Category Archives: Personal stuff

Save Cape Town City Ballet!

I’m from an artistic family — and I love the arts. My father is an actor, my mother runs a drama company in the Eastern Cape, my younger brother Daniel is a Joburg-based actor and my other younger brother a philosophy doctorate genius in the States. So this cause in particular appeals to me. It’s […]

Stopshop: A tale of exceptionally good service

It’s an unfortunate fact that bloggers/consumers/people rarely write about their good experiences when it comes to service. Maybe it’s because we expect it should be the norm. Maybe it’s because we don’t get good service that often. Maybe it’s just that bad service motivates us to write in that single moment of frustration in the […]

Invictus trailer

Hollywood seems to be loving the tip of Africa. It’s great to see yet another high quality movie made about South Africa (I was all over District 9). I’ve been waiting to see this movie ever since Matt Damon wizzed passed me in Hout Bay, about to tackle Suikerbossie on the Cape Argus Cycle tour […]

To the 27 Dinner, James

Today the topic is transport. Chris Rawlinson, networker extraordinaire, of the 27Dinner, Stormhoek and Huddlemind, seems to be taking care of my transport needs these days — and this time he delivered a big car. For this 27Dinner we (Bridget, my other half) caught a limo (wot, wot) together with WebMovieStars The Perels (speaking about […]

Stylin' through the mother city with Audi

Big up to Joe Botha and Chris Rawlinson (aka I did an “advanced” driving course) for putting this fun shindig together. The idea was to drive a variety of Audis (a Q5, A4, A6, TT, R8 to be precise) across beautiful Cape Town, with a social media twist. It was to be tweeted, blogged, Facebooked, […]

Pictures from the National Arts Festival

The Village Green is the heartbeat of the National Arts Festival. This year it was moved from its traditional headquarters at Fiddler’s Green to the Rhodes University Sports field. Here are some pics: More pics here.

Fifa World Cup: Building Greenpoint stadium

About nine months ago I did a tour of Greenpoint Stadium, which will be hosting one of the semi-finals for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Now, about 9 months later, I toured the stadium again with Chris Rawlinson and Gabby Rosario, thanks to a competition on Twitter. And, judging by the pics, there is progress. […]

Rhodes University: My alma mater

I must say, I’m particularly proud that I went to Rhodes University. I have such amazing memories of studying and partying there. It’s an unusual campus, away from the big cities, situated in a small, relatively isolated town called Grahamstown. What this means is that most students live in residences and there is a tremendous […]

President Barack Obama all the way!

I was biting back the tears during Barack Obama’s victory speech as president-elect of the U.S. There was so much at stake in this election. Without trying to overstate and get carried away, we can still safely say that its probably been the most significant election, ever, in the history of the world. This is […]

Sequoia Capital on startups and the economic downturn

This presentation from famous Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm, Sequoia Capital, is a must-see. It explains the effects of the economic downturn on venture capital and internet startups. The news obviously isn’t good, as investors will shun typically risky online startups, unless they are entities that can turn faster, if not immediate, profits. There’s quite […]

aKING: Safe as Houses

Have to say: Loving local SA music at the moment. Here’s another special piece by aKING, a relatively new band formed from the old Fokofpolisiekar. They’re going for a more mainstream sound, I guess. It’s not a bad music video either… set in Cape Town, Sea Point I think? The deep vocals from Laudo Liebenberg, […]

Congrats mom!! :-)

So proud of my mom, Janet Buckland, who scooped Woman of the Year in Cape Town last night. She received the award for her work in developing the arts and uplifting communities in the Eastern Cape via her drama company UBOM! and the dance projects she runs in the local township. UBOM! brings together actors […]

My dad, the blogger, at Cirque du Soleil

My father, Andrew, is blogging about life at the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Both he and my younger brother, Daniel, joined the outfit about a month ago and are already performing. If you’re interested in an insider perspective of a South African actor at the world-famous Cirque in Las Vegas — you can […]

This afternoon, I bumped into Nelson Mandela

While at the Park Lane Hospital this afternoon, I bumped into Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel and their entourage. The lady next to me saw the expression on my face and just said to me: “Yes, that’s him”. In less than a minute, a crowd of citizen paparazzi had developed around the former South African […]

Eskom Crisis: Need we say any more?

From a live Carte Blanche SMS poll on Sunday night

TechCrunch, Mashable, Techmeme & Wired sends the linklove

I’ve been watching my servers groan and moan as my blog has been featured on the homepages of Techcrunch, Mashable, and Techmeme today — all sites that I am a big fan of and I read regularly. My favourite magazine Wired, then also blogged about it here. They are linking to the post I wrote […]

Mashable weighs in on latest Jimmy Wales comments

Noticed that Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins of Mashable, ranked the 7th biggest blog in the world by Technorati picked up on my Jimmy Wales post, which is cool! Mashable reckons Wales may be gunning for a “Socialpedia” of sorts (Wikipedia + Profiles = Socialpedia). Hope my servers handle 😛 My post speculated on whether the Wikipedia […]

Why I won't be buying an iPhone

I’m a gadget freak. I’ll buy the latest and greatest even if it means I have to live on bread and water for the rest of the month. It’s a disease — gotta have, gotta have. It drives you crazy because just as you get the latest, then the next version comes out a month […]

Congratulations to the Bokke!!

The M&G Online got behind the Springboks for the Coupe du Monde against England. We changed our masthead for the weekend (and now we don’t want to take it down). Congratulations for an awesome win. The whole country is behind you!!

Rugby hell!!!

This is funny. The New Zealand version of the well-known online Rugby Site, “Rugby Heaven” has changed its name to “Rugby Hell”. I guess that is what they are going through at the moment. Like most of the world I couldn’t believe they fluffed it and I was glad it was not us. It must […]