Here’s a novel idea for a Christmas gift

Here’s a novel idea for a Christmas gift

Books
Here’s a novel idea for a Christmas gift Stuck on ideas for Christmas gifts this year? Why not opt for a good book? Yes, as a lover of books I think there is nothing better than receiving (or giving) a book as a gift. And this year, Exclusive Books has the #EBbookElf to help you choose the perfect book gift. (more…)
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Things to do in Durban this holiday

Things to do in Durban this holiday

Durban, Lifestyle
Things to do in Durban this holiday Our kids are off on a three-week adventure overseas, while we stay home in Durban. Now is the perfect opportunity to explore our city like we’ve never done before. This time it’s all about things to do in Durban without our kids – a novel idea indeed! (more…)
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Avoid the debt trap this holiday season

Avoid the debt trap this holiday season

Lifestyle
Avoid the debt trap this holiday season The summer holidays are all about fun, sun and a great deal of excess. Food, drink, gifts and entertainment – we tend to spend a lot more than we usually plan to. And we often do so without thinking about it. Come the middle of January many of us land hard on the hard rock of reality – where bank balances are low and we wait impatiently for our next pay cheque. (more…)
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Bridget Jones’s Baby: would you like a copy?

Bridget Jones’s Baby: would you like a copy?

Books
Bridget Jones’s Baby: would you like a copy? So, Bridget Jones’s Baby starring Renée Zellweger hit the big screen in September. But the novel is just so much more fun. In this latest installment by Helen Fielding we meet Bridget again – focusing on her career and being single. But, in true Bridget style, the hapless 43-year-old finds her life suddenly interrupted when she learns she is pregnant. There’s just one problem … she’s only 50% sure of the identity of her baby’s father. But, Bridget is not the first, and will not be the last, woman to find herself in this position. What is unusual is she how she gets to this point in and how it’s resolved. Will Bridget ever have a bit of good fortune come her way or…
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On my desk

On my desk

Books
On my desk Rotten Row By Petina Gappah (Faber and Faber) I loved Petina Gappah’s novel, The Book of Memory. So when her latest book landed on my desk, I couldn’t wait to dive straight into it. This holiday, it is at the top of my to-read list. In Harare, when people hear the name “Rotten Row”, they think crime and courts. Rotten Row is a collection of interconnected short stories that explores causes and effects of crime and the nature of justice in Zimbabwe. Every person passing through Rotten Row is fair game in this collection. Black or white, man or woman, good guys or villains, rich or poor – Gappah transcends barriers to explore very real issues in contemporary Zimbabwe. Black Queen White King Check Mate By William…
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Don’t miss the Whitney Houston Show

Don’t miss the Whitney Houston Show

Durban
For me, Whitney Houston has to be one of the biggest enigmas in the world of entertainment. Such immense talented, but at the same time such immense personal flaws. In spite of her being in the spotlight for many of the wrong reasons for much of her short life – even after her tragic death in 2012 – this woman has left an indelible legacy in the music world. Her music remains timeless and her vocal talent is an inspiration to many. As a teen, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and I’m Every Woman could be heard blasting out of my room almost every day. Here music videos were just such fun. I even remember receiving a cassette (left in our postbox) with just one song on it after a teen “love”…
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Smart transport innovations on show on Durban’s North Beach

Smart transport innovations on show on Durban’s North Beach

Durban, Lifestyle
Smart transport is the new buzzword at UKZN’s Mechanical Engineering Department. And tomorrow (November 17) students and academics will show off two of their latest innovations in smart transport technology along the North Beach promenade from 5-7am. Early start? Yes. But it is definitely worth the visit. These two innovations may just be the answer to steering eThekwini towards environmentally friendly transport. The demo tomorrow aims to promote the use of the vehicles as alternative modes of transport for the “city of the future”. (more…)
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Sunday coffee thoughts

Lifestyle
[caption id="attachment_1539" align="aligncenter" width="458"] I often wonder about what it really means to be a woman. There are so many expectations and restrictions set upon us by society, culture and religion. But, to my mind, it is the restrictions we set among ourselves that are the most damaging. My wish today is for you to dig deep, find your untamed essence and allow it to embrace other women unconditionally[/caption]
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