I’m in SYNC® with my #FordKuga

Ford Kuga interiorYesterday I asked for some assistance regarding the SYNC® functionality in my Ford Kuga…  The universe delivered – in the form of something called my brain, go figure. Amazing what you can do with that little thing between your ears ;)

I’m now happy to announce that SYNC® is working seamlessly and perfectly. The various radio stations were irritating me on my way home and to a friend’s last night, so I connected my iPad to SYNC® and I played DJ in the Kuga. Perfect I tell you, perfect! I was even doing kick-ass links too; back announcing and throwing forward to the next song. I feel a car radio DJing career on the horizon, ha.

Back to the point though, this SYNC® is one of the most incredible features that Ford has to offer. I was introduced to it a few months back and let me tell you this is a big plus for me. It’s easy to use (when your brain functions), it’s hands free (great and encouraged for driving) and it’s all-round winning. As far as driving goes, it’s hard not to enjoy this car. Look, it’s automatic, so it’s lazy in my opinion. In the traffic, it handles well, but on the open road it’s so smooth. You have to watch how much pressure you apply to the accelerator though, because it likes to move – enter cruise control! I’ll have some more on my open road experience and some of my other findings in another post – my #FordKuga discoveries keep on coming!

Like a (Cake) Boss… Cake Boss’s Buddy in town

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro is in South Africa. The star is in the country for the Good Food and Wine Show this weekend. We hung out with him earlier to talk about his hugely successful show on TLC Entertainment and just how big his family brand has become. That interview will be up next week, but for now check out some of the pictures:

Season six of Cake Boss on TLC Entertainment  (channel 172 on DStv)  airs on Mondays at 20:00.

Test driving the #FordKuga

The good folks at Ford South Africa offered me the opportunity to test drive the latest Ford Kuga for a week. I took delivery on Monday and let me tell you this car is but awesome. I’m not going to even attempt to be all technical and car junky like, because you’ll know straight away that I have no clue. What I can tell and share with you is my experience of driving the car; what some of my observations are from a lifestyle and simple member of the public perspective. I’m also interested to see what other people say, especially since so many people have turned their heads or “oohed and aahed” when I’ve show them my temporary new best friend ;)

Yesterday after my show, I met a chap by the name of Michael at the Cliffcentral.com headquarters. He is the proud owner of a Ford already, but because he’s getting ready to finish off his management studies, he’s looking at an upgrade and the Ford Kuga might just be what he’s after. I shot a short clip of him getting into the car and you can see his reaction below:

One quick observation and the thing I love about the new Fords is that they have the SYNC functionality. It’s very effective, smart and sets them apart from their competitors. I’m just battling to sort mine out in the Kuga. So if there are any experts out there, who are willing to assist, holler! More on my driving experience to follow in the week.

#SowetoMarathon is back thanks to Nike

image

One of the most revered races in the South African running calendar is the Soweto Marathon. It’s always well attended and runners and supporters alike look forward to the day. So imagine the disappointment when it was announced that last year’s race wasn’t going to happen, due to financial issues.

Well, that’s was then and this is now because The People’s Race is back, thanks to Nike. It was announced at a press event at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto. This year’s #NikeSowetoMarathon will take place on the 2nd of November, 2014.

Entries open on Thursday the 31st at http://www.sowetomarathon.com. It’s important to note that there are only 21000 entries; 7000 for the 42kms, 7000km for the 21kms and 7000 for the 10km race. SABC will broadcast the marathon live on one of its TV channels and no doubt there will be radio channels too. More details to follow, but this is fantastic news. Big up Nike!

Hunger Games: Mocking Jay teaser trailer

The Hunger Games is a franchise I’ve really enjoyed (both books and films). I find the stories gripping, entertaining and refreshing – be gone vampire franchise, be gone ;) Anyway, the stars of The Hunger Games are back at it and preparing for the two part finale. The first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 has hit the net and you can watch it below:

Here’s a little more as far as a description for the film goes:

“The worldwide phenomenon of the Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 hits cinemas on the 21st of November!

#Win with Think Like A Man Too

unnamed

A film I really enjoyed in 2012 was Think Like a Man. For starters, it had an awesome cast. The storyline is light, fluffy and therefore it served its purpose. It clearly did pretty well at the box office, because the producers and the studio decided to make another one…. Enter the sigh for the sequel tone of voice for many, but again I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Here’s what’s going down in this one:

All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

Watch the trailer:

Not a big fan of old Steve Harvey, but he’s back as is Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Adam Brody, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, La La Anthony and Terrence Jenkins- not kak.

The music from the first film was super too. So to equal or top that, the might Mary J. Blige wrote  and recorded 14 songs.

Tracklisting
1. A Night to Remember
2. Vegas Nights feat. The-Dream
3. Moment of Love
4. See That Boy Again feat. Pharrell Williams
5. Wonderful
6. Kiss and Make Up
7. Cargo
8. Suitcase
9. I Want You
10. Self Love
11. Power Back
12. All Fun and Games
13. Better
14. Propose

“A Night To Remember” Music Video:

Download the album on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/thinklikemantoo
image006
Now to celebrate the release, I have some merchandise to give away. They’re limited edition cufflinks, Las Vegas style. You can DM or inbox me with your details, leave a comment in the section below or upload your ticket stubs from the movie house. Get involved. Who doesn’t love a prize ;) I’ll report back soonest with my thoughts soon too, but get involved.

NOTE THIS IS ONLY OPEN TO THOSE IN SOUTH AFRICA.

The Lumineers are heading to SA

Lumineers

Now here’s a gig I’m super excited for… Summer time, Emmarentia Dam; great company; awesome music… #Winning. If you’re wondering what I’m rambling on about, folk-rockers The Lumineers are heading to South Africa this December. Thanks to the folks at Virgin Mobile South Africa, they’ll be heading to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the 4th of December, followed by a gig in Jozi on the 6th. Full press release below:

 

US folk-rock stars The Lumineers will make their South African debut this December when award-winning agency Seed Experiences, Virgin Mobile South Africa and 5FM bring the band to local stages. They’ll perform at Cape Town’s iconic Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on 4 December and at Johannesburg’s Emmarentia Dam for a daytime concert on 6 December.

Continue reading

A little #FreedomRide through Jozi

imageI’m one month away from my first triathlon of the season. It will be my second Bela Bela triathlon and I’m hoping to knock off a minute or several this time around. Two months have passed since my tonsillectomy and I’m finally back to my normal fitness range, so now it’s all about clocking up them miles and training hard. Swimming is great, running is going well and I’m happy to be making progress on the bike too – my weak area.

I’ve been out to the Cradle of Humankind, which FYI is great for cyclists. Yesterday I mixed it up a bit by participating in the second Freedom Ride Jozi. I did a decent 33 kilometres. The first bit was challenging to say the least… There were scores of people, ranging from the skilled to the novice riders, to the young ones. The difficult bit about not being in front is that you need to get through the traffic and with people weaving from left to right and not looking if there’s oncoming traffic (cyclists in this case). Also hills are generally not great for people, so you can imagine how the general pace slows down. Look I’m no pro cyclist, but I’ve been working on it so I’m definitely better than I was a year ago. My first 16kms were very slow (52minutes), so I decided to pick up the pace from Vilikazi Street back to Braamfontein. I found a group of good riders and I attempted to keep up with them… Didn’t too badly if I say so myself. I managed to knock off 15minutes from the first half. I was in the lead group, in the front peloton… #winning.image

I think from an organizing perspective, there’s a bit more to be done. When we arrived in Vilikazi Street, there was quite a bit of confusion. Nobody seemed to know what was going on. The metro police were directing people in a completely different direction to the actual way out. They also seemed confused about the start time again, so maybe a clear communications plan needs to be considered. There is clearly a market for this type of event, with some 6000 people participating in this year’s Freedom Ride, so they should look at seeding people, or at least splitting people up into different start times according to the time you entered perhaps. I think the congestion would ease slightly. It’s a great event and clearly one that many are keen to get involved in. So perhaps they’ll see these suggestions and improve on the event for next year.

Prime Circle launch “Let The Night In” in Jozi

South African rock band, Prime Circle have a new album. It’s called Let The Night In and to mark the occasion, the guys decided to do what they do best… rock out. They decided to mix it up a bit and host the launch at Montecasino’s Teatro theatre. When I heard it would be there, I thought it would be a bit weird to be listening to a rock band from the comfort of um… a chair, but man oh man was it good. These guys have upped their game, their production and they’re sounding incredible. Great night, lots of energy and it was good to see Jesse Clegg on stage too. Want to find out more about the new album? Tune in to my show, The Buzz on Cliff Central next Tuesday at 11am, because Ross will be joining myself and Jennifer Su in studio. For now though, here are a few pics from the gig last night:

Beyoncé cracks 8 MTV VMA nominations

Beyonce and Jay-Z at the Grammys

It seems as if Beyoncé’s self-titled surprise album last year hit the right spot because the Drunk In Love (questionable according to reports at this stage) cracked 8 nods for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The star has been nominated in prestigious Video of the Year category, alongside Pharrell, Miley and Iggy… Oh and Sia. Very tough category, but it’s nice to see such a competitive category. This isn’t the only category that Beyoncé’s fans will have to hope and pray she wins – stiff competition from Ariana and the like. Check out the full list of nominees below and to see the awards, diarise the 24 August. They’ll be taking place at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Pity I’m one month shy of attending the awards. I’ll be States side a month later, but hey… let’s see what happens. Maybe I’ll get lucky. *Coughs, drops a hint haha.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”

Beyoncé ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Sia – “Chandelier”

Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

 

BEST HIP HOP:

Eminem – “Bezerk”

Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”

Childish Gambino – “3005”

Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”

Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

 

BEST MALE:

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

John Legend – “All Of Me”

Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell – “Sing”

Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Monster”

Continue reading