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

Add Hope During World Hunger Month

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About a week or so ago i tweeted about KFC’s awesome Add Hope initiative that is now able to feed 70 000 children in South Africa a month. I must be honest, i wasn’t sure how many people were really adding R2 onto their KFC orders, and whether the money was actually going to the right places, i’m extremely happy to see that people are donating and the money is actually ending up with the children. I wasn’t the only one impressed with the stats, or surprised at how well KFC have been doing with their campaign, so i thought i’d elaborate a little more on what KFC are actually doing, and why.

Seeing as today is World Food Day the rad people over at KFC wanted to show you some of the children whose lives have been improved by those tiny R2 donations. At the end of the day, R2 is really not that much if you can afford to eat at KFC in the first place… but to these children, that R2 is the difference between having 1 meal during the day and not eating at all.

Throughout World Hunger Month KFC are trying to push for more South Africans to commit to Adding Hope every time they make an order. They have created a website to profile some of the children that they’ve been helping and to also ask these kids what’s important to them. These kids in the video are absolutely adorable! Even they know that food is a very basic necessity for growing children who are expected to learn and play at school.

Can you believe that 3,165 million children in South Africa live with household hunger? Malnutrition is associated with more than half of all childhood deaths in our country. It’s a scary and overwhelmnig statistic. It’s easy to feel helpless. So why don’t you Add Hope the next time you order at KFC :)

They’ve already raised over R210 million over the last 6 years, and currently feed over 70 000 children every month, like i mentioned before. I’m not sure what the stats are on how many people are actually adding the R2 to their orders, but i’m sure its nowhere near 50%. Imagine if every 2nd person at KFC Added Hope! Think of all the children we could be feeding!

Just in case you’re wondering where your money will be going, these are the reputable organizations that help KFC feed those 70 000 children every month:

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Google Street View Images Collected By Camel

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Most of the images for Google Street View are collected with a car (a Prius usually), but for the first time, the task was given to an animal – a 10-year-old camel named Raffia. That’s if you don’t include the hundreds of hikers from around the world that walked paths inaccessible to cars with a Google Camera mounted on their backpacks.

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The “Trekker’ camera, which collects 360-degree views, was strapped to the top of her hump. Raffia set off at 6am with her guide to photograph the UAE’s Liwa Desert in the clearest weather conditions possible, and the images are incredible! The breathtaking dunes, the oasis, and even other camels, as well as Raffia’s own footprints and shadow.

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This is only the third Street View available in the UAE, following the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. They’re hoping that the coverage online and accessibility to these images might encourage people to come and visit, or to even learn about the area! They are right though, i’ve never heard of this place before and now i’m checking it out through Google Images, and it looks amazing.

Fancy a stroll through the desert? Check it out here: Liwa Google Street View

Nude Man Found In Forest 4 Days After Tomorrow World Festival

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Casey Sanders, a hunter from around the Atlanta, Georgia area found a nude dude aimlessly wandering around in a forest. The guy looked a little worse-for-wear, was very confused and couldn’t remember how he had gotten there. Casey, the hunter, handled the situation very well, making sure he asked the man all the essential questions (to make sure he wasn’t a psycho i assume) and then discovered that the guy vaguely remembered being at the TomorrowWorld Music Festival, which was held four freaking days before, relatively nearby! He said he survived on rotten apples and water from the creek bed.

I must say, i do have quite a few questions for the nude dude after watching this video: What kind of drugs did you take that made you forget which state you’re in? Why, exactly, are you completely starkers? Lastly, are you part man part bear… because how did you survive for 4 days naked in the wilderness?! Did you sleep most of the time?

Check it out:

Casey has also been getting a lot of criticism as to how he handled the situation at first, this is what he had to say: “I know I was confrontational at first, but what you don’t see is the hour after that of me getting him to safety. I mean I did save his life and I didn’t call the cops. Sorry I wasn’t so trusting to random stranger naked in the creek out in the middle of the woods who couldn’t differ a dream from reality. I didn’t exactly have a script in my head of this is what I will do when I find a naked man in a creek.”

Rekorderlig South Africa – Competition

I had my first taste of Rekorderlig about 2 and a half years ago in the UK. They have a crazy range of ciders available to them in Europe, but Rekorderlig seems to come out on top. The boyfriend’s mom even made sure she bought some for me the last time we visited a few months ago. We ended up trying to bring a couple of bottles back into the country, but they got smashed inside our luggage at OR Tambo.

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The good news is that i don’t have to worry about sketchy transportation and having to ration two 500ml bottles out over the course of a year – because Rekorderlig is now in SA! If you’ve never been a cider person, i would challenge you to trying this specific cider out. The three flavours that have been brought to SA are the 3 staples in their range, and each of them tastes like heaven: Strawberry-Lime, Wild Berries and Pear!

Rekorderlig is still brewed in the small Southern Swedish village of Vimmerby, and made from natural ingredients – no syrups are used! You might also be wondering why Rekorderlig comes in 500mL glass bottles? Was it a carefully crafted ploy? Was it a huge amount of research that pointed to it? Neither! The reason is simple, Rekorderlig was first served in a 500mL bottle due to the Swedish recycling restrictions. All Cider was served in 500mL bottle to aid in the government’s commitment to create a green Sweden. Which is pretty sweet!

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Just in case you want to get your hands on some of this deliciousness, here is a handy guide so you know where to get it:

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I’ve got a mixed case of Rekorderlig to giveaway, all you have to do to enter is follow the steps below:

Step 1) Make sure you’re following @RekorderligSA on Twitter, and Like their page on Facebook – RekorderligZA

Step 2) Answer the following question: What is your favourite flavour? (available in SA)

Step 3) Tweet the following with your answer (including the link):

My favourite @RekorderligSA flavour is […]. What’s yours? Enter to win a mixed case with @StephanieBe here: http://bit.ly/1sinhgO

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COMPETITION CLOSED: 22 OCTOBER 2014

Jack Parow ft Janie Bay “Veilig” – Music Video

I’ve been playing this track on my show for a few weeks now and i can’t get enough of it. It’s one of those songs that crawls straight into your heart within the first few bars. A simply lyric music video has been released, and it’s beautiful! At the beginning of the video they’ve included home video footage of Jack (or maybe a kid that looks like Jack) as a toddler, and i think it could possibly be his Oupa who is talking to him? Just hearing that voice and the love with which he spoke to baba Jack already had me in tears. I miss my Oupa.

Checkit uit: Jack Parow ft Janie Bay “Veilig” – Music Video

Ultimate Outdoor Festival Packing Checklist 2014!

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Two years ago i wrote a rather lengthy blogpost on Rocking The Daisies in anticipation of the festival. I was so unbelievably excited… little did i know that it’d be my last RTD for a while. This year will be the 2nd year that i miss, and i’m gutted. I’m trying out this “adult” thing and that means that paying gigs come before fun festivals.

Every single year, around RTD time, i start to get hits on the original post & packing checklist. So i thought it was about time that i do an updated one! Below is a direct quote from the original piece, and is written like i’m going. I’ve included it because it sums up my reasons for making the list to start off with, and also because i think i was funnier back then:

“I’m usually rather ambivalent about most things, it takes a lot to get me really excited, and it takes a lot to get me really angry, but once I’m excited (or angry) there’s almost no stopping the steam train that is my emotions… this is why I’ve been making an imaginary packing list for Rocking The Daisies in my head over the past few days. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve become a little obsessed. I spent about half an hour on the Official Daisies website yesterday, I’m not even sure why.

Anyway, as excitable as I am, I am even more forgetful… so this imaginary packing list needed to get put down somewhere a little more permanent before I ended up on the day before Daisies running around my room and packing in things like my Matric Dance dress and a jar of mayo. I’m a panic-packer… don’t judge.”

So without any further semi-incoherent ramblings, I present to you:

The Ultimate Essential Outdoor Festival Packing Checklist

– Please note: Yes, girls and boys have different needs, so girly specific items are listed as such. Everything else is pretty much a necessity for any humanoid wishing to attend any festival and still resemble a non-homeless person afterwards.

1.) Personal Hygiene Items / “If You Ever Want To Hook Up”

 DO NOT ignore this section. BOYS, I’m looking at YOU!

–           Wet Wipes (get a pack of scented for underarms and body & non-scented for sensitive areas or if you’re sunburnt.  It’ll be worth it.)

–           Condoms (girls, it’s not just the guy’s responsibility to carry)

–           Freeze (best after-sun EVER! Keep it cool with your drinks, it’s like heaven on burnt skin)

–           Sunblock (none of this SPF10 shit, SPF30 or higher)

–           Anti-Perspirant Deodorant (Leave your expensive perfumes at home)

–           Tweezers (getting tiny pieces of glass out of feet or splinters, etc)

–           Toilet Paper (take more than you think you’ll need, it ends up getting used around camp too)

–           Pocket Mirror (keep this in your tent.) EDIT [girls]: You WILL bump into that hot guy you’ve been eyeing up for a day or two at the festival on your way to the bathroom in the morning. Check your face first.

–           Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Mini Mouthwash/Mints/Sugar Free Gum (water isn’t always readily available for you to brush your teeth with, so mouth wash will take care of that. If you’ve lost your toothbrush or left it in someone else’s tent, pop 2 pieces of chewing gum in your mouth and chew it with water at the same time, spit out after a minute or so. It’s almost as good as a brush.)

–           Hand Sanitizer (after you’ve used the loo. Ecoli is not your friend)

–           [GIRLS] Waterproof mascara! (stays on longer, obviously)

–           [GIRLS] Tampons (even if it isn’t “that time” for you, it might be for a friend who is caught by surprise… be nice and just take a couple along in case)

–           [GIRLS] Makeup Remover Wipes (normal wet wipes don’t always do a good job of removing mascara, etc)

–           [GIRLS] Hair Elastics (buy an extra pack! There’s nothing worse than having your long hair clinging to your neck when it’s 30C outside, but you still want to party.)

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2.) SUPER Imperative Vitally Important Necessary Essentials

–           TICKETS!

–           Water Bottle (maybe 1 for water and 1 for alcohol…. But definitely take extra, you will probably lose them. Daisies usually have water filling stations throughout the site too. Stay hydrated)

–           Sunglasses (you will also probably lose a pair of these, or break them. Leave your designer shades at home and rather bring 2 pairs of cheapies)

–           Torch (you don’t want to waste your cellphone battery using it as a torch)

–           Lighter, matches (even if you don’t smoke, people are always looking for lighters)

–           Rennies/Myprodol/Plasters/Immodium/Panado/Valoid! (at the risk of sounding like your mom, I can’t emphasize how important it is to take ALL of the aforementioned goodies. You really don’t want to feel ill at an outdoor festival. You ruin it for yourself and for your friends.) Rennies: If the festival food doesn’t agree with you, or even if you’re feeling sick from too much beer/spirits, it basically just makes your stomach acid less acidic. This is a pretty gross tip, so stop reading if you’re sensitive. If you feel like you’re going to throw up, try and get 3 or so Rennies into you a good amount of time before you chunder, and when you do, it’ll feel like you’re throwing up water rather than Satan’s own burning lava.

3.) Clothing

–       Hat

–       Beanie (in case your hair looks like shit, and for when it gets cold at night)

–       Socks (lots)

–       Undies (the amount depends on how un/hygienic you are)

–       Try and plan for an outfit a day, it stops you from packing random shit you probably won’t wear. Saves loads of space.

–       CHEAP sunglasses (yes, I’ve mentioned these again)

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4.) Food/Drink

–      Packets of chips (possibly the easiest and lightest food to carry around, it’s also the best thing to eat if you’re feeling sick)

–      Alcohol Sachets (easy to hide in your tent from scavengers, rolled up in some socks. Also, super easy to sneak into the main stage area… but i never said that)

–      Decant All Alcohol! (no glass is aloud into Daisies at all, and I’m glad about that. So don’t complain, just sort yourself out before you come)

5.) Equipment

–           Tent

–           Sleeping Bag

–           Extra Blanket

–           Pillow

–           Spare Tent Pegs (pegs bend/break and there’s nothing worse than a floppy tent)

–           Bin Liners (preferably the tough kind with drawstrings, for rubbish & to store stuff. If you get clothes wet, pop them in the bin liners, pack it away and worry about it when you’re home)

–           Mallet (to knock the tent pegs in – no a shoe wont work)

–           Torch (yes, you really do need one)

6.) In Case Of Rain

–           Bin Liners (put pillow/sleeping bag in to keep dry, or wet shoes in so they don’t wet other things)

–           Wellies

–           Extra socks

–           Umbrella (doubles up for Sun too)

–           Poncho (just a cheap one – Dischem is probably the best place to get ‘em)

7.) Optional Awesome Extras (Winning At Festivals)

–           Ear Plugs (for when you’ve had enough but thousands haven’t, or your tent neighbours are noisy motherfuckers)

–           Glow Sticks (to mark your tent, or friends that go missing easily)

–           Scissors

–           Lighters

–           Rolling paper

–           Box of cigarettes (even if you don’t smoke, use ‘em to make friends with your neighbours, barter, etc)

–           Bubble gun (it’s hilarious and fun, seriously… people dig it. It’s in our nature to be in awe of bubbles)

–           Beach Mat (for sitting outside of your tent or at the dam)

–           Lilo (or any blow up flotation device, for some good dam fun)

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8.) Personal Advice/Tips and Super Rad Extras 

–       Talk to your neighbours. Share a beer, donate a roll of loo paper, offer them some chips, roll ‘em a small one if they haven’t got any… Scratch their back, and they’ll challenge people who look like they’re up to no good fiddling in your tent.

–       Survival blankets, those bright silver ones they use at accident scenes, they decrease the oven like tendencies of a tent when you lay it over the roof. You can buy them at most outdoor shops and they aren’t expensive at all. This means you don’t have to wake up at 07:00am feeling like you’ve been baked like a tray of muffins.

–       If you can afford to, get a “festival phone”. You can pick them up at PEP Stores or Ackermans and they cost about R300… they sms and call and have a torch/alarm, that’s it. Their battery life is amazing and one charge might get you 4 days standby time. Leave the beloved iPhone, Galaxy, Blackberry, whatever at home or in the tent. If, however, you can’t live without tweeting/instagramming/facebooking for more than 2 days, then take your phone BUT make sure you have insurance that will cover theft AS WELL AS water damage and general drunken damage.

–       Combination Lock (some people recommend a combination lock for your tent, but I feel like it just shows people that you have something valuable that you need to hide. Rather lock your valuables in a lock box that you wrap up inside your sleeping bag.)

–       Store real valuables in the car (if you can, rather leave your drivers license, cellphone, etc locked in your car or a friends car.)

–       Don’t pitch your tent too close to any loos. Ever. It may seem like it’s more convenient that way, but it really isn’t worth it. Bleh.

–       Wear swimwear/bikini under clothes. Convenient for spontaneous jumps into the dam, and quick drying afterwards :)

–       Write down the cellphone numbers of friends that are at the event, in case your phone goes missing/dies.

–       Know where the spare key for your car is before you leave home, whether it’s at home and someone there would be willing to bring it through if you lost yours…. Or whether you give it to another friend to lock in their own car at the event. Car keys are lost/stolen all the time and car locksmiths are expensive, and for the newer cars, impossible… you’d have to get towed and then have your car taken to the dealer to get a new laser key (which could take weeks and cost you buckets).

9.) Leave The Following Items At Home. Seriously. 

–       Anything you’d miss if you lost/broke it. If you would be upset about something getting stolen or broken at a festival, don’t take it!

–       Your “favourite” anything… sunglasses/underwear/shirt/earrings.

–       Attitude! I don’t want to sound too preachy, but outdoor festivals attract so many different types of people, don’t be a dick about it. Thousands of people are put into a place with little or no personal space for a couple of days, with all their luxuries and home comforts taken away… just try and be a little more understanding, and if you don’t like something, shut up about it. Move on. Walk away.

FINALLY:

I wish i was going to be at RTD this year! I would have had all this stuff with me, and i’m cool with sharing. So the onus is on you to make sure you’re prepared, so that you can have the best festival without worrying about anything.

This is obviously written with RTD in mind, but it goes for pretty much every single festival in South Africa and around the world. SO feel free to use this same checklist for; Up The Creek, Ramfest, Synergy, Rezonance, Organik, etc.

PS: If you feel like there’s anything i’ve left off of my list, put it in the comments section and i’ll add it. Thanks.

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