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Happy Nikolausi!

 

Getting into festive season spirit with our very improvised nativity scene:

 

 

Merry Christmas!

 

 

The fourth industrial revolution is coming and Africa needs to get ready.

 

The Africa Future Summit helps accelerating development, as it caters for organisations at grassroots level.

 

Often tech events happen where tech is readily available: in the City Center. However, the CBD is not easily accessible for disadvantaged people.

The Africa Future Summit solved this all too often ocurring non-inclusivity by partnering with the YMCA.

 

In South Africa the YMCA in Athlone was chosen, an area that has been plagued with increase of violent crime over the past years.

But the YMCA is on the outskirts right next to the Athlone Stadium, a good landmark not to get lost. So even a few of the ususally included city people made it out to Athlone.

 

The event itself was packed, people pouring out of the main hall for a break, exhausted from all the information that was presented. And that was just the morning session. The afternoon session was where all the bootcamps came in.

It was a young crowd, full of aspiration and ideas. At the Africa Future Summit they got ignited to actively making the future of Africa happen.

 

The tour teaches fundamentals of frontier tech investments, startup development and ecosystem building via exclusive sessions with award winning local and international experts.

Each country features its own combination of on site workshop training, networking round tables, live Q/A sessions with speakers and sponsors, attendee spotlight features, exhibitor showcase demos and VIP networking.

To accelerate developments within Africa’s tech ecosystem, the agenda curriculum includes training sessions on future technologies (Ai, Blockchain, Virtual Reality, Space, Nanotechnology, Internet of Things etc.) and career development sessions on personal branding, digital entrepreneurship and the future of work.

 

Attending the Africa Future Summit makes you future-ready, from the grassroots level up.

 

To join the free Africa Future Tour you can RSVP here:

For interests related to speaking, sponsorships, and partnerships, please direct inquiries to info@africafuturesummit.com.

 

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Joey Fourie, the host of The Daily Music Show, welcomes everyone at the closing event for Reclaim Agency 2.0.

 

If you’re in Cape Town only for a short while and still want to experience the rich and cultural heritage of the Cape, go see The Daily Music Show.

 

But beware: The Daily Music Show is not just easy-listening entertainment.

The music lyrics, spoken poetry and art exhibitions challenge every visitor on a profound level of understanding, tourists and locals alike.

The Daily Music Show speaks to everyone, newcomers to Cape Town as well as South African icons, as it reaches out on different levels of context: Everyone can connect on broad references to South Africa, and a few also get the finer nuances with the sideline remarks that can go so very deep.

 

Every show is different.

The variety of the acts is like a roller coaster ride of emotions, from a mellow infusion of jazz to touching storytelling back to party vibes and dancing.

All the acts are of high quality and caliber, delivering their message straight to your heart.

 

The Daily Music Show is not just an experience of Cape culture, but also an insight into the struggle it took to keep these cultures alive during apartheid.

These are real stories of activists challenging the status quo through art.

 

But see for yourself how impactful the performances are:

 

Don’t miss your chance to experience Cape Town’s eclectic culture live at The Daily Music Show.

 

Book your tickets for The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

Call 0848807012 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by for the night!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

#LoveCapeTown

 

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Behind Closed Bars

 

A translucent silhouette,

Withering like a wilting willow.

 

The world just a reflection

Of what life could be.

 

Waiting in limbo.

Disappearing.

 

Somebody out there?

 

Yours TrulyJuly

 

 

 

#YoursTrulyJuly

 

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If you’re into what our future could look like, and it seems things are developing so quickly, we’ll still be around to see the outcome ourselves, then there is an exquisite sound experience the BBC released recently:

 

Forest 404, part podcast, part soundscape, part talk.

 

BBC Podcast Forest 404

BBC Podcast Forest 404

 

This is a feast for your ears.

 

Make sure you wear good stereo headphones, make yourself comfortable and switch off from this world.

 

–  Into one possible future.

 

Listen and Learn: Forest 404.

 

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Hi, how are you? Wow, you’ve grown since your mural got painted on our wall! Like a little gentleman.

 

Are these all your dogs?

 

Yes.

 

All four of them?

 

Yes.

 

Where you’re taking them?

 

For a run on the mountain.

 

All four go into the car?

 

Yes, in the boot.
If they stayed there!
Look, our puppy Lola already jumped to the front.
She probably wants to drive! But she’s not allowed.

 

But… Can she drive?

 

No! No, she can’t. That’s the problem.

 

I know a cousin, he couldn’t drive, but he went anyway and had an accident.

 

You see? That’s what happens.
You shouldn’t be driving if you haven’t actually learned it.
Or, if you’re a dog…

 

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Bay Harbour Market offers an eclectic mix of art, craft, fashion, decor and souverniers complemented by food and drink stalls.

 

Situated in an old fish factory it is spacious and sheltered with a corner for live music: The stage is surrounded by benches and tables with just enough space in front for a small dance floor.

 

When folk band 4am started their live gig, their playful and humorous manner invited old and young to tap along. Especially the kids took to the dance floor, having a blast while the parents could watch conveniently from their table.

 

4am were great in interacting with the children, extending their excitement to the grown-ups, who all clapped along by the end.

 

A nice upbeat evening out.

 

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#LoveCapeTown

 

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First Thursdays is always worth a visit.

Every time there’s something new for inspiration, some nice and uplifting interaction here and there, great vibes and meaningful art.

 

This time we went with children, that alone offered a new perspective on things.

 

Adults might look at art with a focus on interpretation, but children just see what’s in there. The exchange between the two can be very insightful.

The contrast and vibrancy of African art and its storytelling forms and shapes appeal to kids and parents alike. With a variety of styles and topics, everyone can pick an art piece they like.

 

Some art that caught our eyes on our stroll through Cape Town on First Thursdays:

 

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I’ve often been to the Concerts in the Park and always had a great time.

I’ve seen Hot Water, Karen Zoid, Lonesome Dave and Arno Carstens a couple of times, Freshly Ground, Dukes of Note and Crimson House.

 

This time we were again in for a treat with The World of Birds and The Rudimentals.

 

The World of Birds were uplifting with their local indie tunes:

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It was pure joy to watch them dance on the grandstand:

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The Rudimentals were up and close:

The Rudimentals with their nine-piece strong ska/reggae band are always a great live music act.

The Rudimentals with their nine-piece strong ska/reggae band are always a great live music act.

 

Getting even into the midst of the crowd, having a little dance with the audience:

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Concerts in the Park are a great afternoon out. De Waal Park is well equipped with playgrounds and water facilities, a haven for children and puppies alike.

There’s always a great vibe, people are super relaxed, friendly and inviting. A fantastic chilled-out experience.

 

#LoveCapeTown

 

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At the “Unlanguaged” Writing Workshop by Greatmore Arts Studios, our facilitator Vuyokazi Ngemntu gave us great writing exercises, turning us into wordsmiths.

 

For example, to write a Diamante Poem!

 

 

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Your rubbish bin being heavy there?

 

Yes, I must admit, we’re throwing away some pretty bulky stuff. You won’t believe what we’re digging out from our garden. It’s like there’s a whole house buried in our backyard.

 

But of course! For there used to stand The Broken Palace.

 

The what?

 

We used to call it The Broken Palace.

Ha, we used to pass it plenty of times when we were on the run.

That alleyway over there, it was covered with a fishing net. Only we knew how to get through. Very handy when running from the police. Approaching The Broken Palace always meant being safe.

 

Running from the police?

 

Yes yes, fond memories. Good times back then.

 

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Today is Earth Day.

 

A day to commemorate Mother Earth.

 

Planet Earth: Just a pile of rubbish

Planet Earth: Just a pile of rubbish

 

Oh Mother Earth,

 

What have you become?

 

Like a whore you bend over for business.

Your mountains are hollow as you sold your soul when handing out those precious stones and metals.

Your springs are dry as you sold your children’s future when handing over clean water to big corporates.

Your seas are empty as you sold all sea life as collateral damage to the fishing trawlers.

 

Like a sales promotion you promise unsustainable yields.

Your weather is under the weather, your climate out of balance, you destroy what is left with tsunamis, cyclones and tornadoes.

Such a bitch that you only let it rain for rich people. You simply watch as humanity is starving.

And what’s up with that climate change you supposedly got from global warming.

 

Like a dirty old bag there is no care for you.

Filthy with your layer of plastic rubbish covering your face.

Decadent with oil spillages smudging your coastal beauty.

Preposterous with skyscrapers sprouting up like pimples.

 

Like scum you let yourself go.

The blue planet turned ash.

The green lungs turned into burgers.

The red sunrise turned hopeless.

 

Oh Mother Earth,

 

What have you become.

 

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I last visited the Zeitz MOCAA for its grand opening, being impressed and amused by its contemporary art.

 

When I attended the Imbali Art Books: Adventuring Into Art launch I arrived early and took the opportunity to get a quick glance at the latest exhibits.

Some I already knew, but there was a whole lot of new art to discover.

 

Here my selection of art pieces that spoke to me in a meaningful and thought-provoking grasp of catching my eye:

 

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Osborne Macharia at the #ZeitzMocca

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The Amazing Black Man by Kumasi Barnett at the #ZeitzMocca

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Fabric of the Universe by Kathy Robins at the #ZeitzMocca

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Atang Tshikare at the #ZeitzMocca

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Gerald Machona at the #ZeitzMocca

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Kadara Enyeasi at the #ZeitzMocca

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Liona Nyariri at the #ZeitzMocca

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Aristotle Roufanis at the #ZeitzMocca

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Loyiso Mkhize at the #ZeitzMocca

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Greg Shaw at the #ZeitzMocca

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Richard Mudariki at the #ZeitzMocca

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Cosmos Shiridzinomwa at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kufa Makwavarara at the #ZeitzMocaa

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John Kotze at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kresiah Mukwazhi at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Gillian Rosselli at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Anthony Bumhira at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Chris Ofili at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kehinde Wiley at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Cheri Samba at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Jeremiah Quarshie at the #ZeitzMocaa

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And of course always one of my favourite things to do at the Zeitz MOCAA: Going up in the elevator!

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When life writes stories:

Our neighbour living rough on the abandoned corner plot of Greatmore and York Street is reading the newspaper.

Nothing needs to stop you from reading the newspaper.

Nothing needs to stop you from reading the newspaper.

A dumped office chair and the free local newspaper is all it takes to make it look official and sincere.

It shows: Nothing needs stopping you from reading the newspaper.

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Steve Fataar is rekindling The Flames‘ hottest hits at The Daily Music Show.

 

If you want to go down memory lane or get a feel of what the soulful sixties were like, The Daily Music Show is a great venue to experience Steve Fataar and Friends live.

 

How often do you get to see a music legend this up and close?

Like good old friends: Joey Fourie interviews Steve Fataar at The Daily Music Show

Like good old friends: Joey Fourie interviews Steve Fataar at The Daily Music Show

 

Steve Fataar has toured the world, but when he picks up his guitar it doesn’t seem to matter where he is, as it’s all about making great music.

 

This evening in particular was all about guitars with skilled guitarist Brad Saunders accompanying Steve Fataar.

 

It’s amazing how music invites people from all walks of life to join together and play.

At The Daily Music Show you too can be part of the jam.

And with Steve Fataar you’ll Stay fired up!

 

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So make sure you catch Steve Fataar and Friends at The Daily Music Show.

 

Book your tickets for The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

Call 0848807012 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by for the night!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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The Set-Up by Paul Erdman

The Set-Up by Paul Erdman

 

I assume after the credit crunch we all know what derivatives are and how they fueled the bubble.

At the time this book was written they were probably still new and a mystery.

Because the financial fraud this book is about is quite easy to follow and understand. It’s quite a simple case.

But the story around it makes it gripping.

So don’t be taken aback that this is a financial thriller. It’s a thriller. Revolving around some insider trading, giving a good idea of how the banking system is structured and controlled.

Towards the end of the book it feels a bit like loose ties were finished up on a rush. After so much time was spent on Part 2 which essentially is a different story altogether as the protagonist is not even involved, it feels a lot is happening in Part 3 without detailed description of motivation.

The last chapter feels to me too close to the title: Too set up. The coincidence is too far-fetched and the Sardinian’s reaction out of character.

This does not feel rounded off to me and makes me think if Erdman was planning on writing a second book to this. It invites to continuing the story and would be a shame to just leave hanging.

 

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In an effort to be accessible to all, Indoni Dance Academy are bringing their show to the public.

 

Taking place at 3 different parks around Cape Town, their performance ‘Dancing with Nature’ works with what the location has to offer.

A great way to discover your local park: through music, rhythm and dance!

 

Their first show took place at Nantes Park, Athlone.

We moved from amphitheatre to playground to open field.

Every time we were treated to an energetic extravaganza with powerful and playful acrobatic moves.

The audience, astounded and ecstatic, erupted in loud cheers and applause at the end of each dance act.

 

Check out some of Indoni Dance Academy‘s wonderful innovative and inspiring moves:

 

 

Grace and style dazzles the audience as the choreography focuses on only two dancers pairing up.

Grace and style dazzles the audience as the choreography focuses on only two dancers pairing up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to be missed! 💚

You can still catch ‘Dancing with Nature’ at 2 upcoming events:

Saturday 27 April (Freedom Day):  3pm to 4pm at Khayelitsha Wetlands Park. (If this performance is cancelled due to bad weather, the alternative date is Sunday April 28.)

Wednesday 1 May (Workers Day):  3pm to 4pm at Green Point Park.

 

 

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Andreas Eschbach: Das Jesus Video.

Andreas Eschbach: Das Jesus Video.

 

Andreas Eschbachs ‘Das Jesus Video’ war ‘Bester Roman des Jahres 1998’.

 

Und ich las es nun, 20 Jahre später.

 

Das Buch dreht sich um eine Zeitreise und die unternahm ich auch, als ich in die Zeit der Jahrtausendwende zurückgebeamt wurde: Da ist die Rede von Handys und Laptops als die neueste Erfindung und wow! es gibt jetzt das Internet.

 

Technologie ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil dieses Buches, es geht schließlich um ein Video. Es ist amüsant, zurückzudenken, wie viel Ehrfurcht wir zu Beginn vor dem Internet hatten und nun zu fahrlässig sind, Fake News zu spotten und bedenkenlos einfach alles weiterleiten.

 

Die Wahrheit, welche die Protagonisten in diesem Buch so vehement beschützen zu versuchen, ist uns in der heutigen Post-Truth-Ära doch völlig egal.

 

Welch eine Freude über das Bemühen, der Menschheit die Illusion von den Augen zu streichen, zu lesen, in einer Zeit wo wir aus Versehen faschistisch wählen und dann Brexit Regret haben.

 

Ja, diese Geschichte spielt in den guten alten 90ern.

 

Aber nichts an diesem Buch fühlt sich veraltet an. Die Kernidee ist nach wie vor originell und interessant, bis zum Ende durchzuspielen.

 

Das Ende ist zufriedenstellend. Denn man fragt sich oft, wie der Autor wohl das Unmögliche schafft, sich da wieder herauszuplotten und im Ende die Fäden wieder zusammenzuführen.

 

Spannend, bunte Vergleiche und guter Lesefluss machen es einfach, diesen Thriller in einem Rutsch wegzulesen.

 

Man muss aber einen Hang für Sci-Fi haben, um die Handlung richtig zu genießen.

 

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Auriol Hays takes the stage at #TheDailyMusicShow.

Auriol Hays takes the stage at #TheDailyMusicShow.

 

Every show is different at The Daily Music Show.

Every artist brings their own personal touch to the ambience and takes the audience on a unique journey.

 

A very personal performance was what the audience was treated to by Auriol Hays: The Night Only with Auriol Hays.

And a very unique show that included comedy laughter and ballad power.

 

Eugene Mathews, MC, opened The Daily Music Show.

He has such a relaxed manner, it’s like listening to your best mate telling you a bunch of funny stories.

 

Part of his comedy act was a hilarious story about letting his hair go natural.

That’s why Eugene Mathews looks this gorgeous:

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Next up was Keith Mukhram telling jokes that make you involuntarily grin.

 

Keith Mukhram is new to stand-up comedy, but if he might lack some experience he doubly makes up for it with charm:

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The audience, warmed up with some good laughs, quickly focused their attention on Auriol Hays taking the stage.

Diva presence filling the room, Misses Hays’ earthy songs are intimate and powerful.

Only accompanied by tunes from piano player Rodney Buys, and rhythms from beatboxer Amic BeatBox Zlenoire, her smoldering hotness keeps the audience glued to her lips, following every word of her lyrics, either to understand the full extend of the story she is telling, or to do a double take on what was heard: surely it couldn’t have been… oh yes, it is… Auriol Hays says it as is, not in a profane, but in a profound way. Every song has personal meaning. Some songs were brand new, explaining why she is going to France.

 

 

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No video can do justice to Auriol Hays‘ live performance. You’ve got to see her in person live on stage.

And what a privilege to experience this in a cosy venue like The Daily Music Show.

 

 

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Land des Feuers, Land der Sehnsucht von Rainer M. Schröder

Land des Feuers, Land der Sehnsucht von Rainer M. Schröder

 

Wer gerne mehr über Südafrika zu Kolonialzeiten erfahren möchte, hat mit diesem Buch einen guten Einstieg.

 

Die Handlung wird durch verbotene Liebessünden auf Trab gehalten, so dass sich die Historie wie ein Roman liest und man doch mehr lernt als man denkt.

 

Spielend absorbiert man den gesamten Verlauf des Burenkrieges, spannend verpackt in zwei aussichtslose Liebesgeschichten.

 

Von der natürlich doch die letzte im Happy End dieses Buch rund und zufriedenstellend abschließt.

 

Denn die erstere Liebestächtelei ist doch recht fragwürdig, ob sie sich so zugetan hätte in einem strickten christlichen Afrikaans Haushalt. Ich würde doch annehmen, dass die Gottesfurcht gerade in einem Afrikaans Mädchen und gerade zu Kolonialzeiten zu groß gewesen wäre, auch nur den Gedanken daran zu erlauben.

 

Aber dann wäre nicht die spannende Abenteuergeschichte gefolgt, die das Buch so lesenswert machen.

 

Ganz schön hart ist es, von der Zeit im Konzentrationslager zu lesen, und ich hoffe, dies ruft nochmals in Erinnerung, dass Krieg immer nur zerstört, auf beiden Seiten.

 

In unserer modernen Zeit, in der sich die Geschichte immer nur wiederholt, ist es wichtig, von der Vergangenheit zu lernen.

 

Dieses Buch tut das mit einer Leichtigkeit, die einen wunderbar aus dem Alltag reißt.

 

Ein solider gut geschriebener Roman, der sich zügig liest, weil man doch wissen möchte, wie es weiter geht.

 

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Sisters of Wilderness is the title of a social impact documentary film.

 

The only apostrophes that could ever be needed are single quotation marks, to make clear this is the title: ‘Sisters of Wilderness’.

Other than that, a title is like a name and should not be changed.

 

But of course, there are a lot of ‘s’ going on and it gives plenty of room for errors, especially with the good old apostrophe.

Here we even have two mistakes of apostrophe use, both for the same wording:

Wrong use of apostrophe amazes me. But different wrong uses of apostrophes for the exact same words amazes me even more!

Wrong use of apostrophe amazes me. But different wrong uses of apostrophes for the exact same words amazes me even more!

 

I must admit, this is what astounds me the most: It’s the same words!

Yet somehow two different versions of wrong apostrophe use were invented.

And they sit right beneath each other.

 

In such a situation, grammar alarm bells should ring.

 

This would be the moment, I’d assume, the writer would look up the correct use of the apostrophe, as clearly one of the two versions must be wrong.

Especially, as both of them even differ from the title.

 

This defies all logic.

And it also shows that not adequate care was taken to create Value Added Content by proofreading.

 

But anyhow: Go see ‘Sisters of Wilderness’, regardless of any apostrophe use you might find about it on the internet.

 

Sisters of Wilderness’ won Best South African Feature Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival.

And seems to be an incredible feat by Karin Slater, who did it all: Carrying the equipment, shooting and recording.

 

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The #CapeCulturalCollective brings a diverse range of cultural influences to the stage of #TheDailyMusicShow.

The #CapeCulturalCollective brings a diverse range of cultural influences to the stage of #TheDailyMusicShow.

 

The Cape Cultural Collective is a truly inspiring story of people from all ages, class, colour, religion, language and local areas uniting for the love of music.

 

This cultural mix influences the choices of songs the Rosa Choir performs. A personal selection by the members, with deep meaning in regards to history, but also friendship and love.

 

The sincerity and joy of the the Rosa Choir transfers through the live music and singing, sweeping you off your feet and onto the dance floor: The Cape Cultural Collective simply has a way of making you want to be a part of it.

 

Don’t miss out! Take the opportunity to see the Cape Cultural Collective at a cosy venue in the heart of Cape Town: The CCC on stage at The Daily Music Show.

 

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Tickets are R150 pp and include wine / juice and snacks.
To book call 0747201847 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by on the night!
Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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Street Side Bakery Pty LTD in Makhaya, Khayelitsha.

Street Side Bakery Pty LTD in Makhaya, Khayelitsha.

 

I have IBS and thus try to follow a LOW FODMAP diet.

 

Usually this means: Pastries and muffins are a no go for me, leading me to try find alternatives, e.g. for sandwiches and biscuits and bread.

 

Attending a course on Leadership for Social Change we were blessed to have Street Side Bakery cater for our breakfasts and tea breaks.

 

Thus I got to try a variety of their baked goods: From egg and tuna sandwiches to berry and cappuccino muffins to cacao and lemon biscuits, all of which delicious.

 

When it comes to yummy food I can hardly resist, but I tried to keep the intake of simple carbohydrates as low as possible.

 

However, Street Side Bakery take into account your possible tummy problems baked goods can cause: They offer a great range free of milk and eggs to accommodate lactose and egg white intolerant customers.

 

To my surprise I found myself digesting the Street Side Bakery foods very well. And they taste as good as they are: Proper home-made, with only good ingredients and lots of love. 🙂

 

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Apparently it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert.

 

So better start now!

 

I started committing to #ABlogPostADay back in February 2017.

 

I took a break. It didn’t work. After such a long time of making writing my daily habit I feel bad not doing it.

 Yours *TrulyJuly* Blog Post Frequency: Taking a break did not feel good.

Yours *TrulyJuly* Blog Post Frequency: Taking a break did not feel good.

 

It’s a relative easy task to implement: Whatever it is you really like doing, the thing you dream of being your career one day, do it. Every day.

 

So, if you like photography, take a picture every day. Even if it’s just a snapshot with your phone.

If you like baking, bake every day. Or at least tend to your dough every day.

If you like painting, paint every day. Or at least draw or doodle every day.

If you like running, run every day. It doesn’t have to be long. Simply getting into the routine to put on your running gear helps.

If you like cooking, cook every day. Or at least think of a recipe every day.

If you like to cycle, cycle every day. Even if it’s just to get from A to B.

If you like playing the guitar, play every day. Even if it’s just your favourite piece of music.

If you like reading, read every day. One page will do for a start.

If you like soccer, kick the ball around every day. The kids in our street do it, every day after school.

 

If this is really what you like doing, it should come naturally to you to do it as often as possible.

If this is really where your passion lies, you’ll find a way of doing it.

 

And if you don’t, then it’s maybe because this is not your true calling.

 

Either way, commit to it every day and you’ll soon find out.

 

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Scattered clouds over the mountain.

Scattered clouds over the mountain.

 

Two clouds

Like love
they spin
around each other
And then
the one
bursts

 

 

As part of Museum Night Cape Town the Iziko Museum invited to a Workshop: Hunter-gatherer food culture of the first humans on planet Earth.

 

Truida Prekel gave a talk on gathering from nature. Together with Sue Kingma she explained the indigenous foods on offer at the workshop:

 

This introduction to indigenous plants was very important, as all this food looked very exotic:

 

But of course, some basic survival skills are needed to make use of edible plants in nature. Dr Wallace Vosloo explains how to test if a plant is poisonous or not:

Dr Wallace Vosloo at the Museum Night Cape Town Workshop: Hunter-gatherer food culture of the first humans on planet Earth

Dr Wallace Vosloo at the Museum Night Cape Town Workshop: Hunter-gatherer food culture of the first humans on planet Earth

 

 

Then we were allowed to taste the plants we so easily walk by, not knowing how beneficial they are.

 

Dune Spinach:

 

Purslane:

 

Sour fig:

 

Jelly Melon or African Horned Cucumber:

 

Num-num:

 

Prickly Pear in different colours – red, orange and white:

 

With new strength from the snack break, attendees were invited to participate in survival activities.

 

Rope Making:

 

 

Fire Making:

 

 

A fun night out that has taught me to look at weeds around this country with different eyes.

 

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Ramon Alexander is a master of Cape Jazz, making him a local icon in the South African music scene.

Nonetheless the reach of his sound is limitless: His compositions take you places far far away.

 

Especially at an intimate venue like The Daily Music Show:

It’s almost meditative listening to the Ramon Alexander Quartet: Like a raindrop that finds its way into the river winding into the ocean you can follow his songs like a story or a journey and get immersed fully because you can trust the band to bring you back to the beginning with a feeling of uplift.

 

Simply watching Ramon Alexander‘s hands glide over the keys is mesmerising:

 

Bass Solo by Chadleigh Gowar:

 

Guitar Solo by Bradley Prince:

 

Drum Solo by Annemie Nel:

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It’s like being taken on a mini holiday.

Close your eyes and let the music take over: Soothing jazz by the Ramon Alexander Quartet.

Close your eyes and let the music take over: Soothing jazz by the Ramon Alexander Quartet.

 

Give yourself that well-deserved break and see the Ramon Alexander Quartet live at The Daily Music Show.

Buy your tickets for The Daily Music Show now. Order on Quicket or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

Or simply pop by on the night!
Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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Trudy Rushin live at The Daily Music Show: Meaningful lyrics with the wit to make you laugh.

 

What Trudy Rushin has to say is worth listening to.

 

Especially as she packages it so well, it’s real easy listening.

In two ways: Her music is soft and smooth with an underlying upbeat, topped with light-hearted lyrics that make you smile when you get the subtle puns.

 

Trudy Rushin always has a joke on her lips, like when she commented on Alistair Andrews‘ bass ukulele: “This is what happens when you put a guitar into the washing machine.”

 

Alistair Andrews‘ solo on the bass ukulele:

 

Trudy Rushin‘s lyrics are sharp and witty, not needing many words to convey a deeper meaning.

 

“If you’re free why don’t you slide across the moon with me.” from

Slide Across The Moon‘ by Trudy Rushin:

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“I’ve got music inside of me, I’ve got to let it out.” from

Music Inside of Me‘ by Trudy Rushin:

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“I meet him 12 year ago and I remember I said
Joe, I’m Trudy and he said Trudy, I’m Joe” from

Trudi Rushin’s song about a man named ‘Joe‘:

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The band Keith TabisherAlistair Andrews and Randall Cyster jam

‘7th Avenue South’ by Jonathan Butler:

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“Lucy loves him madly every day and practically every night.” from

‘Lucy’ by Trudy Rushin:

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Trudy’s intro: “This stuff just comes. You write it because you have to write it. It’s the same with my songs.”

‘When I Sing My Song’ by Trudy Rushin:

 

A great evening for everyone, off and on stage:

A great evening out at #TheDailyMusicShow.

A great evening out at #TheDailyMusicShow.

 

For a special night out in an intimate venue where you can have a chat with the performers after the show, come to The Daily Music Show.

Check for tickets to The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

 

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Having been surprised by the sheer volume of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, I returned to catch up on the over 100 exhibitors. Again I didn’t make it through all the art that is on offer.

 

The mix of established and new artists, African and European galleries, modern and traditional crafts is inspirational as they all have one thing in common: A message beneath the creativity.

 

Investec Cape Town Art Fair: Inspirational diversity

 

Crying masks:

 

T-shirt illusion: Tiger head boy

 

Those sand dune waves are actual 3D material:

 

Awesome contrasts:

 

Duplexity still doesn’t reveal all:

 

Here’s looking at you:

 

Shades of grey:

 

Mesmerising, like digified fire:

 

Ruffled up canvas:

 

Mechanical art:

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Geometrical art:

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Great diversity:

 

Discussing art:

 

I’d like to be the woman in that art:

 

The new trend colours:

 

Naked art: