Twelve months ago I was fortunate to be part of a small South African-based motor racing team that entered the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard. This year we set a more ambitious target: to compete in two endurance races on back-to-back weekends in Italy. By GREG MILLS.
Reviewing David Coplan and Oscar Gutiérrez’s new volume on the Bassline and Renée Reznek’s newly released CD of contemporary South African piano music, J. BROOKS SPECTOR looks for the special sound of South Africa in an age of global music. (And he is only too delighted to take a break from having to contemplate yet another political excess or bizarre bit of behaviour from people like Donald Trump or Jacob Zuma.)
Book Extract: How apartheid's top intelligence operative met with the KGB and got to hang in Lenin's office
Former head of National Intelligence and DG of Constitutional Development NIЁL BARNARD'S recently published Peaceful Revolution – Inside the War Room at the Negotiations reveals how it is intelligence operatives who guide the eventual course politicians end up taking. In this chapter, extracted from the book, Barnard shockingly reveals how, as an apartheid government super spy, he met with apparent arch-enemy agency, the KGB as well as Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev long before political leaders did so. He also got to hang out in Lenin's office.
In 1964, Funny Girl, inspired partly by the life of popular vaudeville and Ziegfeld Follies performer, singer and comedian Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway and launched the career of the then 22-year-old Barbara Streisand. It stands to reason then that anyone attempting to revive the role, particularly in South Africa, will inevitably risk comparison. But South African actress Ashleigh Harvey, as Brice in the current Fugard Production, shrugs on the part as if it were made for her. And she's spectacular. By MARIANNE THAMM.
It takes a great deal of skill to be consistently incompetent. To corrupt a famous quote, most of us can manage it sometimes, some of us can manage it most times, but for everyone to manage it all the time, well, that requires real genius. By LESLEY STONES.
To tell the truth, the play El Blanco is a heap of nonsense. There’s a plot, of sorts, some singing, of more uncertain sorts, a very large hat and very tight trousers, and square-mouthed James Cairns spinning a yarn of his crazy days in Mexico. And bravo, amigo, because it’s one hell of a funny show. By LESLEY STONES.