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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 Alaska. Here are his ten favourite corners in and around Cape Town.

Friday, 28 February 2014 08:35

21 Things to do in Knysna

There's no shortage of things to do, see and experience in and around Knysna.

With the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook in progress, a significant portion of the internet is going eeeeeek no no no no no at the idea - because let's face(book) it, Facebook doesn't exactly have the best reputation as far as privacy and security is concerned. Although WhatsApp feels as though it's been part of life forever, it's a mere 5 years old, but with 450 million users, well on its way to hitting the magic billion, which is why Mark Zuckerberg says he wants it. The $19 billion he's allegedly paying works out to $40 per user - which says a) the data is valuable and b) a massive user increase is predicted.

Saturday, 15 February 2014 11:32

Zebra crossings done right

Zebra crossings. Boring. But not in South Africa!

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Thursday, 13 February 2014 12:13

Die Swellendam Vlieg-naweek

Die Swellengrebel Vliegklub bied weer van 28 Februarie tot 2 Maart vanjaar hul gewilde Vlieg-naweek (Fly In) by die Swellengrebel Vliegveld in samewerking met Prosperian Capital aan. Die Vlieg-naweek, die eerste van sy soort op die jaarlikse vlieg-kalender, het oor die jare baie gewild geword onder vlieg-entoesiaste en die publiek, met ‘n wye verskeidenheid vermaak wat beskikbaar is. Die organiseerders het vanjaar ‘n reëling met ‘n Breërivier-wynkelder getref om betrokke te wees, en hulle hoop dat die Swellendam kunste-gemeenskap ook aan die naweek se verrigtinge deel sal neem.
Die eerste gaste kom op Vrydag 28 Februarie per pad en lug by die vliegveld aan. Zulu Overland, wat in die verlede kos en akkomodasie by die vliegveld verskaf het, sal vanjaar weer na die moeës en die hongeres omsien. Swellendam Toerisme sal hulp bied aan almal wat saans meer as ‘n tent en ‘n matras benodig.
Die organiseerders verwag dat heelwat ander vliegtuie teen Saterdagoggend sal opdaag. Verlede jaar was die klub gasheer vir ‘n verskeidenheid moderne en klassieke vliegtuie en helikopters met ‘n gesamentlike waarde van etlike miljoene Rand. Die massa vliegtuie is altyd ‘n gesig om te aanskou wanneer hulle later in die dag na De Hoop vertrek vir ‘n privaat ontbyt.
Ander gaste kan die talle besienswaardighede in en om Swellendam besoek, of op plesiervaarte op die Buffeljagsdam gaan. Daar sal heeldag kos en drank by die vliegklub beskikbaar wees vir besoekers.
Een van die naweek se hoogtepunte is Saterdagaand se musiek-fees by die klub. Plaaslike orkeste en groepe uit Kaapstad gaan die aand optree. Hulle sluit in die Stone Jets, Ozzie Mars, A Series of Events, en Rewired.
Swellendam Vliegklub groet hul gaste op Sondagoggend ná ‘n heerlike ontbyt.
Volle besonderhede is beskikbaar op die klub se webblad – www.fasx.co.za.

Date: Friday, 14 of February de 2014 du 18h15
City:Cape Town
Local:Labia Theatre
Street: 68 Orange Street, Gardens
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Tired of spending yet another Valentine’s Day following the commercialized playbook of the greeting card industry? Why not break out of the stereotyped mould and do something different and exciting this year by celebrating love on a global scale?

Join us for an alternative take on Valentine’s Day with a screening of the inspiring feature documentary Occupy Love.

Occupy Love will be screened at 6.15pm on Friday 14 February 2014 (Valentine’s Day) at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street, Cape Town.

We live in a world plagued by economic, environmental and political crisis. In Occupy Love, acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper asks: “how could the crisis we’re facing become a love story?” It may sound like a rather strange story at first, but in his beautifully conceived new documentary film, Ripper takes us on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet.

Occupy Love explores the growing realization that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning. The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is causing economic and ecological collapse. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening: millions of people are deciding that enough is enough – the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.

The film connects the dots in this era of rapidly evolving social change, featuring captivating insider scenes from the Egyptian Revolution, the Indignado uprising in Spain, Occupy Wall Street in New York, indigenous activists at the Alberta Tar Sands, the climate justice movement, and beyond.

Woven throughout the action oriented backbone of the film is a deep exploration of public love, and compelling stories of an emerging new paradigm. It features some of the world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability and empathy, including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Charles Eisenstein.

Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes. A powerful cinematic experience that will leave audiences inspired – don’t miss it!

For more information about the film, visit the Occupy Love website: www.occupylove.org.

This event is presented by While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit collective committed to bringing documentaries with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.

The screening takes place in partnership with The Secret Love Project (https://www.facebook.com/SecretLoveProject2014) – an official project for World Design Capital 2014. Conceptualised and initiated by Cape Town based artist, Michael Elion, the Secret Love Project aims to positively influence the collective consciousness of an entire city through subliminal programming. Seen the hearts all over the city? That’s it! The Secret Love Project takes its inspiration from the mentalist, Derren Brown. 

Every ticket bought earns you a heart sticker from the Secret Love Project

Place: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town
Date: Friday 14 February 2014
Time: 6.15pm

Tickets are R40 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at (021) 424 5927. 

Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 08:18

5 Funny Photos of Cape Town

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.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 09:17

10 Cape Town Memes

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.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 07:11

Elephant Warning Signs

After the recent rolling of a tourist's car by a bull elephant in the Kruger National Park, which resulted in the elephant being shot and global news stories about the injuries sustained by the humans involved, it's important to draw attention to the fact that elephants are not safe and cuddly animals. If you're visiting a game reserve, hoping to see these magnificent wild animals, it's a good idea to get to know a little about them first.

First of all, game reserve rules are there, not to spoil your fun, but to keep you safe. When you're told not to get too close to the animals and not to get out of your vehicle, it's for the protection of both you and the animals.

This article is by Jonathan Pledger and originally appeared in the Addo National Elephant Park Facebook Group. Reproduced by their kind permission. 

Friday, 24 January 2014 11:19

Weskaap Fotos Asseblief

Daar is ’n afdeling in die Weg reistydskrif wat ons “Toe en Nou” noem. Op hierdie blad vergelyk ons ’n ou foto van ’n bekende landmerk in Suider-Afrika met ’n meer onlangse foto. Ons skryf ook ’n kort opsomming van die geskiedenis van die plek: hoe het dit tot stand gekom, wat is vandag nog dieselfde en wat het intussen verander, ensovoorts. Die doel van hierdie artikels is om die lesers op te voed oor interessante plekke – veral op die platteland – waar hulle gewoonlik sou verbyry, maar nou by kan stilhou om ’n bietjie rond te kyk en die geskiedenis te waardeer.
 Hier onder in die Kaap is dit redelik maklik om bruikbare ou foto’s van bekende geboue, kerke, brûe, endiesmeer in die Argief op te spoor, maar ons spook nogal om goeie materiaal van die res van die land in te win – bloot omdat ons joernaliste nie so gereeld by al die dorpsmuseums uitkom nie.

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