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Video: Nataniël en sy broer Erik le Roux maak vis in ’n fles, geskik vir Die Nataniël Tafel

150 StoriesOp een van die jongste episodes van Die Nataniël tafel het Nataniël, wie se nuwe boek 150 Stories pas by Human & Rousseau verskyn het, se jongste broer, Erik le Roux, saam met hom gekook.

Erik is ‘n Franse burger en uitnemende kok. Saam maak die broers ‘n heerlike visgereg met mosterd, seldery, agurkies, radyse, gerookte snoek wat hul na die tyd in ‘n mooi fles seël met botter en peper. Hierdie gereg is geskik vir die winter én die somer en kan met rocket as ‘n slaai of op geroosterde brood bedien word.

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Philip de Vos oor sy nuwe radioreeks: "Op die ou end is Schubert sy musiek – en sy musiek is Schubert"

Kop op ’n blokKris de KatRower RotZokStokman

 
Philip de Vos se jongste radioreeks, oor die Oostenrykse komponis Franz Schubert, het hierdie maand op RSG begin speel en word elke Sondag tussen 10:00 en 11:00 uitgesaai.

De Vos het met Netwerk24 se Willem de Vries gesels oor sy jongste musiekprogram waarin die luisteraars saam met hom die lewe en werk van Schubert kan ontdek. Hy het vroeër ook reekse oor Mozart en Tsjaikowski aangebied.

Lees die artikel:

Jare gelede reeds het Philip de Vos, samesteller van die reeks, Otto Deutsch se lywige boek van meer as duisend bladsye, Schubert – A Documentary Biography, aangeskaf.

Net sowat 70 van Schubert se briewe het bewaar gebly vergeleke met die honderde van Mozart en duisende van Tsjaikowski. De Vos het gedink dit sou dus byna onmoontlik wees om Schubert as mens vas te vang.

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Pieter-Dirk Uys Photobombs Hendrik Verwoerd in His 21 Icons Portrait

21 IconsPieter-Dirk Uys, whose alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout has been poking fun at the state for the past 30 years, has become the 11th icon of the second season of Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons.

In his 21 Icons portrait, Uys “mischievously photobombs” a bust of Hendrik Verwoerd, drawing attention to his ability to “engage an audience through humour while creating a powerful political message in the process”.

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At the heart of Uys’s comedy is the sentiment that maintaining silence in the face of visible atrocities is as harmful as being the perpetrator. Publicly opposing the government was perilous in the seventies. “My father was scared of what I did. He knew the dangers, which I didn’t know. People in government warned him. They said ‘control your son otherwise we will step into this situation.’” But Uys continued to create shows that poked fun at figures like P.W. Botha. “There are things that must be said.” Hindered by a banning order, he began writing a column for a newspaper in 1978. It was from these columns that Evita originated.

Uys realised that using a character would not only make his humour more palatable, but could also protect him from the potential ire of the authorities. “It was an instinctive thing – I would hide behind characters constantly,” he says. And what better character to veil his criticisms with than an ostentatious, gaudily dressed, middle-aged white lady?

In 1982, he debuted Evita in his show ‘Adapt or Die’. She was an Afrikaner from the Transvaal, a supporter of the National Party, and the ambassadress of Bapetikosweti – a fictional Bantustan. “I created this woman who represents a huge amount of middle aged white South Africans, who cannot believe that they are still around and not eating tins of tuna in a dungeon somewhere after having been frightened into a coma by the ANC,” he says. Evita’s hilarious on-stage reflections highlighted the stupidity of the apartheid government, and mocked the hypocrisy of so-called liberals.

It was a challenging act for most to laugh at – his performances held up a mirror to white South Africa. “I tried to help my audience laugh at their fear because that’s what I do. Things I am frightened of I will not look away from,” Uys says. While he was able to get away with a lot more on stage as Evita, even she was not immune to condemnation. His act provoked instances of homophobic abuse, and anger from apartheid officials. However, the authorities seemed to view him as nothing more than a clown. This, as well as the colour of his skin, spared him from the force of the oppressive censorship laws.

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Gorry Bowes Taylor Reviews DemoCrazy: SA's Twenty-Year Trip by Zapiro

DemoCrazy: SA's Twenty-Year TripVerdict: carrot

Democrazy is Zapiro’s ‘greatest hits’, from Mandela to Zuma, from Amandla to Nkandla and everything in between. The words gorgeous and glorious come to mind.

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Madam and Eve are Back with Send in the Clowns, the Latest Hilarious Collection by Stephen Francis and Rico

Send in the Clowns Jacana presents Send in the Clowns, the latest Madam & Eve collection by Stephen Francis and Rico:

They’re back, and better than ever! This year sees the release of the twenty-second Madam & Eve, and it is another winner from this sharp and witty creative team.

Featuring the humour South Africans have come to know and love, this Madam & Eve promises to be a laugh a minute, and it is sure to be a family favourite and welcome addition to any bookshelf.

About the authors

Stephen Francis is the writing half of the Madam & Eve team. Born in the United States in 1949, Stephen moved to South Africa in 1988. In 1992, witnessing the interesting and often funny dynamic between his South African mother-in-law and her domestic housekeeper, he conceptualised the Madam & Eve strip. Stephen Francis is also an award-winning script writer, and radio and TV personality.

Rico forms the other half of the creative team – as illustrator. Born in Austria in 1966, he now lives and works in Johannesburg, and has been drawing cartoons ever since he was old enough to hold a pencil. Besides his work on Madam & Eve, Rico also produces illustrations for a wide range of other publications.

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Uittreksel uit Rooikappie deur Philip de Vos: "Want die liefde is nie altyd alte mooi"

Philip de Vos is ’n bekende skrywer, digter en vertaler. Sy nie-fiksie boek oor bekende figure in die kunstewêreld, Kop op ’n blok, het in 2012 by Protea Boekhuis verskyn.

De Vos het al vele kinderboeke na Afrikaans vertaal, onder andere Julia Donaldson se Stokman, Zok, Rower Rot en Kris de Kat.

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Die Pos het ’n uittreksel gedeel uit De Vos se weergawe van die gewilde sprokie, Rooikappie – waar ontnugtering seëvier en die wolf ook as ‘n padvark bekend staan.

Lees die uittreksel:

Jy wou nog sê: “…Wees nés Rooikappie, Luister áltyd na jou pappie…”

Jy wou nog op pad huis toe vir die laaste keer melkskommel by die Wimpy gaan drink, maar sy was skielik groot en die Wimpy alte goor.

Jy het ’n piekniekmandjie gepak, haar na die bose stad gevat en toe jy opkyk staan sy met Hendrik Janse van der Colff in jou deur.

Jy vra: “Hoekom is jou oë so rooi?” Sy antwoord en trek haar gesig op ’n plooi: “Want die liefde is nie altyd alte mooi”.”

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