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The Grotto: Part 3
Category: Good Causes
Santa's back, and this time it's seasonal.
One year after his chart-busting charity single, Santa’s ego has gotten out of control. Rudolph approaches Janet Devlin off X-Factor to ask how she copes with the fame, but her wise words cannot prevent the board’s hunger for profit. The wheels are set in motion for an epic finale as Santa is forced to choose between fame and fortune at the expense of those who trust him the most, or doing what is right.
Why we did this
With two episodes of the Grotto behind us, this year became the year of the trilogy. Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Star Wars and The Grotto. It got us thinking about films. And, after all, why are we doing it? Why spend a serious amount of our time and budget on a film that is, lets face it, not really about making a profit. We realised it's because we love doing it.
There's a joy to making stuff and appreciating stuff that's personal. Whether it's a film you made, jokes you share with friends - in our case, our customers - and it feels quite homely.
We obviously wanted, in the spirit of competitiveness, to better our effort this year so it was essential to include a car chase and a shootout. And we decided we like the idea of putting the track on iTunes and raising some money for some cause. So this year we decided to give the money to a guy called Bruce, who lives in Sandown on the Isle of Wight - a seaside town that has more boarded up shops than you can shake a seagull at - and he does a lot for small, independent artists and film makers. Like running the independent film festival each year at the Ventnor Fringe, all of his own back. Or, more recently, trying to save one of the most amazing buildings Sandown has (an art-deco cinema in the town) that's waiting to be razed to put a block of flats on.
Bruce wants to raise some money to invest in it, and turn into an independent cinema to give him a place to carry on his work. Essentially, it would mean that more people could get more joy out of making films like this one. So we decided to back him, as charity isn't all about foreign countries on an epic scale. Sometimes it's about giving someone local to you a hand up to do something that benefits the community. A million little changes like that, and you'd have one fine planet to live on. So this year, buy the single and help Save the Rivoli Sandown. It means if you ever decide to come visit Rapanui, you'll have a damn fine movie just round the corner with a welcoming smile, in an amazing location that gives young artists and filmmakers somewhere to work, and show their stuff. Not just another block of flats.
Visit Bruce's indiegogo page here
Buy Two, Get One Free
A Special Christmas Offer to make this month easier: Buy any two items, and get a third one free!
To use this offer, add any three or more items to your basket and tap in the code HOHOHO, and the website will give you the cheapest one free!
This offer can't be used with any other discount codes, but it can be used for any items, including sale items, on the Rapanui online store.
To claim this offer:
- Add any three or more items to your basket
- Enter the code HOHOHO in the voucher code box
- Click "Checkout Now"
We'll sort out the rest! If all the items are the same price, the third item will be free - otherwise the cheapest item in your basket will be free.
Thanks for shopping with us, and we hope you enjoy our clothes as much as we do!
Category: Inside Rapanui
Have you ever felt a bit trilogy? It's a word that we're just starting to get used to, being on our third installment of The Grotto.
In fact, we're wondering if joining the likes of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and The Matrix is going to mark some sort of seismic shift. A milestone for us as a company. Will the story be bookended neatly? Will we end up going to hollywood for a CGI-fuelled prequel starring top actors, with a DVD box set of these here ones digitally remastered in 2015?
However, it will mean around 4 minutes of light comedy and three minutes of charity-fuelled music with bad acting and worse dancing, with a subtle and serious plot asking questions that Rapanui is trying to answer. That also may or may not be true. What is true is that you'll have to wait a week until the premiere, so hang on to your keyboards people... it's going to be big.
Apprentice of the Year
Category: Inside Rapanui
Keen-eyed readers of the Rapanui environmental section will know we dabble in social enterprise, helping young unemployed people on the Isle of Wight get off the mark with work experience programmes and apprenticeships.
It's satisfying seeing someone join Rapanui to make good use of their potential and sometimes we have a the priveledge of witnessing people write their own amazing stories of achievement. One such character is Luke Davis, who started at Rapanui hoovering up after the skateramp build on work experience, through to warehousing, then customer service, bookkeeping and his management qualifications to his position now, heading up our finance department full time.
He won the Apprentice of the Year, at the Hampshire Business Awards last night and best of all, it was presented by Kevin Keegan (King Kev to Luke), which seems like a fitting conclusion to two years hard work and dedication.
Luke is an inspiration to the other guys on apprenticeship programmes here, showing them that it's not all about experience or qualifications: A good deal of hard work, common sense and belief (plus google) can get you through even the most impossible of journeys.
Luke, well done!
Toy Appeal Drop Off
It's nearly December and Christmas on the Isle of Wight can only mean one thing. It's Toy Appeal time!
The Isle of Wight Christmas Toy Appeal helps brighten up Christmas for less fortunate children living here on the Island. These are children who, for a variety of reasons are finding Christmas tough - sickness, a recent bereavement or another crisis in their lives, or perhaps their family just can't afford presents this year.
If you'd like to donate a new, unwrapped toy into one of our 13 drop-off points located across the Island, including Rapanui Store 1 in Sandown. With our help the Toy Appeal will wrap and distribute your present in time for Christmas. Working closely with IOW Council and local charities the Toy Appeal Crew will ensure that your donations reach the children who need them most.
Thanks, & Merry Christmas :)
This Autumn we've had some heavy weather, and some heavy waves. Whilst most of the British Isles battened down the hatches, the wave hunters at Rapanui have been off on all corners finding some swell: At the same time, the Isle of Wight, Scotland and Ireland have all been pumping!
Sandown Bay, just outside the Rapanui shop on the Isle of Wight. P: J.Ranson
Rapanui's Gordon Fontaine, styling it in Thurso charging through the British Surf Champs.
Rapanui's main man on the Emerald Isle, Shambles McGoldrick, showing us how it's done at Mullaghmore.
Filming has started...
Category: Inside Rapanui
Last year we got to number 4 on the rock downloads chart (for over 20 minutes). This year we want to go bigger... keep checking up for the inside track on this years blockbuster!
Why I Hate School
Suli Breaks, spoken word artist, modern day philospher and ambassador in the Rapanui wolfpack.
Being a yoof in this generation isn't easy. Still, we've got the internet. Out from the economic rubble of the last few years a few young people have emerged who's candles burn brightly. Rapanui wolfpack legend Suli Breaks is one such person. He has it covered when it comes to putting the important stuff down pen to paper, or words to video.
The send off yesterday by the IOW surf crew for Sheaffy, who we sadly lost this year. Important to remember what Lee taught us not just in surfing, but for life in general:
Paddle out earlier. Stay in longer. Keep your eye out for the bomb sets. Let the dog sit on the seats, it's only a car. And whatever you do - do it with a smile.
There's still a couple of tribute tees in Rapanui Store No 1 left for those who knew him: Free if you donate £20 to cancer research or leave it with us and we'll sort.
Doing us proud...
Matt Harwood, Rapanui wolfpack surfer extraordinaire, Surfers Against Sewage inshore water patroller and self-proclaimed kung-fu panda. That's a lot of titles, but anyone who knows him will be aware he squeezes a lot into his day. Juggling his job as a teacher on the Isle of Wight with his commitments as a father to make sure his small children become the next world tour surf champions isn't easy. It's that kind of dedication that got Matt a surprise call - to represent England at the Eurosurf Championships this week in the Azores.
That's pretty bigtime as surfers from the Isle of Wight go, and the whole surf community has been stuck to their monitors watching the live feed. He managed to smash through a good few rounds of competition, knocking out some of Europe's best surfers, and eventually bowed out in style at 17th - an incredible effort for a first European comp. Matt, super proud. Go Isle of Wight!