When a Musical Movie Strikes a personal Chord: Begin Again… and again…

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My review of #BeginAgain to follow. @caitlinclerk wrote so beautifully I had to share it. cc @sterkinekor @mnetmovies Be you 20, 30 or 40… I have to tell you that heartbreak and heartache feels the same. Your words… You can only fall as far as the floor is so true.

Originally posted on Musings and Musicals:

Sure, he was wonderful – that’s why I dated him for two years. Everybody loved him, and so did I. I have quite good taste and I chose him myself. If he wasn’t a keeper, I wouldn’t have kept him for so many years, but sometimes someone does something so hurtful, that no matter how wonderful they were before, they will never be that person for you again.

Watching Begin Again at Sterkinekor’s Girlfriends Getaway on Wednesday took me right back to that day when I watched the man I loved morph in to a stranger in a matter of minutes. It’s probably the first time I have identified with a character played by Keira Knightley. Usually I find her face too annoying to notice what she does with it, but in her role as the simple and earthy musician, Gretta, she became real to me.

I have been wrestling…

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#CirqueEloizeiD at @MONTECASINOZA

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I took a long time to consider where to even begin writing a review of what is ostensibly a production that can blow one’s mind at so many levels. I was so thoroughly entertained from curtain up to curtain down. Let me start with a great big kudos to Jeannot Painchaud as director and so to the team that made this production happen.

Imagine, if you will an opening scene that reflects the hustle, bustle and sound of a living city, with its maddening rush, the passing of people, strangers in a crowd, pacing, with purpose, the frenetic roar of traffic and sirens.  The urban air is filled hints of menace and adrenaline.

The sounds and movement morph with the passage of time becoming the pulse of the city. That heartbeat becomes the rhythm of an active, thronging, throbbing, metropolis. The musical accompaniment throughout the production is par excellence.

What follows is a sumptuous visual and aural feast that leaves one breathless and spellbound.

You are given an up close and personal view of the culture of dance on the streets. It is an examination of its raw beauty and competitive nature. Truly it is athletic, graceful and forceful. What starts as a street fight becomes a dance off to win the affections of a woman.

Understand though this was no dance extravaganza but so much more.

The feats of gymnastic strength and skill on the planks and suspended at death-defying heights above stage, were to say the least positively mesmerizing. This is not the stuff of a fading circus tent. This is poetry in motion. The viewer gets to study the glory of both the male and female physique as sculptural form.


In my time I have seen a few trick cyclists. The cyclist on stage was something to behold. I was left alternately gasping and holding my breath. He executed a perfect display of skill, strength, confidence and balance.  Cringe worthy for an audience participant perhaps, who felt they are risking life and a euphemistic limb as party to the display. It had the male audience members instinctively wanting to protect more intimate parts. You have to see it to understand. An added bonus, the selected audience member on opening night was our much-loved local celebrity Alex Jay.

The show was filled with breathless energy.  A trampoline act to have you bounce in amazement. Try to imagine acts of skipping, juggling and hoops on steroids.

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It was the first time I have seen a Chinese Pole Gymnast in live action. No web video comes close to reflecting just how remarkable the discipline is.

I have not even begun to mention just how much the spectacular lighting, staging and projected backdrops add to an already amazing show.  It made for a multidimensional masterpiece.

My first thought leaving the theater was that it was an incredible, not to be missed and unforgettable production. On reflection after the fact I feel even more so. It is truly worth every cent of the admission price.

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1-brian@Brian_Trudgeon A forty something IT Geek, want to be great artist. Quirky, Queer, proud father to three with a humanitarian bent. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I have always enjoyed writing and have been published anonymously and otherwise. I can claim to be an accidentally published photographer. In my spare time I like to sketch or write the occasional piece of poetry. Born in me is a great love for live performance of any kind and I have great admiration for anyone who offers themselves up on an altar that is the stage.


Winner of the @JoburgRedBus @budmarsh_lodge #HopOnHeritage is…

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

On Friday, I had the absolute pleasure of doing a @JoburgRedBus #HopOnHeritage tour with some awesome Twitter folks with much gratitude to City Sightseeing. It was a day of true enjoyment and much laughter. I am sure @WalterPike and @SpicedWeasel took especially awesome pictures as I had serious lens envy!



Listening to the comments around me I felt incredibly blessed to be sharing my view of being a tourist in my own city. Especially once we entered the city centre, so many recalled memories (including me, yes – I am THAT old!). There was much laughter and entertainment by our resident comic @RichSimmondsZA (nutter!) and I absolutely loved seeing @SamanthaPerry smile and who did an awesome #selfie with her @Wakaberry glasses on … as well as @MeeAParkins who preferred the covered side of the bus.

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We left from Gold Reef City and got off at Stop 11 in Braamfontein to have coffee at Double Shot. We walked across the road for lunch at Eight Six for some lunch and cupcakes.


@WilhelmNiekerk and I posing with a cupcake… as one does.

It was truly such a fun and HAPPY time. It was wonderful to see everyone smile and enjoy themselves after the gloom reports of the weather. Well, since I always take the weather with me, it was sunny but crisp and fabulous!

@Budmarsh_Lodge joined in our most fabulous endeavour and offered a prize of one nights accommodation at Budmarsh which includes a six course, fine dining experience prepared by Executive Chef Chris Tustian, a delightful breakfast and a night away at my favourite weekend get-away in Magaliesburg valued at R3500 to the contestant who interacted with Budmarsh the most.

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Our wonderful day out of the office with thanks to @Stuttafords_ZA, @McNabsFeelGood, @DoritosSA, @Budmarsh_Lodge, @JoburgRedBus and @Wakaberry.

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The winner for the absolutely amazing night away at Budmarsh Lodge prize is:

Señorita Trouble

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Congratulations darling!!!

I wish for you to experience being a tourist in YOUR city!

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@TasteOfJoburg @PicknPay @Montecasinoza September 2014

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

After announcing record numbers for last year’s event, Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg is back at Montecasino Outdoor Event Area this September. Budding gourmands need look no further for a feast of the senses with an array of spectacular offerings from twelve of Joburg’s top restaurants.

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Festival Director, Justine Drake says that she is delighted to be part of such a large scale culinary experience that includes the multicultural mix that is Joburg’s food scene. “Every year we are blown away by the large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

All those looking to visit Taste of Joburg for the first time can expect to be wowed by the “Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience”, the “Robertsons Butcher’s Block in association with Big Green Egg”, “The Rekordelig Premium Cider Lounge”, the “Lindt Chocolate Experience”, the “Castle Milk Stout Lounge” as well as the “Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre”, and experience why Taste Festivals have become such a global gastronomic movement.

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We’ve been running this event for eight years and the challenge each year is presenting the experience in a different and dynamic way. I believe that this year’s festival will again deliver an unforgettable experience, one that will thrill and delight Joburg foodies with its unique mix of food, drink and entertainment. It’s definitely sensory alchemy in action. The large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

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With thanks to glorious sponsors, I have tickets to giveaway to join in this culinary festival. Whoop!  Please answer this question and leave your answer in the comment section. Please do make sure you enter the correct e-mail address.

WHERE is Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg take place this year?

I wish you enough,

Posted from the second cloud on your left, while licking the spoon.

@sterkinekor @the100ftJourney Women’s Month giveaway!

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

“But women- this I will never understand- they are touched by the oddest things”
Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey

I had the absolute delight to attend a ladies coffee morning at the new  with amongst others   at  Sandton City. (I wonder if I will ever get use to people I admire so greatly, actually knowing my name. #humbled).

We were spoiled to gorgeous cakes, coffees, glitter, colour, laughter, flowers and much anticipation to watch  in the comfort of the superior experience, which is #CinePrestige. It is quite an experience.  I loved it. It is colourful and spicy. Exquisitely unfolds to a backdrop of dreams, embracing what we do not understand and being who you are.

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I am thrilled to bring to my readers an awesome gift from SterKinekor. I would love a copy of the book being an avid reader and knowing the beautiful aroma the movie left behind. The gift will make absolute sense once you have enjoyed watching The Hundred-Foot Journey.


1x consol jar
1x apron
1x salt and pepper grinders
1x Eastern spices
1x wooden spoon
1x The Hundred Foot Journey novel
1x double tickets


Please answer the question in my comment section. The competition winner will be announced on 31 August 2014 when women’s month draws to a close.  Which actress plays the role of Madame Mallory?

I wish you to embrace the unknown,


Starting a new fashion range #Ghana #wenchytude #JoziGem

Dear friends and other interesting people,

Being fat, regardless of what I wear I look the size of a small African country. Maybe Ghana?

Having lost weight (Yes, stone me… I heart #banting), my clothes do not fit. That isn’t sexy either.

My jeans don’t look proper on my body…it makes this bubble… Yes I know. Exactly what supermodels everywhere is wearing!

Yes… I am one of those fat people who buy something in every colour if I like it….so I now have a range of baggy jeans.

Start a new fashion label since I already have the range?

I can’t shop for every 15kg’s lost. I have stuff to pay dammit.

I wish you some kick ass jeans.

Somewhere over the rainbow and other chronic conditions.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

As I sit here, “Somewhere over the rainbow” is playing and I feel tearful. You should know that I am Jude Garland darling.

I came into “The Foot Spa” in Killarney Mall to ask Mali to please rub my neck so I could lift it. Yes, literally. (A bit of ‘Cheers’ where everyone knows my name…Clearly they do much more than deal with feet.)

The stupid pain in my neck is back. Been some days now. Yes, the pain that came just before the sickness changed my life.

I fear the pain. It associates with huge changes and very real turmoil on many levels. I don’t wanna play.

I close my eyes and dream of where blue birds fly.

….away above the chimney tops, that’s where you find me.