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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Amnesia 2008 Canceled!!

Well I really heard this rumour today from macco#2 who is just as good as me in getting the inside scoop, and it has been confirmed:

Dear Ipeeps,

Due to developments that will compromise our ability to provide you with the high level of service, it is with the deepest regret that we will for this year not be producing Amnesia 2008. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We look forward to serving you with excellence for the rest of the carnival season.
For our many loyal ipeeps who have already secured tickets please call 628-WISH

My source said that the all inclusive fete was canceled because of the Temperature concert featuring Sean Paul and Machel which takes place the SAME night at MOBS2. That concert is priced cheaper than Amnesia and many Amnesia faithfuls I know were complaining that the fete was just too expensive compared to the other options out there. So that makes it two big all-inclusive fetes that are no more for 2008; TRIBE's Bliss and Island People's Amnesia.

On the Hunt for Vale Tickets!

Yesterday the hubby and I had to make an obligatory visit to his family in the West, remembering that Boxing Day was the day that the much sought after Diamond Vale Breakfast Party tickets quietly began selling I decided to track them down. Now, I must say I have NEVER been to the Vale fete, though I have heard much about it. Everyone swears it is supposed to be THE best Breakfast party on Carnival Saturday/wee hours of Carnival Sunday yet I have chosen in the past to go to Insomnia and recently Dawn.

For 2008 I had decided to give this Breakfast Party a try and upon questioning friends who have been before to find out why tickets were SO hard to come by, what made this fete so special I was told it was all about the vibe and the people since there were no live bands. To tell you the truth, any fete where I have to track down tickets like a hunting dog on the trail of a rabid hare, leaves me with a somewhat acrid taste in my mouth. So it was more curiosity that led me to "the house" last evening.

With several calls to the person who knew a person to get directions we eventually found "the house", rang the bell.. waited and waited and waited some more before I got a bit tired of standing in the streets hoping for someone to come down and bestow tickets on me and left!! Another call from my friend as we made our way home and I was told that HER friend just left "the house" and was able to score tickets at $400.00!! Dammit!! Once again my lack of patience did me in. I should add that the friend also waited at the gate and was only attended to when OTHER people showed up, possibly persons who were expected, so she was lucky!

So, news reaching me today is that it was probably a good thing that I did not wait for those precious tickets since another "newbie" also made their way to "the house" yesterday for tickets and was given the "Spanish Inquisition!". The persons with the golden ticket wanted to know who newbie was, how did newbie hear about the party AND wrote her name with contact information down in a book! At that time tickets were reportedly close to sold out as well, so you would think that all the interrogation was not necessary. Listen, between you and me I am NOT jumping through hoops for any party, I am sorry. And, I have been told that every year that with this particular fete it is the same drama to get tickets.

I for one would not have succumbed to the interrogation especially since no one is doing me a favour by selling me tickets! Seriously, isn't the fact that I am willing to get out of my house on BOXING DAY no less and pay the ridiculous price of $400.00 enough, now you want to know who I am and how I heard about the party before you decide to sell me tickets? Sorry to say the Vale fete will not be seeing me next year and I already have an alternative fete in mind. That fete at least has live bands and is all-inclusive for roughly $50.00 more than the price of the Vale tickets and I do not have to buy a ticket more than a month in advance either!

Hopefully those of you who must go to this fete have gotten your tickets already as I am sure by now they are sold out! As for me, the little adventure was an experience and though I do not have tickets in hand, I learned a little bit more about the dynamics of this whole Carnival hype, what draws people to some fetes more than others and even discovered something about myself; I realised that I was and never will be a Carnival masochist!

Wild on BodyArt !!

Bodyart Caribbean is offering body painting services for Carnival to all masqueraders and those in Island People's Animal Instincts will be especially interested in these "wild" airbrushed designs:

The costing in TT dollars is broken down as follows for body painting:
Face/Arm/Leg/Chest/Back - $200 each
Full Body - $1000
Temporary tattoos average $35 to $100 depending on size.

Bodyart is currently taking bookings and can be contacted at:
Body Art Studio: 1.868.799.9032, 1.868.637.8287

In addition to "animal" body painting Bodyart also offers temporary tattoos and airbrushing services; for more photos visit the album on Facebook.

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