OSTRICHES are what my country is most famous for??
More sobering, our little neighbour Lesotho, totally surrounded by South Africa, is most famous for mortality AKA (1) the state of being subject to death (2) death, especially on a large scale.
I did some research, and according to the UN, Lesotho also has the highest rape rate of any country (91.6 per 100,000 people rate for reported rape in 2008).
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You can check out a zoomed out version HERE.

OSTRICHES are what my country is most famous for??

More sobering, our little neighbour Lesotho, totally surrounded by South Africa, is most famous for mortality AKA (1) the state of being subject to death (2) death, especially on a large scale.

I did some research, and according to the UN, Lesotho also has the highest rape rate of any country (91.6 per 100,000 people rate for reported rape in 2008).

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You can check out a zoomed out version HERE.

The above high school test paper went viral in Hong Kong social media. The test question is: What are the factors that lead to the September 28 Umbrella Revolution?
The student answered with a mathematical formula: 64+71+101+689+3=928.
The teacher marked the paper 0 and told the student to correct the answer. The student decoded the formula:
64 = the June 4 Incident in 1989 in Beijing. After the crackdown, Hong Kong people hold annual candlelight vigil demanding the vindication of June 4.
71 = on July 1 1997, Hong Kong, the former colony of Britain was handover to Beijing. Since then, every year, pro-Beijing political groups celebrate the reunification in the morning, while the pro-democracy civic groups rally for democratic reform.
101 = the China national day is on October 1.
689 = is the total number of votes that the current Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying obtained in the election committee, which was composed of 1200 members.
3 = the reform trio, a short term for the three major government officials responsible for the consultation of the political reform. The three officials are the Chief Secretary, Carrie Lam, Secretary of Justice, Rimsky Yuen and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam.
The sum of the above is 928, September 28, the day when the police deployed tear gas to peaceful protestors who resisted with their umbrellas.

The above high school test paper went viral in Hong Kong social media. The test question is: What are the factors that lead to the September 28 Umbrella Revolution?

The student answered with a mathematical formula: 64+71+101+689+3=928.

The teacher marked the paper 0 and told the student to correct the answer. The student decoded the formula:

64 = the June 4 Incident in 1989 in Beijing. After the crackdown, Hong Kong people hold annual candlelight vigil demanding the vindication of June 4.

71 = on July 1 1997, Hong Kong, the former colony of Britain was handover to Beijing. Since then, every year, pro-Beijing political groups celebrate the reunification in the morning, while the pro-democracy civic groups rally for democratic reform.

101 = the China national day is on October 1.

689 = is the total number of votes that the current Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying obtained in the election committee, which was composed of 1200 members.

3 = the reform trio, a short term for the three major government officials responsible for the consultation of the political reform. The three officials are the Chief Secretary, Carrie Lam, Secretary of Justice, Rimsky Yuen and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam.

The sum of the above is 928, September 28, the day when the police deployed tear gas to peaceful protestors who resisted with their umbrellas.

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MiSSSHAPE AMBASSADORSS COLLECTION

The new Missshape Ambassadors collection will launch online today. The third instalment of the campaign is collaboration with Yasmin Furmie. Furmie’s story in fashion is an unusual one, from her modelling days in Sydney and LA, to her involvement in social work projects and now, as a figure who is becoming ever more present on the South African fashion scene.

It is hard not to notice Furmie, she has developed her own language through a sophisticated dress-code that moves from refined street wear, to sharp menswear inspired styling and her contemporary take on the “new look”. It was this language that formed the basis of the new Ambassadors collection, which Nxedlana describes as “an attempt to create a graphic look in a low-key way”.

The lookbook, which imagines a future where computer generated images replace real models, was created by Lex Trickett studio together with Brett Rubin and Nicole Van Heerden of Vatic who directed the photography.


The collection will hit stores in Autumn 2015.

Lookbook Credits

Art Direction & Design - Lex Trickket

Photography - Vatic Studio (Brett Rubin & Nicole Van Heerden)

Styling - Yasmin Furmie

Make Up - Tamaryn Swartz

Model - Adera Kachienga

Production - Vatic Studio (Brett Rubin & Nicole Van Heerden)

Artistic ‘Freedom’ in the 80s and Now
"It is entirely possible for artists to be committed to the cause of human liberation and yet remain politically independent: when artists have struck this balance in periods of fundamental social change, truly great art has emerged.”
(Albie) “Sachs argued, the revolutionary duty of an artist is to “write better poems and make better films and compose better music, and let us get the voluntary adherence of the people to our banner”. Denying artists the creative space to explore human existence fully, he felt, could lead to a new South Africa that was democratic on the surface of things, but spiritually dead.”
"The ANC has always been, at its core, a multiclass reformist organisation that could bring South Africa to the point of dismantling apartheid – which it did so admirably under appalling conditions – but couldn’t offer a meaningful programme to eliminate poverty and inequality beyond that point. Multiclass organisations the world over run the risk of being taken over by predatory authoritarian elements once they assume power as they are driven by their own internal contradictions to put a lid on dissent from within and without. The ANC is no exception to this rule, although it still remains on the democratic end of the scale."
“That which today seems all-powerful will not necessarily remain so forever. Only those actions which intrinsically advance the cause of our struggle, and therefore that of humankind, will be kindly judged by the future generation.”
I am probably Jane Duncan’s #1 groupie.

Artistic ‘Freedom’ in the 80s and Now

  1. "It is entirely possible for artists to be committed to the cause of human liberation and yet remain politically independent: when artists have struck this balance in periods of fundamental social change, truly great art has emerged.”
  2. (Albie) “Sachs argued, the revolutionary duty of an artist is to “write better poems and make better films and compose better music, and let us get the voluntary adherence of the people to our banner”. Denying artists the creative space to explore human existence fully, he felt, could lead to a new South Africa that was democratic on the surface of things, but spiritually dead.”
  3. "The ANC has always been, at its core, a multiclass reformist organisation that could bring South Africa to the point of dismantling apartheid – which it did so admirably under appalling conditions – but couldn’t offer a meaningful programme to eliminate poverty and inequality beyond that point. Multiclass organisations the world over run the risk of being taken over by predatory authoritarian elements once they assume power as they are driven by their own internal contradictions to put a lid on dissent from within and without. The ANC is no exception to this rule, although it still remains on the democratic end of the scale."
  4. “That which today seems all-powerful will not necessarily remain so forever. Only those actions which intrinsically advance the cause of our struggle, and therefore that of humankind, will be kindly judged by the future generation.”

I am probably Jane Duncan’s #1 groupie.

The words I spoke, the thoughts in my head, that was my writing, and I did not need to have come from the people who had long straddled the world, I did not need to come from the people who had imagined and then made real the world in which I lived. That moment became my own. In the beginning was my word and my word became the world as I ordered it to be.” - Jamaica Kincaid