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“Have You Ever had a Lap Dance?” – The Day Jeremy Clarkson met Nelson Mandela

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaZelda la Grange recently told Rian van Heerden on Jacaranda FM about an incident when Nelson Mandela met the former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

The author of Good Morning, Mr Mandela explains that Madiba thought Clarkson requested to meet him, while the latter thought Mandela had invited him to tea. “Dit gaan mos nie gebeur nie, Madiba weet nie wie’s Jeremy Clarkson nie,” La Grange says. (It was never going to happen, Madiba didn’t know Jeremy Clarkson.)

La Grange says the first question Clarkson asked Mandela was: “Have you ever had a lap dance?”

Listen to the sound recording for Madiba’s hilarious question in response:

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Lees oor Amanda van Blerk se ervaring op die Shingwedzi eko-roete op pad na Mosambiek

Travel Guide to Maputo and Southern MozambiqueAmanda van Blerk het onlangs in ‘n konvooi van ses voertuie na die noorde van Mosambiek gereis, of altans probeer reis, om dié deel van die kontinent te verken.

In ‘n artikel vir Weg skryf sy oor die avonture en misavonture van hierdie vakansie wat onverwags deur Moedernatuur in ander rigtings gestuur is. “Soos met elke toer, neem ons nuwe vriende en hulle addresse huis toe. Die nag is lank, maar nie so lank nie, en die son breek gou weer in die ooste. Mosambiek is mooi hier. En miskien sal ons altyd wonder hoe die Shingwedzi eko-roete regtig was,” skryf Van Blerk.

Vir meer oor Mosambiek raadpleeg gerus Travel Guide to Maputo and Southern Mozambique deur Bridget Hilton-Barber, ‘n Penguin-publikasie.

Die Shingwedzi-ekoroete is al talle kere aan my beskryf as een van die lekkerste eko-roetes in Suid-Afrika. Dit begin by die piekniekplek by Pafuri in die Krugerwildtuin, en gaan verby Crook’s Corner, uit by die Pafuri-grenspos na Mosambiek. Die Koorsboomwoud en Limpopovallei, asook Mosambiek-bier by Mapai en kamp by die Mambapan, is alles op die spyskaart.

Ons wou graag die noorde van Mosambiek gaan verken en het ons plek op die roete bespreek. Maar minder as ’n week voor ons vertrek word ons ingelig dat die grenspos by Pafuri verspoel het en ons nie die oorspronklike roete sou kon ry nie.

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Podcast: Philip Haslam Compares Hyperinflation to Going Down Suicide Gorge

When Money Destroys NationsPhilip Haslam, co-author of When Money Destroys Nations, was recently interviewed by Chris Martenson for Peak Prosperity about his book and the reasons for currency collapse.

In the podcast, Martenson and Haslam speak about the hyperinflation that occurred in Zimbabwe, and the lessons that should be learned from the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar.

Haslam explains that money is not inherently valuable, but rather a concept that represents real wealth. As such, money-printing needs to be managed carefully so that currency can maintain stability in the real economy.

He compares the decisions that lead to hyperinflation to Suicide Gorge, a series of waterfalls in the Western Cape. Once you start going down, he says, it is impossible to get out.

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Get your Copy of The Last Road Trip Signed by Gareth Crocker at Bargain Books Centurion

Gareth Crocker book signing

 
The Last Road TripPenguin and Bargain Books invite you to a book signing by Gareth Crocker.

Crocker will be signing copies of his latest book, The Last Road Trip, at Bargain Books Centurion from 6 PM on Thursday, 9 April.

The novel tells the story of four elderly friends who decide to abandon humdrum routine and embark on journey across South Africa. On the way they discover that it is never too late to start living.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Thursday, 9 April 2015
  • Time: 6 PM
  • Venue: Bargain Books Centurion
    Shop 315 Centurion Mall
    Corner of Heuwel & South Street
    Centurion | Map

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Podcast: Gareth Crocker on the “80-Year-Old Hell Cat” that Inspired The Last Road Trip

The Last Road TripGareth Crocker recently spoke to Nancy Richards on SAfm Literature about his new book, The Last Road Trip.

“My first two or three attempts at writing a novel were pretty disastrous,” Crocker says about earning his stripes. He relays the experience of receiving rejection slips that later turned into personalised rejection notes, and what he learned from each encounter.

Crocker drew inspiration for his novel from people in the corporate world or retirement estates who feel imprisoned in their environments. He explains how he met an 80-year-old woman who was described by her family as a “hell cat” for riding on a Harley Davidson with a stranger at her age (without a helmet!) and how it sparked a story in his mind.

“For me The Last Road Trip is really a story about people who’ve done reasonably well in their lives,” he says. “They’re not struggling financially and yet they’ve got many unresolved issues in their lives and they decide to go on one last epic thousand-mile road trip together.”

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Win a Book Hamper of the Top 10 Business Books from Penguin Random House

 
Are you tired of doing the same business everyday? Do you need inspiration on how to be a leader in your field? Look no further.

Penguin Random House is giving away a book hamper filled with their top 10 best business books. To enter simply visit the Penguin Random House website and complete the entry form.

Retire Rich Through PropertyHow Much is Enough?Lean In

 
The selection includes Retire Rich Through Property by Jason Lee, How Much is Enough? by Andrew Bradley, Arun Abey and Andrew Ford and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

The competition closes on 16 April 2015.

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PJ Powers on Rhodes Statue: “We Will Never Create a Future by Destroying the Past”

Here I AmPJ Powers recently shared an article on her website in which she reflected on her experience at the Knysna Literary Festival 2015.

The artist and author of Here I Am writes about the exciting flow of ideas she experienced at the festival, and shares a conversation she had with author Khaya Dlanga about the controversy around the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town.

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Chatting to Khaya Dlanga, (author of To Quote Myself) we somehow got onto the subject of the Rhodes Statue. We agreed that if certain students weren’t feeling marginalised maybe this issue would not have become an issue. Here’s my take: We will never create a future by destroying the past, we don’t have to do all that schlocky stuff like embrace it but we definitely can’t just erase it.

 
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Inge Lotz se pa is woedend oor aantuigings van ’n “donker familiegeheim”

Bloody LiesInge Lotz se pa, Jan Lotz, het hom onlangs uitgespreek oor die gerugte dat sy dogter swanger was en dat daar ‘n “donker geheim” in die familie skuil.

Lotz het aan Netwerk24 gesê dat hy regstappe oorweeg teen Alan D Elsdon, ‘n privaatspeurder wat tydens die US Woordfees gesê het dat hy beplan om ‘n boek oor die saak te skryf waarin hy die familiegeheim sal onthul.

“Hou op met die innuendo’s,” het Lotz gesê. “Want, my arme vrou … Sy het alles verloor.”

Thomas en Calvin Mollett het in hul boek Bloody Lies gepoog om die deskundiges se foute reg te stel.

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Lotz sê hy het reeds sonder enige sukses ’n halfmiljoen rand bestee om die moord op sy dogter te ondersoek. Hy sê hy en sy vrou het genoeg gehad van amateurspeurders en hul ongegronde en wilde bewerings.

“Daar is iemand wat dringend op soek is na ’n ander moor­denaar. Eers was dit Werner ­Carolus, toe die dwelmhandelaar en nou die ‘familielid’.”

Hy sê iemand het selfs sy vrou gekonfronteer met kastige “DNS-getuienis” dat hy nie Inge se pa is nie.

“Maar as dit waar is, bring dan die getuienis,” sê Lotz.

“Ek kan nie met ’n ‘dark ­family secret’ saamleef nie. As daar so iets is, dan moet dit uit.

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Emma Sadleir on the DJ Sbu Forbes Cover Drama: Why Retweeting Creates Responsibility (Podcast)

Don't Film Yourself Having SexDon’t Film Yourself Having Sex: and Other Legal Advice For the Age of Social Media co-author and social media law expert Emma Sadleir spoke to Stephen Grootes about the recent drama surrounding DJ Sbu, where he retweeted and broadcast a doctored image showing him and his Faya bevarage on the cover of Forbes magazine.

Sadleir explains why disclaimers such as “tweets are my own” and “retweets are not endorsements” in Twitter bios are “not worth the internet they are written on” and says that DJ Sbu’s defence does not hold. In layman’s terms, Sadleir says:

“If you can stop the publication, but you choose not to, then you are responsible for it.”

Listen to the podcast for important insight to intellectual property, copyright and social media law – specifically relating to reposts, retweets and sharing other people’s content on your own platforms:

 

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The Letter That Changes Everything: An Excerpt from The Last Road Trip by Gareth Crocker

The Last Road TripIn The Last Road Trip, Gareth Crocker tells the story of four friends in a retirement estate who decide to take the road trip of their lives despite – or maybe because of – their age.

In the excerpt below, which is shared on Penguin Books’ website, Jack, one of the quartet, reads a letter at a funeral. It is the funeral of a man that he does not know very well, but which turns out to affect him deeply nonetheless.

The letter is the impetus for a life-changing journey of discovery.

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‘My name is Paul James Edwards. Like most of us here, I was fortunate enough to live a life in which I managed to accumulate a certain amount of wealth. Enough, at least, to allow me the privilege of living in a place like this. There’s no question that in almost every respect, Stone Well Estate is an Eden for people who have worked hard and now wish to live out the remainder of their lives in peace and comfort. If not downright luxury. For those of you who don’t know, I came out here many years ago following the death of my wife. The truth is her passing hit me harder than seemed possible. So hard, in fact, that I was convinced I would follow after her in no time at all. The way I saw it, there was simply no way I could carry on without her. Writing these words now, I realise how feeble that makes me sound. Like an old and sentimental fool. But it’s still the truth. And I figure it’s too late in the day to start lying now.

‘And so I waited to die. But the days soon blurred into weeks. And the weeks came and went like autumn leaves being swept away by the wind. One Christmas became another. And then another. For eighteen long years I waited.

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