Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday Choon: Benny Benassi & Vassy - Even If


Legendary Italian DJ and Producer Benny Benassi first shot to fame when his hit track "Satisfaction" debuted back in 2003. The song was pretty catchy but it was the official music video that got people talking about the track. Scantily clad girls operating power tools, whats not to love?  Fast forward to 2017 and Benny is on the verge of releasing his new album Danceaholic, one of the songs featured on there is today's featured track which he teamed up with Australian vocalist Vassy. She is better known for her work with Tiesto but great to see she's teaming up with others in the industry. 

                         

Friday, August 26, 2016

Peacanwood Oktoberfest 2016


Beer fest's come and beer fest's go but majority of them are generally the same apart from one. What makes the Peacanwood Oktoberfest so great that about from a vast variety of beers for guest to enjoy the festival offers so much more that it's better known as a sport and lifestyle festival. Boasting visitors from around the country, Peaconwood Oktoberfest had over 6000 visitors at last years event and expect the crowds to be even larger this year. It has been voted SA's number one Sport and Lifestyle festival and KZN's biggest beer fest by far. 


Set in the tranquil KZN Midlands, just an hour outside Durban and 15 minutes outside Pietermaritzberg, Peacanwood offers it's visitors a unique getaway.  Taking place between 29-30 October, this years  theme being #chooseyouradventure the festival offers a wide array of outdoor activities featuring some extreme and popular sports of which include a 7/14KM trail run, 4x4 technical challenge, Enduro X, and the extremely popular MTB trails. 


Organizers have went out of their way to ensure that the mountain bike race is more of an experience to the participant. With carefully designed courses for all skill sets, the race can be done by race snakes as well as the weekend warrior. The variety of courses include single tracks, valleys, forests and escarpments set int he breath taking surroundings of the KZN Midlands each with their own unique challenges for both the novice and experienced rider.


For those runners who are tired of the same old trails, they need not worry as organisers have spent the last year designing and setting trail run courses that wil be that one course that sticks out heads above the rest for its originality, diversity and un spoilt routes as some of its trails have never been run before. 


Moving onto the main attraction of the festival, the beer! Holding the title as KZN's biggest beer fest, the festival has a lot to live up to and this year the Peaconwood Oktoberfest boast a vast selection of beers from around the country, along with Wine and Coffee Tasting Tent which features coffees from around the world. And to add to the excitement, the Oktoberfest girls will be on duty to make sure your glass never stays empty for too long.  


The #chooseyouradventure them continues with fans choosing which of SA's top bands they would like to see perform at the festival. This years acts as voted by the the public include, Francois Van Coke, Short Straw, Crash Car Burn, Gus Brown, Chico Muyo, Ryan Stylz, Rowan Stuart and many more. This will be Short Straws and Francois van Cokes last performance in KZN for 2016. 


Thinking of making the Peaconwood Oktoberfest a weekend away? Why not? You can bring your own tent and camp for free or book a place in the tended camps on offer from Tent Nation. Past visitors to the festival know why it's one of the most attended festivals in the country and which see's people from every province making their way to KZN for it. For the first timers, you will soon find out what makes this one so special. Early bird tickets are available for sale now from their website: www.peaconwoodoktoberfest.com


We will be running a competition in the coming weeks for you to win tickets to the Peaconwood Oktoberfest Sports and Lifestyle Festival so be sure to stay tuned to win!




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bucket Seat: Ford Everest XLT 4x4


It's not often that I get excited to receive a vehicle to test, well okay there have been more than one occasion but those were for cars, this was probably the first SUV that made me feel this way. Much of it had to do with the fact that I have already driven it at the press launch late last year and loved everything about it. Well the SUV in question is as per the header, the Ford Everest, bare in mind at the launch I spent a lot of time with the range topping Limted model, the XLT which I received on test was just used for us to get back to the airport the next day and while the differences were obvious, as a whole the two are practically the same car just with a few cosmetic differences. 


Style
The guys at Ford got this one to the T,  at whichever angle you look at the Everest it's hard to fault the design. It's big, it's brutish and it has that sense of character that you need in the car like this, unlike the older model which just looked weird. Much of the looks has been passed onto the Ranger but I love how Ford gave the back of the car great shape and tied the tail lights into the chrome center plate. The large front grille which can also be found in the Ford Ranger is chromed out to give it that exclusive look and the large 18" rims just completes the overall package. The car has good symmetry with the design, clean lines, bold accents and nice details. Moving onto the inside styling, everything just works and looks good, I take a look at that in detail further on in the review. 


Performance
Both the XLT and Limited come fitted with the 3.2 litre , 5 cylinder inline TDCi engine which has their much talked about 6 speed Autogear box. Now with the auto gear box, you'd expect the drive to be a bit sluggish, especially seeing that the van weighs nearly two tonnes but it's quite the opposite. With the high torque of 470Nm, it's off the line in a matter of seconds with smooth changing between gears and none of that high revving grunts of it struggling to keep up. Mind you, all that power and response time comes at a cost, the consumption reflects it almost immediately. One has to see who the everyday driver of this car would be, its more than likely to be that of an office going exec, so spending most of his time driving on the freeway with the odd weekend away to the bush. This van performs well in the urban setting, it is a bit intimidating with it's size and looks but as I found out that isn't a bad thing as people just move out of your way and taxi's don't dare try to cut you off when they see you coming. 


Comfort
It's a big car, so there's no complaining about space, the seats are big and comfy and everything is adjustable to suit your preferred seating position. From height adjustable drivers seats to movable rear seats. The front of the cabin has dual climate control air-conditioning and the rear passengers have their own AC controls as well as a 12V power outlet should they need to recharge their cellphone or tablet. On the road, the ride is pretty smooth, with the larger tyres you do feel the bumps a bit but nothing too serious. 


Tech
The Everest is loaded with loads of cool tech, most of it passed on from the Fusion but it's still cool none the less! The instrument cluster is my favourite part with just the speedometer being the standard analog type with two information screens either side of it which can be easily changed to display information you're looking for. The left hand screen displays stuff such as your audio and telephone info whilst the right hand side screen displays information on the car itself. Your trip display, fuel consumption, heat gauge and if you're going off roading, a nice gyroscope to give you the cars gradient and positioning. The car comes standard with Ford SYNC's easy to use bluetooth telephone and audio streaming  and the large 7" infotainment touchscreen is extremely user friendly and displays the reverse camera and PDC sensors when reverse gear is engaged. The Limited comes with auto parking which really is something see on such a big car. 


Off Road
I didn't get a chance to do much off road driving with the Everest but it's more than capable to handle any terrain. With it's easy to use jog dial type selector, you just choose the type of terrain you will be encountering and the car automatically adjusts to suit. You have four options to chose from, Normal, Snow or Mud, Sand and Rock Crawl which as per everything else in the car is pretty self explanatory.  It has a wading depth of 800mm should you find yourself going through streams or rivers, electronic locking rear differential which gives you extra traction on those difficult off road section and hill descent assist to make sure you don't go flying down the mountains. 


Storage
While you might be thinking its a big car so storage shouldn't be an issue, if all 7 seats are being utilized it may pose a problem. It reduces the size of the boot tremendously, so maybe day trips with 7 people is advised with the rear two seats fold in to increase the size of the boot for longer journeys and you still can get 5 people comfortably in the van. The seats are pretty easy to fold and unfold, even though the XLT comes with the manual seats, it's not that difficult to do so. 


Pros and Cons
There's a lot of Pros about the car as mentioned in much of my article but lets get to the cons. You paying a lot of money for this van and while I understand it is the bottom of the range, I just feel Ford could have thrown in some of these. Firstly keyless entry, I mean its 2016 now, if I'm paying over 600K for a vehicle that's the least I expect. The power folding mirrors only fold up when the car ignition is switched on, I normally do this after the car is switched off so I found myself switching it back on and then having to fold it in. There was no sunroof, not sure if it is an optional extra but if it is, nice to have one. The consumption is pretty high, I know its a big engine but perhaps they should look at an eco mode to the van. The XLT doesn't come with the nice LED day time running lights like the Limited, I feel they could have given it that, just makes it look a bit plain and guys that wap ariel needs to go, the van is high as it is and that just whacks most things in its way, to its credit it is pretty durable and flexible.Also Satnav would be nice.

Verdict
Overall I am very impressed with the XLT, whilst it didn't have all the bells and whistles associated with the Limited, it still did the job and did it damn well! It looks the part and certainly feels the part too and sending the brand in the right direction for increasing their presence with the consumers. It's something people like and gets them asking questions, which sparks curiosity and then spark sales. During my time with it, I had several people ask to have a look at it and many of them are seriously considering getting one, if I had the cash it would also be on my watch list. 


Specifications
  • 3.2 litre Duratorq TDCi 
  • 6 speed PowerShift automatic gear box
  • 147kW
  • 470Nm torque
  • Consumption: 8.2ltr/ 100km
  • 0-100kph in 11.6 seconds
  • Price: R634,900

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Choon: Lucky Charmes - Fulfill


Dutch DJ Lucky Charmes is known for his catchy beats and sounds and after an eventful year which saw him play at a number festivals and release singles which did well in the charts. Fulfill which is the track that is featured today isn't one of his latest work as it was debut back in January but has received some treatment from NVLM and Tom Technic Sunset recently. But today we have the original track for you with the official music video, because it's still a great track and also the bootleg is so new, no one has it yet apart from the odd podcast.

                         

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bucket Babe: Michelle Chrystal

As we near the end of Winter, we look forward to the warm Spring will bring to us but to help us on that journey we have something equally hot to for you today! Our featured model is a familiar face, as you may have seen her on your TV or in various magazines. She's a qualified accountant, has her own Dance studio and is a lover of fitness having completing a teachers degree in a very rigorous training method of ballet as well as Pilates. Her feature in the 2014 December issue of Playboy Magazine is still one of the hottest pictorials to date and today we have the honor to feature her on the Bucket.  

Michelle Chrystal 


Bio

I chose to take the year after obtaining my Matric to complete my Cecchetti Ballet teachers' degree, alongside furthering my knowledge in Pilates. I used both qualifications part time, whilst completing my Bcom Chartered Accountancy Degree at the University of Johannesburg. I have recently opened my own Ballet Studio where I run all finances and admin myself, whilst instructing Pilates and modeling part-time.


I believe a balance in life is essential, and as such have chosen to invest my time in various academic and artistic pursuits. I'm a perfectionist, and any task given to me, will be rewarded with 110%.


My main modeling focus is on larger corporate campaigns such as music videos, TV Ads, etc.


Michelle's feature in the Yamaha TVC


Michelle played the lead female role in Justin Serraro's music video for "Not Fighting"


Michelle has also been featured as a Playmate for Playboy South Africa, as Miss December. You can see her pictorial from the shoot on the website: Miss December Pictorial


Links

Instagram: Mich_Chrystal
Twitter: @Mich_Chrystal


Q&A


1. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to  see yourself in?
  • Well I guess I should start with thank you for that (laughs). I currently drive an Audi S1, but am tempted to trader her in for the 2016 TT Roadster in the next few months. My ideal car thereafter would be the Porsche 911 convertible.
2. What sandwich are you most likely to make for me? and will it be toasted or plain?
  • Well that would depend on what you want? If we're talking toasted, it would without a doubt be Avo on toast. If we're going for plain, then a ham, cheese and tomato with some lettuce and mayo.
3. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
  • I'm a sour cream and chives fan.
4. Dream cover shoot?
  • Sports Illustrated/ Women's Health
5. If given a choice, full time model or full time executive, what would you choose?
  • I'm currently a part time executive, part time ballerina, and part time model. I wouldn't have it any other way.
6. Growing up you must have had someone you aspired to be, so who is your role model?
  • Oddly enough , no. I've always admired the work ethic of Charlize Theron, the bubbly personality of Cameron Diaz, and the class of Julia Roberts. I've tried to take bits and pieces from many people that I look up to and aspire to develop similar traits in my own personality..
7. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
  • (Laughs) After years of having the worst luck in terms of relationships, I have just recently committed to my best friend. He's the complete opposite to the "type" of guy I usually go for, but he treats me like gold and after being best friends for a few years we already have the honesty and communication in place, so I can only hope that this will be different.
8. Obviously being a female you would love fashion. Favourite label/ designer?
  • Guess - without a doubt! It's definitely on my bucket list to do a shoot for them too.
9. What type of music gets your booty shaking?
  • I'm quite diverse in my music taste. Give me anything from Tiesto, to 3 Doors Down, Eminem, or Sia. 80's classics are always a winner too. 
10. Which city is your dream party destination?

  • I'll be in Las Vegas in December - lets hope it lives up to its reputation!








Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bucket Seat: Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium


When I first got told I was scheduled the Ford Figo, I was a bit skeptical of it. I mean the only time you would catch me driving an A-Segment car is if I hired one. That's no disrespect to the segment, it simply doesn't appeal to me but that's just my preference. The A-Segment market has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and over the past year or two so some major advancements in terms of tech and options available for these cars. It's a market for a first time buyer or a student that needs something small to go around with, it was hardly what you would call a family car but after driving Ford's new Figo I may have to rethink my stance.


Style
I initially thought I was getting the hatch, but once it arrived I saw it was the sedan. The styling of the car seemed a bit weird for me. The hatch looks great but the sedan looks like the boot is an after thought which is mostly the case in these hatch come sedan cars. Previously Ford had their Ikon which this car will be replacing in the line up and that was a purpose made sedan so the lines flowed and complimented the car. While the Figo Sedan isn't an eyesore, the fact that it looks much better as a hatch would make the version with a boot seem a bit off. It's not horrendous by any chance but I feel they could have done a better job with the rear lights. The front half of the car looks really good. The new big chrome grill and big head lights really give this car a sense of presence even though it's a small car. 


Performance
Styling on cars like this isn't everything, performance is what matters the most the 1.5l Sigma petrol engine was nothing much than astonishing to me. Even with the 6 speed PowerShift automatic transmission, it was incredibly responsive and damn light on fuel! It incorporates Ford's "Drive Green" initiative which sees its CO2 emissions at 142g/km and tested fuel consumption of 6L/100km which I almost matched. Something that is very rare! Talking figures, the maximum power output is 82kW and maximum torque 136Nm which is quite impressive. While take off did seem a bit sluggish, compared to other cars in its segment, this is by far on of the strongest engines I've come across. 


Comfort
Whilst the car is small, it was extremely spacious, granted at my seating position an adult wouldn't be able to sit in the back seat, perhaps a child would but if at a squeeze you could get four adults in there. The ride is smooth and solid, which is aided by the 14" alloy wheels. The seats aren't leather but comfortable none the less. The cars interior is styled perfectly, taken from the previous generation Fiesta, the car see's the main center cluster follow the same design with the information screen located at the top. It displays everything from time and date, audio options, aircon settings and media. 


Tech
The car comes with Ford's SYNC Bluetooth and voice control system. It's great that they've kept this standard across all their models. It's really easy to set up and the voice control activated menu is a great alternative to manually searching for things or making calls. It helps driver concentration and improves your driving experience. The audio system has 4 speakers with an auxiliary port and the deck has CD/MP3 playing capabilities. It has  


Storage
Small car, small boot right? Nope, somehow Ford managed to get this right with remarkably spacious boot. You can get at least 3 full size luggage bags in there with space for smaller items. The car has a cubby for the front passenger and a center compartment for other items. The cup holders and of a decent size and there is a tray below the climate control aircon for additional items needed for storage. 


Verdict
I was quite surprised by this car, it's small, it's nippy and a pleasure to drive. While finishes might not be of that of a luxury sedan, for it's price it isn't bad at all. The car is comfortable, spacious and offers a lot that many of it's competitors don't. Taking all of this into consideration, it is not only a perfect car for first time buyers or students but also small family's. It has sufficient space, it's safety record is second to none with drive and front passenger airbags with side curtains, it has ABS, ESP and hill launch assist which prevents the car from rolling on an incline from a standing stand. 


Specifications
  • 1.5 litre Sigma Petrol 
  • 6 speed PowerShift automatic gear box
  • 82kW
  • 136Nm torque
  • Consumption: 6ltr/ 100km
  • Price: R209,900

Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday Choon: Sam Feldt X Lucas & Steve feat Wulf- Summer on You (Club Edit)


They say good things come in three's and that's one way to describe this song. Sam Feldt, the Dutch electronic producer teamed up with Lucas & Steve for this track featuring Wulf. The original it self is quite a good song with the whole new tropical house vibe but the club edit just makes it had more better. Released in July, this song has been banging on clubs and events speakers all over Europe and the US and now with summer heading to our shores, it's sure to get some decent airplay in the Southern Hemisphere. 

                         

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Greatest League


Go back 10 years ago, the English league was the best league in Europe. The money, the mangers, the big names, it had it all. The teams were dominant in the Champions League and it was one of the toughest leagues in the world but then something happened. Not quite sure what it was but it lost it's dominance, players were attracted to other leagues such as the German, Italian and Spanish, the English teams that did make it to Europe often faded away early in the competition and overall it fell behind the likes of LaLiga, Bundesliga and Serie-A. 


Has all of that changed now? This season see's probably the best line up of managers ever seen in a league and they're all managing English teams. Mourinho, Conte, Klopp, Wenger, Guardiola and Ranieri (I had to slip in ol Claudio there) take on each other in the English Premier League in whats set to be one of the most anticipated one yet! Most of the managers will have their first test this weekend seeing that they have been brought in during the summer with the exception of Klopp, Wenger and Ranieri. While Jose has managed in the league before at Chelsea, it will be a different kettle of fish for him as he tries to exorcise the demons that has plagued Old Trafford for the past 2 seasons. 


While on the subject of Jose, he's causing quite a stir so far and even though he's at the team I love to hate, I'm rather loving it. He's known for shit talking and to be honest, the league needs that. Whether or not his demons of last season at Chelsea have followed him to United remains to be seen but one things for sure, he's certainly doing things his way. Firstly the signings, Bailly, Miktarian, Ibrahimovic and the signing everyone is talking about, Paul Pogba. Jose literally broke the bank to bring in the French International and while the spot light has been on him for the past month, I don't think he will be their key signing for United. Bailly for me will be of more significance to the team as their defence seems to be in tatters after the departure of their famed brick wall of Vidic and Ferdinand. 


Last season saw a complete outside take the title and for that, we now don't know what to expect. Many are scared to make any predictions, can Leicester do it again? I doubt it but there's always a chance that they were not one season wonders. They've made some good signings and managed to hang on to star striker Jamie Vardy but they still need to keep the others that played a pivotal role in last seasons success. 


Coming back to the battle of the managers, many seem to think Jurgen Klopp has the upper hand. He came in almost midway through last season so he's had some time to assess the players and see which individuals will be key to his revamp of the squad. He's made a number of good signings, nothing record breaking but from what we've seen in the preseason, it was money put to good use. The stand out for me has been Sadio Mane, yes we've got a habit of poaching players from Southampton and whilst most of them haven't shined as they did at the Saints, I believe Klopp is spot on with this one. He's got the pace, he's strong and he has knowledge of the English game and while he didn't cost 89 million pounds, he didn't come in cheap at just over 30 million pounds. Many argued that it was a bit much for him but I rate him being a better buy than Pogba, so come the end of the 16/17 season I'd love to see a head to head stats between the two of them. I still don't thnk Klopp has the end product and the injuries don't help him either. He isn't far off from that and we've seen glimpses of the team he wants, the demolition of Barcelona at Wembley was simply breathtaking so lets hope we can see more of that come the start of the league this weekend. 


Liverpool have the toughest opening fixture list from any of the other top teams with most of their matches being away from home, some of them by choice as Anfield see's their new mainstand take shape and increase the overall capacity of the stadium. Arsenal away is first up and while many bemoan the lack of activity from the Frenchman, I don't doubt his tactics. He's the longest running manager in the league of our decade, he's been through it all, seen it all and he's proven that he doesn't need a lot of cash or big name players to do the job. The board are happy with him as he makes them profits and the fans, well the fans of Arsenal will never be happy regardless. They normally don't hit the ground running in the league so Sunday's encounter will be a tricky one.


Overall this season is going to be one of the greats and everyone in the world will be keeping an eye on it. From world class managers to the most expensive player in the world, it has it all. Entertainment? You bet it will be, with even the smaller teams wanting to prove a point. Everyone is going to go out there and try to be a Leicester City, whether or not they can achieve it remains to be seen. One things for sure, it's going to be great viewing pleasure and will reaffirm the English Premier League as the Greatest League, once again.