Monthly Archives: November 2015

All about the Piano

I admit it.  I have a soft spot for Rocco de Villiers.  There are lots of reasons for this.  One of them is that he and my late father both hail from Harrismith, Free State. Rocco de Villiers’ shows are … Continue reading

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Karatekas #1 Friends & Betrayal

Title:  Friends & Betrayal Author:  Anzil Kulsen Illustrator:  Alinde Lombaard Publisher:  Struik Chrildren Year: 2015 Recommended selling price: R60 ISBN: 978-1-43230-458-4 This is a new South African book series  by Anzil Kulsen.  I loved #1 which is titled “Friends & … Continue reading

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Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn

Title:  Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn Author:  Belinda Murrell Illustrator:  Serena Geddes Publisher:  Struik Children Year: 2013 Recommended Selling Price: R121.00 ISBN 978-1-43230-4546 This is a charming little book focused on an Australian family (although it could be anywhere) … Continue reading

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An afternoon with Cathy Specific

It has been a while since I interviewed Brendan van Rhyn so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do so now. For those who are not in the know, Brendan van Rhyn is probably better known as the … Continue reading

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Joburg Ballet Press Release

The plot thickens. Here is the Joburg Ballet Statement: MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday, 24 November 2015 Further to the statement issued by Mr Dirk Badenhorst’s attorney, Mr Mark Thompson, yesterday (Monday, 23 November) the Board of Directors of Joburg Ballet would … Continue reading

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Joburg Ballet vs Dirk Badenhorst settled

Just about everyone has been speculating and asking.  Here is the formal press release: STATEMENT ISSUED BY ATTORNEY MARK THOMPSON LAWYER FOR MR DIRK BADENHORST Mr Badenhorst’s attorney Mark Thompson wishes to set the record straight in light of the … Continue reading

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Umoya Wind Ensemble

St George’s Anglican Church in Parktown played host to the regular Rand Club Chamber Music concert while Rand Club is being renovated.  Thus it was that I was invited to this concert on 20 November 2015. The Umoya Wind Ensemble … Continue reading

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Colour Me Human

Conceived and scored by Steve Dyer, this is an interesting work – a “new musical”.  I saw it at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre, on Saturday 21 November 2015. I wasn’t given a programme, so I only know a few of … Continue reading

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Christingle Challenge

It was the priest’s parting comment on the explanation of Christingles that set my thoughts aflame this morning. “And one puts the lit Christingle in the window to light the way for weary travellers so that they can follow the … Continue reading

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Wildlife Southern Africa

Title:  Wildlife Southern Africa Sub-title:  National Parks and Reserves Author:   Marielle Renssen Photographers:  Various Publishers:  Map Studio Year:  2015 Recommended Selling Price:  R250.00 ISBN:  978-1-77026-801-2 There can be few people who know me who don’t know that my choice of … Continue reading

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