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Arts & Entertainment

Turbine fair cranks up art exposure


Lack of pretension, community-centred objectives and the professionalism are the hallmarks of this exceptional exhibition-art fair, writes Sue Blaine


BOOK REVIEW: Backtrack: The Voice Behind Music's Greatest Stars

Tessa Niles. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Tessa Niles's Backtrack is a fascinating insight into what it takes to work in rock and pop, the hard work and talent required, writes Sue Blaine


HALF ART: Tender terrain in ties that bind

The image thus conjured is of troops of libidinous proto-hippies living in foraging communities where everyone slept with everyone, writes Chris Thurman

Gadgets & Gear

Casio bets on a watch that tries to be smart

A Moto 360 smartwatch is seen in this Motorola Mobility handout image. Picture: REUTERS

Watchmaker hopes its expertise will help it outmanoeuvre technological wizardry of Apple Watch with smartwatch that is comfortable, durable

Arts & Entertainment

Prince pulls his music from most online streaming services


Pop icon Prince opens new chapter in fraught relationship with internet as he suddenly pulls his music from most streaming services


FITNESS FABLES: Start the trip to rude health with mountain biking

Cyclists brave the last leg of the country’s most popular and the world’s largest timed cycle race. Picture: SHELLEY CHRISTIANS./THE TIMES

Part of the magic of trail mountain biking is its meditative nature and in-built opportunity for pit stops


ON THE STAGE: Satirists centre stage at festival

This year’s National Arts Festival has chosen the art (and artfulness) of satire as this year’s featured ‘artist’ in response to the roiling sociopolitical climate

Gadgets & Gear

Google’s Photos app tagging blunder shows limits of algorithms

Picture: REUTERS

Google is a leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning, but company’s computers still have a lot to learn before they can understand important cultural sensitivities


Feeling ill at work? It could well be the air or lighting, not necessarily the job


If many of colleagues or employees report regular illness at work it may be an idea to organise a health and safety inspection — or face prosecution, writes Vanessa Rogers


INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH: Bestselling sedan gets a fine-tune

The styling of the new Cruze shows that it has a number of Korean and Japanese marques in its sights.  Picture: CHEVROLET

Motor News travelled to Detroit for the world premiere of the second generation Chevrolet Cruze


No one knows magic blood pressure number

A nurse checking a senior patient's blood pressure. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Researchers still do not know just how low blood pressure should go, and drugs are not always the answer as they come with side effects, writes Gina Kolata


The peril between the lines of a glorified book of life


Research so controversial that Nature and Science declined to publish it, writes Anjana Ahuja

Cars, motorcycles & driving


Smart travel: a dialogue between car and highway

Smart roads, toll plazas, traffic lights and signs are all increasingly connected to cars, writes Quentin Hardy



Caps are the store’s biggest seller with a huge choice available.  Picture: SUPPLIED

South Africa has its first GP Store with a vast selection of motorsport and motoring merchandise writes Mark Smyth


ROAD TEST: A touch more cosmopolitan

The frontal styling reflects the Corsa legacy.  Picture: QUICKPIC

Opel has done a great job with its new Corsa — but can it compete with major rivals, asks Deon van der Walt


FUTURE MODELS: Cool just got a bit bigger

The Clubman is more of a Mini station wagon.  Picture: BMW SA

Mini has stretched itself even more with the unveiling of its new Clubman


FUTURE MODELS: Comfort, dynamism align

The new A-Class will have a sharper look to it when it arrives in SA later this year or early in 2016.  Picture: HEADLINEAUTO

Mercedes-Benz used the Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil its updated A-Class range

The design team has been conservative when it comes to the exterior changes.  Picture: AUDI MEDIA SERVICES

NEW MODELS: Luxury comes in a lighter package

All new, but conservatively styled, Audi’s mid-sized mainstay sheds weight and V6s, but turns further upmarket, writes Michael Taylor


VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Rand’s slump no joke, so drive that bargain now

It’s rather wonderful to know that the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe engines, with their extraordinary tolerances and advancement, are assembled by humans because they just do it better


LOCAL MOTORSPORT: Marathon maketh man

Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy heading to victory after 1,000km.  Picture: QUICKPIC

Deon van der Walt attended the gruelling Toyota Desert 1,000 race in Botswana

Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews

Travel & Food

Online series lifts lid on African food

Academic Tuleka Prah wants to put African cooking on the map with her online series, which uses YouTube videos. Pictures: MY AFRICAN FOOD MAP

Drawing on her itinerate life in Africa Kenyan Tuleka Prah seeks to soup up the image of the continent’s cuisine, writes Sue Blaine

Travel & Food

Fair trade coffee: a globalised tip jar

Coffee farmers often live a precarious existence. Picture: REUTERS

Many Western consumers care about the people who grow their coffee, and have money to spare if only it might reach those people, writes Tim Harford

Travel & Food

SA’s eateries shine at global awards

El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, returned to the number one position at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. It is owned and run by the three Roca brothers Joan, Josef and Jordi. Picture: ONEDITION PHOTOGRAPHY

Ishay Govender-Ypma reports from London on the meteoric rises and shocking topples at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards

Science & Environment

Magaliesberg declared a world biosphere reserve

An air balloon ride over the Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng, Magaliesberg. Picture: LEBOHANG MASHILOANE/THE TIMES

Local mountain range, which is 100 times older than Mount Everest, joins exclusive club after almost 10 years of lobbying by group of dedicated environmentalists

With venues within walking distance from each other, the annual Stoep-Tasting Weekend in GraaffReinet offers punters a chance to sip, stagger and socialise. Picture: ASG WINE CLUB

A vineyard on the verandah

Stoep-tasting is a tough workout with palate-pleasing rewards, writes Tony Jackman


LIQUID INVESTMENTS: What separates cheap plonk from a wallet-whacking trophy wine?

Like all high-end purchases, deluxe wine occupies its place on the pricing spectrum as a result of an implicit contract and a social conspiracy, writes Michael Fridjhon

Music, theatre, art, dance & design

Cirque du Soleil aerial pole artist Saulo Sarmiento from Spain. Picture: MADAME ZINGARA GROUP

Madame Zingara ringmaster brings an even bigger dream to life

Madame Zingara dinner theatre founder Richard Griffin draws on his eclectic background in culinary arts and performance, writes Eugene Yiga

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Bards, ballet, belly laughs, beer and brrr…

Making Mandela, an imaginative retelling of Nelson Mandela’s formative years using masks and physical performance, features Mlindeli Zondi, Jaques de Silva and Barileng Malebye. Written by the husband-and-wife creative team of Nick Warren and Jenine Collocott, it is also directed by Collocott. Picture: SANMARI MARAIS

Arts budgets are tight and audience purse strings even tighter, but the 41st National Arts Festival in Grahamstown will go on, writes Christina Kennedy

Arts & Entertainment

Local trio’s dance movie shows they Cannes make it

Khanyi Mbau (with microphone) in a scene from Hear Me Move. Picture: COAL STOVE PICTURES

Wandile Molebatsi and Coal Stove Productions take the Palais de Festival in Cannes by storm, writes Nadia Neophytou

Arts & Entertainment

Auction of donated works will raise funds to keep activist’s legacy alive

Burdened. 2015. Cast bronze, patina and Thabazimbi hematite 46 x 26 x 53cm.  Picture: COURTESY OF ANGUS TAYLOR

Les Is More Campaign, which is raising funds for family of arts activist Lesley Perkes, will hold auction of donated works of South African artists

Arts & Entertainment

First solo exhibition in China of SA artist William Kentridge’s work

William Kentridge. Picture: SUPPLIED

Retrospective of South African artist William Kentridge’s work opens in Beijing on Saturday, his first solo exhibition in that country

Arts & Entertainment

JAZZ: Ten of the best are sure to keep jazz fans entertained


SA names dominate: national jazz is now strong enough to top the bill at any event, writes Gwen Ansell

Arts & Entertainment

‘Titanic’ composer dies in plane crash


James Horner, celebrated composer of several Hollywood smash-hit films including "Titanic" and "Avatar," dies in plane crash at age of 61


HALF ART: Putting a real face on a transient community

Untitled, a photograph in Memory Card Sea Power. Picture: DAVID SOUTHWOOD

Memory Card Sea Power documents a transient community of Tanzanians living under the N1 on Cape Town’s Foreshore, writes Chris Thurman

Personal technology news & reviews


Apple Music is here, but is streaming right for you?

Streaming is an all-you-can-eat buffet, and what you’re eating may really not be worth the cost


What comes after the Mac?

Apple's MacBook Pro features the ground-breaking Retina display, lightning fastest mobile processors and remarkably thin and light designs.

How will professionals who do heavy lifting with the Mac live in a Mac-less world?

Gadgets & Gear

Google gives Gmail users ability to ‘undo send’

Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Picture: BLOOMBERG/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

Google is taking popular ‘oops’ feature out of experimental ‘labs’ and making it permanent part of web version of Gmail

Gadgets & Gear

What does the future of SEO look like?


Traditional forms of SEO using keywords, rankings and links are nowhere near as potent as they once were, so what is the alternative?


INTERVIEW: Using data to get the upper hand

Graeme Hackland, IT director for the Williams F1 team. Above: Data from the Williams F1 car is constantly being sent to the pits and to the factory. Pictures: WILLIAMS F1

Lerato Matebese sat down with the IT director of the Williams F1 team, Graeme Hackland

Books news & reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Discreet Hero

Despite pressing some old characters into new service, The Discreet Hero does not mark comeback for Mario Vargas Llosa, writes Julius Purcell


BOOK REVIEW: Because the Night

Stacy Hardy’s debut short story collection a superb, visceral treatment of love and loss, writes Liesl Jobson


BOOK REVIEW: Exponential Organisations


Author Salim Ismail, one of the leading thinkers on the future of organisations, outlines how accelerating technologies are changing the course of business — think Uber, Waze and Airbnb, writes Stephen van Coller


BOOK REVIEW: Keeping an Eye Open


A moving tribute to age that made modern art, writes Ashraf Jamal


BOOK REVIEW: It might get loud

Take the title as a warning. Or as an invitation. You’re not going to get what you generally expect when picking up a South African novel. What you will get is a cacophony of realities, writes Karin Schimke

Health & lifestyle news

Nurses taking on extra work after hours is more prevalent in the private health sector than the public sector. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Nurses who moonlight strain the health system

Close to 70% of the nurses interviewed were moonlighting, working overtime or doing agency nursing, writes Laetitia Rispel


Even doctors go online for medical information


Doctors who treat children with rare conditions sometimes seek guidance from online chat groups where families relate their experiences with disorders


Medical marijuana may help some symptoms, but not all

Medical marijuana shows some effectiveness in helping treat chronic pain but less evidence of its success in warding off nausea or helping ill patients gain weight


The wheelchair gets a makeover


Models coming on market or in development can climb stairs, turn tight corners, make their way over trails, and are easier to manoeuvre than earlier generations


Are you at risk for a heart attack after exercise?


Dying during or from exercise rare, but recent death of prominent executive raises concerns for people who want to keep active during middle age and later years

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