John Wick Movie Review

15 years. That’s how long ago Keanu Reeves starred in the role that he is best known for: that of Neo in The Matrix. When we were invited to the preview of John Wick which stars Reeves in the leading role, we had fairly low expectations.

We went in with the view that given the huge success of The Matrix trilogy, and the fact that nearly 2 decades have passed since the first Matrix movie, it would be unfair to expect him to deliver a ground-breaking performance.

We were wrong.

The movie is best described as a slick action-packed roller coaster of fight scenes and shoot-outs, and Reeves definitely delivers everything an action-junkie could want.

Reeves plays the role of John Wick, an ex-killer who is dragged back into the dark underworld of contract killings after the death of his wife.

The movie is well worth watching, and we give it a rating of 8/10.

Check out the trailer here:

South African Alice Phoebe Lou Becomes Viral Internet Superstar

It is always exciting when South African-bred talent makes it on the world stage. Singer and songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou was born in Kommetjie in the Western Cape, and her performance at TEDx Berlin has caused quite a stir on the internet.

The YouTube video received nearly 90 000 hits in less than a week, and her Facebook page (facebook.com/alicephoebeloumusic) received almost 15 000 likes.

She is heading to New York this week to perform at a show on Friday, and our prediction is that she will make huge waves on the international music scene in the next few months – watch this space!

Here is the video of her performance at TEDx Berlin:

Amazing Cape Town Zipline Footage

A new Cape Town zipline has opened to the public at Silvermist Estate between Hout Bay and Constantia.

The zipline includes a number of segment which make, in total, a length of 2.3km. The longest and highest one is a hair-raising 500 meters long and 155 meters above the ground.

For adventure junkies who decide to “take the leap”, a guide takes zipliners in a Land Rover up into the mountains, where the roads are so rough that normal vehicles can’t gain access.

They then start with shorter segments of the zipline, and increasingly go on more challenging and adrenaline-pumping segments, ending off with the longest one which is half a kilometer in length.

The addition of the zipline will add to the various tourist attractions which draw thousands of international visitors to Cape Town every year. Other activities on offer in the Cape Town area for adrenaline junkies include shark-cage diving, and bungy jumping from Broukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bungy bridge.

Here’s some amazing footage of the Cape Town zipline:

Free Calls on Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile South Africa’s (VMSA) highly anticipated new product proposition offers free calls on Virgin Mobile (to other Virgin Mobile customers) to all its contract and prepaid customers.

After months of media speculation about the pioneering mobile virtual network operator’s (MVNO) next move, CEO Anton Landman revealed a new tiered offering, which will go live from 1 November 2014.

The proposition covers prepaid, post-paid and top-up contracts.

Post-paid and top-up deals include free Virgin to Virgin (V2V) minutes that are valid for calls made to other Virgin Mobile SA numbers. The monthly quantity equates to the subscription value of the contract, up to R499. On contract values over R499, subscribers get a flat 1000 free V2V minutes.

Virgin Mobile’s prepaid offering, V2V Booster, offers up to 100% back on the face value on recharge vouchers of R35 and more. So, for instance, vouchers of R35 to R49 include 35 free V2V minutes, and ones of R120 to R179 include 120 free V2V minutes.

Landman explains the thinking behind the new offering. “We have set ourselves the target of one million subscribers in the next three years, and this is just one of the ways we intend achieving this,” he says.

“In a cluttered market where mobile operators fight for every inch of competitive advantage and the market is flooded with a myriad of complex offerings, there is little room for more of the same,” he says. “So we’re creating our own space in the industry with simple, high-value offerings that cannot be easily replicated.”

Virgin Mobile maintains a strong focus on data and has added generous data inclusions on all of its contract and top up packages.  Landman says that intense market competition surrounding data was another consideration for Virgin Mobile’s focus on voice differentiation. The thinking behind pushing voice as a key differentiator with this proposition also links back to Virgin Mobile’s values around family and community.

“It’s the beauty of voice, mobile as it should be. There are things that you just can’t say with text. Insights show that on average most consumers have a handful of close people that they talk to on a regular basis making up their community. V2V offers South Africans the opportunity to indulge in a real conversation with their community without concerns about costs.”

“This offering will allow us to attract additional customers who know and love the Virgin brand and how we go about things. By honing in on this key market we can adopt a focused product and brand strategy going forward delivering on the specific needs of our target audience.”

The V2V promotion will run for the next three months, effective from 1 November 2014, giving all new subscribers access to free V2V minutes.  Anyone signing a new contract in the promotional period can enjoy the benefits of free Virgin to Virgin calls for the duration of their contract.

Petrol Price Decrease in November 2014

Petrol PriceThere will be a large petrol price decrease in November 2014, with the price of petrol set to drop by 45 cents a litre with effect from Wednesday, 5 November 2014.

The decrease is largely due to a decrease in the oil price, which traded at levels of around $85 a barrel in October 2014. A further decrease may be on the cards in December 2014 if the Rand remains stable and the oil price remains at low levels.

The drop is good news for over-indebted consumers, particularly given that it comes close to the festive season when spending habits change and the risk of over spending increases.

Creativity is the flavour of the month with Romans Pizza

7Investing in education is key to social upliftment in South Africa, and what better way to do it than with pizza, a firm favourite with children everywhere? Romans Pizza is offering school children a chance to explore their creative sides and win fabulous prizes for themselves and their schools – and all they have to do is dig in to a mouth-watering Romans Pizza between now and the end of November

The Scholar-Box competition is as hot and fresh as the flavours found at Roman’s Pizza. Any child or young adult attending school up to the age of 18 can enter, by purchasing and enjoying a large pizza and then creating an original artwork out of the box or boxes. The sky is the limit and the competition encourages entrants to use their imagination and make a pizza box masterpiece.

The prizes are enough to make any school-goer hungry for the top spot: First prize is a PS4, a R500 Musica Voucher, a Roman’s Pizza goody bag and pizza for their entire class. And, most importantly, a whopping R20 000 donation to the winner’s school to be used to develop or upgrade their sports facility. The second and third prizes are just as generous, again giving out a PS4, R500 Musica Voucher and delicious pizza for the class, but with R15 000 and R10 000 for the schools respectively. Even those who don’t win are left smiling, with 20 consolation prizes of a goody bag up for grabs.

According to Bonnie Lee, Head of Marketing for Roman’s Pizza, “We know that so many of valued our customers are pizza-loving children, who want and deserve top-notch school facilities. Sport is a wonderful way of teaching children good values, promoting exercise and encouraging them to adopt beneficial hobbies and interests. That is why we did not want the prizes to only benefit the individual winners but also to give a school full of learners something to enjoy and use for many years to come.” “And”, she adds, “It’s a fun competition that they will enjoy doing. In fact, we had to extend the campaign due to demand from scholars.”

Entry into the competition is as easy as buying at least one large pizza from Roman’s Pizza and tucking in. Then, children can set to work having fun and piecing together their box art. Once completed, young artists should snap a picture of their creation and upload it to the Roman’s Pizza Facebook page or email it to social@romanspizza.com before the 30th of November. The photo should be accompanied by the following details: name, school, age, area and contact details. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/RomansPizza or visit www.romanspizza.co.za to find a Roman’s Pizza outlet nearby.

Fun and Fantasy at Sexpo Johannesburg 2014

Sexpo Johannesburg 2014eptember is the sultriest, steamiest month on the Jozi calendar – the month when Sexpo Johannesburg 2014, SA’s premier health, sexuality and lifestyle expo opens its doors.

Happening at Gallagher Estate in Midrand from the 25th to the 28th of September 2014, Sexpo is lining up a delicious array of exotic entertainers and alluring adult film stars and providing a selection of lounges that will thrill ladies and gentlemen alike.

A host of gorgeous adult film stars will be waiting to meet their fans this year.

Jada Stevens, Superstar Jesse Jane, Tanya Tate, AVN Performer of the year 2014 and tattooed beauty Bonnie Rotten and rising star Vicki Chase will all be present throughout Sexpo. Not to be outdone by the ladies, leading man Prince Yahshua will also be around, showing off his sculpted abs and larger than life stage presence.

Fans can also see celebrity power couple Coco and Ice T brought to you by the shows main sponsor California Exotic novelties. Sexpo has also scooped up the international burlesque sensation The Lala’s, Burlesque Show, which features handpicked dancers from backgrounds such as Dancing with the Stars, the MTV VMAs and P.Diddy, Kanye and Katy Perry tours. Celebrity choreographer Erin Lamont has put together a unique combination of beauty, brains and bustiers that will have audiences begging for more.

To make sure that every visitor leaves feeling satisfied, there are a number of entertainment acts designed to tease and please. The X! Another side of Sexpo show is making its debut, an imaginative story told through music, dance and special effects. Stunningly talented dancers will bring the seven Deadly Sins alive, while the boys from the Titans will have audiences screaming for more.

Sexpo favourite Pricasso will be around to whip up a wicked penile portrait on request and Durex workshops will be a fun and informative way to learn about everything from how to maintain good health to unleashing your sexual prowess. And for those who like to spice things up, the Kinx Fetish Lounge promises to cater for any taste.

Sexpo is also the perfect place for a little retail therapy, with stands selling a wide range of adult toys, luxurious lingerie and other naughty and nice items.

For the first time in Sexpo history Teazers will be bringing their signature Teaze without the Sleaze to the gentleman’s lounge. Not to be outdone the ladies have two lounges this year run by the Pulse Boys and TeazeHers.

If that is not your cup of tea then why not pop into the Pharaohs swingers lounge and learn about the lifestyle or maybe a journey into the Voyeurs lounge will awaken you. Don’t forget that the Provocative VIP lounge will host fun and entertaining games such as strip poker and beer pong. There is something for everyone this year.

There are also some wickedly delicious parties throughout Sexpo, like the Varsity party in the Provocative lounge on Thursday 25th Sep, where R160 gets you in for the party and an exciting show, or the first-ever Swingers party, also in the Provocative Lounge on Friday the 26th Sep, charged at R100 extra.

For more information go to http://www.sexposouthafrica.co.za/wp/

Mutant Giant Spider Dog Prank

This is one of the most hilarious prank videos we’ve come across in a very long time – dubbed the mutant giant spider dog prank, it features a dog which was transformed into a giant spider through the use of a spider suit.

The prank was put together by Polish prankster Sylwester Wardega, who caught footage of people being scared witless by the “giant spider” in various scenarios, including a public park at night, an elevator in a building, and what appears to be a dark tunnel in the street.

Here’s the video which will either have you squirming in your seat, or falling off it with laughter:

Nandos Blue Light Brigade Advert

Nandos are famous for their humorous advertising campaigns which often feature current events and frequently contain content that borders on social commentary. Their latest Nandos blue light brigade advert is amusing, featuring a scene where four blue light brigades and a taxi meet at an intersection.

Watch the Nandos blue light brigade advert here:

Gautrain Adds Later Train to OR Tambo International Airport

The Gautrain has undoubtedly provided residents of Johannesburg with levels of convenience that they have not previously experienced – the train service to the airport is very efficient, prompt and reliable (except in a few isolated instances where technical difficulties resulted in the train not operating for short periods of time). However, one of the few gripes raised by the public, was that the train service to the airport does not start early enough in the morning or end late enough at night. The Gautrain’s management has listened to these concerns, and has decided to introduce an additional service from from Sandton Gautrain station, by offering a train to OR Tambo International Airport early in the morning and late at night.

The additional service will provide a train which leaves the Sandton Gautrain station at 04:50 and 05:10, and an a train which runs from the airport station up until 20:46 and 21:04 at night. This will allow travellers who have flights very early in the morning and later in the evening to make use of the Gautrain to travel to and from the airport. The additional trains will not stop at any stations between Sandton and the airport, and will run directly to the airport.

Many local residents have voiced their support for the decision on social media, and it is certainly a step in the right direction.

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