Monthly Archives: April 2015

Q is for Quick and also for Quality

ABC in first aid usually stands for Airway, Breathing, Circulation or even Airway, Bleeding, Consciousness.  Perfect topic, then for the 2015 A-Z Challenge.  Today we reach the letter “Q”. The speed and efficiency of the treatment of serious injuries and … Continue reading

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The Wine Show in Johannesburg is going to be a sparkling event

The Wine Show is celebrating its tenth anniversary between 7 and 9 May at the Sandton Convention Centre.  Bubbly is usually used for celebrations and this one is no exception.  The press release below has got me all excited.  Can’t … Continue reading

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Stage by Stage

Jonathan Roxmouth is currently the darling of South African musical theatre.  Tall, good looking, young and with the sexiest voice since Frank Sinatra, he leaves nothing to be desired. His first CD is “Stage by Stage” (another one is being released later … Continue reading

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Ballet diplomacy and Swan Lake

Dirk Badenhorst, CEO of Joburg Ballet, is one of those people who was born to be a diplomat.  He certainly has put Joburg Ballet on the international map, started an International Ballet Competition which takes place in Cape Town, and … Continue reading

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Stuarts’ Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa: Review

Chris and Mathilde Stuart have revised and expanded their Field Guide.  The 5th edition (2015) is quite delightful.  I have been using the Smithers’ Mammals of Southern Africa revised and updated by Peter Apps up to now, but the Stuarts’ … Continue reading

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Grate is not so great – Joburg eateries explored

So I pull into the parking in Fricker Street, Illovo, and head to Grate, the local coffee shop which services mainly the staff at the firm of attorneys nearby, one of the big firms, Webber Wentzel. I plop myself down … Continue reading

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New generation of South African jazz and classical pianists to compete for UNISA prize

Twenty young pianists have been selected to participate in the 5th Unisa National Piano Competition from 11 July to 18 July in the ZK Matthews Great Hall on Unisa’s Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria. For the first time the competition will … Continue reading

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D is for Drongo, fork tailed drongo

I am not a knowledgeable stiff-neck (birder).  I like the very distinctive birds which are easy for me to identify.  The fork-tailed drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis), is one of these.  It is both common and widespread and is found in open … Continue reading

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Crazy in Love, hot ticket at The Market Theatre

One of the most exciting things about attending the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown is hearing the buzz about “hot” shows.  They soon sell out and one can’t get tickets anymore.  That’s what happened to a little show, Crazy in … Continue reading

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Ballet movie at Cinema Nouveau – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The ballet movie from the Royal Ballet in London, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and an original score by Joby Talbot is an interesting dance work and a social commentary on the original time (published in 1865) in … Continue reading

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