Saturday, November 22, 2014

An Evening With John Legend

Last night Durban spent an evening with John Legend.

I wasn't really a fan of the artist but after watching him perform live I have developed a lot of respect for him and his talent. 

The venue was the beautiful Moses Mabhida Stadium and she was just showing off closing her top to protect the concert goers from a little rain that always prevalent at Durban events.

Lira opened for him and her performance was a spectacular starter for what was to come for the rest of the night. 

Legend came on just after 21:00 and it was well worth the wait! He was accompanied by a string quartet, a guitarist, drummer, bassist and he wowed the crowd with his perfect piano playing. 

He was very interactive with his audience, delving into his past and his humble beginnings from just playing piano to backup singing for Alicia Keys.

He dedicated a song to his grandmother, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and you could see that music was in every part of his being.

His flawless performance lasted till 23:00 and his encore was the much anticipated All Of Me with the entire stadium joining in. 

I don't think anyone left disappointed and if you did then you don't know what music is or you're deaf.

Monday, September 22, 2014

World Rhino Day 22 September 2014

Today is world Rhino Day!

World Rhino Day celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos. It is held every year on the 22nd September.

It started of as an awareness day started by the WWF in South Africa has grown into a global phenomenon but this isn't stopping poachers from killing rhinos for their horns.

For more info on World Rhino Day you can visit the official website here.

Let's make the world aware that rhinos in the wild are dwindling and soon we won't have these majestic creatures if we don't put a stop to rhino horn poaching.


Last Thursday 18 September 2014, saw the launch of the Greyville Exhibition and Events Company.

The event was attended by over 500 event organisers and media personalities who were given a tour of the facilities before ending up at the executive suite for a fabulous fashion show, drinks and snacks.

Essentially what was showcased was a venue that can cater for events ranging from a small intimate dinner party to a full on wedding or a sporting event.

Some of the rooms included the Sea Cottage room which is a little small and the Silver Ring Room which is one of the largest indoor facilities without any pillars inside it in Durban. From this room you can see the beautiful Durban skyline across the Greyville Racecourse and the Royal Durban Golf Course.

The fashion show at the end of the night's launch included some of Durban's most talented designers. The show started off with Just Undies models dressed in some of the sexiest lingerie that could rival a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show followed by the show stopping Kireshen Chetty Styling and Jacqui Emmanuel amongst other designers.

The evening ended in a spectacular fireworks display with everyone going home with a goodie bag and a couple bottles of wine.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Neon Run SA: The Durban Chapter

Last weekend on the 30 August 2014 was Durban's turn to experience this really bright event.

Gates opened at 2:00pm and the Neon Run was scheduled for 6:30pm.

There was plenty of entertainment as people slowly filled up the side field near Kingspark Stadium. Some 5FM DJs including Roger Goode, Dean FUEL and alternate rocker Mathew Mole played throughout the day.

The 5km run started at 7:00pm with some people running straight to the loos at Moses Mabhida Stadium and a few people (I won't mention any names) running straight to Subway for a chow!

The run itself was fun. There were people skateboarding and rollerblading too. At the halfway mark there was a led UV light station for people to take selfies.

When the people got back the party went on into the night.

We didn't stay till the end. We ended up at Rovers Sports Club and were unfortunate enough to see some Rovers Rugby players go Full Monty on the bar! The free stripshow was not appreciated.

The next run is to be held in Bloemfontein at Chevrolet Park on the 20th of September 2014. If you're in the area it would be good to check it out. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nicki vs Taylor [Video]

Two videos were released this week that made waves on the social media scene. 

The first was Taylor Swift's music video for her song Shake It Off. In her song she mentions her exes again and her haters. There are various dance sequences including some twerking. Yes. Taylor Swift twerks in this video.

The second video was Nicki Minaj's for her song Anaconda. Now this one has Nicki wearing almost nothing and most of the video is about her and her dancers twerking. The end of the video has her giving Drake a lap dance. She leaves him with his head in his hands. I'm not sure if he is feeling like he wants more or he can't believe what just happened.

Here are the videos and you can decide which is the better of the two.

Please comment below.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hijacking and Highspeed Chases

It's Fathers Day. Most people are taking pleasant Sunday morning drives to visit their fathers on this pleasant day. This serenity was disturbed when a blue Toyota Corolla screamed past me on the way to a function in Newlands West.

I was turning left towards Umhlanga at the Umgeni Rd N2 interchange that is under construction when the Corolla weaved through traffic from the Makro side of Umgeni Rd. It wasn't his right of way so I knew there was something wrong. 

A few seconds later a Metro Police vehicle passed me and I immediately realized this was a hijacking. A second police vehicle chased after them. And they disappeared into the Parlock road towards Newlands.

A few minutes later I came upon them. The Corolla had crashed into a Hyundai i20 on the oncoming lane. The police officers were arresting the suspect and attending to the driver of the i20. 

Fortunately the driver of the i20 wasn't injured. He is from Gauteng visiting relatives in Durban for the long weekend. 

It's good to see the Police force doing something to curb crime in Durban. Hopefully this is the last bad incident this Fathers Day Sunday.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spiga Durban North

Today marks the long awaited opening of Spiga D'Oro Durban North.

A few of us were privileged to be invited to a pre-opening experience on Saturday 01 March 2014. The new restaurant is situated in Durban North on Mackuertan Avenue amongst a hub of other pubs, stores and restaurants.

The main difference from the original Spiga in Florida Road is that there is ample parking. I can proudly say that the original Spiga D'oro is my favourite place to eat out, so I was thrilled to be invited to the dinner by Karla and considered a regular.

The new establishment is spacious, clean and it has Heineken on tap! Unlike Spiga Florida Rd the tables are well spaced apart so you can't really eavesdrop on the table next to you.

Although it might not have the waiters that know your name upon entering and the intimacy that the original Spiga has it looks really promising. One thing for certain is that the food didn't disappoint. It is still the same delicious Italian taste that is synonymous with the Spiga brand.

Marco gave us an insight into where he is taking the Durban North branch. There will be a sandwich bar and deli for the early morning cyclists, runners and other early birds that opens everyday at 5am. The place needs a little more decor and he did mention that he was going to introduce some art and other cool stuff.

The restrooms are situated on the outside of the restaurant which poses a problem if there's heavy rain. But it's a short run if you don't mind a little sprinkle.

The new Spiga looks promising and one thing is certain that the north of Durban has definitely gained a new gem.