Category Archives: entertainment

Sweet Service Award goes to Bahia-Sub in Vilanova de Arousa; Sour Service Award goes to FlySafair!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Bahia-Sub in Vilanova de Arousa, and its skipper Santiago. The boat company uses its rubber duck, seating about twelve Camino pilgrims at a time, transporting them on the Rio Sar, from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontecesures, a journey of about one hour, but we were on the water for 90 minutes. Skipper Santiago was a true gentleman, slowing down or stopping the engine to show and inform us about interesting sights along the way, including the mussel farming outside Vilanova de Arousa, the second largest in the world, clam fishing, crosses in honour of Saint James and two other holy persons on a little island on the river, and ruins of a church and a castle on the river bank, with a replica of a Viking boat that pilgrims used to travel to Santiago de Compostela.  The real spoil was a tea break, with hot tea and a mini muffin served.  

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‘Lisbon under Stars’ an impactful multi-media modern presentation of Lisbon’s history!

Prior to starting my Portuguese Coastal Camino from Porto, I spent three days in Lisbon, sightseeing as a tourist. One of the highlights of visiting the city was the 360 degree audio and light show ‘LISBON UNDER STARS – immersive Spectacle’, performed in the open air ruins of the Carmo Church, now an archeological museum. 
 
 I had read about the show ‘Lisbon under Stars’ in the TAP inflight magazine whilst flying from London to Lisbon, and when my friend Arno and I walked last the ticket booth by chance, it was meant to be, and we booked and paid for tickets for the following evening. 
 
On arrival, with Arno running slightly late, I queued to get inside, not knowing what the seating would be like. It appeared that our tickets had been booked for the night before, but the ticket office was very kind to swop our tickets for the correct evening. Just then Arno arrived, and we went inside, not knowing what awaited us inside. 
 
A few chairs had been set up, and some cushions. Fake lawn had been rolled out in some sections, and the idea was to find a comfortable spot from which to view the 360 degree show, set in the unrenovated Carmo Church, which was a victim of the famous Lisbon Earthquake and Tsunami in 1755.  
 
The show was preceded by lit up Archeological treasures in the shared space, making them
look surreal, and very modern. And then the lights went down, and a series of historical and cultural events in the history of Lisbon and Portugal was communicated in a modern visual, audio, dance, and musical story and show, one having to look forward, backward and sideways to not miss out on anything. 
 
A female figure represented Lisbon, being the storyteller. The Programme describes it best: ‘You are entering a time travel machine that will transport you on an immersive journey through more than 600 years of history, glories and tragedies of the Portuguese people.’
 
The following historic highlights in Lisbon’s heritage are represented :
 
#. Prologue
 
#. 14 August 1385: Battle of Aljubarrota: 7000 Portuguese defeat 40000 Castilians and ensure the independence of Lisbon. 
 
#.  1389 Construction of Carma Church to celebrate the victory of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota. 
 
#.  1423: Dom Nuno Alvares Perreira becomes a Carmelite monk, donating all that he has to the Order of Carmo, joins the Convent, and dedicates himself to a monastic life until his death. 
 
#.  8 July 1497 Vasco da Gama leaves Lisbon, to discover the sea route to India. Almost a year later he arrives in Calcutta. 
 
#. 1 November 1755: The great Lisbon earthquake, the firestorm, and the tsunami, which submerged Lisbon’s lower zone’.
 
#.  1756: Reconstruction of Carmo Church: the monks dedicate themselves to the reconstruction of the Carmo Church by their own means. 
 
#.  1834 : Extinction of the Religious Orders’: all religious orders are abolished, and the monks leave Carmo Church
 
#.  1864: Foundation of Carmo Archeological Museum on the foundation of the 1755-destroyed  Carmo Church. 
 
#.  23 July  1920: Birth of Amália Rodrigues, becoming a Fado singing star. 
 
#.  25 April 1974: The fall of the dictatorship, celebrating 48 years of dictatorship in Portugal 
 
#.  Today: Free Lisbon. Multicultural Lisbon. Lisbon Under Stars. Celebration of Lisbon’s Urban art, and cultural and historic heritage. 
 
The show is short at 45 minutes, but is highly recommended. 
 
 
LISBON UNDER STARS. Carmo Archeological Museum. Lisbon. www.lisbonunderstars.com 
 

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Sweet Service Award goes to Big Concerts; Sour Service Award goes to Auto & General!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Big Concerts, for their smooth organisation of the Ed Sheeran concert at the Cape Town Stadium last night as well as on Wednesday evening. From booking the add-on show for last night, collecting the tickets early this year at Computicket in Camps Bay, finding parking easily on High Level Road in Green Point, minimal security checks to get into the Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Standard Bank; Sour Service Award goes to UCT Summer School!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Standard Bank Sea Point and its Manager Colleen Sampson, for assisting me in receiving my interest payment on a fixed deposit, due on the first of the month, which took until 4 January to be paid with the help of her intervention. She was feisty in dealing with her colleagues in the bank’s IT Department, demanding immediate rectification of the computer glitch which had caused the problem. 

 

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Greyton Tourism Bureau Sweet Service and Cape Town Traffic Department Sour Service Award!

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Greyton Tourism Bureau and its Manager Roslyn Petersen, who made attending the Greyton Classic Music Festival such a pleasure, in booking our accommodation, and the tickets for the concerts we wanted to attend. She even helped book a restaurant for the Saturday, after The Post House cancelled the reservation we had already made for the dinner.  Continue reading →

La Parada Constantia Nek Sweet Service Award; and Primedia Sour Service Award!

The Sweet Service Award goes to La Parada Constantia Nek, which raised R385000 for DARG, to assist in care for the animals affected by the recent fire at Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, as well as for Fire Extinguisher Balls, by means of a dinner and charity auction last Saturday. The fire in the township destroyed 3500 homes and left about 15000 residents homeless.  Continue reading →

Cape Town residents Sweet Service Award; Multichoice Sour Service Award!

The Sweet Service Award goes to the people of Cape Town, who came to the party in donating clothing, food, beverages, and bedding for the residents of Imizamo Yethu, who were left destitute after a devastating fire this past weekend. Donations were dropped off at the fire stations in Sea Point and Hout Bay, at Pick ‘n Pay outlets, at La Parada Constantia Nek, and at schools in Hout Bay. A collection drive on Ryan O ‘Connor’s Breakfast Show on Kfm on Monday raised in excess of R1 million alone. All non- perishable foods and Continue reading →

DJ René Tanguy comes to Camps Bay, at La Parada Del Mar on Thursdays!

Everyone who is a Facebook Friend of mine will know that I have become a devoted fan of DJ René, and of dancing on Sunday afternoons at La Parada in Constantia Nek, since it opened at the end of September. Today DJ René, with Sobs and Luke, perform at La Parada Del Mar in Camps Bay, and it will become a Thursday evening regular date.  Continue reading →

‘Valentine under the STARS’ celebrates romance with top stars!

For the fourth year running ‘Valentine under the STARS’ will be held under the stars at the Square at the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel in Cape Town, at 20h30 on 12 February, organized by Barbara Lenhard and Florian Gast of Opulent Living Experiences.  Continue reading →