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What’s better than chocolate? How about chocolate and the chance to win R10 000 every day?

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I have very little resistance when it comes to chocolate. I have an especially soft spot for for anything with a nutty twist. When I was a kid my dad would buy a Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut on a Sunday night and we’d nibble away while watching the movie on M-Net. It was my ultimate treat.

The thing about chocolate is that it’s always a pleasure – even if you eat a whole bagful on your own because that guy you really really like just dodged you in a bar. It’s finding the Lunch Bar mini in your goodie bag, getting an oh-so-indulgent P.S because someone thought you’re special, or eating a Crunchie while watching Pretty Woman, biting all the chocolate off first and leaving that crispy honeycomb right till the end (did anyone else do this?)

Now, if it’s even possible, Cadbury has managed to make chocolate even better by giving you the chance to bag R10 000 every day for 60 days!

All you need to do is buy one (or all) of the following Cadbury chocolate bars:

  • Lunch Bar (48g)
  • Lunch Bar Dream (48g)
  • P.S. Milk Chocolate (48g)
  • P.S. Caramilk (48g)
  • 5Star (48.5g)
  • Crunchie (40g)
  • Lunch Bar mini (23g)
  • P.S. Caramilk mini (24g/19g)

Submit the unique codes found inside the wrapper by dialling the USSD code *120*101112# and following the
prompts. The promotion runs until 31 October.

The Cadbury Wrapper Flapper has also made a comeback, giving you even more chances to win! Just grab one of the chocolate bars mentioned above and present your wrapper at one of the national activations taking place over the next two months. Once inside, you’ll have 10 seconds to catch one of the golden coins inside, winning you instant cash or airtime.

The Cadbury Wrapper Flapper will be starting off at Savanna Mall in Limpopo (06 th – 09 th September 2018), Diamond Pavilion in Northern Cape (20 th – 23 rd September 2018) and  finally ending off at Twin City Mall in Free State (11 th – 14 th October 2018).

WIN with 9Lives and Cadbury

Tell me how you would spend R10 000 every day for 60 days, and you could win an epic Cadbury hamper worth R500! Get daydreaming! Try a hot air balloon ride, book a luxury safari, go shoe shopping in Sandton City.

Pop your entries in the comments section below. Entries close 25 September.

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Release Date: 7 September 2018

In a PlayStation 4 exclusive, Insomniac Games boldly ventures into the world of one of Marvel’s greatest heroes, Spider-Man. In this open-world adventure, we’re introduced to the ever-genius and ever-broke Peter Parker, living a humble and seemingly uneventful life. That is apart from the foreshadowing newspaper clippings of villains and a hero suit ready to take into battle.

With the return of the original hero suit, not the spiffy new spandex showcased in the promotional material seen earlier this year, Marvel’s Spider-Man completely skips this hero’s origin story as we leap into action. That’s right folks, Uncle Ben doesn’t need to die again!

Receiving a distress call, we take flight towards our first mission to investigate trouble at Fisk Tower as we are introduced to the new flagship web-slinging physics that when mastered, becomes an effortless aerial dance of web-swinging, leaping and wall-running.

Upon reaching Fisk Tower, we’re met with an explosive battle as hired mercenaries are determined to defend their Kingpin, Wilson Fisk, from the NYPD’s best efforts to take him down. It’s up to Spider-Man to make the difference and finally bring an end to Fisk’s villainy.

A fresh style of combat

Bringing a hot fresh cup of bodily harm to evildoers, we’re introduced to the reactive combat system reminiscent of the Batman Arkham series. This elegantly brutal combat system introduces the Spider Sense ability to evade and counter oncoming danger. This allows you to seamlessly stack sequences of complex combination strikes including hand-to-hand combat, a myriad of gadgets and even using objects in your environment. Because some henchmen need a high-five, in the face, with a chair. As if that wasn’t punishing enough, Spider-Man also delivers a pun with every punch.

Marvel’s Spider-Man’s combat system includes the brilliant feature of the Focus Meter, which builds when stacking combination strikes successfully, allowing you to perform beautifully choreographed Finisher Moves that instantly knocks out an enemy. It can also be used to heal Spider-Man after the most brutal battles.

Strategy and side-missions

The game also introduces multiple strategic approaches to completing missions. This gives you the option to go in webs blazing, or to take a more methodical approach by exploring the area and finding the best hiding places to gather information, catch henchmen unaware and stun them without making a sound.

The open-world adventure of Marvel’s Spider-Man truly comes to life when playing its side missions. Explore a gorgeously rebuilt New York City as you complete Taskmaster’s challenges, take down henchmen hideouts, and find backpacks scattered throughout the city containing crafting materials and bonus experience. Although repetitive at times, it’s still a tremendous amount of fun and truly satisfying for all the completionists out there.

Collecting crafting materials and gaining experience ensures tremendous replay value as you’ll be able to upgrade gadgets in the most fun and bizarre ways, reminiscent of the quirky weaponry of Insomniac Games’ massively successful Ratchet & Clank series. Unlock new moves, and unlock the unique power-ups and upgradable modifications each collectible hero suit possesses.

Old and new characters

The world-building of the game succeeds in bringing the rich history of the Spider-Man universe to life through the return of many loved characters, with Wilson Fisk being the first of Spider-Man’s Rogues Gallery. We’re also introduced to Doctor Otto Octavius before his descent into madness in which the persona Doctor Octopus was born. Founder of the Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus is joined by Mister Negative, Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, and Vulture. Together, they form one of the most terrifying teams of supervillains in Marvel history. With the appearance of other loved characters who are sometimes friend, and sometimes foe, like Shocker, Silver Sable, Taskmaster, Black Cat, Norman Osborn, and of course J. Jonah Jameson, the surly editor and proud protestor against Spider-Man’s web-slinging antics.

This time Spider-Man won’t be braving it alone. Yuri Watanabe and the full force of the NYPD joins you in arresting Wilson Fisk and pursuing a myriad of evildoers. Mary Jane joins Peter Parker and work together to uncover sinister plots as their once estranged love for each other is restored. Miles Morales, who fans have been dying to see, takes his first step in becoming a superhero with Peter Parker as his mentor.

Thickening the plot

In Marvel’s Spider-Man the plot focuses not only on Spider-Man, but Peter Parker as well. The storytelling of the man without the mask is sincere and relatable as the themes of friendship, mentorship and love are explored. Peter Parker faces decisions that are every bit as distressing if not more than those his alter ego braves.

The impressive strength of the storytelling is further supported by a brilliant script and the voice talent of Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, known for voicing incredible characters such as Sasuke from Naruto and the prince from the Prince of Persia series. Laura Bailey stars as Mary Jane Watson, known for her impressive career of voicing characters in video games and Anime with characters like Maka from Soul Eater and Chun-Li from Street Fighter. Nadji Jeter stars as Miles Morales, known for his appearances in hit television shows such as Castle and films such as Grown Ups.

Insomniac Games delivers in giving you the chance to truly feel like Spider-Man in this open-world adventure, soaring through the skies of New York City, defeating henchmen and villains alike, and forging the bonds as Peter Parker that defines the hero we have all come to love, our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

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Usually, it’s out with the old and in with the new. But vinyl seems to have risen from the ashes and made itself popular again. Perhaps it never died? Or, maybe it’s like an eighties fashion trend that’s in style for a while but then we move on to the next best thing. Since I don’t know much about this music format, I asked two of my music-lover friends, Mia and Barry, why they choose to listen to vinyl.

Mia is a cool, dark and mysterious chick with a light-hearted spirit and killer style. More than that, her taste is music is sublime! Barry, on the other hand, is a creative genius. His knowledge on everything videography is beyond this world, and so are his videos. The majority of artists Barry listens to I had never even heard of, until I met him. Since then, he has become my go-to guy if I’m in the mood to discover new music.

Why go vinyl?

When I asked my friends why they listen to vinyl, Mia answered, “I like the mood it sets; the crackling sound comforts me in a strange way.”

Barry then responded with “besides the unique audio texture and quality, a vinyl is also a tangible thing that you buy and then possess. It’s something you can pick up, look at, open up, and read. It is more of a thrill to buy a new vinyl than loading music online. It gives more value to the music. You can go back to your record collection after many years, and pick out a vinyl that will bring back old memories. I also find a kind of enjoyment in placing the needle on the vinyl and listening to an album the way the band intended it to be heard. You can’t press shuffle. Bands generally design a structure for the album, which takes you on a journey.”

I suppose there is something nostalgic about vinyl. It fills a room in a way that digital music can’t but at the same time it really does create a more intimate “mood”.

How is vinyl different from digital?

Their answers resonated with me, but I wanted to know more. I asked them what makes vinyl different from digital music to which Mia replied, “the speed is something just ever so slightly faster or slower, and there’s the crackling. It sounds fuller and smoother on vinyl versus sounding loud and sharp and big when it’s digital.” Barry commented that digital music has its time and place. “Sometimes you just want to put on a quick playlist or listen to a variety of music, or you’re not in the mood to go shuffling through a stack of vinyls. It’s quick, easy access.”

He continued by saying “it is always great to be able to go back to your vinyl collection when the mood hits. In terms of sound, depending on the quality of course, digital music tends to be cleaner and perhaps louder… whereas vinyl music will have a texture or “warmth” to it… which creates a different vibe. Even the crackling of an old dusty vinyl is a sound I like. Some people hate it.” Their answers were pretty similar, the crackling and the experience of listening to vinyl is what attracts them to it.

What about the turntable?

I went on to ask more technical questions, wanting to know which turntable and set-up they use to play their vinyls. Mia uses a Santo turntable and a Pioneer amp (both are vintage models), while Barry uses an old Technics automatic turntable system that plays through an old Technics HiFi system.

What record should you start with?

When I asked them about their favourite vinyl record, Mia answered without hesitation “Slowdive by Slowdive.” Barry had a little bit of trouble answering the question, saying “it’s very difficult to pick one, so for now I will say, from my collection: Ágætis byrjun by Sigur Rós. Tomorrow it may be something else.

If this doesn’t make you want to give vinyl a try, I don’t know what will. I have an old hand-me-down turntable that needs a bit of work before I’ll be able to enjoy the intimate vibes of vinyls, but I’m looking forward to it more than ever! In the meantime, I’ll start collecting a few vinyls at my favourite second-hand stores and thrift shops.

Do you listen to vinyl? Let us know in the comments below.

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I’ve always had an unhealthy relationship with food, either eating too little during the day or overindulging with every meal. After gaining quite a bit of weight, I decided I needed to change my eating habits.

While on a quest to help myself make better food choices I came across a paper on cambridge.org about the role of mindfulness, mindful eating and intuitive eating in changing eating behaviour. The paper found that “mindfulness and mindful eating interventions appear to be most successful in the reduction of binge eating… [it] also reduced emotional eating and eating in response to external cues.” I was intrigued and wanted to find out whether mindful eating would be able to help me take control of my eating habits.

As if it was fate, I found a 10-day mindful eating meditation series on one of my favourite meditation apps, Headspace. The goal of this meditation series is to train your mind in awareness and to change your relationship with food by using a technique called noting.

I used the app’s seven-day mindful eating plan outline to direct my week of mindful eating and here’s how it went:

Day 1: Jot down your plan

At the start of the week, I made a list of all the ingredients I have at home. This is something I usually do so it was fairly easy. The only time it got a little bit tricky was while I was traveling for work. Most of the time what I ate was beyond my control but the days I did go to the shops to buy food I tried to be more mindful of what I was buying.

Day 2: Pause and reflect

Checking in with my body wasn’t something I was used to. I just ate whenever I felt like it. I never focussed on why I was eating which meant I usually ate because I was bored or just because there was food around.

Throughout the week, I tried to reflect both physically and mentally before choosing to eat. If I wasn’t feeling hungry I didn’t eat. If I felt a little bit peckish, I ate something small instead of a big meal. Deciding to eat something or not to was quite empowering. I felt proud for saying ‘no’ to delicious food I would usually eat, just because it was there.

Day 3: Have a seat

I am guilty of watching television while I eat. I must admit this is a habit that is still hard to shake. However, during the week I was travelling I didn’t have a TV so I ate sitting at a table most of the time. Eating without distraction is difficult if you’re not alone though, as people can be pretty chatty when sitting down to a meal. Whenever possible, I tried to focus on the food I was eating, appreciating every bite. However, I don’t think I have got the hang of this one yet, but I’ll keep practicing!

Day 4: Handy reminders

Setting reminders is a great way to remember to eat mindfully. I set reminders on my phone to pop up every 3 – 4 hours. I definitely needed the reminders around dinner time, because I tend to scoff my dinner down hastily after a long and busy day at work. I usually forget to eat during the day and then get home ravenously hungry. Setting a reminder around the time I usually eat dinner, helped me to focus on eating mindfully. I also wrote down each of the tips of the previous days to make sure I didn’t forget anything.

Day 5: Engage your senses

The tip for day five was a little awkward. Closing my eyes while taking my first bite made me feel like I was acting in a commercial, not to mention the people I was eating with thought I was a little bit cuckoo. But I tried to savour and appreciate the scents, flavours, and textures of what I was eating. While taking my first bite I tried to guess all the herbs and spices used to make the dish, although I quickly realised my palate isn’t nearly as sophisticated as I had hoped. Another thing I enjoyed was thinking about why I was enjoying the food I was eating. It wasn’t because I was ravenous, it was because I appreciated the hands that made the food, how it tasted and the way it made me feel. I also stopped eating once I felt satisfied instead of eating until I felt full.

Day 6: Be kind to yourself

This was a big change for me as I usually get very upset with myself when I overeat or succumb to my junk food cravings. But the app helps you to focus on being kind to yourself when you have a weak moment and don’t eat mindfully. It helps you to refocus and reminds you that there are other meals you’ll have to be mindful of. Food isn’t good or bad, it’s just food. When you give food a moral value and have negative emotions connected to food you’re more likely to overeat. Being kinder to myself about how and what I eat helped me to be more conscious in the end. I started to think more positively about food which made me feel more confident about my food choices.

Day 7: Keep practicing

The last day was about reminding yourself that mindful eating is a journey. Teaching yourself something new and letting go of the habits you’ve formed takes time and practice. The more you practice the easier it becomes. By consistently practicing what I learned throughout the 7-day meditation, these will eventually become healthy habits.

Mindful eating is a practice that has changed the way I think about food. It has given me a sense of confidence about my recent food choices and taught me to not be so hard on myself when I do indulge from time-to-time.

Would you give mindful eating a try? Let us know in the comments below.

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