The Twitter Abyss

Keeping one's mind right in a world that feels like it is struggling to get a grip on reality often seems damn near impossible. And that is under supposedly normal conditions. Today, it feels even harder, especially on Twitter. I have a love-hate relationship with the platform that started in 2008. Or rather with how we interact with each other on the platform. In my first couple of years, I was on constantly to the point where it was creating rifts in my home. I was fascinated by how we would find out about events as they took place because people were tweeting from the ground. The night...

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Top 10 SA Entertainment Blogs

I have always found anything that comes with a ranking extremely subjective and, therefore, open to discussion/ debate/ disagreement. But I am not so foolish as to look a gift horse in the mouth. The people over at Buzz South Africa have put together a Top 10 Outstanding Entertainment Blogs In South Africa 2015 infographic and have included this site on the list, which I am grateful for. I've been running it since 2009 but, I must confess, have often been erratic with it due to life. One day I will get round to running the editorial calendar that I have in my head. It is encouraging that...

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Jaguar XE Coming To South Africa

Jaguar has always had a certain appeal. An appeal that comes from an air of elegance, luxury and class coupled with an underlying edge and mystery, especially in the sportier models. Or perhaps that’s just my British schooling (in Lesotho) speaking. I have never been much of a car nut. I have covered many kilometres driving around Southern Africa and have generally focused on driveability, comfort, design and functionality. Aesthetics are important to me. A couple of years ago, a second-hand Jaguar X-Type made its way into our garage and was part of the family for 6 wonderful years. When we...

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Register for the Wings For Life World Run

One day, Christopher Reeve was Superman. And the next he was in a wheelchair having suffered a serious spinal cord injury while horse riding. He went on to dedicate the rest of his life to funding research into the curing of spinal cord injuries as well as helping those living with paralysis through the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Wings for Life is a non-profit foundation, founded by former motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, that is also dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury and does so by funding research projects...

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Wrangler’s Instagram Campaign

When Facebook bought Instagram for about $1 billion in cash and stocks in 2012, the main question asked was ‘why’? I don’t know that there was (or is) a clear answer but watching the evolution of how people use the platform has been interesting. I was drawn to it because I’d already been dabbling in mobile photography – using Flickr to store my images. It’s probably the only real hobby I’ve had over the last couple of years and I now have just under 2000 Instagram posts. In the last year, I’ve been seeing a lot more traction from ‘ordinary people’ in addition to the devoted IGers who have...

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The Facts According To….

In my job, I'm sent a great many press releases and packages, all vying for my limited time and attention. Yesterday I had a beat boxer and rapper extolling the benefits of Russian Bear vodka. This morning, I received a folder with a Stylus USB pen attached to it and a two-pager with my "curriculum vitae", pulled from multiple online sources. Under Other Interests and Hobbies, my favourite and most random is "thinking of tackling yoga". Been thinking of that for a minute now. On the USB pen, is an animated video from Kelly Group unpacking the employment/unemployment situation in South...

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