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Interview: Ron Sexsmith – Last Rider One Liners, Or In It For The Long Ron

By BRUCE DENNILL   Ron Sexsmith is at home – the Canadian singer-songwriter lives in Stratford, Ontario – and in his words, “between records”. However his latest album, The Last Rider, was only released in April 2017, with a tour to follow. Even given Sexmith’s ...

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Theatre Review: Pinocchio – Anything But Wooden, Or A Real Boy In An Unreal World

By BRUCE DENNILL   Pinocchio – The Ultimate Pantomime Adventure / Directed by Janice Honeyman / Mandela, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg   Janice Honeyman’s has now directed 30 pantomimes, presented in an almost unbroken progression since 1979. That’s a record few, if any, can or will be ...

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Concert Review: Live – Reunion World Tour: Beautiful Brutality, Or Of History And Hits

By BRUCE DENNILL   Live: Reunion World Tour / Sun Arena Times Square, Menlyn, Pretoria / 10 November 2017   Given that Live has toured South Africa before – as has singer Ed Kowalczyk on a solo tour to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s album ...

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Concert Review: Yusuf Cat Stevens – Nothing Has Broken, Or Stories Sung Sweetly

By BRUCE DENNILL   Yusuf Cat Stevens / TicketPro Dome, Randburg, Johannesburg / 8 November 2017   Cat Stevens has had one of music’s more storied careers, having begun his career over half a century ago, writing songs that have been enjoyed and covered around the world ...

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Concert Review: John Legend – Darkness And Light, Or Suavity And Soul

By BRUCE DENNILL   John Legend: Darkness & Light Tour / 5 November 2017 / TicketPro Dome, Randburg, Johannesburg   Two things can be guaranteed at a John Legend concert, whatever material he happens to be promoting at the time, are his top-level musicianship and a sauveness ...

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Interview: Ron Sexsmith – Last Rider One Liners, Or In It For The Long Ron0

Interview: Ron Sexsmith – Last Rider One Liners, Or In It For The Long Ron

By BRUCE DENNILL   Ron Sexsmith is at home – the Canadian singer-songwriter lives in Stratford, Ontario – and in his words, “between records”. However his latest album, The Last Rider, was only released in April 2017, with ...

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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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Film: King Of Imagination, Or Towering Creativity0

Film: King Of Imagination, Or Towering Creativity

In a career spanning 50 years and over 80 books, Stephen King has amassed a towering reputation as one of our greatest storytellers. The author of innumerable bestsellers, he has been honoured by the President of the ...

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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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Review: Dewar’s 120

Review: Dewar’s 12

By STEFAN VOS   I initially toyed with the idea of doing this review as a sip-by-sip commentary, the enjoyment of a bottle of Scotch whisky (sticklers note: no ‘e’) in real time. As I envisioned how this ...

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Better Lutyens Than Never, Or Of Art And Age0

Better Lutyens Than Never, Or Of Art And Age

The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) has been working feverishly up to the forthcoming celebration of the centenary of the famous Sir Edwin Lutyens building, the grand custom-built housing for the original Foundation Collection at JAG. JAG’s dedicated staff, led by chief curator Antoinette Murdoch, has pulled out

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Of Pages And Promise, Or From Ripping To Reading0

Of Pages And Promise, Or From Ripping To Reading

By BRUCE DENNILL   Broken Monsters Charity Art Show / Nando’s Central Kitchen, Lorentzville, Johannesburg   It’s a simple, heartfelt formula, mixing fame, literature, talent and fine art to

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Returning Reptiles, Or Jy Wouw Mos0

Returning Reptiles, Or Jy Wouw Mos

A previously unseen sculpture of two lizards by Dutch sculptor Anton van Wouw (below) surfaced for auction at Russell Kaplan Auctioneers in Johannesburg earlier this

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