The ANC of my youth.

Yes. I am one of those white people. I’ve been called a kaffer-boetie more times in my life than my age. I chanted in the street for freedom from white oppression, segregation and demanding that power be given to our people. All our people. My vote did help put the ANC into power along with millions of others.

However between President Zuma and Julius Malema, this is not the ANC of my youth. This is not what I ran from police for. I do not believe Madiba sat in jail for 27 years to see the colour fade from this rainbow nation of corruption.

These men have belittled my belief in a conviction I have held up as my truth. Colour will never dictate superiority to me – ever. To thy own self be true… I will not be voting for the ANC this time round Comrades. Free and fair.

Viva!! the spirit of Nelson Mandela who I do not believe would have cast his vote for this rendition of the African National Congress. I do believe he would have been disappointed in the watered down version of power to our people. Mostly disappointed in our leadership and what they stand for.

I know I am.

We miss our leader Tata.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika  – God bless Africa.

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Forever Pomesteen Power®

Hello my friends and other interesting questions,

I joined Forever Living in November 2012 as I found their Aloe Vera Gel assisted me greatly with pain relief with my Fibromyalgia (Fibromyalgia is a condition a person has long-term. Body-wide pain, tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.).

As I have tried more of their products I have just become more and more impressed! I recently added Forever Pomesteen Power® to my morning shot of Aloe Vera Gel and it is delicious!

(The Aloe Vera Gel tastes like hell on steroids but it does great things, you however soon get use to the taste).

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Forever Pomesteen Power®

There’s no disputing the fact that antioxidants are extremely vital to our health and well-being. There is, however, much discussion today among nutritionists as to  which fruit is the most powerful antioxidant, or which contains the most Xanthones or has the highest ORAC value rating.

Forever Pomesteen Power has them all with a proprietary blend of fruit juices and extracts, including Pomegranate, Pear, Mangosteen, Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry and Grape Seed. ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is an indicator of how well an antioxidant inhibits free radical damage. The ORAC value of fruits can  vary greatly, even when testing the same fruit at different times after harvesting.

What is important to know is that all of the ingredients of Forever Pomesteen Power are near the top of the list in ORAC value, especially Pomegranate and Mangosteen fruit. Pomegranate juice has more polyphenol antioxidants than red wine, green tea, cranberry juice and orange juice. In addition, it is a good source of  Vitamins A, C, E and the mineral Iron.

Mangosteen is a popular fruit in Asia. Its exquisite taste prompted Queen Victoria to declare it her favorite fruit, henceforth it has been referred to as the “Queen of Fruits!” Its ORAC value is very high, and it is rich in  beneficial Xanthones.

Xanthones are a family of naturally occurring nutritional compounds in fruits that are super powerful antioxidants. Experience the incredible power of antioxidants  from Pomegranate, Mangosteen, and other exotic fruits with Forever Pomesteen Power!

All the ingredients of Forever Pomesteen Power are near the top of the list in ORAC value.

Potential  Benefits: These Blend Of Fruit Juices And Extracts Include:

1. Mangosteen – It contains xanthones which are phytonutrients known to have a strong antioxidant activity against free radicals. Health Benefits Of Mangosteen

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Antibiotic
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antipyretic
  • Anti-viral

Queen Victoria once aptly declared mangosteen as her favorite fruit because of its delicious taste. She must have also appreciated the health benefits of mangosteen. Since then, it has been referred to as the “Queen of Fruits.”
It provides the health benefits of mangosteen, pomegranate, etc.
More Health Benefits Of Mangosteen

  • Energy Booster
  • Helps Lower Blood Sugar Levels
  • Helps You Lose Weight
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Prevents Cataracts
  • Prevents Dementia
  • Prevents Glaucoma
  • Prevents Gum Disease
  • Prevents Hardening of Your Arteries
  • Protects Your Heart

2. Pomegranate Juice –  It has excellent antioxidant properties. It contains more antioxidants than either green tea or red wine.
Pomegranate Health Benefits: Studies show that pomegranate juice prevents the formation of cancer cells

  • It may also prevent lung cancer
  • It slows down the growth of prostate cancer cells
  • It prevents osteoarthritis
  • It prevents the build-up of plaque in your arteries
  • It prevents Alzheimer’s disease
  • It lowers your bad cholesterol levels
  • It prevents dental plaque formation
  • Its nutrients protect your body from premature aging
Pomegranate Health Benefits to Pregnant Women
Drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy is very beneficial. According to a study published in May 2012 in the “American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism” they discovered that drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy may help lower the risk of injury to the placenta.
Pomegranate Health Benefits to Pregnant Women
The antioxidants in pomegranate juice help prevent and repair damage to the cells of the placenta by free radicals. It may also be helpful in lowering the risk of injury to the baby’s brain, according to a study published in “Pediatric Research” in June 2005.
The high levels of a type of antioxidant called polyphenols in pomegranate juice help minimize a type of brain damage caused by lack of oxygen that sometimes occurs during birth.

3. Blackberry Juice – It is among the top ten foods that contain antioxidants.
Benefits of Blackberry Juice

  • It fights off environmental carcinogens
  • It contains anthocyanin and ellagic acid which protect your body against cancer
  • It prevents breast cancer
  • It also prevents cervical cancer
  • It relieves intestinal inflammation
  • It strengthens your blood vessels
  • It lowers your bad cholesterool levels

4. Blueberry Juice – It contains phytochemicals that have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Benefits of Blueberry Juice

  • It prevents eye damage due to retinal degeneration
  • It prevents the proliferation of colon cancer cells
  • It promotes urinary tract health
  • It relieves diarrhea and constipation
  • It promotes the growth of neurons
  • It keeps cell membranes healthy
  • It relaxes your blood vessels, thus, preventing increased blood pressure

5. Pear Fruit Juice –  It is an excellent source of dietary fiber and vitamin c. It also contains more pectin than apple
Health Benefits of Pear Fruit Juice

  • It is a good laxative because most of its fiber is insoluble
  • It promotes cardiovascular health
  • It is a natural energy booster
  • It lowers your bad cholesterol levels

6. Grape Seed Extract –  It contains compounds that are beneficial to your heart. It also contains resveratrol which inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
Health Benefits of Grape Seed Extract

  • It improves your night vision
  • It is effective against pancreatitis
  • It protects your blood vessels from damage
  • It prevents cholesterol oxidation and damage to your cardiovascular system if you happen to be a smoker

7. Raspberry Fruit Juice –  It ranks near the top of all fruits for antioxidant activity due to its concentrated amounts of ellagic acid, quercitin, anthocyanin, cyanidins, catechins, etc.

 It is a potent antioxidant source because of its contents. It has an ORAC value of 4900 per 100 grams.

Health Benefits of Raspberry

  • It fights cancer
  • Helps defend against heart disease
  • It is effective against age-related mental decline

All these ingredients make Forever Pomesteen Power a super antioxidant because of its unique blend of fruit juices and the combined health benefits of mangosteen, blackberry, blueberry, pomegranate, pear, raspberry, and grape seed extracts.
The health benefits of mangosteen and pomegranate, and those of the other antioxidant juices plus its exotic flavor, make Forever Pomesteen Power a more enjoyable daily drink.

And so there it is…prevention is the key.

THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF ANTIOXIDANTS FROM POMEGRANATE, MANGOSTEEN, AND OTHER EXOTIC FRUITS WITH FOREVER POMESTEEN POWER.

(Thank you for the above information from: http://www.healthfirstpro.com/2012/07/benefits-of-forever-pomesteen-power.html)

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I wish you enough,

Wenchy

febrewery: A month of craft beer and food pairings

Hello my dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Imagine that! An entire month dedicated to South African craft beer and food pairing is being launched this febrewery in Johannesburg.  It is kinda like Movember, except the men look better?  Personally I LOVE the name. 🙂

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No one can argue that the craft beer explosion has been nothing short of revolutionary,” says febrewery founder, Chris de Beer. “As an ardent beer drinker and supporter of local businesses, the time seemed right to show discerning restaurant-goers and avid craft beer enthusiasts that their two passions can mix. That is febrewery!”

For a long time, wine has always been the category of choice to pair with food. febrewery will offer patrons a taste experience that goes beyond just ordering a beer with a meal.”

As drinking and driving is simply not sexy, SnappCab has been appointed as the official transport partner. The service is available to you to sign up via the web (Apple App Store, Google Play and Blackberry World) and I would encourage you to sign up before the beer starts pairing you without car keys.

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febrewery runs from February 1st – February 28th 2014 at these participating restaurants:

Beefcakes Burger Bar:  +27 11 447 5266

Rabbit in the Moon:      +27 11 447 6720

Rocket (Parkhurst):      +27 11 880 6102

Rocket (Rivonia):         +27 11 234 8807

Each restaurant has selected three main dishes that our resident ‘go-to-craft-beer-guru’ Jason Cederwall from Craft Liquor Merchants has paired with an authentic local craft beer. We’ve tried to mix it up so restaurant patrons will be able to enjoy their favourite local brew or restaurant dish, but also have the opportunity to experience new and exciting combinations throughout the campaign.”

You can follow febrewery online at: @febrewery on twitter, and/or like their www.facebook.com/febrewery page.

I shall report back on my beer pairing experience and perhaps I shall take a Snapp Cab just for fun.

Btw, if you are a beer geek like me, you may want read up so you can talk with the big boys… Never say I didn’t try and be proper, so read HERE.

I wish you enough,

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#ElvisShow is in the @joburgtheatre building!

Hello my friends and other interesting creatures –

I was indeed blessed to be invited to see #ElvisShow at Joburg Theatre last night. The event included celebrities such as Steve Hofmeyr and his fiancé Janine as well as Kurt Darren wife Dunay amongst others. An amazing atmosphere!

I had such a good time! All shook up – reliving songs that I love, singing, laughing and remembering my teenage years where Elvis was all over my walls. 🙂

I suggest you make use of the specials on offer and just relax….. SING and enjoy!

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I wish you enough,

Wenchy

“You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” – Burlesque

Hello friends and other interesting creatures…

My daughter, Victoria introduced me to the movie Burlesque….until one day we found ourselves belting the notes out in the car….

I think it must be a pain in the ass to be Wenchy’s daughter… never the wallflower… I wish I can say I am sorry baby, shut up and sit in the corner, but then does baby ever sit in the corner?

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“You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” = Cher – Check it out on YouTube here.

Feeling broken
Barely holding on
But there’s just something so strong
Somewhere inside me
And I am down but I’ll get up again
Don’t count me out just yet

I’ve been brought down to my knees
And I’ve been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I’ll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
You haven’t seen the last of me
You haven’t seen the last of me

They can say that
I won’t stay around
But I’m gonna stand my ground
You’re not gonna stop me
You don’t know me
You don’t know who I am
Don’t count me out so fast

I’ve been brought down to my knees
And I’ve been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I’ll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
You haven’t seen the last of me

There will be no fade out
This is not the end
I’m down now
But I’ll be standing tall again
Times are hard but
I was built tough
I’m gonna show you all what I’m made of

I’ve been brought down to my knees
And I’ve been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I’ll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
I am far from over
You haven’t seen the last of me

No no
I’m not going nowhere
I’m staying right here
Oh no
You won’t see me begging
I’m not taking my bow
Can’t stop me
It’s not the end
You haven’t seen the last of me
Oh no
You haven’t seen the last of me
You haven’t seen the last of me