Aspects of Time: Finding the gift

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Finding the gift of Time

 The value of this precious commodity depends on how you view it. Let’s have a look at Time and how we identify with its various aspects.

Linear Time: A man-made commodity

Linear Time is a human invention. We’ve derived means to appoint seconds, minutes and hours to a day, followed by weeks, months and years ~ all linked to cycles and seasons. Let face it; although Time-keeping is man-made, it does have its benefits like keeping appointments or scheduling certain activities.

Subjective Time: A circumstantial commodity

We alter Time according to the situation we find ourselves in; Time can stand still, seem like an eternity, you can lose track of it … Time can speed up, and during a life-threatening event you may see your whole life flash in front of your eyes in an instant when the moment  moves back into the past.

Objective Time: Past, present and Future

We now understand the concept of linear Time as well as subjective Time, so what does ‘Objective Time’ mean? Is this perhaps where the true value of  Time lies?

When we look at the future, we can say with certainty that it does not exist. It is an unknown dimension that has not been explored yet, although the possibility exists that the next moment, the very future itself, is shaped by our decisions, choices or even worries.

Looking at the past, most people will agree that it does not exist either. It’s over and done with, and nothing you can do can change those mistakes and mishaps or bring back the good old days.

So if the future and past don’t exist, we are left with the present, the true gift of Time.

How you use the present, determines the value of this aspect of Time. Here your dreams and visions are shaped, or here your fears take a foothold.

It’s quite safe to conclude that the Present is our most valuable commodity.

Objectively speaking of course …

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Author: Sharon du Plessis

Bio: Artist and Writer, author and illustrator of self-published Afrikaans Tarot Deck, Shaman apprentice and teacher.



Surviving change – High School to University

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Surviving change in the transition from High School to University

The Changes a student might me challenged with:

It is seldom realized what challenges the transition from High School to University could hold. Students are not only faced with a new environment, new people, rules and regulations, but are additionally faced with a diversity of languages and cultures they might not have been used to back home. They might have to learn to live in a society which isn’t as conservative as what they were used to.

Then, apart from all that, they would be forced to learn to do things on their own. At University your parents and lovable, nagging teachers aren’t there to help you get through the work, attend your classes or to help you with your assignments. It is your own responsibility whether you attend your classes or not and to know when you have an assignment due. Students are also faced with an enormous amount of work and mostly the work is self-study, which means it is yet again your own responsibility to do it. Unlike your teachers in High School, your lecturers won’t beg you to finish or hand in the work. If you don’t do it, it’s an incomplete mark against your name which may result in  a failed course.

5 Tips on how to handle these changes:

1. Stress

With all the work stress and the negativity caused by being away from home, it is important to stay busy. If you stay busy you don’t have time to feel homesick and in this way you stay on schedule with your work load.

2. Social Events

It is also a good thing to participate in social events or to become a part of the University’s societies. This will create opportunities for you to meet people and make new friends. By making new friends your new environment will become more like a home to you and you’ll feel less alone.

3. Exercise

Becoming a member of a gym is another way to keep you positive about the changes you have to deal with and by staying fit will also make you feel better about yourself physically.

4. Entertainment

You could also put some time aside to explore your new environment by going to museums, art galleries, shopping malls, coffees shops and festivals. In this way you familiarize yourself with your new home and it will open your eyes to the beauty it has to offer.

5. Communication

As you explore your new environment and participate in some of the activities held by the University, make your parents or friends back home part of your new experiences by telling them about it. This will not only help you to stay in contact with them, but it will also help you avoid feeling as if you’ve lost them since you’ve moved away.

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Irene van Staden is currently a second year student at the University of Stellenbosch, studying BA (Art and Culture). Her interests range from language dialects, visual art, literature, art festivals, theatre, cultural movements and student life.

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The Career of Robin Williams

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The Illustruous Career of Robin Williams

Where did acting start for Robin Williams?

He was a shy and overweight child and other children didn’t want to play with him. To entertain himself, he used to talk in different voices, perhaps as imaginary friends.

Whilst performing in night clubs, he was discovered for the role in an episode of TV series Happy Days in 1974. This lead to a role in Mork and Mindy,  in 1978. In the role as the alien Mork, he became famous. Then later also with stand up comedy.  In 1997, he was named funniest man alive by Entertainment Weekly. They also listed him as one of the 25 best Actors way back in 1998 .

In 2004, Robin Williams made the 13th place on Comedy Central’s list of 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. Movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage, casted Robin Williams in comedy roles.

Not only is his face famous, but also his voice in movies Aladdin, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Robots, Happy Feet and Everyone’s Hero.

However, we will never forget his dramatic movies such as Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, Hook, Awakenings and What Dreams May Come. Robin Williams also acted in thrillers Insomnia and One Hour Photo. He was the all-rounder of Hollywood. 

Robin Williams in stand-up comedy

He has done various stand-up comedy tours. Some of his tours were:

  • An Evening With Robin Williams
  • Robin Williams: At The Met
  • Robin Williams LIVE on Broadway

The latter won a Grammy in 2003.

Robin Williams in the movies

Williams won an Oscar in 1998 for the best actor in a supporting role in the movie Good Will Hunting. He had Oscar nominations for best actor in a leading role in the movies The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society  and Good Morning, Vietnam. He won a Golden Globe award for Mrs. Doubtfire. He has claimed 44 other awards and was nominated for many other awards throughout his career.

The top 10 Robin Williams Movies are:

  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Aladdin (1992)
  • Happy Feet (2006)
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  • Patch Adams (1998)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • Jumanji (1995)
  • Bicentennial Man (1999)
  • Toys (1992)
  • Hook (1991)

Robin Williams Movies over the past 10 years

  • 2011    Happy Feet 2  his voice was used
  • 2009    Old Dogs as Dan
  • 2009    Shrink as Holden
  • 2009    Night at the Museum 2 as Teddy Roosevelt
  • 2009    World’s Greatest Dad as Lance Clayton
  • 2007    License to Wed           as Reverend Frank
  • 2007    August Rush as Maxwell “Wizard” Wallace
  • 2006    Man of the Year as Tom Dobbs
  • 2006    Night At The Museum as Theodore Roosevelt
  • 2006    RV as Bob Munro
  • 2006    The Night Listener as Gabriel Noone
  • 2005    In Search of Ted as Demme
  • 2005    The Big White as Paul Barnell
  • 2005    Robotsas Fender
  • 2005    The Aristocrats            as Himself
  • 2004    Noel as Charlie Boyd
  • 2004    House of D as Pappass
  • 2004    The Final Cut as Alan W. Hakman

Robin Williams acted in the forthcoming film “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” playing the statue of Teddy Roosevelt  and holiday comedy “Merry Friggin’ Christmas.”

He is without a trace of doubt, a legend in the entertainment world.


Top 5 Cars: What our cars say about us

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The good and faithful, the memory-maker and the dream-chaser

The old adage goes: “The best car is a paid off car”, but for most of us our cars are far more than the monthly payments we have to make on them. Our cars reflect who we are and where we are in our lives. The symbolic status of the following cars has made them unabashed icons on South African roads:

1 Citi Golf

The good old Citi Golf – never has a car been more akin to student life that VW’s Citi Golf. Although no longer in production this car is still a standard issue with all student cards. It is the pure economy of this car, both at initial purchase and subsequent maintenance that made it the must have entry-level car for many generations.

2 VW Polo

The red ribbon Polo – Diving through that red ribbon to get to that “new car smell” the mark of the new entrants into the job market is VW’s Polo. Offering dependability, fuel efficiency and just enough curve-appeal to remain cool this is just the car to have when buying your own first car.

3 Toyota Corolla

Faithful Toyota Corolla – For decades a symbol of reliability, the Toyota Corolla has been the sensible car for young families and people that have secured themselves in their careers. Offering a balance between comfort and economy this car’s most attractive trait remains its reputation for being utterly reliable.

4 BMW 320i

Put on your power-suit with the BMW 320i – This is your statement car. This is the car to say: “I’m no longer keeping up with the Flintstones!” This car most often chosen by the newly successful offers performance and luxury.

5  Bentley V8

Platinum Status – Bentley V8 is the ultimate driving experience, unrivaled in its combination of luxury and performance, but affordable only to the elite.

Whatever car you choose: good old faithful, the memory-maker or the big dream chasers – they are wheels that like rolling.

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