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If you haven't read any of Richard's books yet, do yourself a favour and order them all immediately. You should also follow him on Twitter and Facebook, because he's an author who actually interacts and shares cool stuff - not someone you constantly feel is trying to sell you something. His books have made me laugh, cry and gasp. And his last book cover was designed by Joey HiFi. His mother has been known to dress to match that very same book cover and his wife came up with the acro-word WTFantastic. The man has enough cool points to buy…
Braving a Beer Festival I will not lie, I was a little daunted by the thought of a craft beer festival when I was offered tickets to the Constantia Craft Beer Project Festival. Scenes of herds of skinny-jeaned hipsters milling about en masse whilst balancing glasses of beer ran through my head. The soundtrack (in my head, too), funnily enough, was that of an Oompah band, Oktoberfest-style.  It being 2014, though, and my year of ‘getting out there and doing new, exciting, things’, I said yes. Okay, again, in the interest of honesty, every year is my year of ‘getting…
 African Image Harry Sitole has great taste. He also has a smile that makes it hard not to grin back. As the owner of African Image (just around the corner from Greenmarket Square on the corner of Church and Burg Streets in central Cape Town), he chooses every delightful piece in the shop himself. African Image is no run-of-the-mill curio shop aiming at sunburnt tourists. It’s a treasure trove of funky new stuff, bright cloths, beautiful old artefacts, and more. From quirky to whimsical to plain-old beautiful, the place is heavenly. If I have to buy a present, be it…
Hollywood is coming to South Africa this week on a tour that could set Cape Town up as one of the most filmed cities and locations. It could also turn it into one of the premier movie-making destinations on the planet.
Apologies, I went a little AWOL there. Happy new year and all that. It’s not that I wasn’t drinking beer – that’d just be ridiculous – it’s just that I was busy talking about treasure, dinosaurs, the pros and cons of eye patches (pirate-style) and the origin of man. As one does. You see, I have been entertaining small boys and beer is not (yet) at the top of their to-do list. It did, however, get me thinking about the hipsters I’m forever referring to (but have yet to encounter in as large numbers as I expected, when I agreed…
It's not news that Cape Town is one stunningly photogenic supermodel of a city - so here are some fun, funky and alternative images of the Mother City, to break the tedium of photographs of paradise. April 2012, Image courtesy of News24, this great big beagle balloon flew for the Pedigree Adoption Drive, which aims to increase the adoption of abandoned dogs around the world.
First of all, there are the Cape Town lifestyle memes. With all its holidaymakers and tourism accolades, plus it being the 2014 World Design Capital, you could be forgiven for thinking that the world aspires to be Capetonian ... There is certainly a Johannesburg/Cape Town rivalry. This one refers to the e-tolls inflicted upon Jozi.
"An ideal, safe and scenic environment for all cultures to celebrate the art of making and drinking beer and wine all paired with food at a festival where the general public can freely interact and share traditional brewing methods, complimenting food, products and entertainment." A wide range of local, national and international craft beers; a smorgasbord of foodie trucks to keep the tummy happy; a couple of bands to keep your bootie wiggling and even some eye candy in the form of roaring bikes and cars with the SA Hot-Rods … Who could ask for more? Win a pair of…
There was only one Movember Mo. One. I’d fully expected the place to be overrun by hipsters sporting their mos. This craft beer writing gig keeps proving me wrong. Now that Movember is over, I’m going to have to revert back to counting skinny pants and ironic glasses at the craft beer hangouts. Devil’s Peak Brewing Company has moved from their original Somerset West premises to a far-more-suitable spot in Salt River. It’s an old textile factory with huge industrial windows which look toward – you guessed it – Devil’s Peak! The brewery has spawned a fabulous tasting room and…

Hello Sailor

May 24, 2019
Sitting in ‘Hello Sailor’ on Lower Main Road in Obz, waiting for my friend to meet me for a drink, I wondered how I could extend this oh-so-terribly-hard job of writing about craft beer. You see, there are only so many breweries to write about. While thinking, I caught a yawn from an Italian man sitting two tables away from me with his wife and little boy. They were drinking cappuccinos, the sprog had a coke. He looked up at me momentarily as I caught his yawn and smiled as we silently acknowledged the catchiness of yawns across the busy…
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