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Book Reviews: Let’s Read, Unashamed & Relationships Between Students And Spies

By BRUCE DENNILL, ROB HOFMEYR, DRIES BRUNT   The Shark In The Dark by Peter Bently and Ben Cort / Marcello Mouse And The Masked Ball by Julie Monks / Monsters: An Owner’s Guide by Jonathan Emmett & Mark Oliver / A Squash And A Squeeze by Julia ...

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Theatre Review: The Mystery Of Irma Vep

By RELIC BLEDNUN   The Mystery Of Irma Vep / Directed by Elizma Badenhorst / Pieter Torien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg   The Mystery Of Irma Vep is, by design, a ridiculous piece of theatre. It’s written for two actors of the same gender, who must play ...

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Theatre Review: Puss In Boots

By BRUCE DENNILL   Puss In Boots / Directed by Steven Stead / Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg   For Johannesburg audiences, the pantomime has long been a once-a-year festive season family treat at the Joburg Theatre (and this year’s offering in that venue, Pinocchio, begins ...

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Music Review: Alexandra May & The Mayze

By BRUCE DENNILL   Alexandra May & The Mayze / Rumours Rock City, Blackheath, Johannesburg   Johannesburg singer-songwriter Alexandra May has already experienced a good deal of success as a label-supported pop star charting with her first two singles Amazing and Highlights, songs as notable for their ...

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Author Interview: Helena Dolny – Before Forever After

What gets people talking about death in ways that make them feel more powerfully alive?  Author Helena Dolny’s quest for an answer and belief that we need to talk about living and dying inspired an eight-year learning journey and resulted in Before Forever ...

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Author Interview: Helena Dolny – Before Forever After

What gets people talking about death in ways that make them feel more powerfully alive?  Author Helena Dolny’s quest for an answer and belief that we need to talk about living and dying inspired an eight-year ...

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Opinion: Good, Better, Blogger0

Opinion: Good, Better, Blogger

By BRUCE DENNILL   Blogger. It’s a term that’s almost spat out, like a condition you might catch if you discuss it for too long. As media platforms go, blogs are often classed somewhere between penis enlargement flyers pasted ...

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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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Newcomers: UNESCO World Heritage Sites0

Newcomers: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Unesco’s World Heritage Committee recently inscribed eight new sites on their List: one transnational site (in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan), and others in Canada, Chad, China, Iraq, Iran, Mexico and Sudan. The newly inscribed natural sites are: Hubei Shennongjia (China)—Located in Hubei ...

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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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Stars Of The Stage0

Stars Of The Stage

The winners of the Naledi Theatre Awards were announced on 19 April at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City. For the first time in the awards’ 12-year

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Lifetime Award For Albie Sachs

  Among the six legends presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 19th Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards was constitutional and creative crusader, Albie Sachs, who was honoured for

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