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Saffas in Londen – Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos?

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em>Ons (griffin & chopper) se boek, Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos? word hierdie jaar (2019) teen Augustus se kant 11 jaar oud. Om dit te celebrate het ons besluit om alfabeties met die lys af te gaan en ‘n paar topics uit die boek te kies om weekliks hier op Watkykjy te publish, seinde dat ons die regte besit. Dis lekker kort stukkies wat jy op die kakhuis kan lees. Dink daaraan as jou klein zef kakhuisbybeltjie met pitkos vir elke dag… Wel, elke dag tot ons die boek se einde bereik.

Saffas in Londen
Vervelige en verveelde skoolverlaters se idee van diensplig is om direk na hul Plett-matriekvakansie ‘n lyn te sny Londen toe om vir twee jaar te gaan werk of “hulle voete te vind”. Gewoonlik onder inne paaint.
Hierdie mamma se kindertjies gaan doen dan al die stront jobs wat die geeltand Britte hulle neuse voor optrek. Hulle wil “die wêreld” beleef (dis nou Londen se pub scene) en “kyk wat hulle wil doen” (‘n waiter wees en baie suip).
Na twee jaar keer hulle met ‘n paar duisend rand terug en gaan werk in die Spur. Sommiges sien die lig, gaan swot ingenieurswese en skop na twee jaar op.
Soveel vir internasionale experience.

Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Al Tos is in 2008 geskryf en uitgegee en daar was so baie copies verkoop dat ons dit in 2009 laat herdruk het. All-in-all is daar nog net so 10 onverkoopte copies oor op aarde en ons sal teen Augustus se kant besluit wat om met hulle te maak. Kort antwoord – dis nie tans te koop nie.


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Your favourite cartoon shows as a kid, teenager and grown-up?

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Our top 10 weekly selection of DSTV Now | Showmax | YouTube | Netflix | Amazon Prime

I saw it plastered all over the interweb the past week – Rick & Morty are coming back for more! And then it got me thinking about what a great influence cartoons still have on kids these days and how it helped shape us, growing up. Cartoons stretched our imaginations like bubblegum and they were probably the leaders in the infancy stages of special effects in the movie industry as we know it today. In a cartoon anything and everything is possible.

Growing up, I remember shows like Masters Of The Universe (or He-Man for short), The Real Ghostbusters, Gummy Bears, Brave Star (a fokken man-horse Texas Ranger? really?), Ducktales and Maya The Bee. On the not so obvious international-seem-local front we had some Afrikaans dubbed outjies like Dawie Die Kabouter, Pinocchio, Heidi, Brakanjan, Moomin, Nills Holgersohn, Tao Tao, Vicki Die Viking and Pokkel die Eekhoring. I can still hum every single theme song. With M-net coming into the picture with the big guns, we also had access to the likes of Inspector Gadget, Smurfs, Wacky Races and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. NINJA, not fokken HERO! Do you know what other stuff was showing on M-Net late night? Ja, that’s why you have a younger brother or sister, boet. Excalibur, Red Shoe Diaries

With the advent of DSTV when our voices broke, a new era was announced and as a delinquent semi grown-up, I think I missed out on an entire chunk of cartoons. I luckily  discovered Ren & Stimpy somehow,  but I have no idea what Sponge Bob Square Pants are about and Power Puff Girls and Dexter’s Lab seemed like different versions of the same thing, but like, Ken and Barbie versions for boys and girls. I feel like Adventure Island could also be placed here, but this is my biggest gap, so help me grow the list? I don’t even know what to call this era. Phineas & Pherb could perhaps also sleep in this box. What a great and imaginative little concept?

The one constant cartoon that stands out as the glue that held the last 30 years or so together, could perhaps be The Simpsons, but it kind went bland for me, which I’m kind of sad about. I was big into it as a laitie, but I think I might be more than six seasons behind. Is it worth catching up on it? I liked Futurama a fuck load better.

Matt Groening (with an astounding net worth of over $600mil) along with Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead) probably laid the ground work for the more adult-orientated cartoons, which is where I find myself today: Bill Bur’s F is For Family is cleverly and hilariously cynical, Black Dynamite is an absolute ripper and a culture shift. South Park has been running second longest after The Simpsons (I think?) and they opened a completely different vortex of “what-the-fuckery”. There is just absolutely nothing in animation land that can even be half compared to it. Oh, and I am glad that Archer is still running – they keep changing things up and changing the worlds in which each series take place. Fine humor and brilliant, stupidly fucked-up story lines.

I felt it important to dedicate a little paragraph to Family Guy on it’s own: Family Guy can go fuck itself. It is unfunny, predictable, repetitive and actually kind of downright cunty and mean without being really clever. It is an art to be cunty and mean and clever at the same time, and Seth Macfarlane ain’t the guy to pull it off. Matt Stone and Trey Parker (South Park)? Yup, they’ve mastered it. They’re them guys.

And now I circle back to Rick & Morty as a fokken grown-ass man-child who have never spent a cent on cartoon-related merch. But I went and bought this ridiculous hood and top. You know, so I can look like a complete doos in public. A hungry doos who now has to live off bread and noodles:

Feel free to share your cartoon hits and misses list with us. Maybe you’re a Family Guy kinda guy…

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the Plumlist for our top 10 pick of the week. See what you can stream in South Africa and go pick your winners.
#10 Meet the Real Housewives of Johannesburg Season 2
The Real Housewives of Johannesburg Season 2 will chronicle the lives of seven enviably wealthy Jozi women as they negotiate life as family women, businesswomen and friends, with the first episode landing on 1Magic on Friday, 18 October 2019 at 19:00 on both DStv Now and Showmax at the same time!
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 #9 The star of Shetland tells us about the town where “people seem to get murdered a lot”
Starting at 20:00 on ITV Choice (Channel 123) on DStv Now on Tuesday, 15 October, and running for six weeks, the show is based on the bestselling detective books by award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves, with most of the storylines taking place on the eponymous Scottish archipelago.
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#8 Five reasons to start watching this Forest Whitaker series right now
In the early 1960s, Bumpy returns from Alcatraz to find the neighbourhood he once ruled in a shambles. With the streets controlled by Vincent ‘Chin’ Gigante (Emmy nominee Vincent D’Onofrio from Daredevil and Jurassic World) and the Italian mob, Bumpy takes on the Genovese crime family to regain control.
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 #7 Go crazy with new seasons of your favourite animated comedies
From the not-so-magical world of Dreamland to a small town in Colorado to the horrors of puberty to the void of space, where unfortunately everyone can still hear Archer’s voice – what can you expect from Disenchantment, South Park, Big Mouth and Archer this time around?
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 #6 No joy if you’re a Roy: Succession is back and it’s the best thing on TV
Super-rich family patriarch Logan Roy, played with great power and gravitas by Brian Cox, is not known for smiling. But in the finale of a brilliant second season of Succession he smiles.
On Showmax
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 #5 Your first look at Rick and Morty Season 4
The Adult Swim trailer for Rick and Morty Season 4 was released a week ago, and has already had more than 10 million views. Fans of the sociopathic
super-genius and his nerdy grandson have been waiting for years for the latest season. Cue: countdown.
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 #4 Buckle up for El Camino: you won’t be sorry
When you’ve created what was undisputedly one of the best television series of the past decade, and then decide to make a sequel film, the performance pressure must be immense.
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 #3 Why SOA virgins and fans will love Mayans MC
All seasons of biker-gang series Sons of Anarchy plus two seasons of the spin-off Mayans MC are now streaming for a revved-up, full-throttle binge-watch experience.
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 #2 Get all the spiffy spin-offs on Showmax
In TV-land, when we talk about a spin-off, for the most part, we refer to a TV series that was inspired by an existing movie or series. Think of Cheers (an iconic American sitcom that ran for just
over a decade between 1982 and 1993) versus Frasier (which ran for the following decade between 1993 and 2004).
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 #1 Sibling rivalry, jealousy and a kingdom at stake
The storyline follows King Khombindlela, who finds himself in a dilemma that involves his two newborn sons from different wives. Though he’s elated to finally being gifted with not one but two sons, Khombindlela’s life gets complicated when a prophet declares that one son is his rightful heir, and the other is evil.
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 5 spot, Rick and Morty!

You need to understand how popular and important Rick & Morty are to just about everybody I know. This trailer was uploaded 11 days ago and it is sitting with just over 11million views. It has over half a million likes versus a measily 6k dislikes. That’s an overwhelming show of love and support for these characters. Remember how they fucked with us when they released the first episode of season 3 on Arpril Fools day two years ago? Everyone thought “Yay! Season 3, here we go!” They fucking made us wait another 3 months before the rest of the episodes started airing weekly.

But hey! Season 4 is on the way! We only have to wait until December!

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Wie sal arm wrestling wen tussen Mayans M.C. en Sons Of Anarchy?

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Kurt Sutter is die bra wat seker die grootste klop op die skouer moet kry vir die sukses van die TV-reeks, The Shield. Op hierdie show het hy allerhande hoedjies gedra: producer, skrywer en director. Hy het destyds toe sommer ook in dieselfde reeks in sy eerste volwaardige acting rol verskyn as die bad-ass hitman, Margos Dezerian.

Sutter is gebore en het grootgeword in New Jersey waar sy pa vir General Motors gewerk het. Waar daar ‘n liefde vir karre is, is daar gewoonlik ‘n liefde vir bikes en chicks ook en mens kry die idee dat Sons Of Anarchy die show is wat hy nog altyd wou maak. Hy het weereens diep gegaan met hierdie outjie as skrywer, producer en director en hy het homself natuurlik weer in ‘n scumbag rol ge-cast as die tronkvoël biker gang member, Otto Delaney. As ek reg onthou is Otto die maaifoedie met die pisserige poep-ogie.
Vinnige fact:maaifoedie’ is ‘n mooi Afrikaanse woord vir “motherfucker”

Sutter het dik voorberei vir hierdie produksie en het nogal tyd spandeer met lede van ‘n outlaw M.C. (motorcycle club) in Noord-California. Daar word nie pertinent genoem watter club dit was nie, probably vir illegal en safety redes, maar daar is leidrade wat daarop dui dat hy met Oakland se Harley Davidson hardebaarde ‘n piel of drie gevleg het. As mens gaan wyd gaan soek vir opinies oor hoe naby Sutter die biker lifestyle in California uitgebeeld het in sy reekse, is fans oor die algemeen moerse happy met die eindresultaat. Natuurlik is die pap dik aangemaak vir entertainment value want dit is fokken Hollywood after all. Die hele vibe van brotherhood en hoe mens in die ranks opbeweeg en jou ‘cuts’ kry nadat jy eers ‘n prospect was wat al die skiewie jobs moet doen, is outentiek. Ons kan net fokken dankbaar wees dat niemand in Suid-Afrika ‘n biker-bende TV-reeks probeer maak het nie. Jissis imagine dit, huh? ‘n Klomp tandardse en prokurowers op blink Harely Davidsons op ‘n vyfjaardienslplan wat soos fokken neutkraker baardolie ruik en op Sondae Harties toe fok om pannekoek te gaan vreet en teddiebeertjies vir “die minder bevoorregdes” gaan aflaai in die naam van Jesus? Met sulke Golgota kruis geborduur op die patch en die bikerbende se naam in die eerste font wat opkom in Microsoft Word waarin die embleem ontwerp is. Bederf jouself, jou rowwe kont!
Kom ons stick eerder by die cool biker stories van Amerika voor ons van die pad af gly. Ons moet onthou dat Sutter hier ‘n tipe van ‘n Star Trek maneuver afgepull het. Sons of Anarchy is ‘n unieke show en ‘n vars konsep vir ‘n unieke generasie. Whatever daarop volg, sal nooit 100% oorspronklik kan wees nie. Dit sal copycats of spin-offs moet wees en dis totally fine, wat ons dan nou by die nuwe reeks, Mayans M.C. bring. Dis ook een van Sutter se breinbaba’s en dit maak sin dat dit uit sy pen vloei, want hy het reeds al die donkiewerk gedoen en het moerse sukses behaal met SOA. Daar is dus geen rede hoekom hy dit nie nog ‘n shot kon gee nie, right? Mayans M.C. het sy eie sin van oorspronklikheid en integriteit binne min of meer dieselfde biker-kosmos van California en staan stewig op sy eie twee bene.
Vinnge fact: Sutter se vrou in regte lewe is Katey Sagal. Sy was die lead actress in die rol van Gemma in SOA en doen ook ‘n vinnige cameo in die eerste episode van Mayans M.C. Jy sal haar moontlik ken as Peggy in die kakzef, laat 80s TV-reeks, Married… With Children
Jy sou reg raai dat die hardcore SOA fans se main gripe gaan wees dat Mayans M.C nie Sons of Anarchy is nie en goddank dat dit nie is nie! Check, ek is ‘n moerse fan van beide shows, maar ek het wel my issues met SOA gehad. Issues in a good way. Dis lekker om soms die humor en die lame kak uit te lig in die supposed ernstige oomblikke van movies en TV. Veral as dit by die hoofkarakter, Jax kom. Kyk, ons vang dit – Jax is ‘n hot ou. Ons kan mos sien hoe ons gooste hulle lippe aflek vir hom elke keer wanneer hy sy hemp uittrek en die vibe vir ‘n wyle soos ‘n Timotei of Kelvin Klein advertensie voel. Daai is nog fine. Wat my effens ‘n appel laat kak, is die feit dat Jax en sy boytjies loop asof hulle permanent ‘n skaap tussen bene het en waatlemoene onder die kieliebakke dra. En die mansdrukkies met die brotherly klop op die rug elke goddelike keer as iemand in ‘n vertek instap, kan ‘n lekker drinking game word. Dan is daar die main aartappel in die bike se kazozpyp – Clay Morrow (gespeel deur Ron Perlman), die president van SAMCRO (The Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original) wat kak sad is omdat sy biker dae getel is vanweë sy degeneratiewe arthritis. Op ‘n stadium raak dit so dramaties dat Jax arme stiefpappa, Clay, se hande moet vasbind aan die bike handlebars. Bra, as jy nog kan suip en naai, kan jy bike ry. Totes hillairs.
Vinnge fact: Ron Perlman is nie ‘n natural biker nie. Hy was aanvankik skeitbang vir sy Harley Davidson en dit het hom ‘n rukkie geneem om aan sy ysterperd gewoond te raak. In fact, hy moes lesse kry. Voor SOA was hy nog nooit op ‘n bike gewees nie en hy het ook fokol van biker culture geweet nie.

So hoe vergelyk die twee boetiereekse met dieslfde pappa?

In Sons Of Anarchy is die bikers van SAMCRO almal small town tjommies sedert hulle kinderjare wat nou die dorp, Charming, uit die kake van die korporatiewe leeu wil hou, met voorbedagte rade om eintlik hulle wettige sowel as onwettige besighede te bedryf sonder dat die suits inmeng. Besighede soos wapensmokkel en pornografie. Guns en tiete. Hulle het ook die polisie in hulle pocket. Hulle klink baie cooler as die Guptas. Maybe as Tony en Rajesh scooters gehad het…
Die dorpsbewoners vrees die bende maar vertrou hulle in ‘n manier terselfdetyd. Dis soms gerieflik om hand-om-die-blaas met die duiwel te wees.

Daar is konlifk met die naburige biker clubs, kriminele organisasies sowel as kak en drama binne die mure van SAMCRO self. Dik power struggle vibes. Almal veg vir hulle hulle plekkie op die kruin van die biker ashoop, maar meestal draai die aandag na Jax, wat ‘n klomp kak moet juggle en met die gevolge moet lewe.

Daar is growwe aksie, daar is genoeg anti-helde om jou persoonlike gunsteling te kies en die karakaters is voldoende afgerond. Dis ‘n show wat jy full throttle kan klap, ten spyte van die cheese wat soms opgedis word.

Mayans M.C. aan die ander kant, speel af in ‘n post-Jax Teller era, min of meer twee-en-‘n half jaar na die laaste SOA-reeks. Daar is sommer dadelik ‘n verwysing na SOA met ‘n shot van ‘n dooie kraai in die pad (Sam/Cro, anyone?) met ‘n aasvoël wat in sy karkas rondpik. Die main peanut in die Mayans-pakkie is Ezekiel ‘EZ’ Reyes – ‘n voormalige goeie seun wat pas uit die tjoekie vrygelaat is. Basically Jax se eweknie. EZ is ook ‘n prospect met ‘n bloedbroer in die club asook ‘n ex girlfriend iewers in die mix vir hy hy nog ‘n vet boner het (daar lui ‘n klokkie). EZ het agt jaar tronkstraf uitgedien omdat hy ‘n “dirty” cop onder die kluite gesit het. Background. Check.

In SOA het die ouens rollies gesmokkel. In Mayans is dit dugs. Die Hogs in SOA is nice, maar hulle cruise met daai flat t-style handle bards en in retrospek is dit nogal douche-agtig. In Mayans rol die ouens met daai aaphanger bike handle bars en dit lyk vir my baie cooler. Dit mag dalk vir Vereeniging in my wees. Zef, dog stylvol. ‘EZ Reyes van Mayans is vir my ‘n rustiger prospect as wat Jax was. Hy kom meer calculated en beheersd voor. Mayans het nie nodig om te veel op SOA te steun nie. Daar is wel verwysings na SOA maar beide biker dramas fokus gelukkig op hulle eie storielyne wat dit piele maak.

As ‘n final verdict sal ek reken dat SOA dalk meer tegnies afgerond is maar ek kry nogal die gevoel dat Mayans die potensiaal het om in ‘n beter kwalitiet show as SOA te ontwikkel. Vir die virgins – ek dink nie jy het nodig om eerste SOA te kyk nie, maar as jy nog nie het nie, en jy is heavy into biking, bikers en biker culture, gaan jy beide shows fokken erg geniet. Al sewe seasons van Sons Of Anarchy is beskikbaar op Showmax en beide die eerste twee reekse van Mayans M.C. is ook daar vir jou streaming pleasure. Jy kan die 14-dae free Showmax trial klap om dit en nog baie meer uit te check.

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