Save The Cape Town City Ballet! – Cape Town City Ballet are appealing to the public for generous contributions to their emergency fund, for the immediate survival of this important institution. “For the sake of the children we are teaching in our outreach programmes we need to keep Cape Town City Ballet alive. All donations will be graciously accepted, to ensure that this 75 year-old institution is kept alive for generations to follow.” [savecapetowncityballet]
Norwegian Government Temporarily Run Using an iPad – Apparently a delayed or canceled flight isn’t an excuse for the Prime Minister of Norway to take a break. As you can see, Jens Stoltenberg continues to run his country from the comfort of an airport lounge. Using an iPad. No, really. That’s what press secretary Sindre Fossum Beyer supposedly described as happening while the Prime Minister sat stranded at an airport. [gizmodo]
US fest gets Die Antwoord Alongside Jay Z – Cape Town group Die Antwoord is the first South African group to be invited to a popular music festival in Los Angeles, California. The Coachella festival kicks off on Friday and its 75 000 tickets are already sold out. Other artists who will be performing at the festival include Jay Z, Public Image Limited, Vampire Weekend, The Specials, Tiesto, and Florence and the Machines. [news24]
Stormers Go In For The Kill – “The Bulls softened the Blues for us. I hope they have not angered the Chiefs!” With those words Stormers captain Schalk Burger made the point that it will be important for his team to pressurise the Chiefs from the word go in Friday’s Super 14 match in Hamilton. The Stormers managed it brilliantly in Auckland last week to beat a Blues side that had taken out the Bulls the week before. Game on at 09h35 today. [sport24]
Martin Scorsese Goes 3D – Martin Scorsese appears to be the latest director embracing 3-D, according to Variety. The filmmaker plans to experiment with the technology for the first time with his forthcoming project “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” which is expected to start filming in the U.K. in June. Ghandi Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Chloe Moretz are signed on to the film. [cnn]
Spitzer’s Whore, Ashley Dupre Does Playboy – On Friday, the Playboy issue that will essentially explain The State of New York Politics will go on sale, with Ashley Alexandra Dupre on the cover as May’s centerfold model. And we just so happened upon hi-res photos of the new issue from a well-placed source who “only reads it for the articles.” What you’re about to see has yet to be seen by the world. [villagevoice]
What Social Media Ad Types Work Best? – As time spent on social networking sites increases, advertisers are funneling more ad spend into campaigns targeting users on those platforms. But what type of ads on Facebook or other social networks work the best? To find out, Psychster Inc. teamed up with Allrecipes to determine which kinds of ads are most effective and whether the platforms advertisements appear on make a difference. [mashable]
Even Print People Know Print Is Dead – A new PEJ survey of American print news editors finds that “Fewer than half of all those surveyed are confident their operations will survive another 10 years-not without significant new sources of revenue.” But—there is some “good” news! According to an ASNE report, “The hemorrhaging of newsroom jobs has slowed somewhat.” [gawker]
Kate Hudson Got A Boob Job – “I have small breasts, obviously,” Kate Hudson proudly proclaimed at the 2002 Golden Globes. “It’s nice to be able to wear a plunging neckline and have it be elegant.” looks like Hudson had a change of heart. An insider says in the new issue of Us Weekly that a plastic surgeon performed a small breast augmentation on the actress, 30, in late March. Absolutely nothing wrong with that, my love. [usmagazine]
3rd-Grader Brings 60 Bags Of Heroin To School – Wilkinsburg police say the 8-year-old brought the bags to Turner Elementary School on Tuesday. At a news conference Wednesday, police said some of the bags were found empty in a trash can, but there was no evidence the kids had ingested the drugs. Police say the bags were stamped with the words “trust me.” [newser]
Random House Avoids Apple iPad To Keep Authors In The Dark – Book publisher Random House is resisting the Apple (AAPL) sales contract as something that will upend business-as-usual and hurt its authors. The action will actually hurt its authors anyway and is ultimately futile, but maybe they fear that clear sales numbers might give authors access to information they’re not supposed to see? [bnet]
Why Is 9:41 The Official Time Of Apple Product Photos? – Every iteration of the iPhone’s mockups showed the time as 9:42. The iPad showed it as 9:41. It’s slightly peculiar–the times are grouped tightly enough to be intentional, but why those numbers? Why not 9:00? Turns out Apple’s keynote organizers think about this stuff right down to the tiniest detail–and this is certainly one of the tinier details. [fastcompany]
Man’s Static Jacket Sparks Alert – An Australian man built up so much static electricity in his clothes as he walked that he burned carpets, melted plastic and sparked a mass evacuation. Frank Clewer, of the western Victorian city of Warrnambool, was wearing a synthetic nylon jacket and a woollen shirt when he went for a job interview. As he walked into the building, the carpet ignited from the 40,000 volts of static electricity that had built up. [bbc]
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