So young but so good

 

Yes, The Vamps new single is all that you could wish it to be. These guys from the UK just seem to have all the luck! They’re pretty new on the scene still, only forming in 2012 with their debut single “Can we dance” only being released in 2013. Since then they’ve toured with the likes of The Wanted, McFly and Demi Lovato, who features on this track. Its both upbeat and sincere and definitely worth downloading!

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We’ve all got ghosts

Classy lady Ella Henderson (X-Factor contestant 2012) has released her amazing debut track! I think this song could easily be the track of the year, what would you expect when its co-written by One Republic’s Ryan Tedder.

The profound lyrics mixed with the great sound make this a winner, not to mention Ella’s (who’s only 18 years old by the way) soulful voice. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

My favourite movie quote ever…

Well that’s an impossible task now isn’t it? Asking a movie-boff to pick ONE favourite movie quote is like asking a mother to chose a favourite child. So instead, I’ve chosen my top five, what are yours?

5. “Thank God for Rednecks” – Tallahassee, Zombieland (2009)

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4. ” If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy furniture and give the cat a name.” – Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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3. “Oh, but you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you” -Dennis, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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2.  “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path… One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass… And then you see it…White shores… and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.” – Gandalf, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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1. “Why do you keep using that word? I do not think it means what you think it means” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride (1987)

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Life is full of guilty pleasures…

Ahhhhhh guilty pleasures, yes, a post I can relate to, and believe me, I have plenty.

A guilty pleasure is gooey cheesy pizza, a glass of crisp white wine and an Audrey Hepburn movie

A guilty pleasure is Milo in bed on a cold winter’s morning, instead of getting up for work.

Nutella out the jar? You bet, that is a guilty pleasure!

Making Nigella Lawson’s super chocolaty brownies just so you can lick the bowl = guilty pleasure.

Trying on that beautiful pink dress you can never hope to afford but decide to screw the budget and buy anyway, that’s a guilty pleasure.

A guilty pleasure is lying in bed on a Sunday to watch back-to-back episodes of series.

Cancelling your evening plans so you can snuggle in bed and read instead, that’s a guilty pleasure!

Running after your soon-to-be-spouse to steal one last kiss before he heads home, that is a guilty pleasure.

I can keep going for hours, what are some of your guilty pleasures?

 

This post forms part of #writersbootcamp, a month long challenge to bloggers across South Africa.

Story telling tunes

Wow.

So please meet my new favourite duo, currently known as Flannel Graph. Its Shayla and her friend Leon who make awesome music together and then occassionally post it on YouTube. Their sound is very Avalanche City mixed with Of Monsters and Men. In fact, I stumbled across them on Noise Trade when searching for artists similar to Of Monsters and Men, and now, although they only have 5 songs on their EP, I’ve been playing it non-stop.

The name Flannel Graph is taken from those old Bible stories they used to make for kids on TV using Flannel cartoons, which they would post on a board. Really a Flannel Graph is a story telling device,  and Shayla and Leon use their music to tell stories. All songs on their EP are based on parables taken from the Bible. I’m so in love with this band right now.

In defense of the Maltese poodle

The world is wrong about…

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Today’s topic for day 16 of #writersbootcamp is a tough one. I think the world is wrong about most things but the number one thing I think the world is wrong about is Maltese Poodles.

If you bring up this touchy subject, most people will respond with something along the lines of “I hate Maltese poodles, they’re such yappy dogs.” INCORRECT.

Maltese poodles are second in intelligence (in the dog world) only to border collies (I have owned and loved both). Like cats, many say that Maltese poodles have nine lives. They are not the fluff-some creatures of old ladies nor are they the hand-bag dogs of the rich and famous, but rather, they are really like the plush-cuddly warriors found in Star Wars.

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Yes, what you have believed your whole life about Maltese poodles has been wrong. Maltese poodles are highly intelligent and are armed with the power of manipulation. They can make you believe that you are the head of the household when really, it’s them running the show. They like to take themselves for walks and will often make friends of your neighbours, inviting themselves over for tea, or just to sleep on their beds and couches.

They make excellent guard dogs because they are possessive and good at alerting you to intruders. They can be vicious with people they don’t like, I know, mine once took the skin off my face while I was cuddling her. But they can also be great with kids (I used to dress the same in my old baby clothes).

Maltese poodles are tiny balls of fluff that are the perfect combination of personality, intelligence and viciousness and have been accused of vacuity by the world at large for far too long!

Just add Zach Galifianakis

Kevin Drew is a cool guy, even for a Canadian. You have to be pretty cool to get both Feist and Zack Galifiankis to feature in your music video. Well, its probably because Feist happens to be his ex (awkward)

I don’t enjoy his previous stuff, but I really love this song, I hope you do too.

My parents aren’t perfect

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Today’s topic for the #writersbootcamp is My Parents.

Although I often skip topics because I’m too busy, I must pause to write on this one. (I am also surprising myself by how personal this very impersonal blog is becoming).

I can say with full confidence that I have been utterly blessed in the parents that I have been given. My dad has dedicated his life to working hard to provide for us, even having to move 1000 kilometers away in order to do so. My dad was born in Scotland in 1953 and moved to South Africa at the young age of four years old. He’s nuts, but he has worked his way to the top of his field while teaching my sister and I that we are princesses who deserve only the best in life.

My mom is a saint. She was born on the East Rand of Johannesburg in 1961 to two saintly parents who gifted her with a love for God, which she has passed on to me. Nothing was too much for my mom when it came to providing for us. Between her and my dad they sacrificed so much for me, and when I started working in radio, they would wake up at 2 am with me to drive me to the studio 20 minutes away because I didn’t have a license, and then fetch me again at 4 am.

My parents aren’t perfect, but they have provided a platform for me to live my best life. No, they are not perfect, but they are perfect for me.

A genius from Soweto, a non-existent twin and an atomic bomb walk into a bar…

You can't help but love Jonassons versions of history

You can’t help but love Jonassons versions of history

Jonas Jonasson is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I actually squealed aloud in the bookstore when I saw that he had a new book out.

In true Jonasson style, much like his best selling first novel, he provides readers with a quirky version of history, this time beginning in Soweto during apartheid South Africa.

This marvelous novel tells the story of genius orphan, Nombeko, who gets herself wrapped up with the illicit events that unfolded in apartheid South Africa’s biggest kept secret, Pelindaba, where the government developed atomic bombs. However, Nombeko’s tale takes us all the way to Sweden, where we meet Holger & Holger, twins bred for the sole purpose of bringing an end to the monarchy of Sweden, due to a grudge held by their radical father. 

While Jonasson likes to mock history, his research is thorough, and his depiction of South Africa is impressive and this book does not disappoint.

I paired this with the delightfully light Neethlingshof Sauvignon Blanc which was not overly sweet, but fruity with hints of asparagus.

Enjoy!

 

 

An ode to the advice of grandmothers

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This piece forms part of the month long challenge #writersbootcamp. It is day 10 (one, two skip a few, I got busy). Today’s topic is: The best piece of advice I ever received.

Everyone thinks they have great advice to give, but there are two pieces of advice that I have kept with me every day.

The first piece of advice came from my Nanna, God rest that blessed woman’s soul. She told me when I was about five (and had slept over at her house) that every morning before nursery school I must wash my eyes out. Otherwise the other children will see the sleep in my eyes. I’m now 26, and I swear to you that every morning when my alarm clock goes off, I wake up and wash my eyes out, even before I get around to making coffee. This small piece of advice taught me three things: The value of routine, the respect of self, and the respect of others (no one likes to stare at a dirty face).

The second piece of advice comes from the portly Scottish woman who has a passion for wedge heels and her nightly lollipop, also known as Granny Rena.  The woman is 81 and just got off a 17 hour flight from Houston. She once told me, I think I must have been about 12 years old: “Eemee, ya’ve go’to be able t’ laugh at yourseylf.” And I do, all the time.

These are the two best pieces of advice I have ever received, both from my Grans. May they help you as much as they have helped me.