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A collection of blogs written in the month of May

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 “On Stranger Tides”

Hello Everyone

Last night I was at the drive in again and I watched the 4th installment To the Disney Franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean “On Stranger Tides”.

For all of you Pirate fans, and for all the “Pirates of the Caribbean” fans, we are all in for a treat. Disney has decided to indulge on our love for the Pirates of the Caribbean films and make a 4th film. This 4th film “On Stranger Tides” is no less exciting and interesting than the first three and holds just as much entertainment for the whole family, as expected from the rest of the franchise.

Black-beards Ship

 The 4th installment of the series “On Stranger Tides” is a collection of old characters and a set of completely new and interesting ones too. In this adventure we see our favorite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), on the hunt for the fountain of youth.

Captain Barbossa and Captain Sparrow

At first I was skeptical about Disney creating a 4th film, I was sure that the characters would be tired and the story would barley keep us awake; however I was sorely mistaken. Pirates of the Caribbean “On Stranger Tides” was far from tiered and boring, Disney has brought in a new director (Robert Marshal) and has ensured that the story stay action packed and choc full of magic and mystery.

This fourth edition to the collection brings in a few new and well-known characters such as Angelica Malon, played by Penelope Cruz who seems to be a very possible love interest for our dashing Jack Sparrow. We also see an Ian Mcshane playing the key character of Blackbeard, who has an interesting connection to Jack Sparrow.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Disney has also insured that we see some old faces such as Captain Barbossa, who has moved over to the other side. He has taken a ship and crew from the dear British king and he too is aiming for the fountain of youth. This “Pirates” film includes all the action expected from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. It keeps us on the edge of our seats, riveted to the storyline. With vicious mermaids, Silver chalice’s and mystic powers we all keep coming back for more.  But is this trend coming to an end?

Mermaids

Although I love the films dearly and have enjoyed the characters and storylines, I feel that Disney is becoming far too financially concerned and has forgotten about their quality ratings. In current news reports there are rumors that Disney has asked all cast members to keep their schedules open as Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer are planning to make a 5th and 6th film adding to the series collection. Johnny Depp has already agreed and says, “He is happy to play the part, his only condition is that the popularity of the films are kept in firm view.”

Barbossa, Angelica, Sparrow, Black-beard

Has Disney lost the plot? I honestly do not think so; if we look at other franchise collections such as Harry Potter we see good quality movies, with big budgets and big income. Although some people feel as though Disney has, in fact lost the plot, I disagree, I love the story and still love the characters, and the new characters are just as interesting and may become as lovable as Captain Sparrow.

Jack & Angelica

To conclude, Pirates of the Caribbean “On Stranger Tides” is an amazing film, it has the magic and interest expected and ensures we keep watching by spicing things up. A perfect movie to take the whole family to go and see.

My Rating 8/10

 

You can also watch the trailer for “On Stranger Tides” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5AqJww06bw   

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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in Blogs of May 2011

 

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Odd Café

“Greenside’s new Odd Café delivers a delicious life created by an infusion of tastes, sights and sounds through café culture, comfort food with a twist, new taste explosions, as well as showcasing emerging art and music.”

 

The other day I was looking for somewhere to have a meeting, catch up and relax while enjoying a tasty meal. I wanted something interesting, fun and different. I was tired of the big super restaurants and coffee shops with their tiny tables, over bearing waiters and generic shop design.

Don’t get me wrong, Mug and Bean, Europa and Primi are great but they lack the warm homely, chic feel that privately owned coffee shops have. They lack the interest of trying something new, not knowing what to expect. The privately owned coffee shop holds a sense of amazement. They can do as they please they do not have the head-office dictating their every move. The privately owned coffee shop is alive and well, and I have found a great one to give a try.

Entrance To Odd Cafe

If you know Greenside well, you may have already passed this little coffee shop, if not you can go to shop 1, 116 Greenway Street, Greenside, and you will find a small eclectic coffee shop called “Odd Café”. This little coffee shop is a combination of color, flavor and sheer wonder. Walking into the shop you are met by a boho chic theme, with black and white checkered flooring, carved walls and exquisite wall paintings (which are all for sale!).

From Back To Front

Upon sitting down you are greeted by a friendly face ready to take your order. I was with a friend and they ordered a simple croissant, and I ordered toasted chicken strips on rye, both very delicious, and rather reasonably priced. Price may seem silly, but it is very important, the other day I went to a local grill and I was charged R380 for a Fillet steak, and it did not taste all that good.

Side View

We also ordered coffees, which were prepared well, and served quickly, and most importantly hot! “Odd Café” has an indoor and a wonderful outside street level area, absolutely stunning. “Odd Café” is also a WiFi Hotspot making your morning coffee more productive and more fun. The vibe and atmosphere of this coffee shop is wonderful and can only be described as bliss.

Back View

Although this review may seem too good to be true it is not, the only negative I can find about “Odd Café” Is that they do not have a lounge area with couches and small coffee tables for relaxing with a group of friends and good food.

Side View

Coffee Bar

Paintings For Sale

Tasty

To conclude, “Odd Café” is a place were you could relax, get something to eat and take your mind off things. A wonderful destination to connect with friends and enjoy life, it is really worth a try.

My Rating 9/10

For more info you can check out their website at

www.oddcafe.wordpress.com or

 You can follow them on twitter @oddcafe

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Blogs of May 2011

 

Pandora’s Box

Hello Everyone

I have been working hard and relaxing even harder. I was in Botswana for the Easter holidays and all I can say is wow, what an amazing place, the beauty is incredible.

Today I was helping a friend clean out their house when I came across a package; this package contained a black and colorful object. The box read “Meffert’s”. I continued to read further and the package says, “The new generation puzzle”.

The Meffert

As you may or may not know, I am a Rubik’s Cube maniac, I have completed several of them, and others still trouble me, non the less I am a puzzle fan. So finding a weird shaped puzzle I had never heard of was like finding Pandora’s box and having the opportunity to open it.

Once I had ripped the packaging off I began to play with my new toy. The rules of this puzzle are rather simple, match up all the arrows, shapes and letter and you win! Sound easy? Not quite, this puzzle is rather tricky if you successfully fix one side and try to fix the other the first side will be re mixed up again. The trick is, what you move, eventually put back.

Those of you reading may be saying, “Wait, this sounds just like a Rubik’s cube, what’s so special?” although the Meffert’s puzzle works on the same basic idea of the Rubik’s cube it is more interesting. Unlike the Rubik’s cube, which has one level of difficulty, the Mefferts has easy, medium and hard. This twist makes it fun for all.

So far I have successfully only solved shapes and letters, but my arrows are all wrong, thus I have only completed medium. I will let you all know as soon as I have finished hard.

After completing the puzzle I was so entertained by it that I had to get some more info about this fun puzzle. Meffert’s are puzzles designed and made by German born professor Uwe Meffert. Uwe Meffert is considered one of the worlds leading puzzle experts.

Although I like this new puzzle, I still feel like it is less clever than the Rubik’s cube. The Meffert is very clever and looks far more interesting, it just seems to lack the wonder and mind bending science of the original Rubik’s cube. And I have found this to be true, it took me only an hour to complete the Mefferts but I had to Google tips for the Rubik’s cube.

To conclude the Meffert is wonderful, it is clever and highly addictive, it feels good to hold and play with in your hands. It also looks far more magical than the old style Rubik’s puzzle, it feels as though the second you solve the puzzle a flood of magic will stream out. This is a well-designed and very entertaining toy. I recommend it to anyone young or old. It is also a good starter if you have never completed similar puzzles before, it is challenging but not too difficult to solve.

Final Rating 9/10

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Blogs of May 2011

 
 
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