Last week Maddy and I had the wonderful good luck to join some (not all, just some) of my very favourite bloggers at the Guinness World Records 60th birthday bash.
It’s not often a bloggy event comes up that I know is just perfect for Maddy but with her love of the extra-ordinary, her fixation with figures and her delight in competition, I just knew this one was for us to go to together. Maddy and I don’t have all that much opportunity to just ‘be together’ these days as her interests are not quite the ones I’m naturally drawn to. It was lovely to have the opportunity to take a train trip with her and chat about the things that make her tick (music, singing, writing) and enjoy making our way across London together.
And then we arrived – having met the endlessly noisy Sian and Nickie on our way down the road (I’m not going to mention that I was pointing in the wrong direction and you definitely don’t know that) and made our way to the party.
Some people really know how to do a party and the #gwr60 people really did. After being assigned to our mystery teams we had a fantastic presentation from the editor of the Guinness Book of World Records, all about some of the longest standing records and the ones they no longer do (feeding cats till the might explode having hit the ‘maybe not’ list in recent times).
One of the great new innovations in this years book is the augmented reality which uses an app to bring certain record breakers to life direct from the book to your phone! Maddy loved this, particularly the biggest spider!
We also had demonstrations from the World’s Loudest Burper (top tip, don’t eat on performance days!) and a man doing insanely daft things on a bike in a very small space.
Maddy and I both had our fancies most tickled by Lego robots that solve Rubik’s cubes though. Completely, unutterably brilliant and you can even build your own.
Next up was the focus group bit where we were introduced to the new Guinness Kids website and got to stand in an entire room filled with the back catalogue of this iconic brand.
It always fascinates me to see how branding changes and evolves over the years and this part of the process got my juices going. I’m probably a bit odd!
And then it was time for some fun 😆 Each team got a chance to try and beat a world record. I’m very pleased to say I was at one point second on the leaderboard for gift wrapping a GWR Book …
… but I sadly didn’t quite stay there (although I think mine was one of the neatest!) I was also rubbish at jelly scooping but did make it, with a number of fellow big bottomed bloggers, on to the final, OFFICIAL WORLD RECORD BREAKING ATTEMPT WITH A LADY IN A BLAZER of the burst balloons with your bum challenge.
But we didn’t beat it. I think I’m actually quite happy that I had to bounce on my 2nd balloon three times to pop it 😆
Our final treat of the day was meeting the worlds fastest shopping trolley and, impossibly fabulously, the worlds smallest caravan.
Thanks GWR 🙂
Disclosure: we had a day out thanks to the brand mentioned. Words and thoughts are our own.