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SA in records books again

Posted in General with tags , , , on Sunday, 11 October 2009 by Deems

tomato-omeletteSouth Africa has made it into the Guiness Book of records again yesterday – with the world’s largest omelette.

South African chefs, Bruce Robertson and Ryan Bradbury, broke the world record for the largest omelette ever made at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town – via News24

Some stats:

  • Weight: 3.2 tons
  • Skillet: 14 meters in diameter
  • 60 000 eggs
  • 500kg of cheese
  • 200kg of tomatoes

The omelette would be used to feed underprivileged children around the peninsula.

The previous record, according to the Guinness World Records website, was held by The Lung Association, Brockville, Canada who managed to make an omelette that weighed 2.95 tonnes at the Brockville Memorial Centre, Ontario, Canada on May 11, 2002.

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Pod of 55 beached Pilot Whales at Kommetjie

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on Saturday, 30 May 2009 by Deems

Around 7:30 this morning a pod of (originally thought 47) 55 Pilot Whales started beaching themselves at Kommetjie Beach.

The NSRI are urging people NOT to go down to the beach as the throngs of people are hampering their efforts to rescue the whales and return them to deeper waters.

It still seems no one really knows why whales beach themselves but it’s thought that since they swim in large pods the rest of the whales may be following a sick/beached leader. Another theory is that since they rely on magnetic waves to navigate themselves that some coastlines may have strong magentic forces which lead the whales to believe they’re entering deeper waters and not the coastline.

You can see some pictures here, here and here.

Update: almost 3 hours later and it appears reports are coming in that they have had to resort to shooting some of the whales that keep returning and rebeaching themselves. More photos here, here, here and here.

Listen here for an on the scene audio report with Dave Bull from The Times with Lauren Cohen.

IOL News reports that steps to euthanise the rebeaching whales will have to be taken.

“We have tried everything but they just make a U-turn and keep rebeaching themselves,” said Wally Peterson, project manager for the Kommetjie Environmental Awareness group.

Rice said the whales would be shot through the head with a pistol.

“I feel quite sad but it is the right thing to do,” she said. – source IOL

Wolverine: X-Men 4

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on Tuesday, 28 April 2009 by Deems

wolverine-poster

It’s been almost 3 years since the release of the X-Men The Last Stand, the third installment in the series of X-Men movies based on the comic book characters. In a few days time it will be the 1st of May.

In some countries the 1st of May is known as May Day but in South Africa it’s known as Worker’s Day. But I digress – it’s also the international release date for Wolverine, the 4th installment of the X-Men movies where we’ll learn more about Wolverine’s character and past.

I’ve enjoyed the previous three movies so I’m looking forward to watching the fourth. Some may not have realised or know this but not all have been directed by the same person. The fourth is no different, as it’ll be directed by Gavin Hood. Who? I’ll explain in a second.

South Africa is making another name for iteself amongst the celebrities of Hollywood. First it was Charlize Theron who made South Africa proud by appearing in many block-buster movies and winning herself an Oscar for her performance in Monster. Now, Gavin Hood, another South African, former actor from a local TV-series called The Game, the director of the Oscar winning film, Tsotsi and now director of, what I’m sure will also undoubtedly be, another block-buster movie, Wolverine

Apparently, Hugh Jackman approached Gavin Hood directly for the director’s role of the movie as he was impressed with what Gavin had done with Tsotsi. Gavin’s never directed an action movie so this will be interesting – I know he’ll make us proud!

Voting in South Africa

Posted in General with tags , , , on Thursday, 23 April 2009 by Deems

So yesterday we had the day off so that we could vote in our general elections. I was wondering whether it would go swiftly (like the previous elections) or not (like the 1994 elections, where I waited in line for over 4 hours to vote). Thankfully the voting proceeded very quickly, and surprisingly, around the country, without any serious incidents.

The wife and I took a brisk walk from our house to the local voting station a few blocks from our house. We joined the back of the line – just outside the door and we were then promptly escourted to the correct queue based on our surnames and that we were in our own voting district (apparently the IEC had changed the rules recently to allow anyone to vote at any voting station, however if you were outside your registered province you could only vote for a national party not a provincial one).  

We presented our Identity Document, had our names checked on the register, got our fingernails marked with indelible ink (actually when I first read what was written on the little bottle I thought it said inedible ink!) to prove we voted and couldn’t vote at another station again. We were then given our voting ballots at the next table (one for provincial and one for national) and then waited for an empty voting booth to go and cast our votes. I noticed that they ensure the different party names are in random order each year and not alphabetical to ensure certain parties (who shall remain a nameless candidate) tell their voters to mark the first one on the list. We made our marks, dropped them in the highly secure (?) cardboard boxes and off we went – less than 15 minutes after joining the queue.

Uneventful, quick and hopefully our little marks will help make a difference. We’ll see in probably a few days time once all the voting districts ballots have been counted and audited (?) what the results are. 

The rest of the day was just as uneventful, except for a minor bit of surfing the web and some more training in Counter Strike, for the next weekly battle after work on Friday. Ready team, breach, bang and clear – move, move move!

Why Vote?

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , on Friday, 14 November 2008 by Deems

Those that know me personally know I don’t usually get involved in things political but I thought I’d share the following with you.

We’ve all seen what has recently happend in the US with Barack Obama as the new president elect and the higher than normal number of voters going to the polls – even more impressive is the higher than normal number of new/young voters registering to vote.

Here in South Africa, things aren’t always peachy – we’ve got a ruling party that is losing key members to an opposing new party, Congress of The People, faster than you can say “CoPe”. and we’ve got our own General elections coming up in 2009. Those reading local newspapers or watching local TV stations know about the campaign to get people to register to vote and make sure they’re registered.

Nic Haralambous, from SA Rocks, has created a new website to highlight the issue about our own elections next year. Go and take a look for yourself. Want more info about how to register to vote or check you’re registered? Look no further.

Another record broken in SA

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on Monday, 20 October 2008 by Deems

South Africa has just obtained another entry in the Guinness Book of World Records – the world’s longest sosatie (kebab). Consisting of 3,100 kg meat, 33,600 onions, 24,500 pieces of dried peach and 4,500 green peppers totalling 2.1km in length. Read more on News24.com

Jeff Dunham ringtone banned in SA – deemed offensive

Posted in General with tags , , , , on Friday, 3 October 2008 by Deems
Jeff Dunham

Jeff Dunham

 

Funnyman ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is fuming after a ringtone advertisement based on his popular comedy skit, “Achmed the Dead Terrorist,” was scrubbed from South African TV because it mocks Islam.  – FOXNews

I’d be just as mad about this as Jeff was – it’s comedy for Pete’s sake – if you don’t approve of it, then don’t listen to it! You can read the full article and see Jeff’s comments. I sincerely hope this doesn’t diminish our chance of maybe one day having Jeff performing in South Africa.