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It’s 4.15 am. Still quite sleepy, I creep out of my tent to be, some minutes later, ready to sit in the truck that is waiting for us. Shortly after 5.00 am, we leave the campsite and after a one-hour-drive we reach our destination. I jump out of the truck and feel the fresh, clean air surrounding me. Above me lies nothing but the still dark and cloudless sky. Immediately, we start climbing “Dune 45” which spreads itself right in front of us. Finally we sit on the ridge of the dune, searching in anticipation for the expectant sunrise. Bit by bit, it edges out of the darkness until its warm rays caress our faces and then the entire plain before us. And as J.W. Goethe’s writes in “Faust” “I am a man here; I can be a man here!”                  

Art Scene

The Art of Leda Troedson.

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17 on Loader Guest House has for the past three years been privileged enough to host the permanent retrospective exhibition of the Art of Leda Troedson. The current works on exhibition are but a small fraction of a large body of her work which has never been exhibited. Some biographical information: Leda Troedson (born Rhode) was born in Porterville on the 26th of August 1926 and died in Cape Town after a long illness in March 2005. She was 78 years old. Schooled in Cape Town and educated at the University of Stellenbosch where she studied science (in itself an unusual study choice for women in the 1940’s), she worked for many years at the Medical and Dental Council in Johannesburg before changing career paths and                  

Festivals

Vodacom Funny Festival

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Alrighty! For those of us intending to frame today's Bafana game with our pretty little lashes, optimism may be our best weapon. There's big hope that the boys will bring it home against France tonight!  In the incident that tomorrow is a merry affair, the sweet city of Cape Town will be all smiles. If not, however, we may need a little massaging of the funny bone, as our humour takes a downturn and the bitter refuse to frequent French delis for a while. EITHER WAY! We propose you keep spirits up, or get them up, with the Vodacom Funny Festival. The Vodacom Funny Fest has become Cape Town's well-loved Winter warmth and showcases laugh-a-minute locals Alan Committie, Riaad Moosa, Ndumiso Lindi, Al                  

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UNE CORRECTION SIGNEE LES BOKS

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Les Springboks accueillent aujourd’hui ( Samedi 12 Juin ) le Quinze tricolore au Newlands Stadium, situé à 25 minutes du centre ville de Cape Town. Par chance nous nous procurons des places avec mes amis français ! A treize heures nous nous retrouvons dans les tribunes, et encore une fois nous sommes bluffés par l’infrastructure, immense, toute en hauteur. Le stade est plein, mais silencieux à côté du Green Point Stadium … pour cause, les vuvuzelas sont ici INTERDITS ! On assiste à du beau jeu mais les Boks nous corrigent dès les permières minutes avec deux essais en dix minutes. Le score final sera très sévère et sans appel, 42 à 17. Nous rentrons sur Cape Town direction 17 on Loader - la Guest House où je vis cet hiver- ,                  

About Cape Town

Fan Parks and Fan Fare

Day two of the incessant vuvuzelas ringing in the air and it still gets me all tingly:) For those of you without tickets as we spin into the 2010 Soccer World Cup, cruise into (although it's more liikely a bob and weave procedure) Cape Town's  fan fare! Fan parks are found at: Bellville Velodrome, Phillipi Stadium and Athlone Stadium, while the four smaller, community viewing sites are at Atlantis, Khayelitsha, Nomzamo and Maynardville. For the festivities of the fan mile and the near-stadium electricity, hit Cape Town's official Fifa fan park - Grand Parade. At a capacity of 25, 000, Grand Parade is going to be bursting with "Ayoooooobaaaaaaaaaaaaa!" every match day from 11h00                  

Eating Out

Sushi and Chinese please!

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It's Friday! And given that we're on the precipice of a weekend, this post should come as divine enlightenment... On a very merry excursion to all sorts of central city venues for debauchery, jollity and merriment, we found ourselves quite under the weather/influence on the taxi trip home. Doing the route back to le loov-leh 17 on Loader (Cape Town's chic bed and breakfast in De Waterkant), the heavens opened and revealed a luminous red sign, on Seapoint Main Road, reading - "Xiang Yuan". With the excitement of teenage girls at the mall, we begged the cab driver to pull over and poured in to Xiang Yuan. Now my love of  the place may seem ridiculously evangelical but, given that the time was almost                  

Night Life

Cape Town Pub-crawl

They call it the pub-crawl for two reasons. 1. There are pubs. 2. The involvement of such pubs occasionally results in the action of crawling. This fact leads us to conclude, that it is our own best interest to rouse bedlam in pubs conducive to crawling. What characteristics determine crawl-worthiness? CLEANLINESS. To pub-crawl is one thing, but to be in a pub already crawling with bugs and Dickensian dodge-cats is a deal breaker. Moreover, hoping optimistically that visible symptoms of Hepatitis F don’t materialize, as a result of braving bar snacks, can somewhat suck the fun. Hence requirement two: GOOD BAR SNACKS. In a less then solid state, culinary surprises (and I’m talking about the Halloween trick rather                  

Music

Deep Purple in Cape Town

For those of you who tingle, when someone hums Smoke On The Water, Christmas comes early this year. The Guinness' Book of World Records' loudest band, English hard-rockers, Deep Purple, are coming to Cape Town.  For those lesser-informed in the ways of these heavy metal pioneers, Deep Purple are listed 22nd on VH1's list of Greatest Hard Rock artists, and it's time to get an education. On June 1st, Deep Purple will be headlining the Masters of Rock concert at the GrandWest Arena. Other acts include Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash, and tickets can be bought through Computicket, in the reasonable range of R297 - R476p/p. Time to get old school rock 'n roll! And for those venturing out like the good                  

Eating Out

The Kitchen

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Recently roaming Woodstock, the mothercity and I rekindled our dwindling love affair... in The Kitchen. Last week, bleary-eyed from the sleep-sapping delicacies of a night become day, I begrudgingly bore my frustration, with the wind, out on the pavement of Sir Lowry Road. With the maniacal twitch of the rampantly hungry, I tore down the tramp-stamped sidewalks with the flavour of curse words in my mouth and was ready to go Jackie Chan on the next opportunist to approach. Then, chim-chimney-cher-oo, her lady Cape Town struck me by surprise again. PHOTOGRAPHS BY RUSSEL WASSERFALL   Nose took the lead, and I found myself seated inside of the treatery/eatery that is The Kitchen. The Kitchen is a Karen Dudley project that                  

Eating Out

Cape Town’s Newest Finer Dining Restaurant, La Mouette, Opens in Seapoint

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  Cape Town, 5 May 2010 - - Celebrated London Chef Henry Vigar and South African entrepreneurs Gerrit Bruwer and Mari Vermaak have teamed up to open Cape Town’s newest finer dining restaurant. La Mouette is situated in Regent Road Seapoint and housed in a grand Tudor-style house which once was home to the Mayor of Cape Town (1977 – 1979.) Its’ menu offers patrons modern French cuisine with a distinctly Mediterranean influence complimented by top South African wines. In 2008, while working as the head chef at Kensington Place, London, Henry Vigar met then fellow employee, Mari Vermaak. Mari’s enthusiasm for the fine dining restaurant industry, dream of running her own such restaurant in South Africa