2oceansvibe News | South African and international news https://www.2oceansvibe.com South African and global news updates with a twist. 2oceansvibe is South Africa’s biggest solely owned online news platform with local and world news updates. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:12:38 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://media.2oceansvibe.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/icon.jpg 2oceansvibe News | South African and international news https://www.2oceansvibe.com 32 32 Check Mike Tyson Manhandling A Shark [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/check-mike-tyson-manhandling-a-shark-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/check-mike-tyson-manhandling-a-shark-videos/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:30:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538334 In case you didn’t know, it’s Shark Week over on the Discovery Channel.

Here, have five shark facts to get you in the mood.

The latest shark showdown to make headlines around the world features Mike Tyson, who was recently in the headlines regarding his comeback boxing bout against Roy Jones Jr.

For a show titled  ‘Tyson vs Jaws: Rumble on the Reef, the 54-year-old dubbed Iron Mike participated in a number of challenges in the Bahamas.

His final challenge entailed swimming uncaged with a group of lemon sharks, where he was told to place a shark into a state of “tonic immobility”.

According to Insider, tonic immobility “is a hypnosis-like state of inactivity under which sharks can be placed by stimulating sensory pores located on their snout”.

“I was scared all the way through and was just trying to get through it alive,” Tyson told The New York Post. “I’m a scary guy but not when it comes to adventurous stuff.

“I was more nervous in the cage than I was outside the cage. It’s so claustrophobic in there. But it got easier and the desire to do it more overcame me as well. After I went down the first couple of times I didn’t have that fear.”

We’ll start by backtracking a bit, with the trailer for Tyson’s showdown:

Hmm. Interesting.

Now, let’s see him in action, with Mike featuring from 25 seconds below, through to around three minutes:

Let’s relive the moment Mike blew chunks:

And then woohoo, ‘Merica!

Rumour has it Evander Holyfield was secretly hoping a shark would get at least one nibble in, preferably in the ear region.

So, if it came down to it, who would win in a battle to the death between Mike and a shark? Let’s just say I’m going with the shark on this one:


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The Rise Of The Scarf-Mask: How Celebs Do Face Protection https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/the-rise-of-the-scarf-mask-how-celebs-do-face-protection/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/the-rise-of-the-scarf-mask-how-celebs-do-face-protection/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:05:10 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538319 [imagesource:here]

So, about the ‘new normal’.

It isn’t really cemented until it makes its way into fashion.

High-end runways depict the style of the times and future trends, which can give us insight into how popular culture is going to evolve in the year ahead.

So, when Paris Fashion Week (Fall collections), which took place at the start of the year, featured masks in prominent collections, we should have known what was coming.

Serre, who founded the ‘futurewear’ label in 2017, and who previously worked at Alexander McQueen, Dior and Balenciaga, featured stylish anti-pollution masks in her fall/winter collection through a collaboration with French filtration brand R-PUR.

The designer has previously said her work centres on “a decisive ecofuturist thematic and vision, “.

Image: Getty

The style then translated to the red carpet with Billie Eilish wearing a Gucci face mask to the Grammys.

Image: Getty / Amy Sussman

Billie’s mask is utterly useless, FYI. Please don’t follow her example.

More and more celebrities are donning face coverings, but the most popular is no longer the conventionally shaped face mask.

It’s all about the scarf-mask or bandanna mask now, says The Guardian.

The scarf-mask is the status accessory of summer 2020. All you need is a square of fabric folded in half corner-to-corner to make a triangle, and wrap it tightly around your face from the bridge of your nose, securing at the back of your head.

It began with hipsters and influencers on the streets of New York.

Sienna Miller, brought it to Britain on the cover of the latest issue of Grazia, while Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted wearing one at the opening of her new boutique:

Image: Startraks Photo/Rex/Shutterstock

Both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard also wore bandannas during their horrific and most recent stint in court.

Image: AFP/Wireimage

You get the idea.

Fashion aside, commentators reckon that the rise of the scarf-mask goes beyond a desire to look good in public.

Just as an Alexander McQueen trouser suit channelled fearlessness in the boardroom, there is something about the maverick-bandit mood music of a scarf-mask that can make you feel you are squaring up to the virus rather than hiding from it.

Cool, but how effective is it?

ABC News reports that scientists recently tested 14 different face coverings to determine which did the best job when it comes to protecting oneself and others from COVID-19.

While the bandanna mask is popular, the researchers say that it offers little protection. The same is true for neck gaiters.

Gaiters, which are known for being made of fleece, were found to release a lot of little particles from the wearer and created more tiny droplets than speaking without a mask.

Here’s Dr. Martin Fisher, an associate research professor from Duke University:

“These little droplets could be problematic because they have an easier time being carried away by air. So they might travel for the distance as opposed to just dropping down to the floor. So this was problematic.”

Valve masks, like the ones that Serre sent down the runway, are also likely to do more harm than good. 

Yes, face masks are the new normal, and it’s nice that high-fashion is contributing to making them commonplace, but best to err on the side of caution here, and don a multi-layered fabric face mask.

Buy or make one using fabric that matches your shoes, or whatever, if you must.


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Bloomberg Reckons SA Is On The Edge Of Disaster https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/bloomberg-reckons-sa-is-on-the-edge-of-disaster/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/bloomberg-reckons-sa-is-on-the-edge-of-disaster/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:32:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538308 [imagesource: Adam Craker / Twitter]

If you were hoping for a day of overwhelming positivity, sorry, but we’re not off to a great start.

On the plus side, reports suggest that the ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products could soon be lifted, so small mercies.

The latest dire report on South Africa’s financial and socio-economic outlook comes via Bloomberg, with a rather jarring headline – ‘South Africa nears the point of no return’.

They use the case of DCD Wind Towers, a wind energy business that opened in the Eastern Cape in 2013 but shut down this year, to illustrate the plight.

Having provided valuable jobs to an impoverished community, an abrupt change of heart by the national government regarding our promising wind and solar energy program meant the end of the road, and it’s a situation South Africans are all too familiar with:

With debt surging and the coronavirus pandemic threatening the deepest economic contraction in almost 90 years, business leaders are warning that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government can no longer procrastinate. With the situation deteriorating rapidly, they say, South Africa faces a choice between loosening the grip of vested interests to embrace radical — and likely painful — reform, or risking a sovereign debt crisis and more permanent scars.

“We are looking at a wasteland,” said Martin Kingston, chairman of Rothschild & Co.’s South African unit and deputy president of Business Unity South Africa, the country’s main business organisation. “The ramifications of not taking the necessary action in the near future are catastrophic.”

Words like “wasteland” and “catastrophic” are far from ideal, but it’s the cold, hard numbers that are the most worrying.

Bloomberg reports that, unless drastic changes are immediately implemented, the national debt could exceed 140% of gross domestic product by the end of the decade.

As a point of comparison, that number was only around 26% before the start of the 2008 global recession.

When our lockdown started back in March, unemployment was already hovering around the 30% mark, which was a 17-year high, and that number would have swelled as the months have gone on.

Whilst the blame for our country’s plight cannot be laid at the feet of one individual, it’s also near impossible to overestimate the damage done during the Zuma years, the effects of which this country will suffer through for decades to come.

Meanwhile, he kicks back and relaxes at Nkandla, with his day of reckoning in court seemingly always a few months away.


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A Reminder That Gandhi Was A Raging Racist Against SA’s Black Population https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/a-reminder-that-gandhi-was-a-raging-racist-against-sas-black-population/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/a-reminder-that-gandhi-was-a-raging-racist-against-sas-black-population/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:05:08 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538298 [imagesource: here]

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, sometimes referred to as Mahatma Gandhi, is one of those historical figures that people like to pull out of the archives for a quote or two when they’re trying to look deep or informed on Facebook.

The widely peddled narrative about the man is that he was a lawyer, anti-colonialist, nationalist, and political ethicist who employed non-violent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British Rule.

That’s mostly correct – he went on a series of hunger strikes and did play a key role in ending colonialist rule in India, but as with all historical figures that isn’t the whole story.

It’s a lot more complicated, and as VICE‘s Mayukh Sen, whose grandfather went to jail with Gandhi in 1933 points out, it’s a narrative “cobbled together from half-truths”.

 In the decades since his assassination in 1948, the image of Gandhi has been constructed so carefully, scrubbed clean of its grimy details, that it’s easy to forget that he predicated his rhetoric on anti-blackness, a vehement allergy to female sexuality, and a general unwillingness to help liberate the Dalit, or “untouchable,” caste.

In other words, he wasn’t entirely convinced that all Indians should be liberated.

Oh, and here’s Gandhi on black South Africans:

Gandhi lived in South Africa for over two decades, from 1893 to 1914, working as a lawyer and fighting for the rights of Indians—and only Indians. To him, as he expressed quite plainly, black South Africans were barely human.

He referred to them using the derogatory South African slur k__affir. He lamented that Indians were considered “little better, if at all, than savages or the Natives of Africa.”

In 1903, he declared that the “white race in South Africa should be the predominating race”.

So much for political ethics and decolonisation, then.

His rampant racism wasn’t the only thing that he had going for him. He was also a notorious misogynist.

Image: Central Press/Getty Images

He operated under the assumption that men are incapable of controlling their natural predatory instincts, and that women were responsible for, and completely at the mercy of, these impulses.

For example, while in South Africa, he responded to one man’s sexual harassment of two of his followers by cutting the girls’ hair short so that they wouldn’t invite unwanted sexual attention. He also believed that “women surrendered their humanity the minute men raped them”.

Then there’s this:

According to Rita Banerji, writing in Sex and Power, Gandhi viewed menstruation as the “manifestation of the distortion of a woman’s soul by her sexuality.” He also believed the use of contraceptives was the sign of whoredom.

Gandhi decided to deal with his so-called natural impulses by taking a vow of celibacy. Before you mistakenly think that this was the tiniest of redemptive actions, keep in mind that he used women, including some underage girls like his young niece, to test his sexual patience.

He would sleep naked next to them in bed without touching them, making sure that he didn’t get aroused. In other words, these women and girls were props used to train him to stay celibate.

When he wasn’t using underage girls to test his sexual urges, or accusing women of inciting uncontrollable passion in men, Gandhi routinely beat his wife Kasturba (below).

“I simply cannot bear to look at Ba’s face,” he once gushed about her, because she was caring for him while he was sick.

Image: Britannica

“The expression is often like that on the face of a meek cow and gives one the feeling as a cow occasionally does, that in her own dumb manner she is saying something.”

When Kasturba became ill with pneumonia, Gandhi denied her penicillin, even though doctors said it would cure her. She died from the illness in 1944. A few years later, he happily took quinine to treat his own malaria and survived.

That should be enough to get your blood boiling, but if you’d like to read more, head here.

The Washington Post and The Guardian also have a fair amount to say about his legacy.

As George Orwell wrote in his 1949 essay Reflections on Gandhi: “saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent”.

If only that was the case.


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Five Bodies In Less Than Five Months – Is KZN Dealing With A Serial Killer? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/five-bodies-in-less-than-five-months-is-kzn-dealing-with-a-serial-killer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/five-bodies-in-less-than-five-months-is-kzn-dealing-with-a-serial-killer/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:30:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538299 [imagesource:here]

In the past two days, the bodies of two women have been found in Mtwalume, on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast.

Since April, that makes five bodies in total, and the local community is worried that there is a serial killer on the loose, despite police playing down the likelihood of that being the case.

The identity of the latest woman has not been released, with police confirming that the body found two days ago was that of 38-year-old Zama Chiliza.

Both Zama, and yesterday’s victim, were found hidden on a sugarcane plantation.

Here’s TimesLIVE:

Police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbele said: “The provincial office decided to come here today to check if there were any other bodies. We cannot rule the possibility of a serial killer, but the evidence that we have now does not indicate it’s a serial killer but we are investigating all possible angles.”

Chiliza’s body was discovered on Tuesday morning by the head of the community policing forum, Lucky Bhuyeni.

“The community is shocked by what is happening. Just this weekend we were putting together assistance for the families of the other women who were murdered and have left children behind,” he said.

The bodies of two sisters were found in March, while a third body was found in June.

eNCA filed this report yesterday, talking with Gerard Labuschagne, a former SAPS investigator:


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Thursday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/thursday-morning-spice-493/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/13/thursday-morning-spice-493/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 04:44:15 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538238 Coronavirus: Russia Calls International Concern Over Vaccine ‘Groundless’ – Russia has dismissed mounting international concern over the safety of its locally developed Covid-19 vaccine as “absolutely groundless”. [bbc]

Trump Reverts To Stereotypes As Campaign Fumbles To Respond To Harris Pick – It took President Donald Trump less than two minutes to reach for the word “nasty” as he reacted to California Sen. Kamala Harris’ historic selection as the first Black woman to join a major-party ticket. [cnn]

Gold Settles Higher, A Day After Losing More Than 4% – Gold futures settled higher on Wednesday, recouping a small portion of the more than 4% drop suffered a day earlier, as U.S. Treasury yields traded off the day’s highs and the dollar edged lower, providing some support for the precious metal. [mw]

The Most Popular Robinhood Stocks Outperform Their Less-Traded Peers, According To A New JPMorgan Study – Do Robinhood traders move the market in the stocks that they buy? That’s the main question JPMorgan set out to answer in a research study that used data from Robintrack.net, which tracks the number of Robinhood accounts that own, buy, or sell a particular stock. [bus]

Les Wexner Agrees To Give Written Deposition In Epstein-Related Case – Billionaire fashion mogul Les Wexner has agreed to answer written deposition questions to prove he had no knowledge of an extortion scheme by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre in a legal battle between her and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. [nyp]

Scottish Passenger Train Derails, At Least 3 Dead Including Train Driver – The country declared a major incident as aerial footage showed carriages overturned and piled on top of each other on a steep wooded slope, and black smoke rising from the rural area. [nbc]

Facebook Admits Pandemic Meant Child Nudity Spread On Instagram – The company has admitted that it failed to detect images of child nudity due to content moderators working from home. [sky]

Read This Before Accepting Your SARS Auto-Assessment – If SARS issues you with an auto-assessment, usually done via SMS, you should first check that a few things are in order before accepting. [here]

Sumner Redstone, Billionaire Media Tycoon, Dead At Age 97 – Sumner Redstone, the media mogul who built his family’s drive-in theater chain into a multibillion-dollar empire encompassing CBS and Viacom and later became the center of a jilted lover’s lawsuit that nearly cost his family his financial legacy, has died. He was 97. [cnbc]

Deadly Clashes In India’s Bengaluru Over Facebook Post On Prophet – At least three dead in tech hub during violence over a reported derogatory post about the Prophet Muhammad, police say. [alja]

Facebook Bans Blackface And Anti-Semitic Stereotypes In Hate Speech Update – Facebook has expanded its ban on racist writings and imagery, with new rules specifically prohibiting depictions of blackface and statements or images suggesting that Jewish people control the world or major institutions. [verge]

Princess Diana Musical To Premiere On Netflix Before Broadway Debut – In an unprecedented move, postponed musical Diana will be filmed without an audience and shown on Netflix before its new official opening in 2021. [guardian]

Three Men Charged With Threatening R Kelly Accusers – Man suspected of setting fire to car in Florida among trio charged by US federal prosecutors in singer’s sexual abuse case. [guardian]

R750 For Jack And R650 For Richelieu: Booze Is Easy To Find In SA – But It’s Not Cheap – A thriving – and sometimes quite efficient – black market has emerged since South Africa’s second ban on booze sales, and it is thriving, with prices as high as five times what they were before lockdown. [busins]

John McAfee’s ‘Arrest’ Over Thong Face Mask Was All A Hoax – John McAfee said his viral claim that he was arrested in Norway for wearing a thong as a face mask was all a hoax. [nyp]

France’s Champagne Industry Goes Flat Amid Pandemic – A billion bottles have been left idle in cellars. Weddings and business jollies have been cancelled because of the pandemic. Ultimately, who feels like celebrating when there’s a potential virus on the lip of every cut-glass flute? [bbc]

CNN Reckons These Features Will Make The iPhone 12 A “Must-Have Product” – Apple’s hotly-anticipated iPhone 12, slated for release at some point in October, looks set to be one of the most futureproof smartphones in history. [here]

This Supercar Can Travel Up To 1,000 Miles On One Tank Of Fuel [Video] – The Hyperion XP-1 is a supercar that runs entirely on compressed hydrogen gas and can go from zero to 60 mph in a little over two seconds. [cnn]

EuroMillions Winner Adrian Bayford Can Finally Sell The £6.5m Mansion He Bought With £148m Jackpot – After council bosses let him keep state of the art games room he built with no planning permission. [dm]

Why Do So Many Adult Men Keep Their Mattresses On The Floor? – Despite most bed frames costing less than a month’s worth of cold brews, there appears to be an epidemic of grown-ass men refusing to hoist their mattresses onto one. We investigate. [vice]

Mia Khalifa Auctions Glasses From Her Adult Films To Support Lebanon – While sports commentator Mia Khalifa was only in the porn industry for three months, her impact has lasted years. [mash]





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“Our Ban Is Pointless” – Insiders Suggest Booze And Tobacco Bans Will Be Lifted https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/our-ban-is-pointless-insiders-suggest-booze-and-tobacco-bans-will-be-lifted/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/our-ban-is-pointless-insiders-suggest-booze-and-tobacco-bans-will-be-lifted/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:44:46 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538216 [imagesource: GCIS]

It has taken a lot longer than many had hoped, but the penny may be dropping for members of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC).

Earlier today, it was reported that South Africa could drop to alert level 2 by the end of the week, with directors-general of national departments (FOSAD) advising the council that the economy needs to be reopened as soon as possible.

The NCCC met yesterday, and now News24 is reporting that the advice given to the NCCC, as well as to Cabinet, included the lifting of the ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol.

President Ramaphosa chaired yesterday’s meeting, and the “overwhelming argument was in favour of fully reopening the economy”:

Four sources who have knowledge of the discussions told News24 that the economic devastation of the cigarette sales ban could no longer be justified. The country has lost billions of rand in tax revenue as a result of the ban and the illegal selling of cigarettes has flourished.

The same argument was made for the reinstated alcohol ban that has been in place for the last month…

A second source said: “We said this ban is not working. Cigarettes are sold. Alcohol is sold openly now. Our ban is pointless.”

I’ll pretend to be shocked about the fact that even police were buying booze on the black market.

At some stage this week, we should expect one of those 8PM-ish announcements from Ramaphosa.

Perhaps the seemingly endless court cases finally wore through the patience of the NCCC, with one tobacco industry insider telling News24 they were “very optimistic”, and that there had been “acknowledgement that the restrictions didn’t work”.

In addition to the loss of tax revenue, the NCCC meeting is reported to have included discussion around South Africa’s improving recovery rate, and the ability of hospitals to better handle the caseloads currently coming their way.

Perhaps now we can finally focus on ensuring our healthcare workers are adequately equipped with PPE, so that they’re not forced to risk their lives to save ours.

Again, nothing is yet finalised, but our extended booze and ciggie prohibition could be about to go up in smoke.


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Read This Before Accepting Your SARS Auto-Assessment https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/read-this-before-accepting-your-sars-auto-assessment/ Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:33:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538213 [imagesource: here]

Throughout August, SARS plans on auto-assessing around 3,1 million people.

This seemed like a good idea when it was first announced. It would take some of the strain off the revenue service in September when tax season starts for individual tax practitioners, especially in light of the delays brought on by the pandemic.

You may have already received an SMS from SARS, or else one might be arriving soon.

Now that the process is underway, not every aspect is going exactly to plan.

Some taxpayers seem to believe that the auto-assessments means that they no longer have to worry about whether their tax submissions are correct.

The responsibility for ensuring that all information submitted to SARS is there and in order, however, still lies with the taxpayer, and to assume otherwise would be a mistake.

As MyBroadband points out, “neglecting to check the data for completeness and accuracy may be seen by the tax authority as a deliberate attempt to evade tax and could result in stiff penalties”.

In addition, numerous people have reported that the ‘tax back’ amount SARS stated via SMS was significantly lower than what they ended up receiving, even after making only minor adjustments to their return via eFiling.

Knowledge is power, so let’s break down how all of this works so that you’re armed and ready if you’re auto-assessed.

SARS selects people to be auto-assessed by collecting electronic tax data such as certificates provided by employers, financial institutions, medical schemes, retirement annuity fund administrators, and other third-party data providers.

While those items are usually submitted by the parties that issue them, it’s important that you check that said parties have submitted the relevant documents. It’s also important that you check your personal information, and that the entire form is filled out.

Furthermore, the system is “prone to teething problems” and some of the precompiled information could be inaccurate.

If you have a business on the side, property rentals, or other sources of income, it might not reflect on your tax return. Similarly, deductions such as travel allowances can only be captured by the employee’s own records.

If you’re unsure how to check your auto-assessment or your tax details, the following video takes you through the process of viewing your auto-assessment, accepting or rejecting it, and editing your information:

If you are not auto-assessed by SARS, it may be that SARS does not have enough third-party information to populate your return.

Either way, to avoid any failure to report earnings accurately, and to make sure that you receive the tax return that you’re owed, you need to be vigilant with your tax forms.

Still, most of us aren’t equipped to handle the complexities of taxes, especially when you’re not dealing with a single source of income, or are trying to maximise returns and ensure complete accuracy.

If you’re smart, or want to ensure that you or your business tick all of the boxes, you’ll hand things over to an expert.

Galbraith | Rushby offers professional tax compliance and advisory services to individuals and businesses.

They’ll handle the complicated stuff, so that you can do the fun work of planning what you’re going to do with your tax return.


Five Facts In Honour Of Shark Week https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/five-facts-in-honour-of-shark-week/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/five-facts-in-honour-of-shark-week/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:30:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538182 [imagesource:here]

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, which has been running from this past Sunday (August 9) and wraps up this coming Sunday (August 16), has become something of a global event.

Having entered its 32nd year, Shark Week provides the channel’s biggest viewership of any event during the year, and has been dubbed “Discovery’s Super Bowl”.

That’s due in part to the popularity, but also because the younger audience it attracts makes for valuable advertising space, and the channel raked in $22,3 million in ad revenue during the seven days last year.

Don’t worry, shark fans, that’s not one of the five facts. For that, we go to Newsweek, starting with each whale shark’s spot pattern is unique as a fingerprint:

Whale sharks are the largest species of shark, as well as one the largest creatures that live in the ocean, measuring around 40 feet long. As is the case with human fingerprints, the spotted patterns on the back of each whale shark are unique.

Image: Sam Farkas

Organizations like the World Wildlife Fund can use this to help identify and keep track of the animals.

Terrified of sharks? You shouldn’t be, but if you are, you suffer from galeophobia:

People have phobias of all sorts of things, and one phobia that is not so surprising is the intense fear of sharks dubbed Galeophobia. In 1975, when Steven Spielberg released Jaws, audiences around the world were given an up-close look at the potential dangers of sharks—leaving many scared to enter the water.

Due in part to the portrayal of the shark in the film—a creatures out for the blood of humans—shark populations declined in the years following the release of the film, also because of overfishing.

Donald Trump is said to suffer from galeophobia, according to Stormy Daniels, who added that he was “obsessed” with Shark Week.

In his own words:

So it goes losers, then haters, then sharks. Got it.

Next up – sharks are unable to make audible noise:

Over 400 species of sharks exist, and not one of them has the ability to make sound—at least an audible one. They do not have the ability to make sound the way humans do, or more relatively, the way whales do.

Dory, in Finding Nemo famously claims she can speak whale, which is the sound we all might associate with the sound a whale makes, but there is no such sound associated with a shark.

Can you hear that? It’s not a shark. Move on with your life.

Our fourth surprising fact is that shark embryos in eggs can sense danger:

While some sharks have live births, like humans, some sharks lay eggs. As the shark develops and grows inside of the egg, the bottom of the “mermaid’s purse,” as the sac is called, opens up so the shark can start getting the nutrients from seawater.

But, when the sac opens, it does make the undeveloped animal a bit more vulnerable to surrounding predators, which is when the sixth sense comes in.

Image: Mathijs Buijs

Scientists say the sense develops after the sac opens, which allows the animal to sense the electricity of a possible predator and freeze themselves to not cause a stir.

Meanwhile, all human embryos can do is boot the inside of the uterus for attention.

Our final fact today is that, whilst sharks cannot live in cyclones or tornadoes (sorry, Sharknado fans), they can live in volcanoes:

In 2015, scientists discovered sharks swimming around one of the most active underwater volcanoes in the world, which should only really be hospitable to microscopic organisms. They were spotted not long after an eruption which stumped scientists.

The volcano, Kavachi, is located near the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific ocean. Given the nature of the location, it is hard to study in person so scientists sent down robots to get a closer look.

You can find out more about those volcano sharks here, or if you’d prefer, just watch this short National Geographic video:

Good stuff. Now let them be.

One South African who is definitely enjoying Shark Week is photographer Chris Fallows, whose amazing breaching photo from Seal Island was recently beamed around the world to great acclaim.


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CNN Reckons These Features Will Make The iPhone 12 A “Must-Have Product” https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/cnn-reckons-these-features-will-make-the-iphone-12-a-must-have-product/ Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:04:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538125 [imagesource: Jonas Daehnert]

Recently, we took a moment to process the genius of the new iPhone SE.

It’s a powerhouse packed into a pocketable phone, at an affordable price.

The dust has hardly settled, but Apple shows no signs of slowing down, and they’re forging ahead with new product development.

This year, they’ve taken a dire situation, a global pandemic, and faced it head-on by committing to keeping people connected.

They’re now set to release the new iPhone 12 (reports suggest sometime around mid-October) and it could change everything.

Fans of Apple products have been waiting for the company to release 5G enabled phones, but they’re taking it a step further. It appears as if all of the new phone releases this year will be able to connect to the next generation of super-fast wireless networks.

According to CNN, this means the iPhone 12 would be “a must-have product”.

“We previously were [expecting] 4 models with a mix of 4G/5G for the iPhone 12 unveil, however now based on supply chain checks we are expecting ONLY 5G models for the Fall launch,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives wrote in an investor note Sunday evening.

…analysts largely expect the 5G iPhone to generate a “super cycle” of consumers buying new devices. Ives said he estimates roughly 350 million of the total 950 million iPhones on the market could be upgraded within the next year to 18 months.

The 5G-connected iPhone also has the potential to improve the customer experience for Apple’s digital services, including Apple TV+.

Image: Apple

Forbes reckons the upcoming iPhone is “not just going to be fast, it’s going to blow the rest of the industry away”.

[Insider tips reveal that] Apple’s new A14 chipset inside the range will offer CPU and GPU gains of 40% and 50% respectively.

That equates to a multi-generational increase on the iPhone’s A13, which is already the fastest smartphone chipset on the market.

An A14 chip would deliver a massive performance upgrade, making the iPhone 12 line-up some of the most futureproof smartphones in history.

If you’re keen on the upcoming iPhone, but unsure about where South Africa stands on the 5G front, you’ll be pleased to know that in July, the terms and conditions of South Africa’s progress towards a 5G mobile network were gazetted.

Provisions have been made to build 5G masts across the country, so while it isn’t available everywhere yet, a broader rollout of the high-speed technology is expected in the coming months. As it stands, 5G currently has limited availability in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town.

When the 5G is widely available, you’ll want to be ready, so keep an eye out for those iPhone release dates in October.

For now, you can head on over to Digicape, South Africa’s largest independent Apple retailer for all of your Apple-related needs, whether you need some help navigating your new device, or want to upgrade to the latest model.

Added bonus – you can do it all from the comfort of your own home, via their Virtual Shopping Assistant, who will answer any questions you might have and guide you through the process.

I’ll leave you with Apple’s excellent, and relatable, ‘working from home’ ad:


World’s Fastest SUV Is Getting A New Look https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/worlds-fastest-suv-is-getting-a-new-look/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/worlds-fastest-suv-is-getting-a-new-look/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:00:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538249 [imagesource: James Lipman]

The Bentley Bentayga Speed, first revealed last year, is without a doubt the fastest high-rider in the world, but where it shines in terms of performance, it lacks in aesthetic appeal.

The kindest thing we could say about it is that it has a nice personality.

Of course, the average car owner, especially one forking out the kind of cash that you need to own a Bentley, wants a machine that looks as good as it drives.

That’s why Bentley has decided to give the Bentayga a makeover. It’s still the fastest SUV out there (maybe even 2FAST4U), but now it boasts some signature style as well.

Per Autoblog, the new, improved, Bentley SUV retains its 6,0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine that produces 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, taking it from a standstill to 100km/h in 3,9 seconds with a top speed of 306km/h.

Image: James Lipman

At the same time, it’s more efficient with the help of a cylinder deactivation system and a new coasting mode.

Image: James Lipman

The engine works in conjunction with an eight-speed automatic transmission and chassis, including an air suspension system.

Image: James Lipman

Notably, the air suspension system features the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system.

Image: James Lipman

Over to its new look:

You’ll be able to tell the Speed apart from the standard Bentayga on the road if you look closely enough. It has unique bumpers in front and back, a dark grille, oval-shaped quad exhaust, elongated roof spoiler, body-color side skirts, unique 22-inch wheels, and of course, Speed badging.

Image: James Lipman

The seat backrests are also embroidered with “Speed” unless the customer prefers the Bentley logo. Contrast stitching and diamond quilting unique to the Speed is used to further differentiate the interior. Plus, Bentley adds “Speed” badging to the illuminated sill plates.

Image: James Lipman

You’ll also have the option of buying the Bentley in black, which replaces any brightwork on the exterior of the SUV with a carbon fibre or blacked-out trim.

Image: James Lipman

Pricing isn’t out yet, but that’s not surprising.

The new-look SUV will only hit the market in 2021.


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R39 Million Gets You This Beauty In Noordhoek https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/r39-million-gets-you-this-beauty-in-noordhoek/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/r39-million-gets-you-this-beauty-in-noordhoek/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:30:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538145 I went for a hike up Chapman’s Peak recently, and the views down onto Hout Bay were superb.

From atop, you also get a good look into Noordhoek, and some of the properties nestled along the mountainside look spectacular.

Rolling lawns, natural dams, and of course the obligatory stables, it being Noordhoek and all.

Off to Property24 I went for a snoop around, and I found one of the properties I’d ogled listed for a cool R39 million.

Set within the very exclusive Goedehoop Estate, the 22 098 m² listing says the property “exudes the characteristics of a Cotswold manor”.

Well, who I am to argue with that? More of that write-up:

This property will appeal to a family who enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. The main home has 5 bedrooms and generous living accommodation. The overall impression is one of comfort and warmth…

In addition there is a 3 bedroom cottage, again, reminiscent of a true country English country cottage suitably draped in fragrant Wisteria.

The property also has first-class equestrian facilities including an immaculate stable block. The Goedehoop estate is set on a gentle mountain slope and all properties lead from leafy lanes and bordered with indigenous fynbos.

The superb backdrop to this exclusive estate is the majestic Noordhoek amphitheatre mountains.

I’m definitely a big fan of that outside cottage, as well as the fact that the first picture below tells me there’s a horse called ‘Gambler’ in the stables:

A peek inside the home:

Yep, quite nice.

If R39 million is a little too rich for your liking, there’s another property for sale in the Goedehoop estate, which is on the market for R29,5 million.


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SPL!NG Movie Review: Bellingcat – Truth In A Post-Truth World https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/spling-movie-review-bellingcat-truth-in-a-post-truth-world/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/spling-movie-review-bellingcat-truth-in-a-post-truth-world/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:45 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538219 Watch movies via Labia Home Screen*.

Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-truth World is a documentary about the investigative work and team behind Bellingcat, an international media watchdog agency of citizen journalists. We’re living in a time when traditional gatekeepers have handed over a great deal of power to the audience. Now that everyone can potentially be an accidental journalist at the scene of a happening with their smartphone, the rules of journalism have changed. Giving the audience the power to create the news without being filtered through a reputable news institution with a set agenda, there’s a great deal of freedom to interpret and manipulate information.

The post-truth era isn’t bearing witness to anything we haven’t seen before when it comes to the proliferation of propaganda or weaponised communication. However, social media networks have opened the doorway to instantaneous news that doesn’t have to wait to go to print and be distributed before breaking. The ability to broadcast far and wide without any official verification, authority or credibility means that anyone can effectively pick up a loudspeaker. As Professor Claire Wardle points out in the Bellingcat documentary, “We have an emotional relationship to information… if you receive information that reinforces your world view, you’ve got no interest to check [verify] it.”

This blur is what prompted founder and executive director, Eliot Higgins, to launch Bellingcat, named after an allegory of mice putting a bell on a cat. He realised a need for this kind of verification, which wasn’t necessarily happening between a story breaking and news wires distributing it to news agencies across the world. Focusing their online investigative work on international incidents that could be analysed through the rich data openly available, Bellingcat was able to tap into a niche area of journalism.

Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-truth World is written and directed by Hans Pool. Profiling some of their brave members, interviewing professors and lacing together news footage, Bellingcat is a thoroughly entertaining, fascinating, inspiring and timely documentary. It restores hope in an era where there’s so much illusion and suspicion around what’s real and what isn’t and is influencing reputable news institutions like The New York Times to incorporate these ideas.

“This is Charlie Alpha Tango… the bell is in position.”

Competing with the speed of social media, news services are pushed for time and resources, unable to do the kind of deep dive verification that can filter fact from fiction. The Bellingcat methodology enables the small team to co-ordinate investigations from home, leveraging cutting edge digital techniques to mine social media platforms, Google Earth and video analysis to geo-locate, fact-check and build compelling cases. Flexible, nimble and untethered, the news team of truth-seekers have more time to drill down and are able to leverage available open source data better.

The documentary establishes the new age of misinformation, fake news and wildfire propaganda and why it’s so difficult for audiences to decipher what’s real. Presenting some of Bellingcat’s most compelling and fascinating breakthroughs as case studies, we’re introduced to the investigative team and immersed in their world of verification and reporting. The film covers the MH17 disaster, the Syrian Civil War and mysterious poisoning of a Russian spy in the United Kingdom… just a handful of the cases they’ve splayed open. Right now, they’re investigating the explosion in Lebanon.

Their research is supported by official investigative bodies, often makes the news and their important methods are being offered as part of training workshops. It’s no wonder their journalistic endeavours are under threat – especially when you consider the kind of governments, billionaires, newspapers, networks and mercenaries they’re exposing. Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-truth World serves as a showcase for the investigative news organisation, inspiring methodology and innovative reporting. It also humanises the founding members and news team who are making waves within their industry. Some groups get obsessed with video games and Bellingcat takes the same level of obsession into their illuminating citizen investigations.

This kind of deep dive news analysis is essential in the media-saturated post-truth era and will inspire a generation of truth-seekers, but only if we help them. Leveraging crowdfunding and services like Patreon, they’ve managed to accumulate over 250k followers on Twitter and grow their website’s presence on the back of an award-winning podcast. Their news reporting runs on absolute transparency, which is what makes it easy to trust their independent operation. We need more media watchdog agencies like Bellingcat to keep journalism accountable and the truth within our grasp.

The bottom line: Compelling

Catch more movie reviews at SPL!NG

Stephen ‘Spling’ Aspeling is 2Oceansvibe’s Resident Film Critic, a “thought leader” (AFDA) and “our generation’s Barry Ronge” (Brothers Streep), who continues to review, write, present, promote and adjudicate film for a host of websites, radio stations, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, festivals and events.

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Labia Home Screen enables viewers to watch the theatre’s carefully curated content from the comfort of their home from anywhere in South Africa. As they open their box office in what will be a new normal, this convenient streaming service is helping the much-loved cinema continue to provide high quality, award-winning films to their loyal patrons.

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Yes, They Are Remaking ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ As A Hard-Hitting Drama [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/yes-they-are-remaking-the-fresh-prince-of-bel-air-as-a-hard-hitting-drama-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/yes-they-are-remaking-the-fresh-prince-of-bel-air-as-a-hard-hitting-drama-video/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:30:38 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538149 [imagesource: NBC]

I recently rewatched The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and I was surprised to find that it held up.

I obviously missed a lot of the nuance when watching it as a kid.

Now I can spot the ways that the show tackles a number of issues that are still relevant today, like economic inequality, sexual harassment, and black men dying at the hands of police officers in America.

With all of that in mind, it’s not that surprising that show could, in the right hands, be adapted to deal with these themes in a less comedic setting.

Forgive the inevitable reference to the theme song, but this is a story all about how the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air got flipped-turned upside down by a mock trailer that’s sparked a retelling of the classic 90s sitcom.

According to Sky News, the trailer, created by Morgan Cooper, amassed millions of views, and has now caught the attention of the OG Fresh Prince, Will Smith, who describes it as “brilliant”.

Check it out:

I was sceptical, but it really works.

Smith is now teaming up with Cooper to adapt the original sitcom into a drama series, which will be called Bel-Air.

It’s set to be a co-production between Smith’s Westbrook Studios and the original producers, Universal TV.

As if that wasn’t already a stellar team, Cooper is said to be writing the script with Chris Collins, who worked as a story editor on the critically acclaimed The Wire.

I’m with Smith on this one. It looks like it’s going to be brilliant.


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Eskom CEO Talks Of “Death Spiral” And Maps Out Grim Load Shedding Picture https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/eskom-ceo-talks-of-death-spiral-and-maps-out-grim-load-shedding-picture/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/eskom-ceo-talks-of-death-spiral-and-maps-out-grim-load-shedding-picture/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:55:21 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538109 [imagesource: Sumaya Hisham / Reuters]

Heading up Eskom is a pretty thankless task, aside from the millions you’ll be taking home each year, of course.

The reality is that, after years of being left to fall into disrepair and dodgy contracts and all the usual state-owned enterprise antics, CEO André de Ruyter knows that his back is against the wall, and tough times lie ahead.

During a Cape Town Press Club event yesterday, de Ruyter detailed how the COVID-19 outbreak thwarted refurbishment and repair efforts, and stated that this meant the inevitable was bound to happen.

Reporting below via TimesLIVE:

“It’s likely that we will have increased load-shedding going forward. I think that there is a risk of load-shedding going forward given the lack of predictability, the lack of reliability due to the maintenance that was not done,” he said…

“When you defer maintenance, you borrow from the future at an extortionist interest rate. This is the situation Eskom finds itself in now”…

If the units were not taken down for refurbishment now the country could expect significantly worse load-shedding in the coming years, he warned.

The live-streamed event featured a slideshow from de Ruyter, mapping out the positive changes he intended to implement in coming years, whilst at the same time talking of the “utility death spiral”.

Those last two aren’t words you want to hear in relation to your country’s power supplier.

De Ruyter also defended the upcoming electricity price hike, saying Eskom provided some of the cheapest benchmark prices in the world.

You can read that full report here.

When you combine the inevitability of load shedding for years to come, and the price hike, the need to exist off that grid becomes all the more obvious.

Sadly for residents of Cape Town, there has been a legal setback on that front, reports BusinessTech:

The City of Cape Town’s attempt to secure South African municipalities the legal right to select their electricity suppliers has been set back by a court ruling that it must first exhaust negotiations with the government on the matter…

Had it won the case, the city of four million people had planned to set up its own power-purchasing office, which would secure supplies within six years.

Like a loveless marriage, we’re all stuck with Eskom for the time being.

At least we suffer together.


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Now Carole Baskin Is Being Sued By Her ‘Missing’ Ex-Husband’s Family https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/now-carole-baskin-is-being-sued-by-her-missing-ex-husbands-family/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/now-carole-baskin-is-being-sued-by-her-missing-ex-husbands-family/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:30:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538099 [imagesource:here]

If people are allowed to socialise once more come Halloween this year, you can bet there will be thousands of Tiger King-inspired outfits.

Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin are probably the frontrunners for most popular choices, although I’m tempted to go the Don Lewis route and not turn up at the Halloween party at all, without any explanation.

Lewis went ‘missing’ back in 1997, and is presumed dead, but that doesn’t mean his family are giving up just yet.

Here’s NBC News with more on her latest legal wrangle:

[Lewis’ family] has hired a lawyer and is offering $100,000 in exchange for information to help solve the case.

Attorney John Phillips held a news conference in Tampa on Monday and announced an independent investigation into Don Lewis’ disappearance.

He also said that on behalf of the Lewis family, he’s filed a lawsuit against Lewis’ second wife Carole Baskin in an attempt to depose her and get her to speak on the record. He and the family have also paid for Tampa-area billboards asking for information in the case.

Don went missing one day before a planned trip to Costa Rica, with Tiger King, mostly through Joe Exotic, laying out how Baskin may possibly have been involved.

There’s also the matter of the accusations that Lewis’ will was forged, and amended, in ways that benefitted Baskin:

In an email sent to the Associated Press on Monday, Baskin said she wouldn’t comment. “It’s been my policy not to discuss pending litigation until it’s been resolved,” she wrote.

“I had told some news outlets that I thought the press conference on Aug. 10 was just a publicity stunt, but at that time was not aware there would be pending litigation.”

Baskin has had some decent days in court recently, most notably when she was given control of about 16 acres of land in Garvin County, Oklahoma, which is where the zoo once owned by Joe Exotic is situated.

Regarding her ex-husband’s disappearance, Baskin has in the past alluded to his involvement with gangsters in Costa Rica, adding rumours of reporting sightings of Lewis.

I think it’s worth finishing with a little trip down memory lane, and that bonkers song that Joe recorded, titled ‘Here Kitty Kitty’:


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We Could Be On Alert Level 2 By The End Of The Week https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/we-could-be-on-alert-level-2-by-the-end-of-the-week/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/we-could-be-on-alert-level-2-by-the-end-of-the-week/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:30:20 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538137 [imagesource:here]

We may finally be waving goodbye to advanced alert level 3 in the coming days, and ushering in the era of level 2.

Just the 139 days of living under a national lockdown, in case you’re keeping count.

New reports state that a forum, made up of directors-general of national departments (FOSAD), met on Sunday to plot the way forward, and resolved to advise the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) that further sectors of the economy need to be reopened as soon as possible.

This would still exclude crowded places, and be allowed only under the strict enforcement of various preventative measures like the wearing of masks

Business Day below:

If their recommendation is accepted by the NCCC and endorsed by cabinet‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa could address the nation before the end of the week to communicate the move to level 2.

…the dominant view among the directors-general was that the economy had taken a battering and that more sectors should be opened to fire it up again.

“The conversation was that if we don’t open more sectors of the economy‚ there’s going to be more damage‚” said a director-general, who asked not to be named.

The NCCC did meet yesterday, where recommendations from the directors-general would have been raised, so it could now be down to a matter of having the decision ratified by cabinet.

According to sources familiar with the NCCC meeting, Cabinet has been advised to lift the tobacco and alcohol sales ban as well as part of that drop to alert level 2.


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Heir To Red Bull Fortune At Centre Of Scandal Involving Drugs, Death, And Fast Cars https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/heir-to-red-bull-fortune-at-centre-of-scandal-involving-drugs-death-and-fast-cars/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/heir-to-red-bull-fortune-at-centre-of-scandal-involving-drugs-death-and-fast-cars/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:00:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538088 [imagesource: Matt Dunham/ AP]

You may not be familiar with Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, but you are familiar with his family.

Vorayuth is heir to a fortune estimated to be worth $20,2 billion. His grandfather, the late Chaleo Yoovidhya, created the Red Bull energy drink.

After Chaleo’s death in 2012, his son Chalerm Yoovidhya took over the business. The family currently rank second on Forbes’ list of the 50 richest people in Thailand, and own roughly half of the Red Bull global business empire.

Vorayuth, Chalerm’s son, is now at the centre of a scandal that dates back to 2012, following a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of a police officer.

In a nutshell, this is what happened, according to CNN.

In September 2012 Sgt. Major Wichien Klanprasert, a Thai police officer, was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a Ferrari, allegedly driven by Vorayuth. Klanprasert was knocked to the ground, and his body was dragged down the street before the Ferrari sped away.

Image: EPA/ Landou

Vorayuth was charged with speeding (based on CCTV footage of the incident he is estimated to have been driving at 177 km/h) and reckless driving leading to a death, among other crimes.

Blood tests conducted following the accident allegedly showed evidence of drug use. He was released on bail. A year later, the speeding charge expired.

Then in 2017, police issued a warrant for his arrest, by which time he had already left the country, and the other charges, with the exception of reckless driving causing death, expired.

Which brings us to June 2020, when the Thai Royal Police were advised to drop the remaining charges against Vorayuth (below).

The decision to drop the charges thrust the case back into the spotlight — and angered Thais who have long felt that the country’s legal system unfairly favors the rich.

Image: EPA/ Landou

“The public sentiment is that there are different standards when it comes to the rich and the poor,” said Ekachai Chainuvati, a law lecturer at Siam University in Bangkok.

While some called for a boycott of Red Bull products, others noted that this was just the latest in a long line of confirmations of a culture of impunity for the rich in the country.

Following the public outcry, a committee was then appointed to investigate the cause leading up to the dropped charges, alongside a probe into the case.

On July 30, a key witness in the case, Jaruchart Mardthong, was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Lt. Gen. Prachuab Wongsuk said the collision appeared to be an accident, but police hadn’t ruled out a possible “murder motivation.” “We are investigating suspects surrounding Jaruchart,” he said.

Police were advised to re-investigate Vorayuth’s case.

Vorayuth’s whereabouts are currently unknown, but an arrest warrant for him is in effect.

The investigative team have until August 20 to file a report consolidating their evidence against him.

Meanwhile, his family has issued an apology “for the news of our family member that has caused anger, hatred, and dissatisfaction that is increasingly voiced in society”.

You can read more about the finer details of the ongoing case, here.


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These Are The Fearless Nominees For The 2020 Big Wave Awards [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/these-are-the-fearless-nominees-for-the-2020-big-wave-awards-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/these-are-the-fearless-nominees-for-the-2020-big-wave-awards-videos/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:30:52 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538081 [imagesource: AP Photo/Armando Franca]

You have to be fearless, and perhaps a touch mad, to take on the biggest waves the world has to offer.

Thankfully, for those of us who like to watch from a safe distance, there is no shortage of surfers who want to put their skills to the ultimate test, and each year competitors take to the water to push the limits.

The contenders for one of the World Surf League’s most coveted prizes, the 2020 XXL Biggest Wave award, have recently been announced, and the Guardian put together this video.

One of the surfers who made the cut is Kai Lenny, for his wild ride at Portugal’s famed Nazaré, which is pictured above.

When you consider the danger of surfing Nazaré, as evident from this incident back in February, you have to doff your cap.

(If you’re after a great read regarding how Nazaré became surfing’s big wave Mecca, check this out.)

Here are the five nominees for the 2020 Biggest Wave award:

Fantastic to watch, from home, with coffee and a rusk in hand.

While we’re on the topic of surfing, we should mention 13-year-old Jackson Dorian, who made waves earlier this week when he pulled off this move at a wave pool in Waco, Texas

Some big names were impressed, reports Fox Sports:

Surfing GOAT Kelly Slater was in disbelief and offered a Michael Jordan-style shrug.

Current world champion Italo Ferreira wrote: “NOOOOO, that was insane bro.”

Fellow professional Seth Moniz declared “you are out of control” and Pipe legend Jamie O’Brien added “insane”.

Surfing is definitely in Jackson’s genes, as his father is big wave surfer Shane Dorian.


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It’s Been A While Since We’ve Covered A Daytime Jewellery Store Heist [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/its-been-a-while-since-weve-covered-a-daytime-jewellery-store-heist-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/its-been-a-while-since-weve-covered-a-daytime-jewellery-store-heist-videos/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:00:13 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538064 While everyone was panic buying ahead of the national lockdown back in March, criminals were getting one last heist in before the stay-at-home orders kicked into gear.

The robbery, alleged to have taken place on March 25, saw an undisclosed haul of jewellery liberated from a store inside the Westgate shopping centre in Roodepoort.

Following this, crime calmed down for a while, mostly because we were all confined to our homes.

Now, as alert levels are eased and things go, in certain respects, back to normal, jewellery stores are once again being targeted by brazen criminals, happy to do their business in broad daylight.

Two heists took place yesterday, Tuesday, August 11, in two different provinces.

Let’s start with the one that played out at Somerset Mall in the Western Cape.

Cape Town Etc reports that five gunmen are believed to have robbed the Africa Diamond store at 10AM. The store’s employees were held at gunpoint while the robbers looted the store, making off with the jewellery.

Image: @LudidiVelani/ Twitter

A suspect was arrested by security while his accomplices fled the scene in a white Audi, chased by police on the N2 highway.

Image: Swisher Post

The chase ended in a shootout in which “one of the robbers was shot by police and another was wounded”.

The abandoned Audi seen below:

Meanwhile, in Gauteng, News24 confirms that police have launched a manhunt for six people after a jewellery heist at the Nicol Way shopping centre.

The criminals broke the window of the jewellery store, before making off with luxury wristwatches.

At least two of the robbers were armed.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said the brands and value of the watches are yet to be determined.

Image: Supplied/News24

Peters added that the robbers allegedly fired shots as they ran out of the centre and fled the scene in a white Golf GTI and a white Renault.

Watch it play out, here:

No injuries were reported, and a search for the crooks is underway.

Two in one day.


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Helen Zille Unleashes On “Criminal State” In New Column https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/helen-zille-unleashes-on-criminal-state-in-new-column/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/helen-zille-unleashes-on-criminal-state-in-new-column/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:30:50 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538065 [imagesource: Tracey Adams/African News Agency]

It’s been around six weeks since Helen Zille last tweeted, and there’s a good reason for that.

In late June, her tweets about there being more racist laws now than there were under apartheid went down like a lead balloon, and the DA launched an investigation into their Federal Council chairperson’s use of social media.

As Max du Preez argued, Zille was “systematically destroying her party”, and it probably doesn’t help that six weeks later, the exact findings of that investigation remain a mystery.

However, the ANC is the opposition party that just keeps on giving, by taking anything and everything from the citizens it governs, even during a time of national crisis like a pandemic, and that’s where Zille reenters the fray.

She may not be allowed to tweet, but she has penned a column on the Daily Maverick, outlining “how South Africa became a criminal state”.

Let’s dive right in:

How did we manage, in 26 short years of democracy, to fall from the pedestal of international respectability; to become a byword for corruption and criminality?

…The answer is: because the ANC legalised corruption. It did so openly, under our noses, often with the fulsome support of almost all the institutions that should have prevented it, including the international community.

What’s more, these institutions not only failed to protect us – they actually facilitated this downward trajectory.

South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) is in her firing line, with Zille saying that it “made corruption legal and morally acceptable”, and anybody who questioned it was called “racist”.

I think it’s how you question it that matters, but let’s keep moving:

Cadres were deployed to all institutions of state, controlling multi-billion budgets, dispensing funds and managing procurement systems, with the primary aim of enriching the ANC cadres…After 26 years, the South African state has become a web of competing criminal syndicates posing as a government.

Ace Magashule [Delwyn Verasamy/M&G]

And they made fools of the electorate by successfully selling the lie that their form of B-BBEE was synonymous with black empowerment. It was the very opposite. It left SA destitute, with unemployment levels at 30%…

Some people still believe the ANC’s race laws were motivated by a real commitment to redress. I do not believe that, and never have.

She goes on to say that the only place where politics for self-enrichment hasn’t occurred is in areas where the DA rules (the latest municipal audits do aid her argument), adding that the B-BBEE system “creates every possible incentive for this cynical abuse of black economic empowerment”.

So, how do we extricate ourselves from this dire situation?

The only way out of this mess is to understand that no democracy can make sustained economic progress without actively striving to become a meritocracy, where people are appointed to positions, or win tenders, on clear, value-adding criteria, not on their colour or their political contacts.

And the only way we can get there is if the voters begin to understand why this is so important, and begin to vote for it.

Otherwise we must stop feigning shock when the looting continues.

At this stage, the only person who feigns shock at the looting is our president, because the rest of us just expect it as par for the course, now.

Given Zille’s antagonistic attitude over the past few years, it’s unlikely that her words will resonate with ANC voters, but then again, little does.

Over on the Mail & Guardian, Eusebius McKaiser is calling for ANC superfans to exercise some common sense, adding that it’s about time the voters shoulder some of the blame:

…fundamentally, regardless of your private or operating motives, the legal effect of your vote is that you give permission to a party to do what we know it will do when in the driving seat of power. So, ANC voters cannot pretend they are blameless in the construction of successive ANC governments that never self-correct, that never deal effectively with corruption and that continue to loot from state coffers.

If no one voted for the ANC, then ANC looting would end. It is that simple. ANC voters aren’t blameless in the story of ANC looting.

Good effort, Eusebius.

Sadly, when the next election rolls around, it will be more empty promises, free t-shirts handed out, and another easy win at the ballot box.


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Wednesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/wednesday-morning-spice-491/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/12/wednesday-morning-spice-491/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:40:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538021 [imagesource: Scott Olson/Getty Images]

Joe Biden Announces Kamala Harris As White House Running Mate – Making her the first black woman on a major party presidential ticket in US history and providing him with a partner well suited to go on the attack against Trump. [busday]

‘Tobacco Products Kill, Are Not Essential’: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – Dlamini-Zuma argued in her affidavit, filed last week, that tobacco was not a vital, priority or indispensable commodity, [timeslive]

Trump Says Americans Will Have To Learn Chinese If Biden Wins – Trump blames China for failing to contain the spread of coronavirus and concealing information about the disease in its early stages. [cnn]

130 New Deaths, 2 511 New COVID-19 Infections For SA As Recovery Rate Hits 75% – SA’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 10 621, with a majority of the deaths coming from the Western Cape (3429 deaths), Gauteng (2618), the Eastern Cape (2266), and KZN (1420). [iol]

Mkhize Hints At Easing Of Lockdown Restrictions – But Warns Of A ‘Second Wave’ – “We will need to make certain restrictions around easing restrictions and the NCCC will have to take into account a lot of issues.” [bustech]

What We Know About The Beirut Explosions And Their Aftermath – Explosions in Beirut last week left more than 160 people dead and more than 6,000 injured. On Monday, the country’s prime minister resigned. [washpost]

SA Researcher Enjoys His Coffee With Penguins And Seals – If you’re spending a year studying life on a remote island, you’re going to need some excellent coffee to keep you going. [here]

Coronavirus: First Outbreak In New Zealand After 102 Days Sees Auckland Put Into Lockdown – Auckland will be placed into “Level Three” restrictions after four people from one family in the city contracted COVID-19. [sky]

Continued Alcohol Sales Ban Threatens SA, EU Trade Deal – SA Alcohol Industry – This comes after EU industry body SpiritsEUROPE’s call on the SA government to provide a “clear” and “reliable” timeline to lift the total ban on the sale of alcohol. [citizen]

Des Van Rooyen, Goes Full ‘Bell Pottinger’, Attacks ANC, ‘White Capital’ – David Douglas “Des” van Rooyen, the man whose appointment as minister of finance by Jacob Zuma in 2015 cost the South African economy R500-billion, finally got to make his maiden speech. [dailymav]

Netherlands Police Bust Country’s Largest Cocaine Lab At Ex-Riding Stables – Police seize drugs valued at up to €6m and arrest at least 17 suspects at stables. [guardian]

Putin Announced Russia Approved A COVID-19 Vaccine — And Gave It To His Daughter – He said he hoped Russia would soon start mass-producing the vaccine. [businsider]

Blackface Photos Banned From Facebook And Instagram – Facebook and its sister service Instagram will ban images of blackface and content that depicts Jewish people controlling the world as part of a global crackdown on harmful stereotypes. [tele]

New Dinosaur Related To T. Rex Discovered On Isle Of Wight – It has been named Vectaerovenator inopinatus and belongs to the group of dinosaurs that includes Tyrannosaurus rex and modern-day birds. [bbc]

‘He’s Off My Christmas Card List’: Stuart Broad Fined £2 000 By Father – Stuart Broad has been given a stern reminder from his father, the match referee, about bad language and left on the verge of a ban. [guardian]

Want To Learn Photoshop? These Are The Best Online Courses For That – Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, you’ll find a course here that meets you at your level. [mashable]

Princess Eugenie ‘Upset’ Meghan Pregnancy Revealed On Her Wedding Day – Going public on Eugenie’s big day “did not go down particularly well” and the princess “felt the couple should have waited”. [sky]

Nicole Scherzinger, 42, Showcases Her Incredible Frame – In a pink bikini as she goes paddle-boarding in St. Lucia. [dmail]





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Municipalities Ranked – Western Cape “Head And Shoulders Above The Rest”  https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/municipalities-ranked-western-cape-head-and-shoulders-above-the-rest/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/municipalities-ranked-western-cape-head-and-shoulders-above-the-rest/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:30:54 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537978 [imagesource: David Ritchie]

Since the start of the pandemic, municipalities have been directed to take on a number of key roles in efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

They are required to help prevent the transmission of the virus by, among other things, providing water and sanitation services to their respective communities, including the delivery of potable water and proper sanitation to high population density suburbs, rural communities, and informal settlements.

They are also responsible for sanitising public areas, closing all non-essential facilities and places such as swimming pools, identifying and managing areas suitable for quarantine, and forming command councils to coordinate with provincial governments.

The above is a brief summary of a long list of requirements that municipalities are expected to meet to assist in limiting the spread of the virus, and highlights just how important well-run and efficient municipalities are in keeping the contagion under control.

Unfortunately, the words ‘well-run’ and ‘efficient’ couldn’t be applied to a number of South Africa’s municipalities long before we had COVID-19 to deal with.

This is evident in Ratings Afrika’s recently released Municipal Financial Sustainability Index (MFSI) for 2019.

The Citizen reports that the study looks at financial sustainability by measuring performance in six areas:

  • Operating performance
  • Liquidity management
  • Debt governance
  • Budget practices
  • Affordability
  • Infrastructure development

Taking these components into account, they allocate a score out of 100.

The Western Cape, described as “head and shoulders above the rest”, came out on top with an average score of 59, up from 58 in 2018. The best performing municipality in the province was Mossel Bay with a score of 76.

KwaZulu-Natal comes in with the second-highest score, at 41.

The weakest provinces are Free State and North West, with average scores in 2019 of 21 and 25 respectively. The majority, comprising 63 out of the top 100 municipalities, scored lower than 40.

Ratings Afrika analyst Leon Claassen says there are two overarching reasons for the Western Cape’s outperformance of other municipalities:

“Most of the Western Cape municipalities are under DA control, and the party has taken a firm political decision to impose strict financial control and good governance.”

“The second reason, flowing from this, is the Western Cape’s quality of management is overall better than rest of the country.”

As for the rest of the provinces, Claassen says that dire financial circumstances as a result of poor management and corruption in the ranks account for the failure of most other municipalities to meet the needs of their communities.

Most municipalities are commercially bankrupt (current liabilities exceed current assets), with insufficient liquidity to cover operating expenses.

Just 19 of 100 municipalities measured have operating surpluses. This is due in large part to an average collection rate of 82%, well short of the benchmark of 95%. Only the Western Cape, at 94%, is close to this target.

Narius Moloto, secretary-general of the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu), says this has to do with the fact that most councils, despite collecting enough revenue to run operations, simply don’t use those funds where they’re needed.

As with all sectors of society, the pandemic has heavily impacted the municipal sector, which was already caving under the weight of financial downfall.

National government has allocated funding of R20 billion, of which a significant portion is to go towards free basic services and additional COVID-19-related costs.

Ratings Afrika predicts that this funding will be “hopelessly inadequate” to cover the loss of revenue in the sector, and a further R10 billion is estimated to be needed to cover the costs brought on by the pandemic.

The full extent of the financial damages as a result of the lockdown will only be fully apparent in a year or two.

As it stands, the Western Cape is the only province that looks to have anything close to the capacity to handle the financial fallout from the lockdown.


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SA Researcher Enjoys His Coffee With Penguins And Seals [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/sa-researcher-enjoys-his-coffee-with-penguins-and-seals-video/ Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:28:28 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537793 Around 2 000 kilometres southeast of Cape Town, in the southern Indian Ocean, you’ll find Marion Island, which is one of the two Prince Edward Islands.

Discovered in 1663 by Barent Barentzoon Lam of the Dutch East India Company, it wasn’t until 100 years later that the islands were revisited, this time by a French naval officer named M. M. Marion du Fresne.

In the late 1940s, South Africa annexed and occupied the Prince Edward Islands. The UK officially transferred ownership to South Africa in 1950, making them the country’s first and only remote territory.

On it, you’ll find two meteorological stations maintained by the South African National Antarctic Programme, which are responsible for a great deal of the weather forecasts we get.

It’s also South Africa’s only Special Marine Protected Area (SMPA), where hundreds of thousands of birds and seals live undisturbed. These include Southern Elephant Seals, two species of fur seals, four penguin, and five albatross species, and several other Southern Ocean birds like petrels, gulls, and skuas.

Image: Sean Evans/ Terbodore

A team of between 10 and 12 meteorologists, technicians and researchers live permanently on Marion, with up to 80 people visiting during the summer months. The visiting teams spend just over a year on the island before they’re collected by a ship.

Image: Sean Evans/ Terbodore

Last year Terbodore Coffee Roasters received an email from marine scientist Sean Evans, who was about to head on over to the island to study and photograph the seals and birds.

Sean had the foresight to know that the only thing a researcher needs more than the perfect place to conduct and document his studies, is excellent coffee.

Image: Sean Evans/ Terbodore

Terbodore was happy to help out, making sure he was well stocked with a range of their blends, including their signature Lazy Bones, alongside their single origin coffees, to warm up the freezing cold days.

As you can see, that coffee has taken in some great views since it arrived on the island:

Other than the freezing temperatures, that looks rather enjoyable.

Those in pursuit of the perfect cuppa don’t have to venture quite as far south, and you can stock up with your own haul of Terbodore coffees via their online shop, with the goodies delivered to your door.

And, if you want to enjoy it in style, Terbodore has also partnered with Le Creuset for a superb giveaway.

Head here to find out more.

Terbodore Coffee

Serious Lack Of Distancing As Mass Brawl Erupts At US Baseball Game [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/serious-lack-of-distancing-as-mass-brawl-erupts-at-us-baseball-game-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/serious-lack-of-distancing-as-mass-brawl-erupts-at-us-baseball-game-videos/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:55:24 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537955 [imagesource: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle]

When it comes to the likes of football and rugby, throwing a punch usually means a lengthy spell on the sidelines and a serious chastising from many angles.

That’s before you factor in that physical distancing measures are now in place in most sporting codes around the world, which makes the latest Major League Baseball brawl even dafter.

The league has had a number of postponements in recent weeks due to COVID-19 outbreaks amongst teams in the league, yet the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros remain determined to throw down.

It kicked off after Astros pitcher Humberto Castellano nailed Oakland’s Ramon Laureano with a pitch on Sunday, for the third time in the three-match series, and all hell broke loose as both benches stormed onto the field to trade blows.


This video shows what started it all in greater detail, with Astros batting coach Alex Cintron yelling at Laureano:

Below from ESPN:

“Ramon’s not going over there for no reason,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said, adding of Cintron: “I think the league will know who that is and that person will get suspended. Hopefully that’s the case. Nowadays without fans in the stands and mikes everywhere my guess is they know who it is.”

Cool, but maybe players should be able to contain themselves when on the receiving end of some name-calling?

Nobody comes out of this one smelling like roses, really, especially after the league introduced stricter COVID-19 guidelines just last week, including one that everyone has to wear a face mask, or covering, while not actively playing.

Plenty of uncovered faces in this showdown, aren’t there?

We’ll leave with this video detailing the brawl in its entirety:


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Cape Great White Breach Picture Goes Viral During Shark Week [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/cape-great-white-breach-picture-goes-viral-during-shark-week-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/cape-great-white-breach-picture-goes-viral-during-shark-week-video/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:45:15 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537883 [imagesource: Chris Fallows Photography / Facebook]

One of my favourite parts of watching those epic David Attenborough nature series comes at the end of each episode, when you see the lengths the crew went to in order to capture the incredible footage that sets these documentaries apart from the rest.

30 seconds of footage, after months spent hiding out in a tiny tent in sub-zero conditions, for example – the sacrifice is real.

In the case of renowned South African photographer Chris Fallows, his struggle involved countless hours spent in search of the perfect great white shark breaching picture, and now his hard work is once again receiving international acclaim.

You’re looking at the image up top, in case that penny hadn’t yet dropped.

SA People reports that “a video of the taking-of-the-photo has gone viral since it was broadcast by the Discovery Channel on Sunday, astounding viewers around the world”.

The video was aired during Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach, which was shown as part of Discovery’s Shark Week coverage, and the coverage added that the 15-foot breach was a new series record.

Here’s the footage in question:

You’ll have seen Fallows talking about how stoked he was with the photo towards the end of that video, but on Facebook, he went into greater detail about just how hard he worked to get the shot.

Find the full account here, but here’s some of what he said:

Back in 2008, I took a wide angle image of a great white breaching at Seal Island in False Bay titled the “Essence of Seal Island” which to this day is one of my favorites…Yet, despite this success, I always felt I could do better. I wanted to look up to the shark from water level, never down.

Literally thousands of hours were spent lying on my belly, camera in hand waiting to try to recreate the shot. On occasion I came close but never surpassed what I had photographed before…

For days we towed the sled with agonizingly close moments where for sure I thought I had drowned my camera in the ever present chop…On the second last morning of a two week Discovery Channel Shark Week film shoot that was dominated by clear sunny skies, this particular morning dawned with an ominously moody sky…

How many times I must have internally begged a shark to jump on this morning, I couldn’t tell you. The stage was set.

After snapping the photo, Fallows said he pumped the air like Tiger Woods having sunk a 15-foot putt on the 18th green to win the Masters, which is a pretty fantastic reference if you’re familiar with golf.

Proving that the more you practice, the luckier you get, Fallows benefitted from a massive slice of good fortune:

I tremble, not knowing if I got the shot or not. My sled still bobs about, and the decoy surfaces still intact behind it. I look away to the captain asking him to help me retrieve the sled. In that fleeting moment of distraction, the shark jumps for a second time, another spectacular breach.

Aaargh, I missed it! The expletives rain down like an Indian monsoon, I didn’t press the #$$%#!! trigger!

…We pull the sled in. A lot could have gone wrong…With two left hands I shake trying to extricate my camera from its box. I begin to scroll through dozens of test shots……

Woooohoooo I got it !!! Wait, that’s the second beach.

I scroll further … WOOOOOOOHOOOO, I got the first breach as well!

An incredible stroke of blind luck had allowed me to get not only one, but two incredible moments as the camera’s trigger had jammed open.

After all of those hours bobbing in the surf, and a more than a decade-long pursuit of the perfect breach image, that blind luck is well deserved.

Fallows dubs the shot ‘The Pearl’, and is selling prints online here.


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Meghan’s Fake Kidnapping And Other Insights From The Latest Royal Biography https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/meghans-fake-kidnapping-and-other-insights-from-the-latest-royal-biography/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/meghans-fake-kidnapping-and-other-insights-from-the-latest-royal-biography/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:30:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538006 [imagesource: Getty]

The press has been back and forth between two biographies, both claiming to tell the real story behind Meghan and Harry’s relationship and how it impacted their decision to leave royal duties.

The first on the scene was Meghan and Harry: The Real Story which told the world that Meghan was bored with royal life long before #Megxit.

Who can blame her?

Even Prince Charles looks like he’s on autopilot when out in the world, and he seems to be happy to stick around, even though there’s a strong possibility that his mother will outlive him.

Then there’s Finding Freedom, which sounds more like the biography of someone who escaped prison than two wealthy people who had a family fight, quit their ‘jobs’, and started new ones.

So far the biography has solved one mystery for the ages – the name of Meghan and Harry’s dog. 

Now more insight has come forth about the couple’s life.

Thankfully, The Telegraph gathered some of the more interesting bits, so we don’t have to read the thing.

Meghan had to train to get in and out of a car in a pencil skirt

That time that Meghan closed her own car door clearly had a knock-on effect because she was forced to practise getting in and out of cars wearing a pencil skirt. Kate received the same training. I’m surprised they weren’t sent off to finishing school in the 1800s just to be safe.

Meghan was “kidnapped by terrorists”

Not really – officers pretending to be terrorists kidnapped her.

The Duchess had to undergo a two-day security training course with the Special Air Service (SAS).

The authors wrote: “The training – which all senior members of the royal family except the Queen have completed at SAS headquarters in Hereford – is preparation for all high-risk security scenarios including kidnapping, hostage situations and terrorist attacks.”

The duchess was “bundled into the back of a car” by a “terrorist” and driven to a location before she was saved by officers.

As serious as this is, it still sounds like more fun than the pencil skirt training.

The Tatler also found some good bits in the biography:

Meghan went to the loo in the woods

When the royal couple went on a camping trip in Botswana, Harry was amazed by Meghan’s willingness to “use the toilet al fresco”.

“Harry was delightfully surprised by Meghan’s down-to-earth attitude,’ it says. ‘While camping she cleaned her face with baby wipes and happily wandered into the woodlands if she needed a bathroom break.”

I’m sure everyone defecating in the grounds at Belmoral will likewise be delighted to discover that it’s not just the common folk pooping in the wilderness.

Archie’s night nurse was fired during her second shift

They won’t say what she did, only that she was “unprofessional”. After a few weeks with a new nurse, they decided to abandon night nurses entirely and take care of their baby themselves.

The Queen was nice to Meghan

Despite rumours to the contrary, the book claims that the Queen was actually quite lovely during her training sessions with Meghan.

“The Queen was wonderful, warm, and generous toward the new Duchess, a source close to Her Majesty said. She made sure Meghan knew what was going on and made her feel very much at home because it was her first trip. Indeed, before the two stepped off the train, the Queen gifted Meghan with a delicate pair of pearl-and-diamond earrings.”

This is all perfectly normal.

Harry likes emojis

Harry likes emojis, but he doesn’t understand them.

‘His messages were often short and full of emojis, in particular the ghost emoji, which he often used instead of a smiley face… For what reason? Nobody knows. But Meghan found his texting etiquette funny and adorable, just like the prince.’

Minus five points for Gryffindor, thanks to Harry’s wanton and incorrect use of emojis. Hang on – am I doing this right?

If you want more of this nonsense, go here.

Just keep in mind that the Duke and Duchess didn’t participate in writing this book, so take everything with a pinch of salt.

Or don’t.

I can’t tell you what to do.


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2020’s Highest-Paid Actor Made R1,5 Billion https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/2020s-highest-paid-actor-made-r15-billion/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/2020s-highest-paid-actor-made-r15-billion/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:12:56 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538007 [imagesource:here]

If you’re Dwayne Johnson, life is pretty damn sweet at present.

The man once known simply as ‘The Rock’ has been coining it for a while now, and he’s retained his crown as the highest-paid actor in the planet for a second year running.

Forbes, which is responsible for the ranking, bases earning estimates on data via Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders, with the figures below all pretax, and showing earnings between June 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020.

OK, that’s the boring stuff out of the way, so let’s start with the top five and work our way towards Dwayne.

In fifth place, we have Vin Diesel, with $54 million:

The F9 star missed out on the chance to collect a massive backend payday this year after the film’s release was pushed to April 2021. He kept the franchise embers burning by acting as producer on the animated Netflix series Fast & Furious Spy Races.

I’m sure he’ll survive with a measly $50-odd million to see him through until April next year.

Fourth is Ben Affleck, with $55 million:

After a brief hiatus, Affleck returned to the big screen this year, starring in The Way Back and Netflix’s The Last Thing He Wanted.

The bronze (but really pure gold, given his earnings) medal goes to Mark Wahlberg, with $58 million:

Wahlberg’s action comedy Spenser Confidential became Netflix’s third most-watched original film after it debuted in March. He’s also made millions producing docuseries McMillions and Wahl Street.

He really is living proof that you don’t need to have great acting talent to crush it in Hollywood.

Second place goes to Ryan Reynolds, who made $71,5 million:

Netflix’s current golden boy, Reynolds made more than $20 million a piece on Six Underground and Red Notice. In July, the streamer announced it was shelling out for a third Reynolds film, which will undoubtedly mean another eight-figure payday.

As previously mentioned, the year’s biggest earner is Dwayne Johnson, with $87,5 million (just a tick over R1,5 billion):

The Rock tops the list for the second year in a row thanks to a $23.5 million check from Netflix for upcoming film Red Notice and his successful Under Armour line Project Rock.

Celebrity Net Worth lists Johnson’s personal wealth at around $320 million, which will no doubt continue to skyrocket as he stars in future classics like Jumanji 7: Now We’re Just Cashing In and San Andreas 5: I Guess The Area Has More Fault Lines.

He does seem like a decent guy and a seriously hard worker, so props to Dwayne for the success that comes his way.

You can see the full Forbes top 10 here.


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What The Latest Cannabis Bill Says About Legal Possession Amounts And Penalties https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/what-the-latest-cannabis-bill-says-about-legal-possession-amounts-and-penalties/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/what-the-latest-cannabis-bill-says-about-legal-possession-amounts-and-penalties/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:30:27 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537987 [imagesource:here]

Ever since the landmark Constitutional Court case back in September 2018, cannabis has been decriminalised for personal and private use in South Africa.

That’s all fine and dandy, but a legal grey area has existed around exactly what constitutes an acceptable amount for personal use, for example, as well as other areas that need clarifying.

A draft Regulation of Cannabis Bill was first leaked back in February, but then things ground to a halt more recently, due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New ground has now been made on this front, and on Friday last week, Justice and Correctional Services minister Ronald Lamola published the draft Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill.

This has yet to become law, so none of what you read below is finalised, but let’s outline the major talking points.

You can find the Bill in full here, but BusinessTech covers the ‘prescribed quantities’ for private use quite simply:

Unlimited seeds and seedlings;

Four flowering plants for those living alone, or eight for homes with two adults or more;

600 grams of dried cannabis if you live alone, or 1.2 kilograms in homes with two or more adults;

1.2 kilograms dried cannabis or cannabis equivalent per dwelling which is occupied by two or more adult persons.

Outside of one’s home, or private place, the Bill also states that a person can be in possession of 100 grams, so long as that is done in a manner which conceals it from private view.

In other words, you can be in public and have up to 100 grams on your person, but don’t be a moron and flash it around.

Selling or buying cannabis remains illegal, along with smoking in public, smoking around non-consenting adults or any children, and in a vehicle on a public road.

That’s a big no to hotboxing your car in public.

Punishment for breaking the offences listed above can range from a fine to imprisonment of between two and fifteen years.

Again, none of this is official until the Bill is signed into law

Read a more in-depth breakdown of the Bill on BusinessTech.

It’s also worth noting that the Bill, in its current form, would mean that many people convicted on cannabis-related offences in the past would have their criminal records expunged, and many serving sentences based on cannabis-related crimes would be released.


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Robin Williams’ Final Days Revealed In Touching New Doccie [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/robin-williams-final-days-revealed-in-touching-new-doccie-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/robin-williams-final-days-revealed-in-touching-new-doccie-trailer/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:00:36 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537946 [imagesource: here]

In 2014, beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams took his own life at the age of 63.

There was a fair bit of speculation as to why he decided to end things, including rumours of financial troubles.

Four years later a documentary, Come Inside My Mind, detailed his life and career using old footage of the actor and interviews with those who had worked with him, detailing both his happier times and his darker side.

In it, he’s recorded addressing his “fear of abandonment, failure and drug use”.

It was also revealed, following his death, that he’d been battling a degenerative condition, Lewy Body Dementia – the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, which affects thinking, memory, and motor control.

Now a new documentary, Robin’s Wish, tackles the days leading up to his death, including his struggle with his condition.

According to NME, the documentary will include interviews with his widow, Susan Schneider Williams, as well as people he worked with towards the end of his life, including director Shawn Levy.

Schneider Williams says that making the documentary helped her to understand more about the condition that Williams was suffering from towards the end of his life.

“Armed with the name of a brain disease I’d never heard of, I set out on a mission to understand it, and that led me down my unchosen path of advocacy.”

“With invaluable help from leading medical experts, I saw that what Robin and I had gone through, finally made sense — our experience matched up with the science.”

Schneider Williams says that they chose the name of the documentary because “Robin wanted to help all of us be less afraid”.

A real-life Patch Adams.

Check out the trailer:

I’d get the tissues ready for this one.

Robin’s Wish will be available in the US on September 1.

We’re not sure when it will be released in South Africa, but keep an eye out for it in the coming months.

If you or someone you know struggles with mental illness, or you need help with depression or anxiety, you can find it here.

If you have a loved one with dementia, DementiaSA facilitates support groups led by trained volunteers where family members, caregivers, nurses, and others can learn and support each other.


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#ZimbabweanLivesMatter: Zapiro Slams SA’s Pathetic Response https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/zimbabweanlivesmatter-zapiro-slams-sas-pathetic-response/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/zimbabweanlivesmatter-zapiro-slams-sas-pathetic-response/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:00:43 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537912 [imagesource:here]

If you’re at all empathetic, it’s pretty hard to follow news from around the world and not be a little despondent.

Here at home, the corruption and looting continue unabated, with our most vulnerable citizens bearing the greatest brunt of that criminality, and our neighbours to the north find themselves suffering at the hands of a brutally violent regime with zero regard for even the most basic of human rights.

Sadly, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has shown himself to be cut from the same cloth as Robert Mugabe, which is something that those who were paying attention have been saying since day one of his reign.

Not that the South African government will kick up much of a stink, because why start caring about such frivolities now?

In his cartoon for the Daily Maverick, yesterday, titled ‘Observes’, Zapiro has hit the nail on the head:

In case you’re playing catch-up, President Ramaphosa has sent a two-person envoy to Zimbabwe, made up of Sydney Mufamadi and Baleka Mbete, to take a closer look at what’s happening in the country.

Or, as Ramaphosa put it in a statement, to investigate “recent reports of difficulties that the Republic of Zimbabwe is experiencing”.

That’s a really odd way of saying state-sanctioned violence aimed at quelling any dissent towards the ruling party, with journalists brutalised and arrested, and images and videos of extreme violence towards citizens shared around the world via social media.

Mufamadi and Mbete have now met with President Mnangagwa:

#TheRealZimbabwe? I don’t think those jailed for exercising their so-called freedom of speech would agree.

Mnangagwa has said that the allegations of human rights abuses against his government were “divisive falsehoods”, which is no doubt the line trotted out during that meeting above.

The envoy has not yet met with any opposition leaders.

In a scathing editorial, Business Day laid out why Ramaphosa’s words on Zimbabwe ring hollow, and our continued lack of action is a disgrace:

If history is to prove any guide, people are right to be sceptical about the Mbete-Mufamadi initiative producing anything worth celebrating. From Thabo Mbeki to Ramaphosa today, SA presidents have been expertly played by their counterparts in Zimbabwe, who have used such initiatives to regroup and sharpen their tools of oppression…

While SA’s authorities might indeed believe their “quiet diplomacy” approach makes them honest brokers who are best suited to engineer a solution, it should not come as a surprise that their peers in Zanu-PF see their silence as tacit approval…

SA and most of the Southern African Development Community have been so impotent on Zimbabwe for so long that it seems pointless to again point out how this destroys their credibility. Who would believe Ramaphosa, as the head of the AU, when he speaks about the continent’s potential, if SA continues to stand on the sidelines and watch what is happening in Zimbabwe?

Ramaphosa ticks a few boxes by sending an envoy, nothing is done, and the brutal regime continues unabated.

Will we ever exert any sort of actual pressure on Zimbabwe and Mnangagwa, or will we just stand idly by?

You fear it’s the latter.


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Five Of The Weirdest Guinness World Records Set In 2020 [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/five-of-the-weirdest-guinness-world-records-set-in-2020-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/five-of-the-weirdest-guinness-world-records-set-in-2020-videos/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:02:10 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537896 [imagesource: here]

Back in the before times – and by ‘before times’ I mean February this year – former US Marine George Hood pumped some classic rock and roll while he planked for 15 minutes and 15 seconds, landing himself a Guinness World Record for Longest Male Abdominal Plank.

He then did 75 push-ups, before announcing his retirement from competitive planking, which is apparently a thing.

Feel free to use the above as motivation to get back on that exercise regimen you’ve been neglecting.

Here are four expert-run workout videos to get you started.

Hood joined the ranks of a number of new record holders, who have smashed records around the world this year.

Some of them are pretty wild.

We chose five of our favourites from the year so far, from Business Insider‘s round-up of the best.

The most udon noodles eaten in under three minutes:

Jeremy Lanig, a teacher in Japan, decided to celebrate turning 40 by eating more udon noodles than anyone else, ever, in under three minutes.

He consumed the equivalent of 10 normal bowls of noodles.

I reckon now that he holds the world record, he’ll probably be giving udon noodles a miss for a while.

10-year-old boy solves 196 math questions in one minute:


This kid genius is able to solve 196 math questions in one minute.

“I am very thrilled and excited to achieve this title. It is like a dream,” Gill told Guinness World Records. “I am thankful to my school and my teachers, who encouraged me to attempt this record. They encouraged me a lot and I think they have played a big role in my success.”

I can solve one math question in 196 minutes, maybe, so I’m both ashamed and impressed.

A group of British soldiers pull a van almost 80km:

The 3 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps pulled a van that weighs 4 000 pounds through Blenheim Palace in England.

The 12 soldiers took turns pulling the truck, switching teams every 10 to 20 minutes, earning them the title of “the farthest distance pulling a vehicle in 12 hours”.

A man solved a Rubik’s cube while juggling faster than anyone before him:

Solving a Rubik’s cube while juggling is a strange hobby and one that Daryl Tan was into long before he figured out that someone held a world record for it.

Once he was wise to it, he set out to break it, and he did, completing the cube while juggling in 17,6 seconds.

I thought we’d end on an odd note with:

The world’s largest mouth gape:

Phillip Angus has a very large mouth, which was confirmed when a dentist officially measured his gape.

In case you want to measure your own mouth, a ‘gape’ should be measured from the upper and lower incisors.

Angus’ gape is 9,5 centimetres, which beats the previous record of 8,6 centimetres.

Weird “skill” to have, but congrats, dude.

I’m sure your gape will serve you well.

Check out Business Insiders full list of Guinness World Records from 2020 here.

Still plenty of time to stake your claim to fame…


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Buying A Used Car? Here Are SA’s Top Sellers And What They Go For https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/buying-a-used-car-here-are-sas-top-sellers-and-what-they-go-for/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/buying-a-used-car-here-are-sas-top-sellers-and-what-they-go-for/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:00:50 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537849 [imagesource: here]

When it comes to new cars, the BMW is the make that the majority of South Africans searched for over the past year.

This bad news for everyone else on the road.

To get a familiar dig in, BMW drivers – it’s the 99% that give the other 1% a bad name.

Those searching for used cars, on the other hand, showed more responsible behaviour, so hopefully that will balance out the BMWs that will likely be invading our streets soon, if their owners aren’t out there causing trouble, already.

AutoTrader has released its annual Car Industry Report, mapping the period between July 2019 and June 2020, and providing insight into the most searched for and most popular used cars in South Africa.

A quick look at who was searching for cars online, buying cars, and for how much on average:

AutoTrader Market Report 2020

The number one selling used car was the Ford Ranger, which contributed 7,7% of all cars sold, at an average selling price of R305 944 and with an average mileage of 85 948km.

In previous years, the Ranger ranked third on the list of the most popular used cars.

The Volkswagen Polo, previously at number one, came in second this year (although by only 82 units sold), at an average selling price of R205 238, and average mileage of 58 625km.

In third place, the Toyota Hilux went for an average selling price of R327 807, with an average mileage of 102 129km.

Notably, the Toyota Hilux is the most sold new car.

Here’s the top 10 used car sales:

AutoTrader Market Report 2020

The total car market value was almost R100 billion, which was impacted by COVID-19 in the last third of the year ending in June 2020.

AutoTrader has noticed interesting changes in price search behaviour from those looking to buy a used car. Historically, the most searched for price point for South Africans was R200 000, with the average car sold for R250 000.

Car shoppers using our price range filters saw a surge after the global pandemic directly impacted South Africa when the national lockdown came into effect on the 27th March 2020. The data revealed that during lockdown levels 5 and 4, price-related searches increased by over 6%, indicating that consumers had become more price conscious.

During the lockdown period, search parameters shifted to include ‘under R50 000’ as one of the top five most-searched price points.

This normalised as lockdown restrictions were lifted and the market opened up under the alert level 3, and advanced alert level 3 lockdown.

A definite sign of the times.


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“A New Star Is Born” – Watch Brad Binder Make History At MotoGP [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/a-new-star-is-born-watch-brad-binder-make-history-at-motogp-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/a-new-star-is-born-watch-brad-binder-make-history-at-motogp-videos/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:30:38 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537862 [imagesource: Alberto Saiz / AP Photo]

Brad Binder has been doing remarkable things on two wheels for years now, but this past weekend, he really cracked the big time.

On Sunday, he claimed his first MotoGP premier class win, becoming the first South African to ever do so, after starting the Czech Grand Prix in seventh place on the grid.

Binder, who was born in Carletonville, near Krugersdorp, turns 25 today, and I’m sure this ranks up there with the greatest early birthday presents he’s ever received.

It’s all the more remarkable when you consider that the Czech Grand Prix is only the third premier class race he’s competed in.

If you haven’t yet seen the moment he crosses the finish line, watch this with a smile on your face:

Brad, along with his team, was rather chuffed with the win:

It also appears as though Brad’s quite popular with his fellow competitors:

It’s the thought that counts, Johann Zarco, but I wouldn’t give up the day job just yet.

The Daily Maverick with some of the reaction post-race:

“This is a day I have dreamed about since I was a little boy,” an emotional Binder said after the race. “Today, it came true. I really wish my parents were here because they were the ones that backed me from the beginning.

“I can’t thank my team enough. They put an absolutely insane motorbike underneath me this weekend. Thank you to everyone at home for always supporting me. I hope that this is the start of many more.”

President Ramaphosa was quick to publicly commend Binder’s achievement, saying it “lifts our spirits at a time we need this”.

Thanks, Cyril – I can think of a few other things we need to lift our spirits, too.

Anyway, congrats to Brad on a remarkable win, and here’s hoping we see many more in the years to come.


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100 Days Clean – Everyone’s Pretty Envious Of New Zealand Right Now https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/100-days-clean-everyones-pretty-envious-of-new-zealand-right-now/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/100-days-clean-everyones-pretty-envious-of-new-zealand-right-now/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:00:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537834 [imagesource: AP Photo/Nick Perry]

UPDATE: Well, that didn’t last too long.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that Auckland will now go into lockdown.

It comes after four cases of community transmission were confirmed – after 102 days without any.

As of noon tomorrow, Auckland will move to level 3 for three days until midnight on Friday.

The rest of the country will move to alert level 2 at midday tomorrow – until midnight on Friday.

Read more, here.

Here’s the story as it originally appeared…

I reckon most of the world is looking at New Zealand right now, and wishing we could all borrow PM Jacinda Ardern for a while to help us deal with the pandemic.

Under her leadership, New Zealand quickly not only contained the spread of the virus, but announced in June that the country was virus-free.

They spoke a little too soon, and a case was recorded shortly after, but it was dealt with efficiently.

The country is now reporting 1 570 cases, 22 deaths and 1 526 recoveries, which means that there are only 44 active infections, all of which are being managed in isolation facilities, and all of which came from abroad.

In total, with a population of five million, New Zealand has only recorded 22 deaths, and has gone a full 100 days without a community COVID-19 transmission.

Those are enviable stats in the grand scheme of things.

CNN goes into how they did it, starting with the fact that despite having it largely under control, they have continued to test thousands of people a day.

“We have seen overseas how quickly the virus can reemerge and spread in places where it was previously under control,” Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday.

“We need to be prepared to quickly stamp out any future cases in New Zealand. Don’t let the team down — none of us can afford to do that.”

When the virus first took hold, New Zealand’s strategy was a simple one. In the words of Ardern, “go hard, and go early”.

She closed the borders on March 9, when the country only had 28 confirmed cases, and then announced a national lockdown just 14 days later, following 102 active cases and no deaths.

The lockdown was strict, and in some ways similar to ours – no driving outside of one’s neighbourhood, no takeaways, and no access to beaches. The strict rules were in effect for roughly five weeks, then extended for a further two weeks.

“Elimination does not mean eradicating the virus permanently from New Zealand; rather it is being confident we have eliminated chains of transmission in our community for at least 28 days and can effectively contain any future imported cases from overseas,” according to the Ministry of Health’s website.

Since the lockdown was lifted, the country has almost returned to normal. Their borders are still closed to anyone who doesn’t live in New Zealand. Those entering the country have to spend two weeks in a government-approved facility.

There were also some strategies adopted by the rest of the world, that New Zealand didn’t feel the need to implement.

There are no natural borders, making it easier to control who enters the country. It also has fewer people per square kilometre, making physical distancing more manageable.

The country also didn’t mandate the wearing of masks, but that’s because people under lockdown only really emerged when COVID-19 was almost eradicated.

But just because face masks haven’t been part of New Zealand’s strategy in the past, doesn’t mean that will be the case in the future. The Ministry of Health is recommending that all households prepare for another possible outbreak by stocking up on masks.

They’re also on high alert. Bloomfield is of the opinion that, if the rest of the world is anything to go by, the virus will return, as will the inevitable lockdowns.

This vigilance is the overarching reason why New Zealand has the pandemic under control.


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Ghislaine Maxwell’s Moan About Prison Life And Lyrics Of Epstein’s Filthy 40th Birthday Song https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/ghislaine-maxwells-moan-about-prison-life-and-lyrics-of-epsteins-filthy-40th-birthday-song/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/ghislaine-maxwells-moan-about-prison-life-and-lyrics-of-epsteins-filthy-40th-birthday-song/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 06:30:27 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537840 [imagesource:here]

Folks like Ghislaine Maxwell don’t seem to be the most self-aware types, so perhaps it’s no surprise that she’s already having a good whine about conditions inside the Metropolitan Detention Centre.

Her attorneys filed a motion in court yesterday, requesting that she be moved from solitary confinement and into the general population at the prison, where she is being held whilst she awaits trial on a number of charges related to aiding Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking and sexual abuse crimes.

In particular, reports the New York Post, Maxwell is unhappy about the 24/7 camera surveillance, as well as guards taking notes on her every move:

“It has become apparent that the BOP’s treatment of Ms. Maxwell is a reaction to the circumstances surrounding the pretrial detention and death of Mr. Epstein,” the lawyers argued in the filing.

“As a result of what occurred with Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell is being treated worse than other similarly situated pretrial detainees.”

Yes, I’m sure the extra surveillance is due to the fact that Epstein was found dead inside his cell before he could face charges, and prison officials are taking no chances this time around.

Her attorneys argue that Maxwell has never been suicidal, unlike Epstein, who attempted to take his own life in the months leading up to his death, so the additional attention is unwarranted:

…until recently, the British socialite was under suicide watch, which included being woken up every few hours and being forced to wear special clothes, the filing states.

“Her cell is [still] searched multiple times a day and she has been forced to undergo numerous body scans,” her attorneys said…

“These prison guards constantly observe Ms.Maxwell and take notes on her every activity, including her phone conversations with defense counsel.”

Counsel argues that these measures are impacting her ability to prepare for her court appearances, and are thus requesting that she be moved to the prison general population, as well as receiving sufficient ‘computer time’ so that she may review documents related to her case.

In addition, her attorneys have asked that other documents related to the case remain sealed, as they have uncovered “critical new information” that will impact both her criminal and civil cases.

Seems like there’s an immense amount of straw-clutching going on, but Maxwell is rich and powerful, so the odds are stacked in her favour.

Let’s pivot to the events of Epstein’s 40th birthday party, back in 1993, and detailed in the new docuseries Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.

Christopher Mason, a British journalist who sometimes performed satirical songs, was enlisted by Maxwell to write something for the special occasion.

Vanity Fair below:

“Ghislaine was pretty specific and controlling,” Mason told Vanity Fair this week. “When I do those songs—and I still occasionally do them—my preferred way of doing it is to speak with as many people as I can so I can get a real idea of the person and as much comic information as possible. But Ghislaine was very clear that I wasn’t to speak to anyone else, that all the information was to come from Ghislaine.”

Recalled Mason, “She wanted me to mention that when Epstein was teaching at the Dalton School, he was the subject of many schoolgirl crushes.” At the time Mason thought it was “kind of an odd thing to want in a song about a man who appears to be your boyfriend. But she clearly thought that that was something that was going to amuse him. Another odd thing that she wanted me to say was that he had 24-hour erections.”

Keen to see the lyrics of the song that Mason performed? Alright, off we go:

Poor Jeffrey Epstein is 40, oy vey!

Life must be tough, his hair is already so gray

He sure looks older, but it’s clear from his smile

The older he gets, the more juvenile

Ghislaine is lavishing him with her affections

She claims he has 24-hour erections

Sounds like he’s busy, now ain’t that berserk

How does he find the time to get off to work

He wakes when the cock crows while everyone slumbers

He rivals Einstein when crunching those numbers

He taught at Dalton: The naughty boy blushes

To think of schoolgirls and all of their crushes

Mason says the song went down well, with plenty of chuckles from the crowd, and he got the impression that everyone was ‘in on the joke’.

Surviving Jeffrey Epstein is a four-part docuseries currently showing on Lifetime, and here’s a glimpse at what was shown in the second episode, which aired last night:

You can read more about the docuseries here.


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Tuesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/tuesday-morning-spice-493/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/tuesday-morning-spice-493/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 05:48:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537776 [imagesource: Shutterstock]

Western Cape Turns Heat Up On Government To Lift Booze Ban – The DA-led Western Cape provincial government took a firm stance at the weekend, stating that domestic alcohol sales should be allowed immediately, “with smart recommendations in place”.  [buslive]

Court Yet To Decide How Much Zuma Should Pay In Defamation Suit As Hanekom Insists On R500k In Damages – On Sunday Zuma tweeted an apology for claiming on Twitter in 2019 that Hanekom was a “known enemy agent”. [timeslive]

Trump Briefly Leaves Press Briefing After Shooting Near The White House – The Secret Service said in a statement late Monday evening that the incident had begun when a 51-year-old man approached a Secret Service Officer. [cnn]

McDonald’s Sues Ex-Boss Easterbrook Over Alleged Sexual Relationships –  After receiving a tip from an employee in July, the fast food giant started a second investigation, which uncovered “undisputable evidence” of three other sexual relationships. [bbc]

SA Has Recorded 563 598 Coronavirus Cases, Recovery Rate Now At 74% – The health ministry announced 213 more COVID-19 related deaths, which brought that total up to 10,621. [ewn]

Among 14 Types Of Masks Studied, Neck Fleeces Stand Out – For Possibly Making Things Worse – The researchers tested how effective each mask was at reducing the number of respiratory droplets transmitted during speech. [businsider]

Goldman Sachs Comes Up With Tinder For Mergers – Wall Street is building a new dealmaking app for the future of mergers and acquisitions in a social-distanced world. [moneyweb]

Exclusive: Inside The Secret World Of US Commandos In Africa – Investigation reveals the scale of operations of America’s elite combat troops in Africa. [mg]

Fix South Africa Or Fix The ANC – Ramaphosa Can’t Do Both – President Cyril Ramaphosa’s performance has been patchy. Health – good; securitisation – bad; economic relief – decent. He should focus on just one of his two jobs, say analysts. [dailymav]

Coronavirus And South Africa’s Toxic Relationship With Alcohol – South African Medical Research Council’s Charles Parry believes there’s an inextricable link between our drinking culture and our past. [bbc]

PICS: Rare Creature Washes Up On Plettenberg Bay’s Shore – This is only the ninth recorded sighting of the seal species in South Africa since 1946. [citizen]

This ‘How Much Money You Should Have Saved By 40’ Guide Is Hectic – Sometimes it’s tough not to read thesee stories and wince, when you consider how much you really have tucked away for retirement. [here]

Manchester United Seal Semi-Final Spot As Bruno Fernandes Sinks Copenhagen – Clément Turpin, the referee, awarded United’s 22nd penalty of the season and Fernandes beat Johnsson to set up the club’s 17th European semi-final. [guardian]

The 10 Best-Selling Games Of 2020 – Consumer research firm NPD Group has published the ten best-selling games of 2020 to date, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare tops this list. [mybb]

Victoria’s Secret Mogul May Finally Have To Explain His Epstein Ties – Newly unsealed court filings show Les Wexner has refused to hand over documents as part of the legal war between Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre and Alan Dershowitz. [dbeast]

Prince Harry And Meghan’s Social Media Dropped From Royal Family’s Official Pages –  Prince Andrew has also had the link to his social media account removed. [newsau]

Carole Baskin Is Mad At The ‘WAP’ Video For Exploiting Big Cats, Or Something – This is the second time this year the ‘Tiger King’ star and Cardi B have publicly beefed. [vice]

Alyssa Milano Claims COVID-19 Is Causing Her Hair To Fall Out – The Charmed star posts a video on Twitter highlighting the effects as she combs her hair. [sky]





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Best Credit Cards For Online Shopping In South Africa https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/11/best-credit-cards-for-online-shopping-in-south-africa/ Tue, 11 Aug 2020 05:15:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=538268 We can’t blame you if you’re worried about using your plastic card to shop online. The risk of online fraud is still considered high, regardless of how secure your account is. 

Banks and other alternative finance companies have come up with virtual and prepaid credit cards to reduce the security risk of transacting online. By using these types of credit cards, you can have better control over your finances and limit your exposure to losses in case your account gets compromised.

Here are the best credit cards for online shopping:

1) Bank prepaid credit cards

Aside from the standard credit cards that banks offer in South Africa, they also have prepaid credit cards that can help you control your spending better.

The banks that offer prepaid credit cards include:

  • ABSA
  • African Bank
  • Capitec Bank
  • FNB
  • Investec
  • Nedbank
  • Standard Bank

You’ll get the physical plastic card that looks like an ordinary credit card. The difference is that you can link it with your savings account to make reloading more convenient.

2) VCpay

VCpay provides you with a prepaid Virtual MasterCard® that you can safely use for online shopping.

VCpay works by registering on the platform and creating a virtual bank account for free. You can fund the account through electronic transfer, cheque, or credit card.

The company complies with PCI DSS guidelines to ensure your personal information isn’t disclosed to third-party entities without authorisation.

What makes VCpay unique and extremely safe is its prepaid funding feature. This means you can budget expenses and avoid getting into debt. You also get to choose between two types of virtual cards:

  •   Single-use card

The card can only be used once for transactions equivalent or less than the amount on the card.

  •   Normal card

A normal virtual card can be reused up to the amount it was created for.

These two types of virtual cards from VCpay ensure hackers won’t be able to use your card number for unauthorized transactions.  

To apply, all you need is a valid South African ID. That’s it!

VCpay is available in the Google Play, App Store, and Windows Phone for mobile download.

3) FASTACard

FASTACard is the brainchild of Fasta, a digital lending fintech company, along with institutions like Mastercard, Standard Bank, and Tutuka.

This new entry in the virtual credit card space will give you access to a digital card that can be used for online and in-store purchases. The virtual card replaces the physical plastic card and is recognized wherever Mastercard payment is accepted.

With a FASTACard you’ll have a 16-digit card number, a security code, and a card expiry date like those found on a physical credit card. You can use this for online purchases just like you would with an ordinary credit card.

For in-store purchases, you can link your FASTACard account with Samsung Pay, SnapScan, or VodaPay.

To get your FASTACard, you can apply on Fasta’s official website. All you need is a South African ID and permission for Fasta to access your transactional banking details. There’s no need to forward piles of supporting documents to get approved.

What makes FASTACard exceptional is how it allows you to set your credit limit and repayment options. This gives you the flexibility to decide how repayments should be done to make sure they fit your monthly budget.


The best online shopping can be done using prepaid or virtual credit cards. These cards provide you with better control over your finances.You can securely shop around all the most popular online shopping sites in South Africa. They also mitigate the damage in case your card gets hacked because the amount in the account is limited. 

Still, you must always be on guard when transacting online. No matter how tight the security of a website is, there’s still the possibility of it getting hacked.

Always monitor your card transactions to ensure every money spent is accounted for. When you see any unauthorized entry that you’re unfamiliar with, contact your bank immediately to proceed with the appropriate action

SA’s Latest Lottery Winner Has A Plan To Avoid Detection https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/sas-latest-lottery-winner-has-a-plan-to-avoid-detection/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/sas-latest-lottery-winner-has-a-plan-to-avoid-detection/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 13:55:54 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537739 I love a good lottery winner story.

In the past month alone, we had two mates who honoured a handshake 28 years earlier and split their winnings, which warms the heart, and then the story of the R153 million PowerBall winner from Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Still heartwarming, but tough not to be a little jealous when I also buy my tickets through my banking app, and have yet to strike it lucky.

South Africa’s latest lottery winner is a Gauteng small business owner, whose R20 ticket landed him a R37,9 million jackpot, and he intends to try and fly under the radar.

That’s a shrewd move, because you’ll find plenty of family and friends emerging from the woodwork when they find out you hit the winning numbers.

TimesLIVE with more on the tactical approach:

“I am not planning on telling any member of my family, including my mother. I’m scared that if I tell her, she might get excited and tell her best friend by mistake [who will tell others] and that might cause me unwanted problems and will compromise my safety.”

Among the first things he wants to do with the cash windfall is to erect a tombstone for his late father, and buy a car for his business because it requires him to travel around the province to meet his clients.

Not even his own mother. Trust nobody.

He’s not adopting the ‘quit your job immediately’ approach, which is disappointing, but there’s nothing wrong with using the cash to grow your small business, so respect on that front.

The winner said he had hardly been able to sleep since the July 29 draw, and kept the winning ticket under his pillow for two days, waking up every hour to make sure this was all real.

It was, and is, so let’s get back to those ‘flying under the radar’ tactics:

He will only buy himself a proper house in one of the province’s exclusive housing estates next year, because he does not want people to suspect that he is the winner of the Lotto jackpot.

He will also invest a small amount towards growing his business and the rest he will invest.

All Ithuba lottery players who win more than R50 000 are offered trauma counselling and financial advice, so he will have some help.

Enjoy your winnings, pal, and good luck trying to buy that house without raising eyebrows.


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Crazy BMX Rider Holds Bakkie On Hospital Bend [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/crazy-bmx-rider-holds-bakkie-on-hospital-bend-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/crazy-bmx-rider-holds-bakkie-on-hospital-bend-video/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 13:01:12 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537785 We’re almost there, friends.

For those still ticking off the last of the tasks on the to-do list at work, it’s just a few more hours until the long weekend.

For the rest of you pretending to work until it’s reasonable to clock out, we come bearing entertainment.

You can’t say we don’t care about you and your procrastination needs.

There’s a video doing the rounds on WhatsApp of a man, in Cape Town, who isn’t going to let a little thing like his lack of engine-powered transport get in the way of going where he’s going and getting there as quickly as possible.

We have no idea when it was filmed, or who filmed it, but we do know that it’s Friday and we’ve all earned a laugh, so take it in:

Feel free to get in touch with us if you filmed this so we can find out more.

The BMX rider is giving that Jozi recycling trolley spotted cruising at 60km/h, a run for its money.

One might say he’s 2FAST4U.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it kicks off soon.

Have a happy Women’s Day.

Thanks, Stu

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This ‘How Much Money You Should Have Saved By 40’ Guide Is Hectic https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/this-how-much-money-you-should-have-saved-by-40-guide-is-hectic/ Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:55:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537729 [imagesource: Getty]

Finding the right balance when it comes to money can be difficult, especially when you don’t have a lot of knowledge on how to properly manage your finances.

Then there’s the fact that when you’re living through a pandemic – and when there is an uneasy sentiment regarding economic stability, prioritising smart financial habits over lifestyle spending and instant gratification buys can seem abstract and unimportant.

But, it is important – undeniably important.

South Africans are notoriously bad at saving for their golden years. Roughly half of retirement fund members are faced with a pension of less than one-fifth of their pre-retirement salary, and only 6% have accumulated around 75% or more of what they earned when still working.

Forbes recently looked at how much Millennials should have saved by each age, and it makes for depressing reading.

Let’s read those basic guidelines together and wince as one:

  • During your 20s you should aim to accumulate 25% of your overall gross pay.
  • By 30, you should have saved the equivalent of a year’s salary.
  • You should have double your annual salary saved by the time you’re 35
  • By the time you reach 40, you should have accumulated four times your annual salary

Wow – the percentage of South Africans who will have saved double their annual salary by the age of 35 must be infinitesimally small.

Sorry, four times your annual salary tucked away by the age of 40? Alright then, sure.

Clearly, these numbers aren’t realistic, especially in our economy. Freelancing, part-time employment, and informal sector employment is increasingly common these days, and doesn’t come with a built-in retirement fund.

According to IOL, retirement funds use a ‘replacement ratio’ when calculating whether or not you’re on track to have enough saved for when you stop working.

By way of example, if your pensionable salary is R20 000 before you retire, and if your savings amount to a pension of R4 000 a month, then your replacement ratio is 20%.

A recent Member Watch survey shows that the average South African is nowhere near prepared to live comfortably during retirement:

Image: Member Watch

It’s sobering to look at the figures, but you don’t have to tackle the problem alone.

Firstly, if you didn’t have the cash or the foresight to start saving when you were younger, don’t buy into the common myth that you’re too old to start now.

The reality is that it’s never too late, especially if you now have the means to bring an expert on board to help you maximise your, and your family’s, personal wealth.

Additionally, one of the greatest gifts that you can give your children is an education in managing their finances and saving. This is easily done with Consequence Private Wealth taking care of everything you and they need to build healthy financial habits.

They’re never too young, and you’re never too old, to start saving for the future.


One For The Golfers: The PGA Tour’s Strangest Shots [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/one-for-the-golfers-the-pga-tours-strangest-shots-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/one-for-the-golfers-the-pga-tours-strangest-shots-video/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:00:10 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=536938 The saying goes that ‘golf is a good walk spoiled’, but every so often you hit one decent shot and all of that is forgotten.

For the top tier professionals lucky enough to make a living out of the sport, every bit of fortune, or misfortune, can have a big say in the size of the cheque they take home come Sunday.

Recently, while golf, along with many other sports around the world, was ‘enjoying’ some downtime, the PGA Tour put together a compilation of “some of the craziest moments to ever happen” during tournament play.

From Rory McIlroy’s tee shot landing in the pocket of a spectator, to Sergio Garcia knocking the diamond out of a woman’s engagement ring, through to some rather fortunate hole-in-ones and lucky bounces…

Meanwhile, the rest of us are up to our knees in the deep rough, with the green a mere blip in the distance.


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This R17k A Month Bantry Bay Apartment Is Right On The Rocks https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/this-r17k-a-month-bantry-bay-apartment-is-right-on-the-rocks/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/this-r17k-a-month-bantry-bay-apartment-is-right-on-the-rocks/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:30:16 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537711 Sheesh, R17 000 a month and you’re right on the rocks in a prime Atlantic Seaboard location, with a pool? Sounds grand.

Ready for the kicker?

It’s a one-bedroom apartment.

On the plus side, the Pam Golding listing does say that the electricity, water, and WiFi is included in the rental and “the balcony can be converted into a 2nd/spare room”.

I don’t know the specifics of how you make that happen, but I back your ingenuity.

Here’s more from the listing, along with some pictures:

Ideally suited for a single professional or professional couple, non smokers, sober habits and regretfully no children or pets, there is also a guest sleeping niche area.

There is also a pool in the complex and it is walking distance to all amenities. Secure off street parking. Furnished main bedroom with TV and built-in cupboards has an en suite bathroom with basin, bath and toilet.

Bathroom 1 with basin, shower and toilet. Furnished kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and washing machine and dryer. Furnished living room with air conditioner, air con throughout the flat.

Boundary wall electronic entrance to forecourt and secure parking. Communal pool.

Communal pool? Still nice, but we must dock a luxury point there.

Right on the rocks, though:

Ja, nee, hey, I would probably pass and spend my R17 000 a month elsewhere for an actual second bedroom, but don’t let that stop you from following your ‘on the rocks’ dream.

See the full listing here.


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Nature Is Brutal: Impala Tries To Escape Halfway Through Being Eaten [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/nature-is-brutal-impala-tries-to-escape-halfway-through-being-eaten-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/nature-is-brutal-impala-tries-to-escape-halfway-through-being-eaten-video/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:32:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537750 When it’s your time, it’s your time, but don’t go down without a good fight.

There is little to no margin for error in the constant predator versus prey battle, but it’s not often that you get to see what unfolded in front of Adri van den Merwe, Rabbi Auerbach, and the Kiselstein family recently.

Filmed about 10 kilometres from Crocodile Bridge Gate, which is the most eastern entrance to Kruger National Park, the footage was posted on Latest Sightings’ YouTube channel.

You might recall that impala mistakenly sauntering into a cheetah death trap recently, but props to this buck for fighting until its last breath.

A warning that the video below is graphic before we carry on.

Here’s more from those who witnessed the scene:

Adri, arrived at the sighting just as the Cheetah was dragging the impala off the road while suffocating it – missing the chase by seconds!

“The cheetah started eating the (then still very much alive) impala. We could see the impala still making attempts to run, midst it being eaten, when the vultures started circling above and then slowly one by one made their way down to the ground, gathering together and then approached the kill as one.”

There is a lot going on here, but if you’re after the really grizzly bits, watch from the 2:30 mark:

Also, the vultures start rocking up from around the 4:10 mark, and hover like the waiters at a restaurant where the staff outnumber the patrons.

The vultures actually chase the cheetah away from the kill, and an absolute feeding frenzy ensues, before a lappet-faced vulture arrives and claims the final scraps.

Nothing goes to waste, and life in the bush carries on.


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Nothing Like A Cold Pint Of Pubic Hair https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/nothing-like-a-cold-pint-of-pubic-hair/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/nothing-like-a-cold-pint-of-pubic-hair/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:31:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537762 [imagesource: Sally Anscombe/Getty Images]

A friend of mine who works in advertising is of the firm belief that before a logo, name, or copy is approved or adopted by a company, it should be screened by a room of 10-year-olds.

If they giggle, or smirk, don’t ask questions, just go back to the drawing board.

Another tip is to choose the name of your product in a language that you actually understand, or with the help of someone who speaks it.

Failing this, you could find yourself faced with the same problem as many who marked themselves with a Japanese tattoo in the early 2000s.

Instead of a variation on the already intolerable “live, laugh, love”, they sometimes translated as something mundane like “soup”.

A brewery in Canada, Hell’s Basement, decided to ignore all of the above, going straight to production of its New Zealand Pale Ale, before realising their mistake.

They named the brew ‘Huruhuru’.

Here’s The Guardian with why that’s a bad thing.

“Some people call it appreciation, I call it appropriation,” te reo Māori exponent and TV personality Te Hamua Nikora said on Facebook, after explaining that most Māori would use the word “huruhuru” as a reference to pubic hair.

Nikora said that he had contacted the brewery to inform them of their mistake, but they’re still selling it.

Image: Hell’s Basement

A leather store in Wellington also adopted the name.

“If you are selling leather, call it leather, don’t call it pubic hair unless you are selling pubic hair and don’t call beer pubic hair unless you make it with pubic hair”, says Nikora.

He went on to ask non-Māori businesses to use their own language to promote their products.

Hell’s Basement co-founder Mike Patriquin says that he thought ‘huruhuru’ meant “feather”, and that the company didn’t intend to offend anyone.

The leather store also said that they thought it meant fur, feather, or wool.

This isn’t the first time that a company with no Māori employees tried to use the language on their products and failed.

Two years ago, Coca-Cola attempted to combine reo Māori and English, inadvertently writing “Hello, Death” on a vending machine in New Zealand.

Nobody has done their best work here, with the exception of the man trying to get people to stop misusing his language.


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July’s 10 Most Popular Shows On Netflix [Trailers] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/julys-10-most-popular-shows-on-netflix-trailers/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/julys-10-most-popular-shows-on-netflix-trailers/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537674 Netflix is notoriously cagey with the information it releases to the public, but over the past few months, they have thrown out a few crumbs.

For example, they finally let the public know which of their original movies were the most popular with viewers, and I’m just glad Sandra Bullock didn’t score top place with Bird Box.

She didn’t deserve an Oscar for The Blind Side, which was a pile of garbage, and I won’t back down on that front.

Oh, and during a recent podcast interview, Netflix vice president of product Todd Yellin said that the iconic “ta-dum” intro noise took a full year to create, after many options were considered, including the possibility of a goat bleating.

Anyway, let’s chat top 10 shows for July, with the help of Forbes, which has devised a ranking system using a combination of Netflix’s info and their tracking of the daily top 10 shows.

We will run through numbers 10 to six, and then give a trailer for each of the top five:

  • 10. Fear City: New York vs The Mafia – 78 points
  • 9. Floor is Lava – 83 points
  • 8. Dark Desire – 88 points
  • 7. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich – 92 points
  • 6. The Baby-Sitters Club – 95 points

In fifth place, and still chugging along nicely, is the superb The Last Dance:

If you liked that, you may also enjoy these other basketball doccies.

In fourth place is the fantasy/action Cursed:

In third, we have the comic book adaptation Warrior Nun:

The second most popular Netflix show in July was Down to Earth with Zac Efronwhich sees the actor travelling around the world to show off how little he knows about anything that takes place outside of his own country:

In top spot, and another nod to how obsessed we have all become with true-crime series, is Unsolved Mysteries:

To the show’s credit, numerous crimes which have featured on the series have ended up being solved after tips from the viewing public.

You can find some examples here.

It’s a long weekend, and there is some poor weather forecast for Sunday and Monday, so this may be the weekend to binge, and binge hard.


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Very Cool: This Personal Submarine Can Tow Behind Your Car https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/very-cool-this-personal-submarine-can-tow-behind-your-car/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/very-cool-this-personal-submarine-can-tow-behind-your-car/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 08:32:16 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537693 [imagesource: U-Boat Worx]

The new generation of superyachts on the market for first-time buyers are apparently geared towards those who “aren’t interested in material possessions”.

Of course, this is absolute rubbish. If you aren’t into material possessions, why are you buying a superyacht? It’s not your average ‘retail therapy’ buy.

Still, yacht makers are defending this position, saying that it’s no longer about owning a small(ish) mansion on the water.

It’s all about ‘experiences’, and I’m pretty sure that an experience out on the ocean doesn’t get better than taking a small submarine for a dive to explore the depths below.

Over to Forbes:

In July 2020, the Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx announced its success at the highly respected international design competition, the Red Dot Design Awards.

The Nemo won a Red Dot Award for design excellence, as well as recognition as “best of the best” in the Mobility and Transportation category.

Along with its award-winning stylistic virtues, the Nemo can dive up to 100 meters, making it a big draw for yachts owners and yacht-charter guests alike.

Yep, Nemo is a small two-seater submarine that can be used by just about anyone following a 12-day training course offered to all purchasers, which naturally appeals to yacht makers looking to meet the ‘experience’ criteria that new buyers are looking for.

“Personal submarines are an exciting and impressive addition to any toy locker and have become increasingly stylish and more sought after, especially for owners desiring adventurous itineraries,” says Julia Simpson, Broker & Communications Manager at SuperYachtsMonaco, a boutique superyacht brokerage handling both charters and sales.

Image: U-Boat Worx

“Yachts that carry their own submarine tend to be explorer style – robust superyachts, built for long-distance cruising to untouched destinations. Owners who love to explore, but don’t want to compromise on the sporty lines of their sleek superyacht, are opting more and more for a support vessel solution, on which a submarine and other specialist toys and tenders can be carried in tandem with the superyacht mothership, rather than on-board,” says Simpson.

Nemo is a little different. It’s smaller and lighter than the average submersible vehicle.

At 5 feet tall and 5,510 pounds, the Nemo not only fits aboard a variety of ships (it’s essentially the same size as two jet-skis), but it also can be deployed from land and it can even be towed behind a car.

Image: U-Boat Worx

The Nemo’s completely transparent acrylic-sphere windows were built to ensure that its passengers can really take in the scenery.

“Destinations we’ve known people to explore with their subs include the Antarctic, where the submarine allows you to avoid frostbite and see some unique sea life up close and personal, including penguins, seals and species with what is known as polar gigantism, such as giant sea stars and spiders.

Image: U-Boat Worx

Or at the more tropical end of the scale, Tahiti is spectacular in its range of underwater flora and fauna including Blacktip reef sharks and Lemon sharks.”

U-Boat Worx has a video on its website showing one of their personal submarines in action, which you can check out here.

Submarine ownership is ordinarily a niche market, but the fact that Nemo can be launched from land expands its accessibility considerably, provided you can afford it.

The subs are built to order, with prices starting at roughly $1,2 million (around R21 million).

Okay, that pricepoint sends it right back into the ‘niche market’ category.


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2FAST4U Jaguar Driver Hits International Headlines https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/2fast4u-jaguar-driver-hits-international-headlines/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/2fast4u-jaguar-driver-hits-international-headlines/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 08:00:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537691 [imagesource: @Kyenedy / Twitter]

Let this be a lesson to car owners around the world.

If you have a personalised number plate that references the speed at which you drive, and you are involved in an accident, people will show little to no sympathy.

This story starts with the images of a Jaguar with the plate “2FAST4U WP” smashing into the outside seating of a café at the High Constantia Shopping Centre, and that alone would have been enough to secure viral infamy.

Then comes the video showing the moment of the crash, and you know it’s going international.

Finally, there’s the interview that the woman behind the wheel, 69-year-old trucking company boss Erica Holt, gave about the accident.

If you haven’t yet read that, she slams Capetonians as unfriendly, and chirps the “Constantia ladies” that “drive around in their husbands’ cars”.

I feel she may come to regret those chirps, but let’s turn our attention towards some of the international coverage.

To start, UK-based the Metro has a few great lines, quoting one onlooker:

‘I guess it brings a whole new meaning to a drive-thru breakfast – but the driver was just so mortified…

‘A waiter joked that if the lady wanted a table she only had to ring to make a reservation…The man who turned up was not impressed and emptied her shopping out of the crashed Jaguar and put it in his Mercedes and she just sat in the front looking so embarrassed.’

Canadian car site Motor Illustrated also covered the crash, calling the number plate “the real cherry on this sundae”:

We’re tempted to joke about the plate but we will remain civil. Might we, however, suggest changing the number plate once the car is repaired – it’s going to be famous from now on and it’ll never go unnoticed.

Agreed. That would perhaps be a shrewd move.

There are other sites, too, dotted across the globe, but let’s stop there.

Mistakes were made, lessons were learnt, laughs were had, and most importantly, the 30 eggs on the front seat emerged unscathed.


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Update On That R690 Million Yacht That Fell Off A Cargo Ship https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/update-on-that-r690-million-yacht-that-fell-off-a-cargo-ship/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/update-on-that-r690-million-yacht-that-fell-off-a-cargo-ship/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:33:27 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537664 [imagesource: Getty]

When the reigning champion superyacht, ‘My Song’, was almost lost at sea, it wasn’t the worst news for everyone competing in the annual Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, held in Porto Cervo on the Italian island of Sardinia, last June.

It was on a cargo ship being transported between the Spanish island of Mallorca and the Italian city of Genoa when it slipped off into the ocean, was briefly lost, and then retrieved after days of searching, only to reveal extensive damage to the boat.

The irony of the whole thing was that the yacht’s owner, Italian billionaire Pier Luigi Laro Piana, had commissioned shipping company Peters and May to transport it to the event to “keep it safe”.

Footage was recorded of the damage, but otherwise, little was reported after the accident:

Now we have an update, via The Daily Mail:

Mr Piana is suing the the firm for the replacement value of yacht [£30 million/R690 million].

However, the Southampton-based Peters and May deny responsibility.

Image: Press Mare

According to court papers: ‘The primary assessment is that the yacht’s cradle – owned and provided by the yacht, warranted by the yacht for sea transport and assembled by the yacht’s crew – collapsed during the voyage.’

Mr Piana’s lawyers are seeking to have the case returned to an Italian court.

Piana (below with Sharon Stone) claims that losing the yacht is like losing a home.

My Song is described as ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ – she has a 56-metre-high mast and under full sail can reach more than 30 knots.

Image: Getty

One yachting expert said: ‘It is a terribly sad end for the illustrious yacht that was the belle of the ball at the 2017 World Superyacht Awards picking up the trophy for Best Sailing Yacht of its size.

‘She was packed with cutting edge design and technology and also served as a comfortable cruising yacht.’

The court case is ongoing as it’s bounced between courts in the UK and Italy.

That shipping company can’t be feeling too good about the media attention it’s getting.


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Doesn’t Get Better: Enjoy How Trump Pronounced ‘Thailand’ [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/doesnt-get-better-enjoy-how-trump-pronounced-thailand-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/doesnt-get-better-enjoy-how-trump-pronounced-thailand-videos/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:37 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537646 [imagesource: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg]

Imagine calling yourself the greatest country in the world, and your election options come down to two 70-year-old plus men who can barely string a sentence together?

As we head towards November 4, and the US elections, every day serves as a reminder of just how unfit for office the current presidential incumbent is.

More than 160 000 COVID-19 deaths, and yet he takes no responsibility, and has little to no idea of how dire his nation’s current predicament is.

If you want to really understand how woefully incompetent Donald Trump is, you should watch his recent interview with Axios journalist Jonathan Swan, which is one that future generations will look back and say ‘seriously, Americans voted for this guy?’

But you’re busy, and you don’t have 37 minutes, so if you can spare four, watch this:

You could also ask Donald’s niece, a trained clinical psychologist, who was pretty frank in her assessment of her uncle.

Still not fussed? Cool, you came here to watch Trump mispronounce Thailand, so let’s get to it:

Yes, of course, there were memes.

Reminds me of Nambia.

Are we surprised? No, because earlier in the week he pronounced Yosemite as Yo-Semites, and has continuously fumbled over words during his time as president.

Fox News loves to talk about Joe Biden’s mental capacity, but what about Donnie?

Well, both are not okay, but at least Joe Biden doesn’t think passing the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test, which is a test designed to spot signs of cognitive impairment, is some sort of badge of honour.

The United States of America has around 330 million citizens, and they’ll be forced to choose between Joe Biden and Donald Trump in November.



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Cyclist Placed In Coma Following This Horrific Race Crash [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/cyclist-placed-in-coma-following-this-horrific-race-crash-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/cyclist-placed-in-coma-following-this-horrific-race-crash-video/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 06:35:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537642 [imagesource: Luc Claessen/Getty]

Competitive sports have the potential to bring out the worst in people.

This seems to have been the case for cyclist Dylan Groenewegen, who was so determined to win the first leg of the Tour de Pologne bike race, that he was willing to risk injury to a fellow cyclist.

The annual Tour de Pologne, which kicked off on Wednesday, consists of seven or eight stages and is usually around 1 200 km in length, which is around a third of the length of the Tour de France.

Last year, the race was won by Pavel Sivakov from Russia. This year, a number of competitors may have to forfeit their place in the race following a horrific crash at the end of the first stage.

INSIDER reports:

A brutal, high-speed crash during the first leg of the Tour de Pologne bike race left one of the world’s best cyclists in a coma and another disqualified from the event.

As the leaders of the pack sprinted to the finish line to cap off the first day of competition, Team Jumbo-Visma cyclist Dylan Groenewegen lowered his shoulder and drove fellow Dutch racer, Fabio Jakobsen, over the side panels, where Jakobsen smashed into a race official who was stationed adjacent to the finish line.

Both competitors were moving at roughly 80 km/h when the crash took place. A resultant pileup also left other racers injured.

Watch it play out:

Jakobsen was airlifted to the Santa Barbara Hospital in Sosnowiec, Poland

Shortly after his arrival, doctors placed the UCI WorldTeam Deceuninck–Quick-Step sprinter in a medically-induced coma. He has since endured more than five hours of facial reconstructive surgery.

Jakobsen also collided with a race official who was knocked unconscious and was also taken to hospital. He suffered a head injury, but is stable.

Though Groenewegen crossed the finish line first, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) — the world governing body of the sport — deemed his actions “unacceptable” and officially awarded Jakobsen with the win after disqualifying his opponent from the race.

Image: Sky News

“The UCI has found the behaviour of Dylan Groenewegen unacceptable, and has disqualified the Jumbo-Visma rider, assigning the stage victory to Fabio Jakobsen,” race organizers said in a statement.

Groenewegen issued an apology on Twitter. The tweet is in Dutch, so here’s a translation:

“I can’t find the words to describe how sorry I am for Fabio and others who have been crashed or hit.”

“I hate what happened yesterday,” he added. “At the moment, the health of Fabio is the most important thing. I think about him constantly.”

Also on Twitter, Lance Armstrong expressed his support for Jakobsen:

While Groenewegen has been largely condemned for his actions, others claim that the structure of the course could be partly to blame.

Former racer Robbie McEwen noted that Jakobsen “didn’t deflect back into the road” after hitting the side barriers.

“He went straight through them,” McEwen told CyclingNews. “That’s really poor planning, not just from the organizers themselves but the UCI, and they have to take responsibility for that.”

The second stage of the race went on as planned, albeit sans Jakobsen, Groenewegen, and a few other cyclists who were injured in the crash.

Doctors are hoping to bring Jakobsen out of his coma in the coming days.


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Friday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/friday-morning-spice-487/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/07/friday-morning-spice-487/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 05:36:20 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537615 French Wineries To Receive €250 Million To Weather Lockdown And US Tariffs – Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday (5 August) that the state will raise its support plan to wine growing to €250 million “and we will request this aid to be distributed as quickly as possible because cash needs are pressing”. [tdb]

Trump Bans US Transactions With Chinese-Owned TikTok And WeChat – Executive order comes as TikTok faces scrutiny from US lawmakers and Trump administration over national security concerns. [guardian]

Playing Electoral Defence, Trump Claims Biden Opposes God – “He’s against God. He’s against guns. He’s against energy, our kind of energy. I don’t think he’s going to do too well in Ohio,” Trump said. [ap]

Cabinet Approves Bill To Regulate Private Use Of Cannabis In South Africa – Cabinet has approved the submission of the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill of 2020 to Parliament for processing. [btech]

Iranians Get SMS Barrage Offering Millions For Info On U.S. Election Hacking – When Mohamad first got the text message offering him up to $10 million for information about attempts to interfere with the U.S. election, he thought it was “some kind of cyber attack.” [mav]

New York Attorney General Sues N.R.A. And Seeks Its Closure – The New York attorney general, Letitia James, filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association, alleging that years of corruption and misspending had irreparably undermined its ability to operate as a nonprofit. [nyt]

Prince Harry Accuses Social Media Of Stoking A ‘Crisis Of Hate’ – Duke of Sussex attacks tech companies for having ‘created the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth’. [tele]

Apple’s New iPhone SE Is Scoring Rave Reviews – Apple’s new iPhone SE is the company’s answer to the call for a smaller iPhone that packs a powerful punch. [here]

Daisy Coleman: Assault Survivor In Netflix Film Takes Own Life – Daisy Coleman, a sexual assault victim advocate and subject of the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, has taken her own life, according to her mother. [bbc]

Uber Continues To Hemorrhage Cash During The Pandemic Despite Growth In Delivery – Uber is continuing to bleed cash during the coronavirus pandemic. The chronically unprofitable company lost $1.8 billion over the last three months, with its adjusted net revenues down 29 percent compared to Q2 of 2019. [verge]

Teens Arrested With AK47 At Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Resort In Florida – Three teenage boys have been arrested after inadvertently entering President Donald Trump’s Florida resort with a loaded AK47 assault rifle. [bbc]

Alyssa Milano Thought She Was Dying And Tested Positive For Covid-19 Antibodies – Alyssa Milano says she has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies after having tested negative for Covid-19. [cnn]

Pope Francis Appoints Six Women To Senior Vatican Positions – A Historic First – Pope Francis appointed new members to the Vatican’s Council for the Economy on Thursday, and in addition to several cardinals, he also added seven new laypeople to the committee. Six of them are women. [cbs]

Edinburgh Accent Among Most Attractive In The World Due To ‘Bond Effect’, Survey Finds – Researchers said that the Scottish capital’s dialect is now associated by many with the suave voice of Sir Sean Connery. [tele]

Attention Constantia Housewives: That ‘2FAST4U’ Jaguar Crash Lady Doesn’t Dig Your Vibe – Following images and video footage of her Constantia crash going viral, the driver of the Jaguar has now come forward to tell her side of the story. [here]

Twin YouTube Stars Alan And Alex Stokes Charged After Allegedly Faking Robberies – One prank resulted in an innocent Uber driver, who refused to drive the twins, being held by police at gunpoint. [sky]

The Café Caprice Women’s Day Brunch Looks Like A Good Time – Unsure of how to celebrate Women’s Day this year? You can’t go wrong with brunch, good mates, and a beautiful beachside setting. [here]

Jennifer Garner Enjoys Flirty Beach Fun With Eligible Bachelor Bradley Cooper – After her ‘split’ from boyfriend John Miller. [dm]





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White Tiger Cubs Found In Backyard Of Jozi’s Own Joe Exotic https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/white-tiger-cubs-found-in-backyard-of-jozis-own-joe-exotic/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/white-tiger-cubs-found-in-backyard-of-jozis-own-joe-exotic/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:01:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537553 [imagesource: Sandton SPCA]

Tiger King may have captivated audiences with the neverending plot twists and turns that unfolded along the way, alongside its cast of bizarre characters, but most wouldn’t want to find themselves in the company of the Joe Exotics and Carol Baskins of the world.

They are genuinely horrible people – just ask Joe Exotic’s niece, Chealsi Putman.

One of the things that the show did do, apart from shock and fascinate, was ignite conversation about the way that big cats are treated in captivity.

They aren’t supposed to be pets, they’re wild animals, and keeping them in small spaces is incredibly cruel.

With that in mind, you’ll be appalled to learn that two white tiger cubs were found cooped up in a yard in Houghton, Jozi, this week.

Per DispatchLIVE, the Sandton SPCA, which are lobbying to have the cubs moved to a safe sanctuary, issued a statement:

“Inspectors were made aware of a property in Houghton where tiger cubs were being kept on the premises in an enclosed area… These young predators appeared to be in fairly good physical condition, but the enclosure did not have filled water bowls and the environment lacked enrichment,” the statement reads.

Image: Sandton SPCA

“Our inspectors requested that the cubs be surrendered to an approved sanctuary, where they can live in an environment as close as possible to their natural habitat with minimal human intervention.

The owners were advised that tiger cubs are not domesticated animals and should not be kept as companion animals nor in captivity.”

After the owner was warned, he built a water container into the ground and installed “enrichment equipment” like a jungle gym.

“The SPCA is opposed to wild animals being kept in captivity and are working with the environmental health department to ensure that these animals are released to a suitable environment where all their needs can be catered for,” said the SPCA.

There’s no word on how the owner got the cubs or what he planned on doing when they reached maturity, but the SPCA says it will keep up the pressure to have the cubs removed.

If you’d like to do your bit to help the SPCA protect animals like these tiger cubs, head here to make a donation, volunteer your services, or adopt a kitty looking for a forever home.


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Apple’s New iPhone SE Is Scoring Rave Reviews https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/apples-new-iphone-se-is-scoring-rave-reviews/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:00:03 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537411 [imagesource: Apple]

Since the original iPhone SE was released back in 2016, we’ve seen incredible technological upgrades that have produced some of the most advanced and elegant smartphones in existence, with cameras and other features that have surpassed our expectations.

For years now, Apple fans have been prompting the company to bring the compact iPhone back, and it has complied with a model that has reviewers raving.

The new iPhone SE packs the most powerful and fastest chip ever installed in an iPhone – the A13 Bionic – and it doesn’t end there.

Here’s what Forbes had to say about it:

For many a pocketable phone that covers the basics of social media, web browsing, email, and instant messaging is enough. That’s where the iPhone SE excels.

…The iPhone SE is Apple’s cheapest new iPhone, yet it doesn’t feel hampered by the lower price point. It has sold well and contributed significantly to Apple’s bottom line. And it has set the bar for the Android-powered competition to try and match. It is one of Apple’s quietest success stories of 2020.

Techradar notes that the “more lightweight phone, bridges the gap between the older iPhone SE and the behemothic (but impressive) iPhone 11 Pro Max, while PCMag posits that “if you want a powerful small smartphone, the iPhone SE is by far your best choice”.

Don’t let its size and simplicity fool you. It’s a powerful little machine. That A13 Bionic chip we mentioned earlier also powers the iPhone 11, one of Apple’s most celebrated iPhones. You get all the punch of a larger product in a smaller package.

An overview of the specs:

Take it in:

The iPhone SE is the latest step in Apple’s drive to keep people connected during these tough times.

If you want to get your hands on one of these beauties, you can order it online, or buy it in-store from Digicape, South Africa’s largest independent Apple retailer.

Digicape will also accept up to five of your old devices as a trade-in against the purchase of any new product. So bring in your old iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, or Apple TVs, and you could save thousands on your new iPhone.

There’s a lot to love, here.


Crazy Video Shows Beirut Bride’s Wedding Shoot Rocked By Explosion https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/crazy-video-shows-beirut-brides-wedding-shoot-rocked-by-explosion/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/crazy-video-shows-beirut-brides-wedding-shoot-rocked-by-explosion/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:55:22 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537547 On Tuesday, tragedy struck in the Lebanese capital of Beirut when an explosion rocked the city in the early evening.

As things stand, at least 137 people are confirmed dead, with at least 5 000 more injured, after a building near the city’s port, believed to be holding around 2 750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, exploded.

For footage from multiple areas of the city, as well as a slowed-down look at how the power of the blast created a mushroom cloud, head here.

All of those paint a picture of the fear that residents must have felt in the moment, and that’s also clear from this footage of a bride’s wedding shoot.

29-year-old Dr. Israa Seblani was posing for a video, with husband-to-be Ahmad Sbeih nearby, when the force from the explosion tore through the street:

Speaking to CNN, the couple, along with Mahmoud Nakib, the wedding photographer, recounted what that was like:

“In just one second, the sky turned black and we heard the second explosion,” Nakib said…

“The area I was in — within matter of seconds — it went from beautiful place to ghost town filled with dust, shattered glass and people yelling [and] bleeding,” Seblani told CNN. “It was like a nightmare scene.”

The shockwave pushed Nakib down the street, he said, nearly knocking him over. But his camera kept rolling, shakily documenting the chaotic scene for a few seconds longer.

Thankfully, nobody involved with the shoot was hurt, but Seblani says her first thought was wondering if this was how she was going to die.

If you want to understand the sheer force of the blast, these satellite images are a good place to start:

There’s also this drone footage:

Given that evidence suggests officials knew how dangerous it was to keep such a massive stash of explosive material, expect heads to roll in the coming days and weeks.


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“A Bloody Shitty Job”: 87-Year-Old Unloads On Prince William [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/a-bloody-shitty-job-87-year-old-unloads-on-prince-william-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/a-bloody-shitty-job-87-year-old-unloads-on-prince-william-video/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:33:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537589 I already have all sorts of back pains and aches, so I can only imagine what it must feel like as you pass 80.

On the plus side, being old means you get to say pretty much whatever you like, whenever you like, with scaled-down repercussions.

99-year-old Prince Philip has spent decades putting his foot in his mouth (when he’s not crashing into things), so I reckon Prince William is used to dealing with the frank nature of the elderly.

In the case of 87-year-old Joan Drew Smith, she wasn’t going to let the Prince, nor Kate, get away with their shoddy bingo hosting skills.

Over to Sky News for more from the royal visit to Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff yesterday:

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a care home where they had called a bingo game months earlier, they may have hoped for an improvement on the mixed reviews they received at the time…

As the future king sat down with her and others, he reminded them of their last encounter.

“You might not recognise us with the [face masks] but we did the bingo with you,” he said.

“You said we didn’t do a very good job?”

Joan told them back in May that she had been unimpressed, and her stance hasn’t mellowed with time.

Watch from 15 seconds below:

I dig her vibe.

Can somebody head back to the care home and ask her what she thinks about Prince Andrew, please?


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The Café Caprice Women’s Day Brunch Looks Like A Good Time https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/the-cafe-caprice-womens-day-brunch-looks-like-a-good-time/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:32:48 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537585 [imagesource: here]

Women’s Day isn’t just about enjoying a long weekend.

It commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws, which required South Africans defined as “black” under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass.

South African women are made of strong stuff and it’s that strong stuff that shaped our democracy.

We’re also just awesome on all fronts and deserve a day of celebration.

While I know we’ve all been confined to the house for the last while, there’s no day better than Women’s Day to grab your girls, take a break from the kids, partner, or the cat, and head out to a much-needed brunch.

If you’re not sure where to go, Café Caprice wants you to join them for brunch or lunch (or both, why not make a day of it?), on Sunday, August 9, complete with a complimentary Lautus Virgin Mimosa.

It’s not the bubbly you’d usually knock back, but these are the times we live in.

You’ll want to book a table as soon as possible – we know from experience that they fill up fast at Café Caprice.

Make your booking by giving them a call on 060 651 4109.

Café Caprice is fully compliant with all of the COVID-19 advanced alert level 3 rules for restaurants, and all precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of customers and staff.

So, that’s Sunday, August 9, for a mid-morning feast.

See you there!

Where Your Nightmares Come From And How To Control Them https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/where-your-nightmares-come-from-and-how-to-control-them/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/where-your-nightmares-come-from-and-how-to-control-them/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:30:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537621 [imagesource: here]

Yeah, you’re not imagining it.

Your dreams have been weirder and oddly vivid since the pandemic took the world and flipped it on its head.

I have a recurring dream every other night that I accidentally left my mask and hand sanitiser behind when I left my apartment. When I try to go back for it, I can’t seem to find the door, or I end up in another building, or something gets in the way of the mask retrieval.

That dream tends to takes turns with the one where I have a maths test that I didn’t study for. I haven’t had to write a maths test since high school.

Some scientists think that the uptick in weird dreams during the pandemic has something to do with an increase in REM sleep – the part of the sleep cycle when dreams most often occur.

This is in part due to our new schedules while working from home, as no commute often amounts to more sleep.

Weird dreams are for the most part a little anxiety-inducing, but nightmares are something else entirely.

Those too, according to TIME, have become a little more frequent in recent months for some.

Where Do Nightmares Come From?

Nightmares, and their content, develop over time, starting when you’re too young to form lasting memories unless they are particularly traumatic. That period of your life is characterised by what’s referred to as “infantile amnesia”.

Infantile amnesia gets disrupted, if the child experiences significant trauma during that sensitive time-window—physical abuse, witnessing domestic violence, or being placed in rotating foster care with no consistent attachment figures, to name a few examples.

Other less traumatic events can contribute to nightmares as well. Daily stress is a powerful causative factor which would account for why more of us are having them, and having them more often, now.

Then there’s your personality. People who score higher on tests of empathy and sensitivity are more likely to pay for daytime stress with a sleep-time nightmare.

No good deed goes unpunished.

Nightmares aren’t necessarily unhealthy. There also isn’t an exact science behind the imagery, some of which you just collect throughout the day or over a lifetime.

Still, it would be nice to not have to deal with them.

There are a few options if you’re keen to try to take back control.

Image-rehearsal therapy – imagine the nightmare multiple times a day in a calm setting, but change it, giving it a happier ending. For example, if you haven’t studied for that maths test, imagine being told that it was all a big misunderstanding and you don’t have to write it.

In fact, you can drop the course entirely and still graduate.

Desensitisation and exposure – visualise the nightmare in vivid detail while practising relaxation techniques, including steady breathing and alternately tensing and relaxing muscles throughout.

Then visualise the nightmare again, this time with no relaxation techniques. The former allows you to take control of the experience, while the latter exposes you to the nightmare in a raw setting that can strip it of its power.

Take control during lucid dreaming – there’s always that point in a dream where you feel like you could break out of it or wake up. It’s at this point that you take control of the dream.

Turn around and chase whatever is chasing you, or exit the dream entirely. It takes practise but it can be done.

Look, nightmares probably can’t be eradicated entirely, but it helps to know where they come from and what can be done about them.

And, finally, don’t panic too much if you’ve been having more bad dreams than usual.

It’s weird out there.


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2OV Throwback Thursday – The ‘Nice, Ron’ Viral Video https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-nice-ron-viral-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-nice-ron-viral-video/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:00:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537571 Hello Thursday, my old friend.

Whilst your social media feeds are probably full of people throwing back to a time when they looked really good in that photo (#challengeaccepted), we prefer to go the viral video route.

Our most recent video featured footage from the Fourth of July in the US, but for this edition, we’re going further back into the deep, dusty recesses of viral YouTube videos.

We don’t know who Ron is, but we do know that there is a woman who was really unimpressed with how he managed to ruin a beautiful moment back in 2015:

Classic Ron.

Because I’ll be called lazy if we stop there, I will throw in a few more Throwbacks that feature animals.

A dog imitating a siren? We have you covered, with this video uploaded to YouTube in 2014:

A fine effort.

You’re welcome to sit through the entire video below, as the tension builds, but the real kicker to this gem from 2012 comes from the 30-second mark:

Narrator’s voice – the cat did not sail.

Next up is Ollie, who was clearly very excited to compete in the Rescue Dog Agility Test at Crufts 2017:

Bless him.

To finish, a wonderful South African video we featured last year that is already worth revisiting:

There, I can say I tried.

Happy almost weekend.

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Ridley Scott’s Creepy, Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Series Is Almost Here [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/ridley-scotts-creepy-post-apocalyptic-sci-fi-series-is-almost-here-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/ridley-scotts-creepy-post-apocalyptic-sci-fi-series-is-almost-here-trailer/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:30:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537605 Ridley Scott has been busy lately.

He’s producing content at a rate that puts most of us to shame.

For those of you who were hoping to feature in his upcoming documentary Life in a Day 2, I’m sorry to say you’ve missed the deadline to submit your footage.

You can, however, enjoy his new upcoming series, which takes the director back to his sci-fi roots, and the viewer on a wild ride through a post-apocalyptic hellscape.

I’m intrigued.

Engadget with more:

Scott directed Raised by Wolves’ first two episodes, making it his directorial debut for TV, while Prisoners’ Aaron Guzikowski served as showrunner and writer.

The trailer comes with a brief synopsis of the show that says: “Mother was programmed to protect everyone after Earth had been destroyed. When the big bad wolf shows up, she is the one we must trust.”

The trailer gives you a better sense of the creep factor:

Provided nothing bursts out of anyone’s chest in the series, I’m all set to binge this as soon as it hits screens on September 3, 2020.


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Feelgood Story Of SA Animation Company That Scored An Emmy Win [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/feelgood-story-of-sa-animation-company-that-scored-an-emmy-win-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/feelgood-story-of-sa-animation-company-that-scored-an-emmy-win-video/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:30:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537533 Sadly, Carte Blanche usually has its hands full with tales of corruption and other misdeeds.

Drug squads, smuggled cigarettes, the looting of VBS Bank – all in a day’s work for Derek and the team.

It’s already been a helluva week, so let’s pivot to something that South Africans can actually smile about.

Whilst animation studio Triggerfish was nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category for the 90th Academy Awards, they have since gone one better and won a much-coveted Emmy.

That was for the film Zog, which features the dragons you see above, released by UK-based production company Magic Light Pictures and animated by Triggerfish.

That’s all the more impressive when you consider some of the struggles they’ve faced over the years, and the long and bumpy road its taken to get to this point.

Their story was featured in this recent Carte Blanche segment:


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Revealed: The Hidden Transgender Narrative In ‘The Matrix’ [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/revealed-the-hidden-transgender-narrative-in-the-matrix-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/revealed-the-hidden-transgender-narrative-in-the-matrix-video/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:00:13 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537526 [imagesource: The Matrix]

Since it debuted in 1999, just before the ‘new millennium’, The Matrix has become one of the most acclaimed and iconic sci-fi films of all time.

20 years later and people are still throwing the blue pill / red pill thing around.

Film critics have had a tendency to read the narrative as a critique of capitalism. Neo is a cog in a machine when he’s in the ‘real world’, forced to wear a suit and tie and bored out of his mind in a dull office space.

Then he takes the ‘red pill’ and finds out that he’s literally attached to a machine, the truth of the world is outside of anything that he could have imagined, and so on.

You know the plot. Everyone knows the plot – sort of.

Co-director of the film, Lilly Wachowski, recently participated in a Netflix documentary Disclosure which looks at the representation of transgendered people in television and the media.

Now she has revealed that there is a trans allegory running through The Matrix franchise that had to remain hidden until the world was ready for it, in an interview with Netflix Film Club:

Over to Esquire for a summary of the main points:

In the interview, Wachowski discusses how the arc of Switch, who is played by Belinda McClory in the film, was originally supposed to tie into The Matrix’s trans narrative.

Wachowski explained that Switch was first written to present as a man in the real world, and a woman in the Matrix. She added that it reflected where Lana and her own headspaces were at the time—the former privately transitioning a year after The Matrix’s debut.

Lilly and her sister Lana (below) are now writing the fourth instalment in the franchise, Matrix 4, set to debut on April 1, 2022.

“I don’t know how present my transness was in the background of my brain as we were writing it,” Wachowski said. “We were always living in a world of imagination.

Image: ET Live

That’s why I gravitated toward sci-fi and fantasy and played Dungeons and Dragons. It was all about creating worlds. It freed us up as filmmakers because we were able to imagine stuff at that time that you didn’t necessarily see onscreen.”

I’m keen to see how the allegory plays out in the fourth film.


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Famous Netflix ‘Ta-Dum’ Sound Was Almost A Goat [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/famous-netflix-ta-dum-sound-was-almost-a-goat-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/famous-netflix-ta-dum-sound-was-almost-a-goat-video/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 08:30:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537510 [imagesurce: Hollywood Reporter]

Ah yes, the Netflix “ta-dum” sound.

In my case, it’s the thing I hear most often when I’ve fallen asleep halfway through an episode of something, before waking up as the next episode is about to start.

Then it’s the half-open-eyes shuffle to bed, and tomorrow is another day.

For those of you unfamiliar with what we’re talking about, observe:

Here’s the thing – your Netflix opening sound, or intro, was almost very different. Here’s BGR:

Netflix vice president of product Todd Yellin said as much during an interview for the Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast, explaining that there was actually a shortlist of sounds that were also considered including the sound of bubbles underwater, as well as goats bleating.

A goat bleating in front of every Netflix program you watch might sound like a strange thing, to say the least, but it made a funny kind of sense at the time. “I liked the sound of the goat,” Yellin said on the podcast. “It was funny, quirky, and our version of (MGM’s) Leo the Lion.”

In the end, they settled on the “ta-dum” sound, which was created by Oscar-winning sound designer Lon Bender.

There was some serious thought put into this:

The “ta-dum” apparently got the nod partly because customers responded to a poll — without realizing it was being conducted for Netflix — saying they thought the sound conveyed a sense of authority.

They used words like “dramatic” and the fact that it made them feel like something was about to “begin,” and most respondents saying it reminded them of a sound that suggested, specifically, a movie was about to start.

It took a full year to create the sound, which includes guitar from Formosa Group’s Charlie Campagna and a “blossom” sound effect, with the decision sealed when Yellin’s 10-year-old daughter said it was her favourite out of a closely fought top five.

Is this something you needed to know? Absolutely not, but it is vaguely interesting.

Be sure to tell whoever is around about it next time you’re watching Netflix and that “ta-dum” kicks in.


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Secretive R4,5 Billion Yacht ‘Katara’ Cruises Into Cornwall https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/secretive-r45-billion-yacht-katara-cruises-into-cornwall/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/secretive-r45-billion-yacht-katara-cruises-into-cornwall/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 08:00:27 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537490 [imagesource: here]

Cornwall was treated to a visit from a renowned superyacht on Tuesday, August 4, which cruised into place next to one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, much to the delight of locals.

The cruise ship, The World, which has been docked since May, towered over Katara, a rarely spotted yacht supposedly owned by the Qatari royal family.

Katara, a £200 million (roughly R4,5 billion) superyacht acquired its name from the first and oldest name assigned to the Qatar Peninsula on maps. The name, spelt with a ‘K’, first appeared on documents in the early 18th century and on French maps of the area.

According to Cornwall Live, the yacht docked at Falmouth for some maintenance and is due to depart today, August 6.

A few crew members were spotted on the superyacht, although it is not known what work is being carried out on the vessel whilst it is docked in Falmouth.

Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live

The 7 922-tonne superyacht was built in Germany at the Lurssen yard in 2010, and features a helicopter deck, a series of satellite communication domes, various tenders, and jet skis.

Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live

It also boasts a beach club, swimming pool, a gym and spa, and an on-deck hot tub, and the two 9 925 hp engines give it a top speed of around 20 knots, but it usually cruises at about 15 knots.

Its neighbour, The World, has spent its time in the company of the occasional tug boat or small vessel lately, so this is an improvement.

Since 2002 the massive cruise ship, whose home port is Fort Lauderdale in Florida, has sailed to 900 destinations in 140 countries, each carefully chosen by the resident passengers themselves.

Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live

Normally, the cruise ship has 200 people living on board permanently and traveling the globe in the most opulent luxury.

Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live

It is understood that because of the coronavirus pandemic all residents, guests and non-essential crew disembarked by March 20.

Its new friend, Katara, was built for the previous Emir of Qatar, father of the current Emir. While it isn’t quite as impressive as Steve Job’s ‘Venus’, it’s still pretty cool.

Living on a luxury yacht is not a bad way to ride out the pandemic.


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Here’s The Puppet Prince Andrew Allegedly Used To Play With Accuser’s Breast [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/heres-the-puppet-prince-andrew-allegedly-used-to-play-with-accusers-breast-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/heres-the-puppet-prince-andrew-allegedly-used-to-play-with-accusers-breast-videos/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 07:30:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537481 [imagesource: Getty Images]

If you’ve followed the sordid details levelled against Prince Andrew closely, you’ll have heard the puppet allegations before.

Then again, given that it’s hard to keep up with all of the sexual crimes that Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Prince Andrew, and others are said to have been involved in, it never hurts to jog the memory.

Yesterday brought news that another witness had come forward to corroborate the story told by accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre (also referred to as Virginia Giuffre), who says she partied with Prince Andrew on the night of March 10, 2001, before being forced to have sex with him.

In addition, a manuscript for Giuffre’s unpublished book, ‘The Billionaire Playboy’s Club’, has now been unsealed.

This from Vanity Fair:

Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell gifted Andrew his own caricature puppet from the satirical ’80s British TV show Spitting Image in April 2001.

In Giuffre’s manuscript—which was released by New York Judge Loretta Preska last week as part of a large batch of unsealed documents from a now settled civil defamation case between Giuffre and Maxwell—she writes that she met Andrew around that time in the first-floor study of Epstein’s Manhattan home and “he looked me up and down like a shiny new car on display and he was about to take it for a test drive.”

We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the unsealed documents, and you can already tell that there are powerful men across the world sweating bullets at the moment.

Back to the puppets:

“It was easy to give them the reaction they desired, all I had to do was pretend to be entertained by their lewd gestures, and when Andrew cupped my breast with a doll made in his image, I only giggled away,” she continued.

“Ghislaine wanted to take a picture of the bizarre scene and even got Johanna [Sjoberg], another one of Jeffrey’s so-called personal assistants to come sit on his other knee for the snapshot.”

Image: Rex Features

After “many crude jokes,” Giuffre then claims that she was ordered to take the prince to the “dungeon” for an erotic massage.

In the 2016 case brought by Giuffre against Maxwell, Sjoberg testified under oath that this occurred as told above.

The puppets in question come from the very popular British show Spitting Image, which ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996.

Prince Andrew with Sarah, Duchess of York, also known as Fergie:

Here’s another clip featuring ‘Randy Andy’:

“I’m just a prince that can’t say no” – well, if the litany of accusations are true, neither could the women he sexually assaulted and raped.

By the way, Spitting Image is planning a return to British television screens, and recently unveiled a new set of puppets.

Via the Guardian, here’s a selection:

Boris Johnson

The prime minister’s puppet draws attention to his shock of blond hair, while Cummings’ puppet portrays the former Vote Leave director in his trademark hoodie with a flamboyant silver collar.

Boris’ chief adviser, Dominic Cummings

…Cummings’ puppet portrays the former Vote Leave director in his trademark hoodie with a flamboyant silver collar.

Oh, and another of Prince Andrew, looking rather less randy and considerably more glum:

In addition to the puppets above, the likes of Donald Trump, Beyoncé, Harry and Meghan, Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders, Elon Musk, Adele and James Corden will also get the Spitting Image treatment.

It’s easy to imagine at least one of those names throwing their toys out of the cot at the sight of their puppet.


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The Staggering Amount Of Money Consol Loses Every Day During The Alcohol Sales Ban https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/the-staggering-amount-of-money-consol-loses-every-day-during-the-alcohol-sales-ban/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/the-staggering-amount-of-money-consol-loses-every-day-during-the-alcohol-sales-ban/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 07:03:30 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537457 [imagesource: here]

Following a brief reprieve that allowed the sale of alcohol to resume under advanced alert level 3, President Ramaphosa said domestic alcohol sales would once again be banned in order to free up hospital beds otherwise occupied by those suffering from alcohol-related traumas.

While this did have the intended impact – relieving some of the pressure on the healthcare sector – it has also placed additional strain not only on those in the alcohol manufacturing industry, but also suppliers of goods used to bottle and label the product, and those whose businesses rely heavily on the sale of alcohol, such as restaurants and bottle stores.

The hospitality, restaurant, and alcohol industry has tried everything to come up with a workable plan to reinstate booze sales by protesting, writing open letters, and presenting government with proposals that would regulate the market while still allowing sales.

Experts have also weighed in on the problem with suggestions as to how the ban could be lifted with a reduced impact on the healthcare sector.

Meanwhile, jobs are being lost and businesses are starting to count the cost of the ban, with more companies indicating that plans for expansion and hiring have been put on hold.

One such company is glassmaker Consol, which, according to Moneyweb, is losing roughly R8 million a day in energy costs to keep its furnaces running.

During a Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) webinar on Tuesday, titled ‘Resuscitating Gauteng’s manufacturing as a catalyst for growth’, Consol human resources and corporate affairs senior executive Thami Mkhuzangwe said it’s necessary for Consol to keep its furnaces warm because it will take the company 18 to 24 months to get those furnaces back if it takes “the drastic decision of draining and closing” them.

Glass accounts for around 85% of the alcohol industry’s packaging, which means that the ban has led to a drastic decline in sales, bringing about the need to scale down production.

Mkhuzangwe said the industry fully appreciates and understands the reasons that led to the suspension of alcohol sales…However, he stressed that this needs to be balanced to ensure the economy does not suffer and that the glass manufacturing industry, which has invested billions, does not fail.

“If the industry is allowed to fail, it will lead to around R20 billion in deindustrialisation from South Africa”, he said.

Consol CEO Mike Arnold told Business Day that Consol Glass has been forced to suspend construction on a new R1,5 billion glass manufacturing plant in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, as a result of lost revenue.

“It is clearly a tremendous disappointment and a considerable loss to SA industrial capacity. It was a difficult decision to make, but unavoidable given the significant impact of the pandemic and the second ban on alcohol sales in SA,” said Arnold.

An existing Consol plant in Nigel, southeast of Joburg, was set to add 130 000 tonnes of glass production to Consol Glass’s capacity.

It was expected to create 120 direct jobs, and approximately 2,600 additional employment opportunities across the value chain, from waste pickers to truck drivers, computer numerical control machine operators, glass machine operators, fitters, electricians and additional senior managers.

It’s predicted that if the ban continues, it will place roughly 25 000 direct jobs, and hundreds of thousands of jobs in the glass manufacturing industry’s supply chain, at risk.

Those are jobs that the country desperately needs.


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Attention Constantia Housewives: That ‘2FAST4U’ Jaguar Crash Lady Doesn’t Dig Your Vibe https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/attention-constantia-housewives-that-2fast4u-jaguar-crash-lady-doesnt-dig-your-vibe/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/attention-constantia-housewives-that-2fast4u-jaguar-crash-lady-doesnt-dig-your-vibe/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 06:32:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537451 [imagesource: @Kyenedy / Twitter]

On Tuesday, images of a Jaguar F-Type that had ploughed into the outside section of the Botanicum Café & Grill, at the High Constantia Shopping Centre, started doing the rounds.

A car crash is nothing special, but it was the car’s number plate, “2FAST4U WP“, that really captured the imagination.

Cue endless horrid puns, and when video footage of the moment the driver accelerated into the outside seating went viral, 2FAST4U’s 15 minutes of internet fame seemed to be complete.

Not quite, though, because now the woman behind the wheel, 69-year-old trucking company boss Erica Holt, has come forward to tell her side of the story.

This from TimesLIVE:

“So, when I came into the parking my foot slipped off the brake and onto the petrol and then I had already had the first bump probably, because what went through my mind is I don’t know what’s happening with my car,” she told TimesLIVE.

“I’m braking and the more it went forward the more I pushed the pedal down. It’s one of those freak accidents, you know. It is what it is, it happened, and it happened so quickly because it is a powerful car.”

Image: Twitter / Fluffjet4

…She said she had a tray of 30 eggs on the front seat which she had bought from a nearby deli, but despite the car mounting a pole and a large concrete plant container the eggs survived and so did she.

We’re really happy nobody was hurt, and just plain delighted the eggs made it through unscathed.

As long as they were free-range. Down with battery eggs!

It would be remiss of us not to mention the information that has been widely shared across WhatsApp and social media, through voicenotes and forwarded messages, regarding what those familiar with Holt’s car have said about her driving habits.

For example, one voicenote from somebody who works at the shopping centre has the following to say:

We’ve always seen this number plate down at the office…she pulls up in front of patrons and then revs it a little bit before switching off so that they can all hear her V8…

It made such a noise we all just jumped…We’ve always said, what a [insult redacted]…

Yeah, the voicenote finished with a rather uncomplimentary jibe which we’ll omit.

Holt, on the other hand, was not happy with the reaction from the public, and it seems as though she wants to speak to the manager.

To start, here’s what she had to say about how Capetonians are nastier than those from Jozi:

“I have noticed that the Capetonians are very different to the [Gauteng] people, and they don’t like the sun to shine over anybody’s head and especially if it’s a woman who’s been successful, and that’s their prerogative,” she said…

“That’s why you haven’t seen any reaction in the media from me, because I don’t want to go there.

Image: Erica Holt / Facebook

“I do a lot of shopping in Constantia, and the Constantia ladies, they’re all like that. They drive around in their husbands’ cars and they don’t like women to have nice cars and things, that’s what it is.”

I don’t want to go there, followed immediately by going there.

Damn, Constantia ladies, the gauntlet has been thrown down. Don your finest activewear and unite!

Holt says she bought the car herself two years ago, adding that the number plate was a “funny joke” because the F-Type was, at the time, the fastest car that Jaguar had ever made.

As for the claims that she often revved the car before pulling in for a late brunch, Holt said that was a feature of the car:

“With that car, you’ve got buttons on there that you press. You don’t have to rev that car, it revs on its own. It’s one of those noisy cars where it’s got different baffles in the exhaust pipes and everything,” she said.

“You know, people think because you drive a fancy car you’re full of nonsense, you’ve done it all…I drive and I enjoyed that with my car and it just takes me to another dimension … and you forget about all of the stuff you have to deal with.”

I, too, love being taken to another dimension. Sounds like she’s living her best life.

However, I’m just not sure that smack-talking “Constantia ladies” that “drive around in their husbands’ cars” was the best move, though.

Something tells me Holt could be hearing muffled whispers through face masks next time she’s shopping at the local Woolies.

We did feature this video two days back, but it seems like a good place to finish:


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Thursday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/thursday-morning-spice-492/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/06/thursday-morning-spice-492/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 06:06:03 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537428 Instagram Reels Is TikTok Video For Insta. Here’s How To Use It – Reels is the latest feature to hit Instagram, letting you make 15-second videos with AR filters and other special effects. [cnet]

Twitter Temporarily Restricted Trump Campaign’s Ability To Tweet Over False Covid-19 Claims – Twitter said on Wednesday it had restricted President Donald Trump’s campaign from tweeting after its account shared a video containing false claims about the coronavirus. [cnn]

Facebook Deletes A Trump Post For First Time Ever – Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. [fort]

Lebanon Had 2,750 Tons Of Ammonium Nitrate, Destined For Mozambique, In Storage Since 2014 – For six years, 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that had been seized from an abandoned ship was held in Beirut’s port, Lebanon’s state media reported on Tuesday. [busins]

Lebanon Orders House Arrest Of Officials Over Beirut Blast – Investigators probe alleged negligence in storing explosive chemicals at the port; damage estimated between $10-$15bn. [alja]

Trump Proposes Attack Theory To Explain Beirut Blast – The president seemed to contradict Lebanese officials’ explanations that it was caused by confiscated explosives. [pol]

Australian Locals Worried About Ammonium Nitrate Stockpile Four Times Bigger Than Beirut’s – The explosion in Lebanon has reignited fears among residents of Newcastle, NSW, where a huge chemical plant sits within three kilometres of the CBD. [vice]

Constitutional Court Ruling Signals End Of The Road For Wife Killer Rob Packham – The Constitutional Court has dismissed an application for leave to appeal the murder conviction of Rob Packham, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Wednesday. [n24]

Twitter Hack Teen’s Court Date ‘Zoombombed’ With Porn – A court hearing for the Florida teenager accused of being behind last month’s major Twitter hack was interrupted with pornography. [bbc]

PUMA’s New Unity Collection Is Helping In The Fight Against COVID-19 – You can treat yourself to some new kicks and do your bit in the fight against the global pandemic with PUMA’s new ‘Unity Collection’. [here]

Forever 21 Shuts Down SA Stores Three Of The Country’s Top Malls Are Affected – Fast-fashion US retail brand Forever 21 has shut down its stores in South Africa, cutting dozens of jobs and creating more headaches for JSE-listed property groups Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), Hyprop and Attacq. [mw]

Nick Kyrgios ‘Unbelievably Rude And Vicious’ – Commentator Annabel Croft – Tennis commentator Annabel Croft has expressed her disdain at an “unbelievably rude and vicious” Nick Kyrgios after the Australian again traded barbs with a fellow player on social media. [s24]

Coups, Lies, Dirty Tricks: The Police’s Stewart Copeland On His CIA Agent Father – The drummer was brought up in the Middle East – not realising that his father Miles was a spy sent to destabilise the region. But, he says, it was Miles’s claim that the Police were a psy-ops outfit that upset Sting. [guardian]

Meghan Allowed To Keep Friends’ Identities Secret – The Duchess of Sussex has been allowed to keep the names of five friends who gave an interview about her secret in her case against the Mail on Sunday. [bbcThank God. 

Ellen DeGeneres’ Brother Vance Defends The Host After She’s ‘Viciously Attacked’: ‘It Is All Bulls–t’ – Ellen DeGeneres’ brother is coming to her defense amid reports about the alleged toxic work environment that staffers have had to deal with on her eponymous show. [fox]

Ridiculous Eating Contest To Finish World’s Largest Slice Of Pizza – In one corner, we have the world hot-dog-eating champion, Joey Chestnut. In the other, we have three normal humans battling to keep up. [here]

Tony Danza, Alyssa Milano To Star In Upcoming ‘Who’s The Boss?’ Revival – The new show will reportedly take place 30 years after the events of the original series and Samantha, played by Milano, will be a single mother. [huff]

Selena Gomez Prepares An Octopus & Has An Oven Fire – In ‘Selena + Chef’ Cooking Show Trailer: Watch. [billb]

Tea In A Microwave? New Research Says It Could Be The Perfect Cuppa – Chinese scientists reckon they have found the way to make a proper brew without a kettle. Heresy or scientific fact? [guardian]

Emily Ratajkowski Leaves Little To The Imagination – As she puts her killer bikini body on display during sun-soaked beach day. [dm]





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The Daily Maverick’s ANC “Mega Scandals” Chart Is Very Telling https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/the-daily-mavericks-anc-mega-scandals-chart-is-very-telling/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/the-daily-mavericks-anc-mega-scandals-chart-is-very-telling/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:00:30 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537305 [imagesource: Gallo Images/Sowetan/Esa Alexander]

When Cyril Ramaphosa took over as president, many South Africans wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Taking over a political party like the ANC, especially when it was in the hands of a corrupt leader like Jacob Zuma and his cronies for eight years, is no easy task.

It has become increasingly apparent over the years that keeping the party in line means making concessions that allow certain members to do as they please, often at the expense of the country.

He seems to want to correct things, declaring in a written address to the nation that, in the wake of allegations that government affiliates and officials have been cashing in on the pandemic, measures had been put in place to “investigate and prosecute COVID-related corruption” and, indeed, corruption more broadly.

Ramaphosa has also pushed to stop ANC leaders from allowing their family members to do business with the state, saying that regulations, like the annual financial disclosure which discourages public servants doing business with the state, had not been enough to curb corruption.

He also pointed out that it created a culture and public perception of nepotism, favouritism and abuse.

Predictably, this was met with anger and pushback from the ANC’s national executive committee.

At the same time, the COVID-related corruption is seemingly the last straw for South Africans who are struggling to put their faith in the president’s promises to “call out the hyenas” – the scavengers in government and business “circling wounded prey” in the midst of a global crisis.

This lack of faith has a lot to do with the seemingly endless corruption scandals which have emerged since 1996, some small, some large, the handling of which has routinely shown a lack of control and accountability within the ruling party.

The Daily Maverick compiled the big corruption scandals from 1996 to 2020 (so far).

If you’re struggling to read the infographic below, click on it for a larger version:

Image: Daily Maverick

In short, the ANC and the criminal justice system have failed to secure full accountability in 24 of 25 corruption “mega scandals”.

Under Ramaphosa’s term, three major scandals have played out in connection with COVID-19 relief money.

His government has also failed to secure a single act of substantive justice against corruption, with the exception of a single court appearance by key VBS executives, all of whom are now out on bail.

In only one case [since 1996] can you assess for justice and full accountability and that is in the bribery case between businessman Glenn Agliotti and the late and former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

In three other cases – Oilgate 2 (the illegal sale of the country’s oil reserves), the Amigos case (the purchase of water purifiers from Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi) and in VBS bank, there has been partial accountability.

If you really want to get your blood boiling, watch Carte Blanche’s look into the VBS scandal.

Eating public health money has touched a public nerve, but so should the allegations against the chief water adviser Thami ka Plaatjie, because it reveals how water tanker contract corruption has also recently emerged.

Water provision is a key part of Covid-19 relief because without water you can’t wash your hands or run clinics and hospitals.

You can read the full Daily Maverick article for a further breakdown.

Shocking is too soft a word to describe what we’re facing, and have been facing for a while now.

As poverty rates increase, jobs are lost, education suffers, and we struggle to get a handle on a deadly virus with public sentiment over the handling of the crisis overwhelmingly negative, I think it’s safe to say that South Africans have had enough.

If Ramaphosa fails to deliver, this will not end well.


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Ridiculous Eating Contest To Finish World’s Largest Slice Of Pizza [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/ridiculous-eating-contest-to-finish-worlds-largest-slice-of-pizza-video/ Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:35:30 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537328 [imagesource:here]

I’m not ashamed to admit that in my teens, I once ate two entire large pizzas on my own.

In fact, I’m proud of it, and I also managed to get in a few bites of the focaccia bread that came with the pizzas, before the guilt set in.

Despite the fact that I find it near to impossible to choose between the Funky Fabb and the Big Cheese Blue, I now limit myself to one large pizza at a time, and am suitably stuffed at the end of it all.

World hot-dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut would be disgusted with my weak appetite (yes, that’s a real title), and he recently took part in a challenge to singlehandedly eat the largest slice of pizza in the world.

Chestnut was up against YouTuber MrBeast (Jimmy Donaldson) and his pals, Chris and Chandler, in an attempt to level the playing field.

I suggest watching the start of the video, skipping through the middle, and then watching from the 6:20 mark again.

Your man Joey gained around 9,5 kilograms from eating the behemoth:

I love pizza with all of my heart, but I’m not sure I would want to play any part in an eating challenge like this.

Nah, I’ll stick to Butler’s Pizza, have it delivered to my door, and avoid having to deal with anyone other than the delivery guy.

Two larges with three toppings each for R200 is a good deal, though. I mean, could I still eat two larges on my own, if I had to?

Carpe diem.


Tired Of The WhatsApp Conspiracy Theory Messages? You’ll Like This New Feature https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/tired-of-the-whatsapp-conspiracy-theory-messages-youll-like-this-new-feature/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/tired-of-the-whatsapp-conspiracy-theory-messages-youll-like-this-new-feature/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:35:18 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537385 [imagesource: Pixabay]

Oh, look, another WhatsApp message with a link to an article containing easily debunked misinformation.

Hang on, here’s another forwarded message, this time with a link to a YouTube video where a doctor talks about how any vaccine is actually a plot by Bill Gates to implant tracking microchips.

They’re wearing a stethoscope, so they must be correct. Let me blindly send this video to loads of my contacts, and if anybody calls me out for my bullshit, I’ll just say “oh, sorry, I thought it was interesting”.

As you can tell, I find this tiring. It’s one thing to spread misinformation about why the earth is flat, or the moon landing was fake (both wrong, but neither is dangerous and puts lives at risk, unless you encounter Buzz Aldrin), and quite another to spread misinformation in the age of COVID-19, which could actively endanger the lives of others.

WhatsApp knows there is a problem, which is why it’s rolling out a new feature which allows users to quickly search the contents of viral messages in order to fact-check misinformation.

At present, the “search the web” feature is only available to WhatsApp users in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and US, but you’d expect it to roll out in other countries soon enough.

More from The Verge:

…a magnifying glass icon will start appearing next to messages that have been forwarded through a chain of five or more people.

Image: WhatsApp

Tapping it searches for the message’s contents online, with the idea being that this should reveal any common conspiracy theories or misinformation the message contains.

Because I guess it’s too much to ask that people leave WhatsApp, and Google some of the key phrases or words, of their own volition, before forwarding things on.

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption means the company cannot see the contents of messages that are sent, so the feature merely gives users the ability to do the fact-checking themselves.

(Which existed before, but wasn’t spoonfed, which is why this degree of handholding is now necessary.)

The irony of people sat on the couch at home, shouting about how the mass media spreads ‘fake news’ and simultaneously forwarding a story about garlic curing COVID-19, shouldn’t be lost on us.

It’s right up there with social media posts like “you won’t see the mainstream media covering this!”, complete with a link to a major news site covering the story.

If and when the new WhatsApp “search the web” feature is available in South Africa, or wherever you find yourself, it’s worth encouraging people to make use of it.


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PUMA’s New Unity Collection Is Helping In The Fight Against COVID-19 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/pumas-new-unity-collection-is-helping-in-the-fight-against-covid-19/ Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:34:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537167 [imagesource: PUMA]

PUMA has been collaborating with the best in the business for longer than most can remember.

Their brand ambassadors range from the likes of Selena Gomez, to some of the world’s most prolific athletes.

Lately, however, PUMA has been branching out, with a fresh take on the world, and their involvement in it.

During Pride Month they partnered with Cara Delevingne to honour the LGBTQQIA+ community.

They’ve also teamed up with First Mile, an organisation that works with micro-economies in Haiti, Honduras and Taiwan, to collect plastic bottles, which were then turned into yarn and used to create the eco-friendly PUMA First Mile collection.

Now they’re turning their attention to the situation at hand – a global pandemic affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.

VERSUS explains:

PUMA have just dropped off their new Unity Collection, a new sportswear pack that celebrates PUMA’s sports heritage and the power to unite the world through sport.

The collection brings together brightly-coloured apparel, footwear and accessories that draw inspiration from the vibrant colours seen on international flags.

Image: PUMA

Pieces are elevated with bespoke detailing such as printed drawcords and gold metal hardware that make the pieces properly pop.

The colours used in the collection are the ones most commonly used in flags from around the world.

Image: PUMA

When you buy a pair of sneakers or update your sportswear or athleisure collection with one of these stylish pieces, you’ll be doing so with the knowledge that your brand of choice is helping out countries struggling to get what they need to fight the pandemic.

As part of the launch, PUMA has pledged to donate $100,000 USD to the U.N. Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, where donations will go directly to support the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global work to help countries prevent, detect, and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, with a further $100,000 USD donation will be generated from the sales of the PUMA masks at PUMA retail.

Check out the range here:

You can shop the Unity Collection, including the Future Rider Trainer, from PUMA online:

Image: PUMA

The modernised ’80s design features the shock-absorbing PUMA slim Federbein outsole and the ultra-comfortable Rider Foam midsole. Vibrant colours are drawn from international flags, and then mixed with gold metal hardware to elevate an old classic into a global icon.

We might not have been able to enjoy the Olympics this year, but this collection seems to capture the spirit of the event – unity through sport.

Head on over to PUMA for more on their extensive range of collaborations.

Let the games begin.


R100k A Month Gets You A Decent Pad In The Cape Town CBD https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/r100k-a-month-gets-you-a-decent-pad-in-the-cape-town-cbd/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/r100k-a-month-gets-you-a-decent-pad-in-the-cape-town-cbd/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:33:31 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537292 If the posts on the Facebook neighbourhood groups in and around the Cape Town CBD are anything to go by, rental prices look to be dropping.

Two-bedroom properties that I saw for R14 000 two months back are now reappearing for R12 000, and I guess there are many who are now switching from Airbnb to trying to find a long-term tenant.

None of that will matter much to somebody who is happy to fork out R100 000 a month, of course, so let’s put frivolities like money worries to the side and have a look around this three-bedroom, 444 m² Property24 listing slap bang in the centre of the Cape Town CBD.

The “open plan, modern, high-fashion home” was designed by Stefan Antoni:

Open the doors from any room and step onto the pool deck with 360 degree views of Table Mountain and the city.

Unwind in the plush tranquility of one of the three spacious, well-appointed en-suite bedrooms. Entertain guests with state-of-the art entertainment system.

Make use of one of Cape Town’s local chefs to prepare a meal for you at your indoor / outdoor dining options.

Take a stroll to the gourmet coffee shops, patisseries and restaurants of trendy Bree Street. The V&A Waterfront and the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are 10 minutes away.

If I can lie in bed and see that, there’s a good chance I’m not leaving the house.

Views for days, friends:

That bar is primed for sundowners, although you’ll also want to sneak in a few toots with lunch.

If you have an extra R190 000 a month and fancy calling the ‘burbs home, you could always have a look at this gem in Constantia.

No pressure, though – whatever suits your budget.

You can see the full listing here.


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We Can Finally Reveal The Name Of Meghan And Harry’s Dog https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/we-can-finally-reveal-the-name-of-meghan-and-harrys-dog/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/we-can-finally-reveal-the-name-of-meghan-and-harrys-dog/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:30:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537380 [imagesource:here]

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a persistent media problem.

They have sued tabloids like the Mail on Sunday for invasion of privacy, and spoken openly about the trauma of constant media harassment.

Then, more recently, they filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit in California, after the paparazzi allegedly used drones and telephoto lenses to take pictures of Archie in the backyard of their Los Angeles home.

All things considered, Meghan, Harry, and the baby seem to find it almost impossible to maintain their privacy.

Then there’s their dog, who seems to be pretty good at it.

So good, in fact, that ELLE refers to it as their “secret dog”.

Royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s upcoming book Finding Freedom has finally solved a two-year-old Sussex mystery: What on Earth did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry name the black Labrador Retriever puppy they adopted together in August 2018?

During an October 2018 event, Meghan even quipped, “And they [the press] keep getting her name wrong!” But she and Harry still haven’t shared the dog’s name officially.

Yes, the mystery was keeping us all up at night for two years. Thank the heavens someone finally solved it.

They named it Pula. You can see Pula out for a walk above, along with Pula’s brother Guy, the beagle – less mysterious, but still a dog owned by Meghan and Harry.

I didn’t know either of them existed.

Pula’s name is apparently sentimental.

“Pula is the official currency of Botswana, the country in Africa where Harry took Meghan when they first started dating,” People wrote.

“Pula means ‘rain’ in Setswana—and since rain is very scarce in Botswana, it’s considered valuable and a blessing.”

I apologise if that sentence triggered the chorus of Toto’s ‘Africa’ on repeat in your mind.

The trip is described as “game-changing” for the couple’s relationship.

Harry invited Meghan on the trip six weeks after their first three get-togethers (three straight days of seeing each other, including two dates out and one evening spent talking at Harry’s Kensington Palace home).

A friend told Scobie and Durand that after that trip, “they were each already dancing around the idea that this just may be a forever thing.”

And Pula got a forever home.

Everyone wins.

Now set your mind at ease, sound in the knowledge that after years of wondering, the riddle of the dog’s name has finally been laid to rest.


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A Rare Look Inside North Korea’s Secretive Hotels https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/a-rare-look-inside-north-koreas-secretive-hotels/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/a-rare-look-inside-north-koreas-secretive-hotels/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:00:36 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537342 [imagesource:Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang]

Unless you’re a journalist, a politician, or someone who studies oppressive cultures, or culture in North Korea, I can’t imagine why you would want to go to the world’s most secretive country.

It’s certainly not high on the list of places I’d like to visit once this pandemic is behind us and we can travel again.

And yet, it does have a tourism industry.

Of course, once you’re there you probably shouldn’t mention any reservations you might be harbouring about Kim Jong Un and his dictatorship, or else you might find yourself ‘disappeared’. 

At the same time, the higher-end accommodation doesn’t look too bad, as revealed in a rare look at the industry, in a new book, Hotels of Pyongyang, documenting the hotels of the North Korean capital.

TravellerAU spoke to James Scullin, a former tour guide in North Korea, who along with photographer Nicole Reed travelled to Pyongyang to visit 11 international hotels.

For Scullin, 37, it was a chance to satisfy his curiosity by getting inside hotels he had only seen from the outside as a tour guide.

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

“Western tourists typically stay in just two hotels, but I’d always see these structures and wondered what they were,” Scullin says of the city’s other hotels that were designed for Chinese guests.

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

Despite the hotels having few guests at times, due to now tenuous relations with China and the COVID-19 pandemic which recently made its way into the country, the staff have remained employed and the hotels have been kept in pristine condition.

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

“In any other country, the hotels would go out of business … but in North Korea, because everything is government owned, these relics survive,” he says.

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

“So you’ve got this really old, brutalist, seemingly dated structure, and inside there are people cleaning it and maintaining it.”

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

“A lot of them have these epic lobbies, grand dining halls, strange karaoke rooms. They’re such a connection to the past because typically there’s not a lot of renovation that’s happened, but the maintenance has been first class.”

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

Scullin became a tour guide for Western tourists while he was living in China in 2013.

“You can be quite nervous going over there, then you meet the local guides – who are often young women in the their 20s and 30s – who are really personable. You can be disarmed by that.”

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

As a Western guide, Scullin says it was part of his role to ensure tourists didn’t relax too much and kept in mind the various rules of the society – like not photographing soldiers or cropping any shot of a leader’s image.

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

He says that getting permission to photograph the hotels wasn’t difficult because there were no political elements to the project.

One of the hotels featured in the book is the infamous Ryugyong Hotel – a giant, 105-storey structure, reportedly with 3000 rooms, which has been under construction since 1987. As far as we know, it’s yet to host a single guest.

Scullin says that Koryo Hotel is his favourite because of the experience that he had there.

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

“You’d relax with the guides in the revolving restaurant and talk. Not about political things, but what their lives were like – dating, career, family,” he says.

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

The highlight of the hotel, however, is the karaoke room.

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

“It’s just stuck in the 80s. It’s so kitsch. It’s got four different types of tiling, it’s got this huge, curved futuristic-looking bar like something from The Jetsons,” he says.

That karaoke room is very full-on.

The people behind the design of the hotels remains a mystery.

As far as visiting North Korea is concerned, Scullin says it’s a unique experience.

“In a world that’s so globalised, countries are becoming more and more similar,” he says. “North Korea is up there with Cuba, in terms of being a place that’s nothing like anywhere you’ve been before.

Image: Nicole Reed/Hotels of Pyongyang

“Visiting gives a new perspective on what the country is like, with all its troubles and challenges as part of that. “

‘Troubles and challenges’ is a nice way of putting it.

I’m sure the people trapped there would describe it differently, if they were allowed to do so.


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SPL!NG Movie Review: Influence https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/spling-movie-review-influence/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/spling-movie-review-influence/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:00:45 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537418 Watch movies via Labia Home Screen*.

The now infamous PR firm ‘Bell Pottinger’ was at the centre of the Gupta Leaks scandal as examined by Rehad Desai’s How to Steal A Country. This led to their demise after a landslide of 195,000 leaked emails uncovered their nefarious dealings amid accusations of state capture under Zuma’s ANC-led administration. ‘Bell Pottinger’ was paid £100 000 a month to aggravate racial tensions among South Africans creating catchphrases like “White Monopoly Capital”. Stoking racial division to distract citizens from the rot of corruption, the British firm was named and shamed after a group of investigative journalists broke the story. While arrogant and dismissing serious allegations, they were liquidated within weeks before they realised they should’ve hired a PR firm for themselves.

This death knell for ‘Bell Pottinger’ is the crux of Influence, an incisive rise and fall documentary co-directed by journalists and directors, Richard Poplak and Diana Neille. While pivotting on the final turning point, Influence rewinds the story of ‘Bell Pottinger’ to its origins. The highly influential and notorious PR company was founded by Lord Tim Bell, who serves as the documentary’s primary subject. Unpacking his extensive involvement quite candidly as if broadcasting from a confessional, Bell reveals some of his darkest PR secrets like a disgraced former MI:6 operative. Unflinchingly cold in his demeanour, there’s very little remorse in his commentary, treating every insidious global intervention as a job.

Bell’s matter-of-fact attitude and smug airs recall the same callous and displaced pride of cinema gangsters who became death squad leaders in Indonesia, as documented in The Act of Killing. Regaling their brutal exploits as heroes and true patriots, their sociopathic disconnect mirrors Bell’s callous disposition. Seemingly aware of the far-reaching and world-altering consequences, he interviews like an immoral old rocker running through his greatest albums. The PR firm had no real friends when the Gupta Leaks blew them out the water and neither did Bell, who died from vascular parkinsonism last year.

Influence covers Bell’s rise through the ranks, starting in advertising and drawing acclaim for his instrumental involvement in Margaret Thatcher’s election campaign victories. Regarded as her “favourite spin doctor and confidante”, his back room dealings made him many high profile back-scratchers and led to the formation of ‘Bell Pottinger’ to oversee his many questionable political projects. A brilliant tactician, using his contacts and means to manipulate public sentiment and sway elections, his dealings saw his PR intervention effectively turn into weaponised communication. Already highly influential in the way public relations firms do business, Bell became a master of mass manipulation, reverse-engineering campaigns from the audience’s perspective.

influence lord tim bell

“I can handle the truth.”

For most viewers, this peek behind the curtain will be eye-opening and shocking. While other documentaries and films such as The Great Hack, After Truth, How to Steal A Country and Brexit: The Uncivil War splayed open the fake news and weaponised PR debate, Influence goes deeper. The investigative documentary isn’t trying to explain the raw mechanics of how it works but rather dealing with the proliferation, weaponisation and lasting impact. Uncovering “jobs” that could each serve as a standalone documentary, Poplak and Neille break a leg in shunting the heavy red velvet curtains wider and wider.

Perception is powerful and by manipulating this, ‘Bell Pottinger’ was trying to play God by embroiling themselves in political hot spots across the globe. Leaning on Bell’s testimony and key interviews with colleagues, clients and conspirators, the meticulous documentary incorporates a few of his exploits as if sampling a buffet. Influence gathers insights from key players such as politician Phumzile van Damme, journalist Marianne Thamm, former SA president FW de Klerk and founder of the parent company to the disgraced Cambridge Analytica, Nigel Oakes.

Exploring Bell’s game-changing influence on the PR industry, comprehending his rise to power, grappling with his exploits and detailing his eventual fall, it’s a dizzying, eye-opening, powerful and long overdue exposé. The biggest shock will be for South Africans, who know of ‘Bell Pottinger’ but don’t realise how long the company has been associated with our country’s politics. As journalists, Poplak and Neille build a compelling case study of one unethical PR firm that reinforces the notion that democracy is for sale.

Influence is slick, explosive and entertaining, brandishing its unprecedented access to Bell, a slew of damning interviews with key figures and armed with extensive archive footage and visualisations to pack each punch. Advertising birthed the weaponised PR that’s making it dangerous to trust anything you read, see or hear ever again. Now it’s rampant and out of control on the back of social media and their in-depth ad platforms. This cautionary and timely film taps into this mindset offering evidence to validate the post-truth era and hopefully provoke the kind of actions and discussions to unlock and protect against it. There clearly needs to be more accountability, integrity, transparency and watchdog agencies when it comes to monitoring public relations and the clients who enable them.

The bottom line: Explosive

Catch more movie reviews at SPL!NG

Stephen ‘Spling’ Aspeling is 2Oceansvibe’s Resident Film Critic, a “thought leader” (AFDA) and “our generation’s Barry Ronge” (Brothers Streep), who continues to review, write, present, promote and adjudicate film for a host of websites, radio stations, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, festivals and events.

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Posing Tourist Snaps Toes Off 200-Year-Old Statue, Doesn’t Tell Anyone, Gets Caught [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/posing-tourist-snaps-toes-off-200-year-old-statue-doesnt-tell-anyone-gets-caught-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/posing-tourist-snaps-toes-off-200-year-old-statue-doesnt-tell-anyone-gets-caught-video/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:00:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537273 There’s a reason that most museums make extensive use of red velvet ropes and signs asking people not to touch, move, or sit on the art.

What should be obvious, especially when the items on display are valuable, is somehow lost on some people.

It’s sad, but true.

Add in the fact that the standard mantra of seemingly all tourists is “pics or it didn’t happen”, and you have a recipe for disaster.

This was the case in Italy, when an Austrian man visiting the Gipsoteca Museum in Possagno on July 31, decided to hop onto a cast model of Antonio Canova’s statue of Paolina Bonaparte.

He managed to break off three of its toes, while his fellow traveller took a picture.

Over to CNN:

The damaged statue is the original plaster cast model from which Canova carved a marble statue that is housed in the Borghese Gallery in Rome.

Canova was a revered sculptor who lived from 1757-1822 and was famous for his marble statues.

Image: Rubens Alarcon/Alamy

Police told CNN that the man was with a group of eight Austrian tourists and broke away to take a selfie of himself “sprawled over the statue.”

For the record, the statue is more than 200 years old, and survived two World Wars, only to be damaged by the idiocy of a tourist.

Watch him in action:

Note how he saunters off as if nothing happened.

Museum officials were not impressed:

Vittorio Sgarbi, the president of the Antonio Canova Foundation, wrote in a Facebook post that he has asked police for “clarity and rigor.”

He wrote that the man must not “remain unpunished and return to his homeland. The scarring of a Canova is unacceptable.”

Yeah, don’t mess with the Italians and their art, it won’t end well.

Coronavirus measures mean that all museum visitors must leave their personal information for eventual contact tracing in the event that an outbreak is tied to a museum visit. This is how the man was identified.

When police contacted a woman who signed in on behalf of herself and her husband, she burst into tears and admitted her husband was the toe breaker…

The husband, who was also upset, then confessed and repented for the “stupid move,” according to the release.

Stupid, indeed.

Given that he failed to tell anybody what had happened, my sympathies are limited.


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They’re Calling ‘Kajillionaire’ “One Of The Must-See Indie Films Of The Season” [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/theyre-calling-kajillionaire-one-of-the-must-see-indie-films-of-the-season-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/theyre-calling-kajillionaire-one-of-the-must-see-indie-films-of-the-season-trailer/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:30:55 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537345 [imagesource: Sundance Institute / Matt Kennedy]

Good comedies are rather difficult to come by these days.

I don’t mean a comedy like Will Ferrell’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga that you pop on for the occasional laugh, mixed with feeling guilty about how you’re watching actual garbage, either.

Those movies serve their purpose, but it won’t go down as a classic.

Recently, Palm Springs, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, was well received by critics, and although it’s early days, the same can be said for Kajillionaire, which garnered some buzz at this year’s Sundance Festival.

Here’s Deadline:

Con artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dollo (Evan Rachel Wood), to swindle, scam and steal at every opportunity.

“She learned to forge before she learned to write,” Pops boasts of Old Dollo. “Actually, that’s how she did learn to write.”

During a desperate, hastily conceived heist, they charm a stranger (Gina Rodriguez) into joining their next scam, only to have their entire world turned upside down.

Jeff Bezos is headed towards becoming a trillionaire by 2026, but no word on when he might become a kajllionaire, mostly because it’s an unspecified number.

Still, you’d back him.

Here’s the trailer:

IndieWire was also full of praise, calling it “one of the must-see indie films of the season”, with an “extraordinary” performance from Evan Rachel Wood.

The IMDb rating isn’t stellar, but those aren’t always to be trusted.

Kajillionaire is due for release in US theatres on September 18.


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You’ve Seen The Cheeky Nkandla Google Map Pins, Right? [Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/youve-seen-the-cheeky-nkandla-google-map-pins-right-images/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/youve-seen-the-cheeky-nkandla-google-map-pins-right-images/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 08:30:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537268 [imagesource: Thembinkosi Dwayisa]

I find it impossible to read the word ‘Nkandla’ without hearing it in Jacob Zuma’s voice.

‘Nkaaaandlaaaa’, he joked in Parliament, revelling in the fact that his corrupt deeds so enraged our citizens, as ANC members laughed along with him.

Yeah, and we’re supposed to be surprised by the feeding frenzy around the COVID-19 relief funds and ‘covidpreneurs’.

South Africans are fond of the phrase ‘sometimes, all you can do is laugh’, so it’s with that in mind that we revisit Nkandla, at least via Google Maps.

Last week, journalist Duncan McLeod pointed out that there are some interesting information pins at Zuma’s compound in KwaZulu-Natal:

I’m sure your eyes are struggling a little there, so we swung past Google Maps and took this screenshot:

No firepool, but there is a ‘baseball field’, ‘ice rink’, ‘Showerhead STD & STI vaccination centre’, and ‘planetarium’.

You’ll also be pleased to know that there are currently two Google Reviews for Nkandla, both of which are one-star.

Click on the ‘Showerhead STD & STI vaccination centre’, and you’ll see it’s listed as a nightclub. One of the reviews says that its the “home of the revolutionary superior logic HIV cure – the JZ shower”, although you “might have to wrestle Msholozi for a turn”.

We really are embracing that ‘sometimes, all you can do is laugh’ thought process, because without it, it’s tough not to feel rather deflated.

Perhaps, much like Australia this coming Friday, we need to organise a specific time for those who are gatvol of this country’s governance to stand outside their homes and let out a collective scream.

It can’t hurt.


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Serious Contender For 2020’s Biggest Marriage Proposal Fail https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/serious-contender-for-2020s-biggest-marriage-proposal-fail/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/serious-contender-for-2020s-biggest-marriage-proposal-fail/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 08:00:25 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537253 [imagesource: Proposal Boutique]

The marriage industrial complex puts a lot of pressure on would-be grooms to pull out all the stops when asking their partner to marry them.

The tradition has evolved over the centuries, and back in the days of old, ancient Greeks would toss apples to women that they wanted to marry.

The engagement ring originated in ancient Rome, was made of iron, and worn on the left middle finger.

For much of human history, marriage proposals as we know them now hardly ever happened. That’s because marriage was more of a legal and financial arrangement than a romantic partnering.

Perhaps accounts for why we now feel like we have to fork out an extreme amount of money for a ring before hiring 300 doves, a hot air balloon and a skywriter to pop the question.

The alternative is trapping your girlfriend in the middle of a bit of tarmac while cars and motorcycles hurtle towards and around her at breakneck speeds. Yes, that happened in Durban.

Moving on to today’s proposal which went horribly wrong, when a man left roughly 20 candles unattended.

Heres Sky News:

A man accidentally set fire to his flat after a romantic gesture he had planned to accompany his proposal to his girlfriend went wrong. Three fire engines were sent to the home above a newsagents in Sheffield on Monday night.

Image: South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue/ Twitter

The man had intended to pop the question to his partner in a room “filled with hundreds of tea lights”, balloons and a bottle of wine, according to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Not his best work, then.

I’ll give you a tip for free if you’re planning to propose soon – try not to burn down the house and all of your combined possessions. It’s not a great way to start the next chapter of your lives together.

The man apparently left the candles burning while he went off to fetch his girlfriend from work. When they returned to the apartment it was on fire.

He and his girlfriend managed to escape the blaze unharmed – before he instead asked for her hand in marriage outside his smouldering flat.

The fire service described the events in a series of tweets, poking fun at the ill-advised proposal.

Oh, and I’m sure you’re all wondering how the actual proposal went.

She said ‘yes’.

At least in that sense, all’s well that ends well.


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Bad News For Prince Andrew As New Witness Comes Forward https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/bad-news-for-prince-andrew-as-new-witness-comes-forward/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/bad-news-for-prince-andrew-as-new-witness-comes-forward/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:30:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537243 Jeffrey Epstein is dead, Ghislaine Maxwell is in jail, and you’d hope that Prince Andrew isn’t sleeping very well at night.

As it stands, only some of the Ghislaine Maxwell documents have been unsealed, with her legal team hard at work to prevent what you would imagine would be damning nude photographs and “sexualised video” evidence.

One of Maxwell’s accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre (also referred to as Virginia Giuffre), is certainly enjoying watching this unfold, and I’m sure she’ll be happy to know that another witness has now come forward to corroborate her allegations regarding the Duke.

In particular, the night of March 10, 2001, is important, as Giuffre, then 17, alleges that after partying with the Duke at a Mayfair club, the first of the three times she was forced to have sex with Andrew took place.

The Duke has denied the claims, claiming in a trainwreck BBC interview that he was at home that night, after visiting the Pizza Express restaurant in Woking with daughter Beatrice.

You may recall the reviews for said Pizza Express in the days that followed.

Below from the Guardian:

The US lawyer Lisa Bloom, who is representing the victims of the royal’s former friend and convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, said Shukri Walker recalled seeing Prince Andrew at Tramp nightclub in Mayfair and had come forward to support Virginia Giuffre’s version of events.

…Bloom said Walker recalled seeing Andrew at the club with Giuffre, then called Virginia Roberts, and Epstein’s girlfriend, Maxwell.

“My client says she was there and she remembers the night clearly because she never saw a royal before or since,” Bloom confirmed to the Guardian via email. “She says Prince Andrew was happy, smiling and dancing, and Virginia did not look happy. My client was a trafficking victim herself and wants everyone to know that sex trafficking is real, ongoing and devastating.”

Walker added that she remembered the encounter with particular clarity because she accidentally stood on Andrew’s foot while dancing, and was driven to come forward by his ongoing, public denial of the events of that night.

The details of Walker’s claims have now been handed over to the FBI (although they may end up not using it), with prosecutors in the US saying he remains uncooperative.


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South Africa’s Top CEOs Are Taking Home The Big Bucks https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/south-africas-top-ceos-are-taking-home-the-big-bucks/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/south-africas-top-ceos-are-taking-home-the-big-bucks/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:08:22 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537213 [imagesource: here]

We all knew on some level that the lockdown had negatively impacted the salaries of a large number of South Africans, but the extent to which this was the case remained largely unclear.

Reports that look into where we are in terms of take-home pay look pretty grim, with low-income earners suffering, and monthly salaried workers facing the reality that one in five private-sector jobs are at risk.

Not everyone is toughing it out, though.

The CEOs of big companies, even those who have had to take a bit of a pay cut, are still raking in disproportionately large salaries.

PWC has published its latest executive director report, which breaks down how much top CEOs earn in South Africa. Apart from coming in at 66 times more than the lowest-paid employees taking home the national minimum wage, it’s also considerably more than the international standard for the ideal CEO to average worker ratio, which the Harvard Business Review places at between 20:1 and 25:1.

The report analyses executive pay during the period from 1 May 2019 to 29 February 2020, focusing primarily on executive remuneration among companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), and including high-level analyses of executive remuneration in FTSE 100 and 250 companies and in companies listed on seven selected African stock exchanges.

The top 10 companies listed on the JSE are predominantly those with primary operations based in foreign territories. Therefore, the CEOs are mostly paid in foreign currency.

Before we crunch the numbers, here’s an overview of where we are in terms of equality when it comes to those leading the pack.

STI refers to short-term incentives:

Image: PWC executive director report 2020

The report also found that that 86% of CEOs at the 100 biggest companies were white and that they earn on average 15% more than the median salary of their black, coloured, and Indian counterparts.

Moving on to a breakdown of the average salaries, before and after tax, for the CEOs of companies listed on the JSE.

TGP refers to Total Guaranteed Package:

Image: PWC executive director report 2020

If we exclude foreign-based companies and turn instead to the top 10 South African companies listed on the JSE, the data shows, according to BusinessTech, that the “TGP is R11,500,000 pre-tax and R6,325,000 post-tax”.

The table below analyses the median CEO TGP compared to the income reference points for the lower-level employee, showing how many times the median CEO TGP exceeds the lower end employee income:

Image: PWC executive director report 2020

The report highlights extreme disparities between higher and lower-level employees, which suggests that if the economy is to sustain itself, we need to reassess what we mean by a ‘living wage’.

In this sense, the focus should be on increasing the wages of those on the bottom rung of the ladder instead of simply capping the salaries of those at the very top as has been suggested, especially under the current dire economic circumstances in the midst of a pandemic.


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Multiple Videos Of Beirut’s Deadly Explosion https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/multiple-videos-of-beiruts-deadly-explosion/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/multiple-videos-of-beiruts-deadly-explosion/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 06:30:18 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537224 [imagesource:here]

Tragedy struck yesterday in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, with at least 78 people killed, and more than 4 000 wounded, after an explosion rocked the city in the early evening.

The blast took place near the city’s port, where it is believed that around 2 750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive material, had been stored in a warehouse for six years.

Ammonium nitrate is most commonly used as an agricultural fertiliser and as an explosive, and is highly explosive when it comes into contact with fire.

An investigation is still underway to determine the exact cause of the blast, reports the BBC:

Prime Minister Hassan Diab called it a catastrophe and said those responsible must be held to account.

He spoke of a “dangerous warehouse” which had been there since 2014, but said he would not pre-empt the investigation.

Image: BBC

Local media showed people trapped beneath rubble. A witness described the first explosion as deafening, and video footage showed wrecked cars and blast-damaged buildings.

“All the buildings around here have collapsed. I’m walking through glass and debris everywhere, in the dark,” one witness near the port told AFP news agency.

The blast was heard a full 240 kilometres away, and was captured by multiple onlookers, who had begun filming after smoke billowed from the port building.

Here are a number of different angles:

In slow motion, the formation of a mushroom cloud can clearly be seen, which is most commonly associated with an atomic or nuclear bomb:

As Popular Mechanics points out, that is not the case here:

The truth is large explosions on the ground also produce the iconic mushroom cloud shape, due to simple physics.

…the physics is the same: the explosion produces hot gas that quickly rises. The air above blunts this hot gas as it tries to move upward, literally pushing it downward and forming the distinctive cap…

In an explosion, the less-dense hot air is meeting the more-dense cold air and forming it into a mushroom shape. That’s why mushroom clouds aren’t confined to nuclear explosions.

The aftermath of the explosion left large parts of the city in ruin:

The blast also comes at a troubling time for the country, reports the Telegraph, which is facing “its worst financial and economic crisis in decades”.

Residents of Beruit were encouraged by the health minister to leave the city if they could, as hazardous materials in the air could possibly have long-term, deadly effects.


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Wednesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/wednesday-morning-spice-490/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/05/wednesday-morning-spice-490/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 05:46:46 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537159 [imagesource: Zinyange Aunto / AFP via Getty Images]

Zimbabwe Is On Fire But Is The World Listening? – We are faced with a leadership that has no respect for human rights and human life. A leadership that has killed with impunity for four decades. [dailymaverick]

Jailed Journalist A Symbol Of A Disillusioned Zimbabwe – As Emmerson Mnangagwa failed to deliver on reforms and the economy, while allowing corruption and rights abuses to continue, Zimbabweans have seen through the ruse. [mg]

Cape Town Waiter Dies After Being Dragged Under Car Of Suspected Cellphone Thieves – “He was dragged about a kilometre along the road,” said Jakes restaurant owner David Ellis of the tragedy which unfolded on Monday night. [news24]

Another Day Of Low Infections As New COVID-19 Cases In SA Drop Below 4,500 – Mkhize on Wednesday night also reported 345 new fatalities, taking the national Covid-19 death toll to 8,884. [timeslive]

Virgin Atlantic Files For Bankruptcy In The US – The company, which is based in the United Kingdom, filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in New York on Tuesday. [cnn]

‘They’re Dying … It Is What It Is’: Key Takeaways From Trump’s Shocking Interview – Donald Trump stumbled through his second damaging interview in as many weeks, floundering in a conversation with the news website Axios. [guardian]

Accusations Of Racism And Discrimination Lodged Against SACS – A group of former students at South African College High School (SACS) have called the school out for alleged instances of discrimination and institutionalised racism over the years. [capetownetc]

Spain Puzzles Over Ex-King Juan Carlos’s Whereabouts – There is intense speculation in the Spanish media about the whereabouts of embattled ex-King Juan Carlos, after his shock announcement on Monday that he was leaving the country. [bbc]

Six Expert Tips To Make Your Home Feel Bigger – If you feel like the walls are closing in, it might be time to make a little more space in your home with these life-saving tips and tricks. [here]

‘SOS’ Message In Sand Saves Three Men Stranded On Deserted Pacific Island – The men had been missing for nearly three days when their distress signal was spotted on the uninhabited Pikelot Island. [sky]

Brewers Have Now Frozen R8,5 Billion In Projects Because Of The Booze Ban – And Counting – The total number could easily breach R10 billion, with another R2.5 billion in SAB’s planned expenditure next year “on review”. [businsider]

Western Cape Warned Not To Be Complacent About Flat-Lining Covid-19 Cases – Over the past few weeks, the province has reported an extensive drop in new infections, particularly in the Cape metro’s densely populated communities. [mg]

Honda Recalls 608,000 Vehicles For Faulty Software – faulty software can, among other things, cause the backup camera to fail and the driver display to malfunction or reboot. [verge]

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts To EscapeRegimbartia attenuata doesn’t take too kindly to being eaten. Once locked inside a frog’s maw, it turns around and starts heading for the exit. [wired]

Rebel Riders: The Scooter Gang Taking Things To The Next Level – Scooter customisation is such a massive part of this community that it’s taken on a cultural life of its own. [here]

Fulham Back In Premier League After Bryan’s Extra-Time Playoff Double – Bryan opened the scoring near the end of the first period of extra time when he spotted Brentford goalkeeper David Raya out of position. [iol]

The Covidiocy Chronicles: Madonna Exposes The Vaccine-Hoarding Elite (She Thinks) – Celebrities across the globe are falling prey to a new virus: #Covidiot. [telegraph]

Ryan Reynolds And Blake Lively ‘Deeply Sorry’ For Wedding At Former Slave Plantation – The actor says the couple feel ashamed over the decision and didn’t realise the mistake at the time. [sky]





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Video Footage Of That Jaguar Crashing In Constantia https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/video-footage-of-that-jaguar-crashing-in-constantia/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/video-footage-of-that-jaguar-crashing-in-constantia/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:47:00 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537169 Sometimes, a car just has a little too much power for the driver to handle.

The limited edition Lamborghini Essenza SCV 12, for example, can only be driven on racing tracks.

As for the good folk of Constantia, you’ll find plenty of fancy cars out and about, like this Jaguar, which ploughed into the outside area of the popular Botanicum Café & Grill, at the High Constantia Shopping Centre, earlier this morning.

We showed you images earlier – now here’s the video:

There is also this footage from on the scene:

And, to complete the trilogy, we give you…

We just can’t get enough of those plates

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Six Expert Tips To Make Your Home Feel Bigger https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/six-expert-tips-to-make-your-home-feel-bigger/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:45:08 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537132 [imagesource: Getty]

We all spend more time indoors these days, thanks to both the pandemic and this appalling weather.

I’d like the sun back now, please.

There’s only so much Netflix you can watch before the eyes begin to wander to the space around the TV, and then to the rest of the room, forcing you to take stock of the dimensions, which, if you aren’t flush with cash, probably aren’t that impressive.

More and more people are living in smaller spaces, which tells us a lot about the price of property these days (a shoebox in London, anyone?), and registered psychologists and medical professionals agree to a large extent that decluttering and reorganising a space, no matter how big or small, is good for the mind and can significantly decrease anxiety. 

Add some tricks for making your space appear bigger and you’re on your way to not feeling like the walls are closing in.

Here are six of those tricks to get you started, from those who know a fair bit on the topic.

Double Duty

Choose furniture with multiple functions such as a side table that doubles up as seating or a couch with hidden storage.

Reflective Surfaces

This is an old trick, but it works. While you shouldn’t tile an entire wall with mirrors (people who visit will have too many questions that they’re afraid to ask), choosing accent pieces with a reflective surface, like a glass coffee table or a reflective sideboard, can contribute to the illusion of space.


This should be obvious, but more than a few people have trouble letting go of their rubbish. It then accumulates on shelves, above cupboards, and on tables making your space look cramped.

Deal with this by clearing out the items you no longer need and putting the stuff that you may need later into storage.

Start with the glass jars – there are always too many glass jars.

Bold Art

Add some drama to your space by introducing a gallery of eye-catching works. Choose larger artworks to create a statement or a selection of symmetrical prints in a hallway. This will add volume and a point of interest to a room.

Even better, collect a seasonal range that you can swap out when you need a change of scenery. When the art isn’t in use, store it away, ready to liven up the place when you’re bored of what you have on the walls.

Add Space

Ask any decor expert and they’ll tell you that pushing a couch up against a wall is a guaranteed way to make your space look weird. Leave gaps between furniture to give the illusion of space.

Store The Useless Stuff

If you have items that you simply cannot part with, art that needs a place to live until you need it again, or furniture that fit perfectly in your old place, but it now dominates the room, look into affordable, tailored self-storage options.

While the rest of the tasks listed above are all going to take time and effort (sorry), this last step is by far the easiest.

Stor-Age is offering 2OV readers 50% off their first month’s rent. 

Check out their location list to find an affordable, safe option closest to you.

Then check out their Instagram account.

In these tough times, Stor-Age has been creating awareness and getting the word out there about local businesses and initiatives.

If you’d like your business, non-profit, or relief organisation to be part of the ‘Local Business Spotlight’ project, email Rob Baird at rob.baird@stor-age.co.za.

Department Of Tourism Outlines When We May Expect International Travellers Again https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/department-of-tourism-outlines-when-we-may-expect-international-travellers-again/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/department-of-tourism-outlines-when-we-may-expect-international-travellers-again/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:40:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537093 [imagesource: Brian Stauffer/ Foreign Policy]

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the tourism sector.

Governments across the globe have had to close borders to limit the spread of the virus, depriving the industry of foreign tourists that would ordinarily contribute significantly to the economy.

In South Africa, thousands of businesses and jobs are at risk. Hoteliers large and small have closed establishments, attractions are shut, and airlines have ceased operations.

The only way to combat this is for the sector to reopen, but this comes with some unavoidable risks. The recovery for the tourism industry once it resumes operations will be a long and difficult one.

A draft recovery plan, published by The Department of Tourism, details international and local predictions for when tourism may open up to international travellers, using modelling that accounts for infection patterns and recovery scenarios.

Current estimates forecast a global re-opening between August 2020 and early 2021. This scenario assumes that the generally observed global recovery trajectory persists and that progress towards enhanced treatments for COVID – 19 continues.

South Africa itself looks set to emerge more slowly than many regions, although key source markets in Europe and North America are also facing a fragile recovery.

Tourism in South Africa is expected to recover through a series of phases, ranging from hyper-local community attractions, through to broader domestic tourism and, finally, the resumption of international travel.

To facilitate gradual re-opening, the tourism sector, guided by the country’s Risk Adjusted Strategy has been pro-active in establishing biosecurity protocols that reduce transmission risk across all sub-sectors and can adapt to changing requirements and best practice.

These will be rolled out under a self-regulation framework in conjunction with the government’s risk-adjusted strategy and will determine when and how various industries within the tourism value chain are able to resume operations.

This infographic outlines the three-tier plan that the Department of Tourism plans on rolling out over the next few months:

Image: Department of Tourism

If you’re struggling to read the above, you’ll find it on page nine of the full PDF.

Or, take in a simplified version:

As for when we can expect international tourists to return to the country, the model below outlines some of the estimated travel periods for the primary “source countries” for tourism:

Image: Department of Tourism

You’ll find a larger version of the graph on page 33 of the full PDF. 

The model depicts predictions between August 2020 and May 2021, according to data collected about the virus in each country. For domestic travel, within the respective country, the opening window is set between August 2020 and mid-February 2021.

International travel to and from the respective country is set between November 2020 and May 2021, which would allow travel to South Africa, depending on where we are in terms of our own COVID-19 cases and whether or not it is safe, and procedures are in place to receive foreign visitors.

Two further global scenarios outlined by the department include a more fragile recovery with isolated setbacks that takes longer, or a prolonged pandemic where the hunt for a vaccine is largely unsuccessful and transmission of the virus is not adequately contained.

If you’d like to take a deep dive into the facts and figures, BusinessTech broke down the details of the report.

If global trends continue they way they’re going we could be looking at reopening out borders to international tourists sooner than anticipated.

It all comes down to what happens over the next few months.


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Irony Alert – Car Smashes Into Café At High Constantia Shopping Centre [Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/irony-alert-car-smashes-into-cafe-at-high-constantia-shopping-centre-images/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/irony-alert-car-smashes-into-cafe-at-high-constantia-shopping-centre-images/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:35:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537130 [imagesource: @Zero2Turbo / Twitter]


Sometimes, a car just has a little too much power for the driver to handle.

The limited edition Lamborghini Essenza SCV 12, for example, can only be driven on racing tracks.

As for the good folk of Constantia, you’ll find plenty of fancy cars out and about, like this Jaguar, which ploughed into the outside area of the popular Botanicum Café & Grill, at the High Constantia Shopping Centre, earlier this morning.

Not a great deal is known about what happened in the lead-up to the crash, but these images were shared on Twitter:

This is the kind of excitement we usually see reserved for Café du Cap – sorry, you’ll have to make your way to 113 Loop Street to enjoy their delights, or make use of their same-day delivery service.

I would like to applaud this duo for their dedication to wearing their face masks:

Who wants to know the real irony to the above scene?

Some of you might have caught Seth’s Instagram Story from back in March:

Back to this morning’s accident, and check out that plate, pal:

Well, there it is.

Too fast, too furious, and 2FAST4U.

I reckon a visit to Anthony Tromp is on the cards soon.



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Rebel Riders: The Scooter Gang Taking Things To The Next Level [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/rebel-riders-the-scooter-gang-taking-things-to-the-next-level-video/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:32:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=536334 [imagesource: here]

Since the 1970s, Vespa, which was manufactured and distributed in Jakarta until 2001, has been a common sight on Indonesian streets.

More than 85% of the population own a scooter, making it one of the largest Vespa enthusiast communities in the world – second only to Italy, the birthplace of the iconic two-wheeler.

The earliest recorded Vespa sighting in the country can be traced back to the 1960s when an Indonesian peacekeeping mission in Africa returned to the country and was gifted Vespas by the government.

Since then it’s become such a massive part of the community that it’s taken on a cultural life of its own, expressed most impressively by the Rebel Riders, a scooter gang of sorts, who take customisation to new heights.

Here’s Great Big Story:

Lots of people ride the Italian scooters known as Vespas in Indonesia. But Rebel Riders modify their Vespas to the extreme. They use scrap metal, tree branches, anything they can get their hands on to create one-of-a-kind vehicles.

Rebel Riders love expressing their individuality through their unique rides. They also enjoy being part of a community full of people who support one another and share a passion for exploring their beautiful country.

The only mandatory component in the design is the Vespa engine.

It’s tough to determine the early history of the Rebel Rider movement, but their emergence by the early 2000s coincided with major changes in Indonesia, following the fall of the Soeharto authoritarian regime in 1998.

Indonesians were suddenly afforded more freedom and self-expression than ever before and many of them channelled this into their rides.

You have to see their creations to really get a sense of the vibe:

If you want to up your transport game with a Vespa, you can peruse their range online.

Then, when you’ve found what you’re after, drop Seth a mail at editor@2oceansvibe.com, make the subject line “Hook me up with a Vespa discount”, and he’ll do what he does best.

What you do with it once it’s yours is entirely up to you.


Gloves Come Off As Public Turns Against “Monster” Ellen https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/gloves-come-off-as-public-turns-against-monster-ellen/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/gloves-come-off-as-public-turns-against-monster-ellen/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:31:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537012 [imagesource: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images]

I can’t say I’m much of a fan of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but the host herself always seemed nice enough.

She danced, she smiled, she joked, and she made a habit of introducing people to their heroes and giving out money and gifts to people in need.

Behind the scenes, however, and especially when it came to what happened behind the scenes of her show, insiders talked of a very different Ellen DeGeneres, and a workplace environment that was incredibly toxic, with allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct by producers.

These stories have been circulating for some time, but have really kicked into gear in the past few months, and then again in the past few days.

As far back as October last year, this tweet, and the responses to it, are telling:

A month or so later, and actress Dakota Johnson was interviewed by Ellen, in a now-viral exchange that many say really prompted a closer look at how the host conducts herself on set.

Rather than playing nice, Johnson called Ellen out during the awkward exchange, with many saying it illustrated the host’s ‘fake’ nature.

You can watch the video on YouTube here.

Fast forward to March of this year, and another damning tweet that prompted entertainment industry insiders to spill the beans on what it was like to work for, and with, Ellen:

In April, her video comparing being holed up in her California mansion during quarantine to being in jail went down like a lead balloon, and the backlash kicked up a gear last month.

Here’s the Washington Post:

On July 16, BuzzFeed published a long story by Krystie Lee Yandoli, who interviewed former (and one current) “Ellen” show employees who alleged a toxic environment of “racism, fear, and intimidation.” As one former staffer said, “That ‘be kind’ bulls— only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show.”

…DeGeneres also sent an email to staff that said there will be changes: “On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry.”

You can read that July 16 BuzzFeed article here.

Whilst Ellen claimed that this “toxic” environment happened without her knowledge, not everyone was buying it.

Take her Finding Nemo co-star Brad Garrett, for example, who really cut to the chase:

Perhaps Ellen will be glad that her show is currently on summer hiatus, but it is due to return to screens soon.

Senior creatives and producers are back at work this week, with the show slated to return on September 9, and nobody seems quite sure as to how this will affect her core audience’s reaction.

Variety reporting below:

“What makes it difficult, with the kind of crisis this is, is it’s not an acute problem” such as harassment by DeGeneres herself or embezzlement, said Ketchum senior VP of issues and crisis management Andrew Moesel. “It’s more a challenge to her entire brand ethos, which is as a friendly, relatable person next door, which is really the way that viewers perceive her and her value as an entertainer.”

The allegations “create a sizable crack in the impression of her as a friendly, next-door neighbor that you’re spending your afternoon with,” he said.

Those thoughts were echoed by entertainment publicist Danny Deraney, who said he had been hearing similar stories about Ellen for years:

“She has an image problem that clearly is going to need some work to salvage any kind of momentum that she has earned over this time or any kind of positive reputation that she has,” said Deraney.

Over on Instagram, The Ellen Show has turned off comments on posts, and her wife, Portia de Rossi, has publicly shown support on her account:

The comments on that post, which includes the hashtag #stopbotattacks, are a mixture of people defending Ellen, and others saying she is finally getting what has long been coming her way.

I suppose if you spend years crafting a lucrative public persona that revolves around how lovely you are, a failure to live up to that, be it in public or behind closed doors, will eventually catch up with you.


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“Wretched Sight Of A National Treasure” – Scathing One-Star Review For John Cleese https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/wretched-sight-of-a-national-treasure-scathing-one-star-review-for-john-cleese/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/wretched-sight-of-a-national-treasure-scathing-one-star-review-for-john-cleese/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:30:45 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537102 [imagesource: Tobias Nokolai/Polfoto via AP]

Whatever he does before he shuffles off his mortal coil, John Cleese will forever be loved for his starring role in Monty Python.

The 80-year-old may have retired the silly walk a while back, but he does still enjoy the odd public performance.

Or, in the age of COVID-19, a global live stream in lieu of an actual audience.

On Sunday night, Cleese performed a pay-to-view live stream from Cadogan Hall, in a show titled Why There Is No Hope.

Suffice to say Dominic Cavendish, writing for the Telegraph, was not impressed, giving Cleese a one-star review and calling the whole thing “a wretched sight of a national treasure”.

As a huge Monty Python fan, it has been disheartening to watch Cleese back Brexit and spout some rather xenophobic nonsense on Twitter, but let’s just stick with the review of his show for now:

[His performance] seemed calculated to demonstrate, over a tedious hour, that Cleese has become the very thing, humourless and earnest, that he once made a universal laughing stock…

…aside from a few welcome quips at his own expense (he likened Cadogan Hall’s surreally vacant auditorium to “the Annual General Meeting of the Apathy Society”) – the national treasure decided to bore for Britain…

Cleese’s comedy legacy is assured, but I’d rather submit to the Spanish Inquisition than watch his wretched disquisition again.

So that’s a no from the Telegraph.

The Guardian was a little nicer, granting the performance a three-star review, as did The Times, although they did get a little dig in:

“John Cleese at his funniest” reads the tag at the top of the screen of this comedy lecture, which was livestreamed from an almost empty Cadogan Hall — for obvious health and safety reasons — in London on Sunday night.

At the age of 80, Cleese is long past the point of false modesty, but surely even he would agree that this was an optimistic claim.

Given that watching the show will cost you a cool $20 or thereabouts, it may not be worth the bother.

We could all use a little light entertainment, so let’s finish with one of the greatest sketches of all time:


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Settle In For A Wild Ride Through American History With John Oliver [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/settle-in-for-a-wild-ride-through-american-history-with-john-oliver-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/settle-in-for-a-wild-ride-through-american-history-with-john-oliver-video/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:30:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537043 As much as most South Africans know the bare essentials of our country’s history, what we’re taught in schools still leaves considerable gaps.

For example, you’ve heard the word ‘Vlakplaas’, but do you really understand the sheer depths of moral depravity that word denotes?

It will come as a surprise to nobody that there is a similar problem across the pond in the US, where what is taught as history varies wildly from state to state.

You would think that teaching pupils about slavery would be crucial, and central, to any history lesson about America, but seven states do not directly mention slavery in their standard history curriculum, and eight don’t mention the civil rights movement.

Nerdy Brit and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver reckons the US might be in need of a unified history lesson, especially in light of recent events on their soil.

I’m up for a lesson:

Maybe someone will do a similar video for South Africa, and certain politicians will stop talking about how there are more racist laws now than there were under apartheid.


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Latest Face Mask Meltdown Involves Gunshots And Cigars [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/latest-face-mask-meltdown-involves-gunshots-and-cigars-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/latest-face-mask-meltdown-involves-gunshots-and-cigars-video/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:12:48 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537027 Despite being one of the most developed countries in the world, America, under the leadership of Donald Trump, has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that has the rest of the world watching in horror as the bodies stack up.

As of this morning, the country has recorded more than 4,8 million cases, with a total of 158 931 deaths so far.

The face mask debate in the US is so out of hand that some establishments that refused to let anti-maskers in have had to close. Numerous videos have been doing the rounds of Kens and Karens losing it when asked to cover their noses and mouths.

At first, they were amusing to watch, but now the meltdowns are becoming deadly.

Here’s The Washington Post:

In recent weeks, police say arguments over masks have led to the vicious beating of Trader Joe’s employees in New York, the fatal shooting of a Family Dollar store security guard in Michigan, and the shooting of a McDonald’s worker in Oklahoma.

The latest shooting happened outside a cigar shop.

When a cigar shop clerk told Adam Zaborowski on Friday he had to wear a mask in the shop, the 35-year-old angrily refused. Instead, he grabbed two stogies, stormed outside — and then pulled a handgun and shot at the clerk, Bethlehem Township, Pa., police said.

A stogie is a relatively cheap cigar.

A witness to the crime, reports The Huffington Post, said that “It’s the mask. The guy was obviously anti-mask”.

You can see that play out here:

The rampage didn’t end there. Back to the Washington Post:

The next day, cornered near his home, Zaborowski allegedly fired at police with an AK-47, sparking a wild shootout with at least seven officers that ended with him shot multiple times and under arrest.

“He just wasn’t dealing well with the loss of his job, the loss of his child, just not handling the pandemic well,” John Waldron told the Express-Times on Sunday, while noting those factors didn’t justify his violent conduct.

“I think he was getting stretched too tight.”

I would say that repeatedly opening fire on people goes a little further than “not handling the pandemic well”.

No mention was made of the fact that gun control is so relaxed in America that just about anyone can own one, provided they are over the age of 18, not a danger to society, an ex-convict, or diagnosed as mentally unstable.

Zaborowski has been charged with 22 counts, including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and robbery.


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More Evidence Of Dangerous After-Effects In COVID-19 Survivors https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/more-evidence-of-dangerous-after-effects-in-covid-19-survivors/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/more-evidence-of-dangerous-after-effects-in-covid-19-survivors/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:01:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537067 [imagesource:here]

With the pandemic just months old, no one knows how far into the future symptoms will endure, and whether COVID-19 will prompt the onset of chronic diseases.

We know that the virus can cause inflammation throughout the body. This is why dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory agent, has shown great promise in treating it.

It also causes inflammation of the central nervous system, which can lead to neurological disorders that outlast the infection, according to a study conducted by UCL’s Institute of Neurology, the results of which were published in July.

In order for the results of scientific study to be confirmed, similar studies have to be conducted in the field, expanding on, or producing, the same results.

This is now the case, with a recent study by experts from San Raffaele hospital in Milan showing similar findings.

The study has been published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity after monitoring 402 patients following treatment for the virus.

55% of them were found to have at least one psychiatric disorder.

Per The Guardian:

The results, based on clinical interviews and self-assessment questionnaires, showed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 28% of cases, depression in 31% and anxiety in 42%. Additionally, 40% of patients had insomnia and 20% had obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms.

According to the paper, the findings provide precedent for monitoring the long-term psychiatric wellbeing of recovered patients.

“Considering the alarming impact of Covid-19 infection on mental health, the current insights on inflammation in psychiatry, and the present observation of worse inflammation leading to worse depression, we recommend to assess psychopathology of Covid-19 survivors and to deepen research on inflammatory biomarkers, in order to diagnose and treat emergent psychiatric conditions.”

The study of 265 men and 137 women found that women are both more likely to recover from the virus, and more likely to develop more acute mental health problems afterwards.

Patients with positive previous psychiatric diagnoses suffered more than those without a history of psychiatric disorder. The researchers, led by Dr Mario Gennaro Mazza, said these results were consistent with previous epidemiological studies.

They said psychiatric effects could be caused “by the immune response to the virus itself, or by psychological stressors such as social isolation, psychological impact of a novel severe and potentially fatal illness, concerns about infecting others, and stigma.”

Other long-term effects associated with the virus have included brain inflammation, stroke, and psychosis alongside fatigue, a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, achy joints, foggy thinking, a persistent loss of sense of smell, and damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain.

Image: ScienceMag

These studies are ongoing, as scientists try to make sense of the virus and its after-effects.

The likelihood of a patient developing persistent symptoms is hard to pinpoint because different studies track different outcomes and follow recovered patients for different periods of time.

If you’ve recovered from the virus and you notice any of the symptoms listed above, you should contact your doctor to make sure that you’re getting the proper treatment.


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Melbourne Lockdown Struggles As “Sovereign Citizens” Fight Back [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/melbourne-lockdown-struggles-as-sovereign-citizens-fight-back-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/melbourne-lockdown-struggles-as-sovereign-citizens-fight-back-videos/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:30:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537080 [imagesource:here]

On Sunday, the Australian state of Victoria declared a state of disaster in response to rising COVID-19 numbers.

Whilst Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews says most residents are doing the right thing, including adhering to the 8PM to 5AM curfew, that’s not the case across the board.

Some Australians intend to stand on their porches this Friday at 7PM to scream (yes, really), but others are taking things to the extreme.

Police Commissioner Shane Patton says that more and more Victorians are refusing to co-operate with police checks, calling themselves “sovereign citizens”, which in some cases has led to violent showdowns with law enforcement.

This is beginning to sound a great deal like the US and their face mask battles.

Let’s hear from the BBC:

In one case a woman repeatedly smashed a policewoman’s head into the ground, Patton said…

Mr Patton said the policewoman had been attacked in a shopping centre after stopping a woman for not wearing a mask…

The sovereign citizen movement – which has roots in the US – is typically used by those who don’t believe in their government’s legitimacy, often arguing their rights are being suppressed by public orders.

Mr Patton said the attack on the policewoman “highlights the type of challenges that we’re experiencing”, adding people were “baiting” police at checkpoints and refusing to disclose basic information.

“On at least four occasions in the last week, we’ve had to smash the windows of cars and pull people out to provide details,” he said.

That seems a little heavy-handed, but Australia is famous for compliance with workplace health and safety measures, for example, so the fact that some Victorian residents have so openly defied these laws is interesting.

One such resister is Eve Black, who became one of the faces of the ‘resistance’ when posting about how she handled checkpoint stops:

Cue the sad music, because Eve has since been arrested.

Whilst fines for breaking lockdown regulations here in South Africa start from the low hundreds, often maxing out at the R5 000 mark for repeat infringements, down under they hit the pocket a little harder:

On Tuesday, the state government increased fines for repeated lockdown breaches from A$1,652 (£900; $1,200) to A$5,000.

Under the current “stage four” lockdown, Melburnians can leave home only to shop, exercise, give essential medical care or do frontline work.

Residents must shop and exercise within 5km (3 miles) of their home, for no longer than one hour at a time.

Like a trip down alert level memory lane, that.

Oh, and Australia has plenty of Karens, too:

As the Ozzies often say, “just wear a mask, you bloody drongo”.


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New Doccie Looks At The Massive Struggle Behind Each Olympic Medal [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/new-doccie-looks-at-the-massive-struggle-behind-each-olympic-medal-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/new-doccie-looks-at-the-massive-struggle-behind-each-olympic-medal-trailer/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:32:39 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537062 [imagesource: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images]

Win a gold medal for your country at the Olympics, and your name goes down in history.

In South Africa, that doesn’t mean a life of riches, however, and the story of 1996 Olympic gold medallist Josiah Thugwana is proof.

The likes of Michael Phelps (above) and Shaun White can’t relate, as their success on the grandest stage of all has made them wealthy, but they too understand the emotional toll that comes with achieving ultimate success.

A new documentary from HBO, The Weight of Gold, takes a closer look at “post-Olympic depression”, and how a singular mindset aimed at standing atop the podium has knock-on effects for what comes next.

More from Rolling Stone:

…athletes open up about how “40 seconds will dictate our human lives,” before the Olympic Village gates close and they’re sent home, with or without medals, to live on beyond the Games…

The documentary includes interviews with Apolo Ohno, Katie Uhlaender, Jeremy Bloom, Lolo Jones, Bode Miller, Gracie Gold, Jonathan Cheever and David Boudia.

It also features an archival interview with bobsledder Steven Holcomb, who died from a combination of alcohol and sleeping pills in 2017, and an interview with Linda Peterson, mother to three-time Olympian aerial skier Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, who died by suicide in 2011.

Directed by Brett Rapkin, the doccie first aired last week in the US.

Here’s the trailer:

As things stand, the Tokyo Olympics are due to take place between July 23 and August 8 next year.

There will be gold medals, and there will be more stories like those you see above.


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“Three Times Faster Than The Speed Of Sound” – Virgin Galactic Reveals New Supersonic Jet [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/three-times-faster-than-the-speed-of-sound-virgin-galactic-reveals-new-supersonic-jet-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/three-times-faster-than-the-speed-of-sound-virgin-galactic-reveals-new-supersonic-jet-video/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:00:48 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=537004 [imagesource: Virgin Galactic]

The last time we checked in on Richard Branson’s Virgin empire it was taking a beating due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching effects on businesses worldwide.

Branson had a plan to turn things around, and for the time being, seems to be on the right track.

He’s also not letting his financial struggles interfere with the pursuit of one of his self-described “obsessions” – supersonic flight.

Branson, and his space-oriented company Virgin Galactic, has been committed to finding a way to increase the speed and efficiency of air travel for some time now.

Last week, the company finally gave the public a look at its spaceship cabin, SpaceShipTwo, which it hopes will soon ferry passengers into space.

It’s now revealed a new jet design for high-speed air travel: a streamlined, delta-wing aircraft with capacity for nine to 19 people cruising at an altitude of over 60 000 feet.

Per CNN:

The super-fast jet will travel at Mach 3 — three times faster than the speed of sound.

Virgin Galactic has also announced a partnership with Rolls-Royce to design and develop engine propulsion technology for futuristic high speed commercial aircraft like this one.

Image: Virgin Galactic/ Concept Art

Rolls-Royce is known for its airplane engine design and notably designed the engine that fuelled the supersonic Concorde, which traveled at Mach 2.

I wouldn’t say no to travelling on a Rolls-Royce jet.

Virgin Galactic has also signed a deal with NASA, to share expertise and resources. NASA has been working on a jet that flies faster than the speed of sound without producing a sonic boom.

Virgin Galactic […] announced that this supersonic jet concept recently passed a mission concept review, which confirmed that the concept “can meet the high-level requirements and objectives of the mission.”

Image: Virgin Galactic/ Concept Art

“We are excited to complete the Mission Concept Review and unveil this initial design concept of a high speed aircraft, which we envision as blending safe and reliable commercial travel with an unrivalled customer experience,” said George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic’s chief space officer.

CNBC with some more info and concept images of the jet:

The company is now ready for the next stage of development which will involve defining the specifics of how the aircraft will work.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for the first test flight.


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Watch These Durban Beachgoers Flee As Police Give Chase [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/watch-these-durban-beachgoers-flee-as-police-give-chase-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/watch-these-durban-beachgoers-flee-as-police-give-chase-video/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:02:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=536990 We can leave the house now to exercise and walk around in nature as long as we’re back inside by curfew, but there are still some areas, like beaches, that remain out of bounds, even under advanced alert level 3.

Is that what it’s still called, or are we are on advanced super alert level 3 yet? It’s hard to keep track.

The same safety precautions still apply, even when you’re wandering around in the great outdoors – wear a mask and keep your distance from others.

The closed beaches have been a point of contention throughout the lockdown. Back in May, surfers protested about beaches still being closed under alert level 4, using the hashtag #backinthewater.

In Muizenberg, it led to some pretty comical scenes, with one protester fleeing the police on his bike, as they gave chase.

Then it led to some comical memes, as things often do when circumstances seem silly.

There are two sides to this.

On the one hand, surfing and going for a walk on the beach isn’t likely to put you in any more contact with fellow walkers or surfers than walking around your neighbourhood. On the other hand, when beaches fill up, they really fill up, making physical distancing difficult.

Overall, SAPS and other law enforcement has had to learn to run on sand, because people seem reluctant to stay away.

The Citizen published a video that has been doing the rounds on Twitter showing Umdloti Beach, north of Durban, packed with beachgoers on August 2.

Then law enforcement showed up:

The eThekwini Municipality has urged people to stay away from the beaches, especially in light of the fact that eThekwini is a hotspot in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

“The beaches remain closed and the public must be mindful of the fact that they have to comply with regulations for their safety and not for government,” eThekwini municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Masiyela said on Monday.

“It must not be perceived or viewed by the public that this is an attempt by government or the City to frustrate them. I think everybody is fully aware of the havoc of Covid-19,” Masiyela said of the incident.

Masiyela further noted that it would take cooperation between government and Durbanites to flatten the curve, and didn’t say whether anyone had been arrested.

They sure did run, though.


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First Signs Of Decline In New SA COVID-19 Data https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/first-signs-of-decline-in-new-sa-covid-19-data/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/first-signs-of-decline-in-new-sa-covid-19-data/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:30:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=536997 [imagesource: Mike Hutchings / Reuters]

While the battle has really only just begun, there are some slightly encouraging signs in the latest official, reported data regarding South Africa’s COVID-19 cases.

In fact, for the first time since early March, when South Africa had its first confirmed case of COVID-19, the rate at which cases are increasing daily in the country has started declining.

Again, when you consider that we have 8 539 deaths and 516 862 confirmed cases (the fifth highest in the world), it’s clear we still have a crisis on our hands, but we have to acknowledge our small gains where we can.

The drop in the rate of increase is due in large part to Gauteng recording lower numbers (some suggest the Western Cape’s infection rate peaked in early July), reports News24:

Since early July, the average daily case increases over seven days rose above 10 000 new cases a day, rising to a high of more than 12 000, and now declining again slightly, to just over 10 000.

The slight decline is visible when the seven-day rolling average is mapped over time with the actual reported daily case increase.

News24’s infographic, using data correct as of August 1 and compiled by Rudi Louw, shows the decline:

It should be pointed out that daily testing has also declined, which would obviously have played a role in the downward curve of that graphic above, and the positive test rate has remained consistent at around 25%.

When speaking about the stats this past weekend, President Ramaphosa said that “while there are promising signs, now is not the time to let down our guard”.

Cool – we will do our bit, and you stop your comrades from continuing the “feeding frenzy”.

One of the areas in which the country is struggling is the speedy return of test results in the public sector, which does mean plotting any trends comes with a caveat:

This analysis is potentially problematic when made with the reported totals of cases and tests released daily by the national Department of Health, because of the remaining uncertainty over when the samples tested were collected.

It is possible that samples collected from patients over a number of days could be batched together in the daily reporting, making a time-based analysis flawed.

Finally, whilst our confirmed cases counter ticks past half a million, we should remember that the number of active cases is also an important indicator.

Active cases are calculated by taking the total confirmed cases, and subtracting the total deaths and recoveries.

South Africa currently has 150 286 active cases (it was 152 676 on August 1, as you can see below), and the number has remained reasonably steady over the past two or so weeks:

The majority of those who contract COVID-19 will make a full recovery, which is great, but some studies are already showing that survivors are at greater risk of suffering long-term damage with regards to certain health conditions.

In short, you’d really rather not get it at all, so continue to keep your guard up and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself, and others.

You can see the rest of the News24 infographics here.


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Tuesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/tuesday-morning-spice-492/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/08/04/tuesday-morning-spice-492/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:41:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=536931 Apocalypse Meow II: ‘Keep Cats Inside Property’, SANParks Urges Capetonians – National conservation authorities have called on Cape Town residents, especially those based close to Table Mountain National Park, to contain their cats. [dailymav]

Ramaphosa Faces Pushback In Bid To Curb Family Of ANC Leaders Doing Business With State – He was at pains to push forward a suggestion to regulate family members of politicians doing business with the state. This argument was drowned out by his political opponents. [news24]

SAB Stops R5bn Investment Because Of Alcohol Ban ‘Which Affects A Million Livelihoods’ – Beer maker has lost 12 trading weeks, or 30% of annual production. [timeslive]

Trump Says TikTok Sale Can Go Through But Only If The US Gets A Cut – After days of whiplash over the future of TikTok, President Donald Trump said he would allow an American company to acquire the short-form video app — with a catch. [cnn]

Spain’s Embattled Ex-King Juan Carlos Leaves Country – Spain’s former King Juan Carlos has decided to leave the country, the royal palace says, weeks after he was linked to an inquiry into alleged corruption. [bbc]

Garmin Reportedly Paid Hackers A Large Ransom To Recover Files After A Cyberattack – Garmin had been targeted by Wastedlocker, a specific ransomware virus that is attributed to a Russia-based hacking group called Evil Corp. [businsider]

After Months Of Favour, Birx Raises Trump’s Ire With Grim Coronavirus Assessment – President Trump further disparaged his senior health advisers on Monday even as the pandemic deepened its hold on the nation. [washpost]

Light Snow Forecast For The Western Cape – Snow seekers might be in for a lovely white weekend in the Matroosberg area near Ceres as light snow is predicted to fall on Saturday night [August 8]. [capetownetc]

North Korea Has ‘Probably’ Developed Mini Nuclear Devices To Fit Missile Warheads, Says UN Report – The country’s destruction of tunnels at its main nuclear site in 2018 may also have been deceptive, experts warn. [sky]

Panda Conservation Efforts Failed To Protect Other Mammals – Study – Animals including leopards have almost disappeared in protected habitats. [guardian]

The Curious Case Of SA’s Donations Worth Millions To Cuba – The ANC-led government, whose response to the pandemic has been hampered by rampant looting of COVID-19 relief funds, has been publicly thanked by Cuba for making not one but two donations. [citypress]

Inside The Luxury Hotel Made Entirely Of Shipping Containers – It’s a luxury hotel, in the middle of a vineyard next to an old oak tree. It’s also made entirely from shipping containers. [here]

Big Changes To SuperSport – New Channel Lineup Launched – The broadcaster said it has dropped the numbering system it has used for its channels for the past two decades, replacing it with a thematic offering around individual sports. [mybb]

Murray Wants Assurance On Quarantine Issues Before US Open – United States Tennis Association will set up a strict bio-security ‘bubble’ to minimise the risk of contracting the coronavirus during the Grand Slam, which will be played from August 31-September 13. [iol]

The 50 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time – Awesome rock & roll reads, from Keith Richards and Patti Smith to Slash and Nikki Sixx. [rollingstone]

Kanye West’s Recent Behaviour Is A ‘Nightmare’ For Kim Kardashian – “Kim begged Kanye to stop his presidential thing, to stop talking about their kids at rallies,” the source said. “But he ignored her and instead he went ahead and hired more people”. [newsau]

Peek-A-Boo! Gigi Hadid Goes Topless And Then Lathers Up In The Bath – The pregnant model shares snaps from a VERY risqué fashion shoot. [dmail]





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