When I woke up on the 27th of July, I had no real plans. Just the usual sort, you know get up, go buy junk and wine and get back inside my bed and await a sports game that’d be playing later on that day so I can go to my local pub. That is my usual Saturday regime and I’m supes content with it. But on this day, my friends gatecrashed my morning moping to drag me to some auto spares place so we could buy headlights and wipers *yawn*. Little did my lazy self know that it was the lacklustre beginning to an awesome day! After we got the car parts, we headed straight to Cool Runnings in Melville, which is a place I feel very comfortable being in – I possess dreadlocks and dub saved my life, so it’s like entering a realm where everyone thinks I’m gorg and awesome. A few drinks and some Ska later and we decided to head on over to the French Music Festival up the street. Do not ask why we didn’t think of doing this earlier.
Walking through the gates – there were no gates really but those barricade thingies which I always dub the Gates of Awesome when I go out and about – the first thing that greeted me was… Food stalls. Are you kidding?! Juhdlwolouichlueujv. Sweet potato chips, Some weird bread with veggies in it, other bread with stuff on it, spring rolls and I got try Chinese Beer! It’s in a green can and it’s called Tzingtao and it’s as cool as any – probably more cool to carry around than to drink. And honestly, I’m not sure if I even got the chance to try anything French out. I caught a bit of the TUMI performance and a bit of the Muffinz. Yeah, I know I’m supposed to see some music when I’m at a music festival, but for me, ‘festival’ time is ‘walk around and inhale the beauty around me’ time. And oh was there beauty… I spoke to some wonderful Spanish girls while waiting in the Pita line, let’s just say my Spanish is not what it used to be and it wasn’t that great to start with, so. I saw a few boys who could definitely be future Mr Funimal (so many beards and veldskoene). The streets were swarming with culture and vibrant colours and people. Music was coming from all directions, lights hanging over our heads all the way down the closed off street, honestly felt like I was in another country for a bit.
Mostly I got to bond a lot with my best friend over Chinese beer and something that looked like Chinese wine/vodka, I dunno. It was awesome and I’m so amped to do it again next year!
It’s Madiba’s birthday and it is a National, née International known that we give 67 minutes on this day to give back, do something inspiring, be better.
For this Day, and because I have failed to do anything explicityly charitable, I’ve decided to use the gift I have. I am a writer and a blogger, and I will give back in exactly that way. I’m dedicated these 67 minutes to compiling a homage for Tata. 67 Minutes for Madiba in 6 quotes, 7 photos from his most iconic moments AND 6 things people all over SA are doing to commemorate Mandela Day and 7 tweets from adoring countrymen.
6 quotes that make Tata an even bigger inspiration to all
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished” – Nelson
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” ― Nelson Mandela
7 photos of milestones and majorly iconic moments people were lucky enough to share with Madiba
6 things people all over SA are doing to commemorate Mandela Day
- Cheesekids Mandela Day 2013 – Atteridgeville Community Takeover – On the 20th of July you can join Cheesekids at our Mandela Day community Takeover.
Cheesekids is just a couple of young folk doing what they can to make our world better by putting their most valuable resource – time, and their backs – into various communities that could do with a little hand.
- Gareth Cliff’s Hands Across South Africa – Hands Across South Africa tomorrow at 8.45 for Mandela Day. Make sure you’re listening to 5FM as we join hands across South Africa – join in wherever you are. Take pics and post on this page or Twitter#HandsAcrossSA. Soweto Gospel Choir will be singing a special Happy Birthday to Madiba. I have seen literally so many tweets with this hashtags as friends, families, corporations, schools and tertiary institutions joined together in on streets and parks and office places of work to posted pictures of this nationwide phenomenon on Twitter.
- GreenpopSA together with Mike Baillie of Greenpeace SA and co. planting trees all over The Mother City. were at Siyabulela Primary School this morning with @CapeTalk567 planting a celebratory tree for part of their #67minutes #MandelaDay. They are planting 67 trees I’m Masiphumelele, in the rain too. And also planting 67 trees in Zambia today for Tata Madiba! Greenpop is a social business that believes greening and sustainable living can be fun, POPular and accessible for all. Mike Baillie is an Eco activist, cycle commuter, working at Greenpeace.
- The December Streets are celebrating Madiba’s life today with man’s best friend! They will be at The Tshwane SPCA along with Tuks FM 107.2 to help our dog friends out! The December Streets is a feet stomping, skirt lifting, shoulder popping musical bliss Pretoria based band.
- CharitySA is holding its Help Feed a Child this Mandela Day. People are help to feed child this Mandela day by donating perishable items or making a monetary contribution. All donations will go towards their three homes: St George’s, St Nicolas and St Joseph’s Homes. Making a difference and helping a child take the next step.
- And lastly, let us not forget all the big and little unknown things every person in South Africa is doing today and will continue doing, all inspired by this one old man. People giving clothes and food to children and their mothers, soup kitchens that will be running an extra hour today and stocking extra food, people planting stuff and mostly – everyone being inspired to do better by Madiba on his birthday.
7 tweets from adoring countrymen
And lastly, in the simple words of a Proudly South African toi-toi board…
Burpple launches food-themed search engine on the Web
“Burpple has graduated from being a mobile-only food-themed photo sharing app to launch on the Web as a food search engine, as it seeks to monetize its services via collaborations with restaurants.” Because food is awesome! Read all about it here 🙂 (via thenextweb.com)
Some quotes on why you definitely ought to consider reading that article and furthering your love for food…
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
― Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”
― W.C. Fields
“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.”
― Joss Whedon
“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
― Mark Twain
Clearly great minds also loved food, like majorly. So go forth and binge eat, my child. 🙂
Kitcheners for Comedy. See what I did there? Alliteration, baby 😉 For phase II of my birthday, my psycho friend Flav took us to Braamfontein, to a little place where all the little cool, ‘worldly’ children hang out on Tuesdays for laughs. I’ve been to Kitcheners before and it was a good time. Thandiswa Mazwai gave me a hug, so yeah. This time I was looking forward to seeing the resident comics, whom I’d heard of and seen on the twitter streets – well, I’d actually seen one in action on tv – Mojak Lehoko so I was amped. None of the guys shown on the internet were there :(. It was a bit disappointing but I wasn’t hacked because I don’t have any comedic bond with them or anything – so I chinned up and looked forward to meeting some new funny people.
Lo and behold, Simmi Areff. Funny, inappropriate, fearless, blush-inducing… did I mention funny? This tall, exotic and hilarious man was the night’s host (I use exotic loosely here. I’m using it because to me it refers to anyone I find cute, whose race I am not entirely sure of and because it doesn’t really matter what race they are in the end, because cuteness and global villageness – I do think he’s South African-Indian though). Anyhoo, I also got to finally see Joao Matthews in action (partially, because it was open-micish.) And even his short, half-hearted and slightly uncomfortably sexual 10 minutes was pretty cool. Now, him I’m very familiar with all thanks to the mighty social networking platform we call Twitter. He’s one of those well known guys and stuff – not because he’s always tweeting or asking people stuff or putting up sexy images of himself but because he’s genuinely funny. I like that sh*t. There were a few other people with a few laughs here and there. But not like ‘Ha-ha-ha!’, but more like ‘Ha… I get that. That’s pretty cool’. Then there was Gavin Kelly, who I’ve actually known for a couple of years. Now my only complaint is… How on earth did I not know Gav was that friggin funny?! When I met him he was a laid back Journalism student who liked eating the burnt bits from the bottom of a pot of pap. Now he’s a comedian, who’s apparently so good he got to be on Comedy Central… How did I miss it? Alas! I was and still am pleasantly surprised because I LMFAOed during his set and that’s awesome!
The Comedy night was a great idea – to say the least. I have the bestest friends in the world and I’m so thrilled with how awesome comedy in SA is becoming.
Phase III was a weekend with my mom – it was great and I gained 3kgs. That is all. 🙂