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Music: Concert Review – Leo Sayer Live In Johannesburg

By BRUCE DENNILL     Leo Sayer Live In Concert / Teatro at Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg   English (now resident in Australia) singer-songwriter Leo Sayer has had a long association with South Africa, having been visiting the country since his Seventies heyday. It’s been a full generation since ...

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Music: Interview – Leo Sayer

By BRUCE DENNILL     Leo Sayer is a people person. He arrives in the foyer of the Johannesburg hotel where we meet five minutes early and is greeted by name by the concierge. He returns the compliment, giving the man a long, two-handed handshake and ...

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Grace And Chaos, Or Serena, Child Of A Homesman

By BRUCE DENNILL   Grace Of Monaco / Directed by Olivier Dahan / PG12                  4 Child 44 / Directed by Daniel Espinosa / 16V                             ...

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Wrong Done Right, Or In Fine Foolish Fettle

By BRUCE DENNILL   The Play That Goes Wrong / Directed by Alan Committie / Pieter Torien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg   Created by a couple of then low-key thespians only too familiar with how much could go pear-shaped during a production (and how often) The Play ...

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Going Around A-Goon, Or Show Me The Funny

By JOHN ELLIS   It’s a sign of our ever-deepening cultural poverty that I’d have to explain what I mean by ‘The Goons’. I’m talking, of course, of the one-and-only, groundbreaking, anarchic, pioneering, standard-setting Goon Show. The BBC radio comedy of the 1950s. Anyone? Needless to say, ...

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Music: Interview – Leo Sayer

By BRUCE DENNILL     Leo Sayer is a people person. He arrives in the foyer of the Johannesburg hotel where we meet five minutes early and is greeted by name by the concierge. He returns the compliment, giving ...

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Going Around A-Goon, Or Show Me The Funny0

Going Around A-Goon, Or Show Me The Funny

By JOHN ELLIS   It’s a sign of our ever-deepening cultural poverty that I’d have to explain what I mean by ‘The Goons’. I’m talking, of course, of the one-and-only, groundbreaking, anarchic, pioneering, standard-setting Goon Show. The BBC ...

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Extract: The Last Horseman by David Gilman0

Extract: The Last Horseman by David Gilman

CHAPTER ONE   It was a foul night to hang a man. The rain swept across the Irish Sea, throwing itself against the grey stone walls of Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison. Behind its unyielding façade two prison guards stood ...

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  • 1 – Never Darken This Portal Again
  • 2 – Very Nearly Offensively Bad
  • 3 – Nobody Thought This Through
  • 4 – Poor
  • 5 – Not Bad, But Ok
  • 6 – Good
  • 7 – Very Good
  • 8 – One Of The Best This Year
  • 9 – I Was Moved; I May Have Cried
  • 10 – Pretty Much Perfect
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Restless In Reykjavik, Or Searching For A Hemingway Moment And Finding The Travel Channel0

Restless In Reykjavik, Or Searching For A Hemingway Moment And Finding The Travel Channel

By BEN WRIGHT “Yes, there are a lot of tourists in Iceland now, perhaps too many,” said Silvia, in perfect English and with no irony. Her daughters, who spoke English too, as well as Icelandic and Zulu, ...

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Sipping In The Suburbs, Or Some You Vin, Some You Booze0

Sipping In The Suburbs, Or Some You Vin, Some You Booze

By BRUCE DENNILL   Tuning The Vine / 4th Avenue Parkhurst / 1 March 2017   Publicised using the hashtag #JoziWineRoute, Tuning The Vine was an interesting stab at bringing some of the poetry of a winelands-style wine tasting to ...

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Art Therapy, Or Of Kids And Colour0

Art Therapy, Or Of Kids And Colour

Art therapy takes place when individuals are encouraged to express themselves through art as part of a healing process from emotional trauma. For children who experience violence or domestic abuse, drawing or painting provides a way to say what they cannot say with words. For the

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Sweeping All Before It, Or Get Thee Hither, Pumpkin0

Sweeping All Before It, Or Get Thee Hither, Pumpkin

  A dazzling night, a glittering ball, something wonderful is sure to happen when the ultimate fairytale – Joburg Ballet’s production of Cinderella – returns to

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A Lifetime Awarded For Pieter-Dirk Uys0

A Lifetime Awarded For Pieter-Dirk Uys

Since the 1960s, Pieter-Dirk Uys has been poking fun at the country’s past while finding hilarious ways to ensure it progresses positively. The satirist, performer,

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