Our Diamond Jubilee Street Party #2: Video Footage of the Day

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Blog entry by Brit posted 06-08-2012 06:27 PM 8184 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As promised, here are some videos of the day. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be MAGICAL. I knew what was going to happen and it surpassed even my expectations. Fantastic atmosphere right from the ‘off’. Everybody, young and old, came ready to party. The entertainment was great, the food was to die for and the company was delightful. It was a privilege to make some woodworking projects that contributed either a useful function or just pure enjoyment. As well as the residents, we had people from the US and from Switzerland. We set up a private website for the event and everyone has been uploading their photos and leaving wonderful comments in the guestbook. The day really brought our community together and loads of people have said we need to do it again soon and that’s what it is all about really isn’t it?

See if you can spot the things I made in the footage. You’re looking for:

  • a standup cutout of the Queen. She was a roaring success. Everyone wanted their photo taken with her, she was picked up and danced with and she even went surfing.
  • a big display board with nostalgia photos and a map of the neighbourhood on one side and a magnetic form of ‘pin the tail on the horseguard’ on the other side. I defy anyone to keep a dry eye when the little girl who says here name was ‘butterfly’ has a go.
  • a standup of a horseguard with a ‘Tickets at the ready’ sign underneath it.
  • Two salad bars. The ladies loved these and they stopped the tubs of food sliding all over the place when they were serving.
  • A Giant Buzzwire game. Although I didn’t get it on video, I actually did it first time with the smallest of the two rings. Lots of people played it, but the video shows a little girl trying to do it (it was meant for the adults and teenagers). The buzzer was sounding a lot, so she turned the buzzer off and carried on which I thought was hilarious.
  • The Labyrinth game. Lots of people tried to defeat the labyrinth, but I didn’t hear of anyone succeeding. The two girls in the video came close though and I loved her reaction at the end.
  • The Throne. Lots of people had their photo taken sitting on the throne. Only the very astute will notice it in Part 4 of the videos. It is in the distance when people are getting their BBQ.


Part 1 – Lunch and The Swing Unlimited Big Band 2

Video removed by the author to protect the innocent. Sorry you missed it.

Part 2 – Raffle Prizes, Face Painter and the Labyrinth

Video removed by the author to protect the innocent. Sorry you missed it.

Part 3 – Space Hopper Relay Race and Pin the Tail on the Horseguard

Video removed by the author to protect the innocent. Sorry you missed it.

Part 4 – Childrens Play Area, Buzzwire game and BBQ

Video removed by the author to protect the innocent. Sorry you missed it.

Part 5 – The Songbirds Duo

Video removed by the author to protect the innocent. Sorry you missed it.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 07:15 PM

Great party.
I am glade the queen was able to make it.
It is the right thing for her do as it is in her honor.
Looks like everyone is having a good time.

Thanks for sharing.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 08:01 PM

super party Andy. Hope you had fun.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 10:16 PM

Good fun Andy. You all did a great job.

Thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 11:32 PM

Terrific footage Andy, you did an outstanding job on the work. All the best and thanks for sharing.


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 11:43 PM

wow, looks like a great amount of fun! Technically, the Queen is “Queen” of Canada as well, but we didn’t party like you did!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 06-08-2012 11:49 PM

The songbird Duo girls… such pleasent voices. That is my favorite video.

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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#7 posted 06-09-2012 01:27 PM

What a wonderful day and wonderful happy faces.
All the work was worth the efford.
Best thoughts to you and yours,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 06-09-2012 02:51 PM

Shame I was on the wrong side of the pond for it. I did take he Union Jack I normally have hanging in the the and hung it outdoors instead. Raised a few eyebrows with the locals here in Maryland.

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#9 posted 06-09-2012 03:02 PM

I finally got adobe flash upgraded on my computer to watch this video. Wow you guys really put a lot of work into this event.

That labyrinth it amazing, not just the solid construction, but also the thought that went into making it challenging while still finishable.

What yall got cooking on that grill?! looks good! Wait, is that like 12 grills ya’ll had going? Nice.

The salad tray holders look great dressed up with the union jack, If they only know how solid those joints were. Things us woodworkers think about but no one else cares.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 06-09-2012 03:46 PM

Thanks guys.

Mauricio – Steak burgers and Best British Pork sausages. The salad bars went to the dump today along with the big display board. The buzzwire game, the labyrinth and the throne are up for sale now. Life moves on but memories remain.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 06-14-2012 02:48 AM

I came back to check out the videos. Like you said – sorry I missed it.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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