#PenguinsMIA found in Madagascar! #Giveaway! @sterkinekor @TimesMediaFilms

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Who would like to join some of my kids and I to see #PenguinsMIA found in Madagascar this Sunday at IMAX at The Grove Mall in Pretoria? It is the movie event that will blow their cover… !

Competition Question:
In partnership with whom did Ster-Kinekor and 20th Century Fox adopt four penguins?

Leave your answer and details in the comment box with an email address I can easily reach you to win FOUR tickets to IMAX at The Grove Mall in Pretoria this Sunday! Will announce winners by midday tomorrow!! Movie starts at 12h00! … but do read what happens at 10h30!


The mystery around the strange sightings of penguins in various parts of the city this week has finally been resolved, much to the relief of the public and the penguins’ counterparts, who are all still safely ensconced in their various penguin enclosures around the country! The identity of the four penguins spotted in all manner of crazy situations – bouncing on a jumping castle, catching a ride in a taxi, crossing the road and munching on cheesy snacks – are none other than our favourite ‘flippered’ friends, ‘Skipper’, ‘Rico’, ‘Kowalski’ and ‘Private’.

You can see them strutting their ‘secret agent’ stuff as they “Hi-1” each other in solving the mystery of the slimy-green “bazooka serum”, in Penguins of Madagascar. Ster-Kinekor is releasing this much-anticipated film from Dreamworks® at its two IMAX® 3D theatres at Gateway in Durban and The Grove Mall in Pretoria on Friday, 28 November, a week before its national release on Friday, 05 December.

But wait… there’s more! To announce the start of the summer holidays, Ster-Kinekor is giving penguin-lovers across the country the chance to catch the film before its national release date. On Sunday, 30 November, and Wednesday, 03 December, Penguins of Madagascar will have special pre-screenings at all Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationally, at select times.

As South Africans become all a-flutter about the Penguins of Madagascar this December, the public can also make a positive difference to ensure the continued safety and care of our country’s famous penguin population.

To tie in with the release of Penguins of Madagascar, Ster-Kinekor and 20th Century Fox are adopting four penguins – and are encouraging you to follow suit. The adoption of the birds is through a partnership with SANCCOB, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.

Every year around Christmas time, SANCCOB receives numerous abandoned African Penguin chicks. In order to give these chicks a chance to grow into healthy, adult penguins, SANCCOB is appealing to the public to adopt a Christmas penguin chick. Your adoption entitles you to name the chick, while your donation will pay for its rehabilitation and release back into the wild. For more information on how to adopt a penguin chick this December, visit http://www.sanccob.co.za.

If you go down to Ster-Kinekor The Grove Mall in Pretoria East or Bayside Mall in Tableview in Cape Town, on Sunday, 30 November, to catch one of the special screenings of Penguins of Madagascar, you’ll be in for an extra surprise! Penguins from Pretoria Zoo will be on display at The Grove, and SANCCOB’s special ambassador African Penguin, Rocky, will make an appearance at Bayside – both these events are taking place from 10:30 to 11:30 on 30 November.

The public will be able to meet these wonderful creatures and learn more about the ongoing conservation programmes to ensure the survival of these iconic South African birds. It will also be the perfect time to adopt a penguin, before enjoying the spy-like antics of Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private on the big screen in Penguins of Madagascar!

So, with the release of Penguins of Madagascar in IMAX® 3D at Gateway and The Grove; pre-screenings of the film on 30 November and 03 December at Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide; and the opportunity to get up close with these flippered friends at The Grove Pretoria and Bayside Cape Town on 30 November, there is no escaping the penguins this summer – unless of course, Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private have some other sneaky plan up their flippers… and escape first!

For more information about Penguins of Madagascar at Ster-Kinekor and IMAX®, and to make bookings, download the Ster-Kinekor App on any Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone or BlackBerry smart phone. Visit http://www.sterkinekor.com. To find out about other exciting offers and promotions, follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or on Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres. For queries, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

Dress in black and white!

@filmleadinglady @Sterkinekor @BokvanBlerkReal @realgilbellows @Lloydi_Boy

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

As I was doing my thing in the world of wild life in the Kruger National Park, I asked blogger, fellow tweeter and general good guy, Lloyd to cover the Premier of “Leading Lady” (which opens in cinemas today) for me. I love the song “Soutwater” by @BokvanBlerkReal from the movie. Check it out!

I wish you enough,



Leading Lady tells the story of a Jodi Rutherford (played by Katie McGrath), a British school teacher, who travels to the little town of Brandfort in the Free State in South Africa to prepare for a role in an upcoming movie about the heroine Johanna Willemse. Little did she know that she would end up on a journey of self-discovery after a South African farmer by the name of Kobus Willemse (played by Bok van Blerk) picks her up after her first experience in town in a South African taxi.

After leaving an uncomfortable London and her movie producer boyfriend, Daniel Taylor (played by Hollywood heartthrob Gil Bellows) and on arrival on the famous Willemse farm, Jodi is introduced to the lady of the house, Magdelena Willemse, (played by Brumilda van Rensburg). Once Magdelena finds out that Jodi is an ‘aspiring’ movie star, she is quickly roped into helping her out in arranging and directing the local annual concert held on the Willemse farm.

The Willemse family is faced with losing their farm land after the death of Kobus’s father and they are plunged into financial woes, with the only possible option is selling their farm and starting over. But with the arrival of Jodi, there is change in the air. She soon has all the colourful characters of the close-knit community working on the concert. Ranging from those typical old Afrikaner ladies with the dark tanned skin, permed hair and old school glasses to wild child, Johan Willemse (played by Eduan van Jaarsveld) and his two girls – Wilmien (played by Tina Kruger) and Katie (played by Carien Botha).


The story is one of heartbreak, heartache, love and life. The lead characters are not the only ones to find love in this story. Even though thought to be rather inappropriate an unexpected romance flares up onto the scene between Magdalena and Japie (played by Andre Stolz). But with the arrival of Kobus’s ex-fiancé, Linda van der Merwe (played by Jana Strydom) on the farm auditioning for the leading role in the concert we can expect the story to take on a whole new twist as everything is turned upside down. Will it all turn out for the best?

Leading Lady opens at local Ster Kinekor cinemas on 28 November 2014 near you and will also be screened in cinemas in the U.S. With the musical talents of Bok van Blerk, Matthew Mole and Shortstraw, the musical score is set to have you tapping your foot to the beat of some of the best local tunes. Producer and Director Duo, Henk Pretorius and Llewellyn Greeff have brought to South Africa a local film which has some of the highest international standards. In my opinion this is the film that is going to change the way that the world looks at the South African film industry. The standard has been set.

It has long been that there has been a South African film that has grabbed my attention as much as this one. With such a wide variety of amazing local and international talent, one can only expect a quality movie with a good story line and good acting. We attended the South African premiere of the Leading Lady at Cedar Square Ster Kinekor with an event that was flowing with excitement and even a few of the local celebs made it out to join the cast for the first screening of the film. This is not your usual local movie which we are used to seeing on our screens. There is a new approach and with this great story line, it is a must see for everyone. I would highly recommend going to see this on the big screen.

So get on down to a Ster Kinekor cinema on Friday the 28th of November and make it a great start to the weekend!

 1-Lloyd @Lloydi_Boy  I am no fashion critic. I am no famous reviewer. I am no fashion designer. I am simply just a guy who loves fashion and the finer things in life. Fashion. Food. Wine. Travel. Those are the things that keep me going, and inspired!

A Classic Bloke Meal

This looks like something I should give a bash!!


I don’t know about the rest of the world but in Australia a classic ‘bloke’ meal is Chicken Parmigiana (aka Parmi) and is regularly served in pubs across our great nation.

Tonight I arrived home to an LCHF Chicken Parmi and baked veg meal. The organic chicken breast had been flattened, egg washed, and then ‘breaded’ in a mix of almond meal, coconut flour, mixed herbs, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper. The schnitzels were then pan fried in oil before being topped with a rich tomato sauce, crispy streaky bacon and grated cheese. Finished in a hot oven these low carb Parmies were to die for! Served with roasted onion & pumpkin, grilled capsicum, baked cauliflower and broccoli in a honey butter glaze I am definitely a fan of this dish!


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A #banting Wenchy @real_meals @RichSimmondsZA @ProfTimNoakes

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,


* I started #banting (LCHF) five months ago.

* My kids bought me the Eeyore PJ pants some years ago for mothers day.  It was a little tight, but I loved it because they chose it for me.  Now it falls off my hips and is too long on the floor.

* Under no illusion that I am ever going to be a super model, but is kinda cool to hear ‘Mom you losing your ass!’  My least favourite so far is loosing DD cup size,  single D now. Yes I went in search of Wonderbar.

* I do not see #banting as a diet. It is a way of eating I have done for five months and something I will do forever. It works for me on many levels.

* I am not dead. On occasion,  I do eat and drink some things that are not Low Carb High Fat,  but I only do so outside of home should I feel the need. A bit like keeping kosher at home.  Haha!!

* I have discovered I am able to bake bread!  I don’t do it often and not because I crave bread. I did it more to see what it tasted like. You can find recipes I have made at http://www.facebook.com/wenchybanting –  I have played around plenty!

* I have had to buy new underwear and jeans.  Shirts I have not bothered too much with,  although occasionally I don’t mind a better,  fitted shirt. Hence the very oversized T-shirt in the pic. Many clothes I wore before was tracksuit type stuff with no belt and now sit on my hip instead of my middle. Meaning I trip when I walk cause the legs are too long and I am already short.

*  I do get fed up of drinking water.  Yes I do the mint/lemon thing but even that gets boring!  I am trying to drink less coffee/tea but not winning. What to drink is a hurdle. Oh I can have vodka…..   but I haven’t.

* I use Xylitol in drinks and baking.  Have no sugar,  rice,  pasta,  potato etc at home at all.  Have no craving for it either.

* When I have eaten something high in carbs,  I will literally feel ill… Great way to keep yourself from not eating it.  I have been craving Alfredo pasta for ages but the stomach pain alone puts me off.

* I have been stuck on the same weight for the past month,  but thankfully it shifted down by a kg this morning. Yay!

* I have a very unhealthy relationship with the scale.  I first weighed myself all the time.  Then avoided it all together and now I am back to punishing myself again.

* I regret that I did not measure myself when I started.  😦 Some time before, I tried, and my hips were too wide to be measured by the usual means.

* Even if the scale don’t move,  cm clearly do,  as I am fitting into clothing I have from before Kev was born 21 years ago.

* While I remain highly iron deficient  I have come off an entire pharmacy of meds.  My blood pressure,  sugar,  cholesterol,  thyroid,  liver function for the first time in years, are all normal and I no longer require daily medication.

* Unfortunately I still have Fibromyalgia,  Ankolysing Spondylitis and extreme anxiety which seems to far outweigh my Bipolar Disorder.  I remain on meds for pain and anxiety,  as and when needed.  Some days I need lots and some days little.

* I take Moringa daily which is a vitamin supplement. I do get iron drips which my body does not handle well. I can’t say it helps and my iron count doesn’t even go up. Hence,  I decided to go to supplement route. I don’t want schedule meds. That said my iron is 9… instead of 150.

* My grocery list looks 100% different to six months ago.

*  I buy very little full cream milk,  plenty spinach, onions,  mushrooms, little cauliflower,  cucumber, some butternut and few gem squash,  cheddar,  pouring cream for coffee, whipping cream for strawberries, full cream cottage cheese,  cream cheese,  mint,  lime,  lemons,  seeds, chicken,  red meat with fat,  pork,  small quantities of fish, eggs in bulk, and sadly no fruit juice.

* I use butter,  bacon,  nuts,  full cream yoghurt,  honey,  that funky pink salt,  tomato,  salads, nut flours,  husks, olive oil,  balsamic vinegar but above all this, I have started baking,  making and experimenting more in the kitchen. Silicone baking trays are fabulous! I make breads,  quiche, chocolate cake and chocolate mousse.

* I am by no means an expert but it is nice to enjoy the kitchen more like I did 20 years ago.  I even enjoyed my pants literally falling to my knees in a rather large shopping centre in Sandton!

* Perhaps the greatest reward is that I don’t have a constant pain on my stomach anymore,  no heartburn,  my skin is looking better and I feel kinda empowered? Not sure how to explain that one yet.


Any questions?  Leave me a comment.

I wish you enough,

Penguins spotted in taxi… and other strange places!

Dear friends and other interesting creatures –

An anonymous tweet has revealed a rather extraordinary sighting in town – a penguin sitting in a taxi, waiting for a ride. Other penguins have been spotted too – but, not in their normal surroundings!  It is believed these strange sightings could relate to the four penguins who reportedly made the jump from their enclosure this morning, but details are still a little sketchy.

We encourage the public to keep a lookout for these birds, who appear to have sleuth-like skills, and to contact us with any updates.  We are on the case…




I wish I was a penguin,