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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The calamity that is still with us

As a plethora of books on the Great War looms, here is an intelligent, critical assessment, writes Richard Steyn

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The Man Who Loved Dogs

11 hour(s) ago

In a world in which the characters are ‘embalmed in cynicism’, the only unconditional affection they can muster is aimed at their dogs, writes John Thornhill

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Dissident Gardens

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1 day(s) ago

Jonathan Lethem’s ninth novel is a standout story grounded in his obsession with those at the margins of society, writes Ayana Mathis

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Freedom Day in retrospect

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1 day(s) ago

Ticket losses are a luxury few theatres can afford, which is why several art exhibitions are offering a critical retrospective on Freedom Day, writes Christina Kennedy

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Chester Missing’s Guide to the Elections ‘14

WHO’S TALKING?: Chester Missing with Conrad Koch. Picture: SUE GRANT-MARSHALL
1 day(s) ago

South Africa’s hottest young political commentator offers a dummy’s guide to the upcoming elections, writes Sue Grant-Marshall


Cars, motorcycles & driving


Industrials

Local Toyota owners may need to have cars assessed

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5 day(s) ago

South African owners of RAV4, Yaris, other models may need to have their vehicles checked after car maker reveals recall list

Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: German makes light work of facelift

The styling of the A8 still follows the classic limousine look.
6 day(s) ago

Audi has made a number of changes to its luxury A8 model, writes Mark Smyth

Opinion

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Nkandla, 500L boast proud past

Fiat’s 500L

Nothing is more beautiful than the hills of Zululand, now blighted by the grotesqueness of the Zuma scandal

The heritage of the E-Type is even more evident in the coupe version.

INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH: A new cat is on the prowl

Motor News travelled to Spain to get to grips with the Jaguar F-Type coupe

Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: Playing in a busy segment

The new Accent hatch benefits from that fluidic sculpture design that is in other Hyundai models.
6 day(s) ago

Hyundai has launched the Accent hatch but it has a bit of an identity crisis, writes Farzana Chaumoo

Motoring

DRIVING IMPRESSION: Standout on the smile-o-meter

The styling enhancements give the RS a bit of a hot hatch look.
6 day(s) ago

The Chevrolet Sonic RS is not about power. Instead, it is all about fun, writes Lerato Matebese


Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews


Swimming with dolphins off Mauritian coast is a memorable experience

New resort offers luxury homes and outdoor life in island paradise, but at a hefty price tag

Travel & Food

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Signal Restaurant

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5 day(s) ago

Signal Restaurant offers a feast of historical references, writes Penny Haw

Travel & Food

Fro-yo the cool way to chill out

CHERRY ON TOP: Patrons can customise their fro-yo at the toppings bar, with fruit, nuts, chocolate raisins, wafers, even sweets
12 day(s) ago

Making food fun turned this family yoghurt business into a home-grown brand, writes Patricia McCracken

Opinion

WINE: Twenty years of wine making

Where the Cape wine industry is today is vastly better than where it was in the early 1990s

Travel & Food

Blissful solitude on a pirate’s island

BREATHTAKING: Anse Georgette, ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is a must-visit location in 
the Seychelles. Picture: MARK SAMPSON
5 day(s) ago

The Seychelles score high for remoteness and just as high for accessibility and comfort, writes Mark Sampson

Travel & Food

Meander through the Natal Midlands

TRANQUILITY: Bellwood Cottages, an ideal place to relax and unwind on a stud farm near Nottingham Road. Picture: MARK SAMPSON
12 day(s) ago

Made famous by the quaint little towns and exquisite landscapes, the Midlands Meander sets this gorgeous part of South Africa apart from the rest, writes Mark Sampson


Music, theatre, art, dance & design


FORBIDDEN: Detail of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s Nothing To Lose, 1989. Picture: AUTOGRAPH ABP

After 30 years it still needs saying: black men can desire each other

Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s latest exhibition is informed by his preoccupation with what he sees as the tension between western and African world views, religious practices and artistic techniques, writes Chris Thurman

Arts & Entertainment

FILM: All is Lost; Non-Stop; Noah

A scene from the film Noah (2014).
6 day(s) ago

Philip Altbeker on what’s new on the silver screen, with additional reviews of Darren Aranofksy’s Noah; The Forgotten Kingdom and That Awkward Moment and more

Arts & Entertainment

Gaza conflict film spares no detail

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6 day(s) ago

Gaza: Chronicles of a Conflict is a film that portrays in their naked state the birth of hatred and the pathetic fragility of hope, writes Peter Aspden

Arts & Entertainment

ABBA mark 40 years since Waterloo

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7 day(s) ago

Swedish band celebrate 40 years of breathtaking success with party at London’s Tate Modern to mark their groundbreaking song Waterloo

Opinion

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: Beck

Beck Hansen appears to be more or less constantly on the verge of becoming one of the signature artists of the past 20 years, writes Richard Haslop

Opinion

JAZZ: Freedom’s Child is born

A chance meeting at Cape Town’s St George’s Mall has seeded a superb collaboration between singer Melanie Scholtz and legendary poet James Matthew

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Grahamstown gears for National Arts Festival

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8 day(s) ago

The National Arts Festival has been soldiering on for four decades, attracting thousands of visitors to the Eastern Cape every year, writes Christina Kennedy

Arts & Entertainment

LUNCH WITH THE FT: Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/TIM WHITBY
15 day(s) ago

Midway through installing his new commission for Turner Contemporary in Margate, the ceramic artist has agreed to break for lunch


Personal technology news & reviews


VIDEO: ‘Smart cities’ the future for urbanising Africa

Technology-integrated cities might be one way of solving the problem of an ever-urbanising world population, delegates at the 14th International Winelands Conference hear

Gadgets & Gear

YouTube sees money in gaming-video eyeballs

The YouTube PewDiePie channel. Picture: BUSINESS DAY
13 day(s) ago

Video gamers, who spent more than $70bn last year on hardware and software, have gravitated to YouTube

Gadgets & Gear

No one knows what the next big thing will be — but it will be big

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CE. Picture: REUTERS
14 day(s) ago

If Silicon Valley’s frenzy of speculative building and scattergun buying sounds a bit desperate, it is, writes Tim Bradshaw

Opinion

SIGNPOST: Networks dawdle on the data front

Data consumption is one area in which buyers of smartphones go large

Opinion

Innovation in smartphones favours function over form

Is there a new feature you’ve seen in the past year that has really wowed you into wanting a new phone?

Gadgets & Gear

A candid camera that stalked me in the bathroom

7 day(s) ago

Tiny camera creates tense moments when people become aware of it, and then relief when they realise it only takes stills...


Books news & reviews


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Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies aged 68

British author responsible for multimillion-selling Adrian Mole series dies aged 68, her son tells the BBC

Books

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Writer keeps returning to South Africa

STORIES: John Carlin was in South Africa for Mandela’s release from prison, has written a biography of Mandela, and is covering the Pistorius trial. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
8 day(s) ago

Journalist and postapartheid chronicler John Carlin’s talent as a raconteur is narrowly superseded by his prodigious journalistic and authorial skill, writes Sue Grant Marshall

Books

When no news is good news

PROLIFIC: De Botton has written nearly 20 bestsellers, focusing on the modern human condition.    Picture: RANDOM HOUSE via BLOOMBERG NEWS
8 day(s) ago

Alain de Botton’s book offers an antidote to the compelling obsessions of our age, writes Ashraf Jamal


Health & lifestyle news


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Medical boost for elderly mice, humans

British scientists have, for the first time, used regenerative medicine to fully restore an organ in a living animal

Health

Scientist may have key to nodding syndrome

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8 day(s) ago

A Belgian scientist believes it is due to a virus carried by the blackfly

Health

Ballet-inspired fitness classes tap the inner ballerina

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8 day(s) ago

Exercise classes draw inspiration from dance, Pilates, bungee jumping to help students sculpt upper bodies, while strengthening core muscles, lower bodies

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