TV Stations, Radio, Photographers etc were all caught with their pants down – the iconic Cape Town cooling towers were detonated four minutes early.

It’s on YouTube!

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Hilarious comment on 2Oceansvibe – “the Yanks got better footage of 9/11 and they didn’t know it was happening!”

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[The Knysna mutiny]

In further fallout from the World Cup, France’s ‘star’ Nikolas Anelka has been banned for at least 18 internationals by the authorities. Anelka who is on a minimum of GBP250,000 per week, says that he “doesn’t care”.

Perhaps Anelka needs a crude reminder that the game is bigger than the individual?

 

Australia goes to the Polls to-morrow (Saturday). And one of the most emotive topics is immigration.

Here’s a little ad from West Australia to give you a flavour of the campaign.

Xenophobia anyone?

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[Ad source – Crikey]

The title may be a mouthful but the cause is certainly not.

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The main focus and aim of the Project is to get as many people as possible crocheting and knitting for charity, especially for needy and sick babies. It is not only an act of love but makes a huge difference. There are many millions of babies in need in Southern Africa who live in dire poverty. They lack love, shelter, food, education and warmth.

As a children’s charity Knit One 2 Save One has two goals:

1.To help needy or sick babies survive by keeping them warm
2.To raise awareness of this mostly hidden human heartbreak.

By contributing, you not only help save the life of a baby who may otherwise not make it, you help too, to bring the plight of the babies to the attention of whoever you tell or ask to join you in this knitting and crochet project.

Keeping a baby warm makes a difference. We all understand how awful it is to be cold, but many of us have not experienced the misery of being cold all night, every night, hungry, and perhaps sick as well.

The organisation’s goal for 2010 is keep at least 5000 babies warm.

For more information on how to contribute please go to: www.knitone2saveone.com/

LSW is keeping a beady eye on the forthcoming Australian elections for a host of very obvious reasons.

However, watching from afar, it looks pretty dumb. We rely on the media and knowing the Aussie media who will report everything the candidates do (often sensationally), it still makes for a pretty low level of intellect on the part of the parties and what they actually stand for.

Here’s a snippet from Opposition Leader Tony Abbott who is sitting at 49% in the polls:

“Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone, Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it is not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.”

Crikey editor, Sophie Black comments then on this piece of wisdom: “Then again, at least Abbott is being honest – he is open about his willful refusal to accept basic scientific fact and prefer global conspiracy theories and rigid ideology. What is Julia Gillard’s excuse? The Prime Minister occupies an even worse position – she claims to believe in human-caused global warming, and accepts the need to address it, but proposes delay and half-baked measures drawn up to protect the interests of those responsible for pollution. Like Abbott, Gillard’s policies will oversee a rise in Australia’s emissions. Like Abbott, she’ll waste taxpayers’ money to achieve it. “

Abbott is after all, the person who said about Global Warming – “It was warm in Jesus’ time”.

51% leader in the polls, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been described as a multitude of horror stories especially that she ‘lives’ with a hairdresser who has been discovered as having a daughter living in New York. She’s now described as: “Gillard’s wild secret estranged make-up artist step love child has said to the media.”

As usual, let’s leave it to the NT News to sum it up:

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The Times of London has been hemorrhaging online readers since erecting a paywall three months ago, according to data released today.

Internet marketing research firm ComScore reported that the websites for the News Corp-owned Times and its sister newspaper, The Sunday Times, have lost 1.2 million viewers in the three months since the formerly free site was reorganized and split into two separate sites — thetimes.co.uk and thesundaytimes.co.uk, each of which was placed behind a paywall.

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That’s down from the 2.79 million that the free site attracted in May, the last month before readers were charged to access the papers’ content. Pageviews dropped from 29 million in May to 9 million in July.

In addition, ComScore estimates that the amount of time readers actually spend on the site has nearly been cut in half.

However, the owners and editors of The Times have said in the past that they expected a steep drop in online readership once the paywalls were erected. For example, in an interview with the BBC in May, Sunday Times editor John Witherow said he expected the numbers to plummet by as much as 90 percent. The key, say the top brass, is profitability, not the volume of readership.

There are currently very few major general interest newspapers that have put their web content behind a paywall, and so people have been watching The Times’ experience with interest. The New York Times is set to debut its own paywall in early 2011, though it has said it will be somewhat less restrictive than The Times’ wall, opting for a metered-model rather than a straight paywall.

[News source: Huffington Post]

The South African-based chicken restaurant chain. Nandos, is known for its cheeky advertising and topical communication.

whenever it has spread its wings to other countries, their South African humour has often bombed (the UK and Australia are classic examples) and then have had to change their tack and use marketers more versed in the wiles of the local consumer.

Nandos has just opened in Canada. These images from the Canadian campaign and the guerrilla stuff done on opening day leads one to really want to know more about the Canadian consumer!

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Two prominent Southern Africans from opposite ends of the spectrum passed away over the past few days.

It’s probably relevant to pause and reflect on their contributions to history.

Lt-Col Ron Reid-Daly (1926-2010) died last week in South Africa. Famous (some would say notorious) for founding the much feared and admired Rhodesian Selous Scouts, Reid-Daly was a soldier’s soldier.

He could quite easily be named as a person who did most to pioneer guerrilla and bush warfare as we know it to-day. Smaller platoons (sometimes ‘sticks’ of even three soldiers), helicopter drops and rapid fire pursuit we just two of his trademarks.

The Selous Scouts was the name given to a special forces regiment of the Rhodesian Army, which operated from 1973 until the introduction of majority rule in 1980. It was named after British explorer Frederick Courteney Selous (1851–1917), and their motto was pamwe chete, which, in the Shona, roughly means “all together”, “together only” or “forward together”. The charter of the Selous Scouts directed them to “the clandestine elimination of terrorists/terrorism both within and without the country.”

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David Rawdon (1925-2010) was the opposite of Reid-Daly. A hotelier to his fingertips, Rawdon started the famous Rawdon’s Hotel in Natal with his brother then went on to buy, renovate and run Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch for 30 years.

Not content with the Lanzerac, Rawdon bought and renovated both the Marine hotel in Hermanus and then his baby, The Lord Milner Hotel in Matjiesfontein where he bought the entire village!

Rawdon leaves the Matjiesfontein village, a major collection of vintage motors cars and a huge hole in the South African hospitality industry.

We’ll publish an obituary to David Rawdon written by SA tourism legend Liz Westby-Nunn in a later post.

                     A recent Gallup report on the world’s happiest countries confirms a sneaking suspicion – money does buy you happiness, at least to a large degree. According to researchers, a majority of people spend their waking hours in the pursuit of money, and “it would be surprising if success at this pursuit had no influence whatsoever when people were asked to evaluate their lives.”

Australia may be the ‘lucky’ country, but Denmark, with a per capita GDP of $36,000 in 2009 is the world’s happiest country. Indeed, a majority of the countries topping the poll have high levels of individual prosperity.

But while income influenced happiness on an overall life satisfaction level, their day to day happiness depended on how well an individual’s psychological and social needs were being met. With its tight knit social networks, Costa Rica ranked as the 6th happiest country in the world, beating richer nations like the United States.

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The Happy Hit Parade is:

1 Denmark

2 Finland
3 Norway
4 Sweden
4 Netherlands
6 Costa Rica
6 New Zealand
8 Canada
8 Israel
8 Australia
8 Switzerland
12 Panama
12 Brazil
14 United States
14 Austria
16 Belgium
17 United Kingdom
18 Mexico
18 Turkmenistan
20 United Arab Emirates

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