An idiots’ guide to the origins of humankind: part 1

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Human ancestory: fraught with complexity Africa and South Africa in particular, have been the site and source of many ground-breaking finds of our human ancestory.  The world of paleontology is fiercely competitive with specialists arguing about classifications – where are humankind’s roots? Hominin or hominid? the transition from ape to man; dating; new species, etc. […]

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Amidst ‘a market a day’ what makes Jozi’s Bryanston Organic and Natural Market stand out?

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Jozi’s  first open-air food and craft market It’s been going over 40 years; it’s an institution in its own right’; it has a very particular ethos; and now it’s developing in a really exciting direction. You can mention the Bryanston Market; the Organic Market; the Waldorf Market or the Village market and many will immediately […]

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South Africa’s “little Big Bang”

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Science and Cocktails, Orbit, Braamfontein 31st July I am a complete dilettante: I know precious little about a lot of things.  Call it a grasshopper mind – buzzing from one topic to another.  But at least I fall into the category of ‘knowing what I don’t know’ (rather than ‘not knowing what I don’t know’, […]

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2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award winners: Managing Expectations

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Evaluating standards: From benchmarking  to crowdsourcing Back in the 1994 when Liz at Lancaster first started, the only benchmarking publication (ie requiring certain set standards) – for B&Bs and guesthouses in South Africa was the Portfolio Collection. To be included was a great honour and it certainly kick-started Liz at Lancaster.  Soon various benchmarking bodies […]

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Some people make the world a better place – Bra Hugh was one of those people

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Hugh Masekela 4/04/1939 – 23/01/2018  What a legend! Brilliant musician, political activist, lover of life, and a mentsch of note.  This is really worth the 10 minutes to watch/listen to.   As South Africa and the world is saying ‘R.I.P. Bra Hugh’.  Stimela 1994  Stimela was also the name of the 1994 album of Masekela’s trumpet magic, […]

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Where can we buy Shweshwe?

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This was the first question I was faced with recently at the breakfast table. Guests wanted to buy Sheshwe cloth to take home to Germany. With its German origins they felt a particular connection to this indigo blue cloth which has become so synonymous with South African traditional fabric.

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