Monthly Archives: October 2015

A night to remember

Bongani Tembe, the CEO and Artistic Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras brought both orchestras together for two concerts in Johannesburg this week.  They were both sold out.  In his programme messsage he says “I hope it … Continue reading

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I have ambivalent felings about the 2015 British historical drama, Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron.  That surprised me.  I expected to love it.  I also can’t put my finger exactly on why I didn’t love it unconditionally.  I think it … Continue reading

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Under the Christmas Tree

A unisex “safe” Christmas gift for that unexpected guest, or for the office Christmas gift lottery, or simply for the busy executive who can’t find any time to read, is Wisdom from Africa, a collection of proverbs, compiled by Dianne … Continue reading

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Wisdom from Africa, a collection of proverbs

I remember learning proverbs from lists at school, both primary school and early high school.  These were all very Eurocentric and drawn almost exclusively from English sources.  Times change, of course, and so do our interests.  Today we, as a … Continue reading

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl, a profoundly disturbing movie

Billed as a comedy-drama, The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a drama.  I didn’t find anything about it funny at all.  It is the story of a fifteen year old girl, Minnie Goetz (Bel Powley) whose sexual experimentation begins … Continue reading

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My South African ABC

Every adult outside of the UK remembers ABC books which focused on things English.  A is for apple, b is for Buckingham Palace etc.  It is actually very alienating for children who have no cultural links with England and have … Continue reading

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Shaping Kruger, by Mitch Reardon

I’ve had Shaping Kruger by Mitch Reardon for quite a while now.  I initially took it with me when I went to the Kruger Park on holiday, but merely dipped into it because I was busy with Kruger activities and … Continue reading

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A fun evening out at Private Presley

When I hear certain Elvis Presley numbers I recall my parents dancing to “Seven Singles” in the lounge, my father gyrating his hips and my mother “swooning” into his arms.  It was always a time of family revelry and celebration … Continue reading

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The Walk, an IMAX experience

The story of Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the Twin Towers is one of the 20th century legends of physical artistry.  It has now been captured in a wonderful movie, The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit.  (Petit wrote … Continue reading

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More awards for “Miners Shot Down” (Documentary)

Recently the competition for viewers on a pay as you go basis has heated up.  The latest of these to hit my inbox is VIDI.  What follows is the press release, slightly adapted by me. “The harrowing documentary Miners Shot … Continue reading

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