The #SATattoo at @MONTECASINOZA

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My Glugster and I got to go and see the opening night of the South African Tattoo at Montecasino!
We had incredible seats in the second row from the front! We didn’t think to take a jersey or a blanket so we got a little chilly, but it was not unbearable, and the free coffee from Jacobs went a long way to warming us up!

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to give you an idea of where we were sitting (cellphone picture)

I LOVE drums and I had a really hard time sitting still, and not standing up or walking around was a very polite request from the MC! And the grandstand things we were sitting on meant all the seats are joined together – so if I started bouncing in my seat or tapping my foot everyone in my row got bounced around too!

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The show started with the “Massed Pipes And Drums”, which means ALL the performers were in the arena and playing together! It was magnificent and gave me such goosebumps!

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massed pipes & drums (cellphone picture)

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massed pipes & drums (cellphone picture)

The South African Code Red Drum Corps was unbelievable! These guys even play each other’s drums! It was awesome to see – and there are videos on their Facebook page!

Code Red Drum Corps (Photo courtesy of Warren Haltmann) (2)

Ten Drums is from Taiwan and they’re a Grammy winning group… WOW! WOW! WOW!

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Ten Drums from Taiwan (cellphone picture)

The Top Secret Drum Corps from Switzerland is simply magnificent! Like the Code Red drummers they play their own drums AND each others’ drums, and they end their performance with a light show – with lights on the drums!

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Here are some official photos of the performances for you. There was the Celtic Dance Celebration (Scottish and Irish dancing together), the Band of the National Ceremonial Guard, South African Police Services Band (Tshwane), the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, and the Saints – a champion drum majorette squad!

Highland Dancers (Photo courtesy of Warren Haltman) (11)

National Ceremonial Guard (NCG) Band (Photo courtesy of John Hogg) (1)

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Its Turbo Time!

Our guide-dog-puppy-in-training Lennox and I were invited by HP and NuMetro at Montecasino to watch Turbo on the big screen in 3D!

turbo_ver3_xlgAnyone who knows me knows how I LOVE a 3D movie! I love how it looks like the images on the screen are close enough to touch, and I twitch and duck as things coming flying at me during the movie. My Glugster and my knucklehead love to watch me watch a 3D movie and laugh at me as I reach for things and jump in my seat!

There was a brief presentation from HP on their printers and workstations, and I was very impressed to find out that Dreamworks – the creators of many of my favourite movies like Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Megamind, El Dorado, Over The Hedge and Kung Fu Panda – is HP powered!
And I’ve only ever used HP laptops myself and both of the printers I have at home are HP.

Lennox was as good as gold and everyone was very happy to see him! we even had our picture taken with a giant Turbo!

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I had made sure it would be okay to take him with me, as is the SAGA puppy walking protocol. He didn’t make a sound and we headed outside every hour or so to ensure he didn’t have an “accident” inside the movie theatre.
When the movie started, I thought the noise might be an issue to start with, but he went to sleep for about an hour! When he woke up he was a bit fidgety, and there was loads of popcorn on the floor to tempt him, but I gave him a hoof to chew on and he settled down again.

I LOVED the movie! It was funny, the voice cast was phenomenal, the animation was awesome, and even though the story line sounds ludicrous its allowed ‘coz its an animated movie!

~~as per my Ladybloggers pledge, I must state here that whilst I was gifted the movie tickets, I was not paid to write this blog post, and all opinions contained herein are mine and mine alone~~