Welsh Pride & Some Epic Rugby!

Squeeeeee!

Last night was the Wales vs. South Africa RWC game that I was lucky enough to get tickets for, and WOW – talk about an amazing experience!

My darling friends and I started out the evening with a good ol’ fashioned Kiwi dinner beforehand – fish ‘n’ chips! (or, in Kiwi dialect, “fush ‘n’ chups”) 😉 It was windy, and raining – the Welsh would have felt right at home! – so we sat outside the supermarket for shelter. I’m sure we looked incredibly homeless, but this was made up for by the numerous longing looks we received from passers-by, because of the yummy smell of our food 😀

And then… the trek to ‘Wellington Regional Stadium’ began! (it’s usually called ‘Westpac Stadium’, but the RWC are rather strict about what brands are associated with the tournament – lucky it will always be known as the ‘Cake Tin’ to us Kiwis!) This was incredibly fun, especially when we reached the train station, as there were a bajillion fans making their way to the match.  We even passed a group of four musicians playing the Welsh National Anthem 😉 When we came across this guy, we just HAD to have a photo with him…

Such an epic hat!

Anyways, we merged into the massive crowd heading into the stadium, arriving early enough to mess around taking valuable pictures… 😀

Don’t I look truly Welsh ? 😉

Moving on… the actual rugby game! 😀

And what an amazing game it was! To be honest, deep down in my heart I was afraid it would be a bit one sided – after all, Wales have only beaten South Africa once before, and drawn once too. BUT GOSH was this a brilliant display of rugby! The Welsh were really onto it, they played so well!! South Africa, quite frankly, sucked 😛 The crowd was really great too – I think most were actually supporting Wales, probably because all of the ‘neutral’ Kiwis naturally love underdogs, and are probably still sore about South Africa recently beating the All Blacks, hahaaa. Although there were many South African flags flying! Had some fun with chants – not the most original… “Waaaaales, Waaaaales!” – and also some Mexican Waves.

This last one is a tad blurry, but I simply MUST include it because… when I was taking it, I half-jokingly/half-optimistically said “This is Wales getting their first try!” And blow me down, 2 seconds later they crossed the line!! 😀 I went absolutely mental, brilliant! This put Wales in the lead, which they were able to hold onto right until the final 10mins or so… when unluckily, South Africa scored, and rounded the final score off at 17-16.

One point of controversy is the hideous fact that the (excuse my French) wanker referee Wayne Barnes made a fairly bad call regarding one of the Welsh penalty kicks. If you watch the video that TVNZ have on their article, you can see that the ball clearly curves in, to slot between the posts, and so should definitely have been given! BUT no. As well as just being a crap ref, I reckon Barnes was a bit nervous being in New Zealand, after his 2007 RWC balls up… *sighs* 😛

Anyway, a great time was had by all! 🙂 All that remains now is to thank my AWESOME Mum, again – don’t think I can thank her enough actually! Wish she could have been there too, but we all had fun anyways! I now have an extremely serious case of RWC fever 😉

Even though Wales lost, I’m still super proud of them for showing such strength, and giving the South Africans a serious run for their money! Wales is definitely my ‘adopted’ second team, and I shall be rooting for them in their other Pool (of) D(eath) matches!

Have fun!
Bri xx

‘All Blacks Don’t Cry’

I stumbled across this video yesterday, about John Kirwan and his personal experience with depression. He’s written a book of the same title, which my Mum owns… shall have to snag it off her to read during the summer. Anyway, this dramatised film is just a snapshot – and I encourage you all to watch it. It’s 13 mins long, but it will be an incredibly important 13 mins of your life spent.

The thing about depression is… it’s swept under the carpet. Forced to hide deep within your chest, caged there. To admit you need help is a sign of weakness, right?

Wrong. It’s a sign of strength.

I just hope that this reaches some of you, and if you pass the video/message on, it may reach others too. John Kirwan has done a lot of depression in New Zealand – the website which he supports runs a really useful looking programme called ‘The Journal‘, definitely recommend it.

Everyone deserves to have someone there for them.

And yes, this post may seem a tad out of the blue… but it’s just something that’s struck me as crucially important, and something I feel strongly about. So please, do bear with my sudden seriousness!

Oh, and just randomly, I’ve officially had my first dream – sorry, nightmare! – where the All Blacks lost the World Cup. Talk about depression.

Sorry, couldn’t help the black humour.

(Oiii, my mind…!)

Love yourselves,
Bri xx

Rugby World Cup 2011 Tickets!!

*faints*

Yes. I actually hold, in my very own hands, tickets to the Rugby World Cup! 😀

*runs around the house like a maniac*

How it happened goes a little something like this.

My wonderful, darling Mum is volunteering for RWC – she gets to be a volunteer helping out in town, providing information and directions and knowledge for tourists who are visiting. At the start of their commitment to volunteering, they were told that they wouldn’t be getting any special access to the actual games – which Mum wasn’t bothered about at all, she wanted to be involved because it is something awesome and special to do, and because of her passion for rugby.

However…

A week or so ago, the RWC team let all the volunteers know that some tickets had become available, and were giving volunteers the opportunity to apply for some – for FREE! 🙂 Since there are no actual games being playing back home with Mum, she decided to be the best Mum EVER and apply for me!

And, lo and behold – success!!

Squeeee! So, she mailed them over to me today. And now, I’m finally feeling how real it is – I actually get to be a part of this! I was pretty much resigned to not having ANY CHANCE IN HECK to attend, because the tickets are so insanely expensive, especially for a poor student like me! 😉 But… miracles do happen.

I was even luckier to get four  tickets in total, which meant I was able to make three other people very, very happy! I just know we’re going to have fun (you know who you are ;)) Well, all thanks to my Mum, really! 🙂

So yes. This Sunday, I shall be rocking out at Wales vs. South Africa. My allegiance, of course, must be Wales, because I just frickin’ love Wales. I’ve bought myself a flag to wave around madly, and can’t wait to get my facepaint on!

I’ll be sure to take photos, and I’m sure I won’t be able to resist posting them here next week, so watch out for them.

Have fun!
Bri xx

Day 28 — 10 People You Admire

Without any preamble…

1. John Barrowman

*beams* So much lovely. Here is a man who is the perfect example of always looking at life’s positives, living it to the full, and following your dreams. John is such an inspiring role model, especially through the support he provides for LGBT and for musically-talented people. And playing a hero like Captain Jack – it’s natural that people look up to him! He’s a truly genuine person, which can easily be seen in his books. Actually, after reading them, I really did feel like John’s best friend 😀 Wonderful actor, stunning singer… a beautiful soul.

2. J.K. Rowling

Bet you guessed this one, right? 😉 Good old J.K. is the perfect picture of writerly success. She never gave up, even though she had many publishing houses turn her down – how gutted they must be now! Slaved away, plotting and writing for years! Ooohh, and the whole image of her writing in a cafe… heheheee. A very romantic idea of a writer, love it! 😀 And, well – she gave the world Harry, and Hogwarts! How could we not admire her?

3. Billie Joe Armstrong

Aaaah! Too awesome. Love his lyrics, love his voice… he’s really an awesome rock musician. And the fact that Green Day have been together for over 20 years now, with only one band member change after their first album – so, aaaages ago! – wow… simply amazing! And hell, Billie Joe is just so darn good looking… 😉 That eyeliner? His ties? Those beautiful green eyes? Mmmm, yes please! 😀

4. Stephen Fry

*smiles* And not just because he’s in Wellington at the moment, either. I first fell in love with him through ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ and the Harry Potter audio books, and of course, his Twitter!  But I’ve been discovering more and more about Stephen – and I just adore him!! His documentary about Manic Depression (Bi-Polar) is so interesting, and heartbreaking, and it’s such a good thing to increase understanding of people who have it. It displayed such a real side to him, what is really underneath his comedic appearance. I have bought his two autobiographies, and can’t wait til my trimester of uni is over so that I have time to dive into them!! I actually also have his ‘The Ode Less Travelled’ book about how to write poetry, which is awesome! He’s got such a brilliant writing voice, I’m definitely planning on reading more of his books. And that’s another thing – he is incredibly funny. His use of language – his voice! – oohhh and his adorable smile 😀 Loooove.

5. Ma’a Nonu

*drools* Ohhhh. What to say? Love the eyeliner, the dreads, the muscle, the tatts, the smile! And his rugby skills, of course! 😉 He’s bloody brilliant – did you see that try he scored last night against the Wallabies?? Pure. Gold. The first time I saw him in person, I’m embarrassed to admit that I was literally too starstruck to ask for his autograph. He had suddenly appeared on the field after a rugby game, to sign along with the other players there, and he was coming through the crowd. He said “Excuse me” to ME!! in order to get past, and I just gazed up at him like the biggest fangirl in existence 😀 The second time I met him, I was much more collected, and managed to get his autograph AND a photo with him. I did, however, tell him that story about being too starstruck… I also may have let slip that it was on my Bucket List to meet him… *cough* What a stalker, hahaaa!

6. William Shakespeare

…the Master of Words! 😀 Seriously, even if I didn’t study English, I would have read as many plays as I have by Shakespeare, as he truly is brilliant with plots, with characters, with twists, with emotion! He’s got it all down, mannn. It’s hard to choose my favourite play, as I’ve not read all of them yet, but… I think it would be Richard III, actually! May sound like a weird one to love, but it’s more than a mere history play – Richard III is one of the most devious villains ever, it’s great!

Ohhh and something that everyone must know, because it annoys me when people get this wrong: you know that quote, “Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou Romeo?” Yeah, the “wherefore” actually means why! Which means that Juliet is actually asking “Why are you called/named Romeo?” , not “Where the bloody hell are you Romeo?” !! She’s brooding over his name because she just got told he’s a Montague, and therefore from the Capulet’s (her family) arch enemy’s family.

PLEASE pass this knowledge on. 😛

/end rant/

7. Andrew Lloyd Webber

From the Master of Words, we get the Master of Music! Such a fan – honestly, I WISH I had even a fraction of this man’s talent! He composes music that tells stories, makes you feel the same emotions as the characters, gives you chills… when I think of a song that give me chills, “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” immediately leaps to mind, after being lucky enough to see it sung live in a show celebrating the best songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber. And ‘Phantom of the Opera’ is obviously fantastic 🙂 However, I have a special love for ‘Cats’ because I grew up listening to the soundtrack, and remember rather vividly how I used to pretend to BE a cat, dancing around to the music. Can never say no to ‘Sunset Boulevard’ either, or a bit of ‘Joseph’s Amazing Techni-Colour Dreamcoat’. Oooohh and don’t forget his “flop” (insofar the “The Lord” can have a flop – it still got a DVD recording/release!!) ‘By Jeeves’!! 😀

8. Emma Watson

Awww, such a beautiful nature. She’s such a good role model – mostly 😉 Emma didn’t go all crazy at being given fame at such a young age, which I guess would be easy to do, if you weren’t grounded. So, in that way, she’s really down to earth and genuine. The way she played Hermione was very fitting, and Hermione herself is someone to look up to too. I can’t help but love her accent… and she’s so pretty!!! 😛

9. Dr Matthew Trundle

To come back a little closer to home… here is one of my past lecturers, my idol! 😀 Ohhh man, I would go along to a lecture for a paper that I’m not even taking if it meant being able to listen to him lecture. He doesn’t need a microphone – he just booms it out, and he doesn’t have notes or anything – he just goes for it, off the top of his head! But he sounds perfectly articulate – like he just knows it, like the back of his hand. He lectures for Greek/Roman Classics, and has a book out, on Amazon! *gasp* 😛 He even has his own VERB *giggles* Let me explain: One of my other Classics professors was lecturing when his microphone broke, and he was like “Oh well, guess I’ll have to Trundle it!” Teeheee. Love it.

10. My Mum!

Couldn’t leave my good old Mum out, could I? 😀 She’s the person I talk to the most, and the person that I know will always be there for me! She’s so strong, determined, and passionate about what she believes in. She’s still reaching for the stars, too – having just finished her first university degree a few years ago, which is something that I would be far too weak to do at such a time in my life!! 😛 And she’s got dreams for her future, which I find truly inspiring 🙂 It’s never too late to make a difference – thank you, Mum, for showing me that!

Awwww, soppy end to today’s post 😛 Worth it though!

Have fun!
Bri xx