Monthly Archives: April 2016

Toxicology

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The Power of Poison exhibition currently on display at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will take you from the jungles of Colombia, through the pages of Snow White and underwater to Find Nemo and Dory. 

“Poison is everything, and nothing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.” – Paraclesus 1493 – 1541

What you’ll discover at this exhibition will not only amaze your senses but it might save your life in the event you ever find yourself in the presence of one of these…

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“All things are poison and nothing is without poison.” – Paraclesus 1493 – 1541

Everybody knows that Nicotine is poisonous but not many people know that Botulinum toxin is one the deadliest known substances: a millionth of a gram can kill an adult. Scientists have harnessed these toxins which are produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria, to treat medical conditions ranging from infections to muscle spasms. Also used cosmetically to reduce wrinkles….yip know the facts before you go under the knife.

The American exhibition, comprising of five themes including Poison in Nature, Poison in Myth and legend, Detecting Poison, Poison by Accident and Poison for Good.

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The exhibition is full of surprises and highly educational, I enjoyed the whodunnit exercise using the knowledge gained to solve the mysterious cases of poison.

Before I forget there are live poisonous animals on display….do not say I didn’t warn you…

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The Power of Poison exhibition will take place at:
Cape Town
V&A Waterfront
1 April 2016 to 12 June 2016
10 am to 7pm

Gauteng
Silverstar
24 June 2016 to 12 August 2016
10 am to 7pm

Durban
Gateway Theatre of Shopping – Umhlanga
9 September 2016 to January 2017
10am to 7pm

Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za or at the on site box office. Prices range from R140 (adults), R85 (children), R95 (pensioners and students) or R350 for a family for four (two adults and two children). Children under the age of five enter for free. Special school packages are also available in all cities.

All award winning curriculums can be found on ExpoRSA’s website and are free to download. http://www.exporsa.co.za/schools.

For more information, visit http://www.exporsa.co.za, call (021) 418 0738 or email info@exporsa.co.za.

Also join the conversation on Facebook (facebook.com/ExhibitionRSA) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Expo_RSA).

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Willpower

A storm was brewing in Cape Town as the EFC came back to the mother city with a massive fightcard featuring two title fights and the return of Don “Magicman” Madge into the Hexagon.

The Grandwest Arena was packed with screaming fans thanks to Etv I got to enjoy the action, even though it was delayed it was worth the wait….

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The first Maincard fight was a lightweight bout between Sibusiso Mdoku vs Hanru Botha.

Mdoku came into the fight jumping around hyped up but once inside the Hexagon it took only 19 seconds before he was flat on his back as Botha land a knockout punch.

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Next up was Mark Hulme vs Kaleka Kabanda, Hulme walked into the Hexagon serious ready to do battle and once the bell went he came out with some wild kicks. A huge Takedown getting Kabanda on his back saw the match almost being called in the dying seconds of the first round but he was saved by the bell.

It took 1.41 seconds into the second round for Hulme to get the win by TKO after Kabanda tapped out to a rear-naked chokehold…a calculated performance and great win over the undefeated Kabanda was enough to bring a smile to Hulme’s face when the referee lifted his hand as the winner.

Things were getting intense and exciting I am sure the Stormers guys in attendance and Idris Elba were enjoying the fights so far.

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Oh, it’s just me, myself and I
Solo ride until I die
Cause I, got me for life
(Got me for life, yeah)
Oh I don’t need a hand to hold
Even when the night is cold
I got that fire in my soul
http://genius.com/G-eazy-me-myself-and-i-lyrics

Don “The MagicMan” Madge back in action a crowd favourite looking good after changing fighting camps to Fight Fit Malitia, he was ready for this fight between Chelin.

Both men standing up exchanging kicks but a massive kick to the ribs of Chelin 54 seconds into round one and it was over, Don Madge declared winner on a TKO.

“I’m ready to face anyone. Who ever is ready to fight will get their turn.” – @DonMadgeMMA #EFC48

Finally the moment we’ve all been waiting for, after some fierce words and a crazy stand off at the weigh-in this was a match not to be missed.

Irshaad Sayed vs Cedric Doyle for the EFC interim Bantamweight Championship – 5 rounds of 5 minutes each all will be left inside the Hexagon.

Sayed coming into this fight with a 7 fight winning streak was the favourite to win the title but almost lost it after a great show of willpower to get out of chokehold from Doyle in the first round.
Doyle dominated the stand up fight but Irshaad quickly changed the tactics and took it to the floor where he could get some knees to the ribs of Doyle. It was a tough match to call after the first two rounds but in round 3 Doyle was running out of energy and the “White Tiger” Irshaad Sayed striked with a knee to the head 4.49 seconds into round 3 to be crowned…

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“I’m coming for you. You can run, but you can’t I hide. I will finish you! – @IrshaadSayed #EFC48

That was his reaction after the win…..a challenge to Demarte Pena – This is one match-up I’d love to see.

Final match of the night THE MAIN EVENT – Heavyweight championship fight between Brendon Groenewald and Danie Van Heerden.

The former champ Groenewald looked solid compared to van Heerden but after this fight it was safe to say when in a heavyweight bout you need the willpower and courage to win.

Van Heerden landed some huge punches and it took only 2 rounds before the match was called both men giving there all as Groenewald’s tired body lay sprawled on the ground.

Like a Pitbull Van Heerden mauled his opponent and Groenewald could bot defend the shots crowning a new Heavyweight Champion.

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“I said he wouldn’t have the will power!” – @daniepitbull #EFC48

Welldone to all fighters awesome night next up its Carnival City for EFC49
http://www.efcworldwide.com

Game of Jokes!!

Winter is coming!!….and with it comes the annual Game of Jokes in the form of:

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THE 12TH JIVE CAPE TOWN FUNNY FESTIVAL delivered by TURKISH AIRLINES

Cape Town’s winter tonic, the 12th annual Jive Cape Town Funny Festival delivered by Turkish Airlines takes place at the Baxter Theatre from 11 July – 7 August 2016.

The month long popular project showcases an array of acts from around the world, together with a  selection of top local and national artists. 

The Festival is strong on variety and speciality acts, whilst highlighting some of the top  stand-up comedians in the country, resulting in an evening’s worth of world class entertainment and laughter. 

The Funny Festival  was founded by comedy entrepreneur and publicist Eddy Cassar,  started from humble beginnings and has developed into an annual Winter comedic tonic  for many Capetonians. Started way back in 1997, the Festival has developed into the largest of its type in the country and respected by international performers as a “blue-chip” event.  The Festival supports numerous charities either by offering generous bulk discounts to  clubs, schools and civic associations, who use it as a fund raiser or by supporting the Children’s Hospital Trust and the Mayoral Fund.

“The City of Cape Town is once again proud to host the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival  delivered by Turkish Airlines. We have seen the festival grow from humble beginnings into South Africa’s premier comedy events. The calibre of local and international comedians it now attracts is a sign that the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival is on par with comedy festivals  hosted in other major cities across the world.  Events such as this not only provide  opportunities, but also support our strategy to position Cape Town as the events capital of Africa,” said Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille.

This year’s international cast include Italy’s human cartoon and the UK’s top classically  trained pianist turned comedian, together with local greats of the art form. They are:

Kev Orkian (UK) – regarded internationally as the world’s foremost piano comic – 19 July  to 7 August

Ennio Marchetto (Italy) – The world’s only living cartoon and “comic origamist”- 21 July to  7 August

Marc Lottering (SA) – The country’s top comic – full festival

Alan Committie (SA) – The top master of ceremony in the country

Glen Biderman-Pam (SA) – top actor and comic whose star is on the rise – full festival 

Gino Fabbri (SA) – top impersonator shares his talent with the Festival – full festival 

Carl Wastie (SA) – small of stature with the courage of a lion – full festival

Yaaseen Barnes (SA) – past “up and coming winner” now a top comic, returns to the  festival

The Big Boys (SA) – Cape Town’s top cabaret duo on their first festival appearance – full  festival

Tickets are R170 each and are available through Computicket. Generous discounts are  offered with bulk bookings.
For more details and photographs visit 
www.eddycassarpr.co.za
www.facebook.comCapeTownFunnyFestival/
www.twitter.com/JiveCTFunnyFest
www.instagram.com/capetownfunnyfestival

Power of Poison

Poison has the power to end a love story in tragedy (Romeo and Juliet) or end the life of a King who did not deserve to sit on the Iron Throne (Game Of Thrones).

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DISCOVER THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTHS OF POISON’S PARADOXICAL ROLES WITH THE POWER OF POISON EXHIBITION

The American Museum of Natural History, New York, is to open its award winning travelling exhibition The Power of Poison, for the first time in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban in 2016.

It will feel like you are walking through Poison Ivy’s lair hmmmm if she makes an appearance I’m definitely going…..

The American exhibition, comprising of five themes including Poison in Nature, Poison in Myth and legend, Detecting Poison, Poison by Accident and Poison for Good, explores poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth from across the globe and will feature real poisonous animals and plants including South African and African species. Visitors of all ages will be able to find out which familiar tales of illness, enchantment, or death by poison – a feature of countless fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world – contain kernels of truth.

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Knowledge is Power – through this interactive exhibition you’ll have first hand experience on the dangers and key features of how studying Poison can help prevent tragedy.

The Power of Poison exhibition is presented by industry leader in the travelling exhibitions sector, ExpoRSA, whose previous exhibitions include The Art of the Brick, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and Dino’s Alive, and the recent The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China exhibition. ExpoRSA’s focus when bringing out exhibitions to South Africa is educational enrichment for learners. All exhibitions offer free award winning school curriculums and all teachers can enter the exhibition for free.

Says Nick Dreyer, Director of Expo RSA: “Young and old will be able to explore some of history’s most intriguing poisoning cases, many of which remain puzzling today. Visitors can also take part in a live presentation about a real-world poisoning case and key advances in toxicology, or the science to detecting poison. In addition, all will be able to learn how studying poison’s effects on human cells helps scientists figure out how to protect, repair and heal them.”

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If you read all the Harry Potter books it’ll help you control a snake by speaking Parseltongue, if not rather watch the experts handle these slithering serpents with care.

The Power of Poison exhibition will take place at:

Cape Town
V&A Waterfront
1 April 2016 to 12 June 2016
10 am to 7pm

Gauteng
Silverstar
24 June 2016 to 12 August 2016
10 am to 7pm

Durban
Gateway Theatre of Shopping – Umhlanga
9 September 2016 to January 2017
10am to 7pm

Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za or at the on site box office. Prices range from R140 (adults), R85 (children), R95 (pensioners and students) or R350 for a family for four (two adults and two children). Children under the age of five enter for free. Special school packages are also available in all cities.

All award winning curriculums can be found on ExpoRSA’s website and are free to download. http://www.exporsa.co.za/schools.

For more information, visit http://www.exporsa.co.za, call (021) 418 0738 or email info@exporsa.co.za.

Also join the conversation on Facebook (facebook.com/ExhibitionRSA) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Expo_RSA).

The Deep Grind

After months of prep the venue was set for a fun filled day of obstacle course racing…..(I say fun filled with a sore body afterwards hahaha)

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This was called The Arena where Gladiators come to train or rather where normal everyday 9-5 workers come to beat their daily GRIND.

From a 8km course to a 5km course around Hillcrest Quarry I don’t think many of us knew what we were in for, all we knew was that there were going to be  +- 34 obstacles with names like..

– Hell in a Bucket
– Contained Monster
– Sink or swim and
– Moment of Truth

Once the start gun went off as we were released in batches it was all uphill from there….I literally mean UPHILL – the terrain was insane good thing my motivation was this saying..

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It does not help much if your mind is telling you…”Dude where’s my car” but with motivation from fellow athletes and teammates it gets easier to change your mind to “Is there no one else!!!” – yip there is – from running up a hill of sand, jumping up containers, running a mile with a bag of gravel to dragging and flipping tyres the obstacles tested you both mentally and physically.

The awesome thing about events like these is that it gets you off the couch and the camaraderie between athletes motivating each other is inspiring. Completing an obstacle is like facing a fear and the rewards are endless, along the way you’ll definitely meet new people and who knows the conversation might lead to “When is the next challenge?”

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We were all winners after pulling ourselves through the toughest obstacle in my opinion _ dragging your tired body through the water over inflated tubes and hanging from monkey bars to finally sprint to the end for a medal and bragging rights of finishing THE GRIND: Obstacle course.

At the finish line the atmosphere was  festive, kids running around sharing stories of their mini Grind experience and adults just enjoying the sun, for us this is what we do after a tough day at The Grind…

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What better way to end off the day than with an ice cold craft beer found in our goodie bag.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this event happen you are the real champions.
http://www.thegrindrace.com

This Is…

We are….AMAZING!!!

We are….BEAUTIFUL!!

This is…..

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                       BOOTCAMP!!

Twice a week the community of Kensington/Factreton come together at the Kensington Civic Centre to train insane, this is no ordinary workout plan – be prepared to jump, hop and skip your way to a better body and a healthy mind as the coaches put you through your paces.

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“If it’s burning it’s working” – After a Bootcamp session you’ll feel energised to take on any challenge….at first it’ll be hard but as you progress your smile will get wider and wider seeing the muscle gains or weight losses when you admire yourself in the mirror. The 10 burpees, push-ups and core workouts really do work…

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Bootcamp is for anyone, all you have to do is show up, bring your energy and leave the bad attitudes by the door….everything you need is provided (mats, steps, homemade kettlebells and lightweights) to get you on the right track of success. The journey is not easy but the highly motivated inspiring coaches are on hand to help with your goals.

The training sessions are split into a four week programme, 2 indoor workouts and 1 optional outdoor workout a week. At the beginning and end of each four week programme there is a weigh-in in order for you to track your progress – Bootcamp is not just about fitness it also promotes a healthy lifestyle….

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and a sense of community – we are like one big happy faimly.

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IT’S FREE, NO EXCUSES, BE THERE because……THIS IS BOOTCAMP

Full Throttle

Imagine a day where the city is turned into a playground for petrolheads to spin their tyres and showoff their most prized possessions…

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A stones throw away from the famous Bo Kaap where the best koeksisters (better known as donuts) are made the Grand Parade was transformed into a scene of smoke and mirrors…

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This is DriftCity brought to us by Monster Energy Drink in association with Motorsport South Africa and the City Of Cape Town. The rules are simple two cars line up on a mirror image drift course and spin their tyres around in a screeching, smoke filled scene of Full Throttle pedal to the metal spectator friendly drift competition.

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Toyota, Honda, Bmw Ford and more took part in the competition for top honours, the drivers all top class, it takes real skill to turn these cars sideways with such precision. It was great to see a woman represent in the Top 16 with multi-talented Firdous  Asmodien wowing the crowd with her skill behind the wheel…

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This was a great event for the whole family to enjoy, the Drift Squad featuring our very own DJ Reddy D behind the wheel giving spectators a spin around a skid pad with no hands…

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If you into drifting but do not have the money to fork out on tuning your ride a cheaper alternative would be a drift trike the cheapest form of drifting…

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FULL THROTTLE IS THE ONLY WAY I KNOW…this is the motto of these riders and what an entertaining adrenaline fuelled sport this is. Congratulations to Shane Green for winning the competition and thank you to everyone involved in bringing the event to Cape Town hopefully we’ll see more in the years to come.