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Breaking the Ice – Lewis Pugh

From Camps Bay, via the Arctic to 10 Downingstreet, 021 maps Lewis Pugh’s journey form cold water swimmer to environmental activist. Meeting Lewis Gordon Pugh in person, it’s easy to fathom what drew him to the Arctic. His chiselled, cheek-boned, icemelting good looks cry out for a sleigh and a pack of huskies. His handshake, […]

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Sprouting Health, Wealth & Wisdom

Dawn Kennedy gets on the same wavelength as Cape Town ecopreneur Joseph Feigelson. Joseph Feigelson is passionate about sprouts and eats nearly three hands full a day. It’s no wonder, 13 years ago they cured his debilitating heartburn. The alternative was acid reflux surgery, a rather unpleasant procedure. Since incorporating sprouts into his diet, Joseph […]

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Eco Fashion

Nature rubs shoulders with the city in Karolina Olowsdotter’s fashion label. A Swedish fashion designer living in Cape Town, Karolina describes her label – Olowsdotter – as an eco-industrial look. This merging and clashing of contradictory elements expresses the duality felt by the 21st-century free-spirited nature lover who longs to feel the grass under her […]

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From Stellenbosch to stud farms

After our arrival in Stellenbosch, like the seven dwarfs traipsing after Snow White, we follow Hanli Fourie’s red apron through historic streets. Although I’ve visited Stellenbosch countless times, Hanli reveals a city hitherto hidden to my eyes that are usually busy counting coffee shops. It is suspected that Schreuderhuis, on the corner of Church and […]

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Snowboarding In The Matroosberg

With his love of surf and snow, Jeremy has an intimate, almost obsessive, relationship with weather reports, which he reads at least 10 times a day. He’s looking for subtle things, not just a good swell or a cold front. Jeremy checks a special aviation website to measure the freezing levels. A cold front followed […]

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West Coast Spring: Fossils and flowers

Our trip starts amid contemporary consumerism: The West Coast Shopping village, with its iconic wind pump situated beside Blaauwberg Hospital, is the first sign that we are on the right route. We travel onwards, alongside the Blaauwberg hills, but there is no sign or plaque to indicate the pivotal role that they played in South […]

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Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The dramatic drive to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, with mountains forming crested waves to the right and rising up in jagged peaks to the left, is the perfect build-up to the stately Assegaaibosch Manor House. The homestead, built in 1790 and acquired by CapeNature in 1960, is situated in the Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, the 204 ha […]

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Dining @ The Test Kitchen with Prue Leith

Before even looking at the Test Kitchen’s menu, famous foodie Prue Leith shares one of her restaurant-reviewing secrets: “Clientele is the most important ingredient in any good restaurant. If a restaurant’s empty, I’m leaving.” Luckily, the Test Kitchen is buzzing and Prue remarks: “Nice clientele. Good mix. Not too many suits.” When Prue opened Leith’s, […]

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Taking a stroll through English with Mark Forsyth

Dawn Kennedy meets Mark Forsyth, the author of the witty, ribald Sunday Times number one bestseller The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language How and when did your interest in the connections between words begin? I was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present […]

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Find Your Groove With Pedro The Music Man

“Use your imagination and you can make music with anything”, says musicologist Pedro Espi-Sanchis: “From earliest times, people used sound to make life lighter to bear. Getting as many sounds as possible out of a piece of kelp is an example of ancient creativity. Along the shoreline of the Cape Peninsula, the earliest hunters and […]

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