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The life and times of Jane Austen

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Featured Slider | Comments Off on The life and times of Jane Austen

The life and times of Jane Austen

written by Estie Wentzel Sassy Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, tragic Marianne in Sense and Sensibility, scheming mamas all over the place – almost all of us are familiar with Jane Austen’s creations in book and film. But who was this genius author in real life? The only portrait we have of her shows a grumpy-looking, thirty-something spinster in a cap. A niece who knew her well called the picture ‘hideously unlike’. Opinions on her looks vary a great deal, but it is generally agreed that she was of average height, had hazel eyes,...

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Local highlights on Showmax this January

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Places to go and things to see and do | Comments Off on Local highlights on Showmax this January

In December, Tali’s Wedding Diary became Showmax’s most successful show ever on its first day, with more than double the number of first-day views of any previous show. To put that into a little more perspective, Tali had more than four times the number of viewers on its first day than Game of Thrones S7 on its first day on Showmax, proving again that local audiences are hungry for good local content. Thankfully for everyone suffering withdrawal post-Tali, there’s a wealth of South African content coming to Showmax in January. This includes:...

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Drovers Inside & Out

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Decor and crafts, Featured Slider | Comments Off on Drovers Inside & Out

Drovers Inside & Out

Visited by Tess Fraser-Grant Drovers Inside & Out is a unique shopping experience and has a genuine South African inspired background that really captivates. Think of all your favourite stores, and you’ll find a ‘taste’ of each of them at Drovers Inside & Out, all under one roof. The owners source their stock from around the world to give customers variety and a wide range of products from which to choose and there are certain products that can be adapted and designed to suit individual needs. The feel in the shop is essentially...

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Featured Slider, Places to go and things to see and do, Testimonial | Comments Off on THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Photo BrinkhoffMögenburg THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME will tour Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth from June 2018. Tickets on Sale Friday 19 January at 4pm A new play by SIMON STEPHENS Based on the best-selling novel by MARK HADDON Directed by MARIANNE ELLIOTT The National Theatre of Great Britain’s Olivier and Tony Award®-winning production of THECURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME will tour Australia for the first timefrom June 2018, following its acclaimed sell-out debut season in Melbourne. The...

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Die Kasteel (The Castle)

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Featured Slider, Places to go and things to see and do | Comments Off on Die Kasteel (The Castle)

Die Kasteel (The Castle)

Die Kasteel (The Castle) is a brand new Afrikaans kykNET sitcom which as filmed in front of a live studio audience, as befits the best sitcoms. It tells the story of Eckhard and Tina-Marie de Wet, formerly well-to-do inhabitants of Waterkloof, who lose all their money in a Ponzi scheme. All they have left to their name is their luxury home, and they decide to transform it into a boutique hotel in order to save the family from total ruin. Their ditzy daughter Michellay tries her best to lend a hand, and the gardener and Wilson and cleaner...

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Knapsekêrels

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Featured Slider, Places to go and things to see and do | Comments Off on Knapsekêrels

Knapsekêrels

Paul C. Venter’s series (Arende, Torings, Konings, Vlug na Egipte to name a few) are always a hit with South Africans, and his latest offering, Knapsekêrels, promises even more intrigue and action than previous stories from his pen. This kykNET series is set in Johannesburg and tells the story of four diverse families: The Bekkers, Zimmermans, Davids and Fortuins get to know one another better when a member of each family gets caught in a struggle for survival in the bog city. Skalkie Fortuin and Mynie Bekker work together at Interactive...

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Live Ideas and Perth Comedy Festival present: Afternoons Tonight! with James Valentine

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Featured Slider, Places to go and things to see and do | Comments Off on Live Ideas and Perth Comedy Festival present: Afternoons Tonight! with James Valentine

Live Ideas and Perth Comedy Festival present: Afternoons Tonight! with James Valentine

Direct from sell out seasons on the East Coast, James Valentine tours his wildly funny stage show to Perth Comedy Festival. James Valentine exists in the grey fringes of your memory. He did ABC TV kids telly in the 80s, he was in the hit Australian band Models, and he’s been on some shockers of TV shows that even he can’t remember. But what he’s actually been up to for the last twenty years is talk radio on ABC Radio Sydney. He’s been on air for two decades and his Afternoons show is like no other.  It’s funny, but not just because he’s funny...

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Walking the Camino – watch ‘Elders: Die Camino’ every Wednesday on Showmax

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Featured Slider, Food, wine and travel | Comments Off on Walking the Camino – watch ‘Elders: Die Camino’ every Wednesday on Showmax

Walking the Camino – watch ‘Elders: Die Camino’ every Wednesday on Showmax

Erns Grundling’s book Elders about his experiences while walking the Spanish pilgrimage known as the Camino, is a bestseller that takes readers on a life-changing voyage, and also on an inner journey. At the beginning of 2015, Erns Grundling was overworked, overweight, overwrought, injured – and recently diagnosed with sleep apnoea. He decided to head for Spain and the long and winding 7road of the Camino alone, without any friends or even a cell phone. His book Elders – walking 1025km of the Spanish pilgrimage known as the Camino, is...

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Treasuring special memories

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Decor and crafts, Featured Slider | Comments Off on Treasuring special memories

Treasuring special memories

Finding a creative way to treasure special memories led to interactive scrapbooking, brainchild of the team at Frendz Art & Craft Supplies in Clarkson, Perth. They combine their knowledge of different card making techniques, scrapbooking and mini albums to craft a unique folder which artfully displays your cherished memories. An assortment of coloured paper, embellished with artistic designs, is skilfully folded and added to pockets and flaps to set the theme for the final product. Photographs, flyers, brochures and special mementos are...

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Every house has the potential to be a beautiful home

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Decor and crafts, Featured Slider | Comments Off on Every house has the potential to be a beautiful home

Every house has the potential  to be a beautiful home

by LYNETTE COETZER It is possible to create a home that is both stylish and welcoming without blowing your budget.  It may be necessary to look at things in different ways so as to understand how your home relates to your lifestyle – and how that relationship affects the way you live. If you come home at the end of the day only to see a muddle of confusion and chaos confronting you, you may well constantly feel overwhelmed and at times depressed. By gradually instilling a small amount of order you will free up time to enjoy all life has to...

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