False modesty is half the sin of pride; thus meeting Bheki Dladla from iScream and the Chocolate Stix is a breath of fresh air. Neither modest nor arrogant, he is rather a man both confident and easy-going with a light-hearted nature that would break any cold reserve.
As the year winds to a close, we look back on devastating statistics in rhino poaching. In 2010, 333 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone. In 2012 that number has almost doubled – currently standing at 588. Propelled by mythic beliefs pertaining to the value of the rhino horn’s use, there has been an increase in the demand for the horn – particularly in certain Asian countries – and hence in poaching. Dispelling ancient beliefs and myths can take eons and, with rapidly declining numbers, time is not something the rhino has on its side.
In the spirit of the best alt rock comes Macstanley, the band formerly known as Flat Stanley. Comprised of Andy Mac, Clinton Gahwiler and Neil Potgieter, they changed their name purely due to licensing conflicts with a children’s book character, long popular throughout Europe, which goes by the same name. Exploding onto the scene in Europe, particularly Germany where they signed a record deal in 2009, the name change was born purely out of necessity.
Skyfall starts with tension, intrigue and action. Let’s admit it, this is the way we expect a James Bond film to start – followed, of course, by the title sequence and the film’s theme song. I wasn’t keen on the idea of Adele doing a Bond theme, but she delivers by avoiding a self-indulgent interpretation and pulling the song back to the traditional feel of the Bond tunes. She also re-introduces the use of the film’s name as the title for the first time since Madonna’s Die Another Day, ten years ago.
Disney is a behemoth. There is no doubt about it and it’s not as if we didn’t know this. Still, it is quite something to be reminded of their extensive reach. Say what you will about them; mock them all you like with worst-case scenarios of Star Wars’ musicals, they get things done and they do it with style.