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On Surviving the Madness of South Africa

June 7, 2016

Ah South Africa… you’re a tough nut but i love you  :)


Yoh, masekinders – even the most patriotic and loved-up among us would have a hard time denying that living in this country can be a bit like living with an abusive parent; you know, those re…

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Review: Vortex Parallel Universe 2016

April 13, 2016
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Sad I missed this one but I like this part:
“…it is where you viscerally feel and know in the deepest parts of your heart and soul that this is where you’re meant to be, this is what you’re meant to be doing.”


After a self-imposed trance party hiatus for the past four months, I was really looking forward to Vortex Parallel Universe. Easter Vortex, as it’s affectionately known, has always had a special place in my heart; not only is it hosted at my all-time favourite venue but each year it promises a stellar line-up that can’t be missed.

Die-hard Vortexers may swear by the Circle of Dreams but in my humble opinion, Hillside Farm is an equally magical venue with its enchanted forest-like atmosphere and majestic canopies. This year, the dance-floor was moved ever so slightly – creating more space for stompers to get wild. And I loved how the arrangement of stalls made the party seem like a little gypsy village.

Photo: Aumega Photography Photo: Aumega Photography

After arriving on Sunday morning, we were shocked to see how many people were leaving the party due to hectic weather conditions the night before…

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SONA Drinking Game

February 11, 2016

SONA = State of the Nation Address. It should be an important start to the parliamentary year, with the president adressing the nation and telling us where we’re going in the next year.

But this is South Africa. And it’s Phuza Thursday. So bring on the SONA drinking game.

Apparently this is not new. Gareth Cliff came up with #JZSOTNDrinks in 2011 . But I stumbled onto these images under #SONAdrinkinggame and I liked them. So here they are.


I really love this crazy country sometimes.

Note: I found these images on twitter and couldn’t find a source. Will happily reference if you know who created them.

Bad corporate newsletters

December 22, 2015

I got this email from Exclusive Books… It’s really atrocious and embarrasing.

2015 has been a tumultuous year in the book trade, both locally and abroad. The most compelling feature of the change that has taken place globally is the decline of Kindle sales and, consequently, the diminution of eBook purchases. Nothing could be more illustrative of this than the announcement by Waterstone in the United Kingdom that they have now delisted the Kindle from their product range. The reversion to books that we see in both the U.K. and the United States has an echo in this country. Children’s book sales are stronger than they have been for some time and we have recognised this by improving our children’s departments in all stores as we refurbish and improve our retail spaces. We have also seen a return to paperback fiction and a general improvement in demand across many categories of our inventory.

However, the elephant in the room for us remains price. The precipitous decline in the Rand has had an adverse impact on book prices and we are in constant discussion with publishers about ways in which price increases can be contained. We are pleased to say that most publishers or representative offices have made a concerted effort to contain prices and, barring their annual increase for the printing and distribution costs, they have all given us the assurance that they will hold prices in 2016: barring, of course, some further calamitous collapse in the Rand exchange rate.

Notwithstanding the impact of prices on the consumer’s ever-stretched wallet, our shops are busier than at any time since we acquired the business from the Times Media Group and We are hopeful that our Christmas books and selection will find a response among our valued customers.

As the year draws to an end we reflect on what has been an incredibly exciting year for Exclusive Books. We opened a new bookstore in Dainfern and revamped our Woodlands, Greenstone and Clearwater stores. In addition, the Cape Town Waterfront store has been partially refurbished but there is more to come next year. Furthermore, Hyde Park has been totally rebuilt and it is surely one of the most beautiful in the world. As one of our flagships, it required something special and what better to compliment it than a restaurant which boasts a team of 20 chefs including Australian master chef Russell Armstrong.

We would like to wish everyone a 2016 free of stress and worry and a peaceful and happy festive season.

Of course we have to add mention of our annual catalogue, grab one in store or look at it online.

There are some competitions wrapping up, and you simply have to do what it takes to be in on the prize offered at Pafuri in Cover to Cover.

Best wishes,

Xmas traffic chuckle

December 21, 2015

Look… no one likes being in Cape Town during Christmas… except the bloody tourists. And most Cape Townians get a little pissed off when they cant go about their business and enjoy the home town during the festive season.

If you’re smart, you already know that you have to avoid Canal Walk and the V&A Waterfront from December 16th to December 24th because of all the road traffic, mall rage and general irritation levels.

So, this little tweet from V& A Waterfront was to be expected, I guess. But the responses to my snarky comments were…. puzzling. Either this was a big sense of humour fail or …. the social media person is probably on leave.



May you all have a stress-free festive season. Poor guy.


**edit: ok, turns out the social media guy has a good sense of humour. changed to christmas chuckle🙂

Carols By Nkandlalight

December 12, 2014

fun times in africa🙂

Gussilber's Twitter Overflow Blog


‘Twas the night before Christmas
And all through Nkandla
The lights were ablaze
To the sound of “Amandla!”

While the rest of the nation
Was shedding its load
The power was strong
In this humble abode

Whose brilliant gleam
Could be viewed from in space
By a man in a sleigh
With a grin on his face

As he drove through the stars
In his dazzling red suit
He said “I’m coming to get you
To pay back the loot”

But the head of the house told him
Don’t be a fool
I spent it on building
This flaming big pool

So come sit beside me
And let’s get all boozy
In the Peace and Goodwill
Of my fire jacuzzi

I’ll raise up my glass
And say, “Ja, Noël Fine”
But I won’t pay the money
And I’ll never resign

But look to the lights
That shine over yonder

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10 Facts for Bob Geldof

November 19, 2014

worth repeating

GB on tour!

Dear Sir Bob,

Thanks so much for doing the Ebola fundraising thing. We hope you raise lots and lots of money. The only thing is, there is a world outside your window Sir, but it might not be quite how you imagine it. We thought you might like to refer to our handy list of facts and figures to help you along when you do the Live Aid 30 re-edit.

Do they know it’s Christmas? – Lovely sentiment, great tune, huge money raiser, but ever so slightly bonkers!

Lets take a look at the facts:

1. There is water flowing in Africa, really quite a lot of it in fact.

“Where the only water flowing Is the bitter sting of tears”

What? What about the world’s longest river? The river Nile is over 4000 miles long.

(The 5 biggest rivers in Africa are: Nile, Congo, Zambizi, Niger, Orange river)


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