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Oscar De La Renta, centre, smiles with model Karlie Kloss, left and another model after presenting his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week in this February 12 2013 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS

US designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

Condolences pour in for legendary fashion designer, whose clothes defined US elegance for generations, were beloved by first ladies, Hollywood stars

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Why States Recover

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17 hour(s) ago

Dr Greg Mills concludes that societies fail, and recover, not due to resources, but thanks to governance, writes Richard Steyn

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Linguistic mischief for readers’ imagination

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17 hour(s) ago

Michael Frayn, playwright, novelist, farceur and philosopher, talks to Sarah Hemming about fear, chaos and his newest book Matchbox Theatre

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Women’s Theatre Festival

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17 hour(s) ago

Ntshieng Mokgoro's never-say-die attitude helped her pull off a Women’s Theatre Festival with a paltry R5,000 in the kitty, writes Christina Kennedy

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The Hunchback Missionary

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17 hour(s) ago

This rollicking read from Elsa Jouber lures you into its unfolding world before strong-arming you into page-turning submission through sheer intrigue and beauty of prose, writes Eugene Goddard


Cars, motorcycles & driving


Motoring

Grand designs on an exciting future

Callum would love to work on a Jaguar sub brand that creates smaller cars like the 2003 R-D6 concept.
5 day(s) ago

Mark Smyth caught up with Jaguar design director Ian Callum while in Paris

Motoring

ADVICE: Long-term view can save you money

David Molapo, head of fleet management at Standard Bank.   Picture: STANDARD BANK
5 day(s) ago

It is vital to look at the total cost of ownership of a vehicle rather than just the purchase price, according to Standard Bank

Motoring

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Innovation is the way forward

Fleet mobility will be driven by technology.  Picture: NEWSPRESS
5 day(s) ago

A new white paper in the UK looks at the opportunities for technology in the sector

The Peugeot Quartz.  Picture: MARK SMYTH

PARIS MOTOR SHOW: Concept stars

Mark Smyth looks at some of the concept cars in Paris and what secrets they might reveal

Motoring

INTERVIEW: Soaring costs prompt changes

South African fleet operators are not looking at hybrid and green cars in the same way as the UK.  Pictures: MARK SMYTH, NEWSPRESS
5 day(s) ago

Mark Smyth spoke with Hein du Plessis of Eqstra Fleet Management to get some insight into the market


Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews


VIDEO: New market brings life to Johannesburg

A new lifestyle market in the old sheds on Fox Street offers shoppers a destination to rival other popular weekend markets, and is also part of a gradual revival of Joburg that will benefit inner city dwellers

Travel & Food

WINE: Regional ‘politics’

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4 day(s) ago

Much of the SA wine industry’s past terroir prejudices have vanished or at least diminished, writes Michael Fridjhon

Travel & Food

Distilling gin with an African flavour

4 day(s) ago

Partnership could be the start of an industry that would allow tourists to sample gin made from indigenous flora at a modern distillery


Music, theatre, art, dance & design


HEAVYWEIGHT: Sir John Sawers, head of the British Secret Intelligence Service. Picture: REUTERS

Master of spies for a new era

Changes were made in the UK’s secret services after the ‘weapons of mass destruction’ fiasco, writes Lionel Barber

Multimedia

VIDEO: Vigorous bidding on South African old masters at recent auction

1 day(s) ago

Important South African art from the Carl Schweickerdt collection recently came onto the market, the auction sent ripples of excitement though the community of collectors here and abroad

Arts & Entertainment

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: The Dream Syndicate

1 day(s) ago

There’s hardly a song on the original Days Of Wine And Roses album that I can’t instantly recall with pleasure more than thirty years later, writes Richard Haslop


Personal technology news & reviews


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New app teaches Game of Thrones fans Dothraki language

Random House wants to help fans of Game of Thrones become fluent in the language spoken by the horselords with a mobile app called Dothraki Companion

Gadgets & Gear

Holy grail within grasp

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6 day(s) ago

Cost-effective means of storing power are opening new avenues of energy innovation, writes Whitney McFerron

Opinion

Hi-tech answer to a low-grade knee

Penny Haw turns to technology to help support her failing knees


Books news & reviews


WRITING TO DEADLINE:  Authors Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman incorporated ‘breaking news’ in their book.   Picture:  TIM MOOLMAN

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Unravelling a killing

The ‘trial of the century’ is just a part of this riveting book by two crime reporters, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Books

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: A debut full of magic

JUICY STORY: Black Dog Summer author Miranda Sherry.  Picture: MARTIN RHODES
7 day(s) ago

Miranda Sherry explores the fallout of violence and how we share our stories, writes Sue Blaine

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The Keeper

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7 day(s) ago

Book shines light on lighthouse families, writes Sue Grant-Marshall


Health & lifestyle news


Duane Vermeulen. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/CARL FOURIE

Separating larks from owls can help Boks

An effective jet-lag treatment that differentiates between early and late risers could prove useful beyond the rugby field

Health

Code sets out 12 ways to prevent cancer

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7 day(s) ago

World Health Organisation agency says dozen simple steps, including avoiding all tobacco, will help people reduce their risk of developing, dying from disease

Health

Three ways to make exercise part of your day

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7 day(s) ago

Being physically active has important implications for your performance at work, so find something you enjoy to increase the chance of fitting it into your busy schedule

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