Wednesday, 24 August 2011

CENTURION KRIEKET OPELUG KONSERT - PRETORIA


Bok van Blerk and Glaskas will be performing at Centurion High on Saturday (27 August) from 18h30. Tickets are R100 on computicket and should be fun for the whole family. Come out and enjoy some afrikaans music under the stars...

If you are in the pta/centurion area and would like to score some free tickets, drop me a line at theguppiesprevail@gmail.com 




Keep it real Ard!!


Ok so for you who missed it, our beloved anthem got a real raping again last night when Ard Matthews of Just Jinjer fame seemed to be on a zol trip and completely forgot the words. Now don't forget Ras Dumisani (who also happens to be a Rastafarian) cocking up so badly on a grand stage. One can't help to draw some conclusions on our Rasta brethren. What pipes are they hitting before they go on stage? By the looks of it, not the vocal pipes!

Check out the video and see for yourselves...


Monday, 15 August 2011

The Narrow-Hunt the Ghosts (live Aug 2011)

As promised Cool Runnings in fourways didn't disappoint. Here's a video that I caught on my blackberry, so pardon the quality (although I don't think it's that bad) on this one. It's The Narrow performing Hunt the Ghosts. Enjoy! 


An alternative to Antibiotics

This next bit of advise came out of  pure desperation. Born out being so sick (pun intended) of being put on antibiotics every time the seasons change and upper respiratory infection sets in. Antibiotics makes me feel like I want to die. In fact death would be a welcome change from the agony I experience. As is the seasonal norm, infection came and I went to my GP and pleaded with him not to put me on antibiotics. He then suggested a strong immune booster (not the vitamin B one) called Beriglobin (Generic being Hemoglobin) to be taken as an injection that provides a boost for 3 months. 

At first I was a bit skeptical and as I don't like injections, I was caught in two minds, but the mere thought of antibiotics was enough to give the injection a try. 

I am receiving my 3rd injection at the end of this month and I'm happy to announce that apart from a few sniffles, I have been in excellent health for the period I have been getting the injection. When I used to get sick, it used to cost me a trip to my GP and close to a thousand rand on medication. Now I get the R187 injection once every 3 months and I am as right as rain. Note that I take the generic as Beriglobin costs almost 3 times as much.

I'm not saying that this will work for you, but surely it's worth a try? Talk to you GP and see what he says. We all deserve to try something different in the quest to stay in good health. 

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

(WIN!!) 60 days and 60 nights....ahem...lambs...??

“The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook”
 Julia Child

This must be every South Africans dream! Here is the chance to win a FREE whole lamb (or pig or cow as we will later find out) every day in the run-up to National Braai Day on the 24th of September 2011. (My guess is that you go on over and like their Facebook page and then come up with something witty to post on their wall.)

Here is what you have to do taken from National Braai Day.

 
  1. We choose the winners. (Not me silly)
  2. You can enter the competition daily, by going to the National Braai Day Facebook fanpage.
  3. Prizes are only available in South Africa. We are not sending any lambs to you in London via train nor plane.
  4. Generally, you can only win once. We use a random number generator to choose the winner. If that thing randomly chooses you twice, then we might make it choose again. On some other days we will choose the best of funniest comment to win.
  5. We’ll get you your prize as soon as possible but remember we are talking about lambs here. You can’t just send them with DHL. We need to make arrangements with a local butcher in your area.
  6. The winners need to respond to our messages within seven days, otherwise you forfeit the prize. In such a case we will give away two lambs on some other day. Or 3. The point is, we will give away at least 60 lambs, even if you don’t want yours.
  7. While it is our intention to give away 60 lambs, we might raise the steaks on some days and for example give away a cow. But the minimum prize every day will at least be a lamb.
  8. No, you cannot get cash. We are not a bank, we are in the business of promoting National Braai Day.
  9. We take no responsibility whatsoever for issues you have with your prize, or what you do with it. If you have issues with the lamb, speak to the local butcher where you collected it.
Go on and "tan" a tjoppie...it's for a good cause! 

London Bridge is falling down

London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.
                
Not since the events of 9/11 has a single event managed to keep me glued in front of the television like the riots in England. So random is this event that no intelligence agency knew about it. Fueled by social media it has grown into a state of chaos like we havent seen for 35 years. What started out as a protest over the shooting of a youth in Tottenham, has been turned into opportunistic looting and vandalism.

Over the past day, many reasons have been given as to why the riots are taking place. Whatever the case may be, there is a underlying social ill that the UK government has failed to acknowledge or realize. The youth are revolting and what they are doing is wrong, but we must ask ourselves why? More importantly; Can it happen in South Africa? We have the same conditions that sparked the UK riots: Poverty, high unemployment, high cost of living, a culture of self entitlement, a government that does not care for its youth.

How long will it be before the youth in South Africa catches a whiff of this freedom and takes to the street in a display of total anarchy? We can only hope that common sense prevails and that the UK government can suppress this movement as soon as possible. More importantly we will be looking for a solution. Let’s learn from their mistakes. 

My alternate OppiKoppi experience


“Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough.You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”
 James Matthew Barrie 


I can put my recent inactivity on my blog (nevermind social media) down to one word: “Moving”. Yes I am moving and I’m glad to say almost finished. This move however has not come without its share of sacrifices. You can plan as meticulously as you want, just to find that father time is an old fart with a wicked sense of humor.

It all started when I phoned around for quotations on moving. I found myself mumbling:  “You want 10k for doing what?” every time I got a quotation. It must be my fianc├ęs “jewiness” rubbing off on me, but that is an insane amount of money to move from point A to point B (only 300km). This brings me to my sacrifices.

We had tickets to go to OppiKoppi (don’t even get me started on the whole Chevelle canceling story) and on 99% realized that we’d have to choose between the two. It’s all about timelines and everything worked out so well on paper. Throw in a public holiday (which coincides with a very important date in your relationship) stuck on the N1 for about an hour due to road works and you begin thinking; Is it worth it? If the answer is yes, well then there is nothing sweeter.

Looking back, we had our own little OppiKoppi. No sleep, not showering for a couple of days (my choice ok!?), listening to tunes on the road, passing out due to exhaustion and getting a little help from friend and family. All that was missing was the alcohol. I’m sure that wouldn’t have gone down well with the metro police!

So my message is this; make the sacrifices in life to obtain happiness in the long run. Short term happiness is overrated. For those I have neglected while moving, I’m truly sorry, but it’s just one of those things…