Some people love the Namibian landscape – others find the sparseness of the desert too much to bare.
We love it!
There’s a magic to the Namibian west coast that you just don’t get anywhere else. It’s as if the land is a gateway into the soul of your own afterlife. It’s a deeply peaceful experience.
These are some of our photographs that attempt to capture that.
Namibia is the perfect destination if clawing back perspective is your intention.
Its wide-open and desolate spaces are the perfect conduit to free the mind from the increasingly noise-filled blabber than we commonly swallow for ‘reality’.
When you are there, you realise that humans have successful domesticated themselves into unnatural cages of the mind, which ultimately just makes us unhappy and disconnected from each other and nature.
We’ve just come back from an epic, 6 day, 4×4 trip through the sperrgebiet – a restricted diamond area between Luderitz and Walvis Bay – with Desert Magic Tours who own the concession and are superb (this is not a product endorsement BTW).
These are some of the vehicle pics that we shot along the way.
There are some fairly decent documentary films on Netflix worth the time and effort to watch – these are our picks of the five best Netflix documentaries that we would recommend:
This is the story about the final days of racing for the champion Irish jockey A.P. McCoy. Even if the closest thing you get to horse racing is holding your friend’s hair back as she fertilises the turf at Kenilworth at midnight during the J&B Met every year (or whatever the hell it’s called now) – this is a movie worth watching. There’s drama, suspense, human emotion and it’s brilliantly shot.
Morgan Spurlock – the guy that made that Super Size Me movie a decade or so ago – directs a fascinating account of how rats are taking over our cities. It sounds a bit gross, but we found it thoroughly enjoyable to learn a bit more about the real rulers of our urban spaces and the complete nightmare that it has become to keep their population numbers under control. If you have a rat phobia however…watch something else.
It’s a bit dated now, but Particle Fever is still a great film for anyone who’s interested in science, the nature of reality and the world’s largest physics experiment / machine. If you consider yourself in any way, shape of form – a nerd, then this one should be at the top of your viewing priority list.
His life was dramatically portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in the Academy-award winning film Shine. His name is David Helfgott and Hello I am David is a glimpse of what it is like to be a unique human being with a unique gift of a talent for classical music.
Chronicling the last days of Gawker. com – Nobody Speak is a film about free speech and the big money that is now successfully silencing it. It’s an intriguing look at the very public fight between Gawker Media and billionaire tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel – and ultimately about the future of independent publishing, in a largely fact-free world.
Much of what we perceive to be difficult – is not. To endure is to overcome the limitations of our thinking.
A challenge is only a challenge in the mind. There is no such thing as a universally difficult task – only one that you believe to be so.
In a remarkable demonstration of the overcoming of the limited nature of mind – this film, by LA-based director Ivan Olita, brings home the true meaning of challenging our assumptions.
The film explores the spiritual practice of Kaihōgyō, performed by the monks of Mount Hiei, Japan. The 1000-Day pilgrimage has been completed by less than 50 monks in over a century, and traditionally, any monk who cannot complete it must take their own life.
These may may also consider the challenge of remaining patient in Cape Town increasingly diabolical traffic situation as part of their challenge. It’s one that they are almost entirely assured of failing.
You can always tell who the new tourists are in Cape Town that have just arrived in the city – they’re the one’s still waiting for the ‘green man / person’ at the pedestrian crossing.
They haven’t yet learnt that those things are just a suggestion and that waiting there for too long could actually flag you as a idiot who presents as an easy mugging target.
That’s why this idea from KLM, called a Care Tag, is not a bad idea for airlines wanting to avoid the annoying risk of a return ticket home being cancelled, because of death.
The Care Tag is GPS-enabled and is a bit like having one of those friendly, but annoying, air stewards permanently attached to your rucksack – barking fairly obvious instructions at you. Great for tourists from countries that double up as nanny states – and perhaps something the South African government should invest some of their innovation budget into if attracting Euro-spending first-time travellers is in any way a desirable priority.
The KLM Care Tag at first seems like it might be a joke, but all of our usual due diligence doesn’t necessarily suggest that it is. Which is great news if you have trouble seeing that the streets of a foreign city are busy – or that a taxi to an airport will cost you some money.
Many people are led to believe that in order to lead effectively – you need to be a dick.
See, dicks generally command attention, which many see as a sign of confidence, or knowing what the answer to the problem is. But in our experience, having worked with many a dick over the years – this is more often than not, the furthest from the truth.
In this rather entertaining piece of research, filmmaker Max Joseph endeavours to find out whether or not it’s important to be a dick if leading people / or succeeding in life is your goal.
See the problem with following the ‘dick strategy’ – is that even if you succeed at whatever it is that you were trying to get people to do – what they will however remember you for for the rest of time, was what a total dick you really are.