A brilliant new series is coming to a tv near us soon, hopefully (it’s been commissioned and released by Amazon, so i’m not sure how we could watch it here in South Africa). The entire series is based on a novel written by Philip K. Dick, and is set in a dystopian alternate history where the Nazis beat the Allied forces in World War 2.
The pilot debuted back in January, but it was only after the pilot aired that it was picked up for a full season, so the release date is November of this year. The very basics of the story are that the United States has been partitioned into three parts: The Japanese puppet state of the Pacific States of America, which comprises the former United States west of the Rocky Mountains; a German puppet state that comprises the eastern half of the former United States; and a neutral zone that acts as a buffer between the two areas, called the Rocky Mountain States.
Ex-Varsity Volleyball player turned swimwear model officially has the longest legs in the USA! Her name is Lauren Williams and her legs measure an insane 124.5 cm/49 inches, and she also happens to be a cool 6ft4.
She said: ‘It’s interesting to me that this is a title I now hold. Pretty regularly I have people comment on how tall I am or how longs my legs are. I don’t recall a time when I realised I had such long legs, it was just always something about me. Most of my friends and family members are very excited about my title – they are always commenting on how lucky I am.’
As with most crazy-tall people, it’s all in the genes – her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller. She also wears a size 10 shoe… which makes my feet feel like fairy feet at size 6.
Kayla Harrity, 24, and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Matthew Picca, were on a vacation with her family in Southport, North Carolina when he decided to surprise her with a proposal. “I turned around and he was getting down on one knee,” Kayla recalled. “As he opened the ring box, the ring fell out of the box and fell through the cracks on the deck and into the water. I didn’t even get to see it before it dropped.” Kayla says everyone was in total shock and speechless. “I covered my face and began to cry because I knew my boyfriend was devastated,” she said. “Matthew did not even get to say anything to me before the ring fell into the ocean.” Almost immediately, Kayla says, several people went down to the boat slip underneath the bar and jumped in the water and started looking for the ring.
Kayla’s brother-in-law, sister and Matthew all jumped into the water, fully clothed, to search for the ring. “At the bar, there were three men who were enjoying a beer who saw the whole thing,” she said. “They must have felt bad for us and did not want to see our engagement end like this. They jumped in the water and helped look for the ring.” Kayla says her sister thought Matthew had a special case on his phone and stuck it under the water to use as a flashlight. It didn’t have the case. Now his phone is ruined. “I began running to the neighbouring restaurants asking if anyone had goggles,” she said. “I knew if we had some we could find the ring.” She says people were handing the group flashlights and a local ran home to get some goggles for the crew. “After ten flashlights, and five pairs of goggles and over 1.5 hours of searching in the water…the ring was found!” Kayla said. A man named Kyle Blusher found the ring and yelled out.
“Everyone at the bar was cheering. All of a sudden, everyone was chanting ‘Propose again! Do it again!’,” Kayla recalled. “It was the best feeling in the world. My fiancé, soaking wet, smelling like salty, fishing water, proceeded to get down on one knee and put the beautiful ring on my finger!”
“The energy of everyone at the bar was incredible. It was a total shock that he even found the ring,” she continued. “We walked upstairs and bought the men who helped us a round of shots. They were amazing and we are so grateful to have their help that night.” After staying at the bar for about an hour, the couple took a romantic carriage ride around Southport. “When we got back, people were still coming up asking to see the ring,” Kayla said. “They said everyone in Southport was talking about it. It was definitely a night to remember!”
Let me not beat around the bush here, London is an expensive city for the average (and wealthier than average) South African. There are over 1000 hotels registered on TripAdvisor, and that's not even including
It’s 2015 – the year in which the word ‘twerk’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. We should be very proud of ourselves. Although, judging by previous years, it might not even be the worst.
Oxford English Dictionary now has a “birthday word generator” which tells you what words originated (or were added to the dictionary) in your birth year. You can now find words with a first known usage for each year from 1900 to 2004.
Follow the link, and select the relevant decade and click on your birth year to discover a word which entered the English language that year.
For example, crowd-surfing was first used in 1989, around the time groups like Guns n Roses and Bon Jovi were popular (where crowd surfing was a regular occurrence). Then there’s Podcast in 2004 – which came only three years after the release of the first iPod… Bling was coined in 1999, we can definitely blame that one on Ali G i think.
Find the full interactive infographic here: OED Birthday Word Generator
National Geographic received more than 17,000 entries, which were whittled down to 3 winners and 7 recognised on merit.
The grand prize went to a photo titled “Whale Whisperers” – ‘This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life so we need to accelerate the incorporation of this islands into Unesco as natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing’
Photograph: Anuar Patjane
This photo, titled Gravel Workmen, was taken by the second-place winner. “This gravel-crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place. Chittagong, Bangladesh.”
Photograph: Faisal Azim
Third place went to Camel Ardah. “Camel Ardah, as it called in Oman, is one of the traditional styles of camel racing between two camels controlled by expert men. The faster camel is the loser so they must be running at the same speed level in the same track. The main purpose of Ardah is to show the beauty and strength of the Arabian camels and the riders’ skills. Ardah is considered one of the most risky situations, since always the camels reactions are unpredictable and it may get wild and jump toward the audience.”
Photograph: Ahmed Al Toqi
Nat Geo Merit Award Winners
FINALLY – the full length Deadpool trailer is here. Ryan Reynolds has been doing some “in character” promotion on Twitter and saying some very Deadpool-y things.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand.
As long as i can remember, when music went digital, so did the piracy. Digital music pirating got its first big start with Napster, and this was almost purely because the music industry just couldn’t keep up with the changes, and were stuck in the past specifically with regards to distributing the music.
However, in 2015 we have the option of cheap alternatives to illegal download services… and for the first time in the history f the music industry online music streaming has actually become a viable option! In all honesty, the way streaming works these days it’s actually so much easier to just stream rather than try and find a reliable torrent (and run the risk of being caught).
The only streaming service that has taken an active interest in the South African market is: Deezer. They have acknowledged (along with the help of Vodacom) that we have different needs down here Deezer worldwide has 16 million monthly active users! Deezer also has a whopping 35 million tracks in its library which are available in more than 182 countries. Those are some seriously impressive numbers.
Even if you’re still a little unsure of the app, just download it and give it a try, you have nothing to lose… and about 35million songs to gain!
I recently got together with a few other music-crazy people to try and come up with some “ultimate” playlists. So if you’re looking for some playlists to get you going, this is a good place to start! Check the sneak peaks of the playlists below, click on the title and it’ll open the full playlist in a new tab for you.
ONE HIT WONDERS:
ULTIMATE HIP HOP:
SA ARTISTS TO WATCH:
Meet Mook, he has had his luscious beard for over 14 years – his kids have never seen him without one, and neither has his wife! In this video he surprises his family and friends one by one, and their reactions are adorable. The best is when his dad doesn’t even recognize him, and his daughter says “you look like a different daddy,” SO CUTE!! As a girl i will never truly understand how beards “work” and what that facial hair represents to some men… either way, it makes for a sweet video.
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!