#alienadventures: the ressurection (sort of)

Yes I know it’s been a while, but isn’t that the nature of blogs? There are those who are dedicated, and usually they make a business of it. Good for them. Then there are the other let’s-try-this-blog-thing-out bloggers, who generally contribute to the trail of dead end blogs littering cyberspace.      I fall into … Continue reading

#alienadventures: the death of common sense

In the light of today’s march on the Goodman Gallery over Brett Murray’s controversial painting The Spear, I thought it apt to reblog this article/”obituary” from The Times in London published in February. It speaks of things that have happened in the UK, but everyone on the planet will identify. And in South Africa, this … Continue reading

#alienadventures: the biggest fashion trend for 2012…and beyond

Perhaps not what you were expecting but something I’ve been subscribing to for quite some time. Prescriptive fashion trends are so last century. In this day and age, personalisation and individualism rule – not following the herd. So try this as a 2012 mantra: you might be pleasantly surprised with the result.

#alienadventures: xmas edition – the mystery of the 12 days of xmas solved

I received this email yesterday, and had always wondered what the 12 days of xmas were all about. There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with … Continue reading

#alienadventures: Helsinki – the quintessential alien adventure

Monocle magazine voted Helsinki the best city on the planet to live this year, so my recent trip there was perfectly timed to see what the fuss was all about. In short here are the pro’s and con’s in brief: Pro’s: There were only 5 (yes 5!) murders in the last year (in Jozi that’s … Continue reading

#alienadventures: feeling that holiday feeling yet?

They say that it takes you the first 3 days of your holiday to finally get off the mental treadmill and start relaxing. It’s true, which is why long weekends are so bad for you. The moment your body and mind start to crumble (blissfully that is), you have to go back to work: the … Continue reading

#alienadventures: Lunchtime thought. Throwing away food while people starve. The human race is an odd lot.

Did you read the tragic, actually horrific, story about the the four Mmupele children from a place called “Verdwaal” (which means “lost” in Afrikaans) who died of hunger and thirst in the veld as they went in search of their mothers who had gone to look for work or food on a neighbouring farm? The … Continue reading

#alienadventures: Hungry? Try the Leopard – Andrea Burgener’s new eatery in Jozi

Andrea Burgener and food go together like hot toffee pudding and ice cream – her food is familiar, comforting, unpretentious,  deceptively simple but always with a deliciously decadent (or quirky) twist. For those who have never had the pleasure, Andrea was the founder of the very popular Deluxe restaurant, first in Richmond and then later … Continue reading

#alienadventures: 2 countries, 3 cities in 1 week #Zara #NokiaWorld

So next week is rather busy. Besides getting the invitation to sit on a panel discussion at the Nokia World global conference, I received another call from ZARA (who are finally opening in SA in the next couple of months) to visit their HQ and see their operations…all in the same week. Who doesn’t want … Continue reading