* World Design Capital 2016 will be hosted by Taipei, and the city received the baton for the bi-annual event from incumbent Cape Town last weekend from the President of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, with Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille present. Taipei’s theme will be ‘Adaptive City: Design in Motion’.
* Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will open the ‘Danish Showroom for Design, Architecture and Consumer Goods‘ at Youngblood in Cape Town on 3 November. Danish design products of ten companies will be on display, and the exhibition aims to improve collaboration between our country and Denmark. Entrance is free, from 4 – 6 November.
* A Ghandi tourism route has been developed, and was launched in Johannesburg by SA Tourism, with thirteen places on the route around the country associated with Mahatma Gandhi during his time in our country. Ghandi spent 21 years in South Africa, from 1893 to 1914, and was influential in standing for civil rights, passive resistance, and freedom.
* Luxury food magazine Saveur has rated airline food, Emirates receiving its highest rating for First and Business Class meals, and described as ‘dazzling’ and ‘a pleasure’. Seven course meals are served on fine bone china with vintage wines, and are low in fat, on salt, and in sugar. Oman Air received a nod from the magazine’s readers for its ‘substantial and lavish meals‘, offering Dom Perignon, caviar, and other delicacies. Etihad Airways, Delta Airlines, and Singapore Airlines received ‘Outstanding‘ mentions. In respect of Economy airlines Singapore Airlines was rated tops, its meals described as ‘exquisite and thoughtful‘. ‘Outstanding’ mentions went to Turkish Airlines, Korean Air, and Virgin Atlantic.
* Hermanuspietersfontein winemaker Bartho Eksteen is leaving the Hermanus wine estate at the end of this month, to dedicate himself completely to his Die Wynskool based in Stellenbosch. He plans to move it to Hermanus, I was told by one of the winery staff. Nederburg red wine maker Wilhelm Pienaar takes over as winemaker at Hermanuspietersfontein on 1 December. (received via Facebook and a call to the winery)
* The Red Bull Doodle Art competition will be displayed in Cape Town from 24 – 26 October, the best doodles from around the world on display. The exhibition forms part of World Design Capital 2014. Some of the works have been translated into merchandise, as part of the Red Bull Collection. Forty countries will participate, Sri Lanka, India, Costa Rica, Algeria, Japan, and Poland being newcomer countries to the competition, now in its 8th year.