a well know tip and that is buying your tickets beforehand to avoid the queues upon entering the dome. Yet now you have this ticket but which entrance do you use? Well that depends on what day you go on. On Friday the best entrance would be the main entrance or entrance 1 as it has the most amount of cashiers […]

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The Neighbours Magical Medievil Fayre, Now with Authentic Rain

 

 Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the annual Medieval Fayre, hosted by Neighbours. The weekend took off with a mostly welcomed return of the spring rains. Undeterred by all the falling wetness I pushed onward to the adventure. (You and I both know Scotland has two types of weather: Wet and Wetter. Ed) Despite being dreary, drizzling and mud soaked, I was immediately impressed with the turnout at the annual fayre. I surveyed my surroundings, all manner of stalls were there and people buzzed around like bees after mead. After successfully navigating the maze of mud and sludge I came across a series of blacksmiths hammering away, while on the horizon armoured knights were battling away. [youtube id=”vvhQBQpWKH8″ […]

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Deathfest

Today we speak to Shaughn about the upcoming Johannesburg outdoor metal event, Deathfest. So, Deathfest, please explain to our non-Alternative fans what it’s all about. This festival is aimed at developing the newer bands and giving them a platform of international standard to perform on. They also get to learn and work with an international crew and if all goes well, this should elevate them to a better level than where they started off. What inspired you to host Deathfest? New bands battle to get chances as promoters like to stick to tried and tested line ups or line ups they think are working. With Deathfest, we hope to bring you something new and show you who is out there. […]

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Geekfest 2015 – Part 2, aka It has begun

It is just after 10.15 am, and the masses have finally poured into the venue. Well some of them have poured in. The majority are still fighting their way towards the gate, battling Klingons, and zombies, and LOL fans, and some guy called Gerald. What a bastard. Regardless, the venue is now open and Geekfest 2015, has begun! As the diverse plethora of characters, cosplayers and “normals” swarm across the venue like some sort of living rainbow jelly, I stand alone and abandoned near the site for the upcoming cosplay competition. Wookiee and Metal Pangolin have run off to locate some sort of food based comic book stand, or comic book based food stand, or something; while Morph-Man has transformed […]

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