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FIGURE IT OUT: The extra R79,000 for the hybrid  model is worthwhile if you rack up a high mileage.

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Hybrid does it for me

Lexus ES300h’s space, specs and comfort win one over, and the meagre consumption clinches the deal, writes Alexander Parker

Gadgets & Gear

New oven force to be reckoned with

Penny Haw promo
16 hour(s) ago

The microwave oven could make a major comeback in the next few years; not only as a cooker but also as a counter, writes Penny Haw

Health

Aiming to understand the nature and science of sleep

CONNECTED: Faldeilah Agherdien, left, a nursing student, is a subject in UCT’s Sleep Sciences lab. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
15 hour(s) ago

A neuropsychologist at University of Cape Town is comparing volunteers’ sleep patterns to those of trauma survivors, writes Tamar Kahn

Arts & Entertainment

Johannesburg orchestra postpones third season due to lack of funds

1 day(s) ago

The philharmonic orchestra is in a business rescue process and its creditors include the South African Revenue Service

Arts & Entertainment

JAZZ: Tango treat on offer

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18 hour(s) ago

Like South Africa’s indigenous modern music, tango is a syncretic form that draws from diverse influences, writes Gwen Ansell

Opinion

TECHNO FILE: Exercising ‘right to be forgotten’ could spark ‘Streisand effect’

People taking advantage of the Google ruling should not underestimate the ‘Streisand effect’, writes Kevin O’Grady


Cars, motorcycles & driving


Motoring

INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH: Plugging in to the future

The Audi A3 e-tron Sportback.  Picture: AUDI
6 day(s) ago

Motor News travelled to Austria to experience the new Audi A3 e-tron

Motoring

FUTURE TRANSPORT: Mobility just got personal

Toyota i-Roads ready to take commuters to their destination in the city of Grenoble.  Picture: NEWSPRESS
6 day(s) ago

Toyota has joined a project in Grenoble, France to showcase the future of integrated transport

Opinion

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: BMW gets British brand right

Some of German firm’s engineers in Stuttgart know the importance of keeping the Mini feeling like a Mini, writes Alexander Parker

Jaguar will launch its new 3 Series rivalling XE in 2015.  Picture: NEWSPRESS

FUTURE MODELS: Technology with a lesser footprint

Jaguar Land Rover is on a charge to reduce emissions and consumption while producing innovative and exciting vehicles, writes Michael Taylor

Motoring

INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH: Plugging in to the future

The Audi A3 e-tron Sportback.  Picture: AUDI
6 day(s) ago

Motor News travelled to Austria to experience the new Audi A3 e-tron

Motoring

ROAD TEST: Just a different letter of the alphabet

The styling is definitely reminiscent of the larger S-Class.  Picture: NEWSPRESS
6 day(s) ago

Is the new Mercedes C-Class a shining star in its segment, asks Mark Smyth


Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews


HIDDEN: Fossils millions of years old are to be found near the Wild Coast Casino Hotel.  Picture: MARK TAYLOR

In petrified forest’s shade

THERE is a well-kept secret, an estimated 80-million-years old, on the Wild Coast just waiting to be explored.

Travel & Food

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Don Carlo’s

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5 day(s) ago

Lesley Stones is less than impressed after a lovely afternoon of sunny mediocrity at Don Carlos

Travel & Food

WINE: SA need more sommeliers

Michael Fridjhon promo
5 day(s) ago

Sommeliers can ensure the kind of commitment to quality in wine selection, storage and service that SA needs, writes Michael Fridjhon

Travel & Food

FOOD & DRINK : Stout-hearted Irish craft brewers embrace tradition

Picture: GALLO IMAGES/JOHN HOGG
5 day(s) ago

Artisan start-ups are flourishing and this reflects the positive effect the recession has had on food and drink in Ireland, writes Natalie Whittle

Travel & Food

Hot winter pursuits

BEST FOOT FORWARD: The Doran Vineyards Sheep Derby is one way to brighten up a dull day in the Voor-Paardeberg.  Picture: DORAN VINEYARDS
12 day(s) ago

So you thought the winelands were all about wine? Penny Haw gets her ducks in a row and sheep up to speed


Music, theatre, art, dance & design


Nadine Gordimer.   Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Nadine Gordimer — doyenne of SA letters and friend of Mandela

Nadine Gordimer’s contribution to life in South Africa went beyond the 15 novels and many other pieces she wrote

Arts & Entertainment

ARTS: Using contemporary art to celebrate St Francis of Assisi

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6 day(s) ago

Exhibition commemorating pilgrimage of St Francis of Assisi to Santiago de Compostela dwells on the affinities and the gulf between Francis’s age and ours, writes Julius Purcell

Arts & Entertainment

Festival of standoffs airs some used linen

6 day(s) ago

The National Arts Festival has come and gone, and with it the usual clutch of minor controversies and disagreements, writes Chris Thurman

Opinion

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: Charlie Haden

Among Haden’s great assets were his sound and also what might be termed his positional play, writes Richard Haslop

Arts & Entertainment

FILM: The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

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6 day(s) ago

Phillip Altbeker also reviews the film Bad Neighbours and Deliver Us from Evil, starring Eric Bana

Arts & Entertainment

JAZZ: Jazz world loses a legend in ‘hillbilly’ Haden

BASSIST: Charlie Haden.  Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

The world has lost both a great musician and a leading figure in the politics of culture with the death of award-winning bassist Charlie Haden, writes Gwen Ansell


Personal technology news & reviews


SUFFER NO MORE: Instead of enduring in silence, the ill go on to the internet.  Picture: THINKSTOCK

Arrival of the ‘expert’ patient

Technology enables victims of rare diseases to take research into their own hands, writes Rose Jacobs

Gadgets & Gear

Action taken on the weather at last

Penny Haw promo
7 day(s) ago

Cold feet are a thing of the past thanks to Skunkx shoes, which are equipped with electrical heating and vibrating systems, writes Penny Haw

Gadgets & Gear

NEWS ANALYSIS: Social media leave boards cold

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7 day(s) ago

Strategists believe companies that see social media as only reputation, marketing tools are missing ways in which they might affect business, writes Alison Smith


Books news & reviews


SURVIVOR: Joanne Brodie’s petite, demure appearance belies the nerve it has taken to venture into disputed psychological territory where sexual addiction is viewed sceptically. Picture: SUE GRANT-MARSHALL

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The addiction of Joanne Brodie

The writer overcame her promiscuous past to counsel other sex addicts, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Books

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Fiction, but from the heart

ART FOLLOWS LIFE: British writer Amanda Prowse is an army wife, like Poppy Day, the protagonist of her novel, Will You Remember Me? Prowse is also a cancer survivor. Poppy Day has cancer too, but is not so lucky.   Picture: THYS DULLAART
8 day(s) ago

Amanda Prowse is compelled to write, and her life experiences — even with cancer — are her raw material, writes Sue Blaine

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The Intel Trinity

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1 day(s) ago

Michael Malone tells the story of the innovators whose tiny slivers of silicon freed computing from the shackles of the mainframe era, writes Sarah Mishkin

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Honey & Co

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

A love affair between two chefs gives birth to this cookbook, writes Madeleine Morrow

Books

Gordimer’s mine of creativity

Nadine Gordimer.   Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Through Nadine Gordimer’s subtle and dangerous prose, we are made to see both the ‘normality’ and the deep strangeness and injustice of the mining world, writes Hedley Twidle


Health & lifestyle news


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Novartis and Google to develop ‘smart’ contact lens

Swiss drug maker strikes agreement with technology company to develop lenses that will help diabetics track blood glucose levels, restore ability of eye to focus

Health

Little less tipple lets the heart stay supple

Wine glass
9 day(s) ago

Study shows reducing even light consumption of alcohol will not only improve your chances against coronary heart disease, but also help you to lose weight and ease high blood pressure

Health

Obesity report card has kids getting fatter

Picture: THINKSTOCK
12 day(s) ago

Study shows South African children score a D for health as they get fatter and more sedentary

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