Traveling to Turkey – the day before

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It’s just before 8pm on the 1st of September. I have just under twenty four hours to go before I board my Turkish Airlines plane, bound for Instanbul. I’m one of a few media practioners who will be traveling to the city for a short, but definitely sweet media trip. We’re heading across on what is now known as Europe’s best airline for the fourth year in a row. Not too shabby. Now because this is an airline event, maybe I’ll get lucky and get to experience their business class… We should huh? ;)

Anyways, I’m very exciting to visit this country. The last time I was in Turkey, it was literally for a couple of hours in transit, before heading off to Germany and Johannesburg respectively. I was bummed that I didn’t actually go into the city, but there was a reason I didn’t. Now I get my chance and I can’t wait. I put out a status on the old Facebook yesterday, asking friends to recommend spots to visit, what to eat, drink and obviously what not to do. I realise time is pretty scarce, but I’m certain I’ll get to do some of the major touristy bits. I’ve been told to go to:

- The Blue Mosque

- Grand Bizarre

- Spice Market

- Hagia Sophia  and the Roman cistern (MUST, MUST, MUST)

- Hamam for a Turkish bath? Sounds interesting

- House Cafe and Gölgede Kahve for coffee or food

That’s quite a lot to see and do, but hey, when in Turkey…. If you have some off the beaten track, different spots or recommendations, please feel free to share. As for me, well… You can expect loads of pictures, some videos and a blog post or three. Traveling is my vibe… Travel Channel should give me a show. A vlogging/ TV show ;)

Something for the diary: Africa Aerospace Defence Show

Spring has sprung. The energy is good and with the new season comes not just the warm weather, but a lot of things to do while you’re outside. Here’s something I think you should add to the diary. It’s the Africa Aerospace Defence Show. Come the 17th of September, you’ll get to see a whole range of interesting flying displays involving military, civilian, sport and recreational aircraft. Get this, the Aerospace Defence is the premier exhibition of air, sea and land technologies on the African continent. It also happens to be the biggest aviation event in the Southern hemisphere. Yes you read right, in the Southern hemisphere! The event is taking place at the Air Force Base Waterkloof Centurion in the City of Tshwane from the 17th to the 21st of this month.

Make sure you are one of the 40 000 people who’ll get to meet VIP’s and international delegates from all over the world. You can get your tickets from Computicket; R70.00 for adults, while kids between 2-12 years, as well as pensioners pay R60.00. Get them ahead of time, ain’t nobody got time for queues.

The first three days of the exhibition are trade days, followed by two airshow days, which are open to the public. Join the conversation online

www.aadexpo.co.za

FB https://www.facebook.com/africaaerospaceanddefence

Twitter @aadexpo

Instagram @aadexpo

Join the conversation using the hashtag: #aadexpo14

Here’s a gallery of some of the beauties you’ll get to see in just under three weeks:

If I was in the country then, I’d definitely be making my way to Waterkloof, so you can go and check it out on my behalf and update me yes? Good, I thank you ;)

 

 

 

Meet the MasterChef SA Top 12

rsrc.phpWelcome to reality TV season in South Africa. Idols kicked off recently, Big Brother Africa and X Factor SA kick off next weekend and we’re well into season three of MasterChef SA. Last night the bootcamp ended in happy and sad tears for the finalists. Some of them were booted out of the competition, but twelve lucky contestants made it through to the MasterChef SA kitchen, where they will battle it out to become SA’s newest cooking sensation. Did you miss the show? If so, here are the twelve contestants you’ll be seeing a whole lot more of in the next couple of months:

The MasterChef South Africa season 3 Top 12 are:

 

Siphokazi (39), a domestic worker from Cape Town

Philippa (48), a life skills lecturer from Johannesburg

Phila (33), a Johannesburg IT specialist

Events company owner Claire (27) from Cape Town

Ian (49) a Cape Town advertising consultant

Ndumiso (28), a mobile bar owner from Durban

Abigail (38), the dental technologist from Cape Town

Penny (31), a teacher from Durban

Francois (22), a musician from Cape Town

Roxi (26), the train driver assistant from Durban

Mel, the 25-year-old lodge manager from Vaalwater

And Refilwe (36), a service consultant from Carltonville

Episode three of the hit show looks like it’s going to be a goodie, as the hopefuls fight to win a trip to Dublin. Not kak! Watch the show every Thursday at 19:30 on M-Net.

The Friends reunion… well sorta

Fact! Friends was, is and will always be my ultimate show. The show made Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer all household names and made them some of the most famous Friends on television. The show made me fall in love with New York City and the idea of one day having a chance to visit and potentially live there. It always brings a smile to my face, no matter where or which episode and it’s just one of the best things to ever happen to the TV market. Nothing has quite matched up in my opinion.

So it’s twenty years on since the show first hit our screens and while there have been countless rumours of the stars reuniting for a movie etc to commemorate the occasion, it doesn’t seem to be the case. Maybe all involved just know when to call it quits? There was a reunion of sorts on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show this week, which saw the girls reading a script by Kimmel… and how his (Ross) lovemaking skills. Jen looks far from thrilled, but you know they’re all good sports. Watch this and reminisce:

I’m off to New York in just over three weeks – don’t hate. One of the things I am certainly going to do is visit the pop-up Central Perk coffee bar. Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products together with Eight O’Clock Coffee will be bringing this pop-up store to the streets of New York starting on the 17th of September – the day after I arrive!!!! STOKED, does not even begin to explain how excited and happy I am. #AsYouWere

Previously on The Buzz on CliffCentral.com

If you missed the latest episode of The Buzz on CliffCentral.com with myself and Jennifer Su, take a listen to the podcast to hear what you missed. Jen and I caught up with Jonathan from Eye Couture to find out what hot trends you should look out for this Spring/ Summer. We also chatted to Nicolas and team from Cirque Eloize… This guys is talented to say the least. He can juggle knives, fireballs and a total of seven (maybe 8, stretched to 9) balls in one go. The show looks amazing too. We also chatted to Johnny Ray about Rockville 2069. Have a listen below and don’t forget to tune in every Tuesday between 11 and 12pm.

http://iono.fm/e/98175

Sophia Vergara’s dream comes true..

The Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles last night and naturally the who’s who from the small screen and beyond turned up to be apart of the festivities. One of the most hilarious skits came from the gorgeous and equally as talented Modern Family actress, Sophia Vergara. Watch this and you’ll see what I mean:

Love her, the sarcasm and how she pokes fun at herself!

Modern Family, Breaking Bad win big at the Primetime Emmys

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Here is a complete list of the 2014 Primetime Emmy winners, which wrapped up in LA earlier.

Best Comedy Series

“Modern Family” – WINNER

 

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep” — WINNER

 

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” — WINNER

 

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” — WINNER

 

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

Allison Janney, “Mom” — WINNER

 

Best Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” — WINNER

 

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” — WINNER

 

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” — WINNER

 

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” — WINNER

 

Supporting Actress, Drama Series

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” — WINNER

 

Best Miniseries or Movie

“Fargo” — WINNER

 

Best Actress Miniseries or Movie

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven” — WINNER

 

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” — WINNER

 

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie

Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” — WINNER

 

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven” — WINNER

 

Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race” — WINNER

 

Variety Series

“The Colbert Report” — WINNER

 

Writing For a Comedy Series

“Louie” — WINNER

 

Outstanding Directing for Comedy

“Modern Family” — WINNER

 

Outstanding Writing in a Drama

“Breaking Bad” FOR “Ozymandias” — WINNER

 

Outstanding Directing in a Drama

“True Detective” — WINNER

 

Outstanding Writing in a TV Miniseries or Movie

“Sherlock” — WINNER

 

Outstanding direction in a TV miniseries or movie

“Fargo” — WINNER

 

Outstanding TV Movie

“The Normal Heart” — WINNER

 

Outstanding Writing for Variety Special

Sarah Silverman, “We Are Miracles” — WINNER

Mamma Mia… Here we go again

MAMMA MIA! London Cast 2014/15PRESS RELEASE: Big Concerts is excited to announce the return of the West End smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! Experience the wonderful, irresistible storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs for a LIMITED 4 WEEK SEASON only at the TEATRO AT MONTECASINO, JOHANNESBURG FROM 24th MARCH 2015. Presented in South Africa by Radio 2000, M-Net and Fairlady. Another Big Concerts Experience. Tickets are on sale now from Computicket.

MAMMA MIA! is an original musical love story featuring 22 of ABBA’s greatest hits including: ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ and ‘The Winner Takes It All’. The storytelling magic of

ABBA’s timeless classics propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years Global reviews of this phenomenal production include:

“Quite simply, a phenomenon” – Associated Press

“If you are looking for the best night out in town, you’ve found it”- Talk Radio

This is the first time in 10 years that the International Tour production of MAMMA MIA! will be performing in Johannesburg. The hugely successful English-language International Tour premiered in Dublin in September 2004. The tour has to-date visited 77 cities in 36 countries and been seen by over 4.5 million people.

Attie Van Wyk, CEO of Big Concerts, commented “MAMMA MIA! continues to be a huge success around the world and we are thrilled that the MAMMA MIA! International Tour is finally coming back to Johannesburg after 10 years. As the first international touring musical to be presented at the Teatro at Montecasino we are expecting a phenomenal demand for tickets for this strictly limited season”.

Teatro Manager, Bryan Hill, concurred “MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show and we are excited to be working with Big Concerts, South Africa’s premier entertainment promoter, on this international production”. MAMMA MIA! is celebrating 15 years in London’s West End and is the 9th longest-running show on Broadway. Over 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show. MAMMA MIA! The Movie staring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, is still the highest worldwide grossing live-action musical film of all time.

With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. MAMMA MIA has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.

The MAMMA MIA! International Tour is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, Stage Entertainment and NGM. Presented locally by Big Concerts International.This enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship will guarantee everyone at the performance will be “having the times of their lives”

 

http://www.bigconcerts.com

 

http://www.mamma-mia.com

2014 MTV VMA winners

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 7.26.48 AMOne of the coolest events in the awards season calendar is the MTV Video Music Awards. The show is always a celeb fest and never shy of its controversial moments – Miley the twerkster, Kanye and his “Immaletyoufinish” and Beyonce showing off her baby bump/ quashing divorce rumours. I usually stay up for most of the awards, but after a busy weekend, I just couldn’t bring myself to pull an all-nighter. The beauty of online is that there will be clips popping up on the old YouTube during the course of the day, so I’ll wait for those to surface. In the mean time, here are the winners from this year’s MTV Video Music Awards:

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Beyonce

Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”

Artist to Watch: Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”

Best Rock Video: Lorde, “Royals”

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”

Best Pop Video: Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”

Best Male Video: Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell, “Sing”

Best Female Video: Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Best Lyric Video: 5 Seconds of Summer, “Don’t Stop”

Best Collaboration: Beyonce ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”

MTV Clubland Award: Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Best Video With a Social Message: Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts”

Best Cinematography: Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts”

Best Editing: Eminem, “Rap God”

Best Choreography: Sia, “Chandelier”

Best Direction: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”

Best Art Direction: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”

Best Visual Effects: OK Go, “The Writing’s On the Wall”

If you’re in Africa, catch the VMAs on MTV tonight at 21:00, CAT.