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Two exciting Art Fairs are coming up this coming weekend:  Latitudes and Contra (great rebranding). But first – what is an art fair and what is its history?    Art fairs go way back to the Netherlands when there was a shift from predominantly religious commissions for churches, to an increasing demand for subject matter […]

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Awards, Reviews and Recommendations

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The travel and tourism industry has changed radically in the last 8 years, with the introduction of the AirBnB accommodation model, the Covid Travel Lockdowns and the increasing challenges of international travel post Covid.  This is reflected in the shift from industry bench markers like AA Travel, Tourism Grading Council, Lilizela Awards, to percentage points […]

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From sour dough bread to gut biomes

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The vagaries of synchronicity  I had a much-needed break in early January at one of my favourite places in the world, the Hoogland Health Hydro, owned by the Kruger family. Abraham Kruger is a nutritonist who speaks passionately about the importance of gut health and the crucial role that fermentation plays in restoring gut health […]

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Oregano at Giles, a new kid on the block

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Oregano at Giles There’s a relatively recent addition to the wide option of Craighall Park eateries around Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse. Giles, an institution in Craighall Park, used to be family owned by the Gillies family until it was sold to a consortium in 2018 and rebranded as Founders at Giles.  But to meet for […]

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On the Political Front:Looking back on 2023 

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One thing South Africa doesn’t do is “uneventful” Several guests have written asking for more detail on various aspects of South Africa’s political arena. It is difficult to summarize succinctly with my superficial knowledge and without oversimplifying, but here are but a few key events.  Loadshedding remains the hot topic  In December 2022 Andre De […]

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From 2020 Lockdown to 2024 Business as Usual

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Looking back on the ‘lost years’ of Covid The effect of Covid and Lockdown on global travel, tourism and accommodation sectors is well-known. But the specific effect on the second stage international travel bans might not be so familiar. International travel to and from South Africa had been limited severely for the whole of 2020 […]

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