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Marita van der Vyver’s A Fountain in France Launches at the Alliance Francaise in Cape Town

Marita Van der Vyver

Local Francophiles and French expats joined much-loved South African author Marita van der Vyver at The Alliance Française in Cape Town to celebrate her latest offering, A Fountain in France. Elna van der Merwe kicked off her hilarious conversation with Van der Vyver with the question, “How do you ever get a handle on French grammar when male body parts take a feminine article?”

The author explained, to the audience’s great mirth, that the complexities of interaction with French society in a small rural town in Provence extended well beyond the subtleties of language. Take kissing, for example, which has rules just like grammar. “For every rule,” she said, “there is an exception. It just doesn’t make sense.” There are times when you kiss the postman or your child’s teacher, and times when you do not. “The mystery deepens for this boeremeisie when I consider the ‘French kissing’ of my teen years because the French never kiss each other on the lips. Sometimes I forget this and my French children are utterly horrified!”

Another oddity is the matter of going barefoot. “People do not understand it. They are completely bewildered by somebody who is unafraid of dirt and germs. They have to believe that you do not have money for shoes. When visiting South Africa, my husband soon discovered the pleasure of going kaalvoet. 20 years on, he is the one who has shed his sandals and socks and goes barefoot, and I am the one that now struggles to do this.”

Elna Van der Merwe and Marita Van der VyverA Fountain in France

A Fountain in France was written in Afrikaans and published as ‘n Fontein voor ons deur. Van der Vywer praised the gifted wordsmith Annalize Visser as “a very natural translator who enables me to hear my own voice in the English version of this narrative”. She highlighted the wordplay in Afrikaans that has no direct translation, which requires her to come up with imagined alternatives.

Van der Vyver spoke about the enormous challenge of finding a reliable, affordable handyman in the French countryside, and how this eventually inspired her book. The dearth of handymen prompted her to acquire skills that she never imagined she would find herself practising: tiling a bathroom and installing fittings and fixtures, for example. “If you have a plumbing disaster on a Sunday, it’s harder to find a plumber than it is to find God,” she exclaimed. The Afrikaans expression “nood leer bid” (need teaches prayer) sums up her strategy for acquiring the skills to adapt to her new life.

A Fountain in France is the story of the decision made by the author and her husband to install a fountain in their French home. They could not afford a swimming pool, and undertook this interesting challenge instead. Van der Merwe said this a lively tale of triumph over the intercultural challenges of marriage and motherhood. She says it will have readers laughing and weeping in sympathy, “… and in gratitude for the good life they enjoy in South Africa where labour is readily available, competent and affordable!”

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Liesl Jobson (@LieslJobson) tweeted live from the event using the hashtag #livebooks


 

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Woordfees 2015: Deon Knobel gesels met Thomas Mollett oor sy boek, Bloody Lies

Bloody LiesDeon Knobel het Saterdag, 14 Maart met Thomas Mollett gesels oor sy boek, Bloody Lies, wat handel oor die Inge Lotz-moordsaak.

Knobel, ’n gerekende forensiese deskundige, het ’n prentjie geskets van die toneel waar Lotz destyds gevind is en het die gehoor ingelig van hoe ’n hofsaak werk.

Mollett het vertel dat hy oor die saak gelees het en foute in die deskundiges se verslae gevind het. Dit het hom en sy broer Calvin aangespoor om die waarheid te probeer uitvind.

Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp) het regstreeks vanaf die praatjie met #Woordfees2015 getwiet:


 

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Podcast: Legal Experts Comment on the Foolishness of Oscar Pistorius’ Appeal Against the State

Chase Your ShadowThe National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) expressed their relief on Friday following Judge Thokozile Masipa’s ruling to strike Oscar Pistorius’ appeal against the state off the roll.

NPA spokesperson Velekhaya Mgobhozi said: “We are very excited that the court agreed with the NPA.” Mgobhozi said that if Masipa had granted Pistorius permission to contest the state’s right to appeal his sentence it would have set a precedent that would have opened a flood gate of appeals.

Legal expert Sebar Jazbay told OFM on Saturday that if he was on Pistorius’ legal team he would have saved his energy and resources to face the appeal that is now pending, “because that is where the real battle lies”. He said it was foolish of Pistorius to challenge the credibility of Masipa’s ruling when she gave the state permission to appeal the severity of the sentence.

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Join Douglas Kruger at the Do Business Differently in 2015 Seminar at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways

Own Your Industry: How to Position Yourself as an ExpertDouglas Kruger will be one of the leading business people at this year’s Do Business Differently in 2015 seminar.

The author of Own Your Industry: How to Position Yourself as an Expert will share tips on how to set and achieve your business goals on Wednesday, 18 March, at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways.

Registration starts at 7:30 AM and the seminar will run from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Refreshments will be served and tickets cost R2397 per delegate.

Don’t miss it!

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Adriaan Liebenberg: Weight Loss is 80 Percent What You Eat, 20 Percent Exercise

The Brain Surgeon's DietDie Breinchirurg se dieetPenguin Books recently did an interview with Adriaan Liebenberg about his book, The Brain Surgeon’s Diet.

Liebenberg says that weight loss is 80 percent what you eat and 20 percent exercise. The internationally renowned neurosurgeon explains how you can break bad habits like emotional eating and maintain a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying the food you love.

The Brain Surgeon’s Diet is also available in Afrikaans as Die Breinchirurg se dieet. The author offers tips on how to use base human emotions to motivate yourself to lose weight.

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Q: Every time I look in the mirror I feel like none of my dieting and exercise is helping, how do you keep yourself motivated?

I find that the base human emotions work the best. I always have some instance or somebody in mind when I try and motivate myself. The smirking face of someone who finds you distasteful, the look of admiration in a partner’s eyes when I did something good or a situation that I would like to unfold or would like to forget.

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Ali Bacher: With AB in Such Blistering Form, the Proteas Can Go All the Way to World Cup Victory

Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All-roundersAli Bacher, co-author of Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All-rounders and administrator of the United Cricket Board, has lauded AB de Villiers as the best batsman in One-Day cricket.

In a World Cup game against the West Indies, De Villiers achieved the fastest 150 in One-Day history. Bacher says this puts the Proteas in good stead to win the World Cup.

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“With AB in such blistering form alongside a talented team, the Proteas can go all the way.”

Bacher believes the Proteas are one of three teams that will challenge for the World Cup.

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Correctional Services: Reports of Oscar Pistorius’ Unfair Privileges are Incorrect and Misleading

Chase Your ShadowFollowing a Daily Sun article alleging that Oscar Pistorius is being given special treatment in jail, the Department of Correctional Services has asserted that the claims made in the newspaper are “incorrect and misleading”, and has urged media to abstain from using “unethical means” of getting information on Pistorius.

Pistorius, who is the subject of Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin, is currently serving jail time at Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, after being convicted for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Independent Newspapers has published an article about correctional services’ response to a video of Pistorius playing soccer in plain clothes. This was taken to be an example of unfair privilege.

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The Correctional Services Act made provision for both sentenced and remand detainees to have one hour exercise daily.

“Sentenced offenders may wear their sporting gear during the exercise periods,” the department said.

 
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Woordfees 2015: Marguerite Poland gesels met Daniel Hugo oor die vertaling van Die bewaker

Daniel Hugo en Marguerite Poland

 
Die bewakerThe KeeperMarguerite Poland en Daniel Hugo het op Woensdag, 11 Maart gesels oor die kuns van vertaling.

Hugo het Poland se jongste roman, The Keeper, na Afrikaans vertaal as Die bewaker, en die skrywer het gesê dat die vertaling die boek in ’n ander wêreld geplaas het.

Hugo het vertel dat hy die boek nie woord-vir-woord vertaal het nie, maar eerder gevoel-vir-gevoel en atmosfeer-vir-atmosfeer.

Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp) het regstreeks vanaf die praatjie met #Woordfees2015 getwiet:


 

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Join Gareth Crocker and John Hunt for Dinner with Jenny Crwys-Williams at The Local Grill in Parktown

Dinner with Gareth Crocker and John Hunt

 
The Last Road TripThe Space Between the Space BetweenPenguin Random House and Jenny and Co would like to invite you to dinner with Gareth Crocker and John Hunt.

Come and break bread with the authors of The Last Road Trip (Crocker) and The Space Between the Space Between (Hunt) at The Local Grill on Wednesday, 18 March, at 7 for 7:30 PM.

Tickets are R380 per person and include a delicious dinner and conversation.

Parking is available at the Parktown Quarter Car Park. Phone 011 880 1946 for directions if needed.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2015
  • Time: 7 for 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Local Grill
    40 7th Avenue
    Parktown North
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Refreshments: Catered supper
  • Cover charge: R380
  • RSVP: Jade, bookings@jennyandco.co.za, 076 780 6383

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“It’s Out of Control”: Emma Sadleir says Sexting Teenagers Could be Convicted for Sending Nude Selfies

Don't Film Yourself Having SexEmma Sadleir, co-author of Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex: and Other Legal Advice For the Age of Social Media and social media law attorney, recently spoke at the University of KwaZulu-Natal about the legal dangers of sexting.

Kamini Padayachee has written an article for The Mercury about Sadleir’s talk and the “epidemic proportions” of young people who send sexually explicit messages via cellphones and social media.

Sadleir says children are “oblivious to the consequences of their actions”, and are in danger of being convicted for distributing child pornography.

Padayachee reports that in March, a 17-year-old girl from Bloemfontein received a suspended sentence on this charge, after sending a naked picture of herself to a man.

In addition to the obvious reputational risks of sending naked pictures, Sadleir says that there may be serious legal risks too:

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“It is out of control. I am getting calls every day about children doing this, mostly from their parents, who cannot believe it has happened.

“It is not just teenagers. I am aware of cases involving 11- and 12-year-olds.”

Sadleir said children were oblivious to the consequences of their actions and they could be convicted for distributing child pornography.

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