Thursday, 13 November 2014

Candidate Submissions 1: The search for 2014's NID song

The search for the NID song of 2014 is upon us. 

Do you have any suggestions? 

Usually it is a relatively new song that is popular during the December holiday season - you know, the song you find yourself nodding your head to while driving... or turning up the volume at a party. A sure give away is usually when it is frequently requested at weddings or social gatherings, a.k.a. a braai.

The reality is that the NID song usually chooses itself and, in my humble opinion, Taylor is the front runner, telling us to "Shake it off" this December.

For those not in the know, NID = Net in Desember ©

Some candidates so far:

Sock etiquette

When should I wear which socks?

No socks in summer? "Yes, go ahead."
Never with sandals? "Only if you want to look like a weirdo"
Can I wear white socks with dark shoes? "Oh hell no!"

These are the question going through people's minds for a brief second while making their daily clothing choices. While most of us momentarily weigh up these options, I was struck with this thought while on my homebound commute in a packed, sweaty London train.

I saw a young woman wearing quite trendy work clothes. You can clearly see she has spent enough time and money on what she is wearing, to know that she cares what others think of what she is donning at all times. The type that would put on makeup especially to go to the local store... to pick up milk.

I looked down and saw the footwear. With the pumps she was wearing, the blatantly offensive secret socks were to be seen, completely spoiling her time and money spent on this ensemble. This then sparked a debate in my head, weighing up Pros and Cons. Which leads me to make the following statement to all secret sock wearing members of society out there:

When wearing secret socks, keep them that way; otherwise you look like a fool. You are clearly wearing them to mask the fact that u are actually wearing socks. So if u are going to let them stick out, u might as well wear normal socks which provides better comfort. And trust me both are equally unappealing to the eye.

Contribution by: Kill Emilio

Friday, 5 September 2014

Habana here we go: let's acnowledge one of South Africa's best backline rugby players on the eve of his 100th test match

Source: Rugby365

Bryan Gary Habana is an institution in the Springbok team and in Perth on Saturday he will become the fourth player to feature in 100 Tests for South Africa.

He described the past 11 years, since his debut against England at Twickenham in 2004, as "an incredible journey: and something he was "very privileged" to be part of.

"The journey has been one I enjoyed each step of the way, the good and bad times," he said, adding that he believes he has another couple of years left in him.

"It's obviously very special for me to reach this milestone, but this weekend isn't about me," the Bok wing said, adding: "It's about the team and what we want to achieve.

"I've been blessed with many highlights during my career and I'm very thankful for that, as well as the magnificent support I've received from my family, friends, teammates and coaches through the years.

BIO: Bryan Gary Habana
Date of birth: 12 June 1983
Place of birth: Benoni
School: King Edward VII School (KES)
Springbok no: 766
Debut Test province: Lions
Physical: 1.79m, 90kg
Current age: 31

Test summary: Tests: 99 Tries: 56
First Test: 20 November 2004 (age 21) - replacement against England at Twickenham, London
Last Test: 23 August 2014 (age 31) - left wing against Argentina at Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta

He attended Meredale Primary and King Edward VII School before enrolling at the University of Johannesburg (then still called the Rand Afrikaans University) in B.Sc (Information Technology).

He made his provincial debut for the Golden Lions in 2003, his Test debut a year later and played the first of his 118 Vodacom Super Rugby matches in 2005.

To date, Habana has amassed 99 Tests and scored 56 tries, a South African record. He scored his first Test try with his first touch of the ball in an international, against then Rugby World Cup champions England at Twickenham.

On 22 September 2011 he scored his 39th Test try, against Namibia, to surpass Joost van der Westhuizen as the most-prolific try scorer in Springbok history. His 50th Test try was scored against Samoa on 22 June 2013.

All but one of Habana's Test appearances have been on the wing - he played once at outside centre, against Ireland in 2006.

Honours and accolades:
* 2004: Springbok Sevens, SA Under-21, SA Young Player of the Year
* 2005: SA Rugby Player of the Year, Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year, Try of the Year (Vodacom Bulls v Blues in Pretoria)
* 2007: IRB Player of the Year, SA Rugby Player of the Year, scored eight tries at RWC to equal the record set by Jonah Lomu in 1995, Try of the Year (Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks in Durban, Vodacom Super Rugby final)
* 2012: SA Rugby Player of the Year, IRPA Try of the Year (against New Zealand in Dunedin)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

So... how about these ice bucket challenges

So I am starting to think that there are 2 kinds of people in this world. People that participate in the ice bucket challenge (by uploading the video AND donating), and those who don't.

Either way, I can't understand what it is that makes this challenge so popular? If I am missing something please leave a comment. 

Here is a list that is considered to be some of the more "funny" videos of ice bucket challenges.