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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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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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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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Egypt- Land of The Dead

 

Hello World, I have landed in Cyprus and after the painfully long flight of almost 10 hours, I am over the moon that I am at my destination and I only have to go back toSouth Africa, next year!

Besides the long uncomfortable flight, I opted for the “Stop over package” offered by many airlines, this “Stop Over” is a simple and clever way to save money and see another country on the way to your selected destination.

My destination was Cyprus but with the “Stop Over Package” I stopped over in Egypt for 10 hours, yes it will double your travel time, but for no extra cost you get to see an extra country. I chose Egypt Air for this trip and I will get back to them later, but for now I would like to tell you about Egypt.

Stepping off the airplane, and walking into Cairo international Airport, you are greeted by Egyptian service attendants who will check your passports and send you to the relevant help desk. During the stop over you are given a few options:

Option A: Stay at the airport for the full 10 Hours,

Option B: Go to your hotel and stay there for the full 10 Hours,

Or

Option C: Go to your hotel, have breakfast, and then go on a 3-4 hour tour of Cairo.

This may not be obvious but, option C sounds the best and take it from me it is the best.Cairo is incredibly interesting and worth the tour, by rights the stay over should be 10 days, because Egypt is big, and saturated with things to do and see.

The hotel we went to for breakfast was of poor quality and the breakfast we tried to eat was worse, but none the less served the purpose. At this Point I must admit that I did not care for food, rest or a luxurious hotel, all I could think of was getting to the pyramids. I wanted to see these wonders of the world.

Our tour car came to fetch us from the hotel and we were off. Driving through the streets of Cairo you learn that owning a nice car is a waste of time, as the driving in Cairo has to be the worst in the world, driving on the wrong side of the road is not uncommon.

Our first stop on the tour was the presidential castle of Cairo; this colossal castle stretches over 5 rugby fields, and looks to rise over 12 stories high. Besides the size of this amazing building, the security is unbelievable, while trying to take photos we were chased away and told pictures were not aloud.

Next on our tour was The Nile, this amazing landmark, was highly disappointing, not on the part of the river but rather on the part of the people, the filth of the people has filled the banks of The Nile. Not to mention the hazy smog that covers Cairo, I will attach some pics so you can see the mess that is The Nile.

Not highly impressed by The Nile we were told by our amazing tour guide, Kamal that we were going to the Pyramids. Getting closer and closer the excitement built. Turning into the parking lot of the Pyramid area, you are greeted by many people selling you, poor quality souvenirs, and over priced photographs. Ignoring them is best, and getting to the Pyramids is better.

 

Seeing these mammoth objects are breath taking, The Pyramids are incredible, on seeing them I fully understood why they have been listed as a wonder of the world. Simply put they are mind blowing, the architecture, the size, the design, and the knowledge that people built this by hand, takes me into a place of speechless.

After viewing the Pyramids, Kamal asks us, if we wanted to go into the Pyramids, without hesitation we were climbing down the shaft of the Pyramids. I felt like an adventurer, like a modern day Indiana Jones. Honestly I must tell you, there is nothing inside the Pyramids, but wow what an adventure, climbing into structures as old as time.

Moving on we began to trek up a mountain, at this point I felt like Kamal might be leading us to be slaughtered at the rock, but luckily I was wrong. Getting to the top of the mountain, Kamal, shows us a full panoramic view of the Pyramids, and sphinx at once, this view is too beautiful for words.

After a few hours with this amazing treasure, we moved on to “Cleopatra’s Perfume Palace”. Calling all women, this is a sight to see and a scent to smell. “Cleopatra’s Perfume Palace”, is a shop and factory, they make and sell, the essence of fragrances. Just one drop is potent enough to make a full bottle of regular perfume. Read more about it at “Cleopatra’s Perfume Palace”.

 

Reluctantly after our tour we had to go back to the hotel and take a slow ride back to the airport, on the cab ride back I got to thinking, what happened? Why had this great nation of Pyramid building geniuses fallen so hard? What made the land of the dead so famous? And then it hit me, “The Land of The Dead” that’s why we all go to Egypt, not for the people of today, but for the people that had made the country so great thousands of years ago. And what more could we ask for?

 

Top Tips of Ecstasy for Egypt:

1)      Never drink their water unless its bottled

2)     Do not let anyone sell you something at the Pyramids (You will get ripped off)

3)     Do not give anyone your camera to take a photo (You will have to pay to get your cam back)

4)     Do not get on to a camel (You will have to pay to get off)

5)     Do not get offended by the people, they come off as rude.

6)     And lastly, don’t stress about anything, have a blast and enjoy the adventure.

 

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GoodBye and Fair Well See You Soon

For everyone who does not yet know, I have planned a small 2 month trip to Cyprus. Cyprus is a tiny European island, in the Mediterranean. I will be departing on the 4th December 2011 and I will come back to South Africa on the 27th January 2012.

On my adventure I shall be taking you all along with me. So hold on as we tour Cyprus like never before. I also have just purchased a brand new Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera. So you can expect HD Images of our adventure!!

 

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Red Rabbit

Did you ever watch the Pixar movie “Ratatouille” the one where there is a master chef rat who becomes famous for his pristine cooking skills? In Ratatouille the thing that makes me the most jealous is the fact that they are in France and they are surrounded by tasty food and good quality restaurants to test, try and review.

I thought in South Africa this might be impossible to find, but I was sorely mistaken, hunting for up and coming restaurants I stumbled across a restaurant called “Red Rabbit”.

“Red Rabbit” is a traditional French Bistro, in the heart of Johannesburg. It will be opening in the month of April 2012 in Nicolway Centre, Bryanston. “Red Rabbit” is run by Thomas Barker, this creative visionary is creating a safe haven of tasty food, good wine and warm atmospheres. We are all dying whilst waiting for the restaurant to eventually open.

 

The second it has opened I will be in the line waiting for a table. I cannot wait to try their fillets cooked to perfection, I will let you know how it goes.

For more info check out their

Website: www.redrabbitfrenchgrill.com

 

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