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Kerry McLean: Wake up and smell the coffee... how those TV and film bloopers only prove we can all have a bad day at the office

The coffee cup in Game of Thrones
The coffee cup in Game of Thrones
Dorothy and pals in The Wizard of Oz

By Kerry McLean

We've all had a day at work when it feels like everything you touch turns to crud. The kind of day when, no matter how hard you try, nothing goes your way. A sort of Midas touch in reverse, if you will. The best you can hope for, when you're in the midst of a nightmare like that, is that no one spots your glaring mistakes before you have time to fix them, or at the very least, hastily hide them away under the rug, real or proverbial, depending on your needs.

So, spare a thought for the poor soul working on Game of Thrones who left his coffee cup on a table, slap bang in the middle of a major moment in the most recent episode. It was a banqueting scene, a celebration after winning a bruising battle, and the rough and tough characters were guzzling goblets of wine. I love the thought of one sending out for a less alcoholic takeaway coffee!

Not only was the cup sitting there, like a shining plastic beacon for the world to see when the show aired but, thanks to the power of social media, the poor soul who owned it will know that photos of it will be passed around for years to come and that it will go down in TV and film history as one of the biggest bloopers of all time.

Whoever was responsible for that cup will unwilling but automatically join the ranks of those forced to relive their bad day at work every time the show they mucked up on gets another airing. Still, there have been many mistakes made over the years.

The Wizard of Oz has always been a favourite of mine and is responsible for my bank account busting obsession with shiny shoes. I've come across all sorts of weird and wonderful myths and legends attributed to the film but one is definitely true. While Dorothy and her gang are skipping down the yellow brick road and singing about seeing the wizard, the only thing I'm seeing is the glaring mistake of her being without her ruby red slippers at the moment when she and Scarecrow are fighting with the trees. She has a pair of boring old black shoes on and not a bit of red glitter in sight!

My husband and son are diehard Stars Wars fans. Their favourite in the series is Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and it's mine too. But for me, it's less to do with the story and more to do with the scene where one of the Stormtroopers runs full pelt... and crashes into a doorway. The idea of them being menacing and evil is lessened somewhat when you're looking at a clumsy big galloot!

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl back in 2003, had a massive budget and an equally massive crew. It must be hard to keep track of so many people on set, which might explain how one can be spotted in the midst of all the explosions, wearing sunglasses and a cowboy hat. Oops!

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Or who can forget the very modern addition to Braveheart, a film supposedly set in the late 13th century. I was living in Scotland when it first came out and it just so happened that my mum was over visiting that weekend. It was such an emotional, heart-wrenching film and by the time I emerged a few hours later I'd have happily slapped on a kilt, a bit of blue paint and followed behind William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson) if he'd been happened to be passing. My mum had loved it too but wasn't quite so carried away by it. She had spotted that, during one of the battles, as the Scottish and English rode towards each other on horseback, someone had left their white car parked nearby and it ended up in shot. That little burst of modernity in the midst of the battle had broken the spell for her.

There is a mean part in us all which loves to get a giggle at other people's mistakes. I just hope that whoever it was that brought that coffee cup onto the GOT set didn't get into trouble and will be able to laugh at their own error.

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