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Take That Weekend
 
 • Released on 13 December 1993, it became Take That's third single in a row to go straight to number one on the UK Singles Chart.
 
• The single sold 350,000 copies in 1993, and was that year's 14th biggest-selling single.
 
• The song was certified platinum on 1 January 1994 for shipments of over 600,000 copies in the UK.
 
• It was featured in the Only Fools and Horses episode "Fatal Extraction" broadcast on 25 December 1993, the day that the song had been knocked off number one in the singles chart.
 
• The music video for “Babe” was the first to involve the members using drama and acting out a story.
 
• It shows Mark Owen returning from war and trying to track down a loved one.
 
• It also includes clips of the band performing the song while standing around Gary Barlow.
 
• The last few seconds show happier outtakes of the band.
 
 
Leon Schuster is back...
 
Filming on Leon Schuster’s latest comedy caper has now completed. Fans can catch their first glimpse of Schuks! Pay Back the Money!, as the teaser trailer releases today in cinemas nationwide.

In Schuks! Pay Back the Money!, Schuks inadvertently loses rugby’s Holy Grail – the Currie Cup – and what follows is a hilarious journey to pay for what he has done.

The film reunites the South African funny man with another comedy giant Desmond Dube, who also appeared in Panic Mechanic (1996) and The Millennium Menace (1999), as well as Ivan D. Lucas and Gerrit Schoonhoven, reprising the roles of bumbling villains Bossie and Savage from 1991’s Short 'n' Sweet. Adding a touch of glamour, SA Idols finalist and South African theatre award winner Bianca Le Grange makes her big screen debut in the movie.

In addition to the laugh-a-minute missing Currie Cup adventure, the movie is also rich with candid camera gags for which Schuster is so well known and which feature a host of well-known South African personalities and celebrities - both past and current.

Schuks! Pay Back the Money! also reunites the highly successful Schuster team with producer André Scholtz and director and co-writer Gray Hofmeyr. Says Scholtz: “After I read the script I said that there was no way I wasn't getting involved. The storyline was laugh-out loud funny and I knew that, together with the abundant list of fresh, new candid camera gags, this was going to be a truly hysterically funny film.”

Scholtz, who has worked with Schuster on films such as You Must Be Joking!, Panic Mechanic, Sweet 'n Short and Oh Schuks...I’m Gatvol, says Schuster is returning to his roots as South Africa’s foremost prankster and funny guy in this movie.

Schuks! Pay Back the Money! releases in cinemas on 28 August, 2015 and will be distributed by The Walt Disney Company Africa under the Touchstone Pictures banner.
 
Source: Channel24
Afrikaans romantic comedy French Toast opening in cinemas nationwide.
 
Shot over three months in beautiful locations in South Africa and France it has that international appeal that will definitely draw in viewers.

When photographer Lisa (Lika Berning) discovers that she has a sibling somewhere in France she sets off to Paris to find her lost brother or sister. There she meets French chef Jean-Pierre (Thierry Ballarin) who agrees to help her find her sibling if she takes the pictures for the new cookbook he is working on.
Grey's Anatomy spoilers
 
 I remember watching the pilot episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” when I was 14. I was in eighth grade and watched it with my parents.

There was a flash of Derek’s cute butt (yet to be crowned McDreamy) after he and Meredith’s one-night stand following drinks at Joe’s Bar. My dad dipped out to watch Sports Center.

My mom and I quickly bonded over the first Shonda Rhimes show we would bawl/brawl over for the next decade.

Ever since that mid-season pilot came into our lives 10 years ago, Dr. Derek Shepherd has been one of the well-known and, dare I say, dreamiest TV doctors, and characters, in general, since another certain silver fox played Dr. Ross on ER.

He’s been a lover, a fighter, a cheater, a father, a seducer, a survivor and a badass surgeon. And, last night, they pulled the plug on the sexiest surgeon to ever walk the halls at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

That’s right, kids; if you didn’t already see it on social media, after 10 years, two kids, multiple traumatic accidents, an affair, a tumultuous relationship and the best damn hair you’ll ever see on ABC, McDreamy lost his life.

The death shocked us (still remaining) Grey’s fans, who have seen countless doctors come and go by way of plane crashes, deranged shooters and horrendous car wrecks.

But, none could have suspected Derek, our McDreamy, to leave us before the series was over.

Maybe this would be a perfect time to end the series — weren’t we just watching it for Dr. Shepherd, anyway?

Now, dark and twisted Meredith is going to come back, complete with her resting bitch face and pessimistic outlook on everything.

Show creator Shonda Rhimes, who is known for her plot twists and disdain for killing off fan favorites (see: George and McSteamy), didn’t hold back with her Thursday night melodrama.

The first half of the show had McDreamy doing his thing, saving lives after he witnesses a two-car accident on a backroad in Washington. Eventually, the ambulances arrive to take away the injured who would have died without him.

Derek hops back in his car, takes his eyes off the road as he’s stopped in the middle of the highway (WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT DEREK!? WHY!?) and gets t-boned by a semi. Bye.

What follows is a stream of consciousness narration by Derek, as he knowingly is treated in what can only be described as a sub-par, middle-of-nowhere treatment center.

Let’s just say, had Derek been at Grey Sloan, this wouldn’t have been an issue.

A young, female doctor knows he needs a head CT, and, of course, Derek, in his mind, is saying, “You go girl! Yes! That’s so what I need.”

But, it’s a man’s world, as Shonda so often likes to point out, and the gruff, misogynistic, older ER doctor dismisses the woman and goes for the abdominal surgery, instead.

Cue the sobs when Derek says, “I’m going to die because these people aren’t properly trained.”

Fast-forward a few snips and stitches, and Derek has blown a pupil on the operating table.

(Note: I’ve basically gone through med school, courtesy of watching all eleven seasons.) For you, non-surgical residents, “blowing a pupil” means Derek Shepherd is brain dead.

Cut to Meredith and the ominous, flashing police lights at the MerDer McMansion, and you know it’s over.

So, what does this mean for our beloved Seattle surgeons? Rhimes issued a statement, saying:

Now, Meredith and the entire ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say, the carousel never stops turning.

I guess that means Rhimes is not ready to give up on “Grey’s,” yet. There are rumors of new additions to the cast and contract extensions for current actors, which should mean nothing because Patrick Dempsey had just signed a two-year contract.

So, get ready, because dark and twisted Meredith is about to come out of the shadows.

It’s a beautiful day to save lives, people. Oh, wait… RIP, McDreamy

Source: Elite Daily
New way to do laundry.
 
One of the toughest things about living in a big city is not being able to have your own washing machine.

This is mainly because there are way too many people living in one area for everyone to have enough space to fit both a washer and dryer in their apartments. It’s already almost impossible to live comfortably, and that would just make it worse.

Instead, people unwillingly venture out to the nearest laundromat or, if they’re lucky, their building offers private laundry facilities. Unfortunately, not everyone is that fortunate.

However, there’s a fix! It’s called the Drumi from Yirego, and it’s a foot-powered miniature washing machine. According to Huffington Post, the Drumi has the ability to clean three days’ worth of undergarments in just five minutes.

Each load uses about two gallons of water and a minimal amount of soap to get the job done. According to Yirego, it uses about 80 percent less water than a traditional washing machine does.

At this point, you’re probably wondering exactly how much something like this costs? Try a reasonable $169!

After all, it beats having to leave your apartment after a long, tiring day just to wash a couple of T-shirts.
 
Source: Elite Daily
Woman wakes up with mental ‘superpowers’ after skiing accident.
 
A young woman woke up after a skiing accident with an incredible mental ‘superpower’ – the ability to draw incredibly accurate diagrams of every building she has ever seen.

Writing on XOJane, the anonymous woman said that she blacked out and woke up with incredibly sharp memories, particularly of buildings.

‘I could remember everywhere, like flicking through the pages of a book. Every place I had ever been, but specifically the buildings,’ she said.

‘Thousands of places, with thousands of rooms, branches and doorways. And now imagine if you had the ability to draw a diagram of every single one of those buildings, down to the smallest detail, no matter how long ago you had been through them, nor how many times.

The woman has now been diagnosed with ‘acquired savant syndrome’ – one of only 50 cases in the world.

The rare condition is thought to develop when one half of the brain overdevelops as if to ‘compensate’ – previous cases include a tone-deaf teenager who woke up as a musical genius.

Another college drop-out, Jason Padgett, became a mathematical genius after a mugging, and wrote of his experiences in a book, Struck by Genius.

She says that she is now considering a career change to become an architect.

‘I’m definitely, constantly mulling over the idea of quitting and going into drafting and design. At least I know I’d be good at it,’
 
source: Metro Uk
What would you do if your house was haunted?
 
Approximately half of horror movies involve an unsuspecting family moving into a haunted house, but we typically don’t get to see how they got there in the first place.

You can certainly inherit a spooky mansion from a great uncle you didn’t know you had, but I’d assume most people would rely on a realtor to find a place.

I don’t know if the unsuspecting real estate agents in this clip would have tried to sell this house after discovering it’s currently inhabited by a poltergeist, but based on my experience, they would have just called it “character.”
 
Source: Elite Daily
SA on the rise and this is why.
 
A new Johannesburg-based film and television studio, Motion Story, has on Friday announced the creation of Jongo, the world’s first mainstream African superhero television show.

Following several months of intense development, production has now commenced with half of the 8-episode first season already filmed.

Shot primarily in Johannesburg on some of the world’s most advanced camera rigs, Jongo tells the story of a young man, Eli King, who acquires an array of supernatural abilities after an alien crystal is found in a cave at the Cradle of Humankind.

As Eli tries to deal with the death of his father and sets out to find the men responsible, he must also grapple with the powers of the crystal and how it will indelibly alter the course of his life.

What Eli doesn’t know is that the men he is hunting have crystals of their own and need Eli’s stone to fulfil an ancient and devastating prophecy which will threaten the lives of millions.
 
 
 
Delving deeply into universal themes, Jongo will appeal to families across the globe. The title character, Eli King, is played by one of the world’s top hip-hop dancers and is yet to be announced.

It has secured an Emmy Award-winning distributor in Amsterdam, FCCE, and already international broadcast offers have started to come in.

The team behind the show includes SA businessman and venture capitalist, Chris Lawrance, as Executive Producer supported by Phillip Wolmarans as Producer.

Nick Keulemans is the Cinematographer and the show is co-directed by Fred Wolmarans and Gareth Crocker.

The series is written by Gareth Crocker who is a renowned screenwriter and international best-selling author. His works have sold more than a million copies in some 20 countries worldwide.

“While Jongo will be sold as an international superhero series, we wanted the show to have a distinctly African soul.

“Moreover, we wanted to showcase the beauty and dynamism of the continent and of South Africa in particular.

“Jongo will emphasise all that is wonderful and positive about this great continent of ours,” says Gareth Crocker.

He added: “Our vastly experienced production crew has worked in some 30 countries and our cast features diverse and exciting talent from across the continent.

“While we’re not yet ready to reveal the identity of our lead actors, we are extremely confident that many of these talented people will soon become household names.

“Unlike many other international superhero films and series, Jongo will focus on telling a very human story which will be amplified by impressive physical effects.

“The show is, at heart, a comedy drama. I can assure you that it won’t look like a glorified video game.

“Finally, we would like to thank the Department of Trade and Industry for the wonderful support they have given to Jongo,” Crocker concludes.

Source: Channel24
Being smart = Being a bit crazy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The way I see it, if you want to be successful in ANY walk of life, you gotta be a little bit f*cked up too. I mean, all the “good ones” are.

Take Albert Einstein, for instance. Absolute GENIUS when it came to modern physics, nobody’s questioning that, but the dude also never wore f*cking socks.
 
 
Yeah, ever. I don’t care how brilliant his theories within the realm of quantum physics may have been – until his views on personal hygiene improved – he probably wouldn’t be allowed to step (dirty) foot in my house (no pun intended). At least not without some plastic bags strapped to his feet or something.

If you’re still not sold on Einstein being a little f*cked up, he married his cousin; yeah, so that should put that argument to bed.
 
 
Like I said though, all of the good ones are. Think back to Hunter S. Thompson, iconic journalist and author of the American classic “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

Anyone who’s read any of his work would never dare contest the man’s grandeur as a thinker and storyteller, but he, like Einstein, had more than just a few screws loose. Let’s be real here, the guy was bat sh*t crazy. But in the good way, obviously.
 
 
 
I mean, he sold tickets to the greatest heavyweight fight of all time for a sack of weed; he autographed his novels by shooting bullets into them and furnished his home with sticks of dynamite – so yeah, he danced gracefully along the border separating genius and psychopath.

And the list goes on: Vincent van Gogh cut off his hear, Michaelangelo was opposed to bathing and Freud had a fetish for the sex life of eels.
 
 
 
As you can see, the same people we regard as the brightest minds of our species history all sound like they could have their own hour-long feature on Dr. Phil, as well.

I suppose that’s why Aristotle once said, “no great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness,” and, according to Rob Waugh of Daily Mail, there might be some scientific evidence behind his claim.
 
 
 
Then again, Aristotle also named his daughter the same name as his mother – and is widely considered as the smartest dude of all time – so yeah, I’m not sure how much more evidence is needed.

As told by Waugh, “there IS a link between creative genius and madness — with both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder frequent in highly creative and intelligent people.”
 
 
 
 
This theory results from studies conducted on Swedish teenagers, all 16 years of age, that showed how those considered more academically gifted than their counterparts also had a higher proclivity to develop certain disorders (specifically schizophrenia and bipolar disorder).

According to Kay Redfield Jamison, of Johns Hopkins school of Medicine, who suffers from bipolar disorder, “they found that people who excelled when they were 16 years old were four times as likely to go on to develop bipolar disorder.”
 
 
 
 
 
The “people who excelled,” whom Jamison is referring to, are those considered more intelligent after taking part in a number of different intelligence tests and performing higher than others.

Waugh continues to extrapolate upon the notion linking intelligence and madness by introducing the possibility of one genetic trait that could, in fact, be its driving force.

According to Waugh, one specific gene – referred to as DARPP-32 – allegedly connects genius and madness.
 
 
 
 
A version of DARPP-32, a gene that “enhances the ability to think,” as Roger Highfield of Telegraph reports, can be found in the genetic codes of almost three-quarters of people.

And while the majority of these people will experience cognitive improvements by carrying the gene, scientists have found this gene can also foreshadow a certain set of risks.
 
 
 
 
According to Highfield, “the DARPP-32 gene also shaped and controlled a nerve circuit, which links the prefrontal cortex with another brain region, the striatum, and is closely involved with schizophrenia.”

Highfield quotes Dr. Daniel Weinberger of the US National Institute for Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, who believes the nature of this gene – whether it be advantageous or not – revolves around the presence of an antecedent (or pre-existing) brain impairment, such as schizophrenia.
 
 
 
 
 
As Highfield explains, one specific variant that elevated the use of DARPP-32 in the brain was linked with higher intellectual levels in the carrier, however, “preliminary analysis indicated that this variant was also associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia.”

Genetics aside, it’s hard to contest the correlation of madness and genius in more practical terms – and Natalie Wolchover, of Live Science, mentions the depiction of the “tortured genius,” one that transcends across American literature and film.
 
 
 
 
As Huffington Post Writer Sarah Klein explains, based on research by Harvard’s Shelley Carson, Ph.D., “The idea that a person’s chances of mental illness, and her chances of being creative may stem from the same place, but that neither one causes the other.”
 
 
 
 
This provides reason to believe both “madness” and “genius,” respectively, could almost be viewed as the results of different styles of “nurture,” or upbringing.

Ultimately, if you keep your head in the right place, take an interest in the right things, and stay focused – I feel as though you can dictate which side of the spectrum your behavior will fall upon.
 
 
 
Source: Elite Daily
 
 
 
 
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Your Recipe For The Day.
 
 
Ingredients

1 7 -to-9-pound bone-in leg of lamb, hip bone removed, tied (ask your butcher to do this)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 lemons
3 pounds baby turnips with greens (about 8 bunches)
6 bunches scallions
1 cup fresh parsley
1 cup fresh dill
1/4 cup fresh marjoram
3 inner stalks celery, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic
6 plum tomatoes, quartered lengthwise and halved crosswise
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 500 degrees F. Using a paring knife, make deep cuts, 2 inches apart, all over the lamb; rub with 2 tablespoons salt and several grinds of pepper. Transfer the lamb to a roasting pan, fat-side up. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon on top.

Roast the lamb until most of the fat is rendered and the skin starts to brown, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 30 to 40 minutes. Discard the fat from the pan and set the pan aside.

Meanwhile, trim the greens from the turnips; reserve the greens for Stewed Turnip Greens. Cut any large turnips in half.

Roughly chop 2 bunches scallions and transfer to a food processor. Add the parsley, dill, marjoram, celery and garlic and pulse to form a coarse paste. Holding the bone, stand the leg of lamb up and rub the paste all over it; return to the roasting pan.

Cut the remaining 4 bunches scallions into 2-inch pieces. Scatter the scallions, turnips and tomatoes around the lamb and season with salt and pepper. Squeeze the juice of the remaining 2 lemons over the lamb and drizzle with the olive oil. Loosely cover with foil.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and roast the lamb 1 hour. Uncover and continue roasting until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145 degrees F for medium, 30 to 45 more minutes. Let rest 15 minutes, then slice. Serve with the vegetables and pan juices.



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