Category Archives: Origins of Humankind

A day in the sun enriched by sculpture, friends and laughter

I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’m sure I have more photos of Nirox than I do of my beloved grandchildren.  Well … I don’t think that is quite true but every time I come back from a visit to this most magnificent of places, that’s how it feels.   These grounds are so extraordinarily beautiful […]

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Spin into Orbit with Science, Cocktails and Jazz

This city of Jozi never ceases to amaze me that for all its grittiness (or maybe it’s precisely because of this edginess), it is so compulsively creative and trend-setting.  On the last Tuesday of every month the Orbit in Braamfontein holds an evening, called Science and Cocktails, where science meets art.  There’s a particular interest […]

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Stay and play in Joburg on upcoming week-ends

Do Jozi-ites realize just how many domestic tourists come to the city to see big events?  Last week Liz at Lancaster had no fewer than 4 families who drove from different parts of the country to bring their children and grandchildren to see Disney on Ice.  We had very excited little ballerinas at breakfast time, […]

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Memorial service for Philip Tobias 20/06

The world renowned palaeo-anthropologist Philip Tobias has left an extraordinary legacy.  (See  http://lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/tobias-at-84-still-sharp-witty-and-engaging )  A memorial celebration of his life will take place on Wednesday  20th June at 5pm in the Wits Great Hall.  RSVP to 011 717 1327 or babalwa.july@wits.ac.za. by

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Become a bone detective ….

The Maropeng Visitor Centre recently launched a new walking tour to give amateur paleoanthropologists insight into the exciting fossil record to be found in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.    The new half-day tour called Bone Detectives is an introduction to human evolution and how fossils provides clues about our ancestors who lived millions […]

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