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Tiffany Markman

Manners maketh man. But who maketh manners?

I went to a school that was, shall we say, lenient in the comportment department. We greeted corridor-strolling teachers with a jaunty high five — or not at all. We were more rowdy than respectful. More passionate than polite.

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A glimpse in time

Sam J Basch

There’s almost nothing as useful to illustrate the passage of time as a photo album.

Some 35mm colour slides of a student tour to Europe in 1974 provided a glimpse in time, just as if paging through an album. Pulling back the curtain of time revealed cobwebbed memories stored in the far recesses of the mind.

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Sam Basch
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Sights of Silesia

Sam J Basch

Visit Wrocław (pronounced ‘Vrotsh-waff’) in Poland’s Silesia province for its vibrant art scene, museums and culinary delights – and history. While Covid-19 is restricting overseas travel for now, this intriguing city and environs have much to offer the tourist. Nearby is the site of arguably the most daring World War II incident, ‘The Great Escape’ master-minded by South African-born RAF pilot Major Roger Bushell.

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Vaughan Jones
Vaughan Jones

Calm and Relaxed, Restored Health and Vitality

Strange as it may seem, and contrary to common knowledge, we all “meditate” a little each day. We do this by drifting into a state of daydreaming and being absent minded. Have you noticed that when you are daydreaming your body relaxes, your breathing slows, and your mind is calm? Well, hullo there, you are entering the first stage of meditation; the Alpha state.

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Opinion
Vaughan Jones

Tracy Rowles’ Vervet Monkeys Seized by KZN Wildlife – By Vaughan Jones

Tracey Rowles has so lovingly cared for orphaned and injured vervet monkeys saved from the wild for many years at her reserve, Umsizi Vervet Rescue in KwaZulu Natal. And then to learn that sixty of those vervet monkeys, who she had fully restored to health and were ready for release back into the wild, were seized by Ezemvelu KZN Wildlife.

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Around the Cape

Sam J Basch

It took a huge container ship stuck in the Suez Canal last month to focus the mind on the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope. This historic route between west and east was opened by Portuguese mariners Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama more than 500 years ago. In 1988 a similar voyage was recreated in commemoration of that maritime feat.

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Ancient knowledge

Sam J Basch

A tour of the Basotho Cultural Village in the spectacular Golden Gate National Park is a true revelation. The two-hour herbal trail not only gives one an insight into ago-old traditional methods of treating ailments and injuries, but also reveals ancient rock art, some of the oldest evidence of human culture in Africa.

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Business
Tiffany Markman

Hey client! Pay up!

Money, money, money.

We all need it, but not everyone has to manage it as meticulously as freelancers do.

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