Monday Musings 19 October: If you want to go far …

Monday Musings 19 October: If you want to go far …

This year has been completely bonkers. An out-of-control rollercoaster lurching from one crisis to the next. And it seems no-one has been spared. So much so, that one weary Canadian has now returned artefacts she pilfered from Pompeii in order to ‘break the curse’ on her and her family. We’ve seen some crazy stories (journalists […]

Monday Musings Monday 12 October: There’s a snake in my boot!

You've got a friend in me

In October 1995, one of the most memorable animation films ever created was released, grossing over $373 million worldwide. The technology to pull it off did not exist at the time, prompting its Pixar creators to develop and execute a new era of 3D animation.   If you haven’t yet guessed, that was indeed Toy Story, which introduced […]

Monday Musings 5 October: When truth is stranger than fiction

Reading Book

You’d be forgiven for thinking 2020 was a year-long April Fool’s joke. If 2020 was a movie, what genre would it be? We’d wager an eclectic mix of science fiction, horror and fantasy with more than a good dose of dark comedy.  Truth may just be stranger than fiction. In our current reality, here’s what made headlines this past week – from the […]

Monday Musings 28 September: Of fat bears and Feierabend

Fat bears

We’re easing back into the work week after, what was for many, a long weekend celebrating our South African-ness and hybridity—and the fact that these two are inextricably and wonderfully linked. And if you happen to be one of the many employees in South Africa who are still working from your home office or commandeered […]

Monday Musings 21 September: “After terminal wait, cleared for liftoff”

Monday Musings 21 September: “After terminal wait, cleared for liftoff” 1

Can you tell a story in six words? Cape Talk had us asking the question when John Maytham reminded us of the six-word memoir project, started by Larry Smith, founder and editor of SMITH magazine, back in 2006. A passionate storyteller, Smith was inspired by the legend of Ernest Hemingway, who (it is said) when […]

Monday Musings 14 September: “Now we know, we’re all we’ve got.”

Monday Musings 14 September: “Now we know, we're all we've got.” 2

In Ad Astra, a little-known space themed film, Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), an experienced astronaut, must embark on a mission to find his father, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), who disappeared years earlier whilst on a project to discover alien life. The mission is both technical and personal. Roy must not only find his […]

Monday Musings 7 September: That holiday feeling

Monday Musings 7 September: That holiday feeling 3

Missing that holiday feeling? Now that Mzansi is open and spring is colouring the ground in a kaleidoscope of shades, travel-hungry South Africans are bounding out of doors to breathe in the fresh air and explore. Turns out the joy of that holiday feeling has far more important and long-term benefits than just a boost […]

Monday Musings 31 August: Tourism Month’s green shoots

Monday Musings 31 August: Tourism Month’s green shoots 4

Today marks the last day of Women’s Month in South Africa and no better time to take a look back at some of our amazing women—lionesses—in tourism. Over the course of the month, South Africa Is Travel Ready has featured an inspiring, yet in no way exhaustive, round-up of 31 women who are making their […]

Monday Musings 24 August: Smiles, avatars and a long way to go

long way to go

Many South Africans have felt a little lighter this week, raising a glass to Alert Level 2, planning an interprovincial trip or heading back to the gym after nearly 150 days of lockdown. Family visits, beach days and excursions are all back in play, cigarettes no longer cost R1500 a carton, prohibition is over, and […]