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Francois on family + fame

Balancing the demands of a flourishing music career with the responsibilities of family life is a delicate art that South African pop/rock sensation Francois van Coke has mastered over the years. In a candid interview, Francois shares insights into how he navigates the ebbs and flows of fame while staying grounded in the warmth of family. When Francois agreed to do this interview, I was obviously beside myself. Not just

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Top Tips for dealing with pet parent guilt

by Bryony Van Niekerk Hello, my name is Bryony and I suffer from dog mom guilt. I feel guilty if we don’t go on a walk everyday (even if there is a literal flood). I feel guilty for leaving my dogs alone when I need to go out. I feel guilty for feeding them ‘junk food’ on occasion. I feel guilty for not being able to provide equal attention to

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Fascinating Grasshopper Facts

Grasshoppers and Locust belong to the order Orthoptera, which also includes crickets and katydids. Locusts are actually species of short-horned grasshoppers. Grasshoppers existed long before dinosaurs. Fossils date back to the Carboniferous period, which shows that the primitive grasshoppers first appeared more than 320 million years ago. Grasshoppers sometimes “spit” brown liquid to defend themselves from predators. Some people say grasshopper’s spit “tobacco juice,” probably because grasshoppers have been associated

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Pets Need a Break too

BY BRIAN BERKMAN Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued mixed-breed doggie-daughter, insists on joining them. Belmond Mount Nelson now welcomes dogs & cats Brian Berkman says you can now take your best friend to one of Cape Town’s best hotels Afternoon Tea at Cape Town’s gracious pink lady, Belmond Mount Nelson, began like it

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The Best Training Treats for Your Dog

Healthy Options and Homemade Delights Training your dog is a rewarding experience, and using the right treats can make all the difference. Choosing healthy and delicious treats not only motivates your furry friend but also ensures their overall well-being. In this article, we’ll explore the best training treats for your dog, emphasizing the importance of health and providing you with some simple and nutritious homemade options. The Importance of Healthy

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Top Tips for making your garden pet friendly

Depending on where you are situated in the country, you are either still stuck in perpetual winter, just stepping into spring or gone straight into full blown summer (us Gauteng-a-lengs are melting!). Regardless, this is the time of year where you start to try and turn your brown crispy grass into a luscious green lawn and plant some beautiful seasonal flowers. Unfortunately though, what is good for your garden is

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Fascinating Sea Slug Facts

Sea slugs are marine invertebrates that have no shells or very reduced shells. Sea slugs belong to the class Gastropoda, the same group as snails, slugs, and limpets. The scientific name of a sea slug is Nudibranchia. Sea slugs are also known as nudibranchs, which means “naked gills” in Latin. They are incredibly diverse, with about 3,000 known species. Sea slugs can be found in all oceans and at various

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Chai 2024 Cover Model Winner

As you all know, our annual cover model competition is the most popular of all competitions we host during the year. To be crowned the winner is truly something to be excited about. The 2024 title has been awarded to Chai, a very charismatic cat with a story that has the very best ending. Chai’s triumph is not merely a victory for him but a celebration of the countless rescue

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Elle Franco’s Doggy dream team

In the world of social media, there are countless influencers and content creators, each with their unique niche and passion. One such individual is Elle Franco, the creative force behind the Instagram account @diywithelle. What makes Elle’s content truly stand out is her wonderful blend of DIY projects and her life with her two beloved Morkies, Jimmy and Sid. In a candid Q&A session, Elle shared her journey, insights, and

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Pets Need a Break too

BY BRIAN BERKMAN Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued mixed-breed doggie-daughter, insists on joining them. For the final issue of 2023, luxury travel writer and now also travelling-with-pets expert, Brian Berkman selects his Best of the Best. PENDENNIS There are a number of accommodation options available on this Villiersdorp in the Western Cape farm

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Fascinating Orca Facts

The scientific name for killer whales is Orcinus orca. “Orcas” and “killer whales” both refer to the same species of marine mammals. “Orcas” is a more commonly used term, while “killer whales” is another common name for the same species. Orcas were given the name ‘killer whale” by ancient sailors’ observations of groups of orcas hunting and feeding on other animals, such as whales and seals. The Latin name of

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Top Tips for Destressing your dog

We all know what stress is and how it affects us and those around us. The slow pace of Covid and the subsequent couple of years seems to be a thing of the past and life is back to normal and moving at a faster pace than ever before. Work is demanding, social events are in full swing, and it feels like there is never enough time in the day

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Top Tips for taking epic photos of your pet with the SAMAUNG Galaxy S23 Ultra

In the age of smartphones, capturing the joyful antics and endearing expressions of our beloved pets has become a cherished pastime. As technology continues to advance, the art of pet photography has reached new heights with the introduction of the Samsung S23 Ultra. Packed with an array of cutting-edge camera features, this device opens up a world of possibilities for pet owners looking to capture their furry companions in all

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Fascinating Baboon Facts

Baboons are primates and are native to Africa. They belong to the genus Papio and are known for their distinctive appearance and complex social structures. They are also known as Chacma baboons, a name derived from the Khoikhoi word for baboon, “chao kamma”. There are five species of baboons in South Africa: Chacma baboon, Olive baboon, Guinea baboon, Kinda baboon, and Yellow baboon. Baboons are some of the most identifiable

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Pets Need a Break too – Home Suite Hotels

Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued mixed-breed doggie-daughter, insists on joining them. Home Suite Hotels Station House: Unveiling the Ultimate Pet-Friendly Hotel with an Ultra Pooch Pad and Facial Recognition Access! It is great news that increasing numbers of hotels and restaurants know we don’t want to leave our pets at home. But, in

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Awe – Inspiring Arnold

A Tale of Resilience and Redemption There is nothing more inspiring than the will-power of an animal. The love they give and the forgiveness they have for humankind. While we will never know exactly what Arnold had to endure, one thing is for certain. It must have been horrible. Rescued from the side of the road by a good Samaritan, Arnold was riddled with disease and had multiple fractures. He

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Pathology + Painting with Dr Owen

Some people colour with pencils, others use paint… then there are those who have the unique talent to paint with words. I count myself lucky to know a person like this. Owen Wiese, also known as Dr Owen, is a unique human who has been the inspiration and comfort behind many women who have tried to wade their way through life. His understanding and wisdom seem to come effortlessly and

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Pets Need a Break too – Pendennis and Sunpet

Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued mixed-breed doggie-daughter, insists on joining them. Villiersdorp might still be considered undiscovered from a tourism perspective but, as Brian Berkman says, there are gems here, especially in the Bossieveld area where Pendennis Farm is located, that are worthy of the journey. Grabouw, with its vibrant food and market

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Fascinating Frog Facts

A frog is any member of a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura. You will find frogs on every continent, except Antarctica. Frogs have protruding eyes, no tail and strong, webbed hind feet that are adapted for leaping and swimming. A Frog’s eyes allow it to see in front, sideways and even partially behind it. Frogs and toads are both amphibians, but belong

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Top Tips On What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing

BY: BRYONY VAN NIEKERK It’s 21:00 on 2 October 2022 and I get a message from our pet sitter: Harri (our disabled cat who never leaves the property) is missing. They can’t find her anywhere. Immediately, every worst-case scenario flood into my mind and I feel absolutely powerless. Never mind the fact that it’s pitch-black outside and the chances of spotting my mostly black and white cat is slim, but

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Francois on family + fame

Balancing the demands of a flourishing music career with the responsibilities of family life is a delicate art that South African pop/rock sensation Francois van

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Fascinating Grasshopper Facts

Grasshoppers and Locust belong to the order Orthoptera, which also includes crickets and katydids. Locusts are actually species of short-horned grasshoppers. Grasshoppers existed long before

Read More »

Pets Need a Break too

BY BRIAN BERKMAN Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued

Read More »

Pets Need a Break too

BY BRIAN BERKMAN Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued

Read More »

Fascinating Orca Facts

The scientific name for killer whales is Orcinus orca. “Orcas” and “killer whales” both refer to the same species of marine mammals. “Orcas” is a

Read More »

Fascinating Baboon Facts

Baboons are primates and are native to Africa. They belong to the genus Papio and are known for their distinctive appearance and complex social structures.

Read More »

Awe – Inspiring Arnold

A Tale of Resilience and Redemption There is nothing more inspiring than the will-power of an animal. The love they give and the forgiveness they

Read More »

Fascinating Frog Facts

A frog is any member of a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura. You will find frogs on

Read More »