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Backsberg owner wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Backsberg Estate Cellars owner Michael Back receives award from European drinks trade magazine The Drinks Business for ethical practices, education

Africa ‘tricky’ over its many languages

Travel Channel’s Jonathan Phang compares the Blue Train to the Orient Express in terms of luxury. Picture: LYNNE MCKENZIE & PARTNERS

Scripps Networks says the continent’s important but its 100 languages and diverse interests make it a challenge to entertain and inform

Street of books fuels Iraqi desire for ideas

Book lovers browse through the stock of a bookseller in Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, in this file photo. The street is the centre of a vivacious literary scene that draws the city’s intellectuals. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMMED AMEEN

Famous as the intellectual hub of Iraq and named after a 10th-century Iraqi poet, Mutanabbi Street draws artists, actors, writers and politicians on Fridays to look for books, writes Borzou Daragahi

WINE: Bordeaux fails to weather price climate as sunnier SA wines do

Michael Fridjhon promo

Michael Fridjhon: Since 2011-2013 didn’t sell, why would anyone want to buy the 2014s?

St Helena gets first four-star hotel

The RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Saint Helena anchored in the bay of the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Recalling a bygone era of stately passenger liners and quaint colonial traditions, the RMS Saint Helena is making its last cruises before the introduction of weekly flights to the far-flung island of St Helena. Picture: AFP

St Helena governor Mark Capes says flights from Johannesburg, four-star hotel will steer island ‘towards new opportunities, to shape prosperous future’


Take a bite of the Big Apple’s food markets

Street art seen from the High Line, a garden walkway established on an elevated, disused railway line. Picture: MADELEINE MORROW

Head indoors to Chelsea Market for a well-deserved lunch. Go hungry because this is a space to gaze and graze

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