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the editor About two weeks before Christmas a friend of mine was involved in a car accident. The injuries he suffered were mostly to his head, which he had bumped several times – quite hard, the doctors later told us, as he slipped deeper into his coma. As the hours and later the days ticked painfully by, I realised with In Our Next Edition: unexpected lucidity that life Missing Kruger Millions can change in an instant. And then, when we didn’t think we could wait any longer, my friend opened his eyes. Just one, initially, and only halfway. When we visited, he whispered hellos and waved clumsy goodbyes. Collectively, friends and family whooped with joy and wept with relief. The doctors had warned that his recovery would be lengthy and difficult, but just five days after being admitted to a rehab hospital, and five weeks since the accident, my friend walked on his own, to the end of the corridor and back – a feat doctors had said would take months to accomplish. It is now several weeks later and his hair has grown back, covering the scars left by so many surgeries. He tackles any and every Sudoku puzzle, as his occupational therapist swears it is the best exercise for his healing brain. And he is doted on by a mother who can’t stop fussing over a son she came so close to losing. I consider my friend a sterling example of the incredible tenacity of the human spirit, and our ability to triumph over adversity. His is not the only victory. All over the world every minute of every day, someone achieves something great – be it a small conquest just for him or herself, or a massive one for all humankind. The lesson I learnt from this most unforseen event is to make good use of the time given to us, because time is precious; a luxury, not something to be scoffed at, or thoughtlessly squandered. So, with what time you have set aside from your busy schedule for R&R, I suggest you take this copy of Prestige and surround yourself with the little written pleasures we used our precious time to prepare for you this month. From Van Cleef and Arpels’ most exquisite ladies watch to a tranquil spa hidden deep in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands; from the snow-capped mountains of Tibet to the sprawling villas of Italy; from the world’s fastest helicopter to its largest, most extravagant cruise liner; from the astonishing technologies that have brought us 3D television to the eternal legend that is BB King; we’ve scoured the globe so you don’t have to, to bring you stories you won’t find in just any magazine. Sit back, take your time, and please, do enjoy.
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