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LE TOUESSROK RETURNS

With more than 90 hotels across Asia, North America, the Middle East and Europe, Hong Kong-based Shangri-La operates a diverse range of hotels from a Paris palace (less than ideally located, but built for a Bonaparte, it’s a vrai palais all the same) to 900-room business behemoths across China. But as many who know its Villingili Resort and Spa, the …

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YVES SAINT LAURENT IN MOROCCO

Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé had a shared fascination for Islamic art and Oriental civilisation. By Henrietta Thompson As anyone with any experience of Morocco will surely understand, the urge to acquire there – textiles, ceramics, furniture, spices, stories – can be overwhelming. And no-one knows this better than Pierre Bergé, life partner of the late Yves …

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MAFTOWN HEIGHTS FESTIVAL

It’s that time of year again as the sixth annual Maftown Heights festival is upon us. Maftown Heights is set to take place on Friday, 27 November 2015, at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg from 15h00 till 03h00. The sixth annual Maftown Heights returns with KFC as a headline sponsor. Other sponsors and partners include: Channel O, YFM, Absolut Vodka, …

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WALKING IN KRUGER PARK

‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ – Lao Tzu Only a small percentage of South Africa is classified as real wilderness, but the great thing about the Kruger National Park is that 49% of its two million hectares is zoned as wilderness. And, thanks to its many unfenced boundaries with surrounding reserves, visitors to the …

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GREENPOP OPENS APPLICATIONS

The time for action is now! Greenpop, a Cape Town-based tree-planting and eco-education organisation, has opened applications for their annual Zambia Festival of Action. This conference of active citizens has grown into a fully-fledged service learning experience that engages participants from all over the world through an immersive and holistic experience of environmental action. Building on the learnings from the …

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VAMPIRES, BLOOD AND CHASTITY

Sex is weird. If there’s one thing we can take away from the 10 years since Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight was published (happy birthday), with its message of blood lust and bloody abstinence, it’s that sex is weird. There is more. There is the vampire mythology. The swooning, mooning gothic morbidity and how it’s seeped into the culture, creating a generation …

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TONY COX: GUITAR WORKSHOP

I’m coming to Joburg to teach and perform this November. My workshop is all about Blues and Fingerstyle guitar and I am just a few short of full so if you were thinking of joining, don’t procrastinate for another second and grab one of the last places. Booking: 0825664026 email explorer@icon.co.za

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ON THE EVE OF THE BOER WAR

A picture of Johannesburg on the eve of the Boer war. 24 October 1899: A letter describes the extraordinary spectacle as Dutchmen and Englishmen, friends and colleagues, faced war on opposing sides. Photo: Boer picket on Spion Kop, Ladysmith during the Boer War. Photograph: Van Hoepen/Getty Images The second Boer war was fought from October 1899 to May 1902 between …

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EAT SARDINES

These little fish known for their smell pack a health punch. By Lambeth Hochwald Sardines may not be the top seafood of choice for most of us, but maybe they should be. This fatty fish contains the most EPA and DHA omega-3s, which have been shown to benefit our hearts, brains and eyes. Sardines are also a prime source of …

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EDIBLE PLANTS

12 edible indigenous South African plants. By Roushanna Gray and Gael Gray The Botanical Society of South Africa encourages indigenous gardening, awareness about conservation, and the wise use of indigenous plants in southern Africa. Good Hope Garden Nursery shared some great tips on indigenous plants that you can easily grow and harvest in your very own garden for medicinal remedies …