Ten Things About Champagne
There are ten essential insights into the world of Champagne to prepare you for the upcoming Johannesburg Cap Classique, Champagne & Bubbles Festival, slated for May 17th and 18th at the Inanda Polo Club in Sandton. Protected Origins: Only wines crafted within the...
Book review: Bad Blood by Tobin Elliott
"Bad Blood" by Tobin Elliott is an enthralling journey into the depths of a young girl's tumultuous emotions, set against the backdrop of a family in turmoil. I received an audio review copy of this book, and it was a captivating two-an-a-half hours. The year is 1975,...
Diarise: The Johannesburg Cap Classique, Champagne & Bubbles Festival
The Johannesburg Cap Classique, Champagne & Bubbles Festival is back, and it's promising to be bigger, better, and bubblier than ever before! Mark your calendars for Friday, May 17, from 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturday, May 18, from 11:00 to 16:00. The Johannesburg...
A quick little James Patterson twofer
It's been a while since I did a book review, and Louisa shared these two James Patterson quick reviews with me. 12 Months To Live By James Patterson and Mike Lupica The main character, Jane Smith, a criminal defence attorney, has a lot going on in her private which...
The best ways to update your life

The best ways to update your life

We all go through various stages in our lives, and each of these stages presents different challenges and opportunities. As we move forward, it can be important to take a step back and assess our lifestyle to ensure that it still works for us. Refreshing our lifestyle...

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2021: the year that was

2021: the year that was

My wonderful best friend Nafisa has been doing this annual round-up post for thirteen years this year. I'm less consistent but decided to give it a go again this year. If you want to do this too, copy and paste the questions to your platform of choice and leave a...

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We’re not OK, and that’s OK, OK?

We’re not OK, and that’s OK, OK?

It's no secret that my mental health is, at times, not so healthy. The COVID-19 restrictions we're dealing with in South Africa is not helping. Generally, I'm fine with not leaving the house, and I'm fortunate to be isolating with Grant, so I'm not completely on my...

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Ask yourself these questions

Ask yourself these questions

I recently came across a three-question ancient Tibetan personality test.  When doing the test, turn off your conscious mind and write down the first answer that pops into your head. Don’t think about the answer too much - use intuition rather than logic. Want to...

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A life list deferred

A life list deferred

I've been meaning to write this post since my birthday. There are a few things I'd like to have or achieve, whenever. Some are slightly more realistic, and a few I know are very unlikely to happen. But apparently, if I invest in improving myself... Can you handle more...

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The most depressing day of the year

The most depressing day of the year

As someone who has lived with depression for more than half of my life, creating and spreading awareness about good mental health is one of the things I feel very passionate about. Dr Cliff Arnall, a psychologist from the UK, has developed a complex algorithm. It...

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2018: the year that was

2018: the year that was

Nafisa has been doing these a lot more consistently than I have, but this year has been very different from so many in the past that I thought I couldn't not do one this year. 1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before? I agreed to meet someone from...

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World Mental Health Day – you are not alone

World Mental Health Day – you are not alone

The battle to destigmatise all forms of mental illness is never-ending. When I was younger, I was one of those people who were ashamed of not coping, mentally, with life in general. Just over three years ago I was (again) diagnosed with clinical depression and social...

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