Saving precious data

Lifestyle
When our house was broken into and we were robbed a few years back, I was most devastated at losing my laptop. While our insurance company could replace the actual hardware – in fact they could provide an upgraded one – it could not replace what I valued most in that laptop. It had every photograph and video I had taken of my children and family. Every photo I had taken for work. Our insurance company could not help me replace any of that. (more…)
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#CaughtMyEye

Lifestyle
  [caption id="attachment_217" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A view of the famous uMhlanga pier. Durban is one of the most beautiful cities in winter. It begs for us to spend time outdoors, lapping up the mild weather and bright sunshine.[/caption]   [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]
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Get your kids reading this winter holiday

Books
As if his multitude of novels for adults are not enough, James Patterson has now ventured into the realm of literature for young readers. Three Middle School books landed on my desk at the same time. I took them home to eager young children who can’t get their paws on them. Rafe Khatchadorian (am I the only one who thinks Kim Kardashian when reading this name) is the lead character in these books. (more…)
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Shades of Grey

Books
EL James announced on social media on Monday that she will be releasing a new version of her novel Fifty Shades of Grey shortly. I've written about this Fifty Shades series previously. But I just had to share my thoughts on this latest venture of hers. ​The Fifty Shades trilogy has reached worldwide sales of more than 125 million copies! And it has become one of the most successful publications in the history of book publishing. Completely, utterly mind-boggling stats. And I am still confounded by the hype around it. So forgive my jaded response at the fact that now readers can look forward to another angle in this "tantalising" tale - this time written from the smouldering Christian Grey's point of view. This book will be titled ... wait for it ... Grey. Really? And it…
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The other side of Bollywood

Books
[caption id="attachment_173" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Gene Gualdi with her book Bollywood Blonde[/caption] When I received an invitation to interview Gené Gualdi, I ignored it. I'm not a Bollywood fan and bar a few names that appear in the news in relation to IPL cricket or mafia-related murder charges, I know very little about the personalities that belong to that world. Like Hollywood personalities, I find them too plastic and pretentious. But a coaxing publicist convinced me to meet Gualdi when she launched Bollywood Blonde in Durban, and in a moment of weakness I acquiesced. Of course, this meant I had to read Bollywood Blonde and come up with intelligent questions about it. (more…)
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Fantasy, sex and a good read

Fantasy, sex and a good read

Books
It was the cover of AR Torre's, The Girl in 6E, that caught my eye. The bright red spine stood out in my pile of "read-when-you-have-time" books. Imagine my surprise when after just the first chapter I couldn't put this book down. There is quite a bit of - sometimes disturbing - sexual content in this story. But with a story and writing as brilliant as this, I quickly got over my discomfort and enjoyed this novel from start to finish. (more…)
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Food for the soul

Food for the soul

Books
International best-selling writer Barbara Kingsolver was in Durban at the beginning of the year to promote her latest novel, Flight Behaviour. I hosted her at Exclusive Books, in Westville (more…)
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#MyFabulousDBN kicks off

#MyFabulousDBN kicks off

Durban, Lifestyle
It was a perfect day for the kick off of the #MyFabulousDBN campaign, with an Instawalk from the Skate Park on the beachfront today. With inspiration everywhere, our local designer, S'bu Msimang, is going to be spoilt for choice when creating her designs for the campaign. (more…)
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A few load shedding tips

A few load shedding tips

Durban, Lifestyle
I never thought I’d say this but load shedding has been a good thing in our little home. For the first time in ages, we’ve had nothing to do but sit around with each other and really talk. Suddenly I’m learning so many new things about my kids, their friends ... and their enemies too! (more…)
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Magic mix

Durban
  The Diageo Reserve World Class this week held regional finals for its Bartender of the Year competition in Durban. The competition also took place in Cape Town and Johannesburg this week. Seventeen KZN bartenders showcased their talents as two judges watched for flair, efficiency and superb cocktails. The champions of each region will be revealed on June 8 and will dubbed the best mixologists of their city. In July these champs will move on to the national finals that will be held in Joburg. There, the champion bartender will be chosen to represent South Africa in a World final that will include more than 50 of the finest mixologists in the world. The World Class Global Finals will be held in Cape Town in September. [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email'…
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