6 Nov 2012



Synergy's fire starter

And the international act announcements keep on pouring in. Next act to head SA's way is British punk rock/dance act The Prodigy who will be headlining Synergy Live in Cape Town and Joburg this November. In other music news Johann Smith is appreciative of Ard Matthew's brave solo album, First Offerings, I report back on act three of the #5GumExperience, and a very good looking line-up for Up the Creek 2013 is announced.

Petrol-head Henri Geyser takes a spin in the Chevrolet's new attractive and tough Trailblazer, and is impressed with Volvo's exciting V40.

In travel news, Rod Baker soaks up some sun in Mauritius at the newly refurbished and reopened Ambre, while Brian Berckman pays a visit to South Africa's Best Luxury Country Hotel, The Robertson Small Hotel, and Ilse van den Berg goes on a world wind tour of Cape Town with City Sightseeing Sidecar Adventures.

Film buff Daniel Derksen reviews inspiring films, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, and Cloud Atlas, while Eugene Yiga reports on the announcement of the 2012 theme for MCQP.

Happy Tuesday and if rocking out with Linkin Park in Cape Town tomorrow check the public transport plan to avoid major traffic nightmares.

Ruth Cooper, production manager (@biz_lounge)

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Roots of organic food debate
As the battle for the soul of the organic food sector continues to rage across the world, South Africans have not been spared from the conflicting data and inflamed exchanges that have underpinned the debate. Read more >>

A R40,000 tot of whisky is a thrill to sip
An awesome whisky, costing an astronomical R230,000-a-bottle graced my palate at a special luncheon at the Sandton Sun. The pricey Balvenie 50 is available at the Whisky Live Festival 2012. Read more >>

A Dinner Diva's Mexican Feast
[Nina Timm] This Mexican Family Feast was my meal choice when I heard that I was a contestant and had to cook in the new cooking/blogging series called Dinner Divas. Why Mexican? It's simple, we love it! Read more >>


Trailblazer: A brute in a suit
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Chevrolet's eagerly-awaited brute in a suit Trailblazer has arrived in South Africa armed to the teeth to take on the local SUV market and to arm-wrestle Toyota's market leading Fortuner for a slice of the action. Read more >>

V40 is Volvo's new sparkling gem
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The exciting new Volvo B40 range has strutted on to the local motoring stage with all the cheek and bravado of a new car that has just recently been unveiled in Europe to the equivalent of a standing ovation by international motoring writers - and with good reason, because this is the most exciting and most impressive Volvo yet to flow from the marriage between the Swedes and their Chinese rescuers. Read more >>


Chad le Clos voted Sports Star of the Year
The winners of The SA Sports Awards, which honours South Africa's sporting greats, up-and-coming talent and the federations, schools and administrators that turn our youths into future sports stars, have been announced. Swimmer Chad le Clos won top honour as Sports Star of the Year. Read more >>


City sightseeing in a sidecar
[Ilse van den Berg] It's that time of year again my fellow Capetonians, the sun is out (and up till late), the wind is blowing in full force... Yes, that's when you know it's summer time in the Mother City. City Sightseeing Cape Town has opened its night tours for the season, and if you aren't that keen on exploring the city per se, you'll be happy to hear the company has launched something more adventurous specifically for people like you - City Sightseeing Sidecar Adventures to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. Read more >>

Stop at Ambre
[Rod Baker] Feel like a family getaway with the kids? What a silly question - and if you want a reasonably priced holiday for yourselves as a couple, for your honeymoon, or for the family (and maybe even the family and your honeymoon), checking out Ambre, Mauritius, would be one of your better moves. Read more >>

Small hotel, big experience: 10 out of 10
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] By winning the title of South Africa's Best Luxury Country Hotel for the second consecutive year in the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards, The Robertson Small Hotel has confirmed itself as a go-to destination. Read more >>


Date announced for L'Ormarins Queen's Plate
It has been announced that the well-known horseracing event, the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate, is to be held at Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town on 12, January, 2013. Contenders will compete for a R1 million purse. Read more >>


The Odd Life Of Timothy Green
[Daniel Dercksen] It is magical films like The Odd Life Of Timothy Green that remind us why we go to the movies. "It's okay to be different, even weird," is what a new-found friend like Timothy Green proclaims in the film - and that is exactly what makes it a soulful and life-changing experience that deserves to be shared by everyone. Read more >>

Cloud Atlas for beginners
[Daniel Dercksen] If there is one film that is going to change the way that you see filmmaking, visual storytelling and the human condition, in the same way Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life did, it's Cloud Atlas, an epic sci-fi drama that is every bit as much of a head-trip as the film that made the Wachowskis famous 13 years ago, The Matrix. Read more >>


Public transport plan for Linkin Park concert announced
The City of Cape Town has put an extensive public transport plan in place to transport concert-goers to and from the Linkin Park concert at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, 7 November, 2012. Gates will open at 4pm on the day, with the main performance scheduled from 9pm to 11pm. Read more >>

The Prodigy announced as headline act at Synergy Live 2012
The British punk rock/dance act The Prodigy will be headline act for the forthcoming Synergy Live 2012, at Theewaterskloof Dam, Villiersdorp, Western Cape, on Friday, 30 November and Riversands Farm, Fourways Joburg on Saturday, 1 December 2012. Read more >>

Ard Matthews' solo album: Do you seriously care?
[Johann M. Smith] Pop music works because of a dull human truth: your heartbreak and joy isn't more special than anybody else's - and, thus, it has to be bland enough to become universal (Exhibit A: Coldplay). The general feelings that we all experience is the global language on which pop solely rests. Success depends on how well it can define the same old familiar tears. Read more >>

A trip to Terror Island
[Ruth Cooper] First we were treated to some pretty amazing hologramic live visuals and electro sounds courtesy of Etienne De Crecy, then we rocked out in an abandoned cement factory in Nyanga with Two Door Cinema Club, this year act three of the #5GumExperience found us bound for a trip to Terror Island. Read more >>


MCQP brings fairytale ending to 2012
[Eugene Yiga] What started in 1994 as a celebration of South Africa's new constitution and its acknowledgement of gay rights has grown into the continent's biggest costume party. Now, in its 19th instalment, the Mother City Queer Project aims to attract more than 11 000 visitors and transform the Cape Town Stadium into a Fairytale Fantasy on Saturday 15 December. Read more >>

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