29 October 2009

Ambiance Guest House - Pretoria

As someone who travels extensively, I have basically seen it all when it comes to accommodation, hotels and guest houses. So it is explicable that I don’t get over animated when it comes to these types of establishments. Well that all changed when I was stationed in Pretoria for 2 ½ months during the Confed Cup, and discovered a little gem in the heart of Pretoria.

Although the though of being away from my own home for that amount of time petrified me (as we all know you can never really get comfortable at a hotel or guest house) – all my fears were quickly abolished within minutes of arriving at Ambiance. It is strange what an authentic warm smile and attention to detail can achieve. And the touch of French country living and décor-with-a-difference also did the job.

Thank you Pieter and Deidre for making me feel like family. You really made my experience a memorable one. You guys are world class people with even bigger hearts. I want to welcome you both to the LGBTI “family”.

If you are looking for comfort, in an unperturbed environment where you can be yourself …I can sincerely recommend Ambiance Guest House. Go and support them and discover the biggest gem in PTA yourself.

Visit their website here:
Ambiance

Aerial shots of Durban Stadium

These are some aerial pics of Durban Stadium - WOW !!
Related post of Durban Stadium

27 October 2009

Resimay: Lotty

Resimay

Toe hoem it mei konsern,
I want to aplaai for the job what I saw in the courant.
I can Taaip reelie kwiek wit one finggar and doo sum a countieng..
I thienk I are good on the phoune and I nou I am a piepels person, Piepels reelie siem to respont to me well.

I nou my spellieng is not to good but I find that I Offen can get a job throe my persinaletie.
My sellerie is open sou we can diskas wat yoe want to pei me and wat yoe thienk that I am wort,
I can start iemieditely.
Thank yoe in atwaans fore yore anser. houpfulie Yore best apliecant sou farr.

Sinseerly, lotty (short for Laurence)

PS : Bekose my resimay ies a bit short - below is a piekture of me.


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Employer's response:

Dear Lotty ,

It's OK honey, we've got spell check
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See you Monday...

26 October 2009

Coffee a-la Mona Lisa

Artist assistants stand next to 3,604 cups of coffee which have been made into a giant Mona Lisa in Sydney, Australia. The 3,604 cups of coffee were each filled with different amounts of milk to create the different shades!!

How to wake up your partner ...

video

Err...what?


She spells her name "Le-a"
So how would you pronounce her name?
Leah? ....................NO
Lee - A? ................. NOPE
Lay - a? ............ NOT A CHANCE
Lei?..........NICE TRY, BUT GUESS AGAIN!

Her mother is irate because everyone is getting her child's name wrong. She says it's pronounced "Ledasha" When the Mother was asked how in the world she figured it should be pronounced that way, she said:
"Cause the dash don't be silent!"

Petition: Eskom's Price Increases


I am sure this topic is a very popular dinner-table discussion in all households. Eskom’s proposal to almost treble the price of electricity over the next three years is an issue that affects us all. The first 45% increase, which will take effect next year in April 2010, will bring the price of electricity to 83 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). This ridiculous increase is after government loaned Eskom R60 billion and guaranteed R176bn of Eskom’s existing and future debt.

What does the increase mean to the average person in the street?
* It would lower disposable income of each household
* Increase in production cost means all goods on the shelf will increase in price
* It might deepen the local recession
* More retrenchments in the mining industry (where an estimated 40 000 people already lost their jobs)
* The poor and destitute (who will not be able to afford electricity anymore) will turn to more dangerous sources of heat and lighting.
* Unpredictably high inflation
* Our Reserve Bank uses interest rates to curb inflation – meaning that once the increase takes effect, we will see interest rate increases

Clearly this needs to be considered more, and careful consideration needs to be taken on the percentage that Eskom will be allowed to increase their tariffs. Please show your support and sign the online petition against the proposed increase. I am sure that an increase is not the only solution, and Eskom needs to start planning better and also harness natural resources like the sun and wind to make up the shortfall on electricity demand.

The only way Bafana will win the 2010 World Cup


Cape Town Stadium - Lights, cameras ...action

21 October 2009

Floriography …the language of flowers

It is sad that most people only get flowers when it’s their birthday or funeral …or when someone is saying ‘I am sorry’. We love to get flowers, even if some of us would never admit it in public. Traces of saccharine water drops lingering on a fresh summer’s morning all bottled and wrapped with a rainbow and tied with a ray of sunshine – some emotional reactions and mental pictures I get when presented with a flower (I must admit the description is a bit OTT …but hey I exaggerate for effect).

He loves me …he loves me not’ … a ritual performed by all of us at some point in our lives. But have you ever reflected on the actual message a specific flower might convey when giving it to your appreciative recipient? Maybe you sending out mixed signals and you don’t even know it. Floriography is the language of flowers and stems from the Victorian-era. Flowers was used as a means of communication to convey a coded message …allowing individuals to express their feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.

The most commonly used flower today in Floriography terms is Roses, but you will be surprised on the different meanings of different flowers. Here are some ideas for your next bouquet:
Acacia – Secret love
Amaranth – Immortal love
Apple Blossom – Preference
Bells of Ireland – Luck
Carnation (pink) - A woman’s love
Carnation (white) - Disdain
Carnation (red) – My heart aches for you
Carnation (yellow) – You have disappointed me / rejection

Carnation (striped) – Refusal
Daisy – Innocence / loyal love / purity / faith
Mint – Suspicion
Peach Blossom – Long life
Pear Blossom – Lasting friendship
Rose (Red) – True love
Rose (White) – Eternal love
Rose (Yellow) – Friendship
Rose (Orange) – Desire and passion
Rose (Lavender) – Love at first sight
Rue – Regret
Sunflower – Pure and haughty thoughts
Tulip (Yellow) – Hopeless love
Violet (Blue) – Faithfulness

Hopefully you have not just learned something innovative and remarkable …but will also put this into action by surprising people in your life with an explosion of colour and aroma. If you are afraid they won’t get the intended message – add an adorable tag with the word ‘FLORIOGRAPHY’ on it …everybody knows how to use Google

Enthusiasm?!

19 October 2009

Mr Gay South Africa

Gone is the era of 'Mickey Mouse' pageants with bad organisation and non-excistent prizes. For the first time I feel that I can put my stamp of approval on the Mr Gay South Africa pageant. If you haven't heard of it by now ...you propably staying on Uranus...

Well done to the organisers for all the planning and efforts. This year the amount of sponsors has also made headlines and even a R50K (yes R50K !!) audience prize has been included. This is going to be a night to remember.

Place your favourite in the lead by sending a SMS 'GSA + your favourite's name and surname' to 35215 -this counts 25% of the total. The judging on the cruise is another 25%, and the final on the 28th of November will count 50% (half interviews, half ramp)...and you have to agree that the contestants are super-hot !!!

Tickets are now on sale !! Go to Mr Gay South Africa to get more info on all the contestants and to book your ticket.

















Heat Hot 100 (2009) - Go vote for your favourite !!

It is that time of the year again where YOU decide who will be crowned King and Queen of the Hotties. Wentworth Miller was king in 2007 and Ryk Neethling for 2008. Now the question is who will take the honour this year?

Go and cast your vote - there are great prizes to be won !!??

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Boy-Interupted supports: Janez Vermeiren
Not only does he make us drool everytime he takes his shirt off, but he is all-round nice guy. Even though he's straight, he has a strong gay following.
Good luck Janez !!
Go vote at Heat