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Strains of Scotland the Brave grace the suburb of Craighall Park

             Our young neighbours were transported back to their wedding day when they awoke a couple of weeks back to the hauntingly evocative strains of the bagpipes wafting from our garden. All thanks to a special birthday celebration.   Recently we were lucky enough to host two families who were celebrating their Dad’s 90th birthday. […]

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Feast your eyes on Joburg’s purple canopy

During October and November every year Joburg is turned into a riot of deep purple with the Jacarandas in full bloom. From a high vantage point like Munro Drive or the Westcliff steps, the whole of northern Johannesburg from the Parktown Ridge to Sandton, is tinged with a dramatic blanket of blue.  Join the Johannesburg […]

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Who decides what makes a World Class African City?

There has been recent controversy around Joburg using the line ‘ A World Class African City’ in its advertising and marketing.  I came across Michael Clark’s article – brief but interesting – around what it might mean to be a “world class city” and who defines the criteria.  See  http://futurecapetown.com/2013/08/thoughts-on-a-world-class-african-city/#.UhYAf3-0wTA I particularly like 2 of […]

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Interesting stats on Africa’s mobile phone market

Did you know that there are more mobile phones in Uganda than there are light bulbs, and the average sub-Saharan woman touches her hair 37 times a day but checks her phone 82 times a day?  [Who on earth conducted the research on ‘hair-touching’ in  Africa?] On a more serious note – according  to Damian […]

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More on South Africa’s ’12th official language’

A couple of years back I wrote a blog about using minibus taxis to get around Joburg and the kind of local knowledge that is required to do so.  See www.lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/finger-in-the-air-where-do-you-want-to-go .  I included an image of the cover of Susan Woolf’s book of taxi signs published in 2007.   For nine years Woolf has been […]

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