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1431. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

i got tickbite fever in the kalahari over the weekend. the stiffness in my neck is almost gone!!!

1432. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 7y

I is off to South Africa tomorrow - yaaayyyyyyy sunshine!

1433. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

My stepdad has learned how to use outlook and keeps sending me funny e-mails now ;). I wonder when he's going to join TP or facebook .

1434. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 7y

My new Eagle Creek travel pack arrived today and I just love it!
And... I received a free mascara from L'Oreal through the post!

If you see someone at the airport with a flashy new back pack and BIG eyelashes...thats me!

1435. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

We're putting our condo up for sale! Yay!

Actually, it's kinda scary. Come to think of it, it's downright nerve wracking.

Maybe I'm posting this in the wrong thread...

1436. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

two very good friends of mine found out they are pregnant!! Roger lost his dad in 2008 so this news about his wife being pregnant made my day and then some....

1437. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

having another delicious dinner in Nishiki - my favourite Japanese restaurant in Auckland :)

1438. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

Here's an email I sent to some friends today....

I have to tell you about last night's concert, I can't wait until tonight to write my review on the board. I'm so pumped today you wouldn't believe it. Read on.....

Concert was at the State Theatre. It's an old style place that holds about 3,000 people over 3 levels. It's a classy sort of old-world type of place that's good for more intimate concerts rather than the more impersonal arena style of venues. The stage itself is therefore quite small, although deep.

The concert was being filmed for a DVD. Just before the concert started I was on my way to the bathroom (I'd had a few beers) and I was approached by a lady with a microphone and a guy with a camera. I agreed to a bit of an interview and we chatted for a minute or so. I went back to the seat and told my wife about it, saying that I "may be on the DVD".

We were on the ground level six rows back from the stage. The ground level is sort of split into two areas; the front section which we were at and the back section which seemed to have more room. So the concert begins with her fiancé Brian McFadden coming out on stage with a guitarist and a keyboard player. He was also playing guitar, and he introduces himself and spoke to the audience for a bit, cracking a few jokes, etc. They then launched in to Patience by Guns N Roses and did a top job of that song. I've never seen him in his old boy band, but I must say that he can sing, he can sure play guitar, and he can certainly engage with the audience. He's got talent and plenty of stage presence. So they performed about 3 or 4 songs as a warm up act. I won't buy his records but I can now understand why some people do.

Delta Goodrem came on. Her first song was Believe Again and she was all style, fashion and glitter. I thought her voice was going to be pretty rough, as there's quite a difference between a recorded voice and a stage voice. Her voice was perfect and she was hitting pretty much every note. She began the song at the back of the stage up on a raised section that had a staircase either side. Behind her a large screen was showing a modified video of the song, and her life performance was integrated into what was showing on the screen, if that makes sense. I could tell that this was going to be a concert, a spectacle, and a "show" wrapped up in one.

After that song, she spoke to the audience for a few minutes, explaining the meaning of some of the lyrics, what some songs meant to her and basically giving a bit of a rundown some of the songs she was going to sing.

She sang another song, and she started at the piano on this one. She played the piano with skill, then grabbed the mic, and wandered around the stage engaging the audience.

After the second song, she came over to our side of the stage looked down to where I was sitting, and she says, "You in the blue shirt, I like the way you move". She's pointing to me. "I've got my eye on you!" Now, I must say that I can't write expletives in this email as it won't get through the firewall. But I'm pretty excited but embarrassed as she's focusing on me for a bit. Remember, I'm 6 rows from the front.

So she does a few more songs, and then she announces that she's going to get down into the audience and walk through and say hello. I swear that as she's coming off the stage near where we were sitting, she glanced at me once or twice. Now I know how this sounds, but read on. So she heads towards me but I can't reach the aisle as we're sort of in the middle of the row. She comes up to our row of seats, and at the same time I get up and lean right over and she comes up and leans right over and she extends her hand to me and we shake hands. It was a stretch on both our parts.

Right, she does a few more songs and announces that there will be an interval for about 15 minutes. She then says that she'll sing one more song prior to the interval, and that everyone is to stand and dance for that song. She says that during that song, she will hand over the mic to one of her backing vocalists and he will go down into the audience and pick 4 or 5 people who will join her and her band up on stage for a few songs at the commencement of the second part of the show. Now after she's said this, and before she starts singing the song, she says the following. This is almost word for word. "There's going to be a bit of a change of plan tonight. I'm actually going to pick one person myself beforehand. Now I've been watching you throughout the night and I like the way you're shaking it. I personally want you up on stage." That "you" was "me". She's looking at, pointing at, and talking to me. The lights and the cameras then shine on me. I've been picked by her! So she starts singing the song, everyone gets up and starts dancing, and about halfway through she hands the mic to her backing vocalist who goes down into the audience and picks 4 - 5 other people and they (and me) are told to line up by the stage. We're told that we'll go up one by one, introduce ourselves, then take a seat on the stage.

During the interval, they re-arranged the stage into an even more intimate setting. Delta, the backing singers and the band were sitting towards the front of the stage, and they'd arrange cushions for us to sit on in front of them. This means that they would be facing the audience and we'd have our back to them.

So the show recommences and we go up on stage one by one. My turn comes, I go up the stairs and she gives me a hug and asks me my name and I answer in the mic and we take a seat on the cushions. Now we are sitting about 2 feet from her and the band, facing them. She talks to the audience a bit, then the band starts playing (they were sitting beside her with teir guitars rigged up, and the drummer had a drum and tambourine rigged up) and she gets up and starts singing a Shakira song and starts shaking her body and backside; a bit like a bellydancing routine. Lovely; particular so close to her! Delta then gets an acoustic guitar and starts playing a slightly recogniseable tune and it ends up being an old John Farnham song, sort of "campfire like" but obviously rigged up through the speakers. The song is "That's Freedom" and the mic gets passed to all of us to individually sing the chorus. She then launches into another song. It's quite surreal being up on stage (even with your back to the audience) effectively sitting with a bunch of musicians and the good lady herself. Anyway, she then announces that she wants us to dance with her, individually! So she gets everyone up one by one and everyone has a 10-15 second dance with her. Then it's my turn. The lights dim a bit and the music starts pumping. So I'm standing next to her and we're both facing the audience and we start dancing and it sort of appears that I'm supposed to sort of imitate her moves. I'm not good at this, and luckily the the song starts morphing into a "dance version". I can't remember what song it was but remember that by this stage I'm in la la land. So she faces me (side on to the audience) and looks me in the eye and starts imitiang my moves. She then does her own style and I start imitating her moves. We're both getting right into it and we're really dancing full on with each other, but with a massive audience. Now this didn't go on for 10-15 seconds like the others, this would have gone on for 2 minutes! At the end of the song we're both buggered and sweaty and she thanks me for the "workout". There's a loud applause, and I sit back down on the stage with the others. She, and the band, talk some more and then she announces that she wants to do a conga line with us and show us the complete stage. So we joing a conga line (I'm second behind her unfortunately) and off we go around the stage, then up the staircase to the raised bit. She stops us there and we're all dancing for a bit, then we conga back down the other staircase and back to the front of the stage. She says goodbye to us one by one, and we all get a hug and a kiss out of her. I then take my seat back in the audience.

I'm so pumped today you wouldn't believe it.

1439. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting james

I'm so pumped today you wouldn't believe it.

I was SURE you were going to say "...and then I woke up."

1440. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Quoting james

I'm so pumped today you wouldn't believe it.

I was SURE you were going to say "...and then I woke up."

Me too! Halfway through, I thought, "James must be dreaming."