* Gareth Cliff left 5FM today, after 10 years at the radio station. There appears to be no news about his future plans.
* Heston Blumenthal is moving The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray UK to Melbourne in February next year for six months, whereafter he will call the restaurant Dinner.
* Moyo has closed down at Spier, following the recent closure of Moyo at the V&A Waterfront, reports the Cape Times today.
* Excellent news is that the International Court of Justice in The Hague has placed an immediate stop on whaling by Japanese boats in the South Antarctic ocean, after it was found that the whales have not been caught for scientific research, as claimed, but have been sold as food! Australia brought the matter to the court. The Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986. Japan is said to have caught 850 minke and 50 fin whales annually, a total of 10000 whales in the past 30 years. Coupled to this is the declining taste for whale meat by Japanese consumers.
* Stellenbosch Hills is running the Biltong Champion 2014 competition for the fourth year. The wine estate is the first to have paired dry meats and wine, through their Biltong & Droëwors Adventure. The Stellenbosch Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 will be paired with biltong in the competition this year, which carries prize money of R15000. Competition entrance packs can be ordered at R200, and entrance registration closes on 1 September. (received via media release from Waterford Communications)
* Artscape has introduced a Tweeting row HH at Artscape for the Show Boat musical, which only has four performances between 16 – 18 May. Tweeters are not allowed to take photographs or record the show, however.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cotatge Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage