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Park, park, in the dark
If you’re in a hurry
Don’t try to park a big car
In the dark dark
Basement, with too many poles
Slip, slip on the tiles
If you’re in a hurry
Don’t try to run
You’ll end up with piles
Of bills for your pains
Where, where do I go?
If you’re in a hurry
Don’t try to find
‘cos its gone
Pay, pay for the parking
Pay, pay for the rent
Morning Glen was our favourite
Now it has went!
by Lucy Austin (Gallo Manor)
In August we said that Pick 'n Pay Clothing had moved out of the main Pick 'n Pay in Morning Glen Mall. Not true: Pick n Pay Supermarket still sells clothing. The manager tells us (via Izilda) that the stock in the main store is different to that of the PnP Clothing store.
At a party, the young man's aunt was introducing him to polite society.
A bookish matron, making conversation, asked him, "Dahling, do you like Kipling?"
Flustered, the young man stammered, "I ... I don't know ... I've never Kippeld."
New, Movers and Shakers Back to top
Restaurant Review (***) by Judith Back to top
Adega, Bryanston Shopping Centre, corner William Nicol and Ballyclare Drive, 9 October 2010
A very busy and successful restaurant that has moved into a franchise. We arrived without booking on a whim and were seated within minutes. However, we would advise you to book. We looked at the menu and decided on three starters rather than main courses – calamari, black mushroom and chourico. I ordered white wine –a very pleasant Sauvignon Blanc– and my companion ordered Appletiser. The Black Mushroom was rather over cheesed with both Feta and Mozzarella, and the Chourico was rather strong on its own. The calamari, served with spinach rather than rice, was excellent. Service was somewhat confused so perhaps Fridays are not the best time to go. A little noisy, however the ambience was good.
The restaurant is well attended, service is acceptable. My feeling is that the franchise needs to look at how it is maintaining its standards.
Painting the Porch
Julius decides to use his painting skills to give back to society. He offers to paint something at old man's home for free. "What must I paint?" he asks the old man.
"The porch," he says and laughs.
"OK!" says Julius enthusiastically and sets to work. The old man walks into his house and his wife confronts him.
"Did you tell him that the porch goes right around the house?" she asks.
"No, but he wants to contribute, so let him do it properly".
An hour later Julius is back. "All finished; I had paint left over, so I put on a second coat".
"Amazing", says the man.
"And by the way," says Julius as he leaves, "it's not a Porsche, it's a Ferrari."
The Gone Dogs Back to top
Away from the Malls Back to top
Yes, there is life away from the Mall! We periodically have guests on our Sunday Sandspruit walks. One of the questions they ask is, "what is that kennel doing up in that tree?" (see picture). We try hard to convince them that these are doghouses for specially-trained tree-climbing Dobermans that guard the river at night (and can of course see intruders better from high up a tree), but we finally have to admit that they are really owl boxes.
Owls are beautiful birds in their own right and experts at controlling rodents, but lack suitable nesting sites (usually old dead trees) in the city. The Urban Owl Box Project addresses this problem with these owl boxes, made from recycled wood using community programmes. They also educate youngsters to dispel the superstitions around owls. You can do your bit for conservation: If you'd like to buy an owl box or bat box for your garden or park, contact Jonathan Haw or Stephanie Lodewyk of Ecosolutions (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 072-365-9777, web site www.ecosolutions.co.za). Note: They do not supply instant owls! Do not be disappointed if it takes time before an owl finds your box.
In the supermarket I noticed a man shopping with his son. As I walked by, he crossed something off his list, and I heard him whisper conspiratorially to the child, “You know, if we really mess this up, mom will never let us do it again.”
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