Growing up in the mid 1970’s as a young schoolboy in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, I vividly recall Edouard “Spyk” Gheur arriving from Belgium as the ‘new kid’ in class at the school we both attended. It’s hard to imagine during those innocent, carefree years we spent as classmates that years later his life would take a radical detour into the world of hard living and drugs, which almost cost him his life. Thankfully he lived to tell his story and warn others of getting into drugs in his autobiography, ‘A Naughty Thing Called Life‘, which has received rave reviews in the UK and around the globe. In the coming months, well-known Indie film maker and producer, Mark Brown, will start filming a documentary revealing a visual play-out of Spyk’s life as his story unfolds. To show your support for filming Spyk’s visual documentary, visit the IndieGogo campaign and make a contribution. “Spyk” featured as JournoNews.com’s first ‘Off the Cuff‘ guest in September 2012. http://www.papaspyk.com/
A flash mob by the Soweto Gospel Choir pays tribute to South Africa’s hero in Woolworths, Parkview, Johannesburg.
AFTER TEN YEARS of tenacity, chutzpah and vision to see a public market established in San Diego, Dale Steele and Catt White have finally signed a lease on a massive 92,000 square foot property near the harbor and Petco Park. Watch the Kickstarter video below to discover more about this exciting development that will become a landmark for the city. Read about the venture on Kickstarter
It’s ANZAC Day in Australia – a day that commemorates the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It is also an opportunity for the nation to remember those who have fought and lost their lives in major conflicts around the world. For many ANZACs, carrying a Bible into battle has been vital to their spiritual well-being. The Bible in the above video was first taken into war by an Australian who fought in the South African Boer war at the turn of the 20th Century. In keeping with his family’s tradition, Afghanistan-based Captain Justin McBurney, 24, is the fifth generation of his family to take the very same Soldier’s New Testament into the battle zone.
This is what no TV or access to the internet and home-schooling has done for self-taught piano player, Chooka Parker, a 16 year-old who lives on a farm at Red Lion, near Maryborough, in country Victoria.