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When Photography Meets Creativity

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. 

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Decadent Cakes by Lin Anderson

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

Goto: decadentcake.com

 

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Matt Barnes A Genius Photographer

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

 

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Madonna MDNA 2012

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,

 

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St Patrick’s Day 2012- Events in South Africa

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…

 

Johannesburg

 

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) 

 

CCHQ

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. 

Details:

Goto: “CCHQ”

 

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. 

Details: 

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. 

Details: 

Goto: www.paddyscorner.co.za

 

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. 

Details: 

Goto: Computicket

 

TSG: Fourways 

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.

Details:

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. 

Details:

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. 

Details: 

Goto: “Prime Circle”

 

Monte Casino

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. 

Details: 

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. 

Details: 

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. 

Details: 

Goto: “Bright Water Commons”

 

Cape Town

 

Table Mountain

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…

 

The Dubliner 

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. 

Details: 

Goto: “The Dubliner” 

 

O’Driscolls

Want to win a trip to Ireland? Spend your night at O’Driscolls and look out for a lucky leprechaun… Need I say more. 

Details:

Goto: “O’Driscolls” 

 

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 events@therainbowexperience.co.za, 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 briancatu@yahoo.co.uk

 

Durban 

 

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.

Tel 031-563-4462

 

Tall ships

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!

Tel 031-362-1300

 

As you well know St Patrick’s Day is accompanied by many, many, many liters of beer, Please arrive alive, dont drink and drive…

 

Cab Services:

1) SACAB 24/7 hour: 08611 72222

2) Bumble Bee: 082 850 8600

3) Assist 24/7″ (lists of all cab services by area) 

My final words of wisdom… according to the Mayans the end of the word is set for the end of 2012. So come 17th March 2012 you had better get your Pride on and party like the words going to end. Remember to keep safe and have an amazing time. For more “St Patrick’s Articles” click here. 

 

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How To Lose Friends and Alienate People

Below is and extract from a “Mens Health” issue I found lying around the house. Made me laugh, hope it does the same for you. 

 

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Blogs Of January 2012

 

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The New Jeep Wrangler 2012 Range

It’s a new year and we are full of energy here at “The Spirit of Ecstasy.” To kick off the year I wanted to get rid of the old and bring in the new. Many companies around the world do this in hopes of gaining new customers and followers, and “Chrysler Dodge Jeep” are no exception. For this post I would like to focus on the New Jeep Wrangler fleet line of vehicles.

Let me begin by saying that in 2011 the Jeep Wrangler was voted the world’s best production 4×4 off-road vehicle and won numerous other off-road vehicle awards for Jeeps 4×4 ability and Jeeps Rubicon technology. So it might be hard to think that Jeep would be able improve on their amazing design…think again!

The all new 2012 Jeep Wrangler has been re-invented and improved visually as well as being made more efficient and powerful. Over all looking at the two Jeeps side by side you may not notice a difference, however open the hood and step a bit closer, and the intricate details come to life, proving that perhaps Jeep has made a better Wrangler than last time.

This new 2012 Jeep Wrangler has been pumped up and turned into a lean mean 4×4 machine. “Chrysler and Jeep” have put their best minds to work on this Wrangler and after truck loads of cash and many months of hard work they have created a more refined vehicle.

The 2012 Wrangler comes with the all new 3.6L V6 VVT Pentastar Engine, they have taken this engine and worked hard to make it achieve a 40% increase in power output, pushing the power up to 285 HP (210 KW), giving the Wrangler a much needed 26% speed increase. The Wrangler has also done all this and increased fuel efficiency by 10%, helping keep costs down.

Being a 4×4 it also had a 10% Torque increase pushing it up to a meaty 260 ft lb (353 Nm). Adding this new found power and efficiency with Jeeps legendary Rubicon technology and a new 6 speed manual transmission, Jeep seems to have created an unstoppable Wrangler.

The 2012 has also been kitted out a bit more than its predecessor, coming with heated leather seats, a full media and “Garmin” satellite navigation system and air-conditioner, all of which can be added or removed dependant on the model you choose. So a bit of luxury mixed with raw 4×4 power, what’s next?

To jump start their new Jeep Wrangler vehicle line, “Chrysler” has come up with 2 ingenious marketing strategies. Now I hate the word ‘synergy’ as much as the next human being, but none the less Chrysler and Jeep seem to be making it work.

Firstly Jeep has teamed up with the ‘Call of Duty’ video game franchise to create an all new limited edition Jeep Wrangler The MW3 Jeep Wrangler.”This wrangler has been customized and for lack of better words ‘Pimped’ to suit the video game “Call of Duty- Modern Warfare 3”.

By Pimped I mean that Jeep has taken the new Wrangler 2012 and tricked it out with the top of the line 4×4 and action equipment from “Mopar.” With additions like Rock Rails, Back light covers, Winches, Spot lights, and side rails. They have also added MW3 logos and design through out the vehicle.

The MW3 Wrangler has also been designed to look the part on the inside, with colour coded logo filled seats and dashboard display. The MW3 Wrangler is marketed at the die heart gamer as well as the hard core off road-er. Although this edition of the Wrangler is about $6000 more, it seems worth it if you have the extra cash, and love the game.

This MW3 Wrangler also comes with a cool advertising media campaign, apart from the car being, made to look the part, the “Call of Duty” game has also included the car into the game, meaning you can drive and use the car within the game, helping to promote its rugged ability. Jeep has also used clever electroluminescent technology to create giant billboards that change worlds, during the night and day, while advertising their new slogan

“The Toughest Vehicle in the World…Any World”

The idea behind the marketing plan is that this MW3 Wrangler is suited for “our” normal world as well as the “Call of Duty” world.

Although this sounds great, the fact that this feels more like a marketing ploy, rather than an actual car you need makes me feel a bit skeptical. You could just go for the standard Wrangler Rubicon for about $6000 less, and miss the limited edition. Its a bit of a toss up, another aspect that we need to look at is the fact that the second a MW4 game appears the MW3 Wrangler will be rendered irrelevant.

The second part of Chrysler Jeeps plan is to release a 2nd Limited edition Jeep Wrangler “The Arctic”. The Arctic Wrangler is also the new 2012 Wrangler but pumped up to suit the most adventurous off roader. With a cool facelift design, with logos and interiors with colour coded design, “The Arctic” leaves nothing to chance. This Limited edition comes with, Winch, Light covers, rock rails and HUGE “BigFoot” tires at a giant 37 Inches, with special side grip technology.

So the question of every ones mind is the price? How much for these limited edition Wranglers?

The basic 2012 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited: $ 34 000

The 2012 “COD MW3” Limited Edition: $ 40 500

The 2012 Arctic Wrangler $ 40 500

If however all the above are out of your budget, you can always go to “Jeeps Facebook” page and enter their competition to win either one of the limited editions.

 apps.facebook.com/jeep-ops/

Or 

facebook.com/jeep

To wrap up and conclude, Chrysler and Jeep are on full attack this year to sell as many cars as possible and get the Jeep Wrangler into the minds of all vehicle owners every where. Looking over the vehicles offered I would have to take “The Arctic”, it comes with a fair amount of extras and hopefully will not date as fast as the MW3, to play it safe though, I would take the standard Rubicon and use the extra cash to customize it the way I like, adding extras that are useful to my off-roading needs. 

For more info about this new line up of Jeeps,

Goto: www.jeep.com

To Watch the Promo video for the MW3 Jeep Wrangler Click here 

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Blogs Of January 2012

 

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