10 Minute Books On Productivity

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body – Joseph Addison Growing up a bit of a bookworm, and raised by an academic who converted the garage into a study to fit all his books, I’ve always understood the power of reading. Starting out with comics and writing...

The Art of Life Eps 3 Part 2

Last week's episode of The Art of Life was broken into two parts and part 2 is now live. In this part, we talk about a smartphone charging station from Blue Lounge, a Toyota concept car and the Renault Clio....

There is a Place for Introverts

Susan Cain, although introverted, has placed herself at the helm of a revolution whose ‘stakeholders’ are often submerged in a solitude that is both comforting and energising – the Quiet Revolution. Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We...

Anthony Hamilton – True Soul Man

Some moons ago, when I was a teenager, we would put together mixes on cassette tape (yes, cassette) for our romantic interests, incorporating songs that expressed our feelings much better than we could. Or we would phone, put the handset up to the speakers and press...

A Day At The Races

I attended the launch of Sansui Summer Cup 2014 happening on November 29th at Turffontein Racecourse as part of my journey into the world of horse racing. The weekend before I also attended my first race day at the Emerald Cup at the Vaal Racecourse, spending time...

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...

Forbes Africa: School Radio Taking Back The Air Waves

Over the last year, I have been doing a bit more freelancing writing with different publications. As editor of Destiny Man previously, I was not able to contribute to more spaces and it has been fun exploring a broader range of topics now that I can freelance. The...

Mercedes-Benz, In Search Of A New Narrative

On the 11th of February, 1990, at 16:14, I was sitting in a hotel room – our house was being renovated - in Maseru, in front of the telly with my father and siblings. This was the date and time that Nelson Mandela finally walked free. This was an occasion that had...

The Fast Lane At Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

We develop perceptions of ourselves as we grow. And, as we experience different aspects of life, we sometimes discover that these ideas of self are slightly off the mark. As a teenager, and into my twenties, I always saw myself as a ‘gung-ho’ alpha male-type. I wanted...

Vodacom NXT LVL Putting Footballers Through School

Having played various sports as a child and teenager, as well as watching my nine-year old explore different sports, including rugby and football, I sincerely believe that participating in sports can have immense benefits for a child growing up. At my son’s football...

The Joy Of Riding The BMW R Nine T

It is a Sunday morning. Outside the Bonafide Barbers shop on the border of Parktown North and Parkhurst in Joburg, there’s a melee of motorcycles parked. Predominantly Harleys and Triumphs, there are also a couple of Ducati Scramblers, KTMs, and BMWs. I have been...

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...

Digital Crates: NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

I love music. And I love great ideas around how to package and share music. The evolution of technology has both totally disrupted industries as well as provided the tools to be able to share great music. In creating Digital Crates on this site, I have tried to share...

VISA Seeks To Redefine The Future of Payment

By the time my daughter was 2 years old, she knew what YouTube was. She was born into a household with an iPad. My son was her conduit into the world of technology. While I spend quite a bit of time trying to keep with technological developments to ensure that I can...

Exploring the World with the Fujifilm X-T2

What better way to launch a camera than to put it into the hands of photographers and put them in the kind of environment where they get to try all features? This is exactly what Fujifilm did to launch their new X-T2. They took a group of photographers (and me) to...

Fatherhood – An Ode To My Son

Nine years ago, my son was born and I started what I consider the most important job in the world – being a father. I remember having a conversation with two friends and, the two of us who are fathers, spent about 15 minutes moaning about lack of sleep, the cost of...

Riding Harley-Davidson’s 2016 Softail Slim S

It all started with a tweet. When I finally got my motorcycle license, I had a twitter exchange with the people over at Harley-Davidson about getting the opportunity to get my butt on a couple of their bikes. It was perfect timing, with their having recently launched...

How To Buy Products Directly From Magazines

Much has been said and written about the evolution of the media industry, especially the print space. Having worked in the magazine, it is a segment of the media industry that especially interests and intrigues me. Being a partner in a content and media consulting...

Xiaomi’s Mi 5 Smartphone In Africa

The ‘affordable’ smartphone space is becoming extremely cluttered with most manufacturers looking at how to tap into the rapidly growing smartphone market, particularly in the developing world. Growing off the back of high sales in their home market, Chinese...

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...

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