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Full circle with ‘the one who sings’ … and writes and heals

By Siobhan Cassidy / 9th February 2020 / 2 Comments

Zolani Mahola’s sensational one-woman show at Jagger Lounge in downtown Cape Town for one night only

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We are all just hanging by a thread

By Siobhan Cassidy / 27th November 2019 / 1 Comment

Less than a week after hearing Zolani Mahola tell her very powerful and personal story, seeing An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life at Alexander Bar felt like paying another instalment on an old debt (for bullets dodged). An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life is Jervis Pennington’s story, told by himself, of how he went from lead singer in a […]

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More first-class silliness from the Trolley Dollies

By Siobhan Cassidy / 17th November 2019 / 0 Comments

There are a lot of extras on the latest flight of fantasy from the Trolley Dollies – new cast members, some very impressively choreographed, well-rehearsed dance numbers, even eyewear from Oculus  – but Three Blind Mice is also the classic, trashy, first-class fun we have come to expect from the rudest and brassiest of broads, […]

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Satori: a sudden enlightenment

By Siobhan Cassidy / 3rd November 2019 / 0 Comments

Cape Town City Ballet’s appropriately (and rather deliciously) titled Satori certainly felt like enlightenment, if not so sudden. We have been watching this incredible transformation for a while. It is a delight to see Debbie Turner and her team breathing of new life into this fabulous ‘old’ ballet company. Satori, a trilogy of works – […]

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A feast of small tastes of life in parallel realities

By Siobhan Cassidy / 15th September 2019 / 0 Comments

shnit film festival: a feast of delicious tastes of parallel realities

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Cadbury ‘donates’ words so elderly don’t suffer in silence

By Siobhan Cassidy / 10th September 2019 / 0 Comments

As 10X Investments’ new Retirement Reality Report (RRR19) issued South Africa with a rather bitter warning about the country’s looming retirement crisis, there is sweeter news for the elderly in Britain, where a charity has teamed up with a chocolate maker to tackle an epidemic of loneliness among the aged.  Cadbury Dairy Milk has launched […]

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There is more than one fairytale in dazzling new Sleeping Beauty

By Siobhan Cassidy / 18th August 2019 / 1 Comment

Sleeping Beauty is an enduring and wonderful story, but the real fairytale in Cape Town City Ballet’s new production on Saturday August 17 was to see the extraordinarily talented Precious Adams dancing in her own ‘skin’. Adams, of the English National Ballet, is a black dancer who wears tights and shoes that match her natural […]

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Will your retirement savings last as long as you do?

By Siobhan Cassidy / 7th August 2019 / 0 Comments

For some people moving into retirement means that all their concerns disappear as if by magic; for the rest of us there is a great new downloadable e-book from 10X Investments: How to make your retirement savings last. The e-book is designed to help South Africans decide what to do with their retirement fund savings. […]

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The musical gets remixed and rebooted

By Siobhan Cassidy / 4th August 2019 / 0 Comments

Review: Kinky Boots, at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, until October 27 Even the most curmudgeonly of curmudgeons will find it hard not to be cheered by this lovely show. Haters of the musical format, too, will be forced to crack a smile at how the cheesy formula of a preachy but ultimately uplifting […]

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A good first half for the JSE … who knew?!

By Siobhan Cassidy / 31st July 2019 / 0 Comments

A good first half for the JSE … who knew?! Watch this video for more info.

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One-man show cracks head, then heart, wide open

By Siobhan Cassidy / 13th June 2019 / 0 Comments

Review: Kafka’s Ape, Alexander Bar until June 22, after that at National Arts Festival in Makhanda, formerly known as Grahamstown Adapted and directed by Phala O. Phala; original design by Liesel N. Retief Performed by Tony Bonani Miyambo If Tony Miyambo’s performance in Kafka’s Ape wasn’t so riveting the goings on on-stage would quickly have […]

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Time travel and the ancient crocs of the Cape

By Siobhan Cassidy / 4th April 2020 / 0 Comments

In this weird time of Covid-19 and lockdown, this article Fossil track sites tell the story of ancient crocodiles in southern Africa from The Conversation was more than a welcome distraction. It made me feel like I had left home, not just for a little walk in the forest with my dogs (for which I […]

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Crisis turns 76-year-old beadmaker into a webmaster

By Siobhan Cassidy / 1st April 2020 / 0 Comments

76-year-old bead-making grandmother beats the lockdown by learning web design and e-tailing

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What a crying shame …

By Siobhan Cassidy / 28th March 2020 / 4 Comments

How the Covid-19 lockdown also means locked out for so many South Africans. It could have been so different! #SmartTownships

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MEC Mbombo lights up Parliament in more ways than one

By Siobhan Cassidy / 25th March 2020 / 0 Comments

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health in the Western Cape, lit up a small gathering at the South African Parliament on Tuesday night  with a short, rousing speech, and then flicked a switch that lit up the whole building in red. Welcoming the MEC and Mzwandile Panziso, who was representing the South African National Aids […]

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Some tips for surviving quarantine

By Siobhan Cassidy / 22nd March 2020 / 0 Comments

Sense of humour is essential, so is exercise. Don’t drink too much booze, or snack from morning till night. For the moment the parks and the beaches are still open. Get out! Get out! Get out! Breathe the air, walk, run, swim but stay away from other people, sanitize before and after everything. Keep containers […]

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How one little get-together could undermine everyone else’s efforts

By Siobhan Cassidy / 21st March 2020 / 0 Comments

Why is it so important to self-isolate? This virus is unforgiving of unwise choices.

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Maybe a little good will come (for wildlife) from this pandemic

By Siobhan Cassidy / 19th March 2020 / 0 Comments

Covid-19 shows that illegal wildlife trade is a public health issue Simon Evans, Anglia Ruskin University There will be few positives to take from coronavirus. But the global pandemic may yet prove to be an important moment in the attempts to address the illegal wildlife trade. The media has generally concentrated on effects rather than […]

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Stay off taxis ‘because a new virus is hitting air passengers’

By Siobhan Cassidy / 15th March 2020 / 0 Comments

“Our global health impact would be so much greater by preventing and treating TB than by diagnosing and quarantining Covid-19!”

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Hotel stay for Fifi that could save a shelter dog’s life

By Siobhan Cassidy / 8th March 2020 / 0 Comments

An amazing new dog hotel and doggie daycare in Cape Town that helps fund amazing animal rescue organisation

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A jazz festival but not just for jazz fans

By Siobhan Cassidy / 4th March 2020 / 0 Comments

CANCELLED … another casualty of Covid-19 The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is just around the corner, March 27-28. CallOffTheSearch will be back this year after making the terrible mistake of missing last year’s festival and the year before that … oh how we rued the day/s … and weeks … and years. Here […]

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