Welcome to the second issue of Megaplex's monthly newsletter alerting you, the Sandton shopper, to all that is new, fresh, and exciting in Woodmead, Rivonia, Morningside, Morningside Manor and Gallo Manor! Please feel free to support our advertisers!
Added: Wendywood Shopping Centre
We now have a web page for this cute little centre, the original village shopping centre of Wendywood. Located between Daphne and Wendy Roads just off Western Service Road, it houses all the shops a neighbourhood needs. If you wondered where Morningside Butchery went when the old Morningside Shopping Centre on Rivonia Road was demolished, the answer is "here". There's also an all-hours KwikSpar, a friendly and dedicated Optometrist (get your eyes tested before driving off on holiday?), Hilton's Car Sound, a Dry Cleaners and Drapers that supplies school uniforms and sportswear for all the schools in the area, Chinese massage, a night club, and even a shop selling naughty magazines and things.
For kids' toys:
Grown-up Toys – Electronics:
Other Grown-up Toys – Sports:
What if they held a Recession...
...and nobody came?
The Best Present Back to top
Research shows that, more often than not, bought presents are a disappointment; recipients tend to value gifts at less than they cost to buy. This is logical, if you think about it, because unless you know someone really well, you will not know what they like. However there is one gift that can not be undervalued and is always appreciated, particularly in recessionary times. It does not require expensive gift-wrapping. It is colourful and decorative –containing pictures by South Africa's best artists– yet valuable in itself. It is available in five handy sizes, either directly from the manufacturer in Midrand, or at thousands of outlets countrywide, so you don't need to hunt for it. Ask at your nearest FIB, GRABSA, Sub-Standard, or Nerdbank for this season's hottest gift: Cash!
A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at Pick 'n Pay, but couldn't find
one big enough for Christmas dinner.
New Kids on the Block Back to top
Restaurant Review (*****) Back to top
Canto Latino, Rivonia Square, Rivonia
This is a new restaurant and replaces Prima Piatti. It is very different from the former. No smoking is permitted in either the main fine dining side of the restaurant or on the patio. Smoking is allowed in the Tapas Bar. The food is primarily Spanish/Portuguese and the wine list includes wines from Chile, Portugal and South Africa. We were made to feel welcome from the first moment of our arrival and found a table in the fine dining section of the restaurant by Mike. We did not have a starter but opted to share the Pierna de Cordero – a beautifully cooked lamb shank with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. The meat melted in the mouth! Perfectly seasoned with rosemary, it was a joy. The vegetables were excellent. I chose the Lancers Rose, a petillant wine, dry and served well chilled.
We completed a very elegant meal with a Mango Gateau, pronounced good by Rick, and coffee. What made this meal a real pleasure – the best music around! Tangos and other sultry music that brought romance to the evening. I would really recommend Canto Latino fine dining for that special night out.
One Evening on Airlink?
"Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. If you look out of the right-hand window you will see that we have lost an engine. This is not a problem: This aircraft is very safe and can fly comfortably on the remaining three. We will just be a bit short of thrust and consequently the flight to Cape Town will take about an hour longer."
"Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain again. If you look out of the left-hand window you will see that we have lost a second engine. I'd like to reassure you that this aircraft can fly on the remaining two. However the flight will take two hours longer."
"Ladies and Gentlemen, your Captain here. I'm afraid that we have lost another engine. This plane can still stay airborne but the flight will take an extra four hours."
Julius turns to Van der Merwe and says, "Eish, if we lose another engine we are going to be up here all night!"
The Gone Dogs* Back to top
*See the November newsletter for an explanation of the heading!
At the Checkout...
I was signing for my credit card purchase when the till operator noticed I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She told me that she could not complete the transaction unless the card was signed. When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to compare the signature I had just signed on the receipt. So I signed the credit card in front of her. She carefully compared the signature to the one I had just signed on the receipt. Fortunately, they matched.
Away from the Mall: Back to top
If you fancy a quiet, sane, reflective way to welcome the New Year, join us at 126 Kelvin Drive, Morningside Manor, for the New Year Fire Ceremony. We gather around a bonfire where we meditate, share, chant, look back on the old year, and set our course for 2010. Time: 19:30 for 19:45 on 31 December. Booking is essential: call 011 802-6440/1 or e-mail us beforehand.
In the last newsletter we referred to "Morningside Pharmacy" in Morning Glen Mall –wrong of course! It's Manor Pharmacy (correctly shown on the web page). Morningside Pharmacy is in the new Morningside Shopping Centre, and its sister, Morningside Dispensary, is in the The Wedge, Morningside.
The 3 Stages of Man:
He believes in Santa Claus. He doesn't believe in Santa Claus. He is Santa Claus.
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