SA’s Got Talent: Episode 5

Can you believe the audition stage is still going on?

Well it is. And. I’m. Bored. For the most part.

The 12 year old rapper from Durbs was okay, but when you’ve already seen 10 other talented children…

The white Zulu singer stood out as did the elderly dancers.

I liked the broom-tsula dancers since they at least did something we haven’t seen yet.

The gospel singers who sang about Randall’s issues were reasonably good as well.

The organised chaos magician was as good as his word.

One of the most entertaining acts of the night.

The teen band from PE with their Jonah’s brother look-alike got through even though they hurt my ears. Blame it on my old age, if you must.

Oh my, but the singer who gave us the George Michael song – no words. Shame.

The 50 something CA who had Randall singing along, brightened things up.

The soccer magicians also showed us something different.

Looks like SA is fast running out of talent though.

Next week there’s is hopefully the last of the auditions.

7de Laan Spoilers: December 2009

Thank you to Kelly from 7 de laan fansite for the 7de Laan teasers for the second week in December 2009.

SABC 2 has chosen to only put up the second week in the meantime. Will update as soon as they put out the rest of December.

1 December 2009
Marko has an appointment with the PR Girl from Miss Madeleine – will he be able to impress her? Stan asks San-Mari to accompany him to a function which leaves her feeling uncomfortable. Dawid sees Herman and Emma together and that makes him feel discouraged.

2 December 2009
Gita attacks San-Mari and tells her that she must keep Stan happy. Emma makes a drastic decision about the painting Dawid made for her. Vince realises something fishy is going on with Zandile. Altus finds out about Miss Madeleine and confronts Marko and that leads to a major fight.

3 December 2009
San-Mari realises how much the Coverland deal means to Herman and she is forced to make a decision with about Stan. Emma is worried about how Dawid will react when he hears what she did. Clara finds out the truth about Marko and Bruynwaves and makes a decision about their relationship

4 December 2009
: Mango Groove plays in the club and everyone has a ball. Errol gets an unexpected visitor who leaves him heartbroken. Altus gets a surprise when Sanet arrives at his office. Marko tries to patch things up with Clara – will she agree? Emma is devastated when she hears the news about Dawid.

Episode 24 : 07 December 2009
Neville wonders why Marko wants to meet with him. Marko tells Clara why he lied to her, but will she forgive him? San-Mari makes a date with Stan and tries to keep it from Altus. Stan puts San-Mari in a very uncomfortable position.

Episode 25 : 08 December 2009
The girls hear about the Miss Madeleine competition and two of them decide to enter. Isabelle takes a look at Pieter’s painting and wonders about it. San-Mari gets tackled about her evening with Stan and Altus is also furious.

Episode 26 : 09 December 2009
Annelie and Clara find out that only one of them is through to the Miss Madelaine competition. Matrone gets shocking news which can lead to her trip to the Bahamas not happening. Zandile breaks the news about the 2010 plans and everyone is mystified. Pieter finds out if he is one of the finalists for Studio 7’s competition.

Episode 27 : 10 December 2009
Dawid is back and goes to Emma with a request, but will she accept? It is one crisis after the other with the Miss Madeleine launch. Miss Hugo’s flight is delayed but she arrives just in time and is actually well known in Hillside. Pieter is intrigued when they crown the winner, but one of the judges beats him to his plans.

Episode 28 : 11 December 2009
Oubaas and Vince try to convince Zandile to change her mind – will they succeed this time? Pieter reacts very strangely when the Hillsiders talk about their childhood. Alyce confronts Altus about his attitude towards San-Mari and he decides to go to the flat, even though he wasn’t invited.

14 December 2009
Pieters’ behaviour makes Xander, Vanessa and Annelie feel uneasy. Zandile is vague about her plans for 2010. She has a telephone conversation and Maria understands it and get suspicious. Altus asks Sanet whether she has any new information about Miss Hugo. Marko gets a mysterious call which leaves him confused.

18 December 2009
Pieter manages to upset Annelie once again and she makes a decision about the situation. Everybody says goodbye to Marko. Charmaine is suspicious when Francois wants information on Oppiekoffie.

21 December 2009
Clara is very sad about Marko, but Errol gets a way to cheer her up. Matrone gets bad news about her loan application and hears that she must keep the bazaar money with her. Pieter talks about how he grew up and what he wants to do in future. Emma and Gita exchange words and Gita comes up with a sly plan.

22 December 2009
Emma reads an article in a gossip newspaper which upsets her. Matrone squirms when Oubaas asks her about the bazaar money. Miss Hugo arrives and Sanet is shocked by what she does. Pieter is shocked when he sees a photo in Ryno’s wallet.

23 December 2009
Alyce must make a plan when Maria confronts her about the jam. Altus realises that San-Mari is insecure about Paula and that he needs to do something about it. Dawid gets a strange request which makes Emma uncomfortable. Charmaine breaks shocking news to the Oppiekoffie team.

Episode 37 – December 24
Zandile breaks shocking news about the Heights. Errol has a clever way to get Charmaine a big Christmas gift. Paula tries to hide how she feels about Altus and San-Mari’s relationship. Matrone decides she must tell the truth about the bazaar money. Pieter gets news about the art competition and he has mixed emotions.

Episode 38 – December 25
Matrone makes a warmhearted gesture to the elderly for Christmas. Oubaas eats too much again – what will happen to him this time? Emma is upset when Anne takes up Dawids’ time. Pieter gets news from the art school and he is upset.

Episode 39 – December 28, 2009
Anne invites Emma and Dawid to have dinner with her and her husband, but will Emma be willing to do it?  Isabelle curb’s Pieter’s enthusiasm and future plans. Paula need to cover up her plans for the evening.

Episode 40 – December 29, 2009
Neville promises something to Charmaine and then doesn’t do it.  Emma is worried about the fact that Dawid defencs Anne.  Everyone is shocked when they see who the new owner of the Heights is.  Pieter goes to Ryno and shock him with some news.

Episode 41 – December 30, 2009
How will Ryno react on the news from Pieter?  Herman’s feelings for Emma are clear.  Dawid must decide if he is going to work with Anne or if he must cancel an appointment with Emma.  Paula spoils a romantic evening for Altus and San-Mari.

December 31, 2009
Dawid and Emma have an argument about Anne who take up all Dawid’s time, will they be able to reconciled this time?  Errol has to make a plan to go to the club without anyone recognizing him.  Paula has an escort for New Year’s Eve, but who will kiss her when they do they countdown?

Episode 43 – January 1, 2010
Gita explains why there are people hammering in the Heights.  Altus wants to speak about his feelings for Paula, but San-Mari makes it impossible.  Ryno goes to Pieter and tells him exactly what he wants from him.

Why Drinking Water Really is the Key to Weight Loss

If you eat right and exercise at the intensity, frequency and duration proper for you, but still can’t get rid of a little paunch here and there, you’re probably just not drinking enough water.

Most people don’t drink enough water.

If you can’t seem to get that weight off, try drowning your sorrows in nature’s magical weight-loss mineral. It works, and here’s why:

  • The metabolism of fat.  If the kidneys are water-deprived, the liver has to do their work along with its own, lowering its total productivity. 
  •  The problem is that, though many decide to increase their water intake, very few stick with it. During the first few days of drinking more water than your body is accustomed to. What is really happening is that your body is flushing itself of the water it has been storing throughout all those years of “survival mode”. As you continue to give your body all the water it could ask for, it gets rid of what it doesn’t need.
  • One recent finding, as irresponsible as it may be, that caffeine increases the body’s fat-burning potential has many people loading up on coffee before going to the gym. Caffeine is in essence, a diuretic, and diuretics dehydrate. Caffeine may increase the heart rate, causing a few more calories to be burned, but this is at the expense of the muscles, which need water to function properly. Never mix caffeine and exercise. In fact, your best bet is to stay away from caffeine all together. It’s a big bully that pushes your friend water out of your system.
  • Water is the best beauty treatment. You’ve heard this since high school, and it’s true. Water will do wonders for your looks! It flushes out impurities in your skin, leaving you with a clear, glowing complexion. It also makes your skin look younger. Skin that is becoming saggy, either due to aging or weight loss, plumps up very nicely when the skin cells are hydrated.
  • In addition, it improves muscle tone. Iif your muscles are suffering from a drought, you won’t notice a pleasant difference in your appearance. Muscles that have all the water they need contract more easily, making your workout more effective, and you’ll look much nicer than if you had flabby muscles under sagging skin.
  • “Eight glasses a day? Are you kidding?!” It’s really not that much. Eight 8-ounce glasses amount to about two quarts of water. This is okay for the average person, but if you’re overweight, you should drink another eight ounces for every 25 pounds of excess weight you carry. You should also up this if you live in a hot climate or exercise very intensely.
  • This water consumption should be spread out throughout the day. It’s not healthy at all to drink too much water at one time. Don’t let yourself get thirsty. If you feel thirsty, you’re already becoming dehydrated. Drink when you’re not thirsty yet.
  • Do you think water is yucky? Drinking other fluids will certainly help hydrate your body, but the extra calories, sugar, additives and whatever else aren’t what you need. Try a slice of lemon or lime in the glass, or if you really think you hate water, try a flavored water. Just make sure you read the labels. Remember that you’re going to be consuming a lot of this fluid. It’s probably a good idea to stop drinking water a good three hours before you go to bed. You know why.
  • “How cold should it be?” This is debatable. Most experts lean toward cold water, because the stomach absorbs it more quickly. There is also some evidence that cold water might enhance fat burning.
    On the other hand, warmer water is easier to drink in large quantities, and you might drink more of it without even realizing it. Do whatever suits you, here. Just drink it!

When you drink all the water you need, you will very quickly notice a decrease in your appetite, possibly even on the first day! If you’re serious about becoming leaner and healthier, drinking water is an absolute must. If you’re doing everything else right and still not seeing results, this might just be what’s missing.

Written by Maia Appleby.

My Latest Bargain

One of my favourite things to do (as I’ve mentioned before) is to look for bargains on Bidorbuy’s Crazy Wednesday Auctions.

I bought this beautiful ring with a large Amethyst stone set in sterling silver a few weeks ago.

I paid R1.00 plus R40.00 for postage and packaging

(This picture does not do the ring justice at all! It’s much prettier in person than in the photo – and that’s saying a lot.)

The packing was a ring box, placed in a white organza bag. Very beautifully presented.

So far I’ve received lots of compliments on my ring.

This was definitely one of my best bargains of the year.

Not that I won’t keep looking for more. I’ll be back at midday today searching for more bargains.

Julius Malema, Future President of South Africa?

It appears that Jacob Zuma has annointed Julius Malema as a future president of the South Africa.

My first reaction when I heard Gareth Cliff mentioning it on 5fm this morning was: HEAVEN FORBID!

Malema hasn’t exactly shown himself to be anything other than a stirrer – making one controversial statement after another.

And on occasion it appears that the media elevated Julius Malema to rockstar status – quoting his nonsensical rantings, even when it wasn’t necessary.

I guess he sells newspapers.

However what struck me was within a few minutes of ridiculing Malema’s possible presidential candidacy, Gareth mentioned his influence in getting underperforming municipal workers fired after the recent service delivery protests.

Imagine what that must look like to the striking residents of these townships.

Julius Malema = Hero!

Now a blog post on speaks of a Malema faction.

Again the media are making Malema into a populist leader in the same way they advanced Jacob Zuma – by demonising and ridiculing him.

It didn’t work with Zuma and it in all likelihood will not work with Malema.

Because both those politicians know how to work a crowd. They say what they think many people want to hear.

Personally, I wish I had never heard of Julius Malema and that he crawls back into the hole he came out of.

But mine is not the only opinion that matters.

Perhaps if the media stopped singing the same old song or hire journalists with a bit less bias, we might have fewer us against them votes in the next election.

Then maybe people will vote on the issues and not just for the man.

The media got it very wrong when the chose a side against Jacob Zuma in the last election and they will undoubtedly get it wrong again if they take the same stance with Julius Malema.