Master of a gripping tale

Master of a gripping tale

Books
John Connolly was in Durban to promote his latest Charlie Parker thriller, A Song of Shadows. I caught up with him to discuss her favourite detective series  John Connolly is born and bred Irish, and it's still home - even though he lives in the US. My first question then was: why is the Charlie Parker series set in North America? (more…)
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 Diet be damned

Durban, Lifestyle
[caption id="attachment_92" align="alignleft" width="300"] A rocky road cronut topped with cherries, chocolate, marxhmallows and nuts[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_93" align="aligncenter" width="300"] It's also filled with decadent custard![/caption] Take a look at what I sunk my teeth into this afternoon at Remo's in uMhlanga. A stop for a quick coffee with a good friend, lead Karen D introducing me to this delightfully decadent treat. Cronuts are the epitome of decadence and the best pick-me-up after a rather long week. As the name suggests, a cronut is the ultimate indulgence - a combination of donut and croissant. And at Remo's they're the best! Diet be damned, some days it's good to just throw caution to the wind and indulge.   [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Website' type='url'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]  
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#MyFabulousDBN

Durban, Lifestyle
[caption id="attachment_83" align="alignleft" width="200"] Sibu Msimang #MyFabulousDBN[/caption] Walk the cities of Durban, Johannesburg and Cape town, and it isn’t difficult to recognise the unique and different fashion styles of each one. The #MyFabulous campaign, brought to the cities by Skip washing detergent, is a celebration of these different styles. A young designer from each of the cities has been roped in to create a range that most aptly represents their city. The designers are S’bu Msimang for Durban, Jenevieve Lyons (Cape Town) and  Rich Mnisi (Johannesburg). Phase One of the campaign kicks off in June. Msimang will start gathering inspiration via Instagram to create 10 complete looks that will be inspired by the unique styles of the three major cities of South Africa. And you have to help her. By using…
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The political is personal

The political is personal

Books
  Susan Abulhawa has just published her new novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water, and I can't wait for it to land on my desk. I met her at the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban a few years ago and we discussed sisterhood, solidarity and playgrounds. (more…)
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Fifty Shades of not much really

Fifty Shades of not much really

Books
  Dinner table conversation can be fascinating at times. At others it can turn into out of body (pun entirely intended) experience. A group of female friends invited me to dinner a few weeks ago. As we sipped cocktails and dined on delicious langoustines, conversation turned to marriage, juggling kids, hectic schedules and ... Eventually ... Sex. (more…)
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Breathing a sigh of relief

Breathing a sigh of relief

Lifestyle
As I waded through what I had written in the past, I came across this piece I wrote four years ago to mark World Asthma Day. I remember sitting at my computer, tears streaming down my cheeks as I tried to see what was on the screen. It was the first time I had shared some of the trauma of watching my little daughter fighting for her life.  Once I was done, though, I switched of my computer, dried my eyes and got into bed with a huge sense of relief. Sometimes one doesn't need a therapist. Words are powerful. Sharing them can be an immensely therapeutic and empowering experience. So, today, I'm sharing that story with you.    (more…)
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#WeAreAfrica, believe it

#WeAreAfrica, believe it

Durban, Lifestyle
This weekend we rubbed shoulders with celebs, eThekwini officials, journos, designers and fashionistas at a lavish function hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture to celebrate Africa Month. The #WeAreAfrica Fashion Spectacular took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in honor of Africa Month. From concerts to conferences, Durban is embracing Africa Month and the #WeAreAfrica programme couldn't have come at a better time for our city. The strong fashion component in the #WeAreAfrica programme is in recognition of the powerful African fashion culture that has developed over the years. Through the platform of fashion #WeAreAfrica aims to promote peace, friendship and integration on the continent. The hope is that this programme will become a launch pad for many of the country’s greatest fashion success stories. Produced…
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Hello world!

Hello world!

Lifestyle
It's a new journey I'm embarking on - one that has me excited and nervous all at once. Every day I encounter new truths, challenges, and beauty around me. This space is where I will share bits of my encounters with you - through words, photos and maybe a bit of music too. Enjoy the ride with me. Share your thoughts. Get me thinking.
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