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Dis ek, Anna

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

It has never happened to me that I see a movie, the audience randomly burst into applause,  remain seated while the credits roll in silence and the audience keep applauding … and nobody rushes to their feet. Especially not an Afrikaans movie.

I had read “Dis ek, Anna” and “Die staat teen Anna Bruwer” in my native language Afrikaans and was deeply touched by it.  When I received an invitation to the film viewing, I had to see it. 

My son Liam James (19) accompanied me.  He was worried he wouldn’t follow an Afrikaans film as it is not his first language. There were subtitles in English, but to be honest, it is not imperative to the comprehension of the film.

The time has passed where local film cannot compete in the box office. If I wasn’t convinced after “Balade Vir ‘n Enkeling”,  I have zero doubt now!

Charlenè Brouwer who plays the role of the older Anna, is flawless. Morne Visser definitely also deserves a massive mention.

This is a film that gets full colours,  5 big purple stars from me!

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From Wikipedia :

“Dis ek, Anna” is a South African (Afrikaans) drama based on the two top selling novels by Anchien Troskie (writing as Elbie Lotter) called Dis ek, Anna (It’s me, Anna) and Die Staat teen Anna Bruwer (The State vs Anna Bruwer). Set in modern day South Africa, it tells the story of Anna Bruwer who avenge the years of abuse suffered by the hand of her step father and the court case that ensues. Written by Tertius Kapp. Produced by Niel van Deventer. Directed by Sara Blecher and starring amongst others Charlene Brouwer, Marius Weyers, Nicola Hanekom, Morne Visser, Drikus Volschenk, Elize Cawood and Eduan van Jaarsveld.

For the next week it is showing exclusively at @nouveaubuzz in @RosebankMall, before it will be released nation wide. Go see it.

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

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Love is timeless.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

When my children were little, I use to go to the movies every Tuesday morning. There has always been something magical about escaping to the cinema. The smell of popcorn and icy green slush aside, I just loved becoming invisible and lose myself into the great, big screen in front of me. It has always been a place of magic…. besides that is was an adult space for me on a Tuesday morning. No crying children demanding attention, or food, or beating each other with swords!

Add a decade or so to that exhausted young Mom and you will see an older Wenchy, visiting Cine Prestige on Mother’s Day with her daughter at her side. Cine Prestige is the grown up version of my escape with the luxury of cake, cappuccino and chocolate… with the popcorn and green slush if you like, but with all the thrill that the big screen brings. I was invited to attend a Mother’s Day event to see The Age Of Adaline and it was the perfect end to celebrate being a Mom Day.

After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.

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Adaline Bowman: Tell me something I can hold on to forever and never let go.

Ellis Jones: Let go.

Directed by Lee Toland KriegerThe age of Adaline is a touching and beautiful romantic, drama and a most believable fable.  Blake Lively is a most convincing young woman and you do believe in her sophistication of having experienced many more years.  I found her love affair with Michiel Huisman slightly sad, as in my heart, I wanted Adaline to end up with another love, the talented Harrison Ford … a love that belonged to another lifetime. Perhaps that made the story that much more intimate for those who believe love is timeless.

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My teenage daughter, Victoria and I left suitable warm and fuzzy as one should, especially on Mother’s Day. I highly recommend The age of Adaline for everyone who wishes to escape and dream for a little while. It’s soul food.

I have received many goodie bags as a blogger and as a Social Media Diva (Do like my page please – #shameless gasp!) but I must give huge credit to whomever suggested “Goodi Box” for this event at Ster-Kinekor at The Zone in Rosebank. I am hugely impressed with the gorgeous goodies we received. Suitable, high quality and I felt absolutely spoiled. Thank you so very much. I do hope to receive many more of these “Goodi boxes”!!

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Thank you sincerely for the invitation Ster-Kinekor. Cine Prestige was perfect. You made my day!!

I wish you enough,

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#Tracers @mnetmovies @sterkinekor

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

@SirNoid and I did our first movie screening this year being treated to a viewing of the action and adventure movie “Tracers” from the director Daniel Benmayor.

You can view the official trailer :  HERE

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Think New York City – noise, alive with people, sounds and sights.

Bike messenger Cam (Taylor Lautner from the “The Twilight Saga”) crashes his bike into the gorgeous Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos from the sci-fi series “The 100”) and is at once infatuated by her being well, gorgeous and has moves that you remind you of CatWoman, but on a smaller scale. Cam crashing into Nikki does not make him the world best bike rider however. #justsaying

Turns out Cam is in debt to the mafia, although I never quite figured out why …. and his attraction to Nikki’s opens Cam to the thrill of the world of a gang who pull off heists using parkour. Hoping to pay off his debt, Cam gets very involved with the gang who keeps digging deeper and jumping higher.

The movie has a PG13 rating and I would say the target audience is between 16 and 21. I found it light entertainment, an escape from reality … but the stunts were not all that impressive. The girl in me loved the ending and I did enjoy seeing Taylor Lautner is something other than Twighlight.

Wikipedia tells us that Parkour is a holistic training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. This is done using only the human body and the surroundings for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe.

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I wish you enough and remember, you can never read enough books or see too many movies!

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2014 – Year End Quiz – @RichSimmondsZA pls RT

Dear friends and other interesting creatures –

As my December tan is busy peeling off, so the days of the new year is racing forward ….

I put this quiz together in 2008… so if you complete it, link back to me please? I would love to read about your year. 🙂

My answers for the past few years to the quiz can be found here:

2013 – Year End Quiz Answers

2012 – Year End Quiz Answers

2011 – Year End Quiz Answers

2010 – Year End Quiz Answers

2009 – Year End Quiz Answers

2008 – Year End Quiz Answers

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The 2014 edition:

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

  • New Year started with me in the bath at my Mom’s house. Never done that before.
  • I stayed with my husband’s 2nd x wife for a number of days. Jenny treated me very well and I appreciated her kindness during a difficult time.
  • I visited a divorce attorney, and did not proceed with the divorce. The serial bride found someone who won’t give up on her.
  • My niece and god-child, Tayla-Jade and I ran through sprayers. A memory we both cherish. It was a real year of growth for our relationship Yay!
  • Assisted with editing a book with Rich Simmonds. Thanks for many things.
  • Quite by accident I won an evening stay at Budmarsh Private Lodge (the most amazing chef, Chris) and new friendship were formed. It is now my favourite weekend getaway.
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  • My eldest biological son Kev and I visited Kievitskroon the week he turned 21. It was a really special stay with one on one time with my grown up boy. Watching him eat caviar for the first time. I played chess with those giant pieces with my son Kev. In the end I declared that I am staging a take over. Can’t believe I grew such a fabulous man.
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  • I attended gay pride in Pretoria for the first time and literally walked my talk with my daughter @VictoriaT99 at my side. When I say I am pro gay rights, religious freedom and the right to choose what happens to your body. I mean it.
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  • I rung the big brass bell at The Market Theatre!
  • Loving Theatre as I do, I have always wanted to attend the Naledi Awards and in 2014 I was invited. Thrilled! I cried for much of it LOL.
  • I ate in former, @MasterChef_SA winner, @deenamcsa restaurant Aarya at Montecasino and had Chef Bennie rate my pizza.
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  • Flew on my own to Cape Town, hired a car and worked/played for ten days while staying at Reading House. I had an awesome time visiting movies, restaurants and tourist attractions alone. It was a great time for reflection for me and getting paid for what I love is a massive blessing.
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  • I visited Khayelitsha for the first time, with thanks to City Sightseeing.
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  • Visited Mjejane in the Kruger Park with my parents. It was amazing to take my parents somewhere fabulous!
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  • Went down the tube slide at Valley of the Waves at Sun City. I am not a fan of such things but I think @SirNoid was proud of me. Yes, Douglas has hit the teenage phase of not wanting his picture taken. It seems all boys do that.
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  • I have done a photo workshop before, but never a photo tour. Thank you to Cape Photo Tours, @SirNoid and I enjoyed it tremendously. Learned lots and it ignited my love for photography once more! It did involve walking all the way up to the light house at Cape Point which I have never done before either… as well as visit Chapmans Peak which I had never visited before either!!
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  • Arriving with a fear of heights, @SirNoid and I did the Cape Canopy Tour – 13 platforms and slides up to 320m long way up in the air! Something I never would have entertained 30+kg ago! Would love to do it again.
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  • I test drove the @FordSouthAfrica #FiestaST for a week. Such fun and a truly fantastic car.
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I met incredible people in 2014, from a fast variety of platforms. From people living in squatter camps and destitute to celebrities including beauty queens, drag queens, sports starts, TV stars, fashion icons, music and theater performers. I’m blessed beyond anything I could have imagined.

I attended a massive amounts of diverse events, learned a great deal and were spoiled rotten. It is unreal the amount of love I received in 2014 from social media. Massive amounts of gratitude – don’t stop now !!

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

For 2014, I had the following resolution:

To live authentically. To thy own self be true.

For once, I actually feel I did achieve my resolution.


For 2015 I have the following resolutions:

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1. to remove mess, unnecessary items or clutter from (a place).

2. to organize and prioritize (one’s commitments, material possessions, relationships etc.)

Declutter my time, home, thoughts and relationships.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Our nephew, Benjamin was born to Darryl and Sera on 4 May 2014. I absolutely adore the little guy.

When @SirNoid and I play with Benji, I wonder what it would have been like to have had a child of our own… then he cries or needs his nappy changed…and I immediately recover and go back to Twitter or reading a good book.

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4. Did anyone close to you die?

One of my first Internet, turned real life friends of almost two decades, Belinda Norman died. Two decades ago, we did the Bee-Bar and Wenchy show on ###SouthAfricaChat…. *sigh* as well as my childhood friend, Vicky’s mom, Mom Alta died late December 2014.

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Both deaths upset me greatly for very different reasons.

5. Which countries did you visit?

South Africa …. and far off places in my head.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

  • ‘Zen’ – (Mother Mary you know what I mean!)
  • Placing greater value on my abilities and time.

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory?

Nothing comes to mind.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Changing the way I see food, the way and what I eat – and in the process losing weight.

9. What was your biggest failure?

  • Not thinking before I speak.
  • Forgetting silence is also an answer.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

While chronic illnesses is just that, chronic, I had a good 2014.

I’ve been able to go off a bundle of medication as my results are now all within normal range since I started #banting. All except iron which is at an all time low. Doctors have not been able to find out why my body does not hold onto it.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Silicone baking stuff. I know right? That doesn’t sound like me at all!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My husband, @SirNoid – overall resulting in 2014 being one of our happiest years to date.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

I confused friendship with dementia, resulting in a very unpleasant situation. I will not be inviting anyone into our home to stay again.

14. Where did most of your money go?

@SirNoid is the one who earns the money and it goes to living expenses.

I’ve been able to provide a very busy social life with many advantages and great experiences. Often allowing us and our children events and experiences we couldn’t otherwise afford.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My sister in law, Jenni getting engaged to Johan. She is my favourite Kruger and deserves someone who will love her for the brilliance she is. Johan is also a great catch – basically I came home and told @SirNoid, he is Jenni in man form. He is THE ONE. The kindest soul.

Any man who goes to the pharmacy for a girl he met once at 10pm, drives out of his way, because he is the only person she knows in town and buys meds, including tampons… that’s a keeper! 

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16. What song/album will always remind you of 2014?

Scarborough Fair

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

Happier or sadder? I am very happy.

Thinner or fatter? Thinner.

Richer or poorer? Richer in spirit. Financially, not so much.

18. What do you wish you had done more of in 2014?

  • Said “NO”.
  • Read.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • Procrastinate.
  • Over commit myself, creating avoidable anxiety.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

A very lazy day with @SirNoid at home with my two youngest (step) children, Douglas and Jenna-Lee. We had a braai late afternoon and an amazing thunder storm straight after. Awesome!

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

Social media related contacts and clients. I still detest speaking on the phone and prefer to communicate via email, whatsapp or smoke signal. My voice mail clearly says not to leave a message.

22. Did you fall in love in 2014?

A big YES.

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23. How many one night stands in this last year?

All with @SirNoid.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

  • Homeland.
  • The Black List.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I detest actions or behavior, not people.

26. What was the best book you read?

I did not read near enough and didn’t keep my Goodreads up to date…. how sad is it that I can’t give a title?

27. What was the best theatre production you saw?

Alison!! The Sound of Music, Liefling, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mixed Tape – phenomenal productions this past year.

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28. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Mary Lambert – Secrets being my favourite.

29. What did you want and get?

A happy, solid, hard working, committed, sexy and loving husband….. and an ice cream maker. Ha ha ha!

30. What did you want and not get?

Maybe that is a joke amongst freelancers?

31. What were your favourite films of this year?

“Begin Again” Loved that!

32. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 41. Had a pizza party. Had an awesome birthday.

33. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If I hadn’t underestimated myself so much.

34. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

For once I actually had some fashion ideas, especially after attending SA Fashion Week.

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35. What kept you sane?

Dreaming. Believing.

36. Which celebrity/public figure made an impact on you?

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The fashion due, Alan Foley & Krishen Samuel – @AlanKrishen. Because of their reputation, fashion icons baby, I was quite intimidated meeting them. The moment we were introduced I found two true gentleman. Classy. Full of humour. Intelligent. Genuine. No pretense. Hearts of gold.

37. What political issue stirred you the most?

Zuma…. Asking for the second coming. Seriously dude?

38. Who did you miss?

I always miss the kids, sometimes more and sometimes less! I’m a human mom dammit.

39. Who was the best new persons you met?

Two people truly stood out for me.

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Zavion Kotze. @Survivor_SA contestant, wedding planner and general gem. Read my interview with him and you will understand why I like him so much.

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Albert whom I met at Reading House. While he is old enough to be my son, he showed me great kindness, an awesome sense of funny and a tremendous dedication to his craft. I arrived a stranger, but left a friend.

40. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014 and how it made your life better.

  • People may leave, not because of who you are, but because of who they are.
  • I learned it can be very liberating when you realise you are not responsible for the actions of others.

41. Quote a song lyric that sums up 2014?

Jy met jou drome en gedagtes in jou oë
Jy met jou vrede wat in elkeen hoop en glo
Jy met jou deernis jou geduld en jou verstaan
Jy wat jou seer alleen wil dra

Ek wil vir jou
Somer wees en stilte gee
Ek wil vir jou
Die son gaan haal die wind die see
Ek wil so graag
Myself vir jou gee 

Jy met jou woorde en gebede in jou hart
Jy met jou vreugde so in oorvloed uit jou hand
Jy met jou wysheid jou geloof in elke dag
Jy met die seer agter jou lag

Woorde en Musiek: Christa Steyn

43. Most cherished memory of 2014?

@SirNoid offering me his last Rolo.

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DVD GIVEAWAY!! @BestOfMeMovie @Sterkinekor @NicholasSparks

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I am going into 2015, having only a week or so ago, started a personal blog page, instead of using my personal Facebook page for Social Media. I ask very nicely that you follow The Nocturnal Wenchy.

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The Best of Me Movie released on the 24th of December at Ster-Kinekor Theatres. The film is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name and stars Michelle Monaghan , James Marsden , Lily Liberato and Luke Bracey.

I have some DVD hampers to give away!

The DVD Hampers consist of :

A bag containing:

  • Dear John DVD
  • Safe Haven Movie DVD
  • The Lucky One DVD
  • The Notebook DVD

    To win one of these hampers, please make sure you have liked The Nocturnal Wenchy and answer this easy question in the comment section of my new page!! 

FIVE prized will be drawn randomly 4 January 2015!!

Who wrote the books that served as the inspiration for the films?

Whoop!

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10 Things Me @LIEFLINGx @RoleneStrauss @connellcruise @sa_artists @sterkinekor @mnetmovies @TheatreOnSquare @NCT_Parktown

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

1. I collect mugs.  Places I’ve been.  Things I want to remember. Gifts from places and things other have seen.  So, if you travel or see something fab, I would appreciate a mug!

@LIEFLINGx is an amazing Afrikaans stage production.  Take it from a mug addict. You can charge more! I would have paid it.

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2. I’m a little smaller. @SirNoid bought me a new costume while visiting the North West Province this week. I loved my other (purple) one but it is simply to big. I am no @RoleneStrauss and I never will be, but eating the #LCHF way has enabled me to loose a Backstreet Boy or two. I have no goal weight,  let’s just see where we go. I suspect a year from now,  I will have hit a natural plateau. If you want to keep up with recipes etc like my Facebook page www.facebook.com/wenchybanting

3. The ’empty nest syndrome’ hit me hard and proper.  While I enjoy the freedom,  time alone with @SirNoid… I do miss the laughter of a large family and knowing my kids are safe. I never thought I was a helicopter mom,  but it seems aviation isn’t far off. I miss all my kids,  not just those that gave me stretchmarks.

4. I don’t do actions.  In Sunday School (my grandfather is a pastor) when you would do matching actions to a song, I was like NO! In Primary School during war cries and people would clap and all do the same actions,  it was a NO! Now at concerts when the band is all ‘put your hands in the air!’,  I’m like…. It’s a NO! If I felt moved by your performance I would already have my hands in the air.  Don’t give me instructions.

5. I am not Sporty Spice. I hate going under water,  I am petrified of heights and being put in situations where I can’t control physical injury.  @SirNoid gets very frustrated with me. I was not an overweight child. I was very active. Who knew?  Also stupid. When nobody was around I would jump off the grandstand into the sandpit to purely because it scared me.

I understand my unwillingness to participate in situations like theme parks is annoying, however besides my fears, I do have Ankolysing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia and I really am truly afraid of injury to my body. I felt like I lost precious time while the Dr’s were figuring it all out for MONTHS,  trying different medication. I can’t go back to that.  It’s a NO!

@SirNoid and I have been invited to do the Cape Canopy Tour next week,  I am petrified of heights but am assured I am in good hands and hopefully, like after doing the Whale Trail, I will have a sense of accomplishment! I admit,  losing weight has helped me feel I can attempt new physical experiences. Hopefully @SirNoid won’t trade me in for Sporty Spice.

6. I like urban living. After @SirNoid and I gave up Estate living for the urban jungle, there are two things I miss.  My spa bath (I love to bath) and the huge amount of space for entertaining (I love entertaining).

@SirNoid does not miss two hours in the traffic vs six minutes to sitting at his desk now! The younger kids miss the freedom of the Estate and the pool, but we couldn’t justify the cost,  vs the actual time they were with us.. especially since I was diagnosed, we were one salary down.

Being only two people in a massive house made me think of kids going hungry in townships….  I know. The smaller space did not feed the hungry kids!

7. I am involved in the world around me.  #OurDorothy  at National Children’s Theatre was a tremendous success. I hope you will continue to support @Theatre_Culture as we raise funds to take kids to the theatre who has never been. It is a R70 donation that may just spark an interest in tomorrow’s performers or various employment options within theatres!

8. I love to read.  My soul for a book.  I am in the process of collecting children’s books for children in our public health care section in association with the fabulous,  entertainer @connellcruise who is a resident.  Very Grey’s Anatomy!

Carel from @sa_artists has been incredible in his support and his hand of friendship is always open. A hand over of a portable library needs to be arranged as it currently adds to the decoration in our dining room. I would love to add more books before we do so however… You know I Like to go big or go home!

World Literacy Day is on 8 September 2015. It is still so far away….. but imagine how much bigger our outreach will be!!! Schools, other organisations, so many can still donate!  Please fill up my dining room!!! I beg REALLY well.

9. I am too busy to get the most out of every day. 2015 is all about the bass. Nahhhh it is about using the opportunity presented by a large Twitter following (almost at 23 000 followers!),  my 18 years of blogging and my Facebook transformation from personal account to a blog type page which allows a bigger following with a more focus. I would like to focus on more specific areas….

Naturally the performing arts and movies because I enjoy it hugely! I have had tremendous support from both industries for which I am most grateful. I would like to expand to more book reviews so if anyone can hook me up,  please do. I want and need to write more about the stage,  movies,  books…

A more general thought, I know I am a more effective marketing tool on Twitter but I need to cross that over to other social platforms. That said,  do LIKE my brand new page on Facebook www.facebook.com/thenocturnalwenchy –  Thank you!

10. I moved out!…. Into the blue bathroom. This bathroom use to be more bipolar than me.  It would shower and bath at the same time.

Eventually I called the plumbers and since water pressure is a huge issue in old buildings and we live in a duplex,  it was either gonna be a cold shower or a normal bath.  I chose bath as I love blue Shipmate. Now there is something few know about me! 🙂  @SirNoid thinks it’s ridiculous but he really should know after all this time that I am mere windswept and exotic!  So,  I have my own bathroom now which I quite enjoy.

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@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,

Wenchy


 

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).

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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!

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A new @SterKinekor cinema on the @JoburgRedBus route!

STER-KINEKOR BRINGS BIG SCREEN ACTION TO NEWTOWN JUNCTION WITH SIX STATE-OF-THE-ART CINEMAS, fabulously situated on the Joburg Red Bus route!

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New innovations ensure ‘Great Moments at their Greatest’ with every cinema visit…

South Africa’s leading cinema chain is set to open another new site this week, as it continues to cater for the ever-growing cinema-going audience across the country. On Friday, 31 October, Ster-Kinekor Theatres will open the doors of its latest state-of-the-art, six-cinema complex in the newly-completed Newtown Junction shopping complex in Newtown, Johannesburg.

The new cinema complex at Newtown Junction, which has 761 seats across the six cinemas, ensures that movie-lovers based in and around the CBD and Newtown areas of Johannesburg experience ‘Great Moments at their Greatest’ on the big screen. The new Ster-Kinekor cinemas boast the very latest in digital projector technology, offering crystal clear images and quality surround sound speaker systems. Included in the mix of cinemas are two 3D-ready screens to show the latest film releases produced in this larger-than-life format.

In addition to the latest digital projection technology, this complex also boasts another innovation for Ster-Kinekor – the introduction of self-service catering terminals. Patrons can order snacks and make a payment, before proceeding to the catering counter to collect their order.

Fiaz Mahomed, CEO of Ster-Kinekor Theatres, explains: “Our key focus with the introduction of this exciting new technology is to streamline operations at the site, by placing the power of choice directly in the hands of our customers. The system offers a simple and efficient user experience with a faster transaction time. We are trialling this new technology here at Newtown, in addition to our newly-opened sites at Forest Hill in Centurion and Matlosana Mall in Klerksdorp, to monitor its performance before deciding how best to roll this out to our other complexes.

“When we introduced our unique self-service ticket terminals (SSTs) more than eight years ago, we noticed an immediate and significant reduction in queue times for our customers. We are optimistic that the catering terminals will have as great an impact in offering our customers a seamless experience when buying their tickets and snacks, before entering the cinema to sit back and enjoy the latest blockbuster on the big screen,” states Mahomed.

Another exciting new feature at the Newtown site is the versatility of Cinema 1, which is more than a venue to screen the latest films. With the installation of specialist sound and lighting infrastructure and staging equipment, this 252-seater theatre can be transformed into the perfect space to host live stage events such as stand-up comedy and conferences.

“In fact, as part of the recent Absa ‘Joburg City Festival’ at the beginning of October, the venue was used successfully to host one of the events: the comedy show featuring Loyiso Gola and Friends,” comments Mahomed.

“For Ster-Kinekor, it is a particular privilege to be part of the regeneration of the Johannesburg CBD, and Newtown in particular. Newtown has become popular as a vibrant work and recreational area with a unique character based on existing cultural facilities. What we are offering here with the new Ster-Kinekor complex at Newtown Junction will, we believe, both benefit and enhance the existing infrastructure and entertainment facilities.

“The magic of the big screen cinema experience cannot be replicated in any other format. We are seeing evidence of this as audiences continue to visit the cinema to watch new releases and appreciate the big blockbuster films in the way they were made to be viewed – on the big screen. With the latest blockbusters releasing each week and six state-of-the-art cinemas in which to watch them, we are confident that audiences who enjoy a ‘great moment’ at one of our cinemas in Newtown will certainly be back for more,” concludes Mahomed.

Regular movie-goers can also enjoy further benefits and discounts through membership of the various loyalty programmes associated with Ster-Kinekor – the SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club. For instant access to find out what’s new, which films are releasing when, and to make a booking, mobile phone users can also download the SK App on their Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone or Blackberry smart phones – and have all the information they need at the touch of a button.

The films releasing at Ster-Kinekor Newtown Junction from Friday, 31 October, include two films in 3D suitable for the whole family – Planes: Fire & Rescue and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as the crime thriller Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, the action-packed The Equalizer, Happy New Year from Bollywood, and the psychological thriller, Eliza Graves.

The opening of Ster-Kinekor Newtown follows on the successful launch of five other new sites within the past year – Secunda Mall in Secunda, Cradlestone Mall near Krugersdorp, The Grove Mall in Pretoria East, Forest Hill City in Centurion and the opening last week of Matlosana Mall in Klerksdorp. A number of other new sites are scheduled to open within the next year.

In addition to the new site openings, Ster-Kinekor has also focused on upgrading the cinema viewing experience at some of its key venues. These include the addition of luxurious Cine Prestige cinemas at four sites – Cradlestone Mall, Gateway, The Grove Mall and Sandton, with the imminent launch of two more at Cavendish in Cape Town, as well as the launch of two impressive IMAX® theatres at Gateway and The Grove Mall. More openings are scheduled within the next few months.

For more information about Ster-Kinekor Newtown Junction, or to book tickets, visit: http://www.sterkinekor.com or call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437). For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | Follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @sterkinekor, or download the SK App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone or Blackberry smart phone for updates or to book from your mobile phone.

Ster-Kinekor Theatres is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Primedia Group and is the largest movie exhibitor on the African continent. To most South Africans, the word ‘movies’ is synonymous with the name ‘Ster-Kinekor’. The company operates 54 commercial cinema complexes in South Africa, with five international sites based in Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The cinema chain’s sites house more than 400 large-scale screens, over 64 000 seats and the largest 3D footprint featuring more than 120 state-of-the-art 3D screens across the country. As the industry leader, Ster-Kinekor has pioneered cinema concepts such as Cinema Nouveau, one of the world’s largest dedicated art-house multiplex circuits, and the luxurious Cine Prestige theatres, the first ‘business class’ cinema experience in South Africa. It boasts the only cinema on the continent that is fitted with the advanced Dolby Atmos sound system (at Gateway in Durban), and has spearheaded the return of The IMAX® Experience, with the opening of IMAX® Theatres at Gateway in 2013 and The Grove in June 2014. As one of South Africa’s most loved brands, it is Ster-Kinekor’s ongoing mission to become synonymous with the unrivalled magic of the cinema experience, by providing ‘Great Moments at Their Greatest’. During 2013, the company embarked on a massive roll-out project to convert and equip every cinema with the very latest in digital projection and sound technology. The result of this upgrade is that every cinema now boasts state-of-the-art cinema technology that encompasses 2K and 4K digital projection and 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems. The award-winning SK App, which is downloadable on all smart phone operating systems, is interactive, user-friendly and feature-rich, and recently recorded its 1.5-millionth download. The new-look SK Club loyalty programme rewards members with redeemable points when they swipe their card when buying movie tickets or catering. Combined with industry leading loyalty programmes from Edcon and Discovery Vitality, these give Ster-Kinekor a strong consumer value proposition and competitive advantage. As the market leader, Ster-Kinekor aims to spearhead the advancement of cinema across both South Africa and the rest of Africa, to ensure that consumers continue to experience movies as they were made to be seen – on the big screen.
See more at: http://www.sterkinekor.com.

ABOUT THE STER-KINEKOR LOYALTY PROGRAMMES:
The three loyalty programmes linked to Ster-Kinekor also offer a number of price discounts and benefits, as outlined above:
• SK Club Loyalty Programme:
• SK CLUB members pay half-price for movies every Tuesday (All day. All movies). Members also earn 100pts for each movie ticket purchased (Every day. All movies). They can double their points on Thursday (All day. All movies) or by purchasing a ticket for the SKC Must See Movie. SK Club members can also earn points when purchasing catering combos: up to 200pts on a SK CLUB combo purchased and 200pts for the Must See Movie combo. FREE MOVIE = 1000pts!
• Discovery Vitality Movie Club:
• Vitality members get a discount on movie tickets for all shows every day, countrywide. Discovery Kids under 18 watch movies for free before 19:00 (Every day. All movies)
• Edgars Movie Club:
• Edgars members get up to 60% discount on up two movie tickets per day (Every day. All movies)
As you can see from the above, these three loyalty programmes work independently from each other: i.e. you do not have to be a Discovery Vitality member to join the SK Club. You can belong to all three loyalty programmes for optimum benefits and discounts.

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Begin Again @mnetmovies @SterKinekor @RosebankTheZone #MMScreanings #GirlfriendsGetaway

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Once writer-director John Carney delivers in abundance in his latest musical offering with a splash of romance, Begin Again. Having seen the movie multiple times, I am not sure what I fall in love with more, the music or the characters, or Dan in a towel… not sure if that is in the movie, or only in my imagination – but it is an all round treat.

Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a rather handsome in a “I haven’t bathed in weeks kinda look, but I could have it going on with a little help” is a down and out music producer who has lost his edge, his home, his wife, his daughter and I am sure a cat if they had one. A country song in the making truly. It really helps that he is marvelous to look at. Besides, he seems a little bi-polar in rapid cycling mode, a ride I myself greatly enjoy.

Our Dan, having been asked to leave the record label he had set up with a friend years before, empties that hip flask like nobody’s business. He teaches his daughter Violet (Hailee Steinfeld) the art of ordering, drinking and running, a skill set we should all know…. alas at the end of that particular day, he finds himself in a pub ordering drinks he can ill afford.

Gretta (Keira Knightley) is not having the time of her life either. That very day found her walking away from her college sweetheart,  Dave (Adam Levine) Mr. Make It Big in NYC (Adam Levine) after he cheated on her. No matter what happens during the movie, I could not force myself to like him.

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She runs to the only other person she knows in NYC, the fabulously, funny and chunky Steve (James Corden) who immediately offers her a spot of tea, as one does. Steve is a street or anywhere they will let him sing kinda performer, and is hitting open mic night, dragging Gretta along in an attempt not to come home finding her hanging from the rafters.

The audience is not won over as Steve drags the unwilling Gretta onto the stage to sing a simple song. Okay look, her body language did not scream “Take me now!”. She however sings a most beautiful tune with a really amazing voice and sublime lyrics. I immediately loved it and knew I had to buy the soundtrack at once.

Dan clearly hears what I heard, as he looks and listens (no pun intended for those in South Africa) and beams as he hears other instruments joining in, angels opening the heavens – okay not that dramatic but you get my point. I loved the look on his face knowing he had struck gold. Problem is, having no real record label to back him up, he can’t sign Gretta who does not even have a demo tape.

Our Dan may be in a tight spot but the wheels starts turning, he calls in a favour and soon the decision is made to record an album on streets with no names, all over NYC. A few strange but lovely artists join in and soon we have a band rocking the city. It is awesome in it’s brilliance. The locations are varied and fun! Love! Light! Laughter!

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I do not want to give the ending away as to whom falls for whom or what happens to the music – but I do want to urge you to go and see Begin Again.  Just know you are able to Begin Again, anytime regardless. Your past does not dictate your future darlings!

 

Gretta: I told you, I write songs from time to time.

Dan: What do you write them for?

Gretta: What do you mean what for? For my pleasure. And for my cat.

Dan: Oh really? Does he like them?

Gretta: She. Yes, she seems to.

Dan: How do you know?

Gretta: Because she purrs.

Dan: Maybe she’s booing.

Gretta: No, she purrs at Leonard Cohen, too, and she has very good taste.

Dan: Maybe she’s fucking with you.

 

Check it out: Begin Again

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