The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist earnestly attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead. Can you find South Africa?
You all remember that brilliant short film Timmy Henny made of Cape Town, “Mini Cape”? Well, Tim has been chosen amongst six other international film makers to produce a video in the Basilicata region in Southern Italy.
With two American states legalising the possession and recreational use of spliff, this is becoming an important question to ask. Especially as, according to a new survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety, there are more stoned drivers on Californian roads than drunk ones.
John McAfee: tech millionaire, accused of murder, on the run from the cops, and quite possibly mentally ill. Wired’s Joshua Davis – who had written an in depth article on the man’s life – has reported on his personal experiences with the man that have left him believing he is “unhinged”.
3D printing technology has been around since the early 80′s, but most of us never even noticed. With the development of cheaper printers and open source software, 3D printing is finding its way into almost evert industry you can think of. Wired put together 10 of the best examples.
Kenichi Ito is the fastest man on all fours. Ito is a 30-year-old Japanese athlete known to many as “Monkey Man,” and he has just set a new world record for a four-limbed sprint: 100 meters in 17,47 seconds.
Here’s a wine column in two parts. First a response to nagging complaint against people like myself, that we should be quiet about the huge amounts of people drinking truly atrocious wines, because, you know, so what. To balance it out, I will suggest some great bargain wines to drink as well.
The Witness reported today that a KwaZulu-Natal teacher has been chillaxing on sick leave for eight years while the Department of Education has been faithfully paying her salary every month. Crazy.
This is an incredible story. Andy and Nayel Ashkar scammed a customer at their convience store out of a five million dollar lotto ticket six years ago, and now when they tried to collect the winnings, they got nailed.
Africa continues to be the world’s fastest growing mobile market with subscriptions set to reach 761 million this year The industry is also making a ton of cash, generating $56 billion toward the continent’s GDP, of which mobile operators made up the largest share.
Red Bull’s marketing strategy seems to be, “I see what you did there. Hold on while we do something 1 000 times more awesome and post it on YouTube.” Well, they’ve nailed it again with the craziest Rube Golberg machine ever. Bigger and more intense than ‘ol Rube could ever have imagined.
Mums in the UK are up in arms over a doll designed for girls as young as two to “breastfeed”, calling it “weird” and “creepy”. The cringeworthy toys have children wear a bib with “flower nipples” while the “Breast Milk Baby” makes suckling sounds when the girl puts it to her chest.
Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to assassinate Osama bin Laden have been helping EA games with inside information to make EA’s latest shoot-em-up “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.” The US military is not amused.
If you haven’t noticed, it’s full-blown awards season in the wine industry. You can shake the proverbial stick and more than likely poke a winning winemaker’s eye out.
Michael O’Leary, Cief Executive of Ryanair budget airlines is thinking out the box right now. He told The Telegraph that seatbelts on planes won’t save anyone, and wants to make low-cost “standing room only” cabins a reality.
Spending for spooning. Coinage for canoodles. Funded fondles. OK, we’ll stop. But listen: Jackie Samuel, 29, runs a company called The Snuggery out of her Rochester, New York home. She says the non-sexual service is a way to encourage human touch and provide “a healing connection.”
The wonderfully named and anatomically correct sex-doll, ‘Just-In Beaver’ has apparently sold out very quickly. Fans heard a few days ago that they could ‘snuggle’ up to a life-size plastic Bieber for the bargain price of $32.95.
Are you due for an upgrade? Or did you forget your iPhone in your pocket when you went for a swim and are thinking about a change? Check out these smart phones as ranked by Business Insider. It’s one of these, or nothing..
Well, that’s if you go along with the ‘Redskin Rule’, a bizarre correlation that has predicted the US presidential election for the last 72 years – except one but we’ll get to that*. It’s pretty simple: If the Washington Redskins win their last home game before election day, the incumbent party wins; if the redskins lose, the opposition takes the election.
The 2013 Platter guide has been released and the five star wines have been revealed. Are the five star wines that good? Is the Platter guide the vinous present to buy this Christmas? Harry Haddon finds out.
The drug-cartels in Mexico mean business. Whether this is stringing up dead-bodies to quell opposition, or building a sophisticated radio network, they just do what they want.
The time is almost upon us. This weekend Riebeek Kasteel will be bathed in fine wine. It’s the third edition of the Swartland Revolution. The wine festival put on by Swartland producers which has seen a massive sucess over the last two years.
Former Playboy Brazil model Nana Gouvêa posted tactless photos on her Facebook page leaning seductively on fallen trees and ruined cars in a post-Sandy New York. It went viral, with an article on the photos gaining 5.9 million likes, and 5900 tweets.
Wieden + Kennedy, the ad agency that looks after the Old Spice, has come up with a novel way to find the brand’s next social media strategist. They have setup a list of interesting social media challenges that must be completed by November 5th.
Last week we told you about the beautiful Brazilian model who put her virginity up for auction. Now, the director of the documentary that facilitated the auction may be charged with sex-trafficking crimes.
For most people, when a gun is pointed at them, and the car they are in has been hijacked, will quietly, whimpering softly, kak themselves. Not five-year-old Angie Lombard of Pretoria. This tiny bad-ass simply gave the criminal a good telling off.
I have made jokes about Spier in the past. It’s not hard. They have cheetahs and more tourists than you can shake a stick at. The jokes have never been that fair. So I thought I should visit again, to recalibrate my idea of Spier.
Land of the free, home of the complete nut-cases. A 28-year-old New York City police officer was arrested this week by the FBI and charged with “conspiracy to kidnap, cook, and eat” nearly one hundred women including his girlfriend.
Rodriguez is back on everyone’s mind since the brilliant documentary Searching for Sugar Man was released. We’re all stoked that he has just announced that he will be performing two concerts in February next year.