Monthly Archives: July 2015

The White Cross of St John, and its meaning

The four arms of the modern white cross that represents the Order of St John symbolise the cardinal virtues: Prudence Justice Temperance Fortitude The eight points, which stem from the four arms, represent the qualities of a good first aider: Humility Sympathy … Continue reading

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Crimes that shook Britain, DSTV Channel 170

Human nature is ghoulish.  We all love finding out about murders and, more interesting, murderers.  This programme takes a look at the various crimes which shocked the normal quiet life of the English  countryside. CRIMES THAT SHOOK BRITAIN Saturdays and … Continue reading

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Remote, a story of St Helena by Lindsay Grattan Cooper

  South African Salvationists have a link with St Helena which most South Africans don’t have.  The Salvation Army in St Helena falls under the coymmand of the Southern Africa Territory, not the UK, so most Salvationists have heard stories … Continue reading

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Our Kind of Music, Lindsay Grattan Cooper – a book review

I am not sure what I expected from Our Kind of Music but it wasn’t the kind of novel which unfolded through the 646 pages of a two-generational four decade tale of one man, Jack Pike, and his son. The … Continue reading

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Celebrity Chef, John Torode, celebrated his 50th birthday at the Mazlow Hotel

Television celebrity chef John Torode celebrates his 50th birthday in South Africa on Thursday July 23. Torode is one of the most recognised chefs in the world thanks to his appearances on MasterChef UK and Celebrity MasterChef.  He is in … Continue reading

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Megan-Geoffrey Prins wins Unisa National Piano (Classical) Competition.

  The 5th Unisa National Piano Competition is over. The classical section featured Willem de Beer playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major in front of his home crowd with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Eric … Continue reading

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Kyle Shepherd wins first Unisa Jazz Piano Competition

The 5th Unisa National Piano Competition started a new tradition in 2015.  A Jazz category.  The two jazz finalists joined two classical finalists on  18 July as they played a half hour selection of works to a packed Z K … Continue reading

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Durban Beach Rescue

Ok, I admit it.  I am an adrenaline junkie.  But only when it comes to Emergencies and Disasters.  I am, after all, a long time member of St John (Ambulance) Brigade. So I thrive on programmes like Travel Channel’s Durban … Continue reading

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The Orphan of Gaza, a theatre tale for children

Gaza. Emotive word. People are mostly polarized when it comes to the subject of Israel and Palestine.  While I acknowledge that there is wrong on both sides I have a bias and it is not generally in favour of Palestine.  … Continue reading

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