WeChat’s Digital Wallet Service

It has been interesting watching WeChat’s push to entrench itself not just in South Africa but across the African continent. Because it is perceived as direct competition to Whatsapp, which has had a significant head start in establishing itself as the leading IM...

Digital Crates: Summertime Mixtape 6

In 2010, DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK (then Mick Boogie) collaborated to release the Summertime Mixtape Vol 1, which fittingly opened with the track Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. It includes: Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness, Quincy Jones – Summer In...

I ain’t scared of you **

I just finished watched Soul Men with Bernie Mac & Samuel L Jackson and was moved by the added footage of Bernie Mac in the credits.  I have been a fan for many years & was saddened when I heard of his passing.  Below is a mini-tribute / profile I wrote for a...

Eps 6 of The Web Series The Art of Life

In Episode 6 of the web series The Art of Life, that I do with Steve Slotow, we chatted about the Tissot T-Race Touch watch (which can be manipulated by touching different parts of the face), the Drift HD Ghost Camera (which seeks to break into the same market that...

Ty – Special Kind Of Fool

For too long, hip hop that originates from outside the US has existed in the shadows, despite the opinion (mine) that a lot of the music that is true to the spirit of hip hop is from everywhere else.  A couple of years ago, my brother-in-law started schooling me on UK...

Ro James’ Eldorado, Random Thoughts

Our influences often subtly guide our decisions in and perspectives of the world. With musicians, being able to tap into influences without becoming imitations that fall short is a real challenge. Many an artist has floundered because they are unable to find their...

I Don’t Have A Death Wish

“Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and...

Youth Development hits the NXT LVL

Lionel Messi started playing in his hometown team Club Atletico Newell’s Old Boys youth system at the age of 8. At 13, he moved, with his entire family to Spain where he trained and played at La Masia, Barcelona’s youth academy. Steven Gerrard joined Liverpool’s...

I Quit My Job For My Children

It’s an ordinary Monday, in that blurry space between autumn and winter, when the sun seems to beat a hasty retreat into alternate hemispheres. I am sitting on a beat-up plastic chair watching a boy - my son - go through non-stop drills at football practice, his...

Daniel Wellington Watches

In the fashion, style and accessories worlds, Instagram has been a great tool for sharing. Whether it is brands highlighting their products or individuals sharing their aesthetic and style, Instagram provides a foundation for telling stories in a very visual...

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...

Let The Ride Begin, Life On Two Wheels

There is a time for everything. And when it comes to my life, the time for a motorcycle was definitely not in my 20s. I was a bit of a speed freak and I probably would not be writing these words, if I had explored bikes then. Three years ago, as I drifted into my 40s,...

Men’s Style: Tread+Miller Gentleman’s Club

The Cape Union Mart Group, while synonymous with outdoor clothing and gear, launched Tread + Miller, a men’s footwear and accessories store in August 2015. Having recently opened their 13th store at the Mall of Africa, the demand for the brand has surpassed their...

A Weekend At The Jaguar Simola Hill Climb

The annual calendar in South Africa is filled with many a gem that doesn’t register beyond specific audiences. I had heard about it but never really engaged until I was invited by Jaguar to attend the Jaguar Simola Hill Climb in Knysna between May 6th and 8th, 2016....

Play: Sony Wireless Headphones MDR10-RBT

The headphone landscape has, over the last decade or so, been reinvigorated by the iPod and the smartphone sector. I, for one, probably listen to more music on a daily basis on my smartphone than I did, in general. At least since my Walkman and Discman became...

Finding New Balance

There’s something about a well-told story that gets me every time. And, today, as consumers, we want to hear stories that truly resonate with us, as opposed to typical marketing mumbo jumbo. I connect with stories. Like a great bass line in a song, a good story hooks...

Sending Back With PayPal

In my previous job, I used to travel internationally a bit. To the point where my kids, especially my son, the Prince, were accustomed to my going off halfway across the world for a couple of days every month or two. And, when I travelled, I tended to come back with...

Grooming: Find Your Signature With Playboy

The silhouette of a rabbit wearing a bowtie is probably one of the most recognisable logos globally. In South Africa, Playboy Deodorant which has, since 2010, been owned by AMKA Products, is one of the fastest growing Male Deodorant brands. It was also “Coolest Male...

How To Be A Magazine Writer

In the last chapter of my life story, I was editor of a South African men’s business and lifestyle magazine. I also had a stint with a lifestyle magazine before that. An occupational hazard related to being an editor is that you receive countless requests to either...

Play: Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay H7

The headphone space is highly competitive with the proliferation of celebrity-endorsed and, in some instances, celebrity-launched headphones. For many manufacturers, it has been a proper battle to ensure continued market share while, for us consumers, the abundance of...

Cashless Parking With KaChing

You have been shopping. You walk up to the pay station. There’s a line. You put your bags down and fish into your pocket for cash to pay for your parking. You realise you might not have enough. You pick up your bags, find the closest ATM (which is usually on the other...

Playing With The Sony Xperia Z5

Have you ever thought about what truly influences your smartphone spending habits? With the exponential improvements to smartphones that have happened over the last couple of years, I was often mesmerised by the specs and features. For example, the higher the...

Need Extra Money?

The first cellphone I owned was a Nokia 2110 in 1996/97. A hand-me-down from my father, who got it while doing work at CSIR in Pretoria. Vodacom had just setup a deal to provide cellular services in Lesotho, creating Vodacom Lesotho. I was literally given a list of...

Intel Powers Convergence

Convergence. A word that has, over the last decade or so, taken on added meaning as technology has evolved and we have made the transition from single-purpose devices to multiple purpose devices. The PC, followed by the laptop, and the birth of the mobile device,...

Life: Put In The Work

There are so many great examples across the continent. Examples, in my view, are people whose lives, whose actions serve as a guide for how to live as part of a broader society, in whatever sphere. People who through the sheer force of their will and personality have...

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