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From TV shoot back to yoghurt

I just got back from a TV trip to Swaziland where I was filming for a corporate internal communications show.

The best part of any shoot for me is not what happens on camera, but the fun we have when the cameras are not rolling. My crew and I always land up having a hoot of a time. Here we are at the airport getting ready to fly out of South Africa:

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And here they are again looking back at a take, making sure I didn't fluff my lines!

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I love Swaziland. The people are friendly. There's only one thing that gets me every time... the R100 CASH airport tax you have to have to pay at their kiosk before they'll let you go through customs to fly out of the country. No matter how many times the travel agent has told us the airport tax is included in the fare, we still get fleeced by the King every time. It's a pity, because that's one of your last experiences before you leave the country.

So from TV cameras back to frozen yoghurt!

This weekend Forest Hill City (the mall where  my store is located) is planning the first of 3 or 4 publicity activations to let the public know the mall is nearly finished. I say "nearly" because all the shops should have been completed by today, but some like Ocean Basket, Wimpy and Spur are still doing the last few bits of shop fitting.

If you're in the area and have young kids please pop past. This weekend is all about kids entertainment in the shopping centre. Not to mention the ice rink is now open. I last skated back in 1983 when Joan Armatrading's Drop the Pilot was charting on the radio. I'll be braving it in the next few days and getting my bum wet as I attempt it again!

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Er, yes... if you look carefully, that IS someone being pushed around on a chair!



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This weekend it's all about being a Dad.

So it's Father's Day this Sunday and I'm SO looking forward to lying in bed and having breakfast brought to me by my girls! Nicole asked me what I would like as a gift. I said 16GB of computer RAM for my Macbook. I think I'm getting a t-shirt. That's cool too :)

All I really need though is a big hug from my girls.

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Dove the soap (oh hang on, it's not a soap, it's 1/4 moisturiser!) have just released a great commercial for Dads:



Since I'm sharing YouTube videos, this one is brilliant. A guy was stuck overnight at LAX Airport and decided to make a music video just using his iPhone:


Finally, just a quick update on my SMOOCH store opening on 23 June at Forest Hill City. The guys are hard at work doing the shop fitting:

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When we open it will look like this:

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We're looking for college/university students that want to work casual shifts on weekends/evenings/holidays. If you qualify and are interested, please send your CV to SmoochFHC@gmail.com.

It's also the final countdown towards my last radio show on 28 June.  I've done 441 countdowns since July 2005, with only 3 to go. Hopefully you can tune in for my last show on Saturday 28 June 10-2pm!
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My house is "girl-down" at the moment

Parents know the cycle. For every few weeks of a germ free household, the wheel always turns and the kids WILL get sick.

Earlier this week my 2 year old Alyssa was off school because she contracted pink eye. Two days later she was much better... and then Tayla-Jean got it and had to stay away from school. Today she goes back... Alyssa spent last night vomiting so she's off sick again.

When adults get sick we tend to aim and minimise the splatter. When a 2 year old vomits, its usually everywhere! At 3 o'clock this morning I had her bed stripped bare and was washing linen. As I write this blog at 8am I have done 4 loads of washing already!

My only distraction this morning was a stupid comment by Charlize Theron which Sky News is reporting on. Look, we all make gaffs. I've said my fair share, and I'm sure it'll happen again that I'll say something stupid I'll want to retract. But today its not my turn, it's hers.

She equated the paparazzi invasion into her life to being raped (story here). Let me say that I obviously have no idea the mental trauma a rape victim actually goes through, but what I do know is that people don't choose to be victims... whereas Charlize CHOSE her career.

She knew what she was getting in to. It's not as if paparazzi have been lying dormant all these years and chose her to break out and wreak havoc in her life. I don't get these celebrities who choose their career path, spending the first few years seeking any attention and publicity they can get, and then when they are "cool and wealthy" they reject the very system that made them "cool and wealthy". I understand her desire to protect her child from the razzmatazz, but it's a far cry from being raped Ms Theron.

Anyway, I feel better know that I've vented!

Onto other news. Yesterday was the launch of Forest Hill City, the new mega mall in Centurion where my SMOOCH store will be situated. I say "will be", because we only start shop fitting on Monday. As with any mega project, the mall suffered many delays and at yesterday's launch a lot of the shops were not open yet. Having said that, everyone should be finished by the end of June and the centre is going to be spectacular! Here are some pics from the section of the mall that is complete:



This is what my store looks like at the moment:


I promise there is magic happening behind that fake white wall!! Our new expected launch date is 22 June. We also have the ice rink right next to us which is starting to take shape:


That's my news for now. Have a great weekend!!
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