Band Aid 30

Awesome annual collaboration between popular musicians/singers to raise money, now in its 30th year! This year they’re donating all proceeds to the fight against Ebola in Africa. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear that they’ve tweaked a couple of the lyrics and West Africa get a special shoutout. It’s a beautiful song that i’ve grown to love and this years selection of stars was great!

Band Aid 30 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? Featuring:

One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Emile Sande, Bastille, Christ MArtin (Coldplay), Paloma Faith, Seal, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Ollie Murs, Guy Garvey (Elbow), Angelique Kidjo, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Clean Bandit, Roger Taylor (drummer from Queen), Jessie Ware.

 

FoodWineDesign Review

After making some readers extremely happy with tickets to the event, and hampers full of locally crafted goodies – i was looking forward to going and checking it out myself. I was expecting something a little different than what i found. I thought it’d be more like a craft fair with a bit of food on the side… but the best way i can describe it is like this:

if Biscuit Mill/Neighbourgoods + a Wine Tasting Show + Design Indaba had a baby, it would be the Sanlam Food Wine Design Show!

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There was SO much wine, and SO much food… and even more awesome design by locals. I bought myself an awesome hat from Simon & Mary who must be some sort of hat wizards!

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Even the rain couldn’t put a dampener on things – it all went ahead without a glitch despite the Jozi downpour. The fair was so ridiculously busy that even the streets surrounding Hyde Park Mall were parked full! I’m looking forward to seeing what they have in store for next year!

How Do You Pronounce Mazda?

It’s no secret that i have a little bit of an obsession with cars. I can remember spending a vast amount of time with my dad as a kid either lying underneath a car examining its inner workings, or behind the wheel on dirt roads sitting on his lap and “learning” how to drive. I was sitting on his lap because i couldn’t have been older than 6 and my legs definitely weren’t long enough for me to reach the pedals. Cars have been an integral part of mine and my dad’s relationship.

When it came to me deciding on my first car, he was the first person i consulted. At the time, we narrowed it down to a few hatches that would suit my needs. After everything was taken into account; safety, after-purchase service, fuel consumption, looks, insurance, price, etc… we decided on a Honda Civic. I have not regretted that decision once since i bought that car.

On the short-list of potential cars were the predictable VW’s and even a Volvo, but the car that probably came the closest was the Mazda 3. It’s the perfect car for a young person, or pretty much anyone that’s working on a budget but still wants a decent looking car and one that comes standard with a lot of “extras” that you would pay for if you bought with another brand.

The 2014 Mazda 3 is an all new car, and they haven’t spared any expense on technology too. You can get: Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Obstruction Warning, High Beam Control, Radar Cruise Control and Smart City Brake Support. WHAT I WOULD GIVE FOR CRUISE CONTROL! Seriously.

Mazda in general have put a lot of effort into design over the last little while – and it shows. The Mazda’s don’t look like the kind of cars our grandparents would drive – which they used to years ago. Mazda in South Africa are also stepping out from under Ford’s shadow and are now officially independent. You can bet your bottom dollar that that means that the guys over at Mazda are going to go the extra mile to make you happy because they need to establish themselves as a strong and trustworthy independent brand in the country.

If you are in the market for a car – do yourself a favour and test drive a Mazda 3. Perceptions and pre-conceived notions aren’t going to help you when it comes to choosing a brand. Gone are the days when the only reliable car was a German one. The Asian car brands are working extra hard and offering way more in return just to prove that they can compete on the same level. Which they can!

If you want to book a test drive, all you have to do is go here: DRIVE MAZDA

And if i don’t have you convinced yet, check this clip out: Mazda 3 South Africa

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Did you know that you’ve probably been mispronouncing most of the Japanese car brand’s names? Here’s a handy video with a native Japanese speaker pronouncing them correctly. How many do you say correctly?

I Spend Too Much Time On The Internet

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As the title suggests – i spend way too much time on the internet… and i’m picking up on a growing (and rather disturbing) trend. Something that was once spoken about in hushed tones and videos found in the darkest recesses of the internet is now leaking its way out into the open and into the mainstream. I’m talking about a fetish that i will never be able to understand: pimple/zit popping videos.

On the sites i regularly visit references are being made to these videos, and gifs are popping up all over the place. There are some Youtube accounts with millions of views on videos of extreme zit popping. By “extreme”, i mean that these zits produce a ridiculous amount of pus… some of them ooze slowly, others “snake” out of pores, and the worst – the ones that shoot out of the skin like a clown from a cannon. These zits get popped in such a “dis/pleasing” manner that this particular fetish is gaining some serious momentum.

If you’re wondering where to start, how about i introduce you to the dirty underbelly of Youtube zit popping clips with this next video. It’s one of the oldest you’ll find and has an absolute staggering amount of views. The story is that this zit is around 20yrs old! While on holiday the zit grew and became inflamed to such an extent, that the man on whose neck this evil resided asked his wife to help him relieve the pressure. This is what they filmed coming out of the spot. They had to “drain” this zit at least once a day for about 2 weeks until it was finally empty. Apparently the guy has fully recovered and the spot is almost invisible now… the video was filmed quite a number of years ago.

DO NOT CLICK PLAY IF YOU HAVE A SENSITIVE STOMACH! I wasn’t able to get through ANY of this video. I saw a very short gif and proceeded to vomit in my mouth. I can safely say that this is NOT my fetish and i will definitely judge whoever likes this kind of shit. I’m sorry, i feel like i’m quite an open minded person, but this is so far out of my frame of reference and i think it might actually be a phobia of mine too. So yeah… be warned.

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The Music Video To End All Music Videos

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After an accidental leak by Yahoo, Taylor Swift has officially released the music video for “Blank Space,” the second single from her album ‘1989’. I have been a Swiftie for a good number of years – i preach her gospel like my after-life depends on it… so i understand why you wouldn’t think that i am the most reliable person when it comes to giving objective opinions on anything she does, but you need to take my word on this one.

If you are one of those people that pretty much only know Taylor Swift because she was once interrupted by Kanye West at the MTV VMAs, then you’re also probably one of those people who thinks that she is a crazy serial-dater who can’t be single, and writes songs exclusively about the men that have broken her heart… which is all categorically untrue. Except for the Kanye thing, that actually happened, obviously. 

It’s got to be one of the most frustrating things for me to see on social media, and to hear in real life, that Taylor Swift lives in a constant state of either dating a guy or breaking up with a guy and writing a song about that guy. She recently did an interview where she finally calls out the general public and the media for this incredibly inaccurate and sexist label that she’s been given. She mentions that Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, etc all write about break-ups and heart-ache, yet she’s the one that raises red flags? How can you label one female artist as “some psycho who always sings about exes” when literally the entire industry, regardless of gender, do it? Is it because she turns those songs into hits? Or maybe her words are too truthful?

If you’re really honest with yourself – you’d realize the vast majority of successful pop/country/rock songs are about breakups and being hurt. She also explained that she’s only dated the same amount of people that any average late-teen/early twenties girl has dated. Her number isn’t particularly high, it’s just that such a big deal is made of every single guy she dates. Last year in Vanity Fair she said that she’s actually only dated TWO guys since 2010.

SLATE says on the video: “On Monday she unveiled the Gone Girl of music videos: She takes the caricature that she’s a psycho bitch, tries it on, and turns it back against her enemies.”

tl;drThis music video shows Taylor Swift owning her psycho/heartbroken/crazy image that the media and the general public have given her… and in the end shows just how ridiculous that image is.

Taylor Swift – Blank Space

Music Videos From Die Antwoord And Lakota Silva

Two South African artists released music videos this week, and it’s a shame for Lakota that it was done at the same time as infamous Die Antwoord.

Lakota Silva has to be one of my favourite local artists – she’s beautiful, down-to-earth, talented beyond words! She’s just starting out with this whole solo career thing, and can do with some support. Not that she’s struggling though, her first solo single “Do Re Mi” has charted on 5FM and i’m sure other radio stations will follow suit soon.

Die Antwoord are a bit of an enigma – wildly popular in the USA and Europe, and hardly given recognition in their own country, something that i’ve never fully understood. I dig them, i dig their vibe, i dig their weirdness, and i have one massive freaking crush on Yolandi Vi$$er! This new music video has people talking as per usual, and has a pretty impressive string of celebrity cameos: Cara Delevingne, Jack Black, Flea (and Flea’s tiny daughter Sunny), Dita von Teese, Marilyn Manson & more!

Watch both videos below:

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Drone Boning – NSFW!

This film is essentially a porno pretending to be a nature documentary. It isn’t a “porno” in the nasty/dirty sense – it’s quite tasteful, and as a result i thought i would share it. The guys who made the short film have said that they want people to start a discussion about privacy in our new technologically driven world. With drone’s super accessible and relatively cheap these days, and their software available to download on most smartphones, it has the potential to become the next big security risk around the world. You could be tanning in the privacy of your own home, and not even realize that you’re being filmed. Creepy!

Just keep in mind that this is, essentially, a well-shot porn film. There are no close-ups or POV scenes, everything is kind of far away and hard to make out – but it is still a porn. So, you know the drill: NSFW! No Under 18s! Excessive nudity & scenes of a sexual nature!

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Man Gets Harassed Walking The Streets Of NYC

By now we’ve all seen the video of the women walking NYC’s streets and being cat-called, the internet seems pretty divided on the subject. Some of the footage from the original video is creepy, like the guy who followed her for 5min, or the guys that resort to swearing at her when she doesn’t acknowledge them. For the most part though, i found a lot of the guys were just being nice, saying things like “have a nice day” or “have a great day, God bless” or even just “hi.” Are guys not allowed to say ‘hi’ anymore?! Totally fine and perfectly acceptable of you ask me – that woman obviously wants no men to talk to her ever?! But if men completely ignored her, she’d probably make a video about the fact that men are body-shaming because she doesn’t look like a Victoria’s Secret model.

Anyway, a guy in NYC has now decided to go out and film the exact same video. Check it out and see whether he goes through the same thing as she did (spoiler alert: he does)

So, essentially, this ISN’T a sex problem, it’s a human problem then. Also i feel like these videos have actually just proved that the general populous of New York probably just have less manners than the rest of the world.

Magic/Cruel Spider Trick

It is well publicized that i am a MASSIVE freaking arachnophobe. I put the NO in arachNOphobe! Seriously though. I scream when i see pictures of spiders online. This trick is hilarious, but i am beyond glad that it didn’t happen to me! I even jumped and screamed when the trick was revealed. Horrific. Poor woman – she literally gets such a big fright, that she rips her wig off! She took her hair off, and beat the guy with it!

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Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair – Competition

The FoodWineDesign Fair was launched in 2010 by Artlogic and Sanlam Investments. The first of its kind in South Africa, it’s described as a “boutique outdoor market” and features the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, micro breweries and speciality foods.

If it’s important to you to eat the best local foods, taste South African boutique wines and decorating your home with the works of South African designers and artists. – then this is the place for you. The Chefs in the City project will see David Higgs, Michael Holenstein and Thom Hughes each take the stand for one day to treat visitors to their creations.

This year’s event will take place from 7-9 November on the rooftop of the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre. I’ve been told that they’ve gone to every effort to turn it into a magical setting with tented areas, theatre lighting, inspired dining and retailing areas, and larger than life landscaping.

With the Fair being the first event of its kind to combine elements from food, wine and design industries, Sanlam believes that the positive change and shift in direction will result in the growth of even more proudly South African entrepreneurs.

As “local” and “well-made” are an integral part of the Fair, and much like the exhibitors are experts in their chosen field, Sanlam is the expert in investments and understands the importance of being able to offer a superior product.  Sanlam also has a huge respect for the extraordinary amount of time, planning and sheer determination it takes to turn a dream into a sustainable business despite economic business challenges.

Tickets are available for R90 from Webtickets, or R100 at the door. Uber have also gotten on board this year, and first time subscribers can use the promo code Handmade to receive R200 off their first ride. What’s more, anyone arriving in an Uber can show their receipt at the door and receive a R10 discount off the Fair ticket price, plus you’ll stand the chance to win Uber credit.

This info is just a taste of what’s to come over the weekend of 7-9 November. For more info please visit www.foodwinedesign.co.za, email info@artlogic.co.za or phone 011-447-3868.

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I am fortunate enough to have 1 double ticket to give away, as well as R500 worth of product from the fair! So if good food, design and wine is your thing, get tweeting! Obviously, the fair is happening in JHB, so the prize does not include flights or accommodation.

Tweet the following:

I’d like to win a R500 hamper & tickets to the Sanlam @FWD_Fair this Nov! Details at: stephaniebe.co.za #HandmadeContemporary