Gr8at: National Geographic Water/Ice Photographs

While I haven’t been taking many photographs recently, my taste for spectacular images has far from abated. Do you have a favourite from the carefully chosen themed images below? Have you been to any of the countries covered? Feel free as always to make comments and suggestions. If you like these, then you’ll definitely want to check out these two posts, Spectacular National Geographic Images and National Geographic Animal Photographs.

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Film Quizzes: South Africa

It was my absolute pleasure to meet WordPress readers Abbi and her husband Paul for drinks and blog-related chat. Those familiar with Abbi’s blog will know her as funny, entertaining and engaging, and in person she was no different. A very fun few hours. She’s even promised to bring some of her heavenly-sounding mint choc-chip cookies next time. In tribute to meeting my first blogger, I am doing a quiz on films set in South Africa, Abbi’s birthplace and home until she moved to London over 10 years ago. Feel free to suggest any other films set in South Africa that have captured your attention. A special shout-out to South Africans and fab WordPressers Natasha and Nadine too.

Film Quizzes - South Africa Film 1 (1960s)

Film Quizzes - South Africa Film 2 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - South Africa Film 3 (1990s)

District 9 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - South Africa Film 6 (2000s)

Film Quiz - South Africa Film 6 (2010 +)

The film below was originally in the quiz, instead of Film 6. It was taken out for reasons seen below. You’re more than welcome to answer it all the same.

Film Quizzes - South Africa Film 4 (2000s)

Answers below

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Gr8at – Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

Nelson Mandela

One of the most loved influential and most loved people died yesterday, leading to a worldwide mourning. In tribute to the very wonderful Nelson Mandela, here is a Gr8at of his most inspiring quotes from his life.

When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for eternity.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

It always seems impossible until it’s done. 

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.


Gr8at – Truly Dire Football Kits

I did a Gr8at of awesome football shirts so it’s only fair to do one of some absolute shockers. And wow, it’s scary to think of the ones that didn’t make it. Tassles, tartan, invisible shirts…nothing is beyond limits. Scroll down if you dare…

Colorado Caribous (USA)

Colorado CaribousThere’s so much wrong with this shirt from American team Colorado Caribous for the 1978 season, it’s tempting to make a list. But yes, the tassles may make this the worst shirt ever. Still, if you’re going to finish bottom in your only season before you move city to become the Atlanta Chiefs, you may as well do it in (anti) style.

Dundee (Scotland)


This tartan eyesore was used on tour for the Scottish team’s 1953 tour of South Africa. Hopefully it’s still there.

Hull City (England)

Hull City home

With Hull City having just renamed themselves the Hull City Tigers, this 1992-1993 disaster serves as a garish reminder of just how bad it can be to try and crowbar the tiger aspect of their history.

Notts County (England)

Notts CountyLooking like three bad curtain designs merged into one nightmare cloth explosion, this away strip from Notts County during 1994 – 95 takes some beating.

Peterborough United (England)


A shirt so bad it really deserves an X-rated certificate. This horrendous effort from Peterborough in 1993 is the football kit equivalent of a double figure thrashing.

Manchester United (England)

Man Utd

Though this 1994 – 95 not as visually woeful as the other entrants on this list, this had to be on here as even the team itself disowned it. Losing 3-0 at half time away to Southampton, Manchester United came out for the second half in a different strip. Their manager, Alex Ferguson explaining that the players complained they couldn’t see each other. In every sense of the word, it was never seen again.

Coventry City (England)

Coventry City

With this truly diabolical 1978 effort, the offensive effort by the midlands club even extends to the shorts. usually found at the top of any worst kits countdown.

Jorge Campos – Mexico

Jorge Campos

Some goalkeepers will go to any lengths to put a striker off. Keeping a beard, putting on war paint or trying to shout something to distract him. Mexican legend Jorge Campos went further by wearing shirts that should never be allowed outside.  Capped 130 times at national level, the goalkeeper made up for his 5 foot 6 height by being incredibly quick and flexible. But his outrageous abuse of bright colours on his designs will live longer in the memory.