Monthly Archives: July 2014

Germany declares war … then Britain declares war

On 1 August 1914, Germany declared war on Russia, which makes this day, according to some, the date of the official outbreak of World War I. On 2 August 1914 Germany invaded Luxembourg and on 3 August 1914 Germany declared … Continue reading

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The centenary of The Great War’s start …

On 28 July 1914, exactly one month after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary (with the support of Germany) declares war on Serbia, effectively beginning the First World War … Continue reading

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Cooking with Elisa

I saw this work in Grahamstown.  I wanted to see it again when it opened here, but it was not to be.  So here is my review after one viewing of this work. The work is an Argentinian work originally … Continue reading

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Chopped South Africa started last night.

So the first episode of the South African version of Chopped! as seen on Food Network, DSTV was won by Leanne Galloway.  Congratulations! Leanne Galloway is currently the Executive Chef at Silvasale Events, but she has worked at By Word of … Continue reading

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Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature at UJ

I am a fan of Eve Ensler. Not a great fan, but one of the many remote ones who think that she has tackled issues relating to women with some clarity and directness.  She is known and honoured throughout the … Continue reading

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23 July 1914 – the ultimatum which led to war

After the  Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, Austria-Hungary, supported by Germany, presented Serbia with an ultimatum on July 23, 1914, demanding, among other things, that all … Continue reading

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Bicycle Race … more than just a Queen song

I went away on holiday and came back to a changed Johannesburg.  They have installed bicycle lanes on one of the routes through Braamfontein.  I work in Braamfontein, so this impacts on me. Bicycles.  I don’t often consider them.  I … Continue reading

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The Liberation of an Angry Little Man, an international work at the NAF

This theatre piece is the winner of the Dioraphte Best of Amsterdam Fringe Award 2013. Directed by Sarah Jonker, with text by Sjoerd Meijer who also performed it, and with advice by Joris Smit and lighting Jeroen Helsloot, The Liberation … Continue reading

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Whistle Stop

One of the shows that did exceptionally well in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival 2014 was Whistle Stop.  The work overall got a Standard Bank Ovation Award, and then a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award.  In addition the writer, … Continue reading

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I’m gambling that Marikana – The Musical will come to Gauteng

Marikana – The Musical is presented by The National Arts Festival in association with the South African State Theatre.  That’s why I’m gambling that it is going to get a run in Pretoria as well as its four performances at … Continue reading

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