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Where Do You Go To Be Alone?


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All our lives get very hectic from time to time. We need a time out to pray, meditate, brainstorm and think. Where do you go to do this?

I love to do that here in Cape Town is actually anywhere by the sea. I love the sea, maybe it has something to do with my starsign (I don’t know!) I find that a nice place in that case, is at Caprice in Camps Bay.

I like the view of the sea and the white of the venue. The Grand in Granger Bay is also divine.

I love the open space and the sand. I’ve read that the colour white is very therapeutic, which is what both these places have in common.

White is the color of purity. Brides wear white in many countries, because white symbolizes a virgin. White means kindness. In some cultures white is worn at funerals. White is Monday’s color. White daisies are a symbol of loyal love.

– http://crystal-cure.com/white.html

Another place I love is Vovo Telo Bakery & Cafe at the V&A Waterfront here in Cape Town. They do amazing coffees and it’s a gorgeous little place to sit down and have some alone time.

Where’s your place to go and ‘just be’ when things get too much? Do you go to a public place or do you rather take a time out at home? Please cast your vote below, I would love to know!

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The J&B Met in Cape Town


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Okay so  the last 2 weeks have been crazy. I did the 8 hour road trip back from my hometown Port Elizabeth seem to have been running around since then. Something I went to last weekend which was a cool event here in Cape Town was called the J & B Met. It’s a horse-racing event where gambling and fashion meet. There are hundreds of people who attend, to show off innovative garments and to place bets on the horses.

My uncle Pierre Strydom was one of the jockeys. He did very well on the day – he placed in three races and and had one win. The horse he rides is ‘Gimmethegreenlight’ – number 15 – and he came 3rd in the main race! So I was very proud.

My outifit was given to me by the very popular Longstreet Fashion Boutique. And let me tell you, walking around in those heels was another story (the price us girls pay!)

It was a lot of fun! We arrived after lunch and left at about 7pm. I made a few bets (it pays to have an uncle in the know) and won! so I walked away with a smile on my face. Work wise, I’m doing a job for a SKYY Vodka application on the iPAD where my hands and voice will be used for the tuturiol of their new ‘Mix-a-cocktail’ application. Hmmm, sounds fun!

Talking about my voice, I recently did a radio advert for Axe Deodrant.

As you may or may not know, the Axe campaign is “It Will Make Angels Fall”

I read somewhere that this commercial was banned in many countries (including South Africa) because Christians were offended at its satirical nature. They said that angels aren’t depicted in the Bible as scantily dressed or even female for that matter. One male Christian viewer wrote in that he was upset by “the suggestion that God’s messengers could literally fall for a man on the basis of his shop-bought fragrance.” Because of this, the country’s Advertising Standards Authority moved  to ban the ad on the presumption that other viewers would also be offended. “The problem is not so much that angels are used in the commercial, but rather that the angels are seen to forfeit, or perhaps forego their heavenly status for mortal desires,” the ASA ruled. “This is something that would likely offend Christians in the same manner as it offended the complainant.”

On the acting scene, I’m shooting a commercial Monday for the very popular Thorpe Park, U.K. It’s regarded as being amongst the Top 6 amusement / theme parks in the U.K. It’s the nation’s ‘Thrill Capital’ with over 30 extreme rides & attractions.

My last experience of a theme park was in Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City. I remember going on the ‘Golden Loop’ and I was terrified! I’m doing this shoot in a bikini, so here’s putting all the Quality Streets I have stashed in my kitchen away 🙂 Think of me this weekend as I rediscover the glories of the Virgin Active’s ‘Stepper’

My Life in Africa

A Night of Comedy with Bafunny Bafunny


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How’s this for a cute concept: “If comedy was a sport, who would represent South Africa?” Bafunny Bafunny is a new hilarious comedy show, featuring 8 of South Africa’s best (funniest) comedians.

The title alone grabs your attention; a smart pun playing on the name of our national soccer team ‘Bafana Bafana’… Who are they, you’re asking? Who makes up our team?

Touring South Africa, these 8 comedians have put Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town in stitches! I attended the show in Cape Town at the Grand West Grand Arena, and let me tell you by the end of the 2 and a half hour show I was crying my way out of there.

MC’d by Mark Banks, The Bafunny Bafunny squad did not disappoint! The comedy was all very sharp, very relevant and extremely unforgettable! (I’ll be that irritating one that repeats the jokes to her friends for weeks to come)

A recurring theme through all the comedians seemed to be Julius Malema as well as the cuss word “jou ma se –“ (us South Africans know the rest 🙂 ) I wonder if they all had a workshop and brainstormed together…

My favourite comedian of the night by far was Trevor Noah (ironically he didn’t swear once).

Sponsored by Savannah – “Official Drink of Funny” – this was a real cross-section of talent, featuring comedians from all backgrounds and from all walks of life. There would have been at least 1 out of the 8 that appealed to you if you attended!

Here is the URL to the website where you can learn about each comedian if you want to know more about them and their ‘position’ in the ‘team’. http://www.bafunnybafunny.com/

  • Barry Hilton
  • John Vlismas
  • Loyiso Gola
  • Mark Banks
  • Trevor Noah
  • Nik Rabinowitz
  • Stuart Taylor
  • Eugene Khoza

Also, check out their killer trailer –

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John Cleese Brings His Alimony Tour to Cape Town


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John Cleese. We all know him as Basil from the famous British sitcom Fawlty Towers, produced by BBC Television and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975.

We also loved him for his role as a member of Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and four Monty Python Films: And Now for Something Completely Different, Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.

He describes himself as a “British Writer, Actor and Tall Person” on his blog and of course many of us remember his witty British humour gracing our very own South African film, Spud.

He’s done it all – radio, television and film; including his roles in two James Bond films, two Harry Potter films and three Shrek films. Basically, he’s a legend. And just one week before his 72nd birthday, he is performing stand-up comedy in South Africa. Brilliant. He performs at the Cape Town International Convention Centre tonight, as well as over the weekend (22-23rd Oct) He is in Johannesburg from the 25th-30th of October.

My Life in Africa

Auditioning for a Slasher


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Today I auditioned for a slasher film.

Really, seriously? Does this kind of thing still tickle the fancy of film buffs everywhere? That was so 90’s. According to Wikipedia, this is the definition of a slasher movie:

A slasher film is a type of horror film typically involving a psychopathic killer stalking and killing a sequence of victims in a graphically violent manner, often with a cutting tool such as a knife or axe.

Hmmm. Yes, very appealing.

Let me fill you in on a quick history of Slasher films.

#1 The Psycho Age 1960-1978.

Apparently this is attributed to the Hitchcock classic Psycho; The father of all slasher movies.

#2 The Halloween Age 1978-1996.

This age focused primarily on two things: The Unstoppable Killer Movies and the Holiday Slashers.

#3 The Scream Age 1996-present.

Basically people lost interest in the Slasher genre and Scream kick-started it again. As I was paging through some movie posters, I had a good laugh at this one:

Apparently Halloween was the first major box office success in the genre. It’s tagline? “The Night HE came home…” One could laugh out loud at such a genre, but it does have commercial value — slasher villains have been such popular characters since the 1980s that merchandise such as the Jason model kit (Jason from Friday the 13th), are common.

What is it with society’s fascination with slasher movies? Is there something enticing about the sound of the local neighbourhood babe being mercilessly hacked by an angry freak?

I auditioned for the lead. I had to do the whole thing in a British accent which was fun! I think mine’s pretty good. Bold statement, I know. Anyway, hold thumbs for me….. For more info on slasher films check out this link:

http://lordnasebyblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/three-ages-of-slasher-film-or-slasher.html

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Leon Schuster’s Back


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Drinking my morning Nescafe, I do the rounds of reading about the latest updates in the SA Film industry. As I click through many articles; two words jump out at me again and again. Leon Schuster. It seems he’s come out with a new film.

We all know his most popular movies (Panic Mechanic, Mr Bones, Oh Schuks…it’s Schuster, Mama Jack) and a lot of us look back fondly on memories that saw us rolling around the bedroom floor in hysterics at his characters. Well – more of those moments await us because he has a new film coming out called ‘Bad Buddies’. Schuster says; “It’s about two men, one black, one white who are supposed to be buddies but instead they are constantly bickering, plotting against one another.” Apparently it still has the same formula – simple, straightforward and concentrating on visual gags. Gray Hofmeyr, well-known South African film and television director, sums it up as the ‘funniest we have ever done’ – hmmm, no pressure. More good news – the Walt Disney Company itself has just acquired the Distribution rights! Woah, not playing around.

“I am thrilled by the idea!” Schuster exclaimed in an interview with The Citizen. “It’s definitely a dream come true. But I’m also carefully optimistic because this doesn’t necessarily mean it will be an international success. I believe Disney will give the movie more support with their massive marketing machine and unlike working with a local producer, Disney will make sure it gets exposed worldwide.” I say Thumbs Up, Schuster! I hope that an international audience will welcome the film and its jokes as much as we here in South Africa will… I for one love a good comedy.