Monthly Archives: August 2016

Joburg Ballet’s Cinderella

Press release below: Cinderella – the perfect ballet for Spring   A dazzling night, a glittering ball, something wonderful is sure to happen when the ultimate fairytale – Joburg Ballet’s production of Cinderella – returns to Joburg Theatre for just … Continue reading

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Friday night movie magic 12 August 2016

I didn’t preview this one so there is no review, but here’s the official blurb.  The boys look good.  Rated as 6.something on IMDB, but 37% on Rotten Tomatoes. MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES Opens 12 August 2016 DIRECTOR: … Continue reading

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Paul van Kessel at Joy of Jazz

The choices of who to see at the Joy of Jazz festival are always difficult. A friend and I sit together with the programme and “perve” at what we would like to see.  We both stopped at the scheduling for … Continue reading

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Women scientists in Women’s Month

Women scientists.  Even in the 21st century we qualify “scientist” with “women”.  Odd that.  Women have been able to be whatever we want for quite some time, but women scientists are still regarded as extraordinary. In a country where science … Continue reading

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Love Potion – L’elisir D’Amore

  This charming two act comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti is currently running at The Mandela, Joburg Theatre on 2, 4, 6 and 7 August 2016. It is a charming production directed by Marcus Desando, with a fabulous set and … Continue reading

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A very brief history of voting in South Africa

South Africa only became a unified country in 1910.  Before that there was the Cape Colony, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal. In the Cape Colony all  men, regardless of race, were allowed to vote by virtue of the 1853 … Continue reading

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A word for today: Suffrage

Suffrage (noun):  The right to vote; also, the exercise of such right. Etymology:  From French suffrage, from Latin suffragium (voting tablet, right to vote). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhreg- (to break), which also gave us break, breach, fraction, fragile, … Continue reading

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