The Great Gatsby At Spier

You know the book, and if you don’t, you should… and now it’s time to watch it all come alive on stage. Spier is the perfect place to do a show like this, and the way they’ve set the stage and surrounding area up makes it really feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 1920’s. Everyone dresses up and there’s even a dance lesson during interval to teach you how to do the Charlston!


There are a couple of different ticket options available via Computicket, but there is some brilliant news! The tickets can now be purchased, for a limited time, through Groupon at R375 for 2 people



Beer Label Competition

If you follow me on Twitter, or read my blog posts, you should know by now that i am in a FIERCE competition with 9 other bloggers to see who can brew the best beer. At home. This is all happening as a bit of a build up to the Cape Town Festival Of Beer. I dug deep and embraced my inner hillbilly moonshiner and set up the brewery right next to our bed. I kept the beer cold when the weather was hot, and made sure it stayed at the right temperature when it was cold. I’ve added things like cherries and strawberries, honey and love and now it is time to name and clothe it.

What i need from you creative designer types is a name & label design for my beer. For your efforts, you will receive: 4 x tickets to the Cape Town Festival Of Beer, 6 pack Black Label, a couple of bottles of my very own and VERY limited edition home brew beer, and my love & adoration.

It’d be great if the design/name had something to do with me/my blog, etc. There are so many hilarious craft beer labels and brands, but a lot of the time they have no relation to the beer itself or whomever created it. That is why i’m going to try and best describe what i want the label to kind of look like, and if you could try and translate that into a design, that would be lovely ;)

I do a blogpost every Tuesday called “Topless Tuesday” and i was hoping to incorporate this into my beer label design as it has become a really big part of my blog (and solely responsible for my ‘soft core porn mogul’ label). Seeing as you have to be over 18 to drink beer anyway, i figure that boobs on a beer bottle wouldn’t hurt anyone (or get anyone arrested). My initial idea was to have 2 girls on either side of the label, or the same girl just mirrored and then the name of the beer in the middle. The girls can be more Sailor Jerry pinup style or more modern or whatever, i’m open to suggestions. It’d be cool if they weren’t just cartoons/drawings of girls, but actual nekkid girls. With actual nekkid boobs.

The name of the beer is where i’m a little stuck. I wanted to go with STEPH BEer, but i’m not sure how lame that is? I added cherries, honey and strawberries to the beer… so i’m not sure if something clever can be made out of that?

Here are the entries that Nash & Natalie as well as Savage got.

If you have a design for me, you can email it straight through to me:! Closing date for entries: Monday 18 November, 15:00.

Some inspiration (if you want to use this pic, feel free):

Remembrance Day – What Should We Remember?

Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day, is a memorial day mostly observed in the UK and some Commonwealth countries. Just in case this is all news to you South Africa is, in fact, a member of the Commonwealth. So what/who are we supposed to remember? The day has been observed since the end of World War 1 to remember the members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.

We live in a country where we have so much of our “own” recent, and not so recent, history to celebrate, commemorate and remember… people that died fighting, not in war, but fighting for change. I saw a couple of tweets yesterday (11 November) about the relevance of a day remembering people who died in a war that had nothing directly to do with lil ol’ South Africa.

The thing about World War 1 was that it really was a world war. It might not have happened on our doorstep, but i can guarantee you that our doorsteps might look a little different if the Allies hadn’t won.

When World War I broke out in 1914, the South African government chose to join the war on the side of the Allies. General Louis Botha, the then prime minister, faced widespread Afrikaner opposition to fighting alongside Great Britain so soon after the Anglo Boer War and had to put down a revolt by some of the more militant elements before he could send an force of 67,000 troops to invade German South-West Africa (now Namibia). (wiki)

In total, more than 146,000 whites, 83,000 blacks and 2,500 Coloureds and Asians served in South African military units during the war, including 43,000 in German South-West Africa and 30,000 on the Western Front. An estimated 3,000 South Africans also joined the Royal Flying Corps. (wiki)

What kills me is this: the total South African casualties during the war was about 18,600 with over 12,452 killed – more than 4,600 in the European theater alone.

Remembrance Day went by in South Africa with hardly a nod to those that died. So here i am, for what it’s worth, remembering them. They were a generation that had courage and bravery in excess, they went and fought a war in another country with the knowledge that they might never come back and enjoy the life they were fighting for. World War 1 has almost completely dropped out of living memory, as far as i know, the last living veteran from World War 1 died in February of this year.

If another World War broke out, and the call came for all able-bodied men & women to step forward and sign up to fight, would we? Scores of 18 – 25 year olds jumped on a boat to go and fight to protect their families and homes. Something tells me that the response would be less than overwhelming. Sacrifice isn’t something that our generation knows much of.

Justin Bieber was the top trend on Twitter on Remembrance Day. 

Lest we forget.