This 'n That And the Long, Short 'n Tall of it Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:12:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Blog Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:16:21 +0000 Continue reading "5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Blog"


The main source of traffic to your business website comes from potential customers using search engines like Google. Your path to success lies in creating interesting and relevant content that will feature in those searches.

Beyond just getting your name in front of clients, here are five key benefits that are just too good to do without:

1. Posting regular articles on your business blog page means more online visibility, driving new traffic to your website that you wouldn’t otherwise have had.

2. It’s a great way to give your company a voice, talk about your products and services, comment on market trends and share company initiatives beyond your website – let your brand personality shine and show people what you’re all about.

Comment and feedback: engage your online audience in a two-way conversation

3. Having a two-way conversation with customers, prospects and industry peers encourages interaction, comments and feedback. This is the best way to provide your target audience with insight into your company, your philosophy, your employees and your ideas – tell your customers why you’re in business and how you can help them.

4. When you demonstrate your knowledge of a particular subject by sharing high-quality and relevant information with your readers, you will significantly enhance your website’s search engine rankings over time – you will be found and ultimately you will reach many more potential customers.

5. In the process of looking for new material for your blog post articles, you’re exposing yourself to fresh information about your industry and your area of expertise. Doing the research helps you to better relate to your customers needs, find creative solutions to problems and gives you a jump start on your opposition.

The frequency of your blog posts is up to you. You should post at least once a month. Once a week is better. Articles with relevant information will continue to generate valuable leads over the lifetime of your blog — up to 90% of leads come from old content, according to SEO experts HubSpot.

Can you afford not to have a blog on you business website?

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Facebook – Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye Sun, 01 Apr 2018 14:20:47 +0000 Continue reading "Facebook – Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye"


Facebook and I have been separated since 2014. Today I’m making it permanent, Facebook and I are saying Goodbye for good.

Over the past 10 days since the Cambridge Analytica scandal was first made public, Facebook has faced a market loss of about $75 billion. It is abundantly clear that the reason for Facebook’s predicament is a fast and loose understanding of the principal of “user privacy.”

Each successive violation has reinforced this perception and revealed yet new ways of trampling on user trust and goodwill. Over the course of a decade, many straws have been added to this camels back, each incrementally pushing the boundaries of users’ privacy concerns. Some of these stand out, listed below in reverse order:

2018 — In a newly leaked memo, Facebook said the company’s drive to connect people online was a good thing even if “someone dies in a terrorist attack” planned and coodinated through the company’s FaceBook platform.

2016 — Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign harvested Facebook data of millions of people using an app that asked them to pair their Facebook friends list with their smartphone’s contacts list – in a bid to reach those people and persuade them to vote for Clinton.

2015 — Facebook finds out that information had been harvested by Cambridge Analytica. However, at the time it failed to alert users for two years and took only limited steps to recover and secure the private information of more than 50 million individuals.

2014 — A whistleblower revealed how Cambridge Analytica used personal information taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters. It used the information in order to target them with personalised political advertisements.

 Mark Zukerberg
Facebook’s Mark Zukerberg can make you sad or happy

2014 — A study is published of a secret social experiment conducted by Facebook in 2012 on 689003 of its user accounts, without their knowledge. Facebook conducted the experiment in order to test their capacity to secretly alter the emotional temperature of it’s users. This Orwellian turn of events was the final straw, for me anyway.

2014 — Facebook is the defendant in a class action lawsuit in California for allegedly violating its members’ right to privacy. Facebook is being sued by members who claim the company intercepts users’ private messages, without their consent, and that Facebook mines this data for profit.

2010 — Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) identified two personal information aggregation techniques called “connections” and “instant personalization,” a pilot program which shared Facebook information with affiliated sites. The program enabled access by anyone to information saved to a Facebook profile, even if the information was intended to be kept private.

2009 — A new privacy policy declares certain information, including “lists of friends,” to be “publicly available,” without any privacy settings. Due to this change it’s no longer possible to keep this data private. Facebook simply changed users’ friend lists from “private” to “public” without even informing them. The change also removed the option to make it private again.

2008 — New user interface and changes in Facebook’s Terms of Use removing the clause detailing automatic expiry of deleted content. Facebook owns your stuff.

It’s time to leave Facebook.

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Solar Eclipse Supermoon and March Equinox Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:20:57 +0000

Today we see some truly momentous events in the heavens,a total solar eclipse, which comes in the middle of four Blood Moon.

There’s more: a supermoon which will coincide with the autumn equinox. Of course, if you’re in the northern hemisphere, it’s the spring equinox. On top of all that, today’s new moon coincides with the occurrence of a phenomena known as the supermoon.

solar eclipse
The path of today’s solar eclipse — Image: NASA

A supermoon happens once a month when the moon comes closest to Earth at the point called it’s perigee. That’s when the moon is at it’s biggest when viewed from the earth. According to Wikipedia:

“A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth”

There’s more. Today’s total solar eclipse happens right in the center of a series of four uninterrupted Blood Moons, known as a tetrad.

Tetrad of Blood Moons
Tetrad of Blood Moons each of which fall on a Jewish feast day

The tetrad of four Blood Moons fall on Jewish festival days and the solar eclipse occurs on Nisan 1, the Jewish New Year

Previously this occurred in 1967, 1949 and 1493, all years of major significance in Jewish history.

  • 1493 — Spainish Edict of Expulsion of the Jews and Columbus sets sail for America.
  • 1949 — The prophesied establishment of the state of Israel, the first Jewish state in 2,000 years.
  • 1967 — The “Six Day War” when Israel miraculously defeated the combined armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan in six days.

Of the 62 tetrads which have occurred since the first century AD, only eight of these have coincided with both the feasts of Passover and Sukkot.

Many believe that that the current tetrad signals the advent of the Blood Moon Prophecy, a series of end-time events, beginning with the April 2014 lunar eclipse, as described in the Bible in Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12.

Sources: NASA; Breaking Israel News; The Wall Street Journal; American Thinker; Wikipedia; EarthSky.

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Weyers Du Toit Local Artist Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:50:17 +0000 Continue reading "Weyers Du Toit Local Artist"


Weyers du Toit grew up in the Western Cape town of Bredasdorp. In the early 1990s he was a student of Fine Arts at the Cape College, working in Oils under the guidance of Liesbeth Gunther.

The artist paints from life in the spirit and style known as en plein air, after the French phrase for ‘in open air.’ This method of working in natural light serves to put the artist in direct contact with the beauty of nature and its elements.

Die Oes (The Harvest)
Die Oes (The Harvest), 95 x 75cm, oil on canvas (click to enlarge)

French Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir advocated en plein air painting, and much of their work was done outdoors, in the diffuse light provided by a large white umbrella.

Weyers describes his work as “classic with an impressionist influence”. He works Alla Prima, for ‘only one layer’ and he is clearly inspired by the beauty of the Western Cape, particularly the Western Cape coastline. (Flickr slideshow)

Heart Attack Rock
Heart Attack Rock, 61 x 22cm, oil on board

Blou Bakkie Boot
Blou Bakkie Boot, 25 x 25cm, oil on canvas

Vangsbelofte, 50 x 50cm, oil on canvas

Vangs van die Dag
Vangs van die Dag (Catch of the Day), 40 x 30cm, acrylic on canvas

Die Haarborsel
Die Haarborsel (The Hairbrush), 61 x 61cm, acrylic on canvas

Vrou van Kassiebaai
Vrou van Kassiebaai, 45 x 45cm, acrylic on canvas

My Eie
My Eie (My Own), 95 x 70cm, acrylic on canvas (click any image to enlarge)

Die Hoed Pas
Die Hoed Pas (The Hat Fitting), 30 x 41cm, acrylic on canvas

Soekend (Searching), 45 x 61cm, oil on canvass

Jakob se Baai
Jakob se Baai, 31 x 24cm, oil on board

Sonneblomme in die Reen
Sonneblomme in die Reen, 45 x 61cm, oil on canvas

Meisho Maru Magic, Southernmost Tip
Meisho Maru Magic, Southernmost Tip, 24 x 31cm, oil on board

House for Snakes and Birds
House for Snakes and Birds, 42 x 29cm, oil on canvas (click any image to enlarge)

Sources: Weyers Du Toit — Jakob se Baai, Sonneblomme in die Reen, House for Snakes and Birds, Blou Bakkie Boot, Vangsbelofte, Meisho Maru Magic, Heart Attack Rock

]]> 1 Isabel le Roux South African Artist Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:34:57 +0000 Continue reading "Isabel le Roux South African Artist"


Isabel le Roux was born in Rustenburg, a city situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range in North West Province of South Africa. She began her career as an art teacher and has been painting professionally since 1974.

Her dynamic style is both expressionistic and contemporary, employing the vibrant and bold use of colour to depict typical South African scenes, particularly the Cape and it’s people. She paints mainly in oils but also uses acrylics, watercolours, pen on paper and mixed media. Her passion and commitment is evident in her artwork and her travels abroad have brought a new dimension to her work.

Isabel le Roux Ceres Landscape
Ceres Landscape — oil on canvas (click to enlarge)

She is one of the most prolific artists in South Africa. Her first solo exhibition in 1974 was followed by thirty-six more solo and group exhibitions, both locally and overseas. She was recently honoured with a three month sabbatical in the “Cite International Des Artes’ in Paris. (Flickr slideshow).

Isabel le Roux Swartland
Swartland — oil on canvas (click any image to enlarge)

Isabel le Roux Karoo
Karoo — oil on canvas

Isabel le Roux Elephants River
Elephants River — oil on canvas

Isabel le Roux Cape Street
Cape Street — oil on canvas

Isabel le Roux Blommeverkopers Van Ou Kaap
Blommeverkopers Van Ou Kaap — oil on canvas

Isabel le Roux Lily's And The Blue Bird
Lily’s And The Blue Bird — oil on canvas

Isabel le Roux Bed Of Roses
Bed Of Roses — oil on canvas (click any image to enlarge)

Isabel le Roux Connect
Connect — oil on canvas

Isabel le Roux Colour Of Love
Colour Of Love — oil on canvas

Isabel le Roux Sails In The Blue
Sails In The Blue — oil on canvas

Isabel le Roux Hout Bay Reflections
Hout Bay Reflections — oil on canvas

Isabel le Roux Waterfront
Waterfront — oil on canvas

Isabel le Roux Still Life With Flowers And Fruit
Still Life With Flowers And Fruit — oil on canvas (click any image to enlarge)

Source: Isabel le Roux website

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Open Letter: Aussies Stop Killing The Great White Shark Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:55:33 +0000 Continue reading "Open Letter: Aussies Stop Killing The Great White Shark"


Open Letter to the Honorable Premier of Western Australia, Mr. Colin Barnett

Dear Mr. Premier,

I’m writing to you about the Australian Shark Cull Policy, which targets various shark species, including the endangered great white. This policy was initiated late last year following a spate of fatal attacks in 2011. Despite widespread criticism in Australia, you have refused to back down, claiming your catch-and-kill policy is justified.

South African great white shark
The endangered great white migrates to Australian waters where a culling operation is now in progress. As top-level predators, sharks regulate the marine life they feed on by removing the sick, weak and injured — click to enlarge

South Africa is a world leader in shark research and the killing of great white sharks is prohibited in South African waters.

Australia should not be allowed to make unilateral policy decisions that affect the global ocean environment. Furthermore, the Australian cull policy violates international laws. It targets various shark species, including the endangered great white. An independent study has found that there is no proof that this initiative will reduce attacks and shows that it would probably have an adverse effect on the environment. The Australian government has ignored a letter from over 100 leading marine scientists and researchers stating the same.

White shark researcher Blair Ranford, a member of Western Australians for Shark Conservation, says the great whites targeted in Australia are the same ones that annually migrate to South Africa. In fact, a recent shark-tagging project has detailed the migratory pattern of great whites and shows that sharks typically commute between South Africa and Australia. This means our great whites and yours are genetically of the same stock.

I appeal to you, Mr. Premier, to reconsider and urgently intervene in this matter. Please bring this senseless destruction of our common natural resource to an end now.

Yours Sincerely,


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Wild Horses of the Bot River: New Kid On The Block Sun, 22 Dec 2013 18:46:36 +0000 Continue reading "Wild Horses of the Bot River: New Kid On The Block"


The Bot River Estuary lies on the Southern tip of Africa and is home to a magnificent herd of wild horses. It’s now low tide on the estuary with the river mouth in the background. These magnificent creatures are decended from cavalry stock released by the British administration after WWII.

According to the Cape Nature website, size for size, this 100 000 hectare UNESCO registered Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is home to the most complex biodiversity on our planet. Here we have some 1880 different plant species and the next richest is the South American rainforest with just 420 species per 10000 square kilometres.

Bot River Wild Stallions are challening for leadership after “White Diamond” returns to the herd with his mare and a two-week-old foal. Watch for the kick at 48 seconds!

Wild Horses now peacefully roam the pristine banks of the Bot River Estuary, on the eastern border of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (see 7 Images or click here for Flickr slideshow).

Wild Horses rush to meet the new young member of the herd
3. Then the Rush
Wild Horses at the Bot River Estuary
2. at the Bot River Estuary

Bot River Wild Horses peaceful scene
1. Peaceful scene

Wild mares at the Bot River Estuary form at protective screen
5. The mares are forming a protective screen

Bot River Wild Horses meeting the new foal for the first time
4. Herd meeting up with the new foal, at centre

Bot River Wild Stallions challenge for leadership
6. Wild Stallions challenging for leadership— click any image to enlarge click here for YouTube video

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R.I.P. Nelson Mandela (1918 — 2013) Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:47:39 +0000 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

South African icon Nelson Mandela passed away last night, on 5 Decemeber 2013. He is sadly missed and fondly remembered.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” — Nelson Mandela

God speed, Madiba.

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Raymond Loewy the Father of Industrial Design Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:35:52 +0000 Continue reading "Raymond Loewy the Father of Industrial Design"


“There is a frantic race to merchandise tinsel and trash under the guise of ‘modernism’. I can claim to have made the daily life of the 20th Century more beautiful.” — Raymond Loewy

Historians refer to Raymond Loewy as the designer of the modern world. He began his career drawing for Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue before moving into industrial design towards the end of the 1920s. Loewy studied engineering at the Université de Paris and École de Laneau, before emigrating to the United States of America in 1919.

Raymond Loewy Industrial design
1951 Studebaker Commander Convertible, with Loewy at the wheel, pacing a PRR T1 Duplex — artist Chris Ludlow

Loewy’s philosophy of design, it is said, can be summed up in the acronym MAYA (most advanced, yet acceptable). As one of the foremost proponents of the streamlined form, he created fluid, cutting-edge designs for a great many basic household goods and appliances, including refrigerators, vacuüm cleaners, sewing machines, radios, cameras and telephones.

Loewy was also responsible for a massive body of work involving the design and manufacture of trains, planes and automobiles and he was even engaged in aerospace engineering. NASA consulted with Loewy in the late 60s and early 70s to make manned spacecraft like Skylab’s Orbital Workshop more comfortable for astronauts.

Raymond Loewy
Raymond Loewy
As a pioneer in the field, even before the term “industrial designer” had entered the public lexicon, Loewy was a brilliant and ebullient designer who was also in the right place at the right time. His career was inextricably bound to the post-War economic boom right at the dawn of commercial aviation and, with his automobile designs, right at the forefront of the glorious industrial renaissance led by Detroit.

TIME magazine featured Raymond Loewy on the 31 October, 1949 cover. He was born in Paris, France on November 5, 1893 and died at the age of 92 on 14 July, 1986 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He possessed dual citizenship of the United States of America and France, spending most of his life in the USA. (Flickr slideshow)

Raymond Loewy 1957 Coca-Cola re-design
Raymond Loewy’s 1957 re-design of the iconic Coca-Cola bottle saw the removal of the embossing, replacing it with the white logo on both sides. “It’s shape is aggressively female, a quality that in merchandise, as in life, sometime transcends functionalism,” Loewy said — click any image to enlarge

Shell logo
Shell logo
Studebaker logo
Studebaker logo
Exxon logo
Exxon logo

Lucky Strike logo
Lucky Strike logo

Cutlery design for Air France
Cutlery design for Air France

Rosenthal Continental China
Rosenthal Continental China

Google Doodle honouring Raymond Loewy
Google Doodle honouring Raymond Loewy’s 120th birthday is inspired by Loewy’s design of the Pennsylvania Railroad “S1” Steam Locomotive featured below — click any image to enlarge

Pennsylvania Railroad
1937 “S1” Steam Locomotive of the Pennsylvania Railroad with Raymond Loewy

1963 Studebaker Avanti sketch
1963 Studebaker Avanti sketch and design highlights by Raymond Loewy

1963 Studebaker Avanti sketches
1963 Studebaker Avanti sketches by Raymond Loewy — click any image to enlarge

1963 Studebaker Avanti sketches
1963 Studebaker Avanti sketches by Raymond Loewy showing several design variants

Rare 1934 Hupmobile Coupe
Rare 1934 Hupmobile Coupe

Hupmobile Coupe rear view
Hupmobile Coupe rear view

View of Hupmobile grill
Hupmobile grill and integrated oval headlights

1934 Hupmobile Sedan sketch
The 1934 Hupmobile was Loewy’s first major automotive project. Although he was an established industrial designer, in 1932 his radical styling proposals were a little too far out for the manufacturers of the day. In his book, Industrial Design, Loewy writes that he went the route of building a prototype on an existing Hupmobile chassis, at his own expense, to sell his proposals to the manufacturer. The annotations shown here were used to highlight design features for the marketing campaign.

1956 Geyhound Scenic Cruiser
1956 Geyhound Scenic Cruiser

Loewy streamliner concept
Loewy streamliner concept

1948 Lincoln Continental
1948 Lincoln Continental

1959 Cadillac Eldorado

1953 Studebaker Commander
1953 Studebaker Commander

Skylab Orbital Workshop
Skylab Orbital Workshop. NASA consulted with Loewy in the late 60s and early 70s to make manned spacecraft like Skylab’s Orbital Workshop more comfortable for astronauts — click to enlarge

Sources: NASA; Gismodo; Wikipedia – Raymond Loewy; The Coca-Cola Company; Sears Archives;

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Peter Wooldridge South African Artist Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:27:19 +0000 Continue reading "Peter Wooldridge South African Artist"


Peter Wooldridge hails from Krugersdorp, a mining town situated in the West Rand district of Gauteng Province, South Africa.

After attending the Johannesburg School of Arts, in 1965 Peter obtained a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Witwatersrand, where he was voted Student of the Year. He initially followed a career as a Graphic designer, working for a number of top advertising agencies and produced for a number of the leading industrial and commercial entities such as Hewlett Packard and Rand Mines Limited.

Walker Bay Art Gallery
Walker Bay Art Gallery — acrylic on canvas — 50x40cm — click to enlarge

Later he began to concentrate full-time on his art and has established a unique style of painting, using various natural mediums.

His work has been exhibited by the top galleries in Johannesburg and Pretoria and graces the walls of many private collections, including that of the late industrialist Marino Chiavelli. (Flickr slideshow)

Karoo Farm Scene
Karoo Farm Scene — acrylic on canvas. 80x51cm — click any image to enlarge

Farm Yard
Farm Yard — acrylic on canvas  — 40 x 66cm
High and Dry
High and Dry — acrylic on canvas — 40 x 66cm

Karoo Landscape
Karoo Landscape — acrylic on canvas — 40 x 66cm

Karoo Landscape
Karoo Landscape — acrylic on canvas — 80x51cm — click any image to enlarge

Evening Song
Evening Song — acrylic on canvas — 41x67cm
Hoogstad — acrylic on canvas — 41x67cm

Sunset — acrylic on canvas — 41x67cm

Memories — acrylic on canvas — 80x51cm — click any image to enlarge

Miracle of the Desert
Miracle of the Desert — acrylic on canvas — 63x95cm
Aloes — acrylic canvas 45x124cm

Coming Home
Coming Home — acrylic on canvas — 51x76cm

Sources: Walker Bay Art Gallery; Robertson Art Gallery; Splash Magazine

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