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Join Darrel Bristow-Bovey for the Launch of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo at The Book Lounge

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoZebra Press invites you to the launch of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo by Darrel Bristow-Bovey.

Bristow-Bovey will be in conversation with Lisa Lazarus and Greg Fried, also known as the writing duo Greg Lazarus, at The Book Lounge on Tuesday, 2 December. The event will start at 5:30 for 6 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Tuesday, 2 December 2014
  • Time: 5:30 for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland Street
    Corner of Buitenkant and Roeland Street
    Cape Town | Map
  • Interviewers: Lisa Lazarus and Greg Fried
  • RSVP:, 021 462 2425

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Darrel Bristow-Bovey Believes South Africans Have a Lot to Learn from Booker Prize-winner Richard Flanagan

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoDarrel Bristow-Bovey, author of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo, recently penned a column for The Times about Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker Prize win.

The Australian author won the coveted award for The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

After riffing hilariously on the image of Flanagan using his discarded drafts to light barbeque fires – “What self-respecting South African would light a braai using bits of paper?” – Bristow-Bovey turns serious, saying South African writers have a lot to learn from Flanagan’s willingness to turn to World War II POW work camps in Thailand for his subject matter.

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I was in Kanchanaburi a few months ago, and I walked through the war cemetery with its long unshaded rows of the long-dead boys of 1943. I came upon one tombstone with a name and an age and a place of origin: South Africa. For days afterwards I thought about that far-buried South African and what he might have felt and what might have happened and who might have been waiting at home.

Later I discussed it with a friend, musing about the possibility of a novel or a screenplay, and my friend wanted to know why that story, and wasn’t it a form of historical escapism, and did I not perhaps consider that I was shirking the moral responsibility of grappling with what it means to be a white South African? Does South Africa or the world need another white man’s story about white men and white men’s history? What about other voices and other experiences?

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John Mitchell: A Global Rugby Season Would Favour All Involved

Mitch: The Real StoryEarlier this month the Springboks tackled the English national team in a much-anticipated test match on Twickenham, beating the hosts 31-28.

Before this important match Sport24 chief writer Rob Howing quoted John Mitchell from his memoir Mitch: The Real Story, written with Gavin Rich, where he says: “Many people in the game favour the inception of a global season, and I am one of them.”

Mitchell explains why regular, guaranteed annual clashes would be a favourable move for all parties involved – players, broadcasters and fans alike.

Read Howing’s article:

“South Africa is in the same time zone as the northern hemisphere rugby nations, and there are already 250 South African players playing there – that is more than six full rugby squads.”

Mitchell says a global season would have very favourable implications for fans.

“They will be able to enjoy a world club championship played in conferences that are drawn out of the hat before each season.["]

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Join Darrel Bristow-Bovey and Henrietta Rose-Innes for the Launch of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo in Cape Town

One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo Launch

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoZebra Press and Kalk Bay Books would like to invite you to the launch of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo by Darrel Bristow-Bovey.

Bristow-Bovey will be speaking about his new book with Henrietta Rose-Innes. The book is a warm, witty, eventually wise journey into the terrors and absurdities and grumpy compensations of middle age.

The launch will be at Kalk Bay Books on Thursday, 27 November, at 6 for 6:30 PM.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 27 November 2014
  • Time: 6 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books
    124 Main Rd
    Kalk Bay | Map
  • RSVP:, 021 788 2266

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John Mitchell: We Need Rugby Refereeing that isn’t Influenced by Home Crowds and Big Screen Replays

Mitch: The Real StoryJohn Mitchell, author and subject of Mitch: The Real Story, wrote an article for ESPN Scrum about how crowds and television producers can affect refereeing in rugby.

Mitchell gives a number of examples of referees being alerted to fouls by crowds and live television replays. While better and more aware refereeing is of course something to strive for, this is not fair refereeing, as home crowds always have the advantage. He proposes that Rugby adopt the TMO system (Television Match Official) used in cricket. This means that captains will have the right to challenge referees decisions, and crowds and cameras will lose that right.

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A big talking point from the Twickenham Test was how the crowd influenced referee Nigel Owens by reacting to replays on the big screen.

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles was yellow-carded for lashing out with a boot at Dylan Hartley after the crowd had voiced its disapproval, and also made Owens refer Charlie Faumuina’s try to the TMO as Beauden Barrett was lining up the conversion. Hansen said afterwards that TV producers are starting to have a big influence on games, as they determine what replays get shown.

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Dawie Roodt Makes His Economic Predictions for the Next 10 Years (Video)

Tax, Lies and Red TapeDawie Roodt, chief economist at Efficient Group and co-author of Tax, Lies and Red Tape, gave a presentation at the Free Market Foundation about the economy and his predictions for the next 10 years.

“All the decisions you will make are always economic decisions, because you always have a choice between this or that,” Roodt said. “Economics is not about graphs and exchange rates and stuff like that, economics really is about people. If you understand people you understand why the markets do what they do.”

Roodt argued that the market is not an abstract idea but is made up of people: “We are the market.” He took the audience through the global evolution of property rights to understand the current economic landscape. Roodt said he’s not sure South Africa will see strong economic growth in the next 10 years, despite our exceptional financial services industry.

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Win a One on One Coaching Call with International Rugby Coach John Mitchell

Mitch: The Real StoryWould you like to improve your teamwork on the field or your skills in the business world? International rugby coach John Mitchell can show you how to change the way you do business and set you on your way to becoming a leader in (or on) your field.

You can win a one on one personal coaching call with John Mitchell, co-author of Mitch: The Real Story with Gavin Rich, which was released by Zebra Press in September this year.

To stand a chance of winning, simply visit the Mitch Factor website, fill in your details and tell Mitchell in 160 characters or less why you would like to win the coaching call.

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Darrel Bristow-Bovey’s Mild Misadventure in Bangkok: The Heat, a Pool and Some Pebbles

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoDarrel Bristow-Bovey, author of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo, has written an article for Getaway about his recent stay in Bangkok and the charming little girl he had the task of looking after for an afternoon at the hotel pool.

After choosing the most unpleasant and bothersome way of getting to the pool, Bristow-Bovey walked headlong into a marital squabble. The situation created something of a dilemma, but with a not-unpleasant result.

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Last month I was in Bangkok, staying on the 59th floor of a 64-storey building. The swimming pool is on the 10th floor, a 10-second journey in an easy elevator, but to prove that I’m not yet old I walked down the fire-escape stairs. I discovered two things: firstly that the fire escape is the only part of a Bangkok hotel that isn’t air-conditioned in the hot season, and secondly that in the event of some future fire I’ll tie my bed sheets into a parachute and take my chances out the window.

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Jonathan Kaplan: The Boks Were Well Beaten in Dublin

Call It Like It IsJonathan Kaplan, co-author and subject of Call It Like It Is: The Jonathan Kaplan story, has a wealth of knowledge and experience in rugby and refereeing.

Kaplan posted his comments on last weekend’s Ireland versus South Africa game, in which the Springboks came off second best, on his blog Rate the Ref. He says that while a number of poor refereeing decisions were made, ultimately South Africa did not play the best game.

Read the article:

The Boks were well beaten in Dublin. They lacked their physical edge and to me seemed slightly off their game. They got out passioned and out thought by a very tough competent Irish outfit. We were off our game.

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Join Luke Alfred, with Bob de la Motte, for a Pub Evening at the Stanley Beer Yard in Johannesburg

Update: Bruce Fordyce will be joining Luke Alfred and Bob de la Motte at this event.
Pub Evening with Luke Alfred

When the Lions Came to Town: The 1974 Rugby Tour to South AfricaJenny & Co. and the Stanley Beer Yard would like to invite you to a pub evening.

Luke Alfred, author of When the Lions Came to Town: The 1974 Rugby Tour to South Africa, will be one of the speakers at the event. He will be speaking to Bob de la Motte, author and Comrades Marathon champion, and Bruce Fordyce, the Comrades legend.

The pub evening will be at the Stanley Beer Yard on Tuesday, 18 November, at 7 for 7:30 PM.

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