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AFRICAN DESIGN CENTRE

Announcing a major new initiative: This Sunday, MASSer Christian Benimana will take the stage at the U.N. Solutions Summit in New York to present his vision for the African Design Center: an education program based in Kigali, Rwanda, to train the next generation of African Architects. Building a resilient Africa. As Africa’s cities experience explosive growth, the continent will need …

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ART SUBJECTS ARE ESSENTIAL

Arts subjects are essential for a well-rounded education. There’s more to life than churning out maths geniuses. By Muriel Gray Everything in the 21st-century developed world is something the 21st-century developed world believes it can monetise. Children, and their education, are most certainly not exempt from this paradigm. Educationalists rarely tire of worrying about how the next generation are falling …

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THE CORRS ARE BACK

The Corrs are back and it’s like they’ve never been away. Ireland’s finest, played a triumphant show, their first for ten years, in Hyde Park, London on Sunday. They release a brand new studio album November 27th on East West Records, and kick off a UK tour January 19th at the Birmingham Genting Arena. This is their first major album …

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IRIS APFEL: THE AFICIONADO

Lauded interior designer and enduring fashion icon, 94-year-old Iris Apfel has lost none of her joie de vivre, nor her magpie instinct for global treasures. By John O’Ceallaigh Born in Queens in New York, Iris Apfel studied fine arts before setting up her own interior-design business and then founding the textile company Old World Weavers with her late husband Carl. …

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BA’S EXCLUSIVE CABIN

Inside British Airways’ most exclusive first-class cabin. Debuting next month, British Airways’ new 787-9 Dreamliner will offer the airline’s most sophisticated first-class experience yet. By John O’Ceallaigh When British Airways’ newly-purchased 787-9 Dreamliner commences service next month, one of the most notable enhancements it will have over the carrier’s existing 787-8 Dreamliners is the addition of a first-class cabin. With …

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JANIS JOPLIN’S PORSCHE

Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche could soon be yours – for a cool R5 million. By Sara Boboltz Guys, look at this car. Janis Joplin drove this car. It’s a 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet. That’s cool. But not as cool as the paint job. In 1968, the iconic rock-and-roll singer enlisted her friend Dave Richards to customize her new ride …

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ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE

Mansion’s owner ‘just wanted something nice’. A newly built Bedfordview mansion is making waves worldwide with its unique design and architectural brilliance. By Shenaaz Jamal The mansion, Kloof Road House, took years to be completed and was designed by Johannesburg architect Werner van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects. “It took three months to design. The original brief …

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SANPARKS’ ANNUAL PHOTO COMPETITION

The annual SANParks photo competition has officially opened, right in the middle of the free access SANParks week. By Louzel Lombard, photo by Matthew Schurch, winner: DSLR Portraits last year. This means every South African has a chance to submit an entry and have a winning image in one of the following categories: Portraits: all animals and insects-including reptiles and …

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BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2016 showcases the efforts and talents of the world’s finest mountain filmmakers. Every year the Banff Centre in Canada receives hundreds of hopeful entries. These are narrowed down until only the very best films on Mountain Culture remain. In 1986, the Banff Centre began an outreach programme to bring the tour to other …

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BASADI WOMEN OF JAZZ

Basadi (Sotho Word for women) has taken the Music industry by storm and proven playing instruments is not exclusively a male dominated activity. The band has done no less than making solid inroads in the South African music scene. Ever since their inception fourteen years ago, Basadi’s exhilarating live performances have earned them respect from the fraternity for their world …