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The shortlist for the Arthur C @ClarkeAward for best science fiction novel of the year has been announced!

Video: Sylvia Earle Advocates Working with a Vision at the United Nations for World Happiness Day

South African CoastsSylvia Earle, marine biologist and author of South African Coasts: A Celebration of Our Seas and Shores, recently addressed an audience of young people at the United Nations for the International Day of Happiness.

The annual UN event is both a celebration of happiness and a drive to achieve the organisation’s aim of happiness for everyone in the human family.

In her speech, Earle spoke about her great love for the ocean. She says it got her attention when a huge wave knocked her over as a three-year-old, and has held her attention as an explorer because the ocean is alive and keeps us alive.

Earle encourages the children in her audience to have a vision for a happier world, and then work at getting there.

Watch the video:

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Exit Pursued by Bare Bather: Concerned Citizens' Flight from South Africa's First Official Nude Beach

Been There, Done ThatDiscover South AfricaPicturesque Durban and Surrounds

South Africa’s first official nudist beach was unveiled over the Easter weekend in the Mpenjati Nature Reserve near Trafalgar on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

Along the 300 metre stretch of coastline, the usual laws regarding public nudity do not apply.

SABC news has shared a video about the beach:

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The nudist beach has been met with some affronted objections, led largely by Reverend Mike Effanga, chairman of the Concerned Citizens of the Hibiscus Coast Municipality. Independent News has shared a story of the opposition to the beach:

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Hekel ’n kleurvolle onderbaadjie met Karen Adendorff se maklike patroon

Alles oor hekelCrochet Know HowAlles oor hekel 2Crochet Know How 2

Hekeldrag is steeds hoogmode, met gehekelde items wat oral kop uitsteek.

Vir diegene wat self klere kan of wil maak het Karen Adendorff – outeur van Alles oor hekel en Alles oor hekel 2 – ‘n pragtige patroon vir ‘n kleurryke onderbaadjie met ‘n moeilikheidsgraad van slegs twee **.

Volg die maklike patroon, gedeel op Vrouekeur se webtuiste:

• ELLE PURE GOLD DK (100 g-balle): 1 bal elk Chilli en Terracota en 2 balle Titanium
• ELLE CLASSIC WOOL BLEND (100 g-balle): 1 bal Salsa
• 3.5 mm-hekelpen
• Naald om gare mee weg te werk


Try Horiya Mohamed's Recipe for Somalian Lamb's Liver from Karoo Kitchen by Sydda Essop

 Karoo KitchenTudor Caradoc-Davies recently wrote a blog post on Quivertree Publications about Horiya Mohamed, one of the characters featured in Sydda Essop’s Karoo Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and True Stories from the Heart of South Africa.

The co-author of The Real Meal Revolution spoke to the Somalian refugee residing in Beaufort West and shared the recipes for her favourite Somalian rice and meat dishes.

Mohamed told Caradoc-Davies about her traditional food and customs and what it’s been like fitting into the Afrikaans-speaking community.

Try the recipe for Somalian Lamb’s Liver:

¼ cup sunflower oil or 5 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
half a green pepper
1 green or red chilli, or ½ tsp chilli powder
juice of 1 lemon
1½ tsp ground coriander
3 tbsp fresh coriander or italian parsley leaves
salt and black pepper to taste 500g lamb’s liver, cut into small pieces.

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The Challenges of Eating Well When Dining Out, and You Don't Eat Animals - An Interview with Mellissa Bushby

Fresh from the Vegetarian KitchenThe Vegetarian KitchenMellissa Bushby, author of Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen and The Vegetarian Kitchen, was interviewed by Antoinette Maake for Vegan SA about her transition to veganism.

In the interview, Bushby talks about challenges of finding a good place to dine out when you don’t eat animals, and her reasons for choosing to be vegan even though it is not always easy.

Read the interview:

Vegan SA: What advice would you give to people want to make the switch to becoming vegan or vegetarian?

Mellissa: To read as much as possible on the benefits, ethically, morally, health and planet wise, and also to research the alternatives. The struggle and eventual demise of an already overburdened planet, the dreadful suffering and terror the animals have to endure, let alone the constant and on-going despair, day after day. Once the penny has truly dropped, I cannot imagine anyone ever going back to eating meat again.

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For Good Times: Get Ideas from Julie Gallagher's Perfectly Put Together Pony Party

For Good TimesJulie Gallagher, author of For Good Times and owner of In Good Company, has shared a few photographs and ideas from the pony party she threw for her daughter, Bailey, last year.

Gallagher says that she was inspired by the Dala Horse stationery line by Meri Meri. Using the stationary design inspiration and things that Bailey loves, Gallagher came up with a delicious menu, games and activities and decorations that added to the fun.

View some of the pictures:



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