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Showmax has just released the first trailer for their debut original series, Tali’s Wedding Diary

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Featured Slider, Places to go and things to see and do | Comments Off on Showmax has just released the first trailer for their debut original series, Tali’s Wedding Diary

Showmax has just released the first trailer for their debut original series, Tali’s Wedding Diary

Showmax has just released the first trailer for their debut original series, Tali’s Wedding Diary, a mockumentary starring Julia Anastasopoulos (aka SuzelleDIY). Premiering on 14 December 2017, Tali’s Wedding Diary follows a self-obsessed Sandton princess (Julia) who’s moved to Cape Town and is filming the build-up to her wedding to her property-agent fiance Darren (Anton Taylor, star of the popular web series Jozi Shore and the award-winning short Money, Keys, Phone). “Tali and Suzelle are very different characters,” says Julia. “Everyone...

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Table Mountain top tourist spot in South Africa

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Food, wine and travel | Comments Off on Table Mountain top tourist spot in South Africa

Table Mountain top tourist spot in South Africa

Table Mountain top tourist spot in South Africa Table Mountain is the most visited tourist attraction in South Africa, according to a map of the most popular tourist destinations in each country recently released by Voucher Cloud, a money-saving app that provides discount codes on travel and deals. The map is based on logged responses from TripAdvisor users. Visitors to smaller countries seem to be very selective when choosing a destination. The AfriSki ski resort in Lesotho is attracting the most visitors to this tiny landlocked country in...

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The road to Lake Grace

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The road to Lake Grace

Explored and photo’s by Tess Fraser-Grant I have always thought ‘Lake Grace’ to be a beautiful name. Learning that the small town of Lake Grace in Western Australia is in fact the birth place of Nat Fyfe, the Fremantle Dockers’ captain and Brownlow medallist of man-bun fame, piqued my interest sufficiently to initiate an exploratory road venture to this part of the Eastern Wheat-belt Region. Heading southeast from Hillarys Boat Harbour on the Tonkin Highway, the road to Albany branches off the main thoroughfare and passes through State...

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Warrnambool – a City between two Rivers

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Warrnambool – a City between two Rivers

by: Karien Jordaan I consider this an adventure, one which will not necessarily last forever. I can still clearly hear the words of my friend from Bloemfontein, supporting and encouraging me over a period of twelve months. Reminding me of all the reasons why we should venture off, and the all the wonderful opportunities awaiting us. New challenges that lie ahead with new things to do. Broader horizons. How she is enjoying this journey on my behalf. How she would have loved to have had this opportunity, to be able to walk carefree, handbag...

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KOOKABURRA

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Featured Slider, Living Down under | Comments Off on KOOKABURRA

KOOKABURRA

Photograph: Peter grant Article by TEss Fraser-grant One tends to chuckle at the caricature of the iconic Kookaburra chuckling, peppered at regular intervals by boisterous laughter hahaha! It’s a wonder that with its large head the bird seems able to defy gravity and not impale itself beak first into the ground. The Kookaburra is native to Eastern Australia and New Guinea and is a terrestrial tree Kingfisher, however it is a Kingfisher that doesn’t eat fish at all and doesn’t necessarily need to live near water! During the 19 century, the...

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It is never too late to make a difference

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It is never too late to make a difference

PHOTO: Cornelia Opperman, Hannelie Roux & Gawie Roux An alert observation by a caring medical practitioner of outback Queensland not only helped prolong the life of one of his patients, but also led to an invention which is able to assist future patients. Dr Gawie Roux of Toowoomba tells us more: ‘I had been Rose and her husband Louis’s GP for many years. After Louis passed away, Rose developed dementia at the age of 89 years. She was then cared for in a High Care Unit of a Rural Aged Care Facility (RACF) in Queensland. Although Rose...

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Helping Parents stay Downunder

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Featured Slider, Migration | Comments Off on Helping Parents stay Downunder

Helping Parents stay Downunder

compiled by SUZETTE VAN DER HEIJDEN One of the hardest parts of migration is leaving parents behind, especially when they are elderly or alone. Parent Visa Categories have been put in place for both Australia and New Zealand to reunite families for visits and to allow parents to spend time with their children. Australia Your parent needs to meet certain criteria to possibly qualify for a parent category visa. Parents with a child who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen and have resided...

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Are you over feeding your dog?

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Are you over feeding your dog?

KEN SOBEY asks the question ‘For many Australians a pet is an important part of the family. While owning a pet can be extremely rewarding, it is important to remember that pet ownership is also a huge responsibility. As a pet owner you will be committed to providing for all the requirements of your pet – food, exercise, housing, grooming and veterinary care. It is absolutely essential to thoroughly research the basics of pet care before acquiring any new pet to ensure you have the capacity to meet the physiological, behavioural and social...

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Senior Moments (From 21 March, 2018)

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Featured Slider, Places to go and things to see and do | Comments Off on Senior Moments (From 21 March, 2018)

Senior Moments (From 21 March, 2018)

After two smash-hit Sydney seasons, the hilarious comedy revue Senior Moments is back for its first national tour from February 2018, with the legendary John Wood and Max Gillies now joining Benita Collings and Geoff Harvey in the senior theatrical sensation. Return Fire Productions is thrilled to announce this hugely popular comedy revue will travel to theatres in Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Perth from February 2018, and tickets will go on sale on 3 October. Senior Moments is a comedy revue about old people and the young people...

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RUSSIAN CLASSICAL BALLET AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE SEEN!

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RUSSIAN CLASSICAL BALLET AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE SEEN!

HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE From 7 JUNE 2018 Internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre returns to Perth in June 2018 to present a limited season of their acclaimed full-length classic production of the world’s most loved ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. This immortal and enchanting ballet with its unrivalled ‘white acts’, spectacular and dramatic ballroom scene and sublime music tells the deeply moving classic tale of the love between Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess, Odette, divided by the villainous sorcerer, Rothbart, in a...

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