Our friend Ryan gave great gifts this Christmas. A subscription to Taste magazine – one of SA’s best foodie bibles. And two splendid rock lobsters – that he dived for himself. With temps here as high as 36/96 – the thought of eating anything hot yesterday just didn’t sit right. So I decided to use what we already had to hand (New Year’s intention # 3).
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New Year often brings with it resolutions to change how we look. Mostly unmanageable, uncharacteristic and unmaintainable. Photographer Fabien Nissels took it a step further. By photographing each of his friend Johan’s body parts…
I was in the hairdresser last weekend having my hair cut. I like to keep my hair short because I think it suits me: so I have a gamin cut aka a pixie crop – though the word pixie is a bit inappropriate when applied to a 50-something woman. My hair has been short for well over a decade … and I love it. I am a “shower-to-out-the-door-in-20-mins” gal – can’t be bothered with blow drying and products and curlers. When I was working this gave me an extra forty minutes in the morning – time always better spent under the covers than under a hairdryer.
No-one raised an eye in NYC. Or while I was travelling the world. Once in London a friend asked me if I thought the reason I was still single was because my hair was short. He was well intentioned – and backed away as soon as I responded: “Possibly – but where does it stop? Men like big boobs too … shall I have implants?”
The woman’s house was destroyed in an air raid and the kind policeman steered her towards a salvaged chair, made her sit and uttered the magic words “You stay here. I will make you a cup of tea”. The scene is from my current flavor of the month British TV show, “Foyle’s War”, but it does sum the oft mocked British attitude towards life that a cup of tea is a panacea for life’s ills.
At the cost of being branded an Anglophile, I am inclined to agree. Coffee jumpstarts my brain but, at the end of a long day, it’s a hot cup of tea I crave . When it’s getting dark outside and I need to welcome the evening, feet propped on the coffee table. Or when my fingers are tired of typing and I need a mental break, it’s the kettle and my favourite blue mug I reach for.
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Whether you are planning to curl up on the couch with a cup of cocoa or stretch languidly on a beach, these are some of our suggestions.
The Thousands Autumns of Jacob DeZoet by David Mitchell
Better known for the Booker Prize winner and best-seller “Cloud Atlas”, I fell in love with the follow-up at page 80. “Hang in there”, sofagirl counselled and I am glad I did because, if the going is a bit slow, the book then lived by my side until I devoured the last page. A wondrous and meticulously researched tale of the impenetrable Japanese kingdom in the 1700‘s told through the eyes of a lowly Dutch Indies employee, and an impossible and perilous love story, this book will transport you to a different world for its duration. The precise, lace-like intricate writing will mesmerize you too.