Turning back time … and winning prizes

Since opening Geek World South Africa, our most popular item has definitely been Hermione’s time-turner necklace from the Harry Potter books and films. We simply can’t keep them in stock – as soon as we get some in they sell out.

time turn.jpg
Creating a “chain” reaction

Originally introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban, the time turner allows Hermione to attend multiple classes simultaneously, and also allows them to change history at the end of the story.

It is also used as a major plot device in the recently released Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, where Harry’s son tries to alter family history, causing major problems when he does.

Time travel has always been a favourite narrative device in science fiction, from the classic 1895 HG Wells story The Time Machine to TV series such as Quantum Leap and films including Back to the Future, the Butterfly Effect and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

We might not actually be able to send our customers back in time, but some of our stock definitely brings back memories.

We have comic books from the 1980s and ’90s from before Hollywood got its hands on your favourite superheroes. startrekbooks.jpg

We have some great second-hand books in stock linked to classic TV and film series including Star Trek (both original series and The Next Generation), The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Star Trek fans can also get their hands on Star Fleet emblem badges and cufflinks and a bobble-head Admiral Kirk.

We’re also finding that the classic Star Wars characters such as Yoda and Darth Vader are pac.jpgfar more popular with our customers than Disney’s new range of characters. (Current stock includes Darth Vader key rings, plushies of various characters and Storm Trooper bracelets).

And if you are a fan of retro gaming we have a very cute set of Pacman and ghosts pillows looking for a good home.

But if you consider retro stuff to be “so last season”, don’t worry – we’ve got tons of stock linked to modern series and films too!

COMPETITION quantum

What would you change if you could travel in time. Using Quantum Leap’s principle of only being able to travel within your own lifetime, give us your coolest or funniest suggestion of something you’d change. (Please no sad/morbid answers!)

The person who submits the funniest answer will receive a hamper of goodies from Geek World SA.

The winner will be announced at our Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them night shopping evening on November 25.

Advertisements

7 comments

  1. I’ve received my shifts for the week and have found out I’d be working night duties the whole week, this week, including Friday. Oh well. I was looking forward to attending the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them night shopping evening, especially since my girlfriend is into Harry Potter and she’s been trying to inconspicuously get me more interested in the series recently in anticipation of this new movie. For example, just two days ago, I woke up to copies of the first three Harry Potter books on my nightstand. Suspicious and rather intimidating indeed.

    In any case, I’ve mostly always been interested in time travelling, so I thought I’d give this one a go with my limited (and rather questionable) creative writing skill. Anyway, here it goes:

    Assuming that nothing bad happens, like a bunch of cause-and-effect natural disasters and accidents, like in the recent ‘Project Almanac’ movie, or even worse, the fabric of reality rips apart and I conjure up a giant tsunami to wipe out South Africa. I’m just going ahead and assume the trip would be more like Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super (sorry, spoilers), where future Trunks travels back to the past seeking help, and ends up only changing the future as he had intended.

    I’d start out by gathering my time machine, girlfriend, and a pair of garden shears, and head back to my childhood home. I’d go back to 2008, where I was 16, and have my girlfriend go speak to my past self. You know, to avoid the possibility of me meeting myself and then for reality to break us apart, and the two of us exploding into fragments.

    I was into strange and mystical stuff at 16 already, so I’m confident my past self would be keen to co-operate with my devious plan. See, while I was growing up, my mum had quite a big vegetable garden, with all sorts of greenery. Delicious spinach, crisp fresh lettuce, and… the dreadful cabbage patch. Wait, who am I fooling with these provocative gustatory imagery? Not that veggies can ever be as tasty as chocolate or milkshake, but I guess comparatively so within the gamut of the vegetable kingdom.

    To this day, I hate cabbage. So basically my plan is to take out the cabbages. I’ll convince my 16 year old self to get my mum to watch Ancient Aliens. Naturally she’ll become paranoid when the next events unfold.

    While my mum is at work, I’ll time travel again wearing an alien Halloween suit, and cut crop circles into the cabbage patch. Then when she comes home for a lunch break, she’ll see my creativity and be freaked out. And since the 16 year old me would still be in school, there’ll be no one else to have done it. She wouldn’t have many people to put the blame on.

    I’ll make a spoof Ancient Alien episode which explores the idea of aliens coming to visit small inland towns, just to eat delicious cabbage, and as an indication of their appreciation, they’ll leave crop circles. I’ll also put a bit in about reports of cabbage alien witnesses having their dogs suspiciously missing after a few crop circles appeared. My mum loves her dogs too much, so she’ll probably abandon the cabbage patch idea ‘just to be safe’.

    Also, I’ll have my 16 year old self be told about YouTube viral videos, and get him to fit one of those fuzzy CCTV cameras in the backyard. So when I appear in my alien costume, and strange time travel machine in the backyard, and then magically disappear again, he’ll have good material for YouTube. The video will inevitably go viral immediately, and him and my mother will perhaps become rich. (Though I’d get him to upload it at some random internet cafe, just in case, you know, so suspicious grey-suited people don’t come and track us down.)

    And there we go, mission accomplished. I’ll have a happy, cabbage-free childhood. (Teenage-hood?)

    Maybe she’ll replace them with a carrot patch? Hhmmm, that sounds decidedly better, not that I’m a fan of any particular vegetable.

    Like

  2. I’ve received my shifts for the week and have found out I’d be working night duties the whole week, this week, including Friday. Oh well. I was looking forward to attending the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them night shopping evening, especially since my girlfriend is into Harry Potter and she’s been trying to inconspicuously get me more interested in the series recently in anticipation of this new movie. For example, just two days ago, I woke up to copies of the first three Harry Potter books on my nightstand. Suspicious and rather intimidating indeed.

    In any case, I’ve mostly always been interested in time travelling, so I thought I’d give this one a go with my limited (and rather questionable) creative writing skill. Anyway, here it goes:

    Assuming that nothing bad happens, like a bunch of cause-and-effect natural disasters and accidents, like in the recent ‘Project Almanac’ movie, or even worse, the fabric of reality rips apart and I conjure up a giant tsunami to wipe out South Africa. I’m just going ahead and assume the trip would be more like Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super (sorry, spoilers), where future Trunks travels back to the past seeking help, and ends up only changing the future as he had intended.

    I’d start out by gathering my time machine, girlfriend, and a pair of garden shears, and head back to my childhood home. I’d go back to 2008, where I was 16, and have my girlfriend go speak to my past self. You know, to avoid the possibility of me meeting myself and then for reality to break us apart, and the two of us exploding into fragments.

    I was into strange and mystical stuff at 16 already, so I’m confident my past self would be keen to co-operate with my devious plan. See, while I was growing up, my mum had quite a big vegetable garden, with all sorts of greenery. Delicious spinach, crisp fresh lettuce, and… the dreadful cabbage patch. Wait, who am I fooling with these provocative gustatory imagery? Not that veggies can ever be as tasty as chocolate or milkshake, but I guess comparatively so within the gamut of the vegetable kingdom.

    To this day, I hate cabbage. So basically my plan is to take out the cabbages. I’ll convince my 16 year old self to get my mum to watch Ancient Aliens. Naturally she’ll become paranoid when the next events unfold.

    While my mum is at work, I’ll time travel again wearing an alien Halloween suit, and cut crop circles into the cabbage patch. Then when she comes home for a lunch break, she’ll see my creativity and be freaked out. And since the 16 year old me would still be in school, there’ll be no one else to have done it. She wouldn’t have many people to put the blame on.

    I’ll make a spoof Ancient Alien episode which explores the idea of aliens coming to visit small inland towns, just to eat delicious cabbage, and as an indication of their appreciation, they’ll leave crop circles. I’ll also put a bit in about reports of cabbage alien witnesses having their dogs suspiciously missing after a few crop circles appeared. My mum loves her dogs too much, so she’ll probably abandon the cabbage patch idea ‘just to be safe’.

    Also, I’ll have my 16 year old self be told about YouTube viral videos, and get him to fit one of those fuzzy CCTV cameras in the backyard. So when I appear in my alien costume, and strange time travel machine in the backyard, and then magically disappear again, he’ll have good material for YouTube. The video will inevitably go viral immediately, and him and my mother will perhaps become rich. (Though I’d get him to upload it at some random internet cafe, just in case, you know, so suspicious grey-suited people don’t come and track us down.)

    And there we go, mission accomplished. I’ll have a happy, cabbage-free childhood. (Teenage-hood?)

    Maybe she’ll replace them with a carrot patch? Hhmmm, that sounds decidedly better, not that I’m a fan of any particular vegetable.

    Like

  3. I’ve received my shifts for the week and have found out I’d be working night duties the whole week, this week, including Friday. Oh well. I was looking forward to attending the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them night shopping evening, especially since my girlfriend is into Harry Potter and she’s been trying to inconspicuously get me more interested in the series recently in anticipation of this new movie. For example, just two days ago, I woke up to copies of the first three Harry Potter books on my nightstand. Suspicious and rather intimidating indeed.

    In any case, I’ve mostly always been interested in time travelling, so I thought I’d give this one a go with my limited (and rather questionable) creative writing skill. Anyway, here it goes:

    Assuming that nothing bad happens, like a bunch of cause-and-effect natural disasters and accidents, like in the recent ‘Project Almanac’ movie, or even worse, the fabric of reality rips apart and I conjure up a giant tsunami to wipe out South Africa. I’m just going ahead and assume the trip would be more like Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super (sorry, spoilers), where future Trunks travels back to the past seeking help, and ends up only changing the future as he had intended.

    I’d start out by gathering my time machine, girlfriend, and a pair of garden shears, and head back to my childhood home. I’d go back to 2008, where I was 16, and have my girlfriend go speak to my past self. You know, to avoid the possibility of me meeting myself and then for reality to break us apart, and the two of us exploding into fragments.

    I was into strange and mystical stuff at 16 already, so I’m confident my past self would be keen to co-operate with my devious plan. See, while I was growing up, my mum had quite a big vegetable garden, with all sorts of greenery. Delicious spinach, crisp fresh lettuce, and… the dreadful cabbage patch. Wait, who am I fooling with these provocative gustatory imagery? Not that veggies can ever be as tasty as chocolate or milkshake, but I guess comparatively so within the gamut of the vegetable kingdom.

    To this day, I hate cabbage. So basically my plan is to take out the cabbages. I’ll convince my 16 year old self to get my mum to watch Ancient Aliens. Naturally she’ll become paranoid when the next events unfold.

    While my mum is at work, I’ll time travel again wearing an alien Halloween suit, and cut crop circles into the cabbage patch. Then when she comes home for a lunch break, she’ll see my creativity and be freaked out. And since the 16 year old me would still be in school, there’ll be no one else to have done it. She wouldn’t have many people to put the blame on.

    I’ll make a spoof Ancient Alien episode which explores the idea of aliens coming to visit small inland towns, just to eat delicious cabbage, and as an indication of their appreciation, they’ll leave crop circles. I’ll also put a bit in about reports of cabbage alien witnesses having their dogs suspiciously missing after a few crop circles appeared. My mum loves her dogs too much, so she’ll probably abandon the cabbage patch idea ‘just to be safe’.

    Also, I’ll have my 16 year old self be told about YouTube viral videos, and get him to fit one of those fuzzy CCTV cameras in the backyard. So when I appear in my alien costume, and strange time travel machine in the backyard, and then magically disappear again, he’ll have good material for YouTube. The video will inevitably go viral immediately, and him and my mother will perhaps become rich. (Though I’d get him to upload it at some random internet cafe, just in case, you know, so suspicious grey-suited people don’t come and track us down.)

    And there we go, mission accomplished. I’ll have a happy, cabbage-free childhood. (Teenage-hood?)

    Maybe she’ll replace them with a carrot patch? Hhmmm, that sounds decidedly better, not that I’m a fan of any particular vegetable.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s