Durban’s Good Food & Wine Show around the corner

Durban’s Good Food & Wine Show around the corner

Durban, Lifestyle
The Durban Good Food & Wine Show kicks off on October 30 at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Run in association with Durban Tourism it promises celebrity chefs galore, book signings, Q&A’s and what is a food show in Durban without the Big Durban Curry Cook-Off. And if you’re a fan of Mi Casa - one of SA’s hottest music trios - you will be interested in this little fact: lead singer, Joao Fonseca (aka J’Something) will join a host of international chefs at the show as he cooks up a storm. (more…)
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On my desk

On my desk

Books
  Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal (Penguin Random House) When Ibby’s father dies in an accident in 1964, her mother abandons her in New Orleans with her grandmother Fannie. Fannie, who lives in an ornate uptown Victorian mansion, is unlike anyone Ibby has ever met – eccentric, prone to stints in the local asylum and the keeper of many dark, tragic family secrets. Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to guide Ibby in the ways of the South – both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.   Untouchable by Ava Marsh (Penguin Random House) Stella was loved, safe and respectable. One mistake changed all that. Now she’s an escort – living in a world of desire, betrayal and secrets. A friend (a fellow…
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Support a good cause – help a child smile

Support a good cause – help a child smile

Durban
East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game kicked off this week and the station’s headquarters in uMhlanga was jam-packed with celebrities and sports stars who endorse the initiative. From Sharkie to Sharks player Khaya Majola, Sunfoil Dolphins’ players Calvin Savage and Daryn Smit as well as musicians Kyle Deutch, Sketchy Bongo and Aewon Wolf, the campaign now in its 15th year has some strong backing. The annual CSI campaign aims to provide every child in a government hospital, children’s home and orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal with a brand new toy. (more…)
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Star Wars Reads Day

Books, Durban
Don't underestimate the power of reading. Celebrate International Star Wars Reads Day at Exclusive Books, Westille. Date: October 10 Time: 10.30am Call 031 265 0454 for more information. Looking for a great web host, try Hostking
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On my desk

On my desk

Books
Piggy Boy’s Blues by Nakhane Touré (Blackbird Books) I first heard of Nakhane Touré when a colleague lent me his CD, Brave Confusion. Set mostly in the Eastern Cape, Piggy Boy’s Blues is a portrait of the M. family and centres mainly around Davide. Davide returns to Alice, the town of his birth. He is seeking peace and quiet, hoping to find it in his roots. But his return is not what he or the people living in his old house had bargained for. His uncle, Ndimphiwe, and the man he lives with, live a quiet existence. Davide’s return disturbs this and results in a string of tragedies. If Touré’s writing is anything like his music, then this book will be splendid. ... Icarus by Deon Meyer (Hodder & Stoughton) Captain Benny…
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Cat, kids, party

Cat, kids, party

Durban
Remember the Oyster Box's beloved Skabenga - the world's most famous cat? He caused quite a stir in Durban when he vanished mysteriously a few months ago. Facebook, Twitter and whatsapp messages were awash with queries, pleas and the like in an effort to locate him. Thankfully our feline friend was returned unscathed and oblivious to the uproar he had caused with his disappearance. October 6 is celebration time for him - it's his birthday party! Look forward to a morning of birthday treats and activities for kids, parents and grandparents at the Oyster Box. Time: 10am - noon Cost: R200 per adult; R150 per child To share in the feline festivities book early by contacting +27 (0) 31 514 5018 or e-mail The Oyster Box. [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email'…
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Book launch news

Books, Durban
Join Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed for the launch of The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire at Ike’s Books and Collectibles on Florida Road. Date: Friday, October 2 Time: 5.30 for 6pm. RSVP is essential: Ike’s: e-mail or call 031 303 9214 Adams Books: e-mail or call 082 873 2702 Looking for a great web host, try Hostking
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Happy Heritage Day!

Happy Heritage Day!

Lifestyle
Here's a link to a Storify I did on what people are saying about Heritage Day on social media. Have a fantastic one [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] Looking for a great web host, try Hostking
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