What it feels like to be a woman

Just to brighten up this rainy Friday afternoon, I stumbled upon this bit of humour.

On a Nationwide flight to Johannesburg, a plane passes through a severe storm.   The turbulence is awful, and things go from bad to worse when one wing is struck by lightning. One woman in particular loses it. Screaming, she stands up in the front of  the plane. “I’m too young to die,” she wails. Then she yells, “Well, if I’m going to die, I want my last minutes on earth to be memorable! Is there anyone on this plane who can make me feel like a WOMAN?”

For a moment there is silence. Everyone has forgotten their own peril. They all stare, riveted, at the desperate woman in the front of the plane. Then a farmer from the Free State stands up in the rear of the plane. He is handsome: tall, well built, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He starts to walk slowly up the aisle, unbuttoning his shirt.

One button at a time……..
No one moves……..
He removes his shirt……..
Tanned muscles ripple across his chest…….. She gasps……..
He whispers……..

“Iron this…and then get me a beer.”


Xbox Summer Fest 2007

If you’re going to be at the coast this festive season then you might want to catch some of South Africa’s premier rock bands in action. The press release below has all the details about the Xbox Summer Fest 2007, however there are some pre-tour events being held at News Café as well:

Friday 16th Nov Table View, Cape Town Perez
Friday 23rd Nov Menlyn Park, Pretoria The Black Hotels
Friday 30th Nov Rivonia, Jhb The Parlotones


The official press release follows:

This summer Sovereign Entertainment and XBOX 360 bring you the XBOX SUMMER FEST 2007, featuring six of South Africa’s premier live rock bands.

The tour is comprised of two separate legs. The first leg features The Parlotones, Perez and The Black Hotels, and the second will feature Wonderboom, Crash Car Burn and Driverlane.

The XBOX SUMMER FEST will visit 12 of the most popular holiday destinations along the South African coastline between Durban and Cape Town from 15 December to 5 January.

The popularity of this line-up nationally is aptly demonstrated by the current and recent chart-topping success of singles on 5FM: The Parlotones’ “Giant Mistake” reached number 1 on the Top 40 and Hi5@5; Wonderboom’s “Best Side” reached number 1 on the Hi5@5 and featured in the Top 40; The Black Hotels’ “Natalie” and Driverlane’s “Regular Flavour” both reached number 1 on the Hi5@5; and Crash Car Burn’s “Serenade” featured on both the Top 40 and Hi5@5.

The XBOX SUMMER FEST 2007 ensures that wherever you are this holiday season you have access to a quality line up of live rock music and a good reason to celebrate!


Leg 1 – The Parlotones, Perez and The Black Hotels

14 Dec, Fri                    The Barnyard Theatre, Plettenburg Bay

15 Dec, Sat                   The Barnyard Theatre, Plettenburg Bay

16 Dec, Sun                  The Deck, East London

17 Dec, Mon                 The Deck, East London

18 Dec, Tues                 Tapas Al Sol, Port Elizabeth

19 Dec, Wed                 Stones, George

20 Dec, Thurs                Diaz Theatre, Mossel Bay

21 Dec, Fri                    Gecko Bar, Hermanus

22 Dec, Sat                   Cape Town (venue to be confirmed)

26 Dec, Wed                 The Soccer Club, Somerset West

27 Dec, Thurs                Hospital Cricket Field, Port Alfred

28 Dec, Fri                    The Bush Pig, Kei Mouth

29 Dec, Sat                   Umshaka Marine World, Durban

Leg 2 – Wonderboom, Crash Car Burn and Driverlane

26 Dec, Wed                 Cape Town (venue to be confirmed)

27 Dec, Thurs                The Soccer Club, Somerset West

28 Dec, Fri                   Hospital Cricket Field, Port Alfred

29 Dec, Sat                   The Deck, East London

30 Dec, Sun                  Umshaka Marine World, Durban

31 Dec, Mon                 Neptunes Festival, Kenton on Sea

2 Jan, Wed                   The Bush Pig, Kei Mouth

3 Jan, Thurs                  Tapas Al Sol, Port Elizabeth

4 Jan, Fri                     Diaz Theatre, Mossel Bay

5 Jan, Sat                     Stones, George

Dates are subject to change. For the latest information go to www.powerzone.co.za

  [tags]Xbox 360,South Africa,music[/tags]

Missing Links

The Missing Links setOn Saturday night my amazing girlfriend took me to dinner and the theatre to celebrate my birthday last week. We found ourselves at the Liberty Life Theatre on the Square to watch Mark Sampson’s production called Missing Links.

I never knew what to expect and found myself laughing my head off. Mark Sampson surely knows how to improvise on stage and often had the house lights up for interaction with the audience.

Missing Links

The inimitable Mark Sampson’s hilarious new show. A roller-coaster taxi ride through 3-billion years of evolution: from microbes to man, via Little Foot, Mrs Ples and a lot of monkeying about. A laugh-a-minute hour with one man and a microphone that will make you see our ancestors – and our present – in a whole new light!

I’m very pleased that Tamsyn didn’t think to take photos or a video with her mobile phone camera when I got hauled up onto stage to demonstrate what the first walk would look like. Unfortunately for me, Mark managed to get on a pair of pink ladies high heel shoes that were about 5 sizes too small onto my man sized feet. I was quite proud of the fact that I didn’t chicken out and that that the flimsy heels didn’t break when I jumped up and down on stage. Strangely enough I felt very comfortable on stage (no I wasn’t comfortable wearing the high heels!) and I think that it was Mark’s laid back Capetonian vibe that made me feel at ease.

Mark Sampson poses after the show I can definitely recommend the show to all that enjoy dynamic improvised theatre laced with side splitting humour.

Be sure to make a booking right now as the national tour ends up here in Sandton on the 3rd of November 2007 and you’ll be sorry if you don’t get to see it. If you don’t believe me, check what Richard had to say about his experience on his blog.


South African Halo 3 launch party rocks hard

Halo 3 launch partyOn Thursday night we were invited to attend the South African Halo 3 launch party which was a combined event featuring the release of the new album A world next to yours by The Parlotones. The event was well attended and there were plenty of Xbox 360 consoles running Halo 3 in co-op single player as well as multi-player modes.

One thing I found rather interesting at the launch was how popular Halo 3 was with the general public. For once it wasn’t the excited Xbox 360 community members or gaming press hogging the consoles while The Parlotones debuted their rocking new album. Unfortunately I didn’t spend too much time on the packed dance floor but I heard that even Master Chief got in on the action and was on stage with the band exciting the crowd.

[tags]The Parlotones,Halo 3,South Africa,Xbox 360[/tags]

Halo 3 and The Parlotones launch together

The Parlotones & Halo 3 Yes, Halo 3, the hottest video game of the year is going to be launched next week and The Parlotones are launching their new album, A world next door to yours, at the same time. The launch is going to be taking place on the 27th of September 2007 at the Partyhouse at The Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate. Tickets will be available through Computicket.

[tags]Halo 3,Xbox 360,The Parlotones,event[/tags]

Disturbia review

image I was lucky to be invited to a pre-screening of Disturbia by Ster Kinekor this evening. I took my good friend Tim along and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the pace of the movie and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

To be honest I hadn’t read much about the movie and I don’t think I would have watched it unless there was nothing else on the big screen that I hadn’t already seen. The cast was a bunch of unknowns to me so that wasn’t even a draw card. I am just not normally keen to watch thriller or horror movies as they usually involve lots of blood and guts.

I won’t give away the plot but I will say that Disturbia was at least original with an ingenious mix of thrills, suspense, comedy and touch of romance binding it all together. I highly recommend it. It comes out on the South African movie circuit this Friday, the 21st of September 2007.

[tags]Disturbia,movie,review,Ster Kinekor[/tags]