New music: Vaults – Poison

About a month ago, there was a cover of Alt-J’s ‘Hunger of the Pine’ appearing in my Soundcloud stream, so I decided to give it a listen. That was the beginning of me finding out who Vaults were and who’s names are still a mystery other then Blythe, Ben and Barney.

The London based trio are definitely the one’s to watch. They remind me of the time before London Grammar gained a massive following and exploded. Vaults released ‘Cry No More’ in September 2013 and have followed it up with the ballad; ‘Lifespan’ and the hauntingly beautiful ‘Vultures’ last month.

On Friday, Vaults released ‘Poison’, another track off their upcoming EP, that showcase’s Blythe’s vocals, Their sound has a deep emotion, a great use of the synthetic keyboard feel to it, along with what at times feel like classical instruments like the violin or percussion. Either way, between the voice, the vulnerability of the lyrics and the instruments, they are an absolute delight to listen to.

Vaults release their first EP, Vultures on December 1st.

The Volvo Ocean Race is on route to Cape Town

It’s my favourite time of the year again, with summer approaching fast and with the arrival of the 7 Volvo Ocean race teams who are competing in the 2014/15 race. The V&A Waterfront was absolutely alive the last time the race was here and it was a lovely experience, along with getting to know some of the ground crew for the Volvo Ocean Race

This year’s race sees the return of an all female crew, in more then a decade of the VOR with Team SCA. I’ve always had my favourites during the race and this year it’s Team SCA. Skippered by Sam Davies, the team already showed a bit of skill in the early ages of leg 1, taking a good strategic position that put them ahead of the fleet. Right now the fleet is are just off Brazil in the South Atlantic Ocean and have made a turn in the direction of Cape Town.

I’m keeping up to date using the Volvo Ocean Race website and the app on iOS. Both the site and the app are extremely rich with content; video, images and stories from the crews racing, along with a leaderboard and a 3D tracker that shows the environment that the fleet are experiencing like wind and currents.

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Have I said how excited I am?

I love the ocean, I love being on a motor vessel to taking a relaxed sail on a yacht. I’m lucky enough to be a rescue skipper at NSRI – Station 3 at the V&A Waterfront, where we get to experience fantastic, the world’s biggest yacht races come into our port, and this one will definitely have me roaming around the village on the weekend, to supporting the yachts, events and races during the time the fleet are here. I really encourage visiting the V&A Waterfront from this Saturday from 2pm for the opening of the Volvo Ocean Race village. It’s going to be great.

Excited!

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Uber. Uber cool

It’s not every day I go out without having the keys to my car in my bag due to nearly always being on call for NSRI but for one of the first times in a few months I had an awards evening I was attending and I sure as hell wasn’t going to be driving. Needless to say I had heard about Uber a few months ago and with Uber Cape Town starting to operate in the Mother City, it was a chance to use this service.

Bonus: The car was already waiting at the venue after the evening and after party, which cut down waiting time.

How it worked?

Step 1-ish: Being my first time using Uber, the driver, after opening the doors and showing all the passengers into the vehicle, gave me a quick tutorial on the application. As we were already in the car, I had to click on my location where I needed to be picked up. Once that was done, you as the passenger request pick-up by the car. As the driver was already there, we cut out the waiting time but if the car isn’t there, the app will give you an ETA on arrival of the vehicle.

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*Earlier on in the evening, we had an issue with Excite taxi’s who quoted us 25 mins to pick-up. Time continued to go by, and by, and by and eventually after now being late and with no driver or time in site, we cancelled them.

Step 2 and a bit: You should then receive a message saying the Uber car will be arriving shortly. I checked the application again and it was now updated to who my driver is and the vehicle make and registration. I find this a nice feature as you know what vehicle to look out for along with the safety aspect. The rest works how it should; the driver picks you up, you go via McDonalds drive-through at 02:00 and get dropped off at your location. Okay, maybe not the McDonalds drive-through shenanigans at 2am but we had a driver with extreme patience and seemed to enjoy our humour. He also got out of the drivers seat to open all our doors despite us being fully capable of doing so

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Payment: Once you’ve been dropped off at your location, the bill is shown to you on the drivers phone, which so easily comes off your credits and / or debit or credit card which takes away the worries of always having cash on you. You then receive a very detailed receipt reporting distance traveled, map of the route you were driven, pick-up and drop-off points, duration, average speed of the vehicle and the cost.

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Lastly you rate the service you were given when you log on the next time.

Overall, a really good service with a very good experience. I’ll definitely be using Uber again

 

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#SaatchiGoodsMarket For Mandela Day

We at Saatchi & Saatchi Cape Town are having a #SaatchiGoodsMarket on Mandela Day, next Thursday 18th July. All proceeds going to Breadline Africa.
 
What will we be selling: Home made goods like cakes, cupcakes, quiche, boerie rolls and a lot more. 
 
What time: 12pm – 2pm 
 
Where: Saatchi & Saatchi foyer, The Foundry, Ebenezer road, Green Point: Link (http://goo.gl/maps/ozI2H)
 
Please pop on over, share with friends and family and see you here on the 18th July!
 
 
 
 
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Now we all know I’m an NSRI volunteer and I love seeing the work released by Ogilvy who do the pro-bono work for Head Office. I have to say that still to this day, my favourite advert has been the JP Andrew ‘Always on Duty’ advert and have been waiting for the day when another advert with the similar mood, tone and fitting sound track was released.

And now we have ‘Sea Fever’ released last week by Velocity Films, NSRI and Ogilvy set to John Maserfield’s poem, Sea Fever. I love it. I love the use of Noah and Whales’ ‘First Day of Spring’ playing in the background. Just love. Even though I’m a volunteer, that first shot with the girl, is what I do; sit on the rocks or the beach, take in the ocean, ground myself and move on from there

We’re always on call, we really are. From 2am in the morning to in the middle of dinner with the crew at Hudsons or a breakfast at Newport or Alpha crew stepping onto the beach to play some touch rugby and then ‘beep beep’, it’s another nice reminder of why we love doing what we do.

Taste of Cape Town 2013

The Taste of Cape Town opened last night at the Green Point Cricket Club fields, next to the stadium and was happy to see a very good turnout for its first night. We got easy parking in the stadium for R20 and waddled quickly to the entrance to begin our foodgasm that is Taste of Cape Town.

A quick voyeur around the different restaurant tents in a nippy wind, it was time to get stuck into my first starter:

  • Norwegian Salmon & Avocado Tartare, Parmesan galette, Ikura caviar, soy-lime broth & micro herbs worth 4 crowns (the food currency) from Savour Restaurant at 15 on Orange Hotel.
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Starter was delicious so obviously the next step was mains:
  • 24hr-braised lam breast, Parmesan polenta & smoked tomato jus worth 8 crowns from Dash Restaurant & Bar. This was goooooood.
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I had an extra dish after waiting for Societi Bistro’s power to come back on. Perseverance was key and after returning on the third time, the mushroom risotto was ready for us to have. Bonus points to the guy who gave us 2 portions for waiting so long and returning over and over again.
My friend had a great dessert from Signal Restaurant at the Cape Grace. Their menu was great last year and this year didn’t disappoint.
  • Caramelia cremeaux hazelnut crunch, pear, marshmallow & pear crumble ice cream
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The rest of the evening saw me appropriate a show guide from a dustbin, some beer tasting in the Craft Beer tent, wine tasting, buying all of Decadent Dani’s macaroon stock, Queen of Tarts and spending 10 minutes deciding whether we should get a waffle. We didn’t.

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Highly recommend you go to Taste of Cape Town 2013. Open until this Sunday.