Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Big Eat

Food Network on DSTv over the next five Thursdays will take on a South African flavour as ten episodes air, two at a time.  On 3 November Comfort Foods and Best Bakes.  On 10 November Food to Impress and Fast … Continue reading

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Butchers and Shepherds

The first courtroom drama I ever saw was Kramer vs Kramer (1979) starring Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. It is a genre that I particularly enjoy.  The most memorable South African courtroom drama to date came twenty years later in … Continue reading

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Suddenly the Storm

Set in the present, Suddenly the Storm, Paul Slabolepszky’s latest play  (and his first new play since 2009), delves back into the past to uncover whatever it is that is eating Dwayne Combrink, an angry man whose income as a … Continue reading

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Encore for symphony

I have been attending symphony concerts for more than forty years.  I have NEVER heard an audience demand an encore for the symphony section of one of these concerts.  Well, “never say ‘never’” according to my mother.  On 27 October … Continue reading

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Mo’s Magic

I don’t watch much TV so I missed Mo’s Magic on SABC3.  I do, however, enjoy magic shows, so when the notification of this one landed in my inbox, I made a plan. Unfortunately my plan was for the last … Continue reading

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Monkey gland sauce

I must have been about 10 years old when my mother prepared steak with monkey gland sauce for supper.  I wouldn’t eat it.  The name put me off.  Ok.  So I learned that this sauce doesn’t involve monkeys or glands.  … Continue reading

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The Flowers of War, 2011

Set in China in 1937 at the time of the Second Sino-Japanese invasion, this movie directed by Zhang Yimou deals with one American mortician, John Millar, (Christian Bale) and a group of Chinese women and children during “The Rape of … Continue reading

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