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Podcast: Luke Alfred Chats to Darren Scott About the 1974 Lions Tour and his Book, When the Lions Came to Town

When the Lions Came to TownLuke Alfred, author of When the Lions Came to Town: The 1974 Rugby Tour to South Africa, spoke to Darren Scott and Simon Hill on Ballz Radio about his latest book.

In the podcast, Alfred says that the tour of 1974 made an “indelible impact” on him. He wanted to tell the story for a new generation. He says it was a real old-fashioned sports tour, and one of the last before the arrival of television in South Africa changed the way supporters experienced games.

To research the tour, he interviewed many people who were involved and spent hours trawling through newspaper archives in library basements.

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Laugh All Day With the New Idees Vol Vrees App by Kobus Galloway

The author of the Idees vol vrees series of Afrikaans comic books and creator of The Idees Vol Vrees Show, Kobus Galloway, has announced the release of the new Idees Vol Vrees mobile app:

The app is available from Apple, Google Play and the Amazon App stores and contains a range of comics, videos, competitions and much more!

The Idees Vol Vrees series is known for its dry humour and pithy one-liners.

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Going Beyond Mere Clinical Forensics: An Excerpt from Missing and Murdered by Alan Morris

Missing and MurderedNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from Missing and Murdered: A Personal Adventure in Forensic Anthropology by Alan Morris.

Missing and Murdered is a fascinating explanation of how skeletons can provide solutions to mysteries both new and old, and how forensic anthropology is used to solve crimes.

In the excerpt, Morris gives an introduction to forensic anthropology and the way it works in Southern Africa.

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I have written about cases in which I have been involved and those that have influenced my thoughts on forensic science and anthropology, but I’ve aimed to go beyond the clinical cases.

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Don’t Miss “The Next Ten Years: An Economist’s Perspective”, a Presentation by Dawie Roodt in Johannesburg

Tax, Lies and Red TapeThe Free Market Foundation and the South African Institute of Race Relations would like to invite you to a talk by Dawie Roodt, co-author of Tax, Lies and Red Tape.

In the talk, entitled “The Next Ten Years: An Economist’s Perspective”, Roodt will be sharing his ideas on where South Africa and other nations are going.

There will be cheese and wine from 5:30 PM, followed by the presentation and discussion at 6:15 PM.

Please note the it is essential to RSVP, as seating is limited.

See you there!

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Win a Copy of Brothers in War and Peace by Dennis Cruywagen from Bloemnuus

Brothers in War and PeaceBloemnuus is giving away a copy of Brothers in War and Peace by Dennis Cruywagen.

Brothers in War and Peace is the story of Abraham and Constand Viljoen, twin brothers who chose very different paths in life. They were alienated from each other, but worked together to play a part in the talks that allowed South Africa to make a peaceful transition.

To stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is register as a user of Bloemnuus and click to enter the competition.

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One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo: How Darrel Bristow-Bovey Dealt with the Fact that He is Growing Old

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoDarrel Bristow-Bovey’s latest book, One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo, will be available from Zebra Press next month:

If you don’t choose your midlife crisis, your crisis will choose you.

Darrel Bristow-Bovey has tried his best to deny to himself that he’s getting older, but you can’t hide from the truth in the changing-room mirror. One day, surrounded by sharks on a small boat in the Indian Ocean, he suddenly realises his midlife crisis is already under way. Running a gauntlet of bucket lists, prostate examinations and sexual misadventures, Darrel sets himself a task: to follow in the footsteps of Lord Byron and the Greek hero Hercules and swim across the Dardanelles in Turkey.

The only problem is that he’s old and tried and lazy and can’t swim very well. One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo is a warm, witty, eventually wise journey into the terrors and absurdities and grumpy compensations of middle age that will speak to every man and woman who has ever noticed that time is ticking by faster every day.

About the author

Darrel Bristow-Bovey is a screenwriter for television and film and works as a travel-writer and a weekly columnist for The Times. He was briefly a professional kick-boxer, in which capacity he was unsuccessfully investigated for match fixing, a story covered in his as-yet unpublished memoir, Ow! Stop doing that! He wrote the bestselling I Moved Your Cheese in 2001, The Naked Bachelor in 2002 and a collection of columns, But I Digress. His novel for young readers, Super-Zero, was awarded the Sir Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for fiction and he was a finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

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Lazy Lions “Absolutely Smashed” in the Kruger Park: An Excerpt from When the Lions Came to Town

When the Lions Came to TownZebra Press has shared chapter of When the Lions Came to Town: The 1974 Rugby Tour to South Africa by Luke Alfred.

The book is a look at the British Lions 1974 tour in South Africa. It was an interesting event for South African rugby and it highlighted some of the country’s important political and social peculiarities.

The excerpted chapter is about the British team’s stay in the Kruger Park after the second test match, and their succeeding antics.

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On the morning after the second Test, the Lions climbed aboard a chartered Dakota and bumped from Wonderboom on the edge of Pretoria to Skukuza in the southern corner of the Kruger National Park. You can see them carrying plastic-wrapped trays of 24 Castle cans with them as they get off the plane and, although there was occasion to laze around the rest-camp pools (with shirts off, of course) and go on game drives, mostly they spent their time in a happy, beery stupor. ‘It wasn’t rest at all,’ said JJ Williams slightly hysterically many years later. ‘It was four days of getting absolutely smashed.’

Falling under sociable JPR Williams’s spell, Billy Steele, the Scottish wing, found the going demanding. When he was not reading James Hadley Chase novels, scoring a quick 50 not-out in a scratch cricket game against the press on the Wanderers B field or sprinting 50 yards to deck Moaner van Heerden with a roundhouse right of fabled ferocity, JPR was a legendary drinker. Having adopted Steele, the slightly surprising choice for the first two Tests, as a drinking buddy, he naturally expected him to keep up. While JPR, the definitive seventies man, had no difficulty in drinking all the time, Steele was not as battle-hardened. As one day segued alcoholically into the next, so Steele wilted. The pack looked on with a mixture of curiosity and trepidation as JPR drank him under the table again and again. Lions’ legend has it that Steele lost his place in the side for the third and fourth Tests because he never recovered from the many Castles of Kruger. ‘JPR was to blame,’ said JJ. ‘That’s bloody true, actually.’

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Podcast: Warren Ingram Explains How to Manage Your Emergency Fund

Become Your Own Financial Advisor Warren Ingram, author of Become Your Own Financial Advisor: The Real Secrets to Becoming Financially Independent, spoke to Bruce Whitfield on on Talk Radio 702‘s Money Show, discussing the role of financial advisors and the importance of emergency funds.

“Your emergency fund is another form of insurance, except now you are insuring yourself and you are not paying major insurance premiums to a credit card company or an insurer,” Ingram says. In the recording, he explains how best to go about managing your emergency fund.

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Win a Copy of Mitch: The Real Story, the Biography of Controversial Rugby Coach John Mitchell

Mitch: The Real StoryRandom House Struik is giving away a copy of Mitch: The Real Story by John Mitchell and Gavin Rich.

Mitchell has been a coach for many years in a number of different countries and for a number of different teams. He is an excellent coach who challenges the status quo, which has sometimes resulted in conflict and controversy.

To stand a chance of winning this hamper, visit the Random House Struik website, fill in your details and answer one simple question:

In what year did John Mitchell assist Clive Woodward to gain victory for England in a World Cup win?

A. 1999
B. 2003
C. 2007

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Jonathan Kaplan Rates the Rugby Championship Referees and South Africa’s Final Performance

Call It Like It IsJonathan Kaplan, co-author and subject of Call It Like It Is: The Jonathan Kaplan story, has shared a post on Rate the Ref.

In the post, he comments on the Rugby Championship. He discusses the match South Africa won against New Zealand, giving some detail about the refereeing decisions that may have impacted the final result.

He also lists what he regards as the top three refereeing performances of the Rugby Championship. He thinks that Nigel Owens did an excellent job of refereeing the South Africa versus Australia game. But, he says, even the best referees have off days.

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The Boks finally beat the All Blacks after coming quite close over the past couple of years. From a parochial SA viewpoint it was a great win. Even, I suspect from a neutrals point of view, it was good to see a team challenge the best team, and beat them. There wasn’t much to choose between the teams, and the respect between the players and coaching staff is evident for all to see.

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