Author Archives: Stephen Nicolaou
About 5 or 6 months ago, I received my first Nikon DSLR camera (D5100), it was big black and beautiful. At the time it was daunting just to hold this piece of technology, let alone use it for its designed purpose. However after many hours of messing around and a few YouTube lessons later, I became a “great-amateur” photographer ready to “shoot” everything. Being the “great-amateur” I thought it would be good only to take the camera out when the stage was set for photography, what I now know in hindsight is that life is always set for photography, all you have to do is look for it. Below are a few of my better shots, I hope you enjoy.
Lin Anderson is a lady on a mission to make us love her. With her tasty cup cakes and amazing designs she is slowly but surly building her self a cup cake empire. Mrs Anderson is becoming a well known brand amongst us cup cake lovers, based in West Linn Oregon, Lin has a strong business that prides its self in home made love mixed with gourmet design and flavor. Lin caters to almost any request, from birthdays, to parties, to weddings, she does it all. Her professionalism and dedication to detail will have you coming back for more. To order and check out her amazing work
In light of my new camera and photography obsession, I stumbled across a true creative genius. Matt Barnes is a UK born, Toronto bred photographer who pushes the limits of photography to their most creative and controversial limits. With no relation to the basketball player Matt has paved his way to the big time with his outrageously addictive photos, he has celebrities calling his name. Below are some of my favorites…
For more of this mans amazing work Goto: www.thatsthespot.com
Oh, my God,
I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee
And I detest all my sins,
Because I dread the loss of heaven
And the pains of hell.
But most of all because I love Thee
And I want so badly to be good.
Restoration from the death or simply another catchy album from the queen of pop?
I would say a bit of both, mixed together with a sprinkle of conspiracy from the Free Masons and Illuminati, and presto you arrive at my feelings for this album.
As we all know Madonna is by far the most successful female artist in the world, we might say she is the female Michael Jackson. She has ruled the music world for over 30 years. This may be true however since 2005 a young lady by the name of “Gaga” flooded the market with sex appeal and crazy antics on and off stage taking the CONTROVERSY spotlight off Madonna.
Between the Internet and the tabloids, Lady Gaga has been raining supreme. Although the battle between Madonna and Lady Gaga is not EASILY spotted I do believe it is real and clear that perhaps Lady Gaga was the REPLACEMENT for Madonna.
I thought wrong on the 23rd of March 2012 Madonna and her team announced that “MDNA” her 12th studio album had been released, and that with every CD purchase a tasty little concert ticket would also be RECEIVED to Madonna’s sellout tour. Sneaky TACTICS to climb the BILLBOARD charts or simply seeing the loophole and grabbing the opportunity.
With everyone singing along to “Give me all your lovin'” Madonna was ready to get back into the music game and FINALLY steal the CONTROVERSY spotlight back from Lady Gaga. By week 3 of album sales a mega 87% sales drop was recorded, this send the Twitter idiots and tabloid websites in to HYSTERIA, and although I cant confirm this, but rumor has it Madonna popped a bottle of CHAMPAIGN and pissed all over Lady Gaga’s new album. Why you may ask…? Simply put, that spotlight was back in its rightful place.
Beyond the drama, RUMORS and CONTROVERSY, Madonna has actually created a decent album, catchy pop songs with an undertone of tech beats, help create and album suited for the masses and the never ending die heart fans. Everyone can sing along and enjoy the music. What I like is that Madonna has stayed true to her art form and genre, she has let the tech scene INFLUENCE her, but wasn’t she the one who always set pop culture for the rest of us?
Madonna is back and hopefully will continue to squash Lady and her Gaga under her leather boots. We look forwards to see what else Madonna will do to entertain us, Maybe the Free Masons will have her drink her own blood or join up with Gaga to take over the world… EITHER WAY WE WILL BE WATCHING AND WAITING,
Between Studies, work and getting in shape I have wrongly neglected my blog, let me start off by saying sorry.
Secondly I would like to say that gifts help apologies go down easier, so without further delay I hope you enjoy…
Being Irish is something to be proud of, not being Irish and still having fun on St Patrick’s day is a must. Luckily for all my readers I am Irish and I have compiled a list of all the hottest, happening events for St Patrick’s Day this 17 March 2012.
The List below is designed for almost everyone, from the children to the grannies to the lovers to the get drunk and laugh about it the next day guys…
The Linden Irish Club
At Salerno and 5th street in Linden every 17th March Mick Desmond and his team come together to turn this warm homely Irish Pub into a slice of Irish heaven. From the flowing Guinness to the tasty Potatoe stews to the lively music. If you want to feel like you’re a part of the Irish family this is the place to be. The festivities will be starting at 7pm and ending by 11.30pm, bring your children, friends, family and come and enjoy St Partick’s Day to the fullest.
For further details:
Goto: “The Irish Club”
Or call: 083 267 6327 (Vera)
If you have not heard of CCHQ now is the time to experience their never ending creativity. Classic Corner Head Quarters are a company that aims to make very event something to remember. The concept of their company is to take their club and transform it for all and any event. This month being the month of green shamrocks and leprechauns they have decided to go all out for St. Patrick’s Day. Prepare for the party of a life time, get dressed up paint yourself green and get ready to wake up in the morning laughing.
The Brazen Head Fourways
Last year we were tired and in need of Guinness, and we decided to visit The Brazen Head in Fourways, Let me tell you now, this is one of the best places to be this St Paddy’s Day. From crazy people dressed in Leprechaun suites to people painted green. If you love tasty food and a fun party after The Brazen Head Fourways is the place to be.
Join St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Brazen Head Fourways
Friday, 16th March – St Practice Day: Listen to top Irish musician Dave Monks of Leprechaun fame!
Saturday, 17th March – St Patrick’s Day:Starting at 10am, sing along with DJ Tony. Irish and Contemporary songs. 7pm party with Dave Monks
Sunday, 18th March – Unwind at the Brazen Head Fourways with our famous carvery at R109 per head and listen to the melodious sounds of Christine from 12 noon until 4pm
Goto: “The Brazen Head Home” for further info.
Paddy’s Sports Bar
Are you Proud to be Irish? or do you just wish you were Irish? Either way Paddy’s has you covered from 2pm until late Paddy’s will be serving tasty food, good beer and entertaining you with good music. Come dressed up to have an incredible time.
St Patrick’s Day in Park View
When I said I had everyone covered I really was not joking. If you love Irish heritage or maybe just want to learn who we irish really are you need to be doing the St Patrick’s Day Parkview walk. This walk takes you through the area of Parkview displaying all the beauty of the houses and history of the Irish people in this area. This event is wonderful for the family, bring the pets and get your walking shoes on. Have an amazing day meet some friends and have a pint of Guinness at the end of the day.
So you and your girl want to stay away from the clubs but want to spend a romantic evening enjoying good food while showing your support to the Irish Saint…. We have you covered. TSG is a warm restaurant in fourways that makes sure to keep the holy day calm and tasteful. For the lovers or the entire family treat your selves to some really good Irish food at TSG.
Goto: “TSG Home”
The JHB Zoo
Beyond the fact that the zoo is loads of fun for any person, during St Patrick’s Day it is kicked into a whole new level. From mini parades to green covered everything, The JHB Zoo is fun for everyone to celebrate our dear Saint.
Goto: “JHB Zoo Home”
Prime Circle @ Barrels
You love rock, and you have Irish pride and you love Guinness…
Look no further, Prime Circle is playing live at Barrels in Alberton.
Enough said, simply be there.
Goto: “Prime Circle”
For family fun and a great night out, Monte Casino is always beautiful over this festive time, with great music and decorations to excite all, this is a family event for all.
Goto: “Monte Casino”
River Deck Country Estate, Roodepoort
You love Irish food and drink, plus you love live Irish entertainment, simply book your tickets and enjoy your evening.
Goto: “River Deck Home”
Bright Water Commons
With a calm relaxed vibe, catered for people of all ages, and decorated to celebrate St Patrick’s Day? Sounds to good to be true…Wrong, Bright Water commons is going all out again. Get ready for fun in the sun.
Goto: “Bright Water Commons”
Although there are no events happening on the great mountain, rumor has it that they will be lighting the entire mountain green. Might be fun to go see…
If you think Cape Town might be boring in comparison to JHB… you’re Wrong. Cape Town is just as green as JHB, with green beer, bag pipes and dancing The Dubliner is one of Cape Towns leading Irish pubs, known for its festive atmosphere.
Goto: “The Dubliner”
Want to win a trip to Ireland? Spend your night at O’Driscolls and look out for a lucky leprechaun… Need I say more.
The Rainbow Experience
Tap your feet to Cape Town’s very own authentic Irish band, the Shenanigans, at the Rainbow Room, Mandela Rhodes Place. Hearty Irish stew or beef and Guinness pies will fill give you that warm Irish feeling from the inside out! Tickets are R50 per person and the evening starts at 7.30pm/8.00pm.
Tel 021-422-1428, email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.therainbowexperience.co.za
Catu Irish Pub
Join in the genuine Irish craic with a Guinness or a steaming Irish coffee in the warm and cosy Catu – this little tavern is really Ireland in Africa.
Tel 021-424-7453, email email@example.com
The Shamrock Inn
Enjoy the warm (decidedly un-Irish!) weather in Durbs at an outside table at the Shamrock Inn, Durban North. This traditional pub and restaurant is all about good food, good beer and good old friends, so rustle up a bunch o’ mates and give it a good bash.
Have a nautical night on the sea front at Tall Ships Irish Cocktail Bar. This upmarket establishment is generally quite quiet and exclusive but we think that for ol’ St. Paddy’s Day an Irish jaunt like this might be a good place to hang around!
As you well know St Patrick’s Day is accompanied by many, many, many liters of beer, Please arrive alive, dont drink and drive…