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Ruth is the production manager at Bizcommunity, as well as a co-editor and contributor to the Lifestyle section.
Become a fan of Fancourt

Imagine soft green mounds, rolling hills, wispy clouds, the gentle caress of the sun on your cheek, the sound of chirping birds and the nee-yow of golf carts in the distance. Imagine this and you might have a pretty good idea of what it might be like to stand overlooking the lush green grounds of Fancourt, the premier leisure resort on the Garden Route on a still-and-sunny winter's day morning.

By Ruth Cooper 23 Jul 2014 09:32

Carstens prevails

Arno Carstens, best known as rock god of iconic SA band Springbok Nude Girls, has recently released his fifth solo album: "Lightning Prevails". We sent him a few questions to find out more.

By Ruth Cooper 18 Jul 2014 10:53

Monark releases Negatives

The talented five members of Potch band Monark have been caressing the radio airwaves and their listeners ears with their pop-friendly brand of indie rock since May of last year. This month sees the release of their debut album; "Negatives". We emailed founder and guitarist Ewald Jansen van Rensburg a few questions to find out more.

By Ruth Cooper 3 Jul 2014 11:51

Interview with a guitar god

With a new album, "Dear Silence Thieves", recently released and national tour currently underway we jumped at the chance to conduct an email interview with guitar god Dan Patlansky, gaining new insight into the album, the process and the man himself.

By Ruth Cooper 17 Jun 2014 10:38

Wined, dined and treated fine at the The Twelve Apostles

The Red Carnation's The Twelve Apostles fine attention to detail and preference catering starts way before you arrive at this five-star boutique hotel and spa. Once a reservation is confirmed, so are your personal room preferences.

By Ruth Cooper 4 Jun 2014 10:49

Le good life at Le Franschhoek

Franschhoek has always been a town I felt an affinity towards; the sophisticated French cousin to my hip Mother City if you will. With great food, wine, art, culture and scenery it's hard not to be seduced by her many charms.

By Ruth Cooper 21 May 2014 10:48

A touch of magic at Majeka House

Magic House might be a more appropriate name for this Stellenbosch boutique hotel and spa. Filled with quirky touches, inspired décor, uniquely and individually themed rooms and a masterpiece of a menu.

By Ruth Cooper 20 May 2014 10:34

Relax and recharge at De Hoop

If yearning for a quiet and remote getaway surrounded by spectacular nature, yet still privy to a few basic luxuries, then the De Hoop Nature Reserve, a world heritage site situated in the Overberg region just a few hours' drive from Cape Town might be just what you're looking for.

By Ruth Cooper 6 May 2014 10:23

Add a little spice to your life at the Pepper Club

Situated in the beating heart of Cape Town, one street above iconic Long Street, the Pepper Club Hotel and Spa caters to a trendy and jet-setting clientele.

By Ruth Cooper 5 May 2014 09:52

Glow well with WellSkin

If you're like me you might have thought that the Wellness Warehouse stores only housed wasabi flavoured peanuts, organic face washes and super-healthy meals for the hippies and hipsters, but no, they also run a well-equipped beauty salon, WellSkin, which offers massages, facials, waxes and mani/pedis.

By Ruth Cooper 24 Apr 2014 09:35

Luxurious Langaro

It's a picture perfect Sunday morning in Camps Bay and I'm lying down on a concrete slab in approximately 4% of clothing, being hosed and scrubbed down by a wetsuit-wearing hands-of-steel warrior.

By Ruth Cooper 15 Apr 2014 12:44

Crude but clever Carr

It was the second coming of JC at GrandWest last night, or so the self-designed T-shirt of a fan and member of the audience proclaimed. Flinging it on stage during the encore he shouted: "I made this for you Jimmy." Carr, seemingly quite moved by this thoughtful gift, asked the guys profession. "Rapist," he replied succinctly.

By Ruth Cooper 1 Apr 2014 09:24

The power of revolution at Music Exchange

If there was a common thread or theme between speakers at the first day of the fourth annual Music Exchange conference at Cape Town City Hall it was about self-belief.

By Ruth Cooper 12 Mar 2014 10:30

It's a wild life for Ross Jack

Transitioning from producer to artist a few years ago, Ross Jack has been steadily increasing his reach and fans since EP, "Chandeliers" and debut album, "Notes from the Wild". We had an email chit chat with him to find out more.

By Ruth Cooper 11 Mar 2014 08:00

[Design Indaba 2014] What's in the box Lauren Beukes?

How does one define a designer these days? Designers are so much more than building constructors, typography poets and chair and vase crafters. Designers are creators, activists, humanitarians, revolutionaries, risk takers, visionaries.

By Ruth Cooper 3 Mar 2014 09:18

Interview with UB40

The three founding members of UB40: Astro, Mickey Virtue and Ali Campbell have reunited amongst a fair amount of controversy. They touch down in SA in April this year. We emailed lead singer Ali Campbell a few questions to find out more.

By Ruth Cooper 24 Feb 2014 11:51

Creek-chers unite at UTC 2014

It's just gone 2.30pm in the heart of Cape Town as my fellow Creek-chers and I battle our way through the early Friday traffic and soaring temperatures. Destination: the hallowed land; that beautiful sanctuary boarded by the welcoming Breede River and temporary home to many music-loving lovelies. Up the Creek we're a' coming for you.

By Ruth Cooper 6 Feb 2014 10:25

Taking a stand with Nik Rabinowitz

It's been almost two years since likeable Cape Town comedian Nik Rabinowitz has performed at the Baxter Theatre and, as he mentioned, two years away from the stage equals a helluva lot of material - especially if you just so happen to live in this colourfully crazy country of ours.

By Ruth Cooper 5 Dec 2013 12:03

Renewed experiences at Spier

Our #SpierNewJourney experience started off on rather a damp note - and by damp I mean torrential rain, coal-coloured clouds and significant flooding were in the mix.

By Ruth Cooper 22 Nov 2013 09:48

Red Huxley's road to Rancho

How about a little local rock n' roll fairy tale? Once upon a time, a small somewhat obscure band managed to win backstage passes to an event that featured one of their favourite international bands. Cue an encounter and handover of EP to a member of said band and the offer to come to record a debut album in his studio.

By Ruth Cooper 14 Nov 2013 12:04

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