Category Archives: Film news

Live-Cook Channel challenges home cooking skills: making Chef Reuben Riffel’s Pan-roasted prawns and hake!


During earlier Levels of Lockdown last year I was invited to participate in the Live-Cook Channel cook-alongs, starting with none less than Chef Luke Dale Roberts of The Test Kitchen. I had the assistance of my MasterChick Jenny Stephens at my side, and she did most of the cooking and I made notes, poured the wine, and took photographs. This was to become our pattern in three such Live-Cook Channel challenges. Yesterday I decided to challenge myself to do the cooking of Chef Reuben Riffel’s Pan-roasted prawns and hake on my own, making it a real hands-on experience.

It was a nerve-wracking experience in preparing it on my own, but I am proud of the end-result.

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Panic appears to be setting in at the SA Butler Academy in reaction to Carte Blanche program and student legal action!


On 27 December 2020 Carte Blanche broadcast its program about the South African Butler Academy (SABA), featuring former student Lin Yang, who has taken on SABA to get her money refunded, and to prevent potential Butler students from being misled by SABA. I was interviewed too, having identified in 2013 already that the marketing of SABA is misleading its prospective students and their parents.

I  summarised the interaction between SABA and myself, and between SABA and Lin Yang just after the Carte Blanche program was broadcast:

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German ZDF TV ‘Das Traumschiff’ episode ‘Kapstadt’ is good and bad PR for Cape Town!


I looooove ‘Das Traumschiff’, a German TV series that has been broadcast regularly in the past 20 years or so, so I was doubly excited when our city  ‘Kapstadt’ was the focus of the Boxing Day 2020 edition of  this series.

The edition could not have come at a better time, when our city’s Tourism industry is sorely missing its German tourists, and the Germans are missing not being able to travel to our city. But a subplot of the Cape Town edition has some political sensitivities, not good for our country’s image and tourism future. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 98 of Level 1, 27 December 2020.


Sunday 27 December, Day 98 of Level 1, Day 277 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a cooler day, at 23C; for being relaxed, despite having to do some writing work for my client; for having Carmen assist in the litter clean up today, when Imtiaz was sent home, not feeling well after yesterday’s busy day; for there being fewer picnickers in Camps Bay today, but the litter did escalate by late this afternoon; for some first lovely compliments about the Carte Blanche investigative report into the SA Butler Academy, even though I have not seen it myself, not subscribing to DSTV ❤️; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 97 of Level 1, 26 December 2020


Saturday 26 December 2020, Day of Goodwill, Day 97 of Level 1, Day 276 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a warm sunny day without a breath of wind, although we wish for these on the busy Camps Bay days; for my hardworking Cleaning Team of Imtiaz and Carmen, who experienced their busiest day of cleaning since staring about three weeks ago; for a Vit D snooze on the terrace; for very hard work in cleaning up litter this afternoon, until the very last minute at 18h30, when the Team finishes working on weekends, all of us exhausted, and putting in a good number of steps; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 96 of Level 1, 25 December 2020









Friday 25 December 2020, Christmas Day, Day 96 of Level 1, Day 275 of Lockdown. 😷🎄⭐️

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely relaxed day; for it not being too hot, yet a bit humid; for a refreshing walk through Camps Bay this morning, wishing everyone for Christmas as I walked past them; for a fruit shop at Pick n Pay, not busy at that time; for a lovely deep sleep this afternoon; for a Camps Bay clean up this afternoon with Imtiaz, who seemed drained after working alone for two days, having good conversations with him; for Cape Town being the city featured in ‘Das Traumschiff’ on German ZDF TV today; for my Christmas collage created by Brian Van Hansen being included in my Canadian Tour Operator’s Christmas greeting collage with those of the other Committee members, mine at the top left; and for being happy and healthy. Continue reading →

Have Cape Town’s beaches become a political beach ball, Film shoots cancelled by Police Minister Bheki Cele! Beaches quieter than expected!


Yesterday a visit to Camps Bay beach as well as eight other Cape Town beaches by Police Minister Bheki Cele appeared to develop into a political beach ball between the ANC-led Government and the DA-led City of Cape Town, a mask-wearing mission by the Minister resulting in him closing down a film shoot set up to take place just in front of the Lifesaving building on the Camps Bay Beach.

According to news reports the City of Cape Town is to seek a reversal of the film shoot ban in the High Court, via an urgent interdict! Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 87 of Level 1, 16 December 2020.


Wednesday 16 December 2020, Day 87 of Level 1, Day 266 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a magnificent Day of Reconciliation public holiday, with barely a breeze, beautiful sunshine, and about 22C; for starting the day with an end of year ‘Champagne’ Breakfast with the Management Committee of the Camps Bay & Clifton Ratepayers Association; for excellent service at The Lawns at The Rotunda, where we had the breakfast, prioritizing my order as I had to leave at 11h00 to meet my Camps Bay Cleaners; for two walks through Camps Bay, surprised about how many police persons were seen in Camps Bay, from zero throughout the rest of the year; for an excellent litter cleaning day with my team; for there being far fewer beachgoers today; for the mask wearing increasing to 50% in Camps Bay, from about 20% prior to the President’s Speech on Monday; for spoiling myself with a Pink G & T at the end of a successful day; for two Discovery Gameboard plays, scoring 450 and 160 Discovery Miles, a total of 610 Miles 👏👏👏; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 80 of Level 1, 9 December 2020.


Wednesday 9 December 2020, Day 80 of Level 1, Day 259 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny day, at about 21C; for the sad confirmation from the very emotional Ian Halfon that he has closed down his Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants in the Waterfront; for a very efficient cleanup of parts of Camps Bay this afternoon with one of the Camps Bay Community Cleaners; for two Discovery Vitality Gameboard plays, the Discovery Miles of today and last week bringing me to 750 Discovery Miles, paying for my second R100 Woolworths voucher in two weeks 🙏; for dancing to Kfm; and for being happy and healthy. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 68 of Level 1, 27 November 2020.;


Friday 27 November 2020, Day 68 of Level 1, Day 247 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a busy and efficiently planned day; for a warm 26C day after yesterday’s wind; for being able to see the new Camps Bay Police Station crime victim support unit, which was launched today; for an amazing Black Friday, my first time ever making use of discounts offered; for cleaning up the stream with the Camps Bay cleaners this morning and in Bakoven this afternoon; for an interesting talk on Consumer Insights at Whitespace Creative, invited by Tania Harrison; for a Christmas shop at the German Food Shop above Dinkel Bakery, Dinkel keeping some poppy seed rolls for me, and I seeing a must-have Berliner; for an always friendly shop at the Continental Butchery on Upper Kloof Street; for dancing to Kfm 💃; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →