Then and now:79 Lancaster 50 years on

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2021 marks 50 years of Liz’s connection to 79 Lancaster Ave. As a young couple we purchased the house in 1971 from the original owner who had built it in 1948.  We gradually altered to accommodate a growing family and then, with changed marital circumstances and children growing up,  in 1994 Liz opened the Guesthouse […]

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A visit to Sophiatown with Lucille Davie

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Lucille Davie’s Sophiatown tour I wrote briefly in my last blog about the history of SophiaTown, and its destruction in the late 1950s.  This wholesale and devastating destruction of buildings left only four standing:  Three that escaped were Christ the King Anglican Church, where Archbishop Trevor Huddleston preached, Dr Alfred Bitini Xuma’s house and St […]

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Feel the vibe at Vice in Craighall Park

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Beat the Lockdown blues by taking in some sun and fresh air and having a change of scenery. Within walking distance of Liz at Lancaster, Vice is the ideal place to “feel the vibe”.     This small quirky coffee shop is an off-shoot of adjacent popular neighbourhood restaurant: Cnr Café.  Vice specializes in excellent […]

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Parks for the people

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Parks as sites of activism In addition to being places of leisure and recreation, parks and public spaces are containers of values, bounded spaces of inclusion and exclusion, sites of political, social and cultural activism whether overtly or by default.  During the 1980s in the height of Apartheid repression people’s parks in South Africa were […]

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Life in Madala Hostel Alexandra

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Shembe Church It all started with a plan to attend a Shembe Church service in the Madala Hostel in Alexandra but ended up quite differently as the worshippers had left for a gathering in Potchefstroom! In pre-Covid times (yes there was such a time), Harry Nakeng, an Alex tour guide, arranged for a group of […]

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Loss in the time of Corona

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Nobody can argue that Covid has had a massive effect on all parts of the world in 2020 and that life under strict Lockdown was different from the life most of us had been used to. How it affected the world, how governments responded to Covid, and the impact on individuals, is a matter of […]

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