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it’s been a big one

the end of a mad year. this last week has been so hectic at the office, wrapping up last minute work for clients and organising (and recovering from) a mid-week rodeo-themed christmas party. for once i decided NOT to take any photos, since i tend to concentrate too much on getting cool shots more than just having fun. so i have nothing to show you, although i will find everyone else’s pics, maybe early next year.

i will say that i can barely walk as my inner thighs are stiff from being a little over-zealous on a mechanical bull, and i have a graze on my knee, and it took me 2 hours to get the rhinestones off the top i wore, which i spent a good 3 hours rhinestoning in the first place. it was also kind of a farewell party for Daniel Beatty, our MD, who will be moving to Tokyo to run our Japan office (very sad for us) so it was a bit crazy. crazy good.

i just have one more thing left to do before i can chill, namely the grass newsletter, just to let everyone know what’s been happening. our office and business has changed so much in one year, it’s hard to keep everyone up to speed with what’s happening. we’ll be opening some new premises in jozi early next year, and we’ll also be opening in dubai and brazil next year. we’ll also be appointing a new MD as Dan has made himself a Super Valuable Human. but i may leave that til next year since i would rather have everyone’s input.

but it’s been quite crazy – i for one, have moved cross country twice in one year, and residential addresses 7 times throughout the same year. we’ve had massive growth in business through both new and existing clients, and instant seed as a business has really taken off and done some pioneering stuff in this country when it comes to word of mouth marketing. and the russian business has grown and is now a bit bigger. and we’ve had an insane amount of fun throughout it all.

i plan to turn my computer off for at least a week. my camera’s had a bit of an episode – the first since i’ve had it which is remarkable considering what it’s been through (it’s a Canon Ixus i, old school one, and a best friend) so i’ve taken that as a sign to do a bit of information detoxing. instead i’ll be filling my head with number9dream by david mitchell, the wind up bird chronicle by haruki murakami, and proof reading my friend lauren beukes’s novel Branded due for publishing early next year. that will be peppered with Heroes season 2 – which i have not had time to watch yet, shocking – and chilling with friends who have flown home from their perches around the globe / country. but what i’m most looking forward to is lying in the sun by the pool. not so much the beachdue to the trauma surrounding getting to and from it, but just being outside in the sunshine. hooray for summer.

hope everyone has a great christmas. i’ve got a bit obsessed with wrapping paper and am fully kitted out this year. i love christmas. happy holidays and rest well, see you next year.

oh and thanks to sarah johnson for showing me this, which got me laughing much, and got the peoples’ choice award for Best User Generated video (take note those interested in New Media):

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ripe for sponsorship: clap your hands say Eurafrica

i spent my sunday night at Obz Cafe’s theatre, sipping coffee and munching on cheescake, watching a play that made me weep with laughter. Eurafrica  – written by Lucy Heavens and Sarah Jane Scott – is a 2 woman satire about contemporary white South Africans. it’s completely politically incorrect but at the same time manages to be objectively honest, so they get away with it. the storyline goes (in their words):

“Aida and Gwen feel unwanted and scared in South Africa.  They’ve considered leaving, but Europe is very cold and they only have South African passports. After a divine visitation from their ancestors, Cecil John Rhodes and Queen Victoria, they are encouraged to mobilise ‘their people’ towards the formation of ‘EurAfrica’.  It’s a haven for all those English liberals in South Africa who want a place to call home. 

Gwen and Aida embark on a deeply ironic journey through their colonial past and an awkward celebration of their English heritage to convince the people of their dubious cause.”

aida and gwen

let it be known that my stomach still hurts. it’s exceptionally witty and extremely relevant. highlights include… oh go see for yourself. it’s at Obz Cafe every Sunday night until 2 December. starts at 8.30, it’s best to go around 7.30 and have a drink, maybe something to eat before the show. tickets are R49, and i recommend you book a table as there wasn’t any free space that i could see. Click here for their offical website.

if you’re a brand speaking to youth white south africans between the ages of 18 – 28, here’s some content you might want to get involved in. suggestions include sponsorship, exclusively promoting trial and sampling of your brand during the performance (atmosphere is very condusive to it), merchandising, even turning it into a television special. kinds of brands it would suit: edgy, say it like it is brands, fashion, alcohol – great for experiential, strong retail partner.