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I remember when it was announced that the next host nation for the FIFA World Cup was to be Brazil.  On the faces of my Brazilian friends I saw the same eye-rolling mixture of boredom and scepticism that my own face had adopted when it was announced that South Africa was to host the 2010 FIFA competition. “Nothing will be ready on time!  There will be a mass wave of crime! It’s going to be chaos – we can never organise anything properly! What an embarrassment this will be!” Yup – heard all of these before – many from my own mouth four years ago.  And to this day I regret not having found the money to fly home for a visit in 2010 during that exhilarating, inspiring three weeks of vuvuzela-fuelled madness. Because just as South Africa’s turn in the FIFA’s spotlight exceeded all expectations and confunded the would-be critics, this has been the summer when we were all a little Brazilian.

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A foodie walking tour of Hong Kong

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There are many ways to discover a new city.  You can spend months before your arrival reading every book about your destination that you can lay your hands on. Or you can visit its museums and palaces.  Or you can take an open-topped bus tour and see as many of the sights as you can […]

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Spicy rainbow chard on creamy polenta

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I can always spot them.  So can you.  And who are they? The cool kids. You know, they are the ones that everyone wants to hang out with; that everyone wants to have their picture taken with; the ones that hog all the front pages and win all the popularity contests.  It just doesn’t seem […]

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Saturday Snapshots #293

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The inscrutable smile of the sea-lion – Santa Cruz  wharf, May 2014

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Chop Shop Haymarket: Sunday rib chop review

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I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up back in South Africa, Sunday lunch was A Big Deal in our house. It seemed that all my friends’s families had some sort of tradition around Sunday lunch:  this one’s family always braaied (barbecued); this one’s family always went out to lunch at the […]

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Saturday Snapshots #292

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  This chap lives in Changi airport, Singapore – the only airport in the world with a butterfly house on the premises – Singapore, July 2014

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Asparagus and smoked salmon pasta

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Some people have an uncanny knack for being permanently in fashion.  They seem to have been born with an innate sense of trends and always seem to be one step ahead of the fashion pack, unveiling hot new looks months before the high street catches up.  They have no qualms about donating a perfectly good […]

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