We were at a charity ball on Saturday night. It was a smart affair – black tie and evening dresses. The venue was very nice, and not too far away which was good. As part of the event there was a Tombola, a Silent Auction and a live auction. The majority of the things in both auctions were well out of our league, so we settled for buying a couple of tickets for the ‘luxury’ Tombola. Here is what we won:
I was slightly miffed to win a Bruno Mars CD when other prizes available were huge boxes of chocolates, cinema tickets, rounds of golf, spa treatments, signed photos, beautiful candles… Oh well. I didn’t imagine I would like the CD very much, and in fact just thought of passing it on to someone, but to my surprise it’s quite easy listening. I actually recognise two or three of the tracks but, apart from one, I couldn’t have told you they were by him. The lyrics are not exactly Shakespeare, but the tunes are quite good. So, not such a bad prize after all.
The live auction had some fabulous things and a boxed set of the seven Harry Potter books, all signed by JK Rowling (who apparently only signs 12 things a year), was on the list. I was quite interested, until I noticed that it had a reserve price of £5,000! Good grief, I thought, who would pay that much?? Seems that more than one person would – it went for £7,000 in the end. I’m still astonished.
Harry Potter (Photo credit: Profound Whatever)
I posted the other day that I had the chance for an early viewing of the Warner Bros Studio Tour London and here, as promised, are some more photos of it. I really wish I had taken my camera, but these ones from my phone are better than nothing.
Hogwarts Great Hall
Ollivander’s Wand Shop
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Hogwarts Castle scale model
This week’s theme for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘unusual’.
This is a photo of a drink of butterbeer – a drink which is very unusual and is normally only available to wizarding folk and not muggles like me. It is a very unusual flavour, and not one I can easily describe. Behind the glass of butterbeer is the triple-decker knight bus.
Last week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to make a preview visit to Warner Bros Studio Tour London - the making of Harry Potter. They have been doing ‘soft’ openings prior to the official opening on March 31st. It was very interesting – lots to see and read, and plenty of staff around the place to answer questions. The detail they went into with the costumes, sets and props is amazing. I hadn’t realised we could take cameras, so these photos are taken using my phone – not perfect, but not too bad.
This post is for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.
I came across this little video clip today – very exciting!
People who are due to go on holiday to Orlando this summer are getting very excited about the fact that Universal Studios has announced that June 18th will see the grand opening of the long awaited Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Excitement amongst fans of the books and/or films is at fever pitch but, even if you’re not a fan of, the opportunity to experience new thrilling rides using the very latest technology is not to be missed.
Universal Studios will offer visitors the opportunity to stroll along the streets of Hogsmeade, browsing in the shops (including Ollivander’s the wand shop where you can be ‘measured’ for your own wand) and sampling some of the food and drink that we read about in the Harry Potter books. Anyone for a Butterbeer? Hogwart’s Castle will be open for visitors and we are promised some fantastic rides which combine ‘magic and the latest Muggle technology’. There are three rides but the signature ride is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey which will take visitors soaring above the castle grounds and bring them face to face with a Hungarian Horntail, Dementors, and the gigantic Whomping Willow to name but three. Riders will also meet Dumbledore, Harry, Ron and Hermione.
You can read more about it here http://bit.ly/8YCuqK
I hope I get the chance to visit it before too long!