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Been too long

Posted by Andrew Barry on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, In : Ramblings 
Trendsetters, it has been far too long since I blogged on this website. 

I was inspired to get back into it when the sassy morning Deejay Yolanda on OFM in South Africa contacted me to do an interview as a South African living abroad. The interview is going to be on air pretty soon.

So if people are genuinely interested in that, please let me know. 

Use the comments below.

In the meantime for more up-to-date ramblings, happenings and insights into NYC check out my Twitter and Tumblr pages!

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We had it first!

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, December 15, 2011, In : Ramblings 
You know those parking sensors they have in Cavendish Square and other shopping centers around South Africa? Those sensors above each bay that turn red when a car is under them but are green when there isn't one? Well this awesome parking technology has only just reached the States. I know!

It seems bizarre that something we have had in South Africa for at least three years now has only just reached a country which has built itself by being at the forefront of technology and which has one of t...

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Whose country is it?

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, In : Ramblings 

It scares me more than it inspires me now how far South Africa still has to go as a country.  

I’m still inspired by the potential of the place – the beauty, the resources, the resilient spirit of the South African people – but it becomes clear how far we still have to go when you travel from the European bubble that is Cape Town to the African metropolis that is Johannesburg, and even more so when you do that with a more worldly perspective. The contrast is stark.

The outrage ov...

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But going Home is good for the soul

Posted by Andrew on Friday, November 18, 2011, In : Ramblings 

In the last post I described how transient the notion of ‘home’ has become to me recently. Returning back to the country of my birth over a year after my last visit and two years since I left with my entire life for the shores of the United States made me realize that home is really where the heart is – and we all know how fickle those things are.

But there is nothing quite like your original home: the familiar faces and places, the good memories, the bad memories that dissolve with the ...

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New Music

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Ramblings 

I've updated the music page of this blog. A backlog that went all the way back to Bonnaroo. A backlog that included some of the sickest bands I may ever see. The backlog of all backlogs.


And blogged.

As the year draws to a close I propose a list of the breakout bands of 2011 in my world (they may have been around for longer):

  • The Naked and Famous
  • Noah and the Whale
  • Rural Alberta Advantage
  • Awolnation
I've seen all of these bands live except for Awolnation which I'll be seeing in mid...

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So Wrong About You

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, September 8, 2011, In : Ramblings 

It's been just over a month since I found out what she did. Sadness gave way to anger, which gave way to bitterness, which now mixes with profound dissappointment. Disappointed with someone I thought I knew. Disappointed with someone I trusted.

Betrayal. It's one of the worst kinds of pain to suffer because it comes from someone you trusted. There can be any number of motives for it - discontent, boredom, cowardness, immaturity - and usually a combination of many of them. But whatever the mot...

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I have a dream sculpture

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, August 11, 2011, In : Ramblings 
Washington DC is about to get another piece of brand-spanking new history.

In 12 days time, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will be opened to the public.

It's interesting in that the memorial was proposed by some fraternity brothers back in 1984. Groundbreaking only occured five years ago, and $120 million was spent on scuplting the more than 9 meter likeness of the civil rights visionary, which will sit between the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, next to the Tidal Ba...
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Where To Lay The Blame

Posted by Andrew on Friday, August 5, 2011, In : Ramblings 

I want to clarify some of the vitriol from my previous post, to diffuse some of the anger that lies in those words.

When I referred to 'people' throughout that last post I was including myself. I can be a horrid person sometimes. I lie. I've stolen. Perhaps most cruelly, I have used words as weapons and said some things in the heat of the moment that I wish I could take back, that I never really meant, but that came out all the same. All these things affect other people in horrible ways.

And t...

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People Taking Turns To Be Horrible People

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : Ramblings 
Why does it feel sometimes like everybody is taking turns being horrible people to each other?

This world works on the premise that we are all good people inherently, and we're in this together.

But for some reason we keep fucking it up for each other by being intrinsically horrible to another person.

This is particularly true when it comes to feelings. Unfortunately I've observed, and been on the receiving end, of too many people treating the feelings of another with selfish contempt. I under...
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From The Cloud Of Thoughts #2

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : Ramblings 
" Silence is the true friend that never betrays"

- Confucius

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From the Cloud of Thoughts #1

Posted by Andrew on Friday, May 13, 2011, In : Ramblings 

"We all become important when we realise our goal should be to figure out our role within the context of the whole"

- Kimya Dawson

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It comes full circle

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Ramblings 
Well here I am again. Right back where I was in the begninning.

300 Brae Boulevard, Park Ridge. The Marriot Hotel.

It's so weird to be back here. It still smells the same. That smell reminding me of new experiences, nervous energy, nightly turn-downs, lonely contemplation, morning workouts and a wistful pining for a girl back home.

It's amazing how much things have changed, my life now established at work, surrounded by friends, living in the bustling city, happily thinking of a girl in that c...
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How to Live in New York City

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, In : Ramblings 

I stumbled across a brilliant piece of writing about the reality, charm and intrigue of living in arguably the greatest city on earth. It captures so perfectly the allure of this place, the frenetic energy and anything-goes mentality.

Have a read here to see what I mean.

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Viva South Africa Viva!

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, June 10, 2010, In : Ramblings 
I'm sitting in Dallas, Texas watching the World Cup Kick Off Concert on live streaming video.

And I have goosebumps.

I feel so incredibly proud to be South African right now. Our time in the light starts tonight at Orlando Stadium, and I can already see us shine! Lucas Radebe is telling the world that the cup is staying here. Desmond Tutu is welcoming the world and giving thanks to Nelson Mandela for making this all possible. Vusi Mahlasela is singing his soulful songs. 

I am feeling a crazy mix...
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Don't forget to boogy

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, May 15, 2010, In : Ramblings 
Something I've been thinking about a lot lately is being yourself.

How do you be yourself? How do you find out who you are? What crazy dumbsaint of the mind do you see yourself as, and what story do other people read into that.?

This is something I really used to wrestle with back home. Not in the helpless way. More in the searching way. But what I realise now, is that I never had the perspective to see what I always knew. That sounds strange. But what it means, at least to me, is that back ho...
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Mine's bigger than yours

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, February 7, 2010, In : Ramblings 

For those of you who remember that classic BMW advert back in the day with the Beamer busting turns around Chapman’s Peak with the tagline, “it beats the bends (Benz)”, advertising here is almost exclusively like that.

Companies hardly ever focus on their own product or service, preferring instead to engage in some old-school trash-talking. And it’s no holds barred.

Sometimes it’s a radio ad like this:

Guy 1: “Hey wait, what’s that on your desk?”

Guy 2: “It’s a McDon...

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Proudly South African

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, December 12, 2009, In : Ramblings 
We have such a unique country. We have so much to be proud of. Look at where we've come from. Look at where we are now. No, look beyond the obvious, the negative. Look beyond - and see a country, as diverse as you can get, working together; singing together; dancing together; living together.

A country living. Striving to live. Striving to survive.

One of the greatest human souls – certainly one of the ...

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Keeping it real

Posted by Andrew on Friday, November 13, 2009, In : Ramblings 
I promised myself when I started this blog to keep things real. To give an honest account of my experience here. And that's what this post is all about.

I realised this past week that moving countries, uprooting everything and settling some place new, is no easy ride. Things became daunting, confusing, and hectic these past few days. And what I've experienced is, that's when loneliness sets in. You start missing what you left behind - your family, your friends, the people you love. And your ho...
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Raise your goblet of rock

Posted by Andrew on Friday, November 6, 2009, In : Ramblings 
I think it is time now. These guys deserve big 'props'. I'd like you all to join me in raising your goblet of rock to the best rock radio station in the world, ever!

I'm talking about New York's Rock Experience, "wonohwonyne". Officially known as 101.9 RXP. These guys do nothing but rock...




The reason today is the today is because I spent most of it in the city - and sat in a ridonkulous amount of traffic to get there and back. But these guys saved me. Literally. Moshing har...
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Yankee-Phillie fever: a history lesson

Posted by Andrew on Friday, October 30, 2009, In : Ramblings 
As I am writing this, the Yankees are playing the Phillies in Game 2 of the World Series. The hype here has been insane - radio stations, newspapers, TV, and almost everyone you bump into is talking about it. The Yankees are playing the first two games at home in the Bronx. Last night was a major upset as the Phillies (who recently became the first franchise to lose 10 000 games - although they are the defending champions) upset the New York crowd, winning 6-1 with a phenomenal performance fr...
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From the movie Drive

Whose site is it anyway?

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