I Turned 40 This Saturday!

I turned 40 this Saturday. It’s not something I’m ashamed of. People turn 40 all the time; I asked every single person I know who’s older than me and they all confirmed it. Apparently it’s just one of those things you really MUST do. Having tried it, I can honestly say that I give it my seal of approval. I rather enjoyed it. In fact I may just do it again next year. I know that officially I am middle aged now, but I don’t feel any different yet, though I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I start using phrases like “Sonny Jim” and  “Hip Replacement Surgery”.

If you feel a burning desire to bring me a present, I will be at Mooki all week. Don’t feel embarrassed if you spent too much, I won’t judge you.  On the topic of presents, we have decided that we are going to let our staff loose for a few days over Christmas. If you are planning on staying in Durban, then please remember that you were warned. Seriously. I’m warning you now, MY STAFF WILL BE LOOSE!!!!!! Myself and the darling wife have decided to flee town for a few days….did I say flee?….. what I meant to say was run screaming. We will be going very far away to an undisclosed destination. I can’t say where as one of our staff can read, and he will certainly alert the others. They’re used to running in packs. If you cherish your life, we suggest you get out of town from the 24th until the 27th. We will have the staff rounded up again and back at Mooki on the 28th.

Some of our staff will be leaving us earlyish in the New Year to go to Varsities and Colleges around the country. Presumably to learn to read and to get assimilated into civilised society. We are against this idea, but we have been paid a large sum of money by some men who came around in white coats. No we never SOLD  our staff. Think of this agreement more as a long-term exchange program. They have gone, and in exchange we have money. See, nothing sinister there! We will, however, need to replace them. Tables don’t serve themselves, you know.

In the New Year we plan to start DELIVERING our special brand of happiness in the Glenwood area. We will be purchasing a scooter and coming right to your house with Yummy Goodness. If you live between Berea Road, Ridge Road, Queen Mary and Umbilo, then you are in our catchment area and really need to put us on your speed dial. Our “Friends With Benefits” cards are also now freely available to anyone spending R 100.00 or more on Take Away meals. Every time you buy for one hundred bucks or more, you will get a stamp on your card, and ten stamps gets you a voucher for R 100.00 to redeem immediately or hang onto for that middle-of-the -month Mooki fix.

One more thing! If you are stumped and can’t think what to get that special person for Christmas, pop on in and get them a Mooki voucher. It really is the gift that shows you care. If I got one , I would know that you loved me lots and lots.



Tegu Reinvents the Wheel


Tegu, an environmentally aware toy company, has released a brand new collection, Tegu Mobility. Tegu Mobility is a brand new line of magnetic wooden wheels and cars. Mobility offers beautifully crafted wheels that magically click onto any Tegu block creation, thus allowing your child to instantly create a mobile masterpiece. The line is fully modular and even integrates with the existing magnetic building system. Like all Tegu toys, the new Mobility collection is made with high-quality and safe materials, such as wood, magnets that are safely enclosed inside wood finished with water-based and non-toxic coatings.

Like all Tegu toys, the new mobility line is made at the Tegu production facility in Honduras. This facility helps support families, giving them steady work, helps to pay for children to attend schooling and facilitates the planting of trees to replenish Honduran forests. Every time you order a wonderful Tegu toy set, you are given an option of sending a child to school for a day or planting a tree to help replenish Honduran forests suffering from clear-cutting. Unlike other great, but we admit, fairly pricey Tegu sets, the new mobility set is much more affordable for families ranging at under $40 a pop. Also, in honor of the Mobility launch Tegu is holding a “How Do You Roll Sweepstakes,” in which Tegu will be randomly selecting one lucky child winner to guest design a Tegu vehicle for mass production in 2012. The selected child will work with the Tegu world-class design team to concept, brand and produce the new product – truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. New Tegu Mobility is available in limited supplies this Christmas.



Unusual Cardboard Christmas Tree

This unusual cardboard  Christmas Tree made from Cardboard was designed exclusively for the Design Museum in London by award winning interior and surface designer Giles Miller. Simply attach the wooden base and bird and slide the cardboard segments around the central shaft to style as you desire.  An inexpensive Christmas gift, the Giles Miller Christmas Tree is only available through the  Design Museum Shop.

Deathlehem Zombie Nativity Set

Deck your halls with something gory from the little town of Deathlehem this Christmas.

After three days in the grave, an unmarried zombie couple rose again and was visited by three undead wise men and a recently deceased shepherd. Gaspar was just impaled, Balthasar lost his head, and Melchior was burned to death in an unfortunate myrrh related accident. The shepherd’s head has been smashed in and his brain is exposed, much to the delight of his bloodthirsty sheep. Joseph is oblivious to his stab wounds as he watches Mary partake in the “body of Christ.” No need to wait for transubstantiation!

There are 6 figurines crafted from Sculpey clay that measure just under 2 inches tall, two tiny sheep, and an empty manger. They are lovingly hand made with no molds or tools (other than the occasional toothpick) and are not painted, save for the x’s for eyes. These little guys are cute as hell and will definitely get some smiles out of your holiday guests, (unless your holiday guests can’t take a little, lighthearted joke about the season, in which case, put them in a drawer until Mr/Mrs No-Fun leave your house… or get some new friends.)

You can buy a set to put under your Christmas Tree for $8 on Etsy