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3;11 Australia burning 4-8 Celeb bites PLUS This month in history 9 The nightmare after Christmas PLUS Dressed in dead flesh 10 Spotted: Josh, Lourdes, Leo 12-13 Cindy takes control of Kaia PLUS Bobbi’s ex found dead 14-15 Who was vogue at the Globes? 16-17 (20)20 celeb promises to make 42-43 Faced with ink 79 Royal secrets exposed

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18-19 20 Mzansi hotspots to visit in 2020 20-21 Décor 22-23 Beauty 24-27 Fashion 28 What’s in her bag? 29 ‘What I eat in a day’ 30 Health 31 What the tarot holds 32-33 Money talks PLUS Small business corner 34-37 In the kitchen: Let’s talk veggies 38 Are you a good match? 39 Are you emotionally healthy? 44-45 Are you micro-cheating?

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HINGS are back to normal and our December break is a distant memory. So much has happened over the past two weeks, that if I had my own way, I would publish a 200page magazine! #JK! #maybe? Getting back to reality, the raging wildfires that have ripped through Australia are just devastating; at the time of going to print 24 people have been killed and many more are missing. People have lost their homes and it’s been estimated that more than 500-million mammals, birds and reptiles have been lost since September. It’s truly just heartbreaking. Turn to page 11 to get an idea of just how enormous the inferno is. If you can help out in any way, please visit www.salvationarmy. org.au, www.rspcansw.org.au/ bushfire-appeal or donate.wwf.org.au. Every little bit helps! It’s a new year and a lot of us start those off with resolutions. If one of yours is to travel then you need to turn to pages 18 and 19 as we have compiled 20 Mzansi Hotspots to visit this year. This past December my family and I had a drive out to Hartbeespoort dam, and it was a truly stunning day out. There is just so much to see and do. (You have to have luch at French Toast Koffie Kafee ‒ such an unbelievably charming little place with food that is just divine.) When you have a look at the others on our list, you’ll see you don’t need to travel overseas for a travel experience ‒ we have so many beautiful places right on our doorstep! Until next time,

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ACTRESS Sara Gilbert and songwriter Linda Perry have split after five years of marriage. Former Roseanne star Gilbert filed documents for legal separation in Los Angeles Superior Court and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. She also requested that neither of them receive spousal support. According to sources, Gilbert listed the date of their separation as August 13. The stars began dating in 2011 and married in 2014. Gilbert gave birth to their son, Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry, in February 2015. No details were given about custody arrangements. Gilbert, who has two kids from a previous relationship, announced she was leaving hit US daytime panel show The Talk, which she co-created, in April, to spend more time with her family. She’s currently starring in Roseanne-spin-off The Conners. Perry, who fronted rock band 4 Non Blondes, has become an indemand songwriter and producer for artists like Christina Aguilera and Pink.

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ACTRESS Michelle Williams is reportedly engaged and expecting her second child with Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail. Williams, 39, is already mom to Matilda, her 14-year-old daughter from her relationship with the late Heath Ledger. The four-time Oscar-nominee worked with Kail on the hit TV series Fosse/Verdon, for which she won an Emmy Award. The engagement news comes less than a year after Williams split from musician Phil Elverum, whom she was briefly married to from 2018 to 2019. This will also be 42-year-old Kail’s second marriage – he was previously married to actress Angela Christian.

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CAITLYN JENNER called her children to apologise amid reports they’d deliberately avoided meeting her as she exited the

I NEVER asked any of them to come down or expected them to - they all have businesses and families. jungle on British reality series I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!. The 70-year-old celebrity finished in fifth place on the series, and fans were puzzled as to why none of her family members were present to celebrate her stint on the gruelling survival show. Her son Brandon Jenner suggested on social media that he and his

6 relatives were purposely not asked to attend – a claim his half-sister Kim Kardashian backed up – and Caitlyn has now revealed in an interview that she called round her loved ones to say sorry after it was alleged they’d turned down the chance to support her in Australia. “My family are very well-known,” she said. “I never asked any of them to come down or expected them to – they all have businesses and families. I was disappointed they were criticised. After the show was over, I texted or called all the kids to apologise.”

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NAOMI WATTS has slammed the stigma surrounding menopause. The 51-yearold actress opened up about the shift in a woman’s hormones, a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, which sees the body stop producing oestrogen and progesterone, and slammed the idea that the term is often considered a ‘dirty word’. “Menopause should not be a dirty word. It’s such a shame society has made it so,” she told Britain’s The Sunday Times newspaper’s Style magazine. “We need support from each other, and to not be made to feel like unsexy, infertile, crabby old ladies that should be sent out to pasture.” She added, “We actually have wisdom and compassion that far outweighs youthful arrogance. Along with some mood swings and floods of tears on the side.”

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SHARON STONE’S profile on dating site Bumble was blocked after users assumed it was fake and reported it. The 61-year-old actress told followers on Twitter that she’d turned to the site in a bid to find love, but her quest was halted from the get-go when suspicions rose about her profile. “I went on the @bumble dating sight [sic] and

they closed my account,” she wrote. “Some users reported that it couldn’t possibly be me! Hey @bumble is being me exclusionary? Don’t shut me out of the hive.” Sharon is believed to have been single since splitting from her last boyfriend, Enzo Cursio. The pair were last seen together in late 2018. Speaking to previously about her

relationship status, the screen star insisted she’s more than happy to be a single mother to her three sons – Roan, 19, Laird, 14, and Quinn, 13. “I think somewhere in the back of your mind you think maybe one day you won’t be a single parent,” she said. “Then, eventually you realise, I think it’s better. I’m no longer hoping or someone.”

RITA ORA has suggested she’s too famous to stroll around London and grab coffee. The How We Do hitmaker was asked about her ideal way to spend the day during the launch of her new show The Masked Singer U.K., and confessed she wishes she could wander around the British capital like she used to before finding fame. The 29-year-old said, “I’m going to be boring and say something really simple. I’d love to go shopping down Portobello Road with my sister and mom. Grab coffee and cake in a cute little café and have a wander around the streets. It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to do that and I can’t think of a better way to spend a day.” The singer appears as a judge on the programme alongside chat show host Jonathan Ross, TV presenter Davina McCall, and the The Hangover actor Ken Jeong, which sees masked celebrities compete to pull off the best performance as the judges attempt to guess their identity.

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JESSIE J shared a lengthy post about ‘healing’ with her Instagram followers shortly after her split from boyfriend Channing Tatum at the end of last year. The Bang Bang singer dated Magic Mike hunk Channing for a year prior to their amicable breakup, with a source saying that the pair are ‘still good friends’. But as she attempts to move on with her life following the split, Jessie shared a motivational message with her fans, suggesting that everyone ‘takes time’ to appreciate every second of their lives.

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THE CATCH UP JUSTIN BIEBER has called on Canadian fast food restaurant chain Tim Hortons to change its new coffee cup lids. The pop star took to Instagram to complain about the store’s new beverage cups, starting a poll on the site and asking his fans, “Who’s Canadian and misses these lids at Tim Hortons like I do?” Following the survey, it emerged 70 percent of the poll participants agreed with him, and the Sorry hitmaker penned, “@timhortons I know they could leak but it was easier to drink out of.. the coffee would come out better.. these new

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lids are uncomfortable on the mouth, and you get very little liquid each drink it’s a damn outrage and needs to be changed back. Tbh [to be honest] it shouldn’t be plastic find a way to be recyclable let’s change the world 1 lid at a time.” Bieber has also announced his official 2020 pop comeback. Describing his new album – his first since Purpose in 2015 – he adds, “I feel like this is different [from] the previous albums just because of where I’m at in my life. It’s music that I love the most out of anything I’ve done.”

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN and Younes Bendjima reunited at the family’s Christmas Eve bash. Judging by pictures of the pair together at the Kardashian/ Jenner Christmas Eve party, the former couple has seemingly reconciled, after previously dating for over a year. The pair split in August 2018; however, the duo has been spotted together several times recently, including at Art Basel and at Disneyland, and the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star appeared to

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ENIKO PARRISH burst into tears after seeing husband Kevin Hart in a sex tape. The actor’s wife has opened up about the cheating scandal that rocked the couple’s marriage in a new six-part docu-series. Don’t F**k This Up, which is now available to stream on Netflix, chronicles the drama of an alleged extortion attempt over a sex tape featuring the actor. Eniko has never addressed the scandal until now, revealing someone sent her footage from the tape via social media. “I was pregnant at the time. I was about seven/eight months pregnant, I was having breakfast, I opened my phone and immediately I just lost it,” she recalls. “I called him crying, I’m, like, p***ed. Right then and there I kept saying, ‘How the f*** did you let that happen? You publicly humiliated

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confirm they were back on when she shared a photo alongside Younes as part of a gallery of snaps from the annual bash on Instagram. Said a source, “They have fun together and her kids like him. He seems very committed to Kourtney. She’s happy that they are back together. She didn’t want to hide the relationship anymore. It was her decision to make it public again.”

me. Your whole everything’s on Instagram, everything’s on social media’. It was an ongoing fight all the time. Every single day. I kept questioning him, like, ‘If this is what you’re gonna do, I don’t want to be a part of that’.” She admits that being pregnant actually helped her come to terms with her husband’s infidelity, adding, “I kept worrying about the baby... I think that’s the only thing that really got me through.” She adds, “I wasn’t ready at the time to just give up on my family. I wanted [son] Kenzo to be able to know his dad and grow up, so it was a lot. It was a lot for me, but we’ve been through it, we’ve gone through it, we passed it and he’s a better man now because of it.”

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JENNIFER ANISTON really got into the Christmas spirit as she threw the ‘party of the year’. The Morning Show actress took to Instagram to share a playful snap of herself with friends including Laura Dern, Rita Wilson, and her friend and hairstylist Chris McMillan, as she shared a glimpse of the celebrations. “Say CHEESE!! Lotta love in that room,” she wrote in the caption. “Happy Holidays!” The former Friends star also paid tribute to her father John Aniston with a sweet Christmas Day post. She took to Instagram with a pair of ‘then and now’ shots, showing a snap of the pair when Jennifer was a little girl and as well as at their most recent holiday celebration. “Christmas with one of my creators,” she captioned the post. “Then and now #TBT.” She added: “Love you, papa.” John, 86, who played Victor Kiriakis on the soap opera Days Of Our Lives, was married to Jennifer’s mother Nancy Dow from 1965 until 1980. Nancy died in 2016.

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CO ues suggest Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are back together after sharing a photo of herself cooking a dish devised by the singer’s mom on Instagram. The 24-year-old supermodel has posted a picture of a selection of ingredients online, revealing they are from Trisha Malik’s pasta salad recipe. Zayn’s mom reposted Gigi’s picture and shared a screen rab on her own account

KIM KARDASHIAN gifted her daughter Michael Jackson’s jacket for Christmas. The couple snapped up the item at a recent auction and gave it to their eldest child on Christmas Day. “North is a really big Michael Jackson fan,” Kim said in her Instagram Stories. “We knew she would love this. We won this on an auction for Northie for Christmas and we had it tacked up so she can wear it. The sleeves are half-tacked up so when she gets older, we can un-tack the sleeve and it can grow with her. She can have this for her whole life. She’s so grateful and excited.” It’s not clear what Kim and Kanye paid for the jacket, which the King of Pop wore to attend one of his friends’, Elizabeth Taylor’s, birthday parties, but the item was valued between (R2.8-million and R4.2-million).

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of a throwback video of Gigi revealing that her favourite restaurant was ‘my boyfriend’s mom’s kitchen’. The exchange prompted fans of Gigi and Zayn’s to speculate that the former couple had rekindled its romance, 10 months after the pair called it quits. Some followers suggested Gigi and Trisha were cooking in the kitchen together, but neither made that clear.

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JASON ROONEY from Peterborough in the UK creates gross and creepy sculptures from polymer clay. He started making them about four years ago after using clay to create his own Halloween mask. He was inspired by ’80s horror movies. As a kid he always had gross and creepy toys. Each one takes a day to create. Since he started, Jason has left his full-time job to run his online shop.

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an immune system disorder which causes large painful sores all over her skin. The illness has also left the former recreation instructor, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, too depressed to go outside. The ulcers, which have spread all over her body since she first noticed a single sore in 2017, have left one of her breasts completely disfigured and while unlucky-inlove Mercedes longs to find a partner she fears no one will ever want her.


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POTTED spending some quality time with h 22-year-old girlfriend, Camila Morrone, in S Barts recently, Leonardo DiCaprio seemed happy, despite the backlash the couple has for their 23-year age gap. While Leo has had his fair share of young models b side (the Django Unchained star has famously mad habit of never dating any woman over the age of 2 this one seems serious, for now! Camilla and Leo been dating for for two years – his longest relation since Bar Refaeli, whom he dated from 2005 to 20 While on vacation over New Year’s, the gorgeous Argentine model flaunted her fabulous physique i an animal print bikini, as she splashed about with the actor, who was clearly proud to have her by his side, filming their time together on a blue GoPro camera. But while the outing came the day after Leonardo was seen glued to his phone while Camila sat by his side, it’s clear she has every bit of his attention – especially in that very low-cut bikini top, with a French cut thong bottom that flashed her pert derriere. Opening up about their big age gap recently, the model told the Los Angeles Times, “There’s so ma relationships in Hollywood – and in the history of world – where people have large age gaps.” She a “I just think anyone should be able to date who t want to date.” But are her years with the Hollywood heartthrob numbered – specifically to three? As we hinted be Leo does have a history of dumping girls as they re 25. His five-year relationship with Bar Refaeli end coincidentally at the same time she turned 25; sim things ended between Leo and Nina Agdal when s hit 25 in 2017... There could be a pattern here, but we’ll give Leo the benefit of the doubt. In any case, we have three good years still; plenty time to enjoy the romance vicariously.

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ANY areas of Australia now resemble Venusian landscapes, with dark orange skies and thick smoke looming over people huddled on beaches as they try to escape the continent’s worst-ever fires.

Like something out of a Hollywood disaster movie, long rows of cars have been seen leaving towns to flee the inferno. At the time of going to print these are some figures that show the massive damage that has been done. (And it’s set to continue for the next two months, with the fires even creating their own fierce and destructive weather patterns.)  TWENTY FOUR people have died so far.  SIX-MILLION hectares (60 000km2 or 14.8-million acres) of bush, forest and parks have been burnt.  IN New South Wales 1 300 houses have burnt down with those residents having to evacuate to safety.  OVER 800 000 hectares have burnt in the state of Victoria.  ON New Year’s Eve, Mallacoota residents fled for their lives to the beach. Only a change in the wind’s direction kept the fires from reaching them there as well. The Australian Navy evacuated around 1 000 tourists and residents to further down the coast.  FLAMES have reached as high as 70m – to get an idea of how high this is, Sydney Opera House is 65m tall.

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 IT is reported that a climate phenomenon has created the heatwave, known as a positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) – ‘an event where sea surface temperatures are warmer in the western half of the ocean, cooler in the east. The difference between the two temperatures is currently the strongest in 60 years’.  APPROXIMATELY half a billion animals have been affected by the fires (not all necessarily deaths). This figure was calculated by expert on Australian biodiversity at the University of Sydney Professor Chris Dickman. “It is estimated that there were an average of 17.5 mammals, 20.7 birds and 129.5 reptiles per hectare (10 000m2, so 100m2 on each side – about the size of a rugby pitch). This is multiplied that by the amount of land hit by the fires,” Dickman told the BBC. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has been accused of not acknowledging the effects of climate change, has received massive criticism over his handling of the fires. On his walkabouts to meet fire victims he was heckled, with furious and traumatised residents refusing to shake his hand and openly swearing at him.


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OMANCE isn’t all plain sailing, especially in Hollywood, but for this new couple it seems the problems are setting in fast. It wasn’t that long ago that Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerbe introduced us to their all-grown-up model daughter Kaia, 18 – who, let us add, is the spitting image of her mom, a former supermodel – and before we knew it she was strutting her stuff on the catwalk alongside Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. And then, it happened — she started dating. Hollywood dating, that is! Kaia was seen out with Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson a few months back. While the duo probably met in June 2019, according to a source (since they both walked Alexander Wang’s runway show in New York City) it was in October that the comedian was spotted dining at the Big Apple’s Sadelless in the company of Cindy Crawford’s daughter. They were both seen smiling while sitin i b th f the restaurant, reveal were frolicking in the sun and couldn’t keep their hands off each other. But not everyone’s thrilled for them, apparently. “You get to date a fam woman and everyone’ delighted, but I do it an America wants to punc in the throat,” Pete jok SNL, adding, “If I’m you of guy that your daugh mother, is into, then tr the best case scenario a million guys who loo I’m the only one with a me or Tyga.” And after the TV host d on the show recently o rehab again, Kaia’s par on the disapproving b During one of the Satu episodes, Pete jokingly going on ‘vacation’ ‒ “ for some of it, and the and shoelaces. And it c

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I still have roommates.” And so the tension started. According to an E! source, ‘it’s been a very stressful and concerning few days’ for Kaia’s family, who are trying to be as supportive as possible. “Cindy and Rande wanted to be there for Kaia and [be] supportive of her,” reveals a source. “They are very involved and loving parents and they would do anything for her. They stepped in to try and guide her and to help Pete through a difficult time. They tried to intervene and offer what they could. It’s been upsetting for Kaia and for them to see their daughter dealing with something so serious.” According to a source, when Cindy saw Kaia out with Pete for the first time, she went into ‘panic mode’, and warned Kaia to stay away from him. Cindy, the insider id i f ll f P t ’ h bit f

or emotional repercussions of dating him. But Kaia promised her parents they were just friends, urging ‘everyone to take a chill pill’. Right now, ‘their only choice is to support her and help guide her through this’, says the source. “They are just thinking about Pete getting better and nothing beyond th t I thi k th ’ j t h i thi ld ll


Davidson] get?” With Kaia rising to fame so fast, however, insiders say Cindy has been very controlling of her. She even ordered Kaia to stay away from Kristen Stewart when Kaia started hanging out with the Twilight actress and her thengirlfriend Stella Maxwell. According to an insider, Cindy was terrified that her daughter would get ‘sucked into the Hollywood party scene’ by the actress and her model girlfriend. While a source claimed the former model didn’t think the two older stars were the ‘right kind of friends’ her daughter needed, an insider argued that Cindy’s biggest issue with the friendship was the possibility of it detracting from Gerber’s own career. She even forbade Kaia from going on to Keeping Up With The Kardashians with Kendall Jenner h dd hi ld

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OUR years after Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death, her ex-fiancé Nick Gordon (who was found responsible for her death) was found dead himself at the age of 30. Gordon reportedly had a series of heart attacks after being rushed to the intensive care unit (ICU) during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Joe S. Habachy, Gordon’s attorney, confirmed the news, saying in a statement, “My heart is heavy

cause of Gordon’s death at the time, but told E! News, “While I cannot speak to the specific circumstances of his death, I can say that it’s been truly heartbreaking to have witnessed firsthand the total devastation that drug addiction has wreaked upon a group of young friends, all of whom were loved and had immense potential.” He added, “Despite all of the incredible challenges Nick faced over the last few years, I can honestly say that he worked hard to hold his head up and stay sober and that he genuinely wanted a happy, healthy life with his family more than anything else.” Gordon was taken in by Houston and Brown as an orphan, but he became romantically involved with their daughter Bobbi Kristina in time. However, it was in 2015, when a 22-yearold Bobbi Kristina was found unconscious in a bathtub with a slew of drugs in her system, later spending six months in a coma, that the world really got to know the ‘controlling’ boyfriend he ther on r wrote on ndicated he g his final so much big to you at can feel it I over me and he was sed out. him inside ider, who nd his posed away.” , Gordon at he te the cious at ever, he wrongful ixture’ and from her se. He was es when he her family. ted drug er face in s reportedly moved to irlfriend of attacking eral arrests a – who violence ting she was

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PROMISES TO MAKE VERYTHING is made to be broken, according to Goo Goo Doll wisdom, and boy, we’d bet money they had new year’s resolutions at the very front of their minds when they wrote that. Or is that just us? (It isn’t just us, right? Right? Someone say something...) In any case, it’s the start of a new year, which means a boatload of resolutions are headed

to shore, and if Hollywood is anything like us we just really hope they’ve got life-jackets at the ready. Whether it’s vowing to be happier and healthier, happier and healthier, or richer (oh wait, that one’s ours) here 20 top stars tell how they resolve to change their lives in the year ahead. (Did we mention happier and healthier?)

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“IF I could resolve to change one thing, it would probably be my inability to wake up in the morning. I would also like to be better at focusing on one thing at a time because I tend do so many different things.”

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“MY resolution is to relax. I have been better at doing that because before I was just go, go, go all the time. I’ve learned to take the time to just chill and be me.”

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“I USUALLY say I’m going to be healthier and see more of my friends but it never lasts. I think I’ll just enjoy New Year, have some food and a nice time and see how I feel then. I don’t want to put pressure on myself!”

“TO cut down the amount of time I spend online. I have such an annoying habit, my friends hate it. If they will bring up something that I don’t quite understand ‒ a reference or something ‒ I just really quickly Google it, and then I’ll make a list of the things that I’ve Googled during the day, and go back to them that night and learn about them.”

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“ITS pretty much the same every year ‒ my resolution is always to reflect back and look at ways I can just simplify my life and find ways that I can appreciate the many blessings that I have. I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race of everything that you forget that it’s all good ‒ well, maybe not all of it is good but most of it is really, really good. So that’s pretty much always the same. I always fall slightly short of what I’m hoping to do but I try to keep it realistic.”

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“I DON’T believe in New Year resolutions. I think they just set you up for guilt for the rest of the year.”

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“MY New Year’s resolution is just to have fun and be happy and be healthy and to continue to work hard.”

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“I DON’T make resolutions as such but I do love New Year. It’s my favourite holiday. It’s such an optimistic time. A fresh start. So I just try and embrace that.”

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“NOT to talk to myself so much. I tend to have full-blown conversations with myself. I find it therapeutic but it’s really quite embarrassing when you get caught doing it!”

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“TO spend as much time with my family as I can.”

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“TO take more time off. Right now I’m working on my next book, my next fragrance, my new album, my skincare line, make-up and clothing. It’s a lot!”

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“I DO have a bad habit that I maybe should deal with. I have this really bad trait where I never have a consideration of failure. If I want something I just go until I get “MY New Year resolution it. That can be a is to chill the hell out! I like problem because to get everything done. it doesn’t always Sometimes, even if I’m work.” exhausted, I’ll try and make it happen. I want it to be right all the time.”

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BO-KAAP has certainly become one of South Africa’s most unique neighbourhoods. Known for its brightly coloured houses, there is more to Bo-Kaap than meets the eye. The neighbourhood is situated at the foot of Signal Hill and was formerly known as the Malay Quarter where, in the 1760s, people from Malaysia, Indonesia and the rest of Africa who were brought to work in the Cape were housed. The neighbourhood has a rich history and a distinct culinary offering and brings in people from all around the globe. But why the colourful houses? Well, when the Malay were slaves, their oppressors would not let them paint their rented houses anything other than white. So, when they were freed and allowed to purchase the houses they’ve been living in for years, the residents painted their property in bright colours as an expression of their freedom.

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THE BIG HOLE is an open-pit and underground mine situated in the town of Kimberly in the Northern Cape. Kimberly used to be a mining town and what has today come to be known as the Big Hole was dug by over 50 000 miners between 1871 and 1914 with picks and shovels yielding 2 722 kilograms of diamonds extracted from 22.5 million tonnes of excavated earth. Today there sits an fascinating museum adjacent to the hole, which gives audiences a deeper history into the town and how the Big Hole came to be. The centre also has a replica of the old town of Kimberly, which is a must-see in itself.

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LESS than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg’s bustling city centre is the beautiful Hartbeespoort Dam. The small town is the ultimate destination for a quick break from the city and plays host to a multitude of holiday resorts and B&Bs, with the dam perfect for taking the boat out for a ride and the exciting craft markets a treasure trove to explore. Other attractions include Pretville, a movie set-turned-restaurantand-movie house, and the popular Chameleon Village, which is home to some of the best African souvenirs.

LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE

A STRANGE idea seems to have developed that Lesedi Cultural Village is a place only foreign tourists should visit but this couldn’t be more wrong; it is truly a celebration of our heritage and an area all South Africans need to take in. Lesedi Cultural Village gives guests a chance to experience traditional African life at five authentic tribal homesteads. A visit to these homesteads opens up a genuine window into the lifestyles, customs and traditions of the Zulu, Xhosa, Bapedi, Basotho and Ndebele people. With a stunning craft market, audio-visual presentation and a delicious buffet lunch or dinner after your tour, Lesedi Cultural Village truly is the ultimate celebration of Mzansi’s heritage.

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THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK is the largest national park in South Africa, covering a staggering 19 485 km2 ‒ which is larger than the size of the whole of Israel! Home to the Big Five ‒ elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard ‒ there is no better place to go on safari. With a variety of five-star hotels and bush lodges in the park, the experience can become costly but there are more affordable alternatives just outside the gates. There are guided game drives or self-drive options, if you want to immerse yourself in the beautiful fauna and flora Africa has to offer, so a trip to the Kruger National Park is basically mandatory.

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GOLD REEF CITY is certainly Africa’s playground. Built to look like an authentic mining town, Gold Reef City is one of the biggest theme parks on the continent. Home to hair-raising rollercoasters like the Anaconda and the Golden Loop as well as brand-new thrill rides like the High-Flying Maverick and the Storm Chaser, it truly has something for everyone. Besides the theme park there’s the entertainment complex, home to a state-of-the-art casino, two fourstar hotels, conferencing and teambuilding facilities, an epic cinema reminiscent of an old train station and an array of restaurants.

ROBBEN ISLAND

ROBBEN ISLAND played a monumental role in the history of South Africa. It was used as prison and a place of banishment and exile from around 1671, when the Dutch began to send convicts there. From 1961 it was used as a prison for political prisoners and housed famous inmates like Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, Jacob Zuma and many more. In 1991, all political prisoners were freed and all ordinary prisoners in 1996. Today, the island serves as a strong reminder of the injustice of Apartheid and still houses the infamous prison, now a museum. A trip to Robben Island is both educational and scenic.

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THE injustices of Apartheid are still felt in everyday life in South Africa today, and it’s crucial to continue educating ourselves and visitors about the country’s darkest time. This is why places like the Apartheid Museum are so important. The experience starts as soon as you enter the gates, with the museum highlighting the racially prejudiced system that ruled the country from 1948 to 1994. With a variety of film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts on show, the Apartheid Museum is a significant reminder of South Africa’s horrific past.

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NESTLED at the very beginning of Durban’s Golden Mile is Kwazulu Natal’s ultimate entertainment destination: uShaka Marine World. The venue has one of the best water parks in the country as well as a massive aquarium that educates visitors on the varieties of sea life and the importance of taking care of our oceans. Just outside the park is situated an entertainment complex, which is home to a variety of stores and restaurants. With its unique offering, the complex is one of the most popular entertainment destinations on South Africa’s east coast.

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TODAY, Constitution Hill is the setting for the Constitutional Court of South Africa and the popular Flame Of Democracy, but during Apartheid the venue housed a prison where both political activists and common criminals were held. Popular prisoners included Mahatma Gandhi, who was imprisoned there in 1906, as well as Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, Bram Fischer, Albert Lutuli and Robert Sobukwe. Today, tour groups from around the world come to get a glimpse of the life the prisoners lived in their cells but also a reminder of the progress South Africa has made as a democracy.

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ICE CREAM colours are soft, fresh and calm. We have tonnes of pastels in our wardrobes, but are often scared to incorporate them in our home’s décor. But we dare you to give these frosted hues a chance! From powder pink to icy mint, pastels can be painted on walls and layered in accessories to replace (or work with) white in a more confident way of decorating.

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1. Eurolux Montefino Pendant Light: R2 359, Glo Lighting 2. Fritz Side Table Set: R3 995, Block And Chisel 3. Triangle Table Lamp: R745, Knus 4. Ruby Table Mirror: R295, Block And Chisel 5. Novella Throw: R699, Volpes 6. Hexagon Mirror Tray: R699, Woolworths 7. Small Casino Gold & Mystic Phantom Ottoman: R2 490, SHF

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1. Indah Hand-Carved Three-Drawer Chest: R12 500, Pilgrimage Spaces 2. Cebu Woven Pendant Light: R3 225, ElevenPast 3. Arya Wall Hanging: R1 650, Knus 4. Rope Woven Placemat (Set Of Two): R179, Kitchen Craft 5. Soft Silk Aromatic Diffuser: R220, Woolworths 6. Small Seagrass Basket: R299, Poetry 7. Raven Cream Tufted Rug: R1 999, By Sixth Floor, Superbalist


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P-AND-COMING A-lister Yara Shahidi is best known for her roles in Blac and its spin-off series Grown-ish. But acting is far from the only vocation devotes her time to. She is a social activist, recently appointed ambassad for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Harvard university student, and a fashion m to boot. When scrolling through her Instagram, we can’t help but be in aw 19-year-old. We wanna be just like Yara when we grow up! Until th to settle on stocking our bags like she does. 1. Just Roll With It “USUALLY, I use a jade roller on my face with some coconut oil or an essential oil. It’s a nice little wake-up call.” Jade rollers are also great in aiding with blood circulation, and when used along with products, help absorption. Natural Jade Facial Stone Roller: R530, By L’abeille, Faithful To Nature 2. Big Squeeze YARA knows that healthy starts from the inside out. “Juicing is a huge thing I do to eat well. The juices I make usually feature a lot of ginger, a lime or a lemon, beets, kale, mint and turmeric, and sometimes a carrot if I’m feeling sweet.” Cold Pressed 100% Fruit & Vegetable Juice Blend (250ml): R24.99, Woolworths 3. Nut Case WHEN snacking, keep it healthy. “I like to keep a snack, usually a nut mix. I opened my bag the other day and there were almonds everywhere. It’s taken a week to get them out!” Trail Mix (100g): R47.99, Woolworths 4. Shine Bright ‘“I’M obsessed with clear gloss to keep my lips shiny. I put that on top of everything! I’m like, ‘Here’s a nice matte lip…with extra shine!’” Oh My Gloss! Crystal Clear Lip Gloss: R99.95, Rimmel 5. Simple Statements “IT’S really important to me that I have fun with make-up and not feel like I’ve transformed into another human or I can’t recognise myself. So, I’ll always choose which feature to have fun with, whether it’s my eyes or my lips, rather than going whole hog on everything. It’s choosing a lip colour or cool coloured eyeliner ‒ that’s how I maintain coming off as 17 and still having a lot of fun and not feeling restricted.” Make-Up Matte Signature Eyeliner In Fuchsia: R124.95, L’Oréal Paris 6. Quick Fix “BLOTTING papers are also an essential.” Tea Tree Blotting Paper: R109.95, NYX 7. Sole Mate SHE makes sure she has comfortable options available. “When I’m at events, my mama will carry ballet flats or sneakers. I was at the MTV Movie Awards and I popped those on after.” Tan Vittoria Woven Espadrille: R449, Cotton On

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LIFESTYLE HEALTH

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1. Excessive daytime sleepiness 2. General lack of energy 3. Difficulty concentrating 4. Mood and behaviour disturbances such as irritability, aggression, and impulsiveness 5. Difficulty concentrating 6. Forgetfulness 7. Decreased performance at work or school 8. Troubles in personal and professional relationships 9. Having accidents at work or while driving fatigued 10. Decreased quality of life 11. Depression

INSOMNIA is a sleep disorder characteried by poor sleep quality. People who suffer from insomnia experience difficulty in going to sleep at night, or waking often in the middle of the night, or earlier than planned, and having trouble going back to sleep. Signs that you may need more sleep include:

WHY WE NEED SLEEP!  It regulates mental and emotional health ‒ sleep helps you take on challenges with more resilience.  Sleep fosters memory formation and learning.  It keeps your immune system strong.  It supports physical health ‒ did you know that sleep helps regulate metabolism and many other body functions?  It enhances your productivity.  Sleep helps you stay alert and safe.

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• MOST children fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed. According to experts, how long it takes to get to sleep can depend on how tired your child’s body is, and also on their daytime and bedtime routine. • DURING the night, your child cycles between light sleep, deep sleep and dream sleep ‒ most of their deep sleep falls within the first few hours after falling asleep.

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ITH the year just getting started, and you having to get back into routine, you might be finding it hard to get the family tucked in and sleeping on time ‒ and you’re all probably struggling to get a good night’s rest because of it. But it’s vital that this changes, especially for your kids. Here are some reasons why you need adequate sleep (and tips on how to get it).

EXPERTS suggest you chat to your medical professional if your child has sleep problems that go on for more than two to four weeks, or that affect your child’s daily life.

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LIFESTYLE WHAT THE TAROT HOLDS BY MADAME LIRA DE MENTUM

IF you play your cards right, you’ll have a great week!

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(February 19 – March 20) Card Of The Week: The Magician STOP telling yourself you aren’t good enough. The self-bashing needs to stop, and right now. Whatever (or whoever) made you feel like you’re not of any value had their own motives for making you feel insignificant and, in fact, it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.

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(March 21 – April 19) Card Of The Week: Knight Of Pentacles FINANCIAL woes are keeping you up at night and causing anxiety. Before you panic, try to look at your financial situation calmly. You may not be able to meet all your obligations immediately but that doesn’t mean you can’t start chipping away at loans, bonds and other repayments. Slowly does it.

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(April 20 – May 20) Card Of The Week: The Empress (reversed) STOP being so nosey. These past weeks have seen you place way too much effort in other people’s affairs. While keeping up with the neighbours makes for interesting competition, all you’re doing is neglecting your own needs. Concentrate on making the very best of your own life.

Gemini

(May 21 – June 20) Card Of The Week: Six Of Swords YOU aren’t usually this lucky but the last few weeks have seen you get what you want. Don’t expect a free ride every time, as that is likely to backfire on you. Regarding relationships, you don’t forgive easily but a request from someone who did you wrong may see you wonder if forgiveness might be the only way you heal your own hurt.

Cancer

(June 21 – July 22) Card Of The Week: The Star IT’S time you were on the receiving end of a basket full of blessings. The Star is a card that holds a glimpse of promise. Whatever you have asked the Universe to provide you with, is on its way – perhaps not in the form of a six-figure cheque, but your heart will rejoice either way. Always remember yin and yang find a way of balancing the scales.

Leo

(July 23 – August 22) Card Of The Week: Ace Of Pentacles (reversed) IT was an expensive Christmas and it’s been a particularly quiet January in terms of money flow. A few mishaps (burst geyser, leaking pools, blocked plumbing, and so forth) have called for unexpected expenses and unfortunately these weren’t budgeted for, leaving you feeling anxious. Be careful not to depend on an outside source to bail you out. If you have to burn the midnight candle, so be it; borrowing isn’t advisable.

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(August 23 – September 22) Card Of The Week: The Hanged Man IT’S time for a change of approach, especially when it comes to relationships. Your tried and tested recipe for love and friendship needs a little tweaking. Perhaps you’ve fallen into a cycle of dating the same type of person over and over again; maybe as soon as you become friends with someone you do something to sabotage things. Determine what triggers your behaviour, address those underlying emotions and determine how you can meet your emotional needs without ruining your relationships.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) Card Of The Week: The High Priestess

STOP fighting over religion. Whether you’re upset your partner won’t go with you to church on a Sunday, or you’re the one in fact who feels pressurised to practise someone else’s religion, let it be. If your friends and family don’t agree with your spirituality, don’t let that bother you. You see things the way that you do for a reason and have a right to make up your own mind.

The High Priestess

THE HIGH PRIESTESS is a card of mystery. A woman sits surrounded by pomegranates, dressed in blue robes with a cross on her chest and her hands in her lap. She has a moon crescent at her feet and a crown on her head with a globe in the middle. The letters B and J appear on pillars either side of her ‒ B stands for Boaz, signifying negation, while J stands for Jachin, meaning beginning. Often, this card is a reminder to trust your own instincts.

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Libra

(September 23 – October 22) Card Of The Week: The Emperor YOU’RE going to be offered a leadership position which will boost your confidence and self-assurance. Try not to abuse your power and keep both your feet on the ground. Your mind has been very preoccupied with a father figure who has re-entered your life after of a period of absence. Whether your own flesh and blood or not, this person demands respect. Beware of conflict on the horizon.

Scorpio

(October 23 – November 21) Card Of The Week: Two Of Wands YOU’RE usually quite decisive but find yourself torn in this period. You may have a choice between staying in your current job and taking a new job, remaining with or leaving your partner, or perhaps even accepting a university placement or finding a different place of study. While being in a position of choice is actually a blessing, knowing which road to choose can be challenging. Whatever road you chose, remember all paths come with lessons.

Sagittarius

(November 22 – December 21) Card Of The Week: Four Of Swords IT’S time to celebrate! This week brings wonderful opportunities to spend time with close family and friends so whatever the invite might be, say yes! This card can also sometimes mean that you will be moving your place of residence. Moving can be bitter-sweet so try keeping your wits about you and don’t let the stress of packing leave you grumpy. Health-wise, if you’re waiting on results from a test, you are likely to soon be receiving positive news.

Capricorn

(December 22 – January 19) Card Of The Week: Page Of Wands (reversed) SOMETHING big is happening and you’re not sure whether to tell anyone or keep it to yourself. It may not be a secret in the typical sense of the word but it is something that will affect those around you. When this Page appears reversed, he reminds you to slow down and enjoy being present with what you are learning. He might also specify that you need to take a more logical approach to attaining your goals.


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What Is Pet Insurance?

PET insurance helps cover the cost of veterinary care when your pet becomes ill or injured. It is designed to make it affordable for any pet owner to provide their precious pet with the best possible health care. It’s no surprise to many pet owners that the rising costs of veterinary care can hit a family hard and, unfortunately, many families are faced with the daunting decision to euthanise their beloved pet because they cannot afford the treatment needed to save them.

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, illness, and some cover both plus routine care. David Roache from Not all pet insurance Dotsure.co.za providers offer the same cover options either. South Africa’s leading pet insurance provider, Dotsure.co.za pet insurance, offers the following: Accidental Only Cover: From just R73pm, you can have peace of mind that when accidents happen, you can get the best veterinary care for your four-legged bestie. In all medically required procedures, you are covered for consultation fees, prescribed medicine, X-rays, surgery, hospitalisation, blood tests, etc. and reimbursed up to and according to the limits provided for in your selected plan. Only a handful of insurers offer accidental cover for senior pets (dogs and cats older than eight years), so be careful to read the small print. Accidental And Illness Cover: Your pet might have a severe accident or illness, which


can mean thousands of rands out of your pocket to help them recover. Illnesses like feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and kennel cough are becoming more prevalent in South Africa and medication costs are ever increasing. Parasites such as mosquitos, fleas and ticks can cause illnesses like heartworm, mange and undernutrition. Unfortunately, if left untreated these illnesses can cause permanent harm to your pets or possibly lead to death in younger pets. Veterinarian costs have skyrocketed (just like everything else), but from as little as R168pm, you can help protect your pet, and your wallet against these risks. Wellness Cover: Some pets require more maintenance than others. If your pampered pooch needs a little more attention, look for a pet insurance company that offers a superior range of wellness benefits, such as cover for microchipping, vaccinations, faecal tests, heartworm tests, flea control, nail trimming, elective sterilisation or neutering etc. Third-Party Liability Cover: Choose a provider that offers third-party liability cover to protect them against the risk and financial burden of their pet damaging someone else’s property, or even causing bodily harm to them or their pet, within the borders of South Africa.

Do I Really Need Medical Cover For My Dog?

WE can try to keep our dogs safe from accidents and illnesses, but we’re only human and they’re only curious. While we wish we could put our fur kids in bubbles to protect them from the jaws of the jealous Jack Russel next door or to prevent a nasty bladder infection from arriving uninvited, we can’t foresee and control everything that happens to or around them. Pet insurance gives you peace of mind that if/when something happens to your pooch, you don’t have to choose between your pet’s life and your finances. Pet insurance isn’t just a ‘nice to have’, but a necessity in today’s tough times. A vet bill can set you back upwards of R10 000 if emergency care is needed. Pet insurance protects you against these expensive vet bills.

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When Choosing A Pet Policy?

CHOOSE a plan that fits in with your unique lifestyle at a price you can afford. Only a handful of insurers tailor the cover to suit you and your pet, so ensure you ask all questions upfront so there are no surprises later. And always read the small print.

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Vegetables With Edible Tops

Radishes: Shallow-fry the peppery tops in a little olive oil. Beetroot: Add the small earthy leaves to salads; fry the

mature ones with their finely chopped stems. Turnips: Shallow-fry the mustardy-tasting leaves in a little olive oil; season to taste; toss with lemon juice. Fennel: Finely chop the feathery fronds or pick into small sprigs; use as you would dill, for a gentle anise taste. Kohlrabi: Stir-fry these cabbage-tasting leaves and stems in a little sesame or olive oil, or a combination of both.

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WHEN it comes to what you eat, it doesn’t always have to be about meat. Fill yourself up with these soul-satisfying vego dinners.

F you, like a lot of people, are trying to incorporate more veggies into your weeknight meals, then we’ve got you covered! As well as the classic vego dinners on the following pages, we present some some fast and fun ideas.

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Fennel: Quarter baby fennel or slice large bulbs, drizzle

with oil and roast until caramelised. Corn: Roast halved cobs in a pan at a high temperature for 20 minutes; serve with miso butter. Cauliflower: Combine florets with a little honey, turmeric and olive oil, roast with the fan on until golden and tender. Toss with currants soaked in vinegar, dukkah and herbs. Globe Artichoke: Place cooked artichoke hearts in a buttered shallow flameproof dish; roast until crisp. Celeriac: Roast as you would pumpkin, for about one hour at 200°C/180°C fan until it’s a lovely golden brown.

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COARSELY grate zucchini, squeeze out excess moisture and combine with an egg, mint, ½ cup of crumbled feta and a little flour to bind. Fry the patties in olive oil. Char-Grilled Salad

CHAR-GRILL zucchini slices with wedges of red onion, then toss with Kalamata olives, basil and torn buffalo mozzarella.

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Whole Carrot Tagine PREP+COOK TIME: 1 HOUR 40 MINUTES SERVES 4 Ingredients 1 Bunch fresh coriander ¼ Cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil 2 red onions (340g), cut into wedges 2 Cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 cup (75g) dried apricot halves 1 ½ Teaspoons ground coriander 2 ½ Teaspoons ground cumin 1 ½ Teaspoons ground cinnamon 1kg Baby carrots, scrubbed, halved 2 Cups (500ml) vegetable stock 250g Pearl couscous 400g Canned cherry tomatoes 1 ⁄3 Cup (60g) pistachios, roasted, chopped coarsely Method WASH coriander well, especially roots. Finely chop roots and enough stems to measure two tablespoons. Chop enough coriander leaves to measure half a cup; reserve remaining whole leaves. Heat a large flameproof tagine dish or casserole over medium heat. Once dish is hot, add two tablespoons of the oil and onions; cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes or until onions are soft. Add garlic, apricots, ground spices and coriander roots and stems; cook, stirring for 40 minutes or until fragrant. Increase heat to high, add carrots and stock to tagine; stir to coat carrot in spice mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until carrots are three-quarters cooked (or until a knife is easily inserted with little resistance). Meanwhile, cook couscous in a saucepan of salted boiling water for eight minutes or until just tender. Drain. Add remaining oil; stir through with a fork. Season to taste. Stir tomatoes into carrot mixture; cook, uncovered, for 12 minutes or until carrots are cooked through. Remove from heat; stir in chopped coriander. Season to taste. Serve with couscous, topped with pistachios and coriander.

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MANY cheeses are made with animal rennet and are therefore unsuitable for vegetarians. Look out for vegetarian versions made with vegetable or microbial-based rennet.

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Ingredients 600g Dutch cream potatoes, peeled 1 ⁄3 Cup (80ml) olive oil 1 Tablespoon dried oregano 4 Medium eggplants (1.2kg) 1 Cup (200g) French-style green lentils 4 Cups (1l) water 1 Medium onion (150g), chopped finely 2 Cloves garlic, crushed 1 Fresh long red chilli, chopped finely 1 Medium carrot (120g), chopped finely 1 Medium red capsicum (red pepper), chopped finely 2 Cups (500ml) bottled tomato purée ½ Cup (125ml) water, extra 2 Teaspoons fresh thyme leaves 200g Firm vegetarian feta, crumbled ½ Cup (50g) grated vegetarian mozzarella RICOTTA BÉCHAMEL 1 ½ Cups (360g) fresh ricotta 1 Cup (280g) Greek-style yoghurt 3 Eggs, beaten lightly ¼ Teaspoon ground nutmeg Method PREHEAT oven to 180°C/160°C fan. Lightly oil a large oven tray. Cut potatoes into 1cm-thick slices; place in a single layer on a tray. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil, top with two teaspoons of the oregano, then season. Turn potato slices to coat evenly. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned. Transfer cooked potatoes to a baking-paper-lined tray. Meanshile, cut three eggplants lengthways, into 1cm-thick slices. Place eggplant in a single layer on two trays; brush with one tablespoon of the oil, eason and scatter with one teaspoon of the oregano. Working in batches, cook eggplant slices on a heated char-grill plate (or char-grill pan or barbecue) for five minutes each side or until browned and tender. Transfer cooked eggplant to baking-paper-lined trays. Place lentils and the water in a medium saucepan; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse under cool water, drain well. Chop remaining eggplant into 2cm pieces. Heat remaining oil in a large heavy-based saucepan; cook onion, garlic and chilli for four minutes or until soft. Add chopped eggplant; cook for five minutes or until golden and softened. Stir in carrot and capsicum; cook for four minutes. Sitr in passata and the extra water, the thyme and remaining oregano. Reduce heat; simmer, covered for five minutes or until eggplant is soft. Stir in drained lentils; season. Make ricotta béchamel. Arrange potato slices in a single layer in an oiled three-litre (12-cup) capacity, 22.5cm x 36cm ovenproof dish; top with half the tomato mixture, then arrange half the eggplant slices on top in a single layer. Repeat with remaining tomato mixture and remaining eggplant. Spoon ricotta béchamel on top, sprinkle with fetta and mozzarella; drizzle with oil. Bake for 55 minutes or until heated through and top is golden. Stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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MUSHROOM PIES WITH MINTED MUSHY PEAS

PREP+ COOK: TIME 1 HOUR 40 MINUTES SERVES 6 Ingredients 75g Butter 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 600g Mushroom cups, sliced 100g Shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1 Fresh bay leaf 1 Medium leek (350g), diced 1 Clove garlic, chopped finely 2 Tablespoons plain flour 2 Tablespoons tomato paste ¼ Cup (60ml) red wine ½ Cup (125ml) vegetable stock 2 Sheets frozen puff pastry 1 Egg, beaten lightly CREAM CHEESE THYME PASTRY 2 cups (300g) plain flour 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 200g cold butter, chopped 100g cream cheese, chopped 2 tablespoons cold water MINTED MUSHY PEAS 500g Frozen peas 50g Butter 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint ½ Teaspoon sea salt flakes 2 Tablespoons mascarpone or pouring cream Method HEAT butter and oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add mushrooms and bay leaf; cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until mushrooms are soft and golden. Stir in leek and garlic; cook for two minutes or until leek is softened. Stir flour into mushroom mixture; cook for one minute until vegetables are coated. Stir in tomato paste; cook for one minute. Add wine; stir until combined. Add stock; reduce heat to medium, cook, stirring continuously, for three minutes or until mixture boils and thickens. Cool. Make cream cheese thyme pastry. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan. Lightly oil six 10cm loose-based tart tins. Roll each portion of pastry on a floured surface into a 20cm round, 2mm thick. Line tins with pastry, trim excess. Line pastry with foil; fill with dried beans or rice. Place tins on an oven tray. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and beans; bake for three minutes or until pastry is golden and dry. Increase oven temperature to 200°C/180°C fan. Divide mushroom mixture among pie shells. Cut six 12cm rounds from puff pastry; place on pies, gently pressing into the sides of the tin. Cut a small cross in the centre of each pie. Brush pastry with egg. Bake pies for 20 minutes or until golden and puffed. Meanwhile, make minted mushy peas. Serve hot pies with mushy peas and, if you like, gravy.

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Thyme Pastry PROCESS flour, thyme and a pinch of salt until combined. With motor operating, add butter and cream cheese. Add the water; process just until dough starts to clump. Turn out onto a floured surface; form into a smooth ball. Divide equally into six portions; flatten each into a disc. Stack discs on a plate; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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RE you and your loved one compatible or is it just a fling? Sources says astrology can tell you a lot about why your relationship is or isn’t successful. Astrologers believe that birth charts are like an individual’s fingerprints, and that when you compare your birth chart with your partner’s, there are a few things that will show whether you can expect an easy romance or one that will need a lot of work. So what are you waiting for? Start taking notes!

you should only date Capricorns! Someone who has Capricorn as their Rising Sign, or who has a lot of planets in Capricorn, is naturally going to have a lot of Capricorn energy regardless of where their Sun is.

Having Supportive Saturn Aspects

SATURN, explain astrologers, governs stability and structure, which means ‘your Saturn placements should be compatible in order to establish a long-lasting relationship’.

Do You Have The Same Sun And Moon Signs?

ACCORDING to an astrologer for Popsugar. com, if you have the same sun Do You Have The Same and moon signs, ‘you’ve hit the Moon And Venus Signs? jackpot’. They WE’VE all read our horoscopes at some explain that, time (some more often than others) 'since the sun and we always often hear about the sign represents moon and Venus. And that’s because the outside self they’re important ‒ especially when it (basic identity) comes to love. ‘The moon (emotional and the moon needs) shows what we need to feel sign represents loved, while Venus (relationship needs) the inner self symbolises how we give that love’, (emotional explains astrologers. needs), this conjunction tells us that you two meld in just the right ways’. They add that this kind of relationship will see you have a ‘deep understanding of one another’s behaviours, nurturing style, and motives’.

The Impact Of Venus And Mars

VENUS rules our love language ‒ it is the planet of compassion and love. Astrologers explain that a person’s Venus sign tells you a lot about how they express romantic feelings and how they wish their partner would communicate these feelings. Mars rules sex (among other passionate topics). Astrologers explain that this connection means there’s an innate, carnal attraction present. You have to look at how they interact with each other and the rest of the planets across the two charts.

The Seventh House

WHO is ruling your Seventh House? According to Yourtango.com, ‘the qualities of the sign that rules this house can tell you a lot about the type of person who would be perfect for you’. For example, if Capricorn rules your Seventh House, you should find someone who is patient, takes commitment seriously, and is willing to work hard to achieve their goals’. But that doesn’t mean

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DIG into your partner’s birth chart to find out more about your relationship. Astrologers say you need to look at how many aspects there are between all the planets across your two charts. And while you don’t need to know how to interpret every one of them, they explain that you need to have a general idea of how many positives and negatives there are. According to Yourtango.com, ‘a lot of aspects ‒ positive or negative ‒ suggest that you two will have many ways to help each other develop, and may even be together to continue a past life relationship’.

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LIFESTYLE BY ANGELA BEKIARIS

Are You Emotionally Healthy? HOW’S your mind feeling? It might be time to check up on it.

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HERE are good and bad days, but how emotionally healthy are we all? Humans are not one-dimensional ‒ they are a sum of emotional, cognitive, behavioural and spiritual layers, each having its own set of levels. This means that it’s vital to make sure all aspects are functioning and healthy to maintain what experts call ‘an internal state of equilibrium and stability’. You might have heard people say that your diet is not just what you eat, and while that sounds strange, it’s very true. Keeping your body in good shape by hitting the gym

five days a week is great ‒ and exercise has proven to be beneficial for both body and mind ‒ but it’s important to keep your emotional health in just as great a shape as the rest of your body. Emotional health is affected by many things: what you watch, what you listen to, and even by the people you hang around with. And only you’re able to control what goes in and out. According to medical professionals, ‘people who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and are in turn able to cope with life’s challenges’. Familydoctor.org explains that

Be Aware Of Your Emotions And Reactions: You have to pay attention to what is going on around you ‒ what makes you happy, sad or even mad. Express Your Feelings In Appropriate Ways: Communication is important, so speak to people who have made you feel sad or angry and find out why. Learn To Manage Your Stress: Find relaxation techniques to help you cope ‒ yoga, meditation, exercising, or even a half hour of colouring in. Think First: Never act without thinking ‒ your emotions are more powerful than you think, so to avoid regret. Find A Healthy Balance Work And Play: Find new hobbies, meet up with friends ‒ keep your mind balanced and under control. Keep Your Physical Health In-Check: If you’re eating healthily, having regular check-ups and staying active, your mind will be healthier too. Find A Purpose: We all have a purpose in life ‒ find out what yours is and focus on it. Stay Positive: Keep negative people out of sight and only spend your time with those who matter. Having good emotional health is about having positive emotions and experiences. Grow Your Self-Awareness: This will allow you to see what habits and beliefs serve you and which do not. Know Your Boundaries: You need to know that what you’re doing is keeping you emotionally safe and happy ‒ even if it means saying NO! Be Content: With yourself and with your life. Be Curious: Experts reveal that people who are emotionally healthy ‘are flexible with the process of learning and have a curious mind’. Be Adaptable: You can’t always have things your way so be adaptable to

change and accept what cannot be. Build Healthy Relationships: Deep relationships, which are based more on quality than quantity, are what you need to focus on. Find relationships that are healthy, positive and nurturing. Be Confident: If you know where you’re supposed to be and love yourself for who you are, you are on the road to being emotionally healthy and happy. Be Resilient: When faced with a bumpy road, experts say you need to find a way to bounce back. Practise Gratitude: This is a healthy way to attract more of what you want in life. Plus, giving thanks automatically shifts your thoughts onto the positive rather than the negative.

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people who are emotionally healthy ‘can keep problems in perspective and bounce back from setbacks. They feel good about themselves and have good relationships’. It’s also important to note, however, that being emotionally healthy does not mean you are happy all the time. Instead it means you are aware of your emotions ‒ you know how to deal with them, whether they are positive or negative. In fact, research shows that emotional health is a skill, which is why we’re sharing tips on how to improve your emotional health from this moment on.


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FOUR years back, Travis Barker told GQ that 70 percent of his body is covered in tattoos, including on his face. Some of his face tattoos include an anchor inked near one eye, a star tattooed near the other and ‘Blessed’ tattooed under his right eye in cursive. Barker also has a head tattoo that took an estimated 30-35 hours to finish.

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Post Malone

THE star has several face tattoos, which include three Playboy bunnies, ‘Stay Away’ in cursive, barbed wire, a sword, a rattlesnake and a bull sku (that one’s on his neck, admittedly, but it’s close enough to count, we say).

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Kehlani halifa

as a star, a feather and a peace ed around one eye, as well as a eaf, a star, an anchor and a music around the other. He also has ooed across his temple in honour Sebastian, and ‘JIMI’ across his le. In fact the star has 411 tats on total ‒ gee (wiz)!

GANGSTER singer Kehlani is no stranger to face tats, although hers are somewhat subtler than some of the others’ on this list. She has a paper plane by her right eye, and a Queen of Hearts by her right ear.

Lil Pump

THE rapper has a green flying saucer and alien inked on his temples, a red star, a red spade and a black pointed star tatted near his eye, among others.

21 Savage

HE inked a giant dagger in the middle of his forehead, as well as ‘Death Before Dishonor’ written in cursive across his hairline. How charming.

Rick Ross

THE star has a reported 10 face tattoos including the Miami Heat crest, the logo of Meek Mills’ Dreamchasers mixtape and three crosses near his eye. He also has the letter W, a crown near his other eye, the MMG logo and Cazal on his cheek, as well as the shape of Florida in between his eyebrows. Because why not.


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S it your barista? Your PT? The hot guy whose eye you try to catch around the water cooler? What we’re asking is, could you be inadvertently cheating on your partner? It’s a loaded question but, you see, there’s this thing called micro-cheating and it’s not something so ridiculous or sinister that you’d assume you haven’t done it. It’s not danger and blaring sirens ‒ and it’s usually a subconscious action. Still, it’s not all sunshine and commitment, either, and could signal

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something that needs attention in your relationship. In a relationship nutshell ‒ a ‘rutshell’ ‒ micro-cheating is the term that describes all the small things (Blink-182 not included) we do that could have whispers of infidelity, without actually, physically being unfaithful. Just like author and science commentator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki warns against microsleeping, micro-cheating can take you into territories you might regret. Think of it as the little sister to emotional cheating, sans that

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it’s also not really emotional,” explains Desiree Spierings, director at Sexual Health Australia. “With emotional cheating, you definitely share a lot of personal information with this person in the way of thoughts, feelings and desires, and on top of that you have real emotional feelings for this person that goes further than attraction.”

that, ‘Wow, others find my partner attractive,’ and it danger, according to Spierings, include ignites a fire that dressing differently when you know tells them you are you’re going to be seeing a certain person, their partner and withholding information from your partner no one else’s.” about who you’re hanging with during afterRelationship work drinks, or lying by omission. It could therapist Amanda even be the fact you’re always liking and Joy Robb agrees commenting on one guy’s Instagram pics. that ‘harmless And the guy isn’t Zac Efron. It’s a real guy. flirting is fun and ‘“Also when you don’t disclose you’re in a can be shared relationship or minimise the status of your with your partner, relationship on purpose,” she continues. “It’s but not when it the same as seeking contact with someone interferes and gets unnecessarily for advice on small topics or in the way of your going out of your way to speak to someone romantic feelings’ else, following them on social media to the in the relationship. point where you know quite a few details There’s the about their life, and developing an interest in giveaway ‒ if you someone else to the point you’ll do things that feel you can’t are completely unnecessary just to have minor engage in this contact with them.” behaviour in the It’s just harmless fun, you say. And yeah, we company of your WHAT if you’re agree to an extent. Every relationship has S.O., you should reading this its own threshold or ‘line’ when it comes back away. and wondering to what constitutes cheating. But micro“Harmless flirting whether your cheating shows that you’re thinking about the can occur in front partner is of a partner, or engaging in a little attentions of someone who isn’t your partner, and that’s not cricket. Just think about the can be disclosed micro-cheating motivation behind that red lip you’re rocking to them in a of their own? It to work, out of the norm, because Kirk from way that’s not could be hard accounting is in. How would your partner feel a big deal,” says to pick the signs Robb ‒ whereas when they’re not if they knew that was the reason behind the rouge? ‘emotional actually cheating “The line is crossed when you realise the cheating is and doing things things you are saying to someone else ‒ or secretive.’ that would provide the actions you’re doing ‒ would feel quite When is it more obvious and hurtful if your partner knew,” says relationship unequivocally, concrete signs. therapist Amanda Joy Robb. “That, or when it most definitely a “If you think your interferes with your own relationship, such as no-no? If you have partner might be if you’re paying more attention to this person a past with this micro-cheating, than your partner, or when you start to delete person. If you’ve bring it up from text messages in case your partner reads dated or had sex, a position where them.” do not entertain it is a negative the idea of flirtation. We repeat: Do. Not. characteristic of you,” says Spierings. “For Go. There.Girl. Friend! example: ‘I feel insecure when you contact this girl,’ or ‘When I see you commenting a lot on this girl’s social media posts, I worry about our relationship.’ If he cares about you he’ll want you to feel secure and take your worries away.”

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deep emoconnection that would otherwise derail a relationship (side note: it’s said that emotional cheating can hurt much more than its physical counterpart). But given micro-cheating can build the blocks to something more, it evidently doesn’t take physically smacking your lips on a juicy new conquest to spell trouble. The first step to note? A little overzealous flirtation. “[It’s] the little things you do to show someone you fancy them; it doesn’t ever become physical and

IT'S just harmless fun, you say. And yeah, we agree to an extent.

USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE LET’S flip the switch: a little

micro-cheating could throw a buoy to a floundering relationship. When used wisely, it can potentially benefit your relationship. “It could show you that, I’ve still got it, people find me attractive and are into me,” says Spierings. “This could make you feel more confident and, in turn, you bring this confidence into your relationship. On top of that, your partner gets a message

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ANT to say thank you? Got something positive to say about someone? Has a stranger done a good deed for you? Have you received outstanding service from a place or a person? We want to know about it. No kind deed should go unacknowledged. E-mail mnandinews@gmail.com or sms the word ‘Mnandi’ to 48408. Keep your message to about 50 words and include your name or pseudonym and area. MY beautiful daughter has been going through a very difficult time and just a little more than a month after it almost happened, she told me that she called Lifeline. She was feeling suicidal and even though we are very close, she did not feel she could confide in me at the time. She told me that the person on the other end of the line was the one who stopped her and convinced her that other actions were options. I am forever grateful to this group run by volunteers who can save lives of strangers they’ve never met. Grateful mom, Protea Heights

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Happiness comes from within. Gugu

SPREADING feel-good news. I WAS battling with a parking ticket payment at a large, busy shopping mall on Saturday morning and could not get the machine to accept my R10 note for an R8 fee. Getting more and more frustrated and embarrassed by the long queue building up behind me and my tired kids performing, I was so grateful when I heard an ‘excuse me’, and a man just stopped and gave me two R5 coins! He would not take my R10 note, no matter how much I insisted, and asked me to do a good thing for someone else when I see the opportunity. And you know what? I will! Ursula Mabaso, Clifton A BIG thank you to Galbraith Attorneys, Notaries And Conveyancers in Broadacres, Fourways and in particular to Ms Traci Galbraith-van Reenen who refunded an amount from a business transaction from a former client of theirs over 18 months ago. I was extremely surprised and also very thankful and appreciative of their business ethics. They absorbed the cost, which was fairly substantial to me, as it was not claimable from their former client. What a wonderful attitude. Any company that practises the right thing deserves to be acknowledged. Happy, Johannesburg

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Pinky and Sanda at Sanda’s baby shower. She was expecting twins!

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REAL LIFE

One’s Horrific

Enough – She’s Surviving

McKennah ahead of her localised brain radiation to target the tumours

FIVE!

SHE thought she had flu; it turned out to be so much worse.

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CKENNAH Carter, 20, had the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with a tumour aged just 17. Once it was removed, she hoped that was the end of her experience with the wretched disease, and she was told she wouldn’t have to worry about cancer again. She soon learnt just how wrong that was. “At 17 years old I was diagnosed with stage one melanoma after finding a cancerous mole on my back. This is very treatable: you simply remove the area. Doctors also confirmed that it had not spread to the rest of my body,” recalls McKennah. “At the time I was very private about it and almost embarrassed. I didn’t want people to view me as the girl with cancer. I was told that the chances of it ever coming back were extremely unlikely. Most likely I would never have to worry about it for the rest of my life.” But a year later, McKennah started to experience flu-like symptoms and relentless headaches which she initially assumed were down to her pushing herself too hard. After a month, though, she went to the hospital. “The doctors were baffled by my symptoms because there was no logical reason to have such varied and random symptoms all throughout my body,” she says. The hospital did an MRI of McKennah’s brain, and made the shocking discovery of five brain tumours. To make matters worse, a CT scan and biopsy showed that the cancer had spread to her liver, lungs, bones and lymph nodes. McKennah was diagnosed with stage four metastatic melanoma and she started immunotherapy and radiation straight away. “My dad and I sat stunned by the news. I could not comprehend what was happening,” says McKennah. “Disbelief flooded my mind.

It never occured to me that the cancer would return so viciously. The tumours varied, the largest just under 2.5cm.” As her health swiftly deteriorated, McKennah recalls lying in a hospital bed and realising that she could resent the circumstances she found herself in, or she could be hopeful, and she firmly believes that after choosing the latter, her health started to improve because her mindset was positive. “I realised that I had a choice. I could choose to become bitter about my circumstances, or I could choose hope. From that moment on there was a shift in my health. I became stable enough to leave the hospital. Initially I chose to go for a more naturopathic route. I was still doing some conventional treatment, but the holistic and natural therapies truly helped me regain my health. I had an IV of vitamin C and of B17 as well as oral vitamin supplements, localised hypothermia, sonodynamic therapy, coffee enemas and hyperbaric chamber treatment. I did the holistic and natural therapies for two months before scans revealed that my tumours had shrunk.” But scans in October 2018 revealed that the tumours were starting to grow again, so McKennah continued with immunotherapy before brain surgery in December to remove a haemorrhaging brain tumour. Unfortunately, further scans in April 2019 discovered tumour growth in McKennah’s liver; it was found

that the immunotherapy wasn’t working, and there were no more treatment options. “For the first time, I felt like I could actually die. I again turned to integrative medicine in Canada, where I received full body hypothermia and localised hypothermia to my brain and liver, IV vitamin C and a mixture of other things. I also began pursuing a clinical trial called the tumour infiltrating lymphocyte trial (TIL). I was put on the waiting list in April and then accepted on the trial to begin treatment in October. I finished it on November 13, 2019.” McKennah explains that TIL involves reproducing one’s T cells in a lab, then giving them back to the subject in the hopes they will then have the ability to fight off the cancer. This entails a month in hospital and seven rounds of chemotherapy to break down the immune system before building it back up. “It works for 16 percent of patients, which seem like very daunting odds, but I have full confidence that I will receive my healing through this,” she says. “Many people miss the mental and physical connection when it comes to illness. I didn’t just need physical healing, I needed mental healing too. I took a good look at my heart and realised that it wasn’t my body that was broken, it was all of me. So, I began to use my struggles with cancer as an outlet for mental healing. It has helped me become a stronger, braver, and more peaceful person. It has also given me a compassion for others and an understanding of others suffering I never would have had.”

IT never occured to me that the cancer would return so viciously.

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l P e M – Pleas Killill Me BY WALTON GOL GHTLY

MICHAEL EGGERS stopped appealing h eath senten and insiste he authoriti execute hi

Eggers was traced to Florida his execution, rmer attorneys filed an ap N March 15, 2018, Michael using cellphone records. He without his co ation, stating Eggers was cl Eggers, 50, was executed by told police what he had done mentally ill an pable of making the decisi lethal injection in Alabama. and led them to where he discontinue hi eals, fire his attorneys and Eggers had received word had left Murray’s body. for his immedi xecution. s than two hours earlier that a He claimed no pre“Just because ate may disagree with co y of execution request submitted meditation to the murder. or with a rulin rt does not yield a conclusi thout his consent by his former He had lost his that the inmate is psycho orneys had been denied. temper due to or delusional,” found the ter being convicted in 2002 of Murray slapping him Court of Appeals on deny rdering his former employer, and his killing of her the appeal. nnie Murray, Eggers spent years was a spontaneous “The facts are clear, and uing his case in appeal courts. In act, he said. At his admits, that he went to g 17, he changed his mind. Instead Michael Eggers trial in December lengths to ensure Murray’s of fighting his conviction he dropped 2002, Eggers pleaded not guilty by death and then to hide the all of his appeals and requested the State reason of insanity, yet presented evidence of his crime,” said proceed with his execution. no evidence to support the notion Alabama Governor Kay Ivey “I am seeking justice for myself and for the he was mentally ill at the time of after the execution. “After 18 family members of the homicide victim,” said the murder. Found guilty, he was years of waiting, justice has Eggers in his hand-written request. He wanted sentenced to death. finally been served tonight for his ‘execution and sentence of death to be Bennie Murray After Eggers’ request to proceed with the Murray family.” carried out immediately’. Murray, 67, had previously employed Eggers IF you think you’ve seen any of these people, or would like to report a in the carnival business she owned with her missing person, contact the Bureau For Missing People on (012) 393husband. He had worked with the travelling 2005, or fax (012) 393-2012. Missing people can contact the bureau to carnival until September 2000, when he met a let them know they’re alive and well – even if they don’t want to get in touch with family. woman in Jasper, Alabama, and decided to stay on. In December, he contacted Murray and asked for THE largest number of his job back. Three days after Christmas, Murray People Against Women Abuse: Cansacare Centres: 0800 226 622 / missing children worldwide Telephone: (011) 591-6803 E-mail: info@cansa.org.za picked up Eggers and his 15-year-old son from E-mail: info@powa.co.za / SA Depression & Anxiety Support are runaways, then family a bus station in Birmingham, Alabama. She took Website: www.powa.co.za Group (SADAG): 0800 567 567 / abductions, being lost or them both to Talladega, Florida, where she lived Rape Crisis: (021) 447-1467 / Counsellors: (011) 234-4837 injured, and non-family and tried to help Eggers to find employment. E-mail: info@rapecrisis.org.za Alcoholics Anonymous South Africa: Lifeline: 0861 322 322/ 0861 435 722 abductions. She was unable to, and three days later, Eggers (011) 422-4242 SANCA: (011) 892-3829 asked her to take them back to Jasper. Eggers Childline: 0800 055 555 / Gamblers Anonymous: 060 624 N South Africa alone, almost later told police that, while driving to Jasper, he E-mail: admin@childlinesa.org.za 7140 / 071 377 2746 (Office hours) 1 000 children are reported told Murray he’d abandoned his own car the SAPS Family Violence, Child LGBT Out Services: (012) 430-3272 / missing every year. The Protection And Sexual Offences 066 190 5812 week before in a ditch due to bad weather and actual figure is probably much Unit (FCS): (012) 393-2107 / Legal Aid Advice Line: 0800 110 110 he wanted to go and retrieve it. They dropped higher. Currently the police have an (012) 393-1000 Crime Stop Line: 0860 10111 his son off at their Jasper apartment, then went 82 percent success rate finding the Teddy Bear Clinic: (011) 484-4554 / Corruption Watch Hotline: to look for the car. Soweto: (011) 980-8160 0800 023 456 children. Ideally they’d like to achieve Aids Helpline: 0800 012 322, Pink Ladies For Missing Children: a 100 percent success rate. But they They were unable to find the vehicle. After or (011) 880-0405 072 214 7439 / 083 378 4882 need your help! Have you seen any of driving around for some time, Murray said it Tara Eating Disorder Unit: these people? was time to return home. According to Eggers, (011) 535-3000 an argument ensued. Angry at the way Eggers PHELELANI HLONGWA ABERTNICHO SBUSISO SHONGWE spoke to her, Murray slapped him. Eggers began Disappeared: June 23, 2019 Disappeared: September 19, 2019 to hit her, throwing her unconscious body out of Age: 35 Age: 26 the car. PHELELANI left his home in Umlazi ABERTNICHO left his home in As Murray lay beaten and barely conscious, without telling anyone where he Vosman without telling anyone was going and never returned. He Eggers kicked her repeatedly, choked her and where he is going and never was wearing blue overalls, a brown returned. placed a tree branch against her throat. He then jacket and black safety boots. stood on the branch to force his full weight down onto Murray’s neck, killing her. Eggers SIYABONGA ABEDINIGO NKOSI immediately took Murray’s car through a car NKOSINATHI BABAYI ZULU Disappeared: May 11, 2019 Disappeared: July 25, 2019 wash to remove the blood stains on the outside Age: 36 Age: 35 and stole the money in her purse. Police found SIYABONGA left his home in Umlazi IT is alleged that Nkosinathi had her car four days later in Franklin, Kentucky. without telling anyone where he was

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a misunderstanding with his fiancée; he then left and never returned.

going and never returned. He was wearing grey jeans, a brown T-shirt and white sports shoes.

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REAL LIFE It is suggested that hormones have an influence on lipoedema, as it tends to start mainly for women during puberty and during other periods of hormonal change. “I first noticed I was getting fatter during my early teens when I was going through puberty. I was known as the ‘fat kid’ with an abnormal shaped figure as my top half was noticeably slimmer than my bottom half,” Katie recalls. “Doctors always gave an unexplained cause of fat legs because I looked it, but to me it didn’t add up as I have never had a bad enough diet to account for the weight. At one point I weighed 160kg, so I underwent a gastric bypass in 2012, which helped me lose 63.5kg. However, my legs remained the same.” She adds, “I’ve had suicidal thoughts due to my condition getting worse and worse. During my first pregnancy I gained 44.5kg and my partner couldn’t even look at me; now we’ve separated. But it isn’t just the mental aspect of dealing with lipoedema that is hard; it’s the physical too. I am constantly in pain; it is unbearable and feels like my legs are an overfilled water balloon that is about to

I WANT nothing more than to play with my children and . return to work, I loved my job! Housebound By

20 Litres Of A MOM is pleading for strangers to fund life-changing surgery.

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ATIE BAKER, 31, unknowingly developed lipoedema ‒ which causes an abnormal build-up of fat cells in the legs – when she was 13 and it worsened during her two pregnancies. Katie, from Ontario, Canada, thought she was just ‘fat’, but despite changing her diet and undergoing a gastric bypass her legs continued to balloon and now weigh an estimated combined weight of 20kg. The former chef says she was dismissed by doctors for almost two decades as

FAT!

medics believed it was merely ‘swelling’ until September last year. “I have spent most of my life feeling guilty and blaming myself for my legs – I thought I was ruining my own life by being fat,” she says. “I felt relieved when I was diagnosed. I had read about lipoedema before online, but I thought it seemed too good to be true as I’d always blamed myself. I didn’t understand how someone can be fat without it being their own fault.” Katie admits she suffered severe self-esteem issues, with her condition having been a constant focus of playground bullying. “Even when I take my children – Abigail, eight and Benjamin, one – to the park, kids ask me, ‘Why are your legs so gross?’ It’s never ending, and I just want to feel good in my skin.”

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burst. I have had to put my son Benjamin into childcare because I can’t keep up with him.” Katie was forced to quit her job as she was declared disabled in January 2018 – she has become ‘stuck’ in her home. She has also developed lymphedema ‒ a long-term condition where excess fluid collects in tissue, causing swelling. Katie is now fundraising R2-million to cover the costs of four rounds of liposuction to remove 20 litres of excess fat at a time from her legs. “If lipoedema is caught early enough it can be treated; unfortunately I have learnt the hard way,” she says. “This condition is debilitating and taking over my life. I am unable to sit down as my bum bruises and I experience excruciating pain when standing, which leads me to spend most of the day lying down. I want nothing more than to play with my children and return to work; I loved my job! It is also stealing my daughter’s childhood; she is like a mini-mom around the house and always checking up on me and offering a hand. I am sharing my story for all the other women who are suffering with this chronic disease and want to get their life back. I am in the process of starting a lipoedema awareness campaign to educate the medical community so it can be diagnosed and monitored early on.” IF you can help Ka e out, go to www.gofundme.com/f/ka ebaker


REAL LIFE PEOPLE HAS HEART BY VANESSA PAPAS

Ladles T

OF LOVE

Pay It Forward

HE streets of Cape Town can be unforgiving, especially if you’re homeless. According to the Western Cape government’s 2019 statistics, there are about 4 862 homeless people in the greater Cape Town area. Cape-based Ladles Of Love is helping feed these souls. The volunteerrun soup kitchen and feeding programme provides over 12 000 healthy meals to the homeless a month. They also distribute soup to struggling schools, students and communities at various locations around the Mother City. Ladles Of Love began when Zimbabwean-born Danny Diliberto was inspired to create a project to give back to society, as the result of attending a course through the Art Of Living foundation (AOL). “As part of the course, attendees were encouraged to head out into the streets of Cape Town to offer hot tea to homeless people. As a restaurateur, I decided instead to make use of my kitchen and cooked up a fresh pot of soup instead,” says Danny. “Walking the streets of Cape Town on my mission, I spotted a homeless individual walking along – the man was wrapped in a dirty duvet and was shouting and swearing as he went. I approached him to offer the soup, and in that instant I saw that such a simple gesture had great power. The man stopped his shouting, accepted the soup and thanked me before continuing on his way. I realised that I had the power to restore dignity, even for just a moment, to people who have lost their way – and so the soup kitchen was born.” With little knowledge of how to start a soup kitchen, Danny decided just to go for it and at the first soup kitchen on a chilly July evening in 2014 a small team of volunteers served 70 hot meals. That same kitchen now happens every single week, serving over 200 meals each time. “People really do rely on our soup kitchen and

IT started with one thought, one pot, one person, and today Ladles Of Love is a huge movement helping feed hungry stomachs in the Mother City.

individuals and companies. “A bowl of soup may not sound like much, but it’s a lifeline to some. Our soup kitchens are about more than simply providing food; it’s about dignity, respect and creating the kind of world we all want to live in,” says Danny. “All our volunteers can attest – they all experience love and joy through the serving of each meal. It’s about more than simply feeding the hungry; it’s about breaking down the social barriers that exist between us, and connecting Ladles Of Love is a people regardless of their gender, volunteer-run soup kitchen and feeding colour, religion or social status. We also want to help people to help themselves. programme for the homeless of Cape Town When we meet individuals who are keen to get off the streets we assist where Cape Town has notoriously unpredictable we can – we’ve helped people apply for identity weather! We don’t let that stop us, though. documents and one gentlemen is now working Four of our kitchens happen every week as part of the Ladles Of Love team.” without fail, come rain or shine – no matter the weather, we’ll be there. We also serve at our kitchens as normal on any that fall on public holidays.” LADLES OF LOVE is always looking for volunteers Ladles Of Love also founded an to assist with their soup kitchens. Soup kitchen initiative: The Munch Club ‒ a volunteer duties include setting up their pop-up schools-based initiative aimed to serving station, ladling soup, slicing bread, pouring inspire and feed South Africa’s drinks, serving food, queue management and underprivileged youth. Now cleaning up. You may also be asked to run their running weekly feeding schemes handwashing station with soap and towels so their in four different schools, they have guests can clean up before dinner. Ladles Of Love served in excess of 50 000 meals Since it was also encourage volunteers to take some time to and are always looking to expand established in chat to the team and to their homeless guests – into more schools, but can only July 2014, Ladles it’s a great opportunity to connect with new and Of Love has been do this through sponsorship of interesting people from all walks of life. If you serving hot meals would like to volunteer, contact Danny at to the homeless in Cape Town danny@ladlesoflove.org.za, or call 073 720 8088.

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2020:

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What To Look Out For

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E’VE finally stepped into 2020, and while 2019 will be a hard act to follow entertainmentwise, we can promise you that this year is going to be even bigger and better. In fact, there’s so much to keep track of in terms of what you can expect, we’ve put together a guide of the highlights, so you know just what to keep an eye out for on both the big and small screens.

Birds Of Prey SEEING that South Africans can’t seem to get enough of superhero films, we have a feeling that the cinemas are going to be full when Birds Of Prey flies in next month. The film is essentially a Suicide

HOLD on to your socks – the year’s lineup is going to knock them off!

Squad sequel but looks at the life of Harley Quinn after she escapes the clutches of the Joker. Harley’s world collides with Roman Sionis, otherwise known as the Black Mask, after he places a hit on a young girl named Cassandra Cain, and the villainess soon becomes the heroine when she joins

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forces with Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to protect the girl and take down the Black Mask for good. Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn while Ewan McGregor makes his DC Extended Universe debut as Black Mask. Release Date: February 7

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Onward

WHILE the world is still obsessed with Frozen II, 2020 promises some exciting animated films as well. Pixar’s highlyanticipated film Onward features the voices of Marvel stars Chris Pratt and Tom Holland as two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot. As you can guess, they live in a magical world filled with elves, trolls, mermaids, centaurs and fauns ‒ but that world is losing its magic more and more as its inhabitants increasingly make use of a different kind of phenomenon ‒ technology. With machinery and cellphones and cars having taken over, the brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic in the world in order to spend one day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him. Of course, things don’t quite go as planned and, left with just their father’s legs, they must try find a way to bring back the rest of his body. Release Date: March 6

Bad Boys For Life

CAN you believe that it’s been 17 years since Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys II premiered back in 2003! This year the next chapter officially begins. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer returns for the third instalment of the film, which sees friends and partners Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery having drifted apart. Marcus is a police inspector while Mike, who is going through a midlife crisis, is assigned to head up AMMO, a ‘young guns’ group of millennial cops with whom he has nothing in common. But one last project before they retire – taking on a Romanian mob boss – is set to get the ultra-cool duo back in action. Release Date: January 24

The Umbrella Academy

The Eternals

IT’S the superhero movie we’ve all been waiting for! The second film in Marvel’s new era sees the introduction of the Eternals – a group of powerful immortals who helped shape humanity and history on Earth. This film sees them enter the ultimate battle to save the world from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. As you can expect, some big names are attached to this, including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani and Game Of Thrones stars Richard Madden and Kit Harington. There is a lot of buzz around this film and it is expected to be one of the biggest of the year. Release Date: November 6

SEASON ONE of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy ‒ created by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way ‒ became one of the biggest series of 2019 and this year we’re officially getting the next chapter. Filming on the show’s highly-anticipated second season concluded in November last year and the new season sees life after the apocalypse. #5 helped the Umbrella Academy escape by transporting them back in time. Now they’re planning to put a stop to the apocalypse yet again by using their greatest hidden secret – Vanya. The gang has to try and stop Dr Hargreaves from hiding Vanya’s powers from her and train her to be the best hero she can be. Naturally, the Commission will do their very best to stop the academy from achieving their goal. Are you ready for the next chapter? We certainly are!

The Single Wives SA

M-NET has certainly stepped up its game when it comes to reality TV, having announced their next project: the local take on The Singles Wives. It sees six single ladies are on the search for love in a new exciting dating show. The ladies will live together for several weeks during which they undergo a journey of self-discovery and growth. Alongside them will be an experienced dating guru, who will hold their hands through the process of healing their wounds, restoring their confidence and teaching them to get back into the dating scene. As the six women transform emotionally and mentally over this period, potential male suitors will help them practise their skills by participating in remarkable speed dates, glamorous dinner and cocktail parties as well as challenging activities.


SPOTLIGHT No Time To Die

THE highly-anticipated 25th film in the James Bond franchise premieres later this year and sees star Daniel Craig take on the 007 mantle for the fifth (and final ‒ crying emoji!) time. In No Time To Die we discover that James Bond has left active service but makes a grand return after his friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeff W i ht li hi help in the search for a m discover that the scientist someone named Safin, pla Malek, who soon proves t the greatest villains Bond to deal with. In fact produ Broccoli described the ch ‘the one that really gets un skin’. “He’s a nasty piece o OMG, can we skip to Apr Release Date: April 3

Impeachment: American Crime Story

RYAN MURPHY already has two successful American Crime Stories under his belt. He’s told the stories of the murder trial of OJ Simpson as well as the assassination of Gianni Versace; in the third season, titled Impeachment, he chronicles the impeachment process of 42nd president of the United States, Bill Clinton, for charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. The series will also take a look at Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, who has jumped on board as a co-producer of the show. Oscarnominated actor Clive Owen will portray the former president while Anthony Green is set to portray Al Gore. Sarah Paulson will star as Linda Tripp, Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones when the series premieres in September.

Other Exciting Movie Releases: Sonic The Hedgehog: February 14 Godzilla Vs Kong: March 13 A Quiet Place 2: March 20 Mulan: March 27 The New Mutants: April 3 Peter Rabbit 2 ‒ The Runaway: April 3 Trolls World Tour: April 17 Black Widow: May 1 Legally Blonde 3: May 8 Fast & Furious 9: May 22 Wonder Woman 1984: June 5 Minions 2: July 3 Morbius: July 31 Red Notice: November 13 Uncharted: December 18 The Croods 2: December 23

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TV Shows

Star Trek: Picard

Top Gun: Maverick

ANOTHER highly-anticipated sequel premiering later this year is Top Gun: Maverick. Tom Cruise reprises his role as Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell 34 years after the original hit the big screen. Pete, who is a flight instructor, meets Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw (played by Miles Teller) ‒ a pilot trainee and the son of the

late Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw ‒ and the two form a bond. While not too much is known about the film at this point, the duo is obviously expected to embark on a massive adventure, with Pete acting as mentor to Bradley, while Bradley helps Pete deal with his own demons. One thing’s for sure – we’re in for one hell of a ride! Release Date: June 26

Jungle Cruise

LIKE Pirates Of The Caribbean, which has become one of the biggest film franchises in the world, Jungle Cruise is also based on a Disney theme park attraction. In it Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt take the roles of a riverboat captain and a scientist who head into the jungle to hunt for a magical cure which is said to be provided by the hidden Tree of Life. Of course, their trip is not without drama, and the team finds itself fighting off dangerous wild animals while trying to keep ahead of a competing German expedition. Filming took place last year in Hawaii and while it was initially set for a 2019 release, it’s now been moved to 2020’s July holiday season. Release Date: July 24

Artemis Fowl

ATTENTION all Artemis Fowl fans out there: freak out now because a big screen adaptation of the books is heading our way this year! The film stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad and Judi Dench, and tells the story of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line

of criminal masterminds. Artemis sets out on an adventure to find his father, who has mysteriously disappeared, and in doing so he discovers that getting him back will be harder than he ever thought possible. The franchise has been incredibly popular and spans eight books, so expect cinemas to be crawling with bookworms (including us!). Release Date: May 29

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STAR TREK: PICARD will be the eighth offshoot of the Star Trek franchise and promises to be one of the most exciting new shows of the year. In the series, Patrick Stewart, who also executive produces the series, stars as Picard, reprising his role from Star Trek: The Next Generation. This time around we find the Enterprise veteran severely affected by the death of Data and the destruction of Romulus, but about to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Several actors from previous Star Trek series will also reprise their roles, including Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes, so this practically already a cultural phenomenon. The series premieres early this year.

Little Fires Everywhere

CELESTE NG’S novel Little Fires Everywhere has had an incredible print run, so it comes as no shock that the story’s making its way to the small screen. Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington have already signed on as the series’ leads as rival matriarchs of the Richardson and Warren families. The story, set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, sees the Richardsons, an affluent family with four children, clash with the Warrens, a motherdaughter duo who struggle to get by. Although an unexpected friendship between the families’ children draws them together, a custody battle for a ChineseAmerican baby upsets everything again – this time threatening to turn the whole town upside down. The series is expected to be a one-season-only affair and will premiere later this year.

Other TV Shows We Can’t Wait To Watch In 2020:  The Outsider  Brooklyn Nine-Nine  Pose  Idols South Africa  Keeping Up With The Kardashians  The Flash  Tropika Island Of Treasure  The Boondocks  Star Wars: The Clone Wars  The Falcon And The

Winter Soldier  Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous  Selena: The Series  Ratched  Blood & Water  Queen Sono  Ms. Marvel  She Hulk  Dr. Who  Katy Keene  Nine Perfect Strangers


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FROM movies to series and documentaries, here’s what’s got top billing on our entertainment programme.

TV, MOVIES & REVIEWS BY MICHAEL SEKHU

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EX EDUCATION is about Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mother, Jean. In season One O s and his friend Maeve Wiley set up a sex clinic at school to capitalise on his intui ve talent for sex advice. In Season Two, as a late bloomer O s must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola while also dealing with his now strained rela onship with Maeve. Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a chlamydia outbreak, highligh ng the need for be er sex educa on at the school, and new kids come to town who will challenge the status quo.

Sex Education will return to Netflix on January 17 with eight brand new episodes.

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RAY DONOVAN WHILE Ray (Liev Schreiber in a Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated performance) is making personal progress, there are dangers that require the Ray Donovan of old. Between the NYC mayor, an unrelenting NYPD officer and clients old and new, Ray struggles to find a balance between fixing for clients and fixing himself.

IN the show, Terry is the eldest brother ‒ in actuality, Liev Schreiber is eight months older than Eddie Marsan, the actor who plays Terry.

Stream Season Seven of Ray Donovan on Showmax from January 20.

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ARCTIC JUSTICE SWIFTY the fox, voiced by Jeremy Renner, discovers a devious plan by O o Von Walrus (John Cleese) to drill beneath the Arcti surface to unleash enough gas to melt all the ice. With help from his friends, an introverted polar bear, a sca er-brained albatross, a crafty ox and two paranoid o ers ‒ Swift and the gang spring into action o put a stop to O o’s plot and save the day.

Artic Justice opens in cinemas on January 24.

AMERICAN GODS THE fantasy continues in the se ond season of American Gods, based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, and follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex-convict who is the right-hand man and bodyguard for Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane), an old god in the midst of a war between the old gods ‒ the gods from ancient mythology ‒ and the new gods, the gods of society, technology, and globalisation.

Catch Season Two of American Gods, Saturdays from January 18 at 22h00 on M-Net.

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FRESH CUT WITH JILL MANSON FRESH CUT is a oral show that takes viewers on a South African journey of owers. Join oral communica ons expert Jill Manson as she meets the farmers who grow some of South Africa’s most spectacular blooms, goes behind the scenes at the ower market and brings you ps and oral arrangements that you can recreate at home. She explores a di erent theme in each episode and gives the low-down on how to mix and match di erent owers, how to care for your bouquets, the language of owers and so much more! Catch Fresh Cut With Jill Manson, Wednesdays at 20h00 from January 22 on The Home Channel.

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JUST MERCY JUST MERCY is a powerful and thought-provoking true story directed by Destin Daniel that follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who in 1987 was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence suggesting his innocence, and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follows, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political manoeuvrings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds ‒ and the system ‒ stacked against them.

Just Mercy opens in cinemas on January 17.

I AM A KILLER THIS crime-series pro les prisoners convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. Recoun ng the events that led up to their crime, the killers reveal their mo va ons and how they now view their ac ons a er me spent on death row.

THE GRUDGE WITH all the remakes that have been going on, it should come as li le surprise that 2020 will see a remake of the 2002 lm The Grudge (itself and American remake of the Japanese horror lm Ju-On). That’s not to say we’re not keen on seeing it, though! A single mother and young detec ve (Andrea Riseborough) inves ga ng an horri c family murder discovers the house where it took place is cursed by a vengeful ghost. She nds herself and her son on the run for their lives from the en ty. How can we possibly miss that!

Season Two of I Am A Killer is available for streaming on Netflix.

Catch The Grudge in cinemas from Friday, January 17.

THE UNXPLAINED FROM the producers of Ancient Aliens, The UnXplained is a series that explores the world’s most fascina ng, strange, and inexplicable mysteries. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner, each episode will feature compelling contribu ons from scien sts and historians, each seeking to shed light on how the seemingly impossible can happen. From mysterious structures like Florida’s Coral Castle to so-called ‘evil’ places like the cursed ‘White City of Honduras’, The UnXplained will explore subjects that have mys ed mankind for centuries.

LES MISERABLES INSPIRED by the Paris riots of 2005, the lm revolves around three members of an an -crime brigade who are overrun while trying to make an arrest. A drone captures the encounter, and threatens to expose the reality of everyday life. Les Misérables is a provoca ve insight into the tensions between neighbourhood residents and police.

Catch The UnXplained, Fridays at 21h10 on the History Channel.

Les Miserables opens in cinemas on January 17.

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IN other Geordie news, congratulations are in order! Shore star and professional MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers has announced that he and his girlfriend Talia Oatway are expecting a baby boy. “The best surprises are the ones you don’t expect!!! I’m going to be a daddy can’t wait to meet you,” Aaron announced to his fans late last year in a photograph of himself, Talia and Talia’s daughter Siennah ‒ her only child from a former

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THE upcoming sixth season is expected to premiere early this year, and while Schitt’s Creek enjoys a large fanbase, viewers are dreading it in a way because they’ll be saying their final goodbyes to the Rose family at the end of it. Creator and star Dan Levy promises, though, that it’s the biggest and that he feels it’s the right time to say goodbye to the series – at least for now. “I truly believe we made the right choice ng the show after season six, having just shot all of it. I don’t think I’ll ever door on the show. For now, this felt like the right time to say goodbye mily,” Dan says. “Whether we revisit them down the line, if there’s a story ecessary, of course I would think about a movie or a holiday special or But Season Six felt like a great time to end on a high note with our fans hem exactly what they wanted without overstaying our welcome. When , maybe there’ll be an idea that creeps into my head. I know that everyone ling to come back.” moment of the series so far, Dan says, “I wrote an episode where my ow comes out to his parents through a surprise party gone wrong. I was sode. I was proud of the performances. I was proud of the message that t there. We touched on something that was real for a lot of people. To he strength of our team, where you can execute something as heavy as a heir parents and still not lose the humour and the love of the show. As a portunity to tell those stories is really meaningful for me.”

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DAN LEVY OPENS UP ON WHY IT’S TIME TO LET SCHITT’S CREEK GO

ONE of our favourite Hollywood couples will now be mixing pleasure with business, with Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas having scored themselves a brand-new Amazon series for an as-yetuntitled dance competition show, which they will produce. In a statement the couple say, “It’s inspired by the traditional Indian prewedding tradition called the sangeet. As per tradition, the families of the couple come together before the wedding ceremony to celebrate the upcoming nuptials. It usually involves singing and dancing; some choreographed some not.” Each episode will follow an engaged couple, their wedding party, friends and family as they prepare for the wedding and rehearse for their dance performances. Priyanka announced the news, saying, “At our wedding, both of our families came together to perform a sangeet. A performance (dance-off competition style) that celebrated our love story, one of the most unforgettable moments from a very special time in our lives.” She added, “@nickjonas and I are excited to announce a new, currently untitled project (we’re still working on it!!) that celebrates the love and magic that comes from friends and family that join together through music and dance the night before a wedding. It’s our #SangeetProject.”

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AFTER the success of Being Bonang and Somizi: Living The Dream, popular television personality and rapper Boity Thulo is the next local celeb to have scored her very own reality show, this one titled Boity: Own Your Throne. The series premieres on BET on February 5 and will give viewers an exclusive glimpse into the star’s fabulous life, and she’s excited to show fans exactly what she’s been working on over the past few months. “In terms of what to expect, it’ll be with people they know. You’ll see more interactions with my mom. You’ll see how I tackle the world of music. It’ll be my daily, everyday life, which is actually on the go and always busy and filled with so much,” Boity says. “I am grateful to give my fans a platform where they can indulge a little bit more, because people were saying that they haven’t seen me on TV for so long. I think that maybe, it’s time. I’ve always been afraid of letting people that much more into my life. But I felt like it was now okay to give people a glimpse of my private life. It was just fair for me to give them a piece of what this life really is. It’s not always glitz and glamour.”


WE chat to musicians making waves in the SA music scene!

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INTERVIEW BY EL BROIDE

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OR someone who’s already one the most prolific rappers in the South African hip-hop space, 2019 was Nasty C’s biggest year to date. His 2018 album Strings & Bling is still a major feature on streaming charts around the country, and with many performances under his belt the artist’s starpower just grows and grows. We had a chat with the rapper to get his thoughts on his place in the music space right now, as well as to find out what the new year might bring him.

Why do you think so many people around the country identify with your music? I think so many people relate to my music because most of it is very relatable and wavy. So many people can attach a personal story to my music and it’s that which helps my music stand out.

Your songwriting is exceptional. What stories do you set out to tell through your sound?

I want to tell my own stories. I think it’s important to share my experiences, both good and bad, through my music – and that’s something that has certainly played a part in the creation of Strings & Bling.

What inspired your brand-new single God Flow?

God Flow came to life because of the beat. The beat brought its own energy and ideas out of me and it was one of the songs that I created where I didn’t come with an idea or story – which makes it quite unique.

What, in your opinion, makes a fantastic live show?

There are so many different elements to this question but, for me, crowd interaction, a lot of energy and clear messaging in the songs you perform helps create the ultimate live

experience for your fans.

Why do you think festivals are so popular around the country?

Well, they bring out the ragers and the ragers are the ones that make live shows lit. It’s because these ragers don’t run out of energy and they stay in rage mode until the end because of the solid line-ups and it’s just a great time.

You’ve been nominated for international music awards at major ceremonies from the likes of BET and MTV Europe Music Awards. How does it feel getting that international recognition? It’s incredible. It feels great to know that I’m being recognised so far away from home and that the hard work that I have been putting into my music has been paying off.

What is the one piece of advice you would like to give up-andcoming rappers?

Never stop working on your craft, no matter what your situation looks like. When you stop working, you stop getting better and you instantly lessen your chances of making it big, widening, instead, the chances of you being stuck where you are. Keep hustling.

What does 2020 have in store for you?

I have a lot up my sleeve but you’re going to have to stick around to find out!

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GHOST MATTHEW MOLE 

MATTHEW MOLE’S third studio album Ghost shows a different, more upbeat side to the pop star. While his previous material was certainly alternative, on Ghost Matthew doesn’t shy away from the big drums and major chorus lines, and essentially tackles local pop head on in a way no act has done in years. The album, while more mainstream, is still personal. The central theme of the record is tackling fear, which is where the title Ghost comes in, but Matthew has obviously found a way to turn that fear into something positive, which makes for really great listening, and Ghost is one of Matthew’s best albums to date. El’s Favourite Track: Let Me

COURAGE CELINE DION 

COURAGE sees Canadian superstar Celine Dion step out of her comfort zone more than ever before, having been inspired by the direction pop music has taken over the past few years. She’s teamed up with an impressive list of writers and producers including Sia, David Guetta and Sam Smith, and delivers something unexpected. Her vocal talent remains unmatched and Celine gives an exceptional performance on every song. This album, while not perfect, will go down in history as a game-changing moment for Celine and will make her sound all the more accessible to a younger generation. El’s Favourite Track: Flying On My Own

SUNSETS & FULL MO THE SCRIPT 

SUNSETS & FULL MOONS is Irish band The Script’s sixth album, and while they may no longer dominate mainstream, they’re still very popular, and one only needs to listen to this latest offering of theirs to see why. It’s definitely one of their strongest lyrically, and while they seemingly shy away from experimentation sonically, they have a superb way of telling stories through their music. With a nice variety of big ballads and stadium-sized anthems, the group continues to do what they do best on this nine-track project. It’s a little predictable, the album homes some incredible tracks. El’s Favourite Track: Run Through Walls

App-solutely Fabulous SLEEPBOT 

WHETHER you think so or not, the reality is that you’re probably not getting enough sleep. To ensure that they’re are in bed on time and giving their body the break it deserves, many are turning to sleep tracking apps to see just how their body is reacting to sleep and if its getting enough. What SleepBot does is utilise motion and sound-tracking software to provide an in-depth analysis of your sleep cycle ‒ average sleep time, sleep debt, long-term trends, etc. ‒ and compiles detailed reports, giving you a deeper understanding of your sleep cycle in an easy-to-grasp way.

THE books you should have on your to-read list. UNSOLVED JAMES PATTERSON & DAVID ELLIS 

IN the new thriller with James Patterson’s name to it we meet up with FBI agent Emmy Dockery again. She’s young and driven, and her unique skill at seeing connections others have missed has earned her an impressive string of arrests. However, a new case is brought into the department and has the entire FBI flabbergasted, since the victims all seem to have died by accident and apparently have nothing in common. Emmy believes this many deaths can’t be a coincidence, though, and she sets out to uncover the killer – who always seems to be one step ahead of her. This is a follow-on of the author’s Invisible novel and again delivers a world-class story at an exciting and breathtaking pace. The plot is brilliant and this book is another reminder of what an exceptional team these two writers make.

RUN AWAY HARLAN COBAN 

HERE’S the scenario: You’ve tried your best to raise your daughter but she gets swallowed up by the harrowing world of drugs and is with an abusive boyfriend. She’s run away and she’s made it pretty clear that she doesn’t want to be found. Then, by chance, you see her busking in New York’s Central Park. However, this is certainly not the girl you remember. As a mother, you approach her and beg her to come home but she runs. You follow her and realise that her world is darker than you ever thought possible – a world where criminal gangs rule, where drugs are the main currency, and murder is commonplace. Coben is a brilliant writer and his talent is on full display in this. There are twists and turns on almost every page and he manages to keep the reader on the edge of their seat until the very end.

NOTHING VENTURED JEFFERY ARCHER 

WILLIAM WARWICK has always wanted to be a detective and after graduating from university embarks on his exciting new career path. He begins under the watchful eye of Constable Fred Yates and eventually moves on to his first high-profile case as a detective in Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques squad, investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum. There, he meets Beth – but, as William finds out, Beth has a secret of her own she’s been hiding. The first in a brand new series in the style of the Clifton Chronicles, Archer delivers a thouroughly engaging tale ‒ not a detective story, but a story about a detective.


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TV QUIZ

Giant Wordsearch No. 532

CAN you find the li ted words in the box of le ers? They may read horizontally, verti ally and diagonally, either forwards or backwards, but always in straight lines.

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1. The show is an American adaptation of which Korean mystery TV show? 2. Which American actress stars as Laura Price? 3. Which actor stars as Thomas ‘Tom’ Price – Laura’s powerful yet sensitive husband? 4. Who stars as Serena Price – Laura and Tom’s daughter? 5. The series is developed by which US television writer? 6. In which episode does Laura joins forces with ex-cop Nico? 7. Suspicious that her husband is lying to her, Laura enlists who to spy on him? 8. True or False: The average running time is 43 minutes. 9. In which year was Somewhere Between released? 10. True or False: The series was cancelled after nine episodes.

Somewhere Between is currently streaming on Netflix

CELEB QUIZ

1. Who did Meghan Markle secretly invite to meet baby Archie? 2. Which American pop singer is reportedly taking a break from music in 2020? 3. How old is Christie Brinkley’s ex Peter Cook’s fiancée? 4. Which royals noticeably did not spend Christmas with the queen? 5. How old is Kirk Douglas? 6. What award did Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy win at the 2019 Soul Train Awards? 7. Who is Ariadne Grande endorsing for president of the US? 8. True or False: Meghan Trainor had her appendix removed recently. 9. What organisation did Natalie Portman adopt her dog Sunday from? 10. Who cancelled his concerts after reports that the promoters were scammers?

TRIVIA

1. By what name, relating to its deceptively valuable apprearance, is the substance pyrite also known? 2. According to The Guinness Book Of World Records, at 9 609 000 characters (including spaces) and published in seven volumes, what is the world’s longest novel? 3. Which long-running magazine is commonly associated with its mascot, Alfred E. Neuman? 4. The name of which famous physicist is now often used ironically to indicate someone stupid or feeble-minded? 5. In maths, a graph with an x and y axis running perpendicularly to one another is known by what name? 6. Alaska became American territory after it was bought by the US from which nation? 7. In the early years of its cultivation, that usual colour of the carrot was what? 8. In the NATO phonetic alphabet, what code word is assigned to the letter R? 9. From what type of plant is tequila derived? 10. The lowest limit of thermodynamic temperature scale, absolute zero has what value in degrees Celcius?


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Celeb Crossword...

CODEBREAKERS require inspired guesswork. They are crosswords without clues. Every le er of the alphabet is used (you might nd it useful to cross out the le ers located by the grid as you nd them) and each le er has its own number. In this puzzle ‘15’ has the le er ‘B’ so a useful start is to insert ‘B’ in all the boxes that contain the number ‘15’. Vowels appear at least once in a word but le ers such as ‘X’ and ‘Z’ are few.

Numbersearch

WITHIN this grid are hidden the numbers below. They are found horizontally, vertically, diagonally and back-to-front.

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Across

Down

1. Sco sh actor born Anthony McMillan, who starred in the Harry Potter lms, and whose movies include The World Is Not Enough, Nuns On The Run, and Goldeneye (6,8) 6. English actress whose lms include Mary Poppins Returns, The Adjustment Bureau, Edge Of Tomorrow, A Quiet Place and The Wolfman (5,5) 8. Billy Mack in Love Actually, Alan in Sometimes Always Never, Edmund Brundish in The Bookshop and Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows ‒ Part 1, are lm roles played by this Bri sh actor (4,5) 9. Academy Award-nominated Japanese actor whose lms include The Last Samurai, Inception, Batman Beings, Godzilla and Letters From Iwo Jima (3,8) 10. US actor and professional wrestler, who starred in the lms Daddy’s Home, The Marine, The Wall and Bumblebee (4,4)

Number Crunch

STARTING from the left with the given number, work your way across each of the puzzles, applying the instruction in each cell to your number.

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2. The Shallows, The Town and Green Lantern are lms in which this US actress, who starred in the TV series Gossip Girl, appeared (5,6) 3. For his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything this English actor, whose lms include The Danish Girl and My Week With Marilyn, won an Academy Award (5,8) 4. Academy Award-winning Bri sh actor whose lms include Iris, The Lady In The Van, The Iron Lady and Harry Potter And The HalfBlood Prince (3,9) 5. Shannon Rutherford on the TV series Lost, Kim Mills in the Taken trilogy and Irina in The Twilight Saga are roles played by this US actress (6,5) 7. Wildlife, Ruby Sparks, Prisoners, There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine and Looper are lms in which this US actor starred (4,4)


Jumbo Crossword Across

NO. 523

3. Actress, Emily … 9. Tightly packed 14. Greek le er 15. One of the Great Lakes 16. Pas 17. Raw fish dis 18. A jack (cards) 19. Subject for debate 21. Poison 22. Too thin 23. Capital of Kenya 24. Paris subway 26. Brad Pitt thrill r 28. Persian fairy 30. Vote back into office (234. Snare 37. Impassioned 40. US state 42. Troubles 43. Punctual (2,4) 44. Type of tomato 45. Pleasant 47. Faithful 49. U er bliss 51. California wine valley 53. Stew 55. Anxiety 56. Grassland 58. Beast of burden 60. Unlock poeti ally 61. Informatio 62. Amusing story 66. Japanese therapy technique 67. Digs up 70. Small salamander 71. Musical compositio 72. Extent 74. Bakery o ering 76. Quick-wi ed 77. Unlawful 78. Dried grapes 79. Dog 80. Old English le er 81. God-fearing 82. Frozen dew 84. Cobbler’s creatio 87. Tiny folk tale character (3,5) 90. Dilemma 94. Fiddled with 97. Snake 98. Old Japanese coin 99. To and … 100. … de Janeiro 101. Safe 102. Riding whip 105. Moslem prince 107. Emotional shoc 110. Eye-related 112. Expensive

114. Accolades 116. Sartorial expert 119. Wading bird 120. Unpleasant sight 121. Roman offici 122. Pale bluish-green 124. Demean 128. Follow orders 130. Compositio 133. Group of nine 136. Deep red 137. British flag (5, 138. Ballet garment 139. World Wildlife Fund symbol 140. Lubricated 141. Boy’s name 142. Zulu regiment 143. Give a hoot 144. Burial chamber 145. Italian sauce 146. Cosmetician … Lauder

Down 1. Come out 2. Singer, Julio or Enrique … 4. Cavalry weapon 5. Emphatic denia 6. Minor earthquake 7. Save 8. Break free 9. Loathe 10. Lyric poem 11. River in France 12. Cookery term (2,6) 13. Intense fear 18. Japanese garment 20. Songbird 25. Pilot study 27. Go off ourse 28. Yellowish-pink 29. Let go 31. Cilium 32. Actor, … Bridges 33. One-eyed monster 35. Clothing 36. Fourth estate 38. Terminate 39. Singer, …Turner 40. Ginger Spice, … Halliwell 41. Raw rock 46. Clasped 48. Volcano near Messina 50. Inert gas 52. … de deux 54. Romanian currency 55. Observes 57. Goddess of mischief 59. Dope 60. Spouse (5,4) 61. Wildebeest

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2

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14

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15

9

28

23

25

26

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30

37

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42

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109 113

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36

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63

27

33

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12 17

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108

111

115

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120 122

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127 133

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128 134

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135 138

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142 145

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63. Composer, … Paganini 64. Imitator 65. Unweaned female sheep (3,4) 67. Stressed out 68. Cos 69. Hairy 73. Fri ata base 75. Domino spot 82. Deceptio 83. Mischievous sprite 85. Rowing tool 86. Emanate 88. An archangel 89. Rash, … -brained 90. In favour of 91. Snappy comeback 92. Put up 93. Mother 95. Red wine 96. Heated dispute 101. Four-door car 103. Uncommon 104. Shun, … clear of 106. Eye part

108. Narrow street 109. Seesaw quorum 111. Mafia bos 113. Sandwich material (3,5) 114. In the Land of Nod 115. Lover of Aphrodite 117. Low in fat 118. Launched a ti ade 119. Cockerels 123. Cut with a scalpel 124. Bundle of energy 125. Singer, … Estefan 126. U erly hopeless 127. Repeat performance 129. Spellbound 131. Ogle 132. Accountin inspectio 134. Men (informal SA) 135. French student

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Kakuru

FIT only the numbers 1 to 9 into the grid so that each horizontal run of white squares adds up to the total above the diagonal line to the left of the run, and so that each vertical run of white squares adds up to the total below the diagonal line above the run. No number can be used more than once in any run.


Cryptic Crossword

PUZZLES Across 2. The pirate needs a bib for this sort of food (6,3) 8. So, behold! It’s unaccompanied (4) 9. The dry look of that star I discovered (4) 10. As for 9 across, sit on it but keep a daily record (7) 13. Become less severe concerning the time for fasting (6) 15. Good health is applauded here (6) 17. Such an invitation can only lead to disaster! (4,2,5) 20. Corrosion, I see, is of a country origin (6) 23. Direct orders from a clergyman (6) 25. Just think that I’m a spirit at this point (7) 26. The fluent and plausible look of the big 50 (4) 27. Sally loses her head but gains a friend in so doing (4) 28. What a fake! He wants to be the king! (9)

kids maze

Monster Sudoku

Down 1. Wretchedness caused by my rise (6) 3. Take a poem to a sailor and dwell on it (5) 4. Let the sailor become disturbed and cry sheepishly (5) 5. To these cricketers a century is poisonous! (5) 6. Be angry at a rite performed in this manner (5) 7. Such a cruel person is said to upset a saint (6) 11. In the meantime, bury ‘im! (7) 12. How to put an edge to her pans (7) 14. Appears indistinctly like decapitated blooms (5) 16. Choose part of the lecture required (5) 18. You’ll get mostly agony from this doctor ‒ the monster! (6) 19. 100 obtain the silky material in colour (6) 21. Bert and I go out on Rome’s river (5) 22. My younger son is a bounder to begin with and finally alienates himself (5) 23. Mature from this trip enjoyed by all (5) 24. 100 find luxury and then stop there (5)

Magic Maze

COMPLETE the grid so that every row, column and 4x4 box contains 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and a, b, c, d, e and f.

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PUZZLES

Celeb Blockword

TO ENTER our CELEB BLOCKWORD, all you have to do is finish the grid. When completed, the circled letters will spell out the name of a celebrity whose films include Spike Island and Dom Hemingway. SMS 48408 with the answer, your name and surname, and e-mail address (if you have one), as well as people/Celeb Blockword No. 794. Be sure to SMS before February 3, 2020. By doing this, you stand the chance of winning R1 000. Winner of No. 790: Noleen Cockerill. Answer: Gillian Anderson. SMSes charged at R1.50 and free SMSes do not apply. Terms and conditions apply.

NO. 794

BY JOHN WHIFFIN / PICS: WWW.ELITEPHOTOAGENCY.COM

FASHION

OF WEATHER, SEVERE SINGLE OUT

ERADICATE

-ABLE

PER ITEM DEFEAT BY SUPERIOR INGENUITY FROM LOW TO HIGH

RUSHING STREAM

FREED FROM DIRT

OF ‘WAS’

UNUSUAL

REMAIN

? LARSON. MOLLY TRACEY IN ‘21 JUMP STREET’ (2012)

DISCONTINUITY

TWO ASSUME TIMES FELLOW A FALSE ROOT, APPEAR- A SOURCE SOLDIER ANCE OF SUGAR INSTRUC-

SHEEN

TIONS

ACQUITTAL

HINDER

TOLERATE

WASHED IN RUNNING WATER STORY

SLASH OR TEAR OPEN

BY WAY OF STRIKE AT WITH A BEAK

SWINE

INNER

LONGWINGED FORKTAILED SEABIRD

ANCIENT ONE WHO SCANDI- SEES THE NAVIAN FUTURE

-LY

SINCERE LARGE INLAND BODY OF WATER

DISTORT

POWDERY BURNT REMAINS GEAR CURRENT

LOYAL

LOOK FOR

WOMAN

BEHIND; BACKWARDS (PREFIX) VERTICAL OR NEARLY SO ? LANKA

PRE-16th CENTURY PERUVIAN ? McGREGOR. CAMERLENGO PATRICK McKENNA IN ‘ANGELS & DEMONS’ (2009)

MARRIED

HEX

APPEAR INDIFFERENT TO PLEASURE OR PAIN

HE BRINGS CHILDREN CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

PASSIVE TRAVEL WITH THE CURRENT

FITTING PERSONAL LIFE-FORCE (CHINESE MEDICINE)

RATHER OLD EXUDED BLOOD PLURAL

BE VICTORIOUS

BURNING

INCURSION

BLACK COMBUST- SPICY IBLE CARB- MEXICAN ONACEOUS SAUCE ROCK

WIN R1 000

MYTHICAL NAME SERVING SPRITE GUARDING AS A TRADEINNER MARK EARTH

LAPSE NUMBER OF PINS IN A BOWLING LANE

PHYSICS OR JOHNNY ? BIOLOGY WILLY WONKA IN FILM OR ‘CHARLIE AND THE THEATRE CHOCOLATE FACTORY’ (2005) PLAYER

ONE NEWLY WEALTHY MALE ADULTS

MISERABLE

WATERY

INTERSECTION OF LINES

DECLINE FLOWING; UNBROKEN ANYTHING SET OF REVEALING THINGS IN LINE MISCHIEV OR SUC-OUS CESSION

COMPASS POINT GREAT FEAR

FLIGHT FROM REALITY SMALL VALLEYS

PAZ ? MARIA CALLAS IN ‘GRACE OF MONACO’ (2014)

A SALAD GARNISH ACTIVE AND COM HIGH MALE VOICE -PETITIVE WINDING LIKE THE THREAD OF A SCREW

SINGLE ITEM

SOLID; THREEDIMENSIONAL (PREFIX)

POSITIVE REPLY

DEVISE

CELLARS ETERNALLY THE WAXING MOON

JUICY VELVETYSKINNED STONEFRUIT

A ‘GREAT LAKE’ OF AMERICA FROZEN WATER

ONE WHO STRIVES FOR PERFECTION ROUTE

TALK

POSTED

VOLUBLY

LAIR

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ARTICLE

(PREFIX)

LUBRICATE BECOME IN AN INTENSELY ELUSIVE INTERMANNER ESTED

NOT SOUGHT

NEW

HIRE OUT AGAIN NEVERTHELESS

FOOT DIGITS


PUZZLES

Crossword Down

Across 1) Small prawn (6) 6) Too old to work (7) 11) Carries with them (6) 14) Extreme (5) 15) Boring hand tool (5) 16) Careful with money (6) 17) Manage to live (7) 18) Makes a change for the better (6) 19) Hit with the fist (5) 22) Enhance the beauty (5) 25) Element with the symbol B (5) 26) Steam bath (5) 29) At a sharp angle (5) 30) Bad smell (6) 31) Fair-haired (and rather naïve?) (6) 32) Allowance of money (5) 35) Bay window (5) 36) Not real (5) 39) Impressive and excellent (7) 40) Enter an unknown territory (7)

41) Having the same size (5) 42) Given food (3) 44) Drink that has had drugs added (5) 45) Cooked squid (8) 47) With lots going on (8) 49) Restaurant for a soldier (4) 52) Title document for a property (4) 54) Pack tightly (4) 55) Triangular-shaped filled pastry (7) 57) Wander around (4) 58) Opera song (4) 59) Reverse (4) 60) Centre of an apple (4) 61) Pie without a top (4) 62) Relating to the moon (4) 63) Plunge into water (7) 64) Blade on a turbine (4) 65) Catch your foot and stumble (4) 69) Be in a hurry (4) 72) Violent youth (8) 73) Capital of Australia (8) 75) Heart beat (5)

76) Play thing (3) 78) With a full load (5) 79) Edible sea ear (7) 82) Not becoming old (7) 84) Bend limply (5) 87) Election participant (5) 88) In a peculiar way (5) 91) Relating to a high mountain (6) 92) Inn (6) 93) Black natural roofing tile (5) 94) Requiring assistance (5) 97) Division of the act of a play (5) 98) Sugary (5) 101) Cook under direct heat (5) 104) Time of food scarcity (6) 105) Difficult to find (7) 106) Beginning (6) 107) Sliding coil on a rope (5) 108) Zodiac sign of the ram (5) 109) Way to do something (6) 110) Bullfighter (7) 111) Vigour (6)

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2) Port (7) 3) Grown into the flesh (7) 4) Soft fleshy plant tissue (4) 5) Knock out (4) 6) Itchy skin eruption (4) 7) Lower leg bone (5) 8) Period of rule (5) 9) Computer input (4) 10) Charge for changing currency (4) 11) Husks of cereal grain (4) 12) Resistance to change (7) 13) Female deity (7) 20) Take out a knot (5) 21) Thin clear soup (8) 23) Falling (8) 24) Cowboy show (5) 26) Item of footwear (4) 27) Join together (5) 28) Capable (4) 32) Shine brightly (5) 33) Is adjacent to (5) 34) Bathroom powder (4) 36) Dropped under gravity (4) 37) Filthy money (5) 38) Finished (5) 42) Sky (9) 43) Representation of people (9) 46) Lower back pain (7) 48) Eternally (7) 50) Mistake (5) 51) Skin on top of the head (5) 52) Put off (5) 53) Gets credit by working (5) 55) Slide down a mountain (3) 56) Top card (3) 65) Only slightly warm (5) 66) Ice house (5) 67) Poisonous alkaloid in tobacco (8) 68) One who watches (8) 70) Opened the buttons (5) 71) Very useful (5) 72) Mound (4) 74) As well (4) 77) Bizarre (5) 80) Permit (5) 81) Level and smooth (4) 82) Affectedly artistic (4) 83) Join the army (5) 85) Let go (7) 86) Large flightless bird (7) 89) Say “No” to an offer (7) 90) Coming down to earth (7) 95) Suddenly become angry (5) 96) Desiccated (5) 98) Despatch (4) 99) Greek god of love (4) 100) Be full of (4) 101) Device to transmit motion (4) 102) Coloured part of the eye (4) 103) Fail to win (4)


PUZZLES

Melting Pot Blockword Regular course of action

Turtle’s thick hard shell

Spaghetti

Sent

or penne?

round

Gratify Crude; unsophisticated

Coloured Trouble- pencil of some chalk, Distinction wax or animals pipe-clay

Rim of a deep geographical depression

Coffee sweetener

Abatement

Assumed attitude Very small brook or runnel

Out of practice

Rotate or flip Half (prefix)

Sloping (text)

Male adult humans

Consumes ?-fi (film genre)

Orange skin Very greatly

Seventh planet from the sun

Vast age

Brought Passenger aircraft about or ship

On a single

Achieved

More

occasion

or received

rigorous

Underground part of a plant

Brought together for a united effort

Expensive Blood-feud Easy; facile Containing iron

Maker of outer garments for men Stomach acid

Morass or swamp

Deceased Shows to be false or wrong

Attention

American Provide fizzy soft weapons drink to Skinnier Large African snake, black or green

Amazed Commence In perfect circumstances

Up to the time of

Barrier

The heath

One (prefix)

genus

Apologetic Those attempting to buy at an auction Eightarmed cephalopod

Wrecks Story

Sales tax

Headcovering worn by Sikh men

Taking up

Cushion

Train running on rails in the road Tier

Charge

Rowing tool Cane spirit

Lone

Tarpaulin

Locking tool

(abbr) Pompously inflated language Deprived (of)

Allotted cellphone talk time

Element, symbol ‘U’ Precipitation

Sewn join between edges of cloth

Boundary

Beginner

Snort while asleep

segments Oily substance rising to the top of milk

Short straight women’s haircut

Open Enter unused invited or fabric for catchunwelcome ing fish

Spinal

Relating to edible grain Possess

Crumbly white lowfat cheese of Greece

Something which annoys or hurts

‘The Goat’ sign of the zodiac

In a natural state

fostered

Ark’s captain

Diversifies Blood vessel

Bred and

Suffix indicating origin or loyalty Noble; brave

Very sweet variety of plum

Tendency to continue at rest or in motion

Tools

Onion-like vegetable with broad flat leaves Wart on the sole of a foot

Level; smooth Cricketer who delivers the ball

Region

Make slightly wet

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Dish of cakes of cold rice with raw fish Positive reply

Sailors

Having more than one possible meaning

Ratio of air speed to the velocity of sound


PUZZLES

Crisscross

E

ORLD IFE IN

ON SALE NOW!

THE TRUTH BEHIND MYTHS, MISCONCEPTIONS AND CONSPIRACIES

DID HUMANS EVOLVE FROM CHIMPS?

DOES IT TAKE 7 YEARS TO DIGEST GU

OU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

K S A O V O L I G E V E E R E P R G F I I P S T T A B L L O F A N A E H A R I N U S V I R C GO H O N A E A I M G A N D T

LIFE IN

V IRONMENT

TECHNOLOGY

HISTORY

SPACE

Celeb Wordmatch

TR A NSPORT

FIND A WORD that can follow the word on the left and precede the word on the right. When you have filled in all the answers, the name of a celebrity can be read from top to bottom in one of the lines. 3 LETTERS ERA MAY

5 LETTERS APRIL MARCH MONTH SOLAR

4 LETTERS DATE DAYS JULY JUNE LEAP TIME YEAR

6 LETTERS AUGUST EVENTS FRIDAY MONDAY SEASON

9 LETTERS SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY YESTERDAY

SUNDAY 7 LETTERS JANUARY QUARTER TUESDAY 8 LETTERS DECEMBER SATURDAY SCHEDULE

Wishing

Well

Spot The Difference

HERE is a pleasant little game that will give you a message every day. It’s a numerical puzzle designed to spell out your fortune. Count the letters in your first name. If the number of letters is 6 or more, subtract 4. If the number is less than 6, add 3. The result is your key number. Start at the upper left-hand corner and check one of your key numbers, left to right. Then read the message the letters under the checked figures give you.

CAN you find the six differences between the two pictures?

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5

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Even Exchange

PUZZLES

EACH numbered row contains two clues and two answers. The two answers differ from each other by only one letter, which has already been inserted. For example, if you exchange the A from MASTER for an I, you get MISTER. Do not change the order of the letters.

Blockword NO. 813 BY BARRIE THOMSON

Scramblers

TO ENTER this BLOCKWORD, all you have to do is finish the grid, and the ringed areas will make up a word or phrase. The clue to the answer is: They’re doubled ‒ then again, it is that Scottish play. SMS 48408 with the answer, your name and surname, e-mail address (if you have one), and people/Blockword No. 813. Be sure to SMS before February 3, 2020. By doing this, you could win R500. Winner of No. 809: Natasha Bachu. Answer: Road to success. SMSes charged at R1.50 and free SMSes do not apply. Terms and conditions apply.

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WIN R500


Unscramble the letters within each rectangle to form four ordinary words. The rearrange the boxed letters to form the mystery word.

PUZZLES

Go figure

THE idea of Go Figure is to arrive at the figures given at the bottom and right-hand columns of the diagram – by following the arithmetic signs in the order they are given (from left to right and top to bottom). Use only the right numbers below the diagram to complete its blank squares, and use each of the nine numbers only once.

Lounge

Snowflakes

THERE are 13 black hexagons in the puzzle. Place the numbers 1 – 6 around each of them. No number can be repeated in any partial hexagon shape along the border of the puzzle.

Sudoku

PLACE a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.

Arrow Word

Tatami

TATAMI is a 6x6 grid logic game played with the numbers 1 to 3. Each 3x3 slab must contain all the numbers 1-3 with no duplicates. Adjacent slabs cannot contain the same number, i.e. the number 3 cannot be placed next to another number 3. Each row and column must contain a double set of numbers (two 1s, two 2s and two 3s).

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WIKIPEDIA / WWW.TELEGRAPH.CO.UK / WWW.NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM

General Knowledge

PUZZLES

MATHS QUIZ Turn to pages 76 & 77 for answer grids.

ACROSS 1. .. 3006 ÷ 9 4. .. 889 ÷ 7 7. .. 261 - 30 10. .. 465 ÷ 3 12. .. 768 ÷ 3 14. .. 305 ÷ 5 15. .. 3612 ÷ 7 17. .. 59 - 26 18. .. 1536 ÷ 3 20. .. 1566 ÷ 9 23. .. 201 × 4 25. .. 2536 ÷ 8

27. .. 3290 ÷ 5 29. .. 27 - 10 30. .. 1010 ÷ 5 32. .. 21 - 8 33. .. 403 × 2 34. .. 2100 ÷ 7 DOWN 2. .. 2600 ÷ 8 3. .. 129 ÷ 3 5. .. 121 × 2 6. .. 2212 ÷ 7 8. .. 808 ÷ 8 9. .. 321 × 3

11. .. 3090 ÷ 6 13. .. 576 - 42 15. .. 13 × 4 16. .. 305 × 2 19. .. 1576 ÷ 8 21. .. 437 + 309 22. .. 570 - 39 23. .. 445 × 2 24. .. 5298 ÷ 6 26. .. 890 ÷ 5 28. .. 4590 ÷ 9 30. .. 45 - 19 31. .. 161 ÷ 7

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Mega Maze

PUZZLES

MISSING LINKS CALCULATE the results and actions. Fill the missing links from the top.

Find-A-Word Sticklers Wordoku

THERE are 9 letters used within the puzzle, each letter must be used (but never repeated) in every row, column and 3x3 square.

Achievement Aerodynamics Aeroplane American Army Balance Bank Biplane

Build Control Develop Dream Experiment Flight Glider Heavier-Than-Air

Innovative Kite Kitty Hawk Model Orville Pilot Power Driven Propeller

Rudder Technique Test Three Axis Turn Wilbur Wing Tip

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Giant Wordsearch

PUZZLE ANSWERS Quiz Answers

Codebreaker

TV Quiz 1. God’s Gift: 14 Days 2. Paula Patton 3. JR Bourne 4. Aria Birch 5. Stephen Tolkin 6. Episode 2.0 7. Tom 8. True 9. 2017 10. False: It was cancelled after 10 episodes

Celeb Quiz 1. Hillary Clinton 2. Pink 3. 20, a year younger than his daughter Sailor. 4. Harry and Meghan 5. 103 6. The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award for her contribution to the tune Brown Skin Girl 7. Bernie Sanders 8. False, she had her wisdom teeth removed 9. Paws for Life K9 Rescue, which allows inmates to train rescue dogs. 10. Enrique Iglesias Trivia Quiz 1. Fool’s gold 2. À La Recherche Du Temps Perdu (translated as In Search Of Lost Time or Rememberance Of Things Past) by Marcel Proust 3. MAD magazine 4. Einstein 5. A Cartesian plane 6. Russia 7. Purple 8. Romeo 9. The agave 10. −273.15

Numbersearch

Number Crunch

Celeb Crossword

Cryptic Crossword

Kids Maze

Magic Maze

Mega Maze

Monster Sudoku

Missing Links

Sticklers WordDoku

Crossword DOWN 2) HARBOUR 3) INGROWN 4) PULP 5) STUN 6) RASH

ACROSS 1) SHRIMP 6) RETIRED 11) BRINGS 14) ULTRA 15) AUGER 16) FRUGAL 17) SUBSIST 18) AMENDS 19) PUNCH 22) ADORN 25) BORON 26) SAUNA 29) STEEP 30) STENCH 31) BLONDE 32) GRANT 35) ORIEL 36) FALSE 39) AWESOME 40) EXPLORE 41) EQUAL 42) FED 44) LACED 45) CALAMARI 47) EVENTFUL 49) MESS 52) DEED 54) CRAM 55) SAMOOSA 57) ROVE 58) ARIA 59) BACK 60) CORE 61) TART 62) LUNA 63) IMMERSE 64) VANE 65) TRIP 69) RUSH 72) HOOLIGAN 73) CANBERRA 75) PULSE 76) TOY 78) LADEN 79) ABALONE 82) AGELESS 84) DROOP 87) VOTER 88) ODDLY 91) ALPINE 92) TAVERN 93) SLATE 94) NEEDY 97) SCENE 98) SWEET 101) GRILL 104) FAMINE 105) ELUSIVE 106) ORIGIN 107) NOOSE 108) ARIES 109) METHOD 110) MATADOR 111) ENERGY

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7) TIBIA 8) REIGN 9) DATA 10) AGIO 11) BRAN 12) INERTIA 13) GODDESS 20) UNTIE 21) CONSOMME 23) DROPPING 24) RODEO 26) SHOE 27) UNITE 28) ABLE 32) GLEAM 33) ABUTS 34) TALC 36) FELL 37) LUCRE 38) ENDED 42) FIRMAMENT 43) DEMOCRACY 46) LUMBAGO 48) FOREVER 50) ERROR 51) SCALP 52) DETER 53) EARNS 55) SKI 56) ACE 65) TEPID 66) IGLOO 67) NICOTINE 68) OBSERVER 70) UNDID 71) HANDY 72) HEAP 74) ALSO 77) OUTRE 80) ALLOW 81) EVEN 82) ARTY 83) ENROL 85) RELEASE 86) OSTRICH 89) DECLINE 90) LANDING 95) ERUPT 96) DRIED 98) SEND 99) EROS 100) TEEM 101) GEAR 102) IRIS 103) LOSE


Even Exchange

Go Figure

Tatami

Scramblers

Snowflakes

The People Behind

EDITOR Andrea Caknis MANAGING EDITOR Gabrielle Ozynski

Jumbo Crossword

1. Boy’s hat is black 2. Notice added to bulletin 3. Boy is holding lollipop 4. Officer has four stripes 5. Officer has two buttons 6. Desk sergeant’s badge missing

Kakuru

Spot The Difference

CrissCross

Sudoku

Arrow Word

Celeb Wordmatch

Maths Quiz

Melting Pot

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ACROSS: 3. BLUNT 9. DENSE 14. OMEGA 15. ERIE 16. STEP 17. SUSHI 18. KNAVE 19. TOPIC 21. ARSENIC 22. EMACIATED 23. NAIROBI 24. METRO 26. SEVEN 28. PERI 30. RE-ELECT 34. TRAP 37. EARNEST 40. GEORGIA 42. AILS 43. ON TIME 44. CHERRY 45. NICE 47. LOYAL 49. HEAVEN 51. NAPA 53. OLIO 55. STRESS 56. LEA 58. ASS 60. OPE 61. GEN 62. ANECDOTE 66. SHIATSU 67. UNEARTHS 70. NEWT 71. OPUS 72. SCOPE 74. PIE 76. SMART 77. ILLEGAL 78. RAISINS 79. POOCH 80. EDH 81. PIOUS 82. RIME 84. SHOE 87. TOM THUMB 90. PROBLEM 94. TAMPERED 97. ASP 98. RIN 99. FRO 100. RIO 101. SECURE 102. CROP 105. EMIR 107. TRAUMA 110. OPTIC 112. DEAR 114. AWARDS 116. TAILOR 119. RAIL 120. EYESORE 121. SENATOR 122. NILE 124. DEGRADE 128. OBEY 130. ESSAY 133. NONET 136. SCARLET 137. UNION JACK 138. LEOTARD 139. PANDA 140. OILED 141. OSCAR 142 IMPI 143. CARE 144. CRYPT 145. PESTO 146. ESTEE DOWN: 1. EMERGE 2. IGLESIAS 4. LANCE 5. NEVER 6. TREMOR 7. RESCUE 8. ESCAPE 9. DETEST 10. EPODE 11. SEINE 12. AU GRATIN 13. PHOBIA 18. KIMONO 20. CANARY 25. TEST 27. VEER 28. PEACH 29. RELEASE 31. EYELASH 32. LLOYD 33. CYCLOPS 35. RAIMENT 36. PRESS 38. END 39. TINA 40. GERI 41. ORE 46. HELD 48. ETNA 50. NEON 52. PAS 54. LEU 55. SEES 57. ATE 59. SIMPLETON 60. OTHER HALF 61. GNU 63. NICCOLO 64. COPYCAT 65. EWE LAMB 67. UP TIGHT 68. ROMAINE 69. HIRSUTE 73. EGG 75. PIP 82. RUSE 83. IMP 85. OAR 86. EMIT 88. MICHAEL 89. HARE 90. PRO 91. RIPOSTE 92. ERECTED 93. MOM 95. PORT 96. RHUBARB 101. SEDAN 103. RARE 104. STEER 106. IRIS 108. ALLEY 109. TWO 111. DON 113. RYE BREAD 114. ASLEEP 115. ARES 117. LEAN 118. RANTED 119. ROOSTERS 123. INCISE 124. DYNAMO 125. GLORIA 126. ABJECT 127. ENCORE 129. ENRAPT 131. STARE 132. AUDIT 134. OKIES 135. ELEVE

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THE CATCH UP

DETAILS the family doesn’t want you to know...

BY EL BROIDE

t s e R r e c veal e S l a ed y o ! R W

KATE’S SECRET HOBBY

KATE MIDDLETON is the epitome of sophistication. She is dressed to the nines at every public event and handles herself with grace and humility. However, even princesses have a wild side. Kate is obsessed with pole dancing and has grown quite fond of her new hobby. “She agreed to have lessons as a bit of a laugh,” says one of Kate’s former bodyguards. “She was so nervous about being seen or recognised, she used to wear a scarf around her head as a disguise. But she loved it! She says it was great exercise and she told me that a woman should always have secret talents up her sleeve.”

HEN you’re part of the British royal family, you can’t do anything without constant protection. The Royal Protection Branch is tasked with ensuring that the family is kept safe and, as such, has seen some pretty interesting things inside the palace. “Royals show you only what they want the public to see; it’s highly controlled,” says one ex-RPB officer. “We see what they don’t want you to see, and it can get q e shocking!” Here former members of the RPB spill the beans.

BEING a member of the royal family means absolutely NO tattoos! However, that hasn’t stopped the family’s wild child, Prince Harry, from making an alternative plan – he gets small, temporary tattoos! “His favourite is a black rhino,” says a former guard. It’s no secret that Harry has passion for the animals and has visited Africa countless times in a bid to help restore the dwindling rhino numbers. “He’ll wear that at the top of his [butt]! If he’s going out with his military mates, he’ll also sport his brigade emblem from Afghanistan.”

BAD BOSS MEGHAN

WHILE she’s the newest face in the British royal family (baby Archie aside), Meghan already has a dirty reputation within the palace walls, with many of the staff calling her their meanest boss. “She is very particular about everything in her life, especially her son Archie,” a former nanny says. “She has a long list of rules that everyone is expected to follow and rarely lets anyone be alone with Archie.” Meghan’s overbearing behaviour keeps her employees constantly on edge – and it’s left a sour taste in the mouths of many. “A lot of the staff are overworked and exhausted. She just has no concept of how to be a boss.”

WILLS GOES UNDERCOVER

THE one thing that Prince William learnt from his late mom, Princess Diana, is the gift of giving. In fact, the prince believes it’s one of the most important things he can do with his power and often finds himself handing out food at a soup kitchen. However, to keep away from the cameras, he dons a wig and glasses. “William loves helping people, but he doesn’t like the attention,” one of his guards says. “This way he can do his bit without the cameras or the press. We have to watch him from a distance, but no one has ever recognised him. I wonder what they’d think if they knew their future king was serving dinner.”

HARRY’S TATTOO OBSESSION

THE QUEEN’S LATENIGHT SNACKS

GEORGE IS SELFIE OBSESSED!

THE kids of today are obsessed with technology and, royal kids are no exception. Insiders tell us that George is obsessed with smartphones and loves taking selfies. “He thinks it’s hilarious to steal Kate’s iPhone and loves taking selfies,” a palace insider tells us. And while George is the definition of cuteness, he’s got a dark side to him as well. “George is an adorable child but when he’s in a bad mood, he’ll throw a tantrum and refuse to do his homework,” a royal nanny says. However, his mischievous side can also be quite cute. “Harry got him a joke set, and he’s been leaving whoopee cushions around ever since. He giggles until he cries when someone sits down on one,” one of the guards says. Sounds like Kate and Wills have quite the handful with George!

CHARLES AND CAMILLA’S ROMANTIC EVENINGS

THE one thing Prince Charles and Camilla love doing is looking through old photographs of themselves and revisiting their love story. “Camilla likes making jokes about how she got everything she ever wanted simply by being patient and letting the universe bring her and Charles together,” one of the former guards says. “She can get a little smug. William and Harry would be deeply offended if they knew about it.”

WHEN you have a chef on call, you would expect that the queen would just call up the kitchen and request the chef to fix her something to eat. But, just like us, the queen also has some fast food cravings late at night. Her favourite? A Big Mac, strawberry milkshake and an apple pie from McDonalds! “Then she does what we all do: eats it in the car,” says a guard. “We drive around for about 20 minutes so she can finish before we return to the palace.” Insiders reveal that Queen Elizabeth II is also so much funnier than we give her credit for – and she loves making her guests laugh with impressions. “She has a wicked sense of humour and is a great mimic – she can do all accents, including mine!” Princess Diana’s ex-butler Paul Burrell says. “She can enthral the household with a perfect accent, whether it be from Scotland or the East End of London.”

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