Top Gear will NOT happen in Durban this year

To much fanfare a little while ago, it was announced that the Top Gear Live event would take place in Durban for a fourth straight year.

However, a little while ago, I got an email from the organisers saying it would no longer happen. Here is the full press release, unchanged.

Press release
For immediate release 2nd March 2015
TOP GEAR LIVE EVENT TO LEAVE DURBAN

It has been announced today that Top Gear Festival will not take place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal this year. The organisers have confirmed they are actively looking for an alternative destination for a Top Gear Live event and hope to have more news very soon.

Over the years the Top Gear Live events have enjoyed a great relationship with their South African fans and in their statement they thanked the fans for their understanding following this announcement. “Durban is one of 7 destinations selected to be included in the international tour for 2015”. James Cooke-Priest, COO of Top Gear Live statedSouth Africa has always been one of our favourite destinations on the tour. We have a particular fondness for the crowds we entertain here, as they are always so loud and enthusiastic and return year after year to support us. Although we will not be in Durban this year we are taking steps to stage an alternative Top Gear Live event in Johannesburg and we shall be announcing those plans shortly”.

Any fans who had already bought vouchers to attend this year’s event have already been contacted regarding their orders and offered alternatives.

Updates regarding the alternative Top Gear Live event will be made in the press in coming weeks.

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Released by: Annie Fyfe-Hitchings
PR Manager
Top Gear Festival Durban

Alison Fyfe-Turck
PR Manager
Top Gear Festival Durban
Mobile:  +27 83 653 1707
 
Top Gear Offices:  031 
About Top Gear Live

Top Gear Live is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Brand Events UK. 
The live events offer an exciting variation on more traditional motoring events.  Top Gear Festivals* include elements such as Motoring Theatre which incorporates the drama of film and theatre with the thrills and spills of stunts and special effects; Track Action including Stig power laps, head-to-head racing, supercars, drag racing & celebrity race challenges; Exhibition Areas – packed with supercars, classic motors and motoring memorabilia as well as other features.
Since 2008 Top Gear Live events have entertained over 2.1 million fans in 28 cities around the World and we are proud to be bringing this event to South Africa again.
*Festival content varies by Country



of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the license fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines, Home Entertainment and Global Brands. In 2009/10, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £145 million (operating profit before specific items) on sales of £1074 million (including Group revenue and the Group’s share of joint-ventures’ revenue).



BBC Worldwide was awarded with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in April 2009. This prestigious award for International Trade recognized the company’s substantial growth in overseas earnings and its commercial success at outstanding levels, based on 3 years’ trading results, which benefit the UK creative industries and ultimately the license fee payer.
For more information please visitwww.bbcworldwide.Press release
For immediate release 2nd March 2015


TOP GEAR LIVE EVENT TO LEAVE DURBAN



It has been announced today that Top Gear Festival will not take place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal this year. The organisers have confirmed they are actively looking for an alternative destination for a Top Gear Live event and hope to have more news very soon.

Over the years the Top Gear Live events have enjoyed a great relationship with their South African fans and in their statement they thanked the fans for their understanding following this announcement. “Durban is one of 7 destinations selected to be included in the international tour for 2015”. James Cooke-Priest, COO of Top Gear Live statedSouth Africa has always been one of our favourite destinations on the tour. We have a particular fondness for the crowds we entertain here, as they are always so loud and enthusiastic and return year after year to support us. Although we will not be in Durban this year we are taking steps to stage an alternative Top Gear Live event in Johannesburg and we shall be announcing those plans shortly”.

Any fans who had already bought vouchers to attend this year’s event have already been contacted regarding their orders and offered alternatives.

Updates regarding the alternative Top Gear Live event will be made in the press in coming weeks.

- Ends -

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Released by: Annie Fyfe-Hitchings
PR Manager
Top Gear Festival Durban

Alison Fyfe-Turck
PR Manager
Top Gear Festival Durban
Mobile:  +27 83 653 1707
 
Top Gear Offices:  031 303 9177



About Top Gear Live

Top Gear Live is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Brand Events UK. 
The live events offer an exciting variation on more traditional motoring events.  Top Gear Festivals* include elements such as Motoring Theatre which incorporates the drama of film and theatre with the thrills and spills of stunts and special effects; Track Action including Stig power laps, head-to-head racing, supercars, drag racing & celebrity race challenges; Exhibition Areas – packed with supercars, classic motors and motoring memorabilia as well as other features.
Since 2008 Top Gear Live events have entertained over 2.1 million fans in 28 cities around the World and we are proud to be bringing this event to South Africa again.
*Festival content varies by Country



About BBC Worldwide



BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the license fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines, Home Entertainment and Global Brands. In 2009/10, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £145 million (operating profit before specific items) on sales of £1074 million (including Group revenue and the Group’s share of joint-ventures’ revenue).



BBC Worldwide was awarded with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in April 2009. This prestigious award for International Trade recognized the company’s substantial growth in overseas earnings and its commercial success at outstanding levels, based on 3 years’ trading results, which benefit the UK creative industries and ultimately the license fee payer.
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My Thoughts On Trolls

Originally posted on Another Word For It...:

I’m not even exactly certain of what a troll is. I mean, I am, in the Hans Christian Andersen sense of the term, but not in the Internet sense.

I suppose I could google it and come up with a few definitions but they’d all talk about “someone who gives unasked for responses to social media posts” or something. It may throw in a bit about it being negative or obscene or cynical or nasty. I don’t know, something along those lines. I’m not going to bother to look it up. We all know what I’m talking about.

I have a problem with the whole idea of trolling. I put that badly. I have a problem with the concept of a troll. I think that, as with anything, there is a point at which something, anything, crosses a line but that which is labeled trolling most often isn’t.

Let me…

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Some bad things are good for you

It was a weird phone call and it went something like this.

Tshwaku: “Chief.”

Me: “Comrade, if you tell me you’re too hungover and didn’t get the goods we’re going to have a problem.”

Tshwaku: “No. I’m here chief. Which ones do you want?”

Me: “Pepper steak. Two pepper steak.”

Tshwaku: “And it’s a double thick vanilla, right?”

Me: “Correct. Thank you comrade.”

Tshwaku: “Sho.”

Told you it was a weird convo… So here’s the background. Tshwaku is my colleague and mate, Khanyiso Tshwaku. He was in East London and if asked him to bring me some contraband. That contraband was two typical Slummies things that are just better than anything else — Shamrock pies and Friesland milkshakes. If you’ve never had them, you’re missing out. Big time!



This is a Shamrock pie. It will change your life.


There is no better milkshake in the world.


Now I know I’m meant to be being healthy and stuff. And I know that a pie is not healthy. It’s the carbs. Or something like that. And milkshakes aren’t healthy because of aaaaaall the sugar. 

But guess what? I don’t care!

Why don’t I care? Because some bad things are good for you. It all depends on how you define “good”. Let me explain.

Growing up, I remember going to East London a lot. My dad is from there. I had family there. My maternal and paternal grandparents lived there. I played a lot of sport (particularly squash) there. East London has a lot of memories for me. One of the things we would always do before traveling back to Umtata was to grab a Friesland milkshake and drink it on the beachfront. My dad always got a double-think lime milkshake. I got a vanilla. We would drink them together. Talk nonsense. Just chat, you know.

(If you want an idea of my relationship with my dad, I wrote a letter to him a few years ago. Warning: it’s very soppy.)



My dad and I, when I was a cute-baby. Seriously. Look at me! I was cute as hell.

So why are the “bad” things like pies and milkshakes good? Because they bring back amazing memories. Unforgettable memories. Flashbacks of times spent with a man I loved deeply and will continue to love for years to come.

And, hey, that’s worth the few extra calories.