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Michael de Klerk, left and Anthony Gird, co-founders of Honest Chocolate.  Picture: HONEST CHOCOLATE

If the crowds want bread, give them chocolate too

It was not too difficult for the founders of Honest Chocolate to convince the community to contribute towards a chocolate-themed café

Arts & Entertainment

HALF ART: Staying ordinary despite moving all over the place

PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN, Studio portrait, Marabastad, Gauteng, circa 1970
1 day(s) ago

Migration is central to the human story, prehistoric, ancient and modern. People who move do so for a host of reasons, writes Chris Thurman

Arts & Entertainment

Cape’s art fair comes into own after baptism of fire

RoseLee Goldberg, founder of Performa, returns to SA as guest curator of the Cape Town Art Fair. Picture: PATRICK MCMULLAN
1 day(s) ago

This year’s instalment has attracted the attention of some of the world’s most influential collectors, from New York to Milan, writes Matthew Partridge

Arts & Entertainment

Lightening up and seeing the funny side of life

Mpho Popps Modikoan.  Picture: THE TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Soweto comedian Mpho Popps Modikoane says comedy was his genetic inheritance and avoids telling jokes about politics as he believes that politics is a joke itself

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Festival that just keeps going as the rain beats down

In young choreographer Sonia Radebe’s Ngizwise, a collaboration with Canadian choreographer Jennifer Dallas, the dancers relay their experiences as citizens of SA . Picture: VAL ADAMSON
1 day(s) ago

There are positive signs that contemporary dance is clawing its way back, writes Christina Kennedy

Arts & Entertainment

Bidvest’s Joffe bites the bullet and puts his doodles on display

Already known for his wildlife photography, Bidvest CE Brian Joffe was persuaded to exhibit works that sprang from his doodling in board meetings to keep himself focused. Pictures: THE WHITE HOUSE GALLERY
1 day(s) ago

Bidvest CE Brian Joffe says art is a nerve-taxing journey that’s never boring, writes Sue Blaine

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Degenerate sex-addict spy on intriguing mission to Africa

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

The book rejects the heroics and moral clarity of Bond-style thrillers for something more complicated, writes John Sunyer

Opinion

WINE: Despite the kindness of strangers, Pinotage still suffers from its past

Antipathy among South Africans runs deep, well beyond the sniff-and-spit brigade, writes Michael Fridjhon


Cars, motorcycles & driving


Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: Thumbs up for comeback kid

The new Corsa takes some stalking cues form the recently launched Opel Adam.  Picture: QUICKPIC
2 day(s) ago

Opel’s fifth generation Corsa set to ruffle feathers of its B-segment rivals

Motoring

NEW MODELS: Sharply dressed coupe

The new Audi TT has a much sharper suit that its predecessor.  Picture: QUICKPIC
2 day(s) ago

Audi launches its sharper TT coupe in SA

Motoring

FUTURE MODELS Rival in the cross hairs

Infiniti looks to be aiming straight at the Lexus NX with its QX30 concept. Picture: QUICKPIC
2 day(s) ago

Infiniti is taking direct aim at Lexus with its new QX30 concept

Motoring

NEW MODELS: Cross over to the stealthy side

The limited edition Stealth is aimed at the leisure market.  Picture: QUICKPIC
2 day(s) ago

Nissan adds a bit of Stealth to its NP200 bakkie

Honda has been surprisingly conservative with the styling of its new Accord.  Picture: QUICKPIC

SOUTH AFRICAN CAR OF THE YEAR: Contenders in a popular segment

In our second instalment on the 2015 South African Car of the Year finalists, Lerato Matebese looks at two family sedans and a crossover

Opinion

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: The internal combustion engine to stay for longer

Non-internal combustion engine solutions for the aviation, shipping and freight industries are still far, far from being found


Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews


Travel & Food

WINE: Blends have come some way since their illegal-label days

Michael Fridjhon promo
8 day(s) ago

Blends have become so fashionable that sometimes wines that could be marketed as a single variety trade under a proprietary name

Travel & Food

Bitter times for French haute cuisine

Picture: THINKSTOCK
15 day(s) ago

When it comes to fine food it is no longer the case that all roads lead to France — globalisation has made a world of difference to restaurants in London

Business

Trendy markets help transform Johannesburg’s downtown

15 day(s) ago

A former dynamite factory and a former parking lot — these are some of the unlikely settings for Johannesburg’s bustling weekend markets

IDYLL: The calm, clear and warm waters of Mumbo Island make for a relaxed snorkelling experience. Picture: PENNY HAW

Seeing clearly in Lake Malawi

Mumbo Island would be the perfect spot to laze the day away — but for the spectacular snorkelling, and fish eagles needing rescue, Penny Haw discovers

Travel & Food

VIDEO: Brett Ladds — former presidential chef’s delicious journey

15 day(s) ago

BDlive had an opportunity to eat lunch made by one of SA’s legendary chefs, Brett Ladds, who spent his early career days in the presidential kitchen cooking for prominent people


Music, theatre, art, dance & design


Neil Patrick Harris presenting the 2015 Oscars. Picture: AFP/ROBYN BECK

Oscars TV ratings slump, critics slam presenter

TV ratings for the Oscars’ US broadcast fall 16% from last year, amid lukewarm reviews and criticism for first-time host Neil Patrick Harris

Arts & Entertainment

Ardmore continues to break the mould with its cheeky ceramics

Picture: ARDMORE CERAMICS
8 day(s) ago

Ardmore’s annual exhibition to be held in Cape Town this year will celebrate the flowers, seed pods and thorns of ‘Africa’s wild garden’, writes Matthew Partridge

Arts & Entertainment

Oscars TV ratings slump, critics slam presenter

Neil Patrick Harris presenting the 2015 Oscars. Picture: AFP/ROBYN BECK
4 day(s) ago

TV ratings for the Oscars’ US broadcast fall 16% from last year, amid lukewarm reviews and criticism for first-time host Neil Patrick Harris

Arts & Entertainment

Hawking and the ‘everything of love’

Actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones pose with scientist Stephen Hawking as they arrive at the UK premiere of The Theory of Everything, which is based around Hawking’s life, at a cinema in central London in December. Picture: REUTERS/ANDREW WINNING
8 day(s) ago

A masterful film that brings to life the revered physicist and deeply influential author’s struggle with ALS and love, writes Nadia Neophytou

Arts & Entertainment

Music is affirmative action for double Grammy winner

Jason Mraz performs during his concert in Hong Kong in 2012. The themes on his latest album are close to his heart: optimism, faith, acceptance, gratitude. Pictures: REUTERS/TYRONE SIU
8 day(s) ago

It was a conscious decision to fill this, his fifth album, with songs of love, friendship, healing and hope, writes Eugene Yiga


Personal technology news & reviews


The new Scania watch displays information about the truck.  Picture: SCANIA

TECHNOLOGY: Right on time

Scania has revealed a new watch that connects to your truck

Asia-Pacific

Samsung looks at ways to regain ground from Apple

Mock-ups of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone are displayed at the company's flagship store in Seoul, South Korea. Picture: BLOOMBERG
25 day(s) ago

Samsung Electronics hints that next Galaxy S smartphone will feature wraparound screen as company ahead of upcoming launch

Gadgets & Gear

The secret to better phone photos: new lenses

Picture: REUTERS
17 day(s) ago

Think of lens attachments like glasses for your phone’s camera that help ensure you get the most out of that perfect shot

Opinion

Shack fire warning system now a hot favourite for award

The device reduces the residential insecurity that plagues informal settlements, writes Penny Haw


Books news & reviews


Ivan Vladislavic. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

SA writer Ivan Vladislavic wins Yale prize

South African author and editor Ivan Vladislavic wins Yale University’s 2015 Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction

Books

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Getting to the heart of ecodenialism

Barbara Kingsolver, whose three-week visit to SA will take in the Garden Route and Kruger National Park, says she is overwhelmed by the country’s beauty. Picture: DAVID WOOD
8 day(s) ago

The world as we know it has already gone. It’s impossible to turn back, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Books

BOOK REVIEW: How a vision and chutzpah can get you everywhere

Peter Diamandis. File picture: REUTERS/STEVE MARCUS
3 day(s) ago

There is no industry invulnerable to attack from the proverbial entrepreneurs in garages — including space exploration, writes Richard Waters


Health & lifestyle news


Former US President Bill Clinton (C) and his daughter Chelsea, left, (L) visit with Jean Pierre, an HIV and cancer patient, at a rural healthcare clinic on August 2 2008 in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda. Mr Clinton was visiting Clinton Foundation projects in African countries. Photo: JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES/THE CLINTON FOUNDATION

Now for the next challenge: cancer

The war on cancer is being taken to rural Africa, writes Lawrence N Shulman

Health

Power of the hidden parts of the mind

A technique to make brains transparent, a breakthrough should give researchers an accurate picture of the pathways underlying both normal mental function and neurological illnesses from autism to Alzheimer’s. Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

The idea that unconscious thought is sometimes more powerful than conscious thought in making a decision is attractive but a new study has found no evidence of it

Health

Health activists play into hands of tobacco firms with campaigns against e-cigarettes

Damien Hoops uses an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot bar in Los Angeles in March last year. The city council voted unanimously to ban the use of e-cigarettes, or ‘vaping’, from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and public spaces. Pictures: REUTERS/MARIO ANZUONI
2 day(s) ago

E-cigs and other nicotine-delivery devices such as vaping pipes offer us the chance to reduce the total number of future tobacco-related deaths, writes Derek Yach

Health

Traffic light labels will help in right food choices

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

Researchers have modelled the long-term effect of nutrition labelling and found that it can lower obesity rates in the global south

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