Ever wonder if TV actors really lock lips for those onscreen smooches? Well, the truth is, they do! But, hey, not everyone’s a pro at it. In the world of South African television, there are a few actors who’ve earned the title of “worst kissers.”
First up, we’ve got Rapulana Seiphemo, famous for his roles in Generations and The Queen. While he’s a great actor, his kissing skills seem to leave something to be desired. Viewers have been buzzing about his not-so-romantic onscreen moments, especially when he shared a kiss with Harriet, played by Connie Ferguson. Social media lit up with comments like, “Rapulana Seiphemo, one of the worst kissers on our TV screens.”
Next on the list is Vusi Kunene, known for his role as Jack Mabaso in Generations and now as Funani in House of Zwide. Fans have taken notice, and not in a good way, saying Jack and Funani aren’t exactly experts in the art of onscreen smooching. Remember, it’s all in good fun—just a lighthearted observation from TV viewers who can’t help but notice the less-than-ideal lip-locking moments.
Nhlamulo has bad breath!
Despite sharing cosy and romantic scenes on our screens, shooting these scenes is not as easy as it seems since they both share different lovers in real life. Lindiwe revealed that she was never troubled with getting intimate with Nhlamulo since day one because they have known each other since high school. However, she mentioned that due to his bad breath, she had to give him breath mints constantly.
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Preparing for the New School Year: Challenges and Tools
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Well, it’s that time again when our students are undoubtedly hoping that they’re reading the calendar wrong and still have months of vacation left, only to find they’re on a deadline to provision themselves for the coming year.
Changing Landscape of Education
This world is vastly different than it was when I went to school. There are greater concerns about safety, more prominent and scarier risks of substance abuse (fentanyl was not a thing when I was in school), and the potential for bad choices I never had to make.
Evolution of Technology in Education
For instance, when I was a kid, calculators were new on the scene, and using them for mathematics was considered cheating. Today, generative AI like ChatGPT is thought to be cheating — replacing services that would sell papers you could plagiarize as the preferred method to avoid doing schoolwork.
Addressing Broader Issues
But the challenges that today’s students face aren’t limited to academic integrity. Our children are growing up in an increasingly complex world where pressures extend far beyond the classroom. Mental health, in particular, has become a paramount concern.
Promoting Mental Health
With that in mind, it’s crucial to make sure your child has someone you and they trust to talk to about anything troubling them. Suicide is on the rise, as are extreme acts of violence that appear connected to poor mental health. Healthy Children has a site listing twelve things parents can do to help prevent suicide, and it’s worth a read. I was very depressed as a child. Exercise was the answer. It saved my life by giving me early focus and a sense of accomplishment.
Equipping Students for Success
As we address these challenges, it’s also vital to equip our children with modern tools for success. Let’s look at some products and strategies to help them navigate today’s technological landscape as they return to school.
ChatGPT: A Valuable Tool
I mentioned that using generative AI could be seen as cheating, but the skills needed to use this tool, much like my old calculator, will be critical when young people reach the workforce. Still, without adult oversight, kids could use this tool for all the wrong reasons.
Choosing the Right Computer
When choosing a PC for your child, you want to start with the school. Find out if your child’s school will supply the PC — some do. If they don’t, what is the predominant PC at the school? Ask about the operating systems (Windows, ChromeOS, macOS) and the manufacturer.
The Lenovo LOQ 16″ Laptop
For instance, if the school uses mostly Dell computers, then a Dell PC would likely give your child the least aggravation and the best path to assistance if they have a problem. School staff will know the Dell machines and probably have a support line they can call for help tied to their contract with the company.
Considerations for Engineering Students
Engineering students especially need to know what will be provided by the school because workstations are expensive and age out quickly, so it may be better to use what the school offers rather than buy your own.
Trackers for Added Security
Kids lose things, but you don’t want them to lose a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or anything else valuable. The best tracker I’ve found so far is the Pebblebee. It is best because it is rechargeable; it lasts 12 months on a charge and can work with Android natively, giving it better coverage than most of its peers.
Atomic Defense Bulletproof Backpack for Safety
There are many ballistic-grade backpacks on the market. A lot of them look like military gear, which might be a bridge too far for your kids. But with school shootings on the rise, having a backpack that will stop a bullet and be something your kid indeed will use is important because it will not do them any good collecting dust in the closet.
Headset for Online Learning
There is a decent chance that at least some of the time, your child will be learning remotely or observing online content.
Poly Blackwire 8225 USB-A Headset: A Reliable Choice
Using a laptop speaker is annoying to everyone else in the room, so a good headset is critical to assuring a productive online engagement.
Final Thoughts and Additional Suggestions
Like any list of suggestions, this one doesn’t take into account discount sales or the unique needs of your child, so use these gift ideas to help set a baseline for what you can get for a particular price and realize that you may be able to get better prices than I’ve listed as back-to-school specials at sales events.
Prioritizing Sleep with Ooler Sleep System
As I was finishing this up, one other product occurred to me while recalling my experience in a dorm where I was always too hot or too cold and had trouble sleeping.
Although expensive, the Ooler Sleep System I use allows me to sleep very well regardless of how warm or cold the room is. It could make all the difference because when you go away to school, getting enough sleep can be challenging, and this helps with that specific problem. It’s not cheap, but it is money well spent.
Best of luck, and here’s hoping the next school year is safe and productive for you!