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» Sam Gates to feature at this year's Rock Girl Bake Day
May 14, 2015

Sam Gates, author of Food for Your Brood, to feature at this year’s Rock Girl Bake Day   On Friday, 22 May from 14:00-16:00, Rock Girl and Sam Gates, author of Food for your Brood are partnering with Claremont Pick and Pay to host the third Rock Girl Bake Day at St. Cyprians School. Twent...
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» Die storie van Die Naaimasjiene, deel 1
Theunis Engelbrecht
February 16, 2015

Nadat Papegaaislaai in Oktober verlede jaar by Umuzi verskyn het, het mense wat agterop die boek gesien het ek was in Die Naaimasjiene my allerhande lastige vrae begin vra daaroor. Toe dink ek ek kan dit maar net sowel op hierdie blog beantwoord, dan is dit afgehandel. Dit het alles begin toe ek op ...
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» Die holui, die lui hos en die lae luise
Theunis Engelbrecht
September 29, 2014

Dis net na middernag. Ek, Malletjie Malan* en Rocky Johnson* is gaar nadat ons weer ons broodkorsies in die bitter sweet van ons aanskyn as naghonde verdien het. (Ek moes byvoorbeeld nuusberigte help verpak oor mense wie se koppe in die woestyn afgekap word en kinders met wie daar as seksslawe hande...
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» Heppie-heppie-heppie
Theunis Engelbrecht
August 21, 2014

Malletjie Malan* sê hy kan nie meer aldag al die dinge glo wat in die wêreld aangaan nie. En dat hy sy sterre dank dat hy nie ’n akademikus, intellektueel, ’n professionele mens, ’n diep siel of ’n man met status is nie. Want dié van hulle wat Unisa-afgestu...
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» Onse Steve Jobs wat in die hemel is
Theunis Engelbrecht
July 24, 2014

Onse Steve Jobs wat in die hemel is, laat Apple se naam geheilig word en laat ons tot in alle ewigheid in u Groot Appelkoninkryk woon. Gee my vandag my daaglikse gratis app, verlos my van spam en junkmail en malicious spyware en identity theft, en lei my nie in die versoeking van dirty old men se l&...
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» The devil's chasing us
Kobus Galloway
July 09, 2014

This competition is now closed. Watch this blog for another one soon!   Ons is al halfpad deur 2014 en die Junie/Julie skoolvakansie is ook amper weer verby! Terwyl ons probeer om soveel as moontlik in die laaste helfte van die jaar in te pas (asof die ‘duiwel’ ons jaag!), brin...
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» Naghond se gedagte - Theunis Engelbrecht
Theunis Engelbrecht
June 24, 2014

Naghond se gedagte - Theunis Engelbrecht Ek is een van daai mense wat gelukkig genoeg is om ’n naghond te wees. Ek verdien my brood snags wanneer die res van die wêreld snorkend soete drome droom. Nee, ek is nie ’n nagvlinder nie. (Nagvlinder, vir dié wat nie weet nie, is &r...
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» My friend Alan
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
March 14, 2014

I want to tell you about my friend Alan, but when I try, I always seem to start with the thin man.                 Once on a flight from Amsterdam to Vienna I was happy to have an empty seat beside me, but at the last minute an extraordinary man came yelling a...
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» Someone to look up to
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
January 24, 2014

This is about my Uncle Jim.          My Uncle Jim is 97 years old. When he was born South Africa was still a part of the British Empire. When the First World War ended, he was already in school, playing jacks and tops and bowling a hoop. He was alive when Tita...
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» The (almost) lost art of letter-writing
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
September 10, 2013

All my life, I’ve wanted to be a correspondent. I don’t mean a foreign correspondent or someone who goes to wars – I mean someone who writes letters to someone and receives letters back: long letters and quick notes; letters written in leisure and in haste at writing desks or on th...
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» The secret agent within my head
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
August 12, 2013

I have just finished reading Pico Iyer’s The Man Within My Head, his account of how he has been haunted at strange moments in his life by the plots and characters of Graham Greene’s novels. I envy Pico Iyer for having so admirable a phantom as Graham Greene: mine is James Bond. The first...
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» 'Against the dying of the light'
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
July 11, 2013

Like most South Africans in recent weeks, I have been thinking about what it means to grow old, to grow weak and to run out of time. If I take too much after my father, I am two-thirds of the way there. If I take after my grandmother, ninety-eight last weekend, I’m still short of halfway. Eith...
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» Become Your Own Financial Advisor
Warren Ingram
July 03, 2013

Over the last couple of months Warren Ingram - award-winning financial planner and regular guest on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk - has been guest blogging for us, dispensing practical advice on all things financial and sharing the REAL secrets to becoming financially independent. In his first p...
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» Economic growth not related to stock market PERFORMANCE
Warren Ingram
June 19, 2013

ECONOMIC GROWTH NOT RELATED TO STOCK MARKET PERFORMANCE Would it surprise you to know that there is almost no relationship between the way the economy grows and the stock market’s performance? If you are spending time worrying about the economy when making your investment decisions, it is like...
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» Reflections on love
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
June 06, 2013

Recently I’ve been thinking about love stories. Perhaps it’s because I am myself in love. I am no longer young and have been in love before, so maybe that’s why it feels as if all the love stories we most love are either incomplete or overly complete – they either stop when l...
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» Ignore financial NEWS
Warren Ingram
June 04, 2013

IGNORE FINANCIAL NEWS It might seem strange for a person who appears regularly in the media to state that financial news is noise. However, I feel that very little financial reporting contains valuable information. Real-time financial news actually inhibits good financial decision-making. Most inves...
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» It pays to be an OPTIMIST
Warren Ingram
May 16, 2013

OPTIMISTS MAKE MORE MONEY It would not surprise you to know that wealthy people are generally happy optimists. Most of us would say that affluent people are happier because they are wealthy. However most of us would be wrong. Those who have achieved a measure of success in their lives have generally...
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» In praise of Sea Point
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
May 07, 2013

In Paris recently I became depressed by the thought that I don’t live in a first-floor apartment on the rue des Fossés-Saint-Jacques, across the way from a Tibetan restaurant, around the corner from the Pantheon, rue Soufflot and the eastern entrance to the Luxembourg Gardens.  &nb...
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» It all starts with a PLAN!
Warren Ingram
April 30, 2013

IT ALL STARTS WITH A PLAN Money is a source of stress for most people, they either don’t have enough (that’s the problem for the majority of folks) or they are scared of losing what they have. It is not a very complicated process to manage your stress around money, no matter what your pr...
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» Welcome to the Blog, Warren
April 29, 2013

There's no better way to start a Monday morning than with good news! Yes, Wednesday is a public holiday and we're really excited about the mid-week break but the good news we are chuffed about is that award-winning financial planner and regular guest on Talk Radio 702 Radio and Cape T...
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» A legacy of books and stories
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
April 05, 2013

My father would be ninety-two this month if he hadn’t died in 1981. In the final years before he died, my father mainly did two things – or three, if you count banging his walking stick on the ceiling and shouting at the Houghton kids upstairs to turn down their music. The black rubber t...
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» Darrel Bristow-Bovey on murder, meat and good old-fashioned mystery
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
March 08, 2013

I’m outraged. No, don’t try to talk me out of it, I’m jolly outraged. My rage has been outed. My out, formally unraged, no longer is. My outrage is incandescent, magnesium-flamed and only slightly dimmed by the fact that I’m not sure exactly what it is I’m outraged abou...
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» Coining new words a sorry tale
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
February 08, 2013

Coining new words – a sorry tale For some time now, I’ve been trying to invent a new word. Well, that’s not quite true – I’ve invented plenty of new words, mostly late at night while enjoying a glass of liquid late-supper in the slightly furtive company of RuPaul’...
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» This is how the world ends not with a bang but a can of tuna
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
December 07, 2012

So the Mayan apocalypse is now only days away, and I still haven’t laid in my stocks of canned tuna. Well, no, let me not be an enfrightened scare-monger: I do have a couple of cans in the cupboard, the swanky kind with their own handy pull-tabs so that I won’t need to carry a can-opener...
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» A forest of reasons not to write a novel
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
November 05, 2012

Say, are you writing a novel at the moment? Oh now, go on, don’t be shy, you’re not alone. Well, you are alone, obviously, in the sense that we are all of us alone on this long lurch down the darkling trail between the cradle and the grave, and also in the sense that writing a novel, if ...
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» The perils of appearing on the internet
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
October 04, 2012

Well, so here we are, and if you don’t mind my saying so, I’m a little nervous about it. I’ve never appeared on the internet before, you see, other than that clip a so-called friend posted on YouTube of that time in Vegas I thought I was playing strip-billiards with Prince Harry, w...
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