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My Octopus Teacher

My Octopus Teacher is a Netflix documentary film, filmed in South Africa, and the first South African nature documentary to be one of Netflix's original productions.  It stars Craig Vorster and his friendship with an octopus in a kelp forest near False Bay close to Simons Town in the Cape. 

It is an absolutely remarkable documentary and I will not spoil  anything about the documentary other than to say that it involves fights between the octopus and pyjama sharks and you will be astounded at how intelligent octopus are. The footage is amazing and it has already won some awards.  If you have Netflix, I strongly recommend that you watch this South African sensation which is being watched around the world at the moment!

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 17-Nov-20   |  Permalink   |  38 Comments Comments Share on Facebook   Tweet It
TikTok stars

I was reading through the earnings of the most well-known people on TikTok and although they are doing very well it was not exactly the figures that I imagined.  Forbes estimates that the number one earner is Addison Rae Easterling who earned $5 million in the past year largely through branded merchandise and sponsorship from companies.  Of course, that is not bad for a 19 year old, but it is not exactly the figures we hear in other fields.  Second and third are the D’Amelio sisters of whom Charli D’Amelio is the better known.  Charli D’Amelio earned $4 million in the last year, which is fantastic for a 16 year old and her 19 year old sister, Dixie D’Amelio earned $2,9 million.  How long those types of gigs last is another question and I am not just talking about the concerns that obviously many might have about the future of TikTok, but as long as they invest the money wisely, don’t spend too much in terms of getting a very fancy house, they will not have to work again.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Monday 09-Nov-20   |  Permalink   |  49 Comments Comments Share on Facebook   Tweet It
Elon Musk - seventh richest in America

It is quite amazing that somebody who went to Pretoria Boys High School and was born in South Africa is now the seventh richest man in America according to the Forbes 400 Annual List. 

It is also a very sad story for yet another boys’ school in South Africa that is remembered by what is clearly the most successful student ever, as being an unhappy place for him with lots of bullying.  Elon of course did not form Tesla, he took it over and really took it to new heights, and he also has another very successful company, namely SpaceX.  According to Forbes he was worth, at the time of publication, $68 billion or to put that into South African terms R1122 billion, which you could just round off at R1,1 trillion!

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 03-Nov-20   |  Permalink   |  46 Comments Comments Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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