It’s funny, as a generation who saw the birth of social media, Wikipedia, WikiLeaks & Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and so on we truly believe we are free from oppression of freedom of speech. We believe civil rights are generally kept in check by the fact that one photo on twitter can cause the Egyptian … Continue reading Why Venezuela right now, is a fight for all of us . . .
I’ve been reading as many articles, eulogies, letters of praise and the like about Madiba, his life and peoples relationships with him. I guess it’s my way of feeling more connected to him, understanding him better and perhaps feeling a little more a part of the legacy he wanted. Most of the things I’ve read … Continue reading What Madiba really wanted for us all . . .
I was in Harbin for the ice festival this weekend (ill post on at some point because it was mind-blowing again). And if you have ever heard of this place you will understand that it’s a comfortable -30 degrees which means no matter how tough you think you are there are some clothing requirements. There’s … Continue reading It’s funny what triggers a memory, triggers a feeling and a rush of thoughts.
2013 was one of the most difficult professional years I’ve ever had and perhaps the most rewarding personally but no doubt was a year for growing. After the post that started this year I thought it proper to sum up the year that was 2013. It’s funny, my eldest brother, in talking about our business was … Continue reading The year that was and the year that may be . . .
One hour to the airport, two at the airport, 3 to Hong Kong, 3 in Hong Kong, 13hrs to Johannesburg Slept 45 min, hit turbulence couldn’t sleep again, 2 hours in Joburg, 2 hours to CT, interview on landing with no sleep and hangover from Champagne on plane Presentations until 6pm (body clock midnight), go … Continue reading How were your last few days?
I read such a cool article the other day on the ever brilliant cool hunter about travel, that just sums up my love if it. Some people don’t get me and why I love to travel so much, but to experience different things, in different places, different cultures, foods, drinks, people and so on is … Continue reading Experience travel . . .
Every time I go to India (for context – almost always for business and to Mumbai) I come away with the strangest feeling of inspiration. While it may sound slightly contrived or clichéd it’s completely true. You see our business deals with retailers, of all sizes, in all places. From massive hypers and wholesalers to … Continue reading Place of hope, despair, absolute wealth and absolute poverty . . .
I’ve been trying to write this post for a while now, well that’s actually a lie if I’m honest. I’ve been thinking about writing it for so long but I’m not sure exactly what to write about this trip. I guess there are a few disclaimers. First I haven’t been on a cruise since I … Continue reading Cruising the ancient Yangzi . . .
Five days, two 150 year old Ryokans, The height of Cherry Blossoms blooming, 9 tasting menus, The Ritz and a train or two. Let me break the experience down into pieces . . . Japan in general . . . After being in Shanghai a year you start to ignore and forget the daily things … Continue reading Japan, Ryokans and the Cherry Blossoms . . .
I haven’t written in two weeks, mainly because I’ve have been home and have pretty much gone from breakfasts to lunches to dinners for two weeks solid – in and out of drunk and sober with as little sleep as possible trying to fit in as much time with the people I love! I suppose … Continue reading And the Oscar goes tooooooo . . . JAIL!
So I finally watched Searching for Sugar Man. Right now its Chinese New year or spring festival whatever you prefer and so the entire country is on holiday pretty much, which means I get to go home for the first time in 8 months. This means an hour taxi to the airport, two hour wait … Continue reading Planes, movies, red wine . . .
I don’t like resolutions, I think the fact that you need to stand on the precipice of a new year and promise to do stupid shit that you inevitably do not do is fucking stupid! If you have wanted to do something you would have done it already, the fact that you were waiting for … Continue reading 2012s lessons learned & experience gained . . .
So being the first Xmas since moving to China I was quite interested to see what the hell actually goes on here. In SA everyone slowly slips into a warm holiday coma and no one dares to email each other until well into the New Year. There are however, few decorations, a large number of … Continue reading Christmas in Shanghai: The irony of it all . . .
My brothers and I are very close, and now that we live in three very separate parts of the world it makes seeing each other rather difficult, so when our diaries do somehow overlap it’s cause to celebrate (even if it is for only 30hrs) and what better place to do that than Bangkok! Now … Continue reading Lessons from 30hrs in Bangkok?
I had the privilege of captaining Bryan Habana at school for a while back in the days when I thought I had a career in rugby and he was then about the size of his left thigh today, so he didn’t! I remember watching him from year to year and at some point he started putting … Continue reading The scrawny school kid who grew up to be Bryan Habana . . .