Dash of Zulu in heart of London

first_imgThe Zulu culture comes under the spotlightin 2010 with the opening of an upmarketZulu-themed venue in London.(Image: South Africa Tourism)MEDIA CONTACTS • Roger PayneShaka Zulu restaurant and lounge+44 203 376 9911Janine ErasmusAn opulent new venue opening in April 2010 in London’s Camden district is themed around the famed Zulu king Shaka, and will offer the best of South African cuisine.The £5.5-million (R66-million) venue, also a nightclub, will accommodate almost 750 people, according to the British Hospitality Association (BTA).The multi-level venue is located in the Camden Stables market, northwest of the city centre. The historic stables market is part of the larger Camden Markets, several adjacent markets that are a popular shopping destination and tourist hotspot.The project is the brainchild of Roger Payne, who also owns The Cuban bar and restaurant in Camden Markets. Other restaurants in the area offer a choice of interesting world cuisine ranging from Moroccan to Thai and Malaysian. Payne and Camden Markets have entered into a joint venture to develop the African restaurant.Touted as “London’s hottest launch”, the upmarket Shaka Zulu will be located just below the glamorous pan-Asian restaurant Gilgamesh, in the heart of the Stables market. The BTA reports that the ground floor of the venue, which will double as a nightclub, will accommodate 400 people, while the mezzanine area will accommodate 340 people. Patrons will be able to sample the finest Cape-style seafood in one themed restaurant, and savour specialty South African meats in another.Speaking to Caterer Search, Payne described his latest project as “unique”. The restaurateur admitted to a boyhood fascination with King Shaka, and a long-standing interest in the differences between Zulu and British culture of that time.“It will be a Las Vegas-themed show bar with fine dining … destined to become London’s number-one nightclub,” he said. The UK‘s celebrities are expected to make Shaka Zulu one of their favourite haunts.Payne is also negotiating to bring South African food and beverage suppliers on board. Reports also say that the entrepreneur is in consultation with job creation enterprise Bayede, producer of a range of Zulu-inspired products ranging from fine beadwork and clothing, to accessories, bedding and even wines.Bayede is endorsed by the reigning Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and his wife Queen Mantfombi, the daughter of Sobhuza II, former king of Swaziland.Sweeping scenes of AfricaPayne is sparing no expense – the cost of the interior décor alone, which will showcase 19th century Zulu culture, is estimated at around £2-million (R24-million). Enormous intricately hand-carved wooden panels feature majestic scenes from Africa – one of them, of an elephant, is said to be 20m high, 10m wide, and 2m deep.Guests may feel a little intimidated as they approach the entrance under the gaze of a 15m bronze statue of the feared ruler himself, which will stand by the door.The 2 400 square metre floor space will also encompass a VIP and cocktail lounge.To ensure authenticity, the developers have held extensive consultation with members of the Zulu nation in South Africa, including King Zwelithini.“We have also consulted the British Museum,” said a Shaka Zulu spokesperson. The cultural institution is famed for its vast African art galleries, which hold treasures gathered – although, some would say plundered – from all over the African continent.The Zulu king is said to have been invited to the grand opening as guest of honour.Royal warriorShaka was born around 1787 near KwaDukuza, formerly known as Stanger, in KwaZulu-Natal.His father Senzangakhona, a Zulu chieftain, had 16 wives, and his mother Nandi was also of noble blood. Because Shaka’s parents weren’t married he and his mother were shunned by both sides of the family, and they eventually settled with Nandi’s aunt among the Mthetwa tribe, led by Chief Dingiswayo.As a grown man Shaka enlisted in the Mthetwa army. It was Dingiswayo who first saw the warrior’s leadership potential, and took him as his protégée, giving him the opportunity to rise through the ranks. Shaka was a ruthless commander, but his strict discipline and sharp military mind were an advantage for the army.When his father died, Dingiswayo supported the young man in a bid to claim control of his people. This Shaka did, and immediately began to assimilate neighbouring clans into his domain, although he remained loyal to Dingiswayo.The monarch died around 1818 and although it is suspected that Shaka played a covert part in this, there is no testimony to support the speculation. Shaka assumed the late Dingiswayo’s position and immediately began to expand the boundaries of his kingdom.Shaka’s only real rival was Zwide of the Ndwandwe tribe, whom he finally conquered in 1826. Many of the Ndwandwe warriors pledged allegiance to Shaka, boosting the ruler’s army tremendously.Shaka introduced a number of new military and social concepts during his reign. One was the iklwa, the short stabbing spear that was born of the long-handled assegai used for throwing. Shaka preferred his warriors to hang on to their weapons instead of throwing them, and to creep right up to the enemy and engage them at close range.He also perfected the crescent-shaped military formation, the main part of which would fight the enemy while those on the outer wings moved to surround the foe. The Zulu army under Shaka fought many bloodthirsty wars and left thousands of people as refugees. As undisputed ruler Shaka showed no mercy to those who angered him, inflicting often outrageous cruelties on them. It has been said that he was responsible for the deaths of over 1-million people.Shaka was on good terms with the occupying British colonial forces, traded with them, and allowed them to build a settlement at Port Natal, now the provincial capital Durban. During his rule there was harmony between the Zulus and the settlers.When his mother Nandi died in 1827, Shaka went berserk, putting large numbers of people to death simply because they did not appear to be suitably grief-stricken. His behaviour eventually became too much for his people and it was at this time that his bodyguard Mbopha and half-brothers Dingane and Mhlangana fatally stabbed Shaka. The buried him in an unmarked grave near what is today the town of KwaDukuza.As Shaka had no children, Dingane succeeded him as king of the Zulu nation.last_img read more

OpenHeatMap: Custom Heat Maps for Geo Data

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Location#Product Reviews#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Pete Warden is many things to many people. To Facebook corporate headquarters, he’s a pest to manage with legal pressure. To nerdy bloggers around the Web, he’s a thoughtful guy who stops by and drops smart comments here and there. At ReadWriteWeb, we think of him as one of our favorite data geeks online.Now Pete Warden is aiming to become something new: the guy who built the easiest way to publish maps on any website. His new project OpenHeatMap is an open-source tool to embed visualizations of data with a location element and changes over time. It works in Flash or HTML5, and it could be just the hackable thing you’re looking for – if you’re looking for a way to see where time, space and a set of numbers all come together.Warden’s been working on the service for six months, and he describes it like this: “My one-sentence description is ‘YouTube for maps,’” he says. “If you have location data in an Excel spreadsheet, you can save it out as a CSV file, upload it to OpenHeatMap and get an interactive online map that you can customize, share and embed.” It’s a GPL JQuery plug-in that lets you display data with a location component, as well as over time.Curious about where people around the world are Tweeting about a particular topic the most? Want to see world income levels as reported over the last 100 years by the World Bank, playing forward like a little movie map? Got your own data set you want to put on a map? That’s what OpenHeatMap aims to make easy to do.Why This Is Important“This has the potential to make public data relevant to the lay user,” Alex Howard, government 2.0 beat writer for O’Reilly Media, says. “One of the biggest challenges government agencies, municipalities and any other body has is converting open data to information which people can take knowledge from. One of the most powerful ways humanity has developed to communicate information over time is through maps. If you can take data in an open form – and CSV files are one of the most standard formats available – then you have an opportunity to tell stories in a way that’s relevant to a region and personalized to an individual. That’s a meaningful opportunity. The fact that you can embed it and that it’s licensed on GPL and on GitHub is a significant contribution by Pete Warden to humanity’s ability to tell stories.”The service isn’t perfect at launch – it’s still buggy and rendering is a little slow – but OpenHeatMap could be the beginning of something very useful and important. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Big Day for LivingSocial, with $10 Off a $20 Amazon Gift Card

first_imgTags:#Amazon#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Today looks to be a record-breaking day for the daily deal site LivingSocial. It’s offering a nationwide deal: a $20 Amazon gift card for $10. In just the first few hours of the sale, users have already purchased over 243,000 coupons. Some are predicting the deal is on a course to outperform the previous blockbuster daily deal, when Groupon offered $25 off a $50 purchase at the Gap. That resulted in some $13 million worth of coupons being sold. The LivingSocial deal still has 22 hours to go and has already sold over $2 million worth of coupons. Of course, Amazon isn’t simply just another major retailer dabbling in the daily deal business. It’s also a major investor in LivingSocial, having put $175 million into the company in December. Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Jeremy Lew calls today’s deal “the first step of operational integration from that investment.” If so, this deal may be less about selling Amazon wares than introducing Amazon customers to the daily deal company.Any predictions on how many $10 off coupons will be sold by the time the deal ends this time tomorrow?last_img read more

Ailing knee knocks defending champ Wawrinka out of US Open

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I love this sport and I will work hard to get back to my top level and play many more years,” Wawrinka said.Wawrinka follows countryman Roger Federer in having to cut his season short because of his knee. Federer sat out the second half of 2016 but has returned strong this year, winning two majors and beating Wawrinka in the finals at Indian Wells.Djokovic decided late last month he would miss the U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow, ending his streak of playing in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. He aims to return to the ATP Tour in January. LATEST STORIES Star stops San Miguel, stays unbeaten DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ He joins the man he beat in last year’s final at Flushing Meadows, Novak Djokovic, in calling it quits for this season because of injury.The fourth-ranked Wawrinka added last year’s title to his 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open championships. He got back to the finals in Paris in June, losing to Rafael Nadal, but was eliminated by Daniil Medvedev in the first round at Wimbledon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 32-year old Swiss was clearly bothered by his left knee then, icing it during changeovers. He said after the defeat the knee had been a problem on and off all season and he needed to figure out what was wrong.He finishes with just one title this season and says he is already looking toward his recovery and playing in 2018. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FILE – In this July 3, 2017, file photo, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka reacts during his men’s singles match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has pulled out of the U.S. Open with an injured knee. Wawrinka announced Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, he would sit out the rest of 2017 because of the knee. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)NEW YORK  — Defending champion Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injured knee. He will have a medical procedure and sit out the rest of 2017.“This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years,” Wawrinka said Friday in a statement through his agency.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View commentslast_img read more

Athletes in the ‘Zone’ at CWG Village

first_imgThe term ‘Games Village’ is a bit of a misnomer for the place where athletes are lodged during their stay in the Capital. It is a city in its own right.There is no facility or convenience one cannot find inside its premises and visitors can spend their whole free time in the International Zone of the Village.For those on their first trip to India in particular, it is no less than an eye- opener.Not surprisingly, the area remains full of people throughout the day. It is also a place where friendships develop and old acquaintances are revived.The handicraft store is never short of visitors, who seem to have taken a deep liking to the items on offer. “I like the stuff in the store very much. It is very exotic,” 14- year- old Charlotte Carey, a table tennis player from Wales, told Mail Today on Thursday.Charlotte, accompanied by two of her teammates, bought a pair of bracelets and seemed quite proud of her newest possessions.Traditional Indian handicrafts present a special charm for people coming from far- off lands and Kevin Coulter is no different.The general team manager of the Norfolk Island contingent was very interested in the goods that are on display. “These are very fascinating items. I am just surveying the stuff and may buy something a few days later,” he said, while inspecting a small decorative item made of alabaster.Coulter did not hesitate in enquiring about the material used for making the handicrafts. The store is run by the Central Cottage Industries Emporium.advertisement”We receive a lot of visitors everyday but sales are not so heavy at the moment. The visitors mostly just inspect the items on sale. May be the sales will pick up in the coming days,” Ashwani Arora, the manager of the store, said.Another favourite hangout for athletes seems to be the Shahnaz Hussain Beauty Salon. After all, who doesn’t want to be pampered? Mail Today found Indian hockey players Gurbaj Singh and Sarvanjit Singh having a haircut, while some foreign female athletes were enjoying a manicure session.”It’s an off day for us today so we decided to relax and enjoy ourselves,” Sarvanjit said.The official merchandise store has a wide array of stuff on show and also offers the famous ( or infamous) vuvuzela, known for the cacophony of noise it made during the FIFA World Cup earlier this year in South Africa.”They are priced at Rs 250 per piece,” Aisha Bhagat, the store manager for Premier Brands, said. “The most popular items among the athletes are the jugs and sippers.” The official t- shirts also seemed to find favour with a lot of athletes.The transactions were not without some hitches, though.”Most of the foreign visitors come with the currency of their own countries, while we can only accept payment in Indian rupees.After selecting some item, they may have to go to the bank to convert the currency or to withdraw money from the ATM,” Aisha said.No wonder the Central Bank of India outlet at the International Zone seems to draw one of the biggest crowds.The convenience store has virtually everything that can be of daily use on offer. “The soft drinks and colas are going off the shelf at a fast rate,” an attendant at the store said. “Detergents are also selling fast.” However, there was one item which did not see much sale.”The condoms at our store are hardly finding any buyers as there is a free dispenser just down the alley,” the attendant said.last_img read more