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Beloved Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts passes away.

Today Derek Watts, the well-known, respected, and loved Carte Blanche TV presenter, passed away. He was 74 years old. He was a presenter for 35 years.

News 24 writes, quoting his long-standing fellow presenter Ruda Landman:

Carte Blanche started in 1988, and although it was a difficult and tumultuous year, the changes were inspiring and filled with hope. We were always live in the studio, and I was always relaxed with him next to me. Nothing could faze him. Nothing caught him off guard and unaware’.

‘He was always ready. His jokes always caught me off guard. We were different personalities, meaning the show had a wider range and reached more of our viewers in their hearts, ‘she said.

Last year, Watts was diagnosed with skin cancer that then spread to his lungs’.

I met Watts in 2020 when he investigated the story about the misleading marketing of the SA Butler Academy, brave former student of the Butler Academy Lin Yang having alerted the Carte Blanche producers to the shenanigans of the Butler Academy.

As I had written about the misleading marketing of the Butler Academy on this Blog in 2013, Ms Lin, a past student, and I were interviewed. As it was during Covid, the interview with me was filmed at my home in Camps Bay.

Derek struck me as a kind and gentle person, making me feel relaxed before and during the interview. The Carte Blanche program highlighted the lack of credibility of the SA Butler Academy and its owners.

Carte Blanche exposes SA Butler Academy Marketing deception, first exposed on WhaleTales Blog in 2013!

My condolences go to his family. May he RIP.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 144 of Level 1, 21 February 2022.


Monday 21 February 2022, Day 144 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for an organized day, having two hours in which to plan my day, and getting admin duties done; for an interesting Workshop with 40 representatives of 20 sponsors of the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, which was held at Zest this morning, both Zest and newkings boutique hotel being sponsors of the Festival from 6 June to 3 July, and ended off with a light lunch prepared by Zest chefs; for getting an error fixed made last week by Discovery Sea Point; for finding Kanéle Café inside Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 138 of Level 1, 15 February 2022


Tuesday 15 February 2022, Day 138 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a long 7 hour sleep, and 1 hour of it a deep sleep 🙏; for it being a cooler day than yesterday, at 28C with a slight cool breeze; for a very active day at EbbTide, another day of Fort Knoxing our building with security cameras, with trees on the properties on either side of our building cut down by gardener Terry Chicken, it looking far tidier and brighter on my side of the building, but a combined cacophony of noise whilst I was trying to work; for a Bakoven walk; Continue reading →

Cape Town Film industry recovery excellent news, Mission Impossible 8 to be shot in the Mother City!


The fact that a large number of film permits have been issued for film productions in Cape Town in the 2021/2022 summer months is excellent news in itself, reflecting the recovery of the Cape Town film industry.

But that Mission Impossible 8 is to be filmed in and around Cape Town (and Durban) next month is even more amazing news for the economy of the Cape, and for its reputation as a film location and tourist destination!

To aid the film industry in the Western Cape, the provincial investment and marketing agency Wesgro will be marketing the Cape as a film production destination at a number of festivals. Continue reading →