Changing face of the travel and tourism industry

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The face of the travel and tourism industry is changing rapidly This is happening in many ways:  in the way that people access information on their holiday destinations the kind of travelers the experiences they are looking for Different way people are accessing travel information According to Google,  19% of hotel queries came through mobiles […]

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A sign in a rubbish bin!

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Was this a message in a garbage can? Liz at Lancaster has just received a new batch of house wine: a cabernet sauvignon/merlot  red from Stellenbosch and a Chenin blanc white.  These are very drinkable wines at reasonable prices R52 a bottle for the red and R45 for the white. Recently, we had guests who […]

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Rosebank – Joburg’s art destination

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Clustered around the lower Rosebank/Parkwood border on Jan Smuts Ave is a number of galleries which offer an exciting range of exhibitions. Showing at Everard Read from 11th April to 4th May are Pappetti’s large scale canvases  depicting  industrial landscapes, interiors and human figures.  Also on at Everard Read from 18th April is a collection […]

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The Phoenix arises – 54 on Bath

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The Grace hotel in Rosebank started as part of the Brand’s family-owned and run group of hotels.  The first of these hotels was the Mount Grace in the Magaliesberg.   In 1983 Chippy Brand and his wife, Cynthia, with no training in the hospitality industry, transformed the venue from a run-down church camp into a popular […]

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“White man walking” – taking a car for a walk

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Goethe Institut’s creative projects and lack of pedestrian infrastructure: what’s the connection?   “White Man Walking” is a project which combines three of my personal pet hobby horses: the amazingly creative and innovative projects that come out of the Goethe Institut the problem of pavements which deny pedestrian access and force people to walk in […]

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Talking to plants works!

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Thank you Alick Ncube for Liz at Lancaster’s wonderful garden   In November last year, parts of the Johannesburg Parks region were hit by a devastating hail storm.  Large hail stones fell with a ferocious intensity.  They shredded leaves of agapanthus and arums, as well large robust trees, and reduced every impatience and begonia plant  […]

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