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The must-have guide to surviving longhaul flights
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The must-have guide to surviving longhaul flights

Nothing prepares you for the mind numbing final stretch of long haul flights. Nothing. Sleep deprived, muscle sore, irritated and overextended, longing for the constant shhhhhh of the airplane cabin white noise to end, there is little one can do but grit one's teeth and bear it. But there are ways to eleviate the obvious discomforts, and prepare in a way that at least allows you to relax. Taking control of your flight is half the battle won ... Here is our must-have guide to surviving longhaul flights BEFORE THE FLIGHT Direct or stop-over flights If you can afford it, take the direct ...
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We Bust 5 Travel Myths About South Africa
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We Bust 5 Travel Myths About South Africa

There are travel myths that the seasoned around-the-world traveller will encounter: You must have a backpack if you're visiting more than one country; women shouldn't travel alone; the plane will crash if you use your cell phone on board; train travel is always cheaper than air travel in Europe... These have been well and truly explored, and most of them debunked. But what about travel myths in South Africa - the type the average visitor might encounter whilst enthusiastically planning to fly to our shores? South Africa is full of crime Let's get the proverbial elephant in the room ...
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Camissa – Cape Town’s return to a place of sweet water
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Camissa – Cape Town’s return to a place of sweet water

'Camissa' is the ancient Khoi word meaning place of sweet waters, and their word for Cape Town. It's been adopted by a project called Reclaim Camissa that aims to reconnect Cape Town and its people to the water that we have available to us, right beneath our feet. According to Caron von Zeil, the woman behind Reclaim Camissa, Cape Town once had four rivers and 36 artesian springs. All of these were channelled and diverted underground, via a storm water system, and out into the ocean. Over 15 of these still run beneath our feet in the city bowl every day. Five of these – Beltzfonte...
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5 Favourite Travel Books
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5 Favourite Travel Books

What better way to get in the mood for travel than from your armchair. For those in your life who, either won't get moving and need more than a gentle prod, or are addicted to journeying in any way possible, here is a list of classics and great reads that are guaranteed to deliver wanderlust. EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert - because I couldn't put it down I'll start with my recent favourite. Written with a mixture of wit, intelligence and self-introspection with which many women will identify, Elizabeth Gilbert's travels through Italy, India and Bali to find a balance in her life are ...
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Great tips for using your DSLR – PART TWO
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Great tips for using your DSLR – PART TWO

I've just started using my DSLR and want to get the hang of modes other than auto. Whilst playing around trying to find out where to start and where best to focus, I've written a few pointers to share with others who also want to do more than simply point and click... BUY A UV FILTER FOR YOUR LENS This is one of the tips I picked up from the journalist fellow I mentioned in part one. Our hike at the time was along the coastline on the beach, thus exposed to typical beach fog, rain and the inevitability of a dropping or scratching the camera. It is cheaper to replace the filter than it is...
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Great tips for using your DSLR – PART ONE
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Great tips for using your DSLR – PART ONE

I've had a DSLR, or digital SLR, for over a year now. And I confess, I still use it on good old auto. Translated: I border on pathetic when it comes to skilled photography, obviously. Luckily for me, the gorgeous Canon I have literally does most of it for me. So I just line up what I think is creative and the camera seems to do the rest. And I manage to walk off with better shots than those I used to capture on my point-and-click. But I know I'm not doing the camera justice. I wonder how many of us there are out there. Those of us with gorgeous cameras  whose younger, tech-savvy siste...
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Activities For Kids Whilst You Explore Easter’s History
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Activities For Kids Whilst You Explore Easter’s History

This coming holiday, involve your children directly in the meaning of Easter with these ideas for decorating eggs. 3 Great ways with boiled eggs for children: Tissue paper dyed eggs – hard boil your eggs, dip them in water so that they are wet, use little squares of brightly coloured tissue paper (have a selection); lay squares one at a time on the egg, allow to overlap; once ready spray with water, set in a bowl to dry; the tissue paper will fall off, but will leave pretty stains on the eggs – easy to do! Crayon dyed eggs – hard boil your eggs, draw pictures or designs with a white w...
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How social media can find you a holiday
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How social media can find you a holiday

One mother's journey to find a house swop on Facebook – the ins and outs, pros and cons We recently found someone with whom we are swopping houses. Or, as she puts it, swopping lives. Because when you move into someone else's home, use their car, feed their cat, flick through their photo albums on a rainy day, stock their fridge with your food, and sleep in their beds, then you've practically taken on their lives, haven't you? I'm not a fan of Facebook. I intensely dislike the compulsion I act under to check FB at least three times a morning to see who is saying what. I cringe when I ge...
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The cutest little Indie Coffee Shop in Africa – Wolves
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The cutest little Indie Coffee Shop in Africa – Wolves

Wolves Café in Illovo, Johannesburg, is the brainchild of three friends and creatives, and is undoubtedly one of the hippest hangouts in the city. One of the talented owners, Angie Batis, is not only the stellar creative force behind a popular blog as well as the Creative Head of a well-known ad agency; she also bakes the coolest cupcakes and delectables for Wolves. Co-owner and husband, Shane Durrant, is the lead singer of popular local band, ‘Desmond and the Tutus,’ and together with a friend, they create the magic that Wolves is known for. Furnished eclectically with mismatching v...
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It takes only one person – the story of Zulufadder
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It takes only one person – the story of Zulufadder

“The world is filled with children and adults who need help. I was never terribly concerned by foreign aid work, nor by Africa, says the founder of Zulufadder, Mari Maurstad. “But when you meet with children of whom you had previously only seen pictures, then another room in your heart opens. You then realise that all the energy you use to satisfy unnecessary entertainment, that same power can be used for something so much more rewarding.” Zulufadder is a children's trust started six years ago to help children marginalised by HIV and AIDS in the rural areas around Eshowe in Zululand. It beg...
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Christmas without the turkey …
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Christmas without the turkey …

Have you ever noticed how inappropriate a huge meal (turkey and all) is in our warm South African climate? The thought of toiling over a stove and oven for hours only to produce a hot meal to consume on a boiling day is fast losing its allure for many. Add to this the concern for the ordeal though which the turkey goes in order to make it onto our table, and it becomes apparent why there is a growing upsurge of turkey-less Christmas dinners. This is not a rant about eating a vegetarian meal (even if modern meat production is energy and resource intensive and anything but humane). I risk muc...
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Get away from it all – Retreats for the soul
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Get away from it all – Retreats for the soul

If I could, I would gladly escape the mad over-commercialisation of Christmas this year and opt for time-out in a retreat in the back of beyond. Whilst this isn't possible - I have family commitments - I can provide, for those lucky souls amongst you who can choose from the wonderful options below to head for the hills, a list of retreats that provide a real space for introspection. Whilst many accommodation options call themselves retreats, the word has come to mean a space away from it all with little to encourage individual exploration and meditation. A retreat in this article means a wi...
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3 very quick, perfect for summer, local meals (and a dessert)
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3 very quick, perfect for summer, local meals (and a dessert)

I'm not fond of cooking. No, let me rephrase that. I actually enjoy whipping up a meal, particularly if I can use ingredients from the garden. I don't like labouring over it. It must be fun to make, and it must taste good. And most importantly, I mustn't have to spend half the preparation time trying to translate things like deci litres into something more measurable. I've put together a list of three such recipes - they're quick, they produce a really tasty meal (usually) and they're from local cook books (well, most of them). If they're not local, then at least they include easily sourced...
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Fish Recipe for National Braai Day …
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Fish Recipe for National Braai Day …

Braai Day is an active celebration of South Africa's rich cultural heritage and its unique national pastime, the braai (our version of the Barbecue!). Ahead of National Braai Day coming up this Friday 24th September, we are delighted to have received this mouth-watering recipe for Angel Fish to prepare on the braai for those of us that prefer fish to meat! Celebrity Chef Sue-Ann Allen's creation suggested for fish-lovers, Angel Fish basted in an Apricot Jam and Chilli Dill Butter Sauce - served with Asparagus and flash grilled Vine Tomatos, sounds both healthy and delicious! What you will ...
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Dassiesfontein on the N2 – if you visit one farmstall…
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Dassiesfontein on the N2 – if you visit one farmstall…

Dassiesfontein is a smorgasbord of THINGS. We're talking room after room of this and that – from antique furniture through kitchen plates, clothing and shoes, to Victorian fireplaces. The venue is a veritable collector's dream of kitsch and paraphenalia, so set aside at least an hour for your stop at this farmstall. We piled out of the car, now desperate for a breather, to stretch legs and maybe pick up a quick munch while we were at it. Immediately I sense that this farmstall is not like any of the others we have visited on the N2 (and there are numerous between Cape Town and Caledon). ...
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