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A tangible train of thought

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hen I was an eager intern at a national women’s magazine, fresh out of ‘varsity and full of ideals, social media was but a blip on th radar (and I have yet to celebrate my 40th birthday in case you’re wondering).

My first task, much to my horror, was to get in touch with Catherine Zeta-Jones’ PR team and secure an exclusive image and interview rights for our next cover story. Hello deep-end my old friend! I was given an email address, a landline phone number, and two weeks. Phoning a fixed-line proved tricky with the time difference between Los Angeles and 17 August: Partner up Johannesburg, and the frenetic Hollywood PRO took Join Rain Farm for a fun-filled evening agonising days to reply to of sokkie! A cash bar will be available, me. It was down to the wire. I with good ol’ fashioned boerewors rolls, had something to prove to my hamburgers and prego rolls available to new editor and a celeb to pin purchase. The cost is R120, unless you want down. Frazzled but proud, I completed the task, banging to stay over after the event, in which case there are accommodation specials. Bookings out a passable feature article, and securing an exclusive via info@rainfarm.co.za or call 032 815 1050. photograph of the actress, but 16 August: Swing Away if I think of tackling that now, Curro Mount Richmore is hosting their I wonder how much faster it would have been if I had the annual golf day at Umhlali Country Club, sponsored by Nolands, from 12pm. The hole- luxury of Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, real-time video in-one could win you R100 000. Bookings via calling, DM’s, and all the other Mike van Burren at mike.v@curro.co.za incredible tech we have at our fingertips. 24 August: School Support Digital waves – and other If you have children, it’s worth popping intangible tech concepts – are into the School Expo at Ballito Junction all quite obviously changing the way we do business (and Mall. It’s a great way to find out about the life), introducing ease and different schooling options in KZN. Browse high-speed. Call me oldLevel 6 from 9am to 4pm and spend some fashioned, but I can’t help then time chatting to the various schools. Visit but relish the opportunity to ballitojunction.co.za for the current exhibitor slows things down sometimes. I have a Kindle, but I prefer listing. paper. I’ve seen fleeting digital 25 August: Relay for Rhinos multimedia visual artwork The battle to save our rhinos is ongoing. to great effect, but I prefer contemplating a piece of You can help by joining in a fundraising relay through Holla Trails. The relay comprises of two disciplines, two people per team - one cyclist (to complete 18km) and one runner (5km) at a cost of R300 per team. Entertainment includes live music, raffles, beer and gin garden, food stalls and kid’s entertainment. Funds will be donated to rhino conservation on the North Coast. Contact Mike 076 770 1554 or email mbpevents2019@outlook.com

What to do

28 August: Artistic Immersion

Running until 1 September at the Simbithi Country Club’s Dragonfly rooms, is an exhibition by local artist Jane Digby. Some of the work on exhibit is heading to Florence, Italy in October, for international contemporary art show, Florence Biennale, so don’t miss out. Visit jjdigby.com to view or purchase her work.

28 August: Bridging a gap

Join the Collisheen Orchid House Bridge morning from 8:30am, for R560 per table including a delicious tea. Proceeds go to the Umhlali All Souls Anglican Church Women’s Guild. Call Mike Gahagan on 083 258 9696 for bookings and information. Those joining must please bring their own cards. Book via quicket.co.za

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hardcopy art on my wall at home. I happily snap away with my Smartphone camera, but I still prefer a framed portrait of my children; an impermanent moment made concrete. How lovely that in the esoteric, digital world, we still have the privilege of the tactile and the tangible. Some media experts would call me out as being nostalgic, but I do genuinely think people still like to hold onto something physical. I mentioned this in passing to artist Jane Digby as we gazed at one of her portraits, which will shortly not only make an appearance at her upcoming exhibition at Simbithi, but will soon grace the stage at the Florence Biennale art exhibition in Italy in October. She agreed. Life is fleeting enough; the rest of our world needn’t be. Part of Jane’s upcoming exhibition (see page six for our chat with her) is a deep reflection of her recent battle with breast cancer, and our conversation reminded me that life, much like the esoteric waves of technology, is just as transitory. It feels good to have something to hold on to. In a sea of modern digital artists, I think it’s important to celebrate ‘old-fashioned’ tactile art – after all, good art should transcend the canvas it’s been painted on. It may be static, but it has the power to move you, offering endless depths of perception. That’s why in this edition, we are celebrating beautiful, tangible things, especially in art and design. If I had the choice of once more pinning down an interview with Ms. Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2019 or in 2003, in all honesty I’d go with 2003 – it may have proved a far easier task now, but from it I learnt resilience, grit, and gained a profound sense of accomplishment, none of which could have come from the instant gratification tech offers. Similarly, while Life & Style offers a digital version of our content, as well as multiple other media platforms, there’s still nothing better than picking up a hard copy, settling on the couch, inhaling the nostalgic scent of newsprint, and allowing your thoughts to transcend the pages. Until next time,

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