Monthly Archives: January 2016

Welcome Aboard

The date is April 10, 1912 I remember like it was yesterday….

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Got my boarding pass, which I won at a lucky hand of poker, I’m aboard the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic….Woooohoooo we going to America.

46 328 tons, breadth 92.6 feet and 882.5 feet in length this ship was said to be practically unsinkable.

“I could not concieve of any vital disaster happening to this vessel…modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.” – Captain Edward J. Smith

The Titanic Artifact Exhibition takes you on a journey from the ship’s construction to life onboard, the famous sinking and modern-day efforts to recover the wreckage. The exhibition features real-life remnants from the RMS Titanic.

Highly educational you’ll discover facts and figures that will blow your mind. I’m sure most of you watched the movie, if not there is an opportunity to watch at your own leisure. The compelling human stories from survivors and those who lost their lives are emotional and fascinating at the same time, it is cool to find people you heard about in the movie on the walls of the exhibition.

“There was no moon, and I have never seen the stars shine brighter, they appeared to stand out of the sky, sparkling like diamonds. It was the kind of night that made one feel glad to be alive” – Jack Thayer, First Class Passenger

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April 15, 1912 11:40pm “Iceberg ICEBERG”….the start of +- 2 and a half hours of chaos and sadness as the Titanic begins its decent to the bottom of the ocean forever, 12500 feet below the surface.

The exhibition brings that tragic night back to life before your eyes in thrilling fashion. The exhibition also offers you the opportunity to relive what it was like to dine aboard the Titanic…with Valentines Day approaching this will be the perfect opportunity to take your significant other on a 1st class dining experience. Expect world-class service and a great dining experience on board the Titanic.

Grab your pass and welcome aboard a journey you’ll not easily forget.

Titanic The Artifact Exhibition runs until March 2016 and tickets can be bought via Webticket or at the door.
www.titanicexpo.co.za

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Heaven on Earth

Its a new year and with a new year comes a chance to view the National History Museums Wildlife Photography of the Year 2015 finalists, from over 42000 entries it is narrowed down to the top 100 and displayed around the world.

This year the host in Cape Town is the Chavonnes Battery Museum an unfunded museum about the history of Cape Town. They partnered with the exhibition company to bring the exhibition to the Chavonnes Battery to raise funds for the museum and it’s social goals (Youth Development)

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(Juan Tapia/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wildlife-photographer-year-2015-graphic-fox-fight-picture-wins-prestigious-competition-1523808

These are one of the images you’ll see as you walk through the exhibition, a merger of photography and a painting. The great thing about this exhibit is that each photograph has a section underneath whereby you are able to read what the photographer went through to capture the perfect moment. For me I’ll first go through looking at the pictures then use my imagination before reading the discription, like the picture below my thought went straight to an Alien…

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(Fabien Michenet/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wildlife-photographer-year-2015-first-glimpse-finalists-images-1517952

Every year I visit the exhibition my mind is blown at the beauty of our Earth, the images enhance that beauty making you feel like you are looking at Heaven on Earth. You’ll learn new things about places, animals and environmental issues that affect each and every one of us through a simple image..

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(Floris van Breugel/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015)
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wildlife-photographer-year-2015-first-glimpse-finalists-images-1517952

If you are a budding photographer or just love wildlife get down to the Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront. (Behind CT Fish Market – Look for the cannons), who knows you might be inspired to enter for 2016 follow the link below for more info.
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy/competition.html

If you want to know more about the Chavonnes Battery Museum please follow the link below.
http://www.chavonnesbattery.co.za

I enjoyed the exhibition so much I even had time to take a selfie…

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Close Encounters

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Take a cruise to the Heart of Nature with Aurora Expeditions and the South African National museam as they present the top 40 images from the 2015 Oceans of Life photographic competition.

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Walking through the cool airconned room (perfect conditions in this summer heat), you’ll see the beauty of the ocean and its creatures like never before.

I was amazed and the thought of how did these photographers capture these amazing images up close and personal kept popping up in my mind as my eyes gazed upon the awesome images. I even learnt about new species I never heard of before like a “Batwing sea slug”. Did you know that the meaning of the Spanish name for a jelly fish is “water lung”?

With the ever increasing natural occurance of Climate Change this beauty could soon be lost if we do not educate ourselves and future generations about the dangers and how we can help prevent it from killing our planet faster.

With a mixture of talent, perfect lighting, colour and ofcourse abit of luck the ocean will provide you with amazing images….the word “Killer” in Killer Whale or “Great White” in Great White Shark do not make a difference to the fearless photographers.

You’ll see the Simbiotic relationship between a batfish and bluestreak cleaner wrasse, to me it is like the relationship between Batman and Robin the one removing the parasites while receiving a free meal.

Another amazing image is Rush Hour where nearly half a million King Peguins rush to get to the ocean for their morning feed, picture Durban beach on New Years and you’ll know what this looks like or….

..visit the Iziko Museam of South Africa to see these amazing pictures up close and personal.

Lastly remember these 4 ways to make a difference in our Ocean.
– Buy Wise: earth friendly      products and eat sustainable seafood
– Bin It: throw your litter in the bin
– Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
– Remove It: Join local beach cleanup operations.