The story of Liz at Lancaster

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 Guests sometimes ask ‘Why the acorn logo?’ and ‘Why did you start a B&B?’  In 1994, when I was still teaching at Wits, (I left Wits in 2005), I went to a conference held at North Western University in Chicago. There were some 20 South Africans and we were accommodated in various B&Bs within walking […]

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In search of the rarest bird in the world

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Bags of ice to save the King Penguins  A few weeks back my little grandson was watching David Attenborough’s Our Planet with his Mum.  Afterwards, for a good twenty minutes, she had to calm down a heart-broken sobbing little 5 year old.  She posted on the family What’s App group: He’s so sad the ice […]

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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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Craighall Park – the best of all worlds

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Craighall Park has it all  I’ve blogged often about Craighall Park and its surrounds and what a great area it is to live.  Craighall Park is a wonderful mix of rural country, suburban tranquility and urban convenience. How many Joburg suburbs have a nursery, horseriding, vegetable gardens and a spruit (or stream) running right through the […]

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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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