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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!

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  • 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.

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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.

Don’t miss it!

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Jillian Howard Explains the Difference Between a Financial Coach and a Financial Planner

Money Marketing spoke to Jillian Howard, financial planner and author of the Zebra Press series of financial pocket guides: The Best Pocket Guide Ever for a Financially Secure Retirement, The Best Pocket Guide Ever for Minimising Insurance, The Best Pocket Guide Ever for Eliminating Debt and The Best Pocket Guide Ever for Wealth-building Investment.

The Best Pocket Guide Ever for Wealth-building InvestmentThe Best Pocket Guide Ever for Eliminating DebtThe Best Pocket Guide Ever for Minimising InsuranceThe Best Pocket Guide Ever for a Financially Secure Retirement

Howard shared her best financial choice and how she got into financial services; explained the difference between a financial coach and a financial planner and identified what South Africans get right and wrong financially.

“At an investment level, a financial planner helps people to decide the best way to invest funds that they already have and to grow them adequately. A financial coach facilitates a person’s expansion of earnings capacity in every way by helping them to think outside the box but in a very personal and tailored way,” Howard said.

Q: What do South Africans get wrong and right financially?

A: It is common knowledge that we are a non-saving nation. We love to spend as fast as we earn. I must say though that we don’t usually over overextend ourselves with credit, like our overseas counterparts do, but we don’t give ourselves a breathing space either between what is earned and what is spent.

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Win: A Copy of Darrel Bristow-Bovey’s Latest Book, One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo


One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoRandom House Struik is giving away a copy of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo by Darrel Bristow-Bovey.

The book tells the story of Bristow-Bovey’s unpleasant realisation of his own middle-age status, and what he does about it.

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

Darrel Bristow-Bovey is a weekly columnist for?

A. The Sun
B. The Times
C. The Star

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Gavin Rich: “This, for the First Time, is John Mitchell’s View of What Happened” (Video)

Mitch: The Real StoryGavin Rich, the co-author of Mitch: The Real Story, spoke to South African Rugby Legends about writing John Mitchell’s biography.

Rich says that he enjoyed this book because it is the first time that Mitchell has really told his story. In writing this book, Rich says, Mitchell did not intend to settle old scores. He acknowledges that many of controversies that have clouded his career were simply a difference of opinion. Regardless, Mitchell has a great story to tell.

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