Instrumental by James Rhodes

Instrumental by James Rhodes

James Rhodes' passion for music has been his absolute lifeline. It has been the thread that has held him together through a life that has encompassed pain, conflict and turmoil. Listening to Rachmaninov on a loop as a traumatised teenager or discovering an Adagio by Bach while in a hospital ward - such exquisite miracles of musical genius have helped him survive his demons, and, along with a chance encounter with a stranger, inspired him to become the renowned concert pianist he is today.

- an alternative book review feature by Alie Brand

Expanding on the concept of popular culture and it's influence on careers - Alie Brand of Stellenbosch Rugby Academy examines how James Kerr in his book Legacy uses the example of the world's most successful Rugby team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal practical lessons for leadership and business. Creating a book that can be applied to a career both on and off the field of the play. Illustrating how the game of rugby and literature combined can help inspire stronger careers in general.

According to Brand these are some of the highlighted attributes (based on extracts and quotes,) that one can gain from Legacy, which makes it a must read for everyone wanting to improve their career.

Legacy by James Kerr - image courtesy of Little, Brown Book Group

Legacy by James Kerr - image courtesy of Little, Brown Book Group

With NASA/JPL - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Thinking about the future of space travel and the ideology of a gap year has prompted the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to put together what it calls "Visions of the Future".  

Images Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
Images Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
Mars:
Our neighbouring planet has received a lot of attention since the recent findings of water deposits by NASA and has since and even before that had many Hollywood movies depict adventures on the so-called red planet. This poster creates a wonderful understanding of what can be a futuristic landmark for space travel!

Sphero and the giant leap - BB-8 image courtesy Sphero © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.

Sphero and the giant leap - BB-8 image courtesy Sphero © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.

"Sphero’s ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, driven, organized and passionate about connected play and robotics."

What happens when you take a robot, a movie franchise, some creative thinking and genius engineering? - you get Sphero.

With unexpected giant leaps and strides, toy-brand Sphero stormed onto the world stage - launching a robotic product range that took on the persona of BB-8 from Star Wars. At the time Star Wars had returned to dominate the worlds movie scene. This provided a commercial match made in heaven.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story..Stormtroopers..Ph: Jonathan Olley..©Lucasfilm LFL 2016. Copyright: 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story..Stormtroopers..Ph: Jonathan Olley..©Lucasfilm LFL 2016. Copyright: 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved.

Directed, by Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla," "Monsters") "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" tells the story of how a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.