Shop local with missibaba

#214. Covet beautiful handmade goods from Cape Town handbag label Missibaba. On a trip to Cape Town sometime last year I made a point of tracking down the Missibaba studio – a treasure trove for handbag fetishists. In a world of factory made goods where quality and craft has long been replaced I was seduced by the clutter of ideas, materials and colour and real stitchwork taking place. Now their range is available online through Shop-Label, Cape Town’s answer to Net-A-Porter (the site that puts hot couture in the post). My favourite item right now is the Safari Possum Bag. Very pretty indeed.

The people you are scared of on Facebook

#195. Share a little piece on the people you are scared of, or should be scared of, on Facebook. A little article I read in Australian GQ. A magazine. A real magazine with pages that crinkle as you read it in the bath. OK now I am starting to sound like one of those people you should be scared of on Facebook. A bit too much detail.
Along that Facebook route who hasn’t picked up a few “friends” they would never want to spend any time with but can’t help compulsively following.
My favourites on the GQ list include:
Misery lady: is trying to be strong today, after everything. Send me good vibes! Continue reading

Joburg's tourist industry needs … a mountain?

#163. Read David Smith in The Guardian on “Johannesburg’s main tourist attraction? Its shameful and violent past”. It’s an interesting piece on how the city, in the absence of any natural or architectural wonders¬† has developed a tourist industry out of its Apartheid past.

“Go to Cape Town for the waterfront, for Table Mountain and for the wine country. Go to Johannesburg for … what, exactly?

Among tourists, the debate is usually a one-sided affair: in Cape Town, we’ll relax with sunshine and chardonnay in one of the world’s great holiday destinations; In Johannesburg, we’ll probably get mugged,” writes Smith. Continue reading

Crime writer paints Joburg red

#161. Read Daddy’s Girl, the third book in the Clare Hart series written by Cape Town author Margie Orford who came all the way to Sandton City [with its ambience of “hell”] last week to launch it.

“Crime is like hair in Joburg — big and bling,” Orford said. In Joburg it takes 25 men with machine guns to rob the Spar; in Cape Town it takes one guy with a knife.”¬† She described Cape Town as South Africa’s intellectual centre, and Joburg as its money capital. Continue reading