17 Apr 2012



Sweet allsort things

A truly mixed bag of Lifestyle articles for you this week - everything from a review of the balls to the wall Nissan GT-R, to Ruby Wax's one woman show dealing with mental illness, we keep you updated.

In travel news Brian Berckman chats to hotel manager Nigel Pace on what it is about managing a luxuary hotel that he loves in the latest [10 Things I Love About]... series, and describes his retreat to the relaxing Forest Lodge in Grootbos.

On the cinema side of things Daniel Dercksen reviews movies; Puncture, Titanic in 3D and Young Adults, while Eugene Yiga reviews Margaret.

I chat to the talented Spoek Mathambo about his latest album release and review the adidas All Originals Live event, featuring the quirky New York band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, that went down this past Friday.

The 2012 Oppikoppi theme is announced as well as the nominees for the KKNK Kannas.

For those who love freebies we have two tickets up for grabs for Plush and Friends at Assembly this Saturday.

Sweet times!

Ruth Cooper, production manager

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'Cake Boss' to bake up a storm in Cape Town
[Lihle Z Mtshali] Foodies can look forward to seeing world-renowned master baker Buddy Valastro when the host of TV show Cake Boss jets into the Mother City on May 24 for the Cape Town Food and Wine Show. Read more >>


Ultimate millionaire's attack missile
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] It might not have the sleek and awesome beauty of an Audi R8 V10 or the stream-lined sexiness of a Ferrari or the historical racing pedigree of a Porsche 911 but the ballistic bullet looks of the Nissan GT-R and its blistering performance make it the Alpha dog amongst super sportscars. Read more >>

Nissan takes on All Terrain
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] To increase awareness for its brand - and its range of off-road vehicles in particular - Nissan South Africa has teamed up with social networking adventure website All Terrain, a portal aimed at lifestyle adventure enthusiasts. Read more >>


Grootbos... getting away from it all
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] When assessing the value of something most of us look at what's there. What do we get for our money? At Grootbos, you must consider what's not there. There isn't pollution (unless you're allergic to fynbos pollens), there isn't noise (unless the sound of birds and the crashing sea is bothersome) there aren't crowds - even at full capacity the 1768ha reserve is vast so it is easy to feel oneself alone, in nature. Read more >>

[10 Things I Love About]... Managing a luxury hotel
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] As hotelier Nigel Pace takes his first extended holiday in years Brian Berkman asked him what he loved about being a five-star hotel general manager. Read more >>


Hard-hitting Puncture
[Daniel Dercksen] Disturbingly provocative, Puncture is a hard core journey into drug abuse, the addiction to power, and the weakness of human nature. Read more >>

Margaret's moral dilemma
[Eugene Yiga] Six years is quite a long wait for a movie to come out, but after Margaret was filmed back in 2005, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan didn't want to cut the three-hour version to fit the two-hour running time that he was contracted to deliver. So, after several lawsuits and some editing help from Martin Scorsese (he called the initial version a "masterpiece"), is the final version worth it? It's hard to say. Read more >>


Clap Your Hands said dance
[Ruth Cooper] The Wittebome Civic Centre in Wynberg, which played host to über-indie NY band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, is in a slightly awkward area, nestled in the Wynberg suburbs, but it's an incredible venue. The same can be said for the band and their support line-up; Beach Party and Spoek Mathambo - all three acts awkwardly incredible and incredibly awkward. Read more >>

Fresh time artist Spoek Mathambo
[Ruth Cooper] Spoek Mathambo has received a fair amount of exposure, both locally and internationally, but with the recent release of his album "Father Creeper" things are now really starting to move in directions big. We thought it best to capture a few words from the man himself, before his star shoots stellar and phone calls may go unanswered. Read more >>


Ruby Wax - Lost It!
[Eugene Yiga] Mental illness is a serious problem. So serious, in fact, that at some point in our lives one in four of us is likely to be affected. What can we do? For a start, you can bring three friends to see US-born comedian and TV presenter Ruby Wax in Lost It, her one-woman show now playing at Cape Town's Theatre on the Bay. Read more >>

Nearly half of European online audience visit sports sites
LONDON, UK: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released an overview of internet usage in Europe, showing that 386.6 million Europeans went online in February 2012 for an average of 28.2 hours per person. Read more >>

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