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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2016: The Year of the Fossil

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MUST- SEE JOZI SITE – CRADLE OF HUMANKIND Guests who stayed at Liz at Lancaster recently visited Origins Museum and Sterkfontein out in the Cradle and came back full of excitement about our rich hominid history. I told them how I am constantly amazed at the opportunities we have in South Africa to explore our […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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The rotten job of the informal recyclers Walking the local neighbourhood on a Monday morning is one of the many times my middle class suburban life is put into perspective. I’m not walking long distances to work I’m not searching smelly dustbins with rotting food and I’m not pulling a hugely heavy trolley (often for […]

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Whatever you are, be a good one

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Bring back artisan skills & stimulate entrepreneurship Higher education and critical thinking The recent ‘#FeesMustFall’ campaign got me thinking yet again about the role of University education, entrepreneurial career paths, the importance of artisanal skills and trades, and practical preparation for the world of work.  I have a post-graduate degree myself and taught at tertiary […]

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