UberHeroes

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Uber launched an amazing campaign yesterday where they pay tribute to some of their partner drivers, who they believe are everyday heroes. As someone who uses Uber weekly, it’s great to be able to take a look into the lives of some of the amazing people i drive with.

In Cape Town you will hear from Ralph Mandawale, who is now able to support and pay for his father’s cancer treatment and Freddy Ntiranyibagira who had his prayer answered and now appreciates his life. Alain Kabura, also from Cape Town, who started as a security guard and is now sustaining five families through the five drivers he employs.

In Durban, Lucky Mato Khumalo, who since partnering with Uber can now afford to send his young son to school and provide for his family, as does Kumarn Kenny who was retrenched from his job and was given the opportunity to become a partner driver and be his own boss.

Our partners in Johannesburg are no different, each one of them are dedicated and have colourful stories to tell.

For Simanga Sibanda his life as an Uber partner driver changed when he was able to save the life of a little girl, by getting her and her mother to hospital in the nick of time. As a female driver, the lovely Cindy Mashao feels safe to drive on the Uber platform and even made in into the pages of Forbes Women Africa.

Some seriously amazing stories here!

Warner Brothers releases Suicide Squad Trailer

Warner Bros have changed their minds, and decided to release a high quality version of the trailer/sizzle reel for Suicide Squad. The reel was originally shown during their “Hall H” presentation at Comic Con this past Saturday, but someone in the crowd recorded footage that was supposed to be solely for the people at the presentation, and then posted that crappy-quality version online.

Sue Kroll, the studio’s President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution said: “Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”

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Verified Tinder Profiles

Verified Tinder Profiles – YAY! Another way to get ignored and rejected by celebrities! Sounds great.

The dating app, Tinder, has started doling out verified profiles, which means now you’ll know if “celebrity” profiles on the app are legit or not. Tinder announced the move on their blog: “Now when notable public figures, celebrities and athletes appear in your recommendations, you’ll know it’s for real.”

I’m not sure if this is a PR move to try and boost downloads of the app, because no doubt some poor soul out there probably believes that they have a shot with Katy Perry or Hilary Duff (who both have Tinder profiles, and use them). I would go as far as to say that Tinder might even be paying real life celebrities and athletes to create profiles and just be “seen” on the app. I’m sure they’ll start verifying lesser “celebs” on the app as well, and it’s only a matter of time that the tiny blue tick will result in some serious pulling power for whoever has one.

According to Tinder though, the verification isn’t just to clamp down on fake profiles of celebs, it’s also so that proper famous people can interact with each other without having to wade through all of the non-verified peasants. So, in other words, for them to basically only interact with one another like they do in real life anyway.

This honestly just feels like another way a celeb can ignore your existence, except it’s way worse because if you swipe “yes” on their pic, and you never get a match with them… well then, they basically don’t like your face. I’d rather not even get involved, thanks.

If Tinder is your thing, celebrities and all, then you might be happy to know that they’ve introduced Instagram support, as well as an expanded interests section – just in case you need to let your potential matches know about your love of travel, music festivals, and banting.

“Forgotten A$$holes of History” – Episode 1

I can’t quite remember who said it, but i remember a quote that said something along the lines of: we should remember our past so that we aren’t doomed to repeat it in the future. This online series hopes to educate us on the historical monsters that our History lessons might not have covered.

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I thought it’d be relevant to post the first episode here, as it deals with Herbert Kitchener, the dude who literally invented concentration camps, and it happened here in South Africa no less!

General Kitchener was the commander of British troops during the South African War (Anglo Boer War), a battle between the Brits and the Boers over which nation would control and benefit most from the very lucrative mines in the region. The British took many prisoners, both white and black, and kept them in internment (concentration) camps. As you can probably guess, these camps were horrific, lacked food, and had people piled on top of each other.

Over 40,000 people died in these camps. And one of the worst ideas in history was invented. So thanks, Herbert Kitchener. Yer a dick.

– found on http://whatstrending.com

Car Shopping

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that i was recently in a car accident. It’s been over a month, and after arguments with the lady that skipped the Stop st, and arguments with her insurance company i’m pretty much ready to tow my broken husk of a vehicle and dump it on her driveway in an act of defiance.

On a lighter note – i’ve been cruising Gumtree checking out what cars are going for these days and what i could *potentially* afford to get. The problem is that once you start searching for cars online, it’s like falling into a vehicle-centered rabbit hole. I started out with the best of intentions – scouring Gumtree for cars that would be practical for me to drive, and for cars that i could actually make payments on… it ended up with me searching for cars to restore, checking how many American muscle cars might be available in South Africa for sale, and then eventually i got stuck on the offroad vehicles.

This might be news to you, but offroading and getting out into the bush is my ultimate happy place. Ever since i can remember, my family has made it a priority to try and get away from city life for a few weeks every single year. Most recently, we went to the Baviaanskloof (which is truly spectacular), and did the strictly 4×4 route over the pass. The road was a hazard, it was like trying to traverse those insane 4×4 courses you see people messing up online. I wish i had taken photos of the terrible “road” we used to ascend the mountain, but i was too busy concentrating on praying for the car to stay on the mountain instead of tumbling down the side!

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My dad has owns a Subaru Outback – which is honestly a super amazing car! It’s got crazy ground clearance for a vehicle in that class and it never faltered, not even once, while we were trying to summit an impossible mountain pass. I did get to daydreaming a little on Gumtree though, and started checking out some of the true 4×4 beasts that are readily available here in SA.

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Yes, that is actually a “road”

In terms of legend status here in South Africa – you can’t ever really go wrong with a Toyota. They’re crazy reliable, and super easy to find parts for locally. If money were no object, i think i’d probably have to give a home to the Toyota Lancruiser 70 4.5D V8. Yes… V8!

I mean, seriously… look at this thing. I’m sure it can’t only be me, but my inner bush baby has such a weakness for insane looking offroad vehicles. Think of all the adventures i could have in one of these! It also happens to be a double cab, so that i can take my family & loved one along for the ride.

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Anyone got a spare R680 000 they would like to give me? I feel like my best life would be lived in one of these. I actually saw one of these beauties in real life the other day, i couldn’t help it, but i ended up giving the driver a serious stink-eye because i couldn’t hold my jealousy in. Now i suppose it’s back to reality, and back to setting the filters on Gumtree to only show me cars that are selling for under R180 000. *cries*

If you want to take a look at this car yourself, here’s the link to the ad: Toyota Landcruiser. Check the picture of the engine out!

Spring Breakers Get The Best Wake Up Call

I wouldn’t mind having this wake-up call every single day! Not only is the “wake-up” call only at 11am, but it’s also to the tune of the Circle of Life from The Lion King.

Apparently this has become a bit of a tradition over the years, and Spring breakers staying at the Holiday Inn in Panama City, Florida, are woken up every morning by the Lion King theme blasting out from pool-side speakers. Everyone crawls out of bed and onto their balconies to enjoy the song… and once the track is finished – it means that another day full of sun, sand, parties and surf await them :) TOUGH FREAKING LIFE!

2 Chainz Meets a R1,2M Dog in “Most Expensivest Sh*t”

In the latest episode of GQ’s YouTube series “Most Expensivest Sh*t”, 2 Chainz took a trip to Los Angeles to meet some of the “best bulldogs on the planet.” After hanging out with a pair of puppies, both of which are worth upwards of R100,000, the rapper gets to meet an adorable French Bulldog called “Micro Machine”, who has a price tag of over R1 million, and has bred over half a million DOLLARS worth of puppies.

I hate to say this… but 2 Chainz is actually hella funny. I’m not sure if he’s aware of his excellent comedic timing, or if he is totally unaware of the fact that he could very well be a darn funny tv host of sorts.

I literally laughed out loud at the “Thug Life” part! Check it out:

2 Chainz really likes dogs, but would he actually drop 100 stacks on a puppy? Maybe—if it knows how to bathe and feed itself and it’ll live forever. See what happens when the rapper visits a bulldog breeder who charges top dollar for premium pups.

Best Will Ferrell & Kevin Hart Interview By Aussie Dude

The Footy Show star Beau Ryan got the chance to chat to Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart ahead of their new film release. Beau, being an Australian, decided to do things a little differently and challenged the two guys to an all-Australian quiz, the punishment for wrong answers being eating a spoon of Vegemite. If you’ve never had Vegemite – consider yourself lucky.

The result is pretty funny, as you can imagine. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart seem totally game for anything and their facial expressions do say it all.

 

Which British City Would You Be Happiest In?

I don’t know about you – but i’m a sucker for personality tests… i obviously don’t take them too seriously – but it’s fun to find out which Disney Princess you’d be, or which animal you should have as a pet, etc.

Take the simple personality test on the website linked below (BBC) – and find out how your personality and the place where you live affect your happiness.

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This is what they have to say on it:

“Until now, we’ve decided on where we should live based on things like job, family, friends, schools, colleges, countryside and nightlife. But now new research suggests different districts of Britain have distinct personality traits. And how well our personality fits with the people around us can contribute to our happiness.”

The test they’ve created will supposedly reveal your personality traits, and then based on the research, it should predict the place in Britain that would make you happiest, or least happy, based on your personality profile.

NOTE: In order to do the quiz – it requires a UK post code, for whatever reason – it doesn’t actually affect your results. So for the sake of the test, just pop in S81JD (which is somewhere in Sheffield, and totally stolen from my boyfriend, Joe).

Follow this link to do the quiz: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3g487h

How Sriracha Is Made

Sriracha sauce has been called the “skinny jeans” of the culinary world – when it gained popularity it seemed like it might just be another fad, but it’s stuck around for years and its popularity is only growing. It’s actually become so ingrained in popular culture, that you can buy Sriracha t-shirts, it gets referenced in tv series and movies, there are even numerous counterfeit sauces trying to piggyback off of the original’s success. It’s so popular worldwide – that even our very own Woolworths has started importing it…

Whether you’ve tried it or not, i found this video fascinating. How Sriracha is made: