Posts tagged ‘South Africa’

July 18, 2011

Model and Front-Runner: Double Amputee Oscar Pistorius the New Face of Thierry Mugler A★Men

by Accidental Bear

(via www.nytimes.com)

THE first thing that registers in a glance at the new advertising campaign for Thierry Mugler A★Men fragrance is that the model, shown running across the page, appears to have neon laser beams shooting out of his rump.

The second thing is his physique, his thick slab of a chest and powerful forearms in motion.

The last thing (and here it takes a moment to click) is that in place of feet, his legs end in hooked metal blades.

The model is Oscar Pistorius, the South African sprinter with Olympic ambitions who is known on the track as the Blade Runner. As a double amputee, he runs on J-shaped prosthetics made of black carbon fiber. In the ad campaign, his blades are stylized to evoke the legs of a superhero, dipped in liquid chrome and wrapped in metallic foil, now resembling something like the shiny body of a motorcycle crossed with a dental pick.

They are a striking addition, certainly, but not what draws you into the picture. READ MORE

 

 

 Today, you are NOT aloud to complain!

 

June 8, 2011

South African Rugby Hunk Jacques Snyman Hits High Notes; Anti-bullying Concerts

by Accidental Bear

South African Rugby player and model Jacques Snyman is also a classically trained counter tenor. He is bringing his operatic talents to America during the Summer of 2011 for a series of anti-bullying concerts. If you are unfamiliar with counter tenors this voice coming out of this mountain of man may shock you. Raw talent at it best, no synthesizers needed. (via joe)

June 3, 2011

HIV/Aids Program Receives 10 New Mobile Clinics as it Looks to Expand

by Accidental Bear

“The Trucking Wellness program is not glamorous, but it works.” via www.engineeringnews.co.za

SOUTH AFRICA-The Trucking Wellness programme on Friday received ten new mobile clinics, used to combat the spread of HIV/Aids in the trucking industry, taking its fleet to 15 units.

The Sprinter-model clinics are used to provide primary healthcare, voluntary counseling and testing, screen for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and to hand-out antiretroviral drugs.

The ten new clinics were handed over by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), the South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (SABCOHA), and the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI).

The Trucking Wellness programme was conceptualised by the NBCRFLI in 1999. READ MORE

March 31, 2011

Great Loss; 15 yr old, Jumped to his Death

by Accidental Bear

Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me, may need to be updated. I cry in my coffee this morning.

Dominic Crouch died last May

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Schoolboy, 15, jumped to his death after rumors he was gay

via www.pinknews.co.uk

A Gloucestershire teenager jumped to his death after rumours circulated that he was gay, an inquest has heard.

Dominic Crouch, 15, a pupil at St Edwards School in Cheltenham, threw himself from a six-storey block of flats last May after returning from a school trip.

An inquest in Cheltenham heard that pupils played spin the bottle on the four-day art trip and there were rumours that Dominic had kissed a boy.

His parents said he appeared happy when he returned from the trip but just days later, he left school at lunchtime to go to the block of flats where he got to the roof via a trapdoor.

Notes were found in his pockets apologising to his parents.

READ MORE

Dominic’s family are raising money in his name for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund which supports children in South Africa.

To donate to the cause, click here

 

 

March 20, 2011

Bill Cosby called, He wants his sweater back

by Accidental Bear

Laduma Ngxokolo’s Xhosa-influenced Knitwear Collection

Laduma Ngxokolo's Xhosa-influenced Knitwear Collection

Designboom takes a look at Capetown’s Design Indaba Conference which invited “an international selection of recent design graduates to present their work in the form of Pecha Kucha. among this year’s delegates, was homegrown South African, Laduma Ngxokolo who shared his fashion collection which interprets Xhosa beadwork aesthetics into a range of men’s knitwear for Amakrwala.” Ngxokolo’s range of knit wear was made for the Xhosa’s traditional rite of passage from boyhood to manhood.

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BILL YOU THE MAN COSBY!

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