Category Archives: entertainment

President Ramaphosa announces Restaurants to reopen for Sit-Down Service, looks after women by allowing Personal Care industry to reopen and lambasts men for gender-based violence, non-contact sports allowed!

 

In an interesting Address by President Ramaphosa this evening, almost as much time was spent lambasting men about the violence and crime perpetrated against women and children, as was curbing the spread of the Corona Virus addressed, with new industries which are to reopen announced.

Restaurants may reopen for a Sit-Down Service, Personal Care services such as hairdressers and beauty salons may reopen, ‘licensed’ accommodation excluding Air BnB may reopen, public gathering restrictions will be loosened, theatres and cinemas will reopen, casinos will reopen, conference facilities will reopen, and non-contact sports such as cricket, tennis, and golf may be played. However, no date was announced nor were the specific regulations per type of business addressed. Cigarette sales were not mentioned.  Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths Sea Point; Sour Service Award goes to Brandon Leigh of Kfm!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths at St John’s Piazza in Sea Point, which surprised me when I went to shop for some winter tops recently, selecting three. At the till I was told by the cashier that one of the tops was a line which had been discontinued, and therefore had no price. A second top had been discounted during a recent sale, and therefore only cost half the marked price. Both of these tops had no labels to indicate this windfall! The third Top was charged as per its price label.  In these tight Corona Lockdown times, this windfall was a blessing.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 6 of Level 3, 6 June 2020.

 

Saturday 6 June 2020, Day 6 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beauty of a summer’s day, so warm and with so many people out and about, walking and on the road thst it felt as if there would a traffic jam going through Camps Bay; for doing a deep-clean of the Camps Bay Beachfront with Joel this morning; for being calm and at peace, despite it being in Full Moon zone; for super Vit D therapy on the terrace this afternoon; for my FitBit having recovered to measure my steps again, but only 14 min of my heart beat….; for doing a second walk through Bakoven this afternoon; for so many friends caring about me, I receiving some advice about my Facebook post yesterday, so I amended it; for having the joy of Minsky living with me for 14 days already, completely at home, and loving my desk chair the most for sleeping on; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Lockdown Level 3: Tourism Minister presents operation of Tourism industry: Business Tourism only, Tourist Guides to claim financial support and to operate, and a number of other tourism sectors can open up!

 

Tourism Minister Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane addressed the nation this evening, in a short fast half hour presentation, explaining the regulations pertaining to the Level 3 regulations for the Tourism industry. While the focus in Level 3 is on the Domestic market, and on Business Tourism only, the Minister said that the Tourism Industry should be opening up at all levels, including international tourism, from December 2020 onwards! Continue reading →

South African Music industry flourishes during Corona Virus Lockdown, makes history on Kfm!

 


I love pop music, and was delighted to hear presenter Carl Wastie announce on Saturday morning in his award-winning show Top40SA that 13 South African songs made it onto the Top 40 List, of which six songs made the Top 10 list, and Mathew Gold’s local song ‘Burn’ made it into the number one slot! Kfm is making a special effort to promote South African music by playing only local songs in ‘SA Royalty’ from 22h00 – 24h00 every evening.

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Colourful Cape Town Carnival 2020 honours ‘Incredible Journey: Sounds of South Africa’ on 21 March!

 

Last week I was invited to a Media Preview of the 2020 Cape Town Carnival, at its Warehouse in Maitland, and introduced to the Carnival theme, float preparations, staff, and costumes. I was struck by the bold colours of this year’s Carnival, and the enthusiasm of the staff who we were introduced to. The theme for this year is ‘Incredible Journey: Sounds of South Africa’, and will be held on Human Rights Day, 21 March.  Continue reading →

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 →