Exploring Abu Dhabi With Montecasino

While the world may be getting smaller with technology bringing us closer together, there is still much to be learned from travelling to a place and submerging yourself in what is on offer with an open mind. I have been fortunate enough to travel to many places but I...

Raheem DeVaughn: Soul Legend In The Making?

There is something about the 70s, particularly in terms of music and fashion.  Though hard to define, the 70s were funky and soulful and meaningful.  So much spirit and energy went into that decade; politics, social issues, militancy and consciousness seemed to fuse...

Nike’s Plastic Football Kits

Merchandising for football clubs (soccer for the Americans) is massive business. The various brands pump much development into securing sponsorship deals with the football clubs that are spread across the globe. Premier League, Serie A and La Liga clubs are now global...

Thierry Mugler: A*Man Pure Tonka

Thierry Mugler is the quintessential renaissance man. Having studied classical dance and been part of the ballet corp for Rhin Opera, he also studied interior design before going on to flourish as a fashion designer. He has also produced photography books, directed...

Foo Fighters Garage Tour Documentary

Rock group The Foo Fighters led by former Nirvana member Dave Grohl have – over a 16 year career, built a dedicated and passionate following that reaches across the globe, often transcending race, nationality and gender. As homage to the people that have helped them reach the heights they have, they ran a competition in the US where fans could win a private concert in their garage. They had eight winners and, as part of the Garage Tour, they also filmed a 40 minute documentary giving insight into the journey as well as themselves. How many people can say they had their favourite band play in their house?

How Ford Is Creating Buzz Moments

The days of brands detailing the specs and features of their products is over. And I am a big believer in the use of storytelling, in creative ways, to contextualise how products fit into our lives. It is through storytelling that brands can show how they facilitate...

So What If You Had More Time?

Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are going to render many jobs obsolete. Copy and paste that sentence into your search engine and prepare to be freaked the hell out. In addition to links to a multitude of articles, at the bottom of the first Google...

My Commitment As A Man, For Women

Every year, on November 25th, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign is launched. Every year, it runs for 16 days until December 10th, which is the...

How Do We Turn The Tide For Women?

This is a hard one to write. 2017 has been a heavy year globally but, especially in South Africa, when it comes to the realities of gender relations. The stories of how men – of which I am one – treat women is tragic, brutal and downright cruel. There is an epidemic...

Fulfilling Promises With Visa Checkout

In the song Trenchtown Rock, from the 1975 Live! album recorded at a 1975 concent in London by Bob Marley and the Wailers, Bob Marley opens with the following lyrics: One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain, One good thing about music, when it hits,...

Following The White Rabbit With Jameson Cult Film Club

It was 1999. There was talk of a new film called The Matrix by The Wachowski Brothers, now simply known as The Wachowskis, and starring Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus). It was said that the actors spent months training in martial arts and the like...

The I In Writing

As the cliche goes, I remember the night like it was yesterday. It was the mid-2000s. I was standing outside the Johannesburg City Hall smoking a cigarette with a friend, Zee. I don’t know if he remembers the night but I do, although I don’t quite remember why we were...

Playing with the HiSense C30 Rock

Been meaning to post this for a minute. The smartphone market is a highly contested one, particularly within the Android segment, considering from a mobile OS perspective, the ecosystem is basically the same. We hear about the ones that make the most noise but that...

Reading To Write

Reading Zadie Smith’s essays on authors like Nabokov and Eliot and Kafka, I am plagued by a question that, as an aspiring writer, I am a bit embarrassed by. And yes, I do call myself an ‘aspiring writer’, not because I haven’t written or I have just started writing,...

Zubz x Lavabeast = Birth of Wav_One

It is always interesting when one is a fan of a friend’s work, particularly in the creative spheres. The basis of a friendship, for me, is about personal connection outside of work yet the work can create an element of discomfort, if it does not resonate. Fortunately,...

Playing with the Acer Spin 7

I have been writing about technology for some years now – granted, not as much in the last couple – but one of the challenges I have always had is the jargon. My approach to most products, experiences, etc. is generally based on two things, namely functionality and...

Eating Right With FitChef

Although a slight oversimplification, there is some truth to the adage, “a six-pack is made in the kitchen.” As well as the idea that “you are what you eat”, which came to us, as per www.phrases.org.uk “via quite a tortuous route.” They go on to describe how “Anthelme...

Morena Leraba: From The Village To The World Stage

Lesotho. The only country in the world landlocked by a single country, South Africa, and the country that raised me. Growing up, we were surrounded by music, but little of it came from within our borders, especially when it came to contemporary music. In fact, the...

Travel: Family Time At Tsitsikamma

Most Friday mornings, the house is filled with alarms, water running, crying and grumbling, and a stern voice shouting for children to bath, brush their teeth, have their breakfasts and get ready to leave for school. This Friday morning, however, there was a very...

My More Than Data Interview with Investec

The world has become increasingly data driven and, whether we like it or not, we are leaking personal data at an alarming rate, consciously and unconsciously. And companies are mining this data to try and determine what are the best products and services to create and...

The Future Of Work In Technology

The flaws in our collective education systems globally have been widely documented, in particular how we are educating our children for jobs that will not exist in the near future. In the World Economic Forum Regional Community Briefing document: Human Capital Outlook...

The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Launched In South Africa

Rolls-Royce. Founded in UK in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce, there’s something about a Rolls that will forever resonate. The Spirit of Ecstacy on the ‘nose’ announcing your arrival while leading into the future. The simple feeling of...

Win Vouchers And Cash To Spend With Visa Checkout

In 2016, Visa launched Visa Checkout in South Africa, designed to make purchasing online easier as well as secure. Security continues to be a factor that makes us uncomfortable about buying things online, especially from a South African context. In a study by...

Finding Your Moments of Quiet Amidst The Cacophony

Last year, I was asked by Glenfiddich whiskey to speak at a series of events they were holding with their consumers. The brief was to speak about ‘charisma’. The Cambridge dictionary defines charisma as “a special power that some people have naturally that makes them...

The Jameson Irish Whiskey Nation

The debate on who invented whiskey/whisky, between the Scottish and the Irish, has raged for years, including spelling. You have Irish whiskey and Scottish whisky. Most use the Scottish spelling and the greater attention has been on them but Irish whiskey also has a...

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