Watch the evening sky over the next couple of weeks


Mercury and Venus in the night sky

Watch Mercury overtaking Venus early evenings this week.   As it starts to get dark, look over to the west for the very bright “evening star” – Venus.  Venus is so bright it can be seen in twilight. As the earth turns you will see:

  •  Mercury appearing as a relatively bright ‘star’ below left of Venus
  • first Mercury then Venus setting
  • Jupiter rising above the eastern horizon as another extremely bright “star”

If you watch this over the next two weeks, you’ll notice the movement of the planets: Mercury will move upwards each evening towards Venus, then appear to reverse and move back down towards the horizon.

  • Friday evening (28th Oct) look out for the young crescent Moon above Mercury and Venus.

Happy planet gazing  :)

With thanks to the Joburg Planeterium for the info.



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Celebrate the warm summer weather by getting out of Joburg for the day

Weekend outings from Joburg

  • Why not head out to Toadbury Hall in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Toadbury Hall offers specially packed picnic baskets to enjoy outdoors under a shady tree or in the warm sunshine. The menu changes with the seasons and includes a range of handmade snacks, delicious mains and a selection of sweets. For more information call 079 512 0554.
  • Or take a drive out to the Magaliesberg.   Hollybrooke Farm is situated in the Skeerpoort valley, on the banks of the Magalies River, at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of a working farm and have a meal  at the Coffee Shop. They might even prepare a picnic for you to enjoy on the river bank. For more information call 082 552 1285.
  • Or pack you own picnic for the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. Entrance is just R25 and with short hikes and manicured gardens it is the perfect spot for a relaxed picnic with family and friends.   Simply pack your picnic basket with all your favourite treats and enjoy a peaceful afternoon in the sunshine.  For more information visit or call 086 100 1278
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It’s a great time to come visit Joburg for a feast of good theatre

Good theatre currently showing in Joburg

Jozi has some great theatre and live shows at the moment.

  • Saw ‘Chilli Boy’ last week. An old play back for a re-run, but missed it last time around- very funny one-man comedy, amazing acting performance. Runs till 6th Nov.
  • Completely different was ‘The Girl with the Yellow Dress’ (again a re-run which first opened at the Grahamstown Festival in 2010) – powerful drama showing at the Market until 11th Dec.
  • Am looking forward to the ‘Kiss of the Spiderwoman’ – the 1st time this 1980s award winning Tony play has been performed in Joburg. On at the  Joburg Theatre for a very short run from 26/10 to 6/11.

And guests from the UK staying at Liz at Lancaster couldn’t believe how cheap our theatre tickets are. The exhange rate helps, but we still offer excellent world class theatre and ridiculously reasonable rates.

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