Monthly Archives: January 2020

Miss South Africa, 2019

Sasha Lee Laurel Olivier. She is lovely, even caught off guard by the camera.

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I ate at … in January 2020

Jamuary is an interesting month for me foodwise because it is my birthday month and I eat out much more often than usual. Ocean Basket, Montecasino. An old faithful that never disappoints. As usual I had their hake and half … Continue reading

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I spied with my little eye in January 2020

“Dop” at the Barney Simon Theatre, Market Theatre. Directed by Sylvaine Strike and starring AndrĂ© Odendaal and Wilhelm van der Walt. In Afrikaans. “Evil” at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square starring Jaques de Silva. This hard hitting … Continue reading

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The Crowd (1928)

One of my favourite events on the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival calendar is the Cinema Improvisando at The Bioscope. This year one of the two evenings features the old 1928 movie, The Crowd. I attended this screening. The first Academy … Continue reading

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Amina Cachalia

Today, 31 January 2020, is the seventh anniversary of the passing of this activist in the struggle for a non-racial democracy. Amina Asvat was born on the 28th June, 1930 in Vereeniging. Her late husband, Yusaf Cachalia, and I share … Continue reading

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Educational toy in the sixties

Writing slates were already old fashioned toys when I grew up in the sixties. That outdated status didn’t stop my parents from buying me one, together with a box of chalk. I loved it. I wrote on it even after … Continue reading

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Loving You

Valentine’s Day can be a nightmare for unsuspecring couples. Restaurants up their prices and the service sucks because everything is so busy. Shows get sold out. The trick is to celebrate Valentine’s Day before or after 14 February, and to … Continue reading

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Buskaid is brilliant

The Soweto String Ensemble presented a concert at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday 25 January 2020. It was marvellous. The programme was diverse, with Telemann’s Grillen Symphonie preceding a Brazialian set, finishing their pre-interval offerings with an encore of … Continue reading

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Bee Gees Night Fever

The latest Showtime tribute to hit the stage at the Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace is the one to the English Brothers Gibb or Bee Gees. This is a show with lots of energy and passion and it wasn’t only … Continue reading

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Movies with music

The Bioscope in Maboneng is a specialty venue. Their movie programme is eclectic. In January they partner with the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival to present a silent movie classic or two classics with live accompaniment. This has been titled “Cinema … Continue reading

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