Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter alerting the Sandton shopper to the new and interesting in Benmore Gardens, Bryanston, Kelvin, Morningside, Morningside Manor, Gallo Manor, Rivonia, Petervale, Sunninghill, Wendywood, Woodmead and, now, Buccleuch. Please feel free to support our advertisers! To subscribe, see our subscription page.
The Bridge is the only shopping centre in Buccleuch. It has remained unchanged for years, serving the basic needs of this community that is separated from the rest of Sandton by the M1 Motorway and Frankenwald, and itself split by the Jukskei River and the N3 highway. The Bridge was named for the nearby bridge where Buccleuch Drive crosses the Jukskei, but could now also be named for the adjacent flyover of the N3 over Buccleuch Drive!
This people-sized centre has a hardware shop, a doctor and a dentist, two restaurants (pizza and curry, best not mixed!), most ATMs (but no banks), post boxes (but no post office), Video hire, spice shop, Internet Café, two hairdressers (one of which also does some massage) at prices we have not seen for years, a launderette, a pharmacy, Real Estate agent, a substantial KwikSpar, and Spar Tops bottle store. Upstairs there is a preschool and a Chinese Martial Arts centre that doubles as a Weigh-Less venue. And a skin clinic. Opposite, you can fill up at the Caltex Garage. Parking is free and there is some shade. There is centre security, but if you fall foul of the current craze of car-remote jammers, the Buccleuch satellite Police Station is close by...
Megaplex's new web page for The Bridge Shopping Centre is here, completing our coverage of eastern Sandton.
"Dad, what do you do?"
"I'm an unsinger."
"You've heard of someone being called an 'unsung hero'? Well, I'm the person who unsings them."
New on the Block Back to top
Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top
*** Ciao Baby Cucina, Cedar Square Shopping Centre, Cedar Road Fourways
The closest restaurant to the cinema where we went to see Puss in Boots. Prices have escalated in the past year, which was surprising as they actually seem to have risen out of proportion with other restaurants in the area. We decided to share a pescatore pizza and admired the view out across Riverbend - it is spectacular and makes the visit very worthwhile.
Service is good, but check the wine pricing as wine by the glass needs careful choosing as prices range from R30 upwards! I chose the Graham Beck Chardonnay and Rick had Appletiser. The pizza was somewhat lacking on seafood, but had a good crisp base. We followed with a sorbet and tiramisu. The latter was too much and both were very good.
Contact Details for Ciao Baby Cucina are on our new page of Restaurant Reviews for Sandton.
Funny Language, English...
Qualified Auditor: Good. Unqualified Auditor: Bad.
Qualified Audit: Bad. Unqualified Audit: Good.
Is it better if a qualified Auditor gives you a qualified Audit, or an unqualified Auditor gives you an unqualified Audit?
Gone, not yet Forgotten... Back to top
Julius was feeling unwell. He went to see the doctor: "Doctor, can you give me something for wind?"
"Of course! Here, take this kite."
The Biggest Threat to the Internet Back to top
Last week, 3 million people signed an on-line petition to stop America's POSA bill censoring our Internet.
Now there is an even bigger threat: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) –a global treaty– could allow corporations to censor the Internet. Negotiated in secret by a small number of rich countries and corporate powers, it would set up a shadowy new anti-counterfeiting body to allow private interests to police everything that we do online and impose massive penalties –even prison sentences– against people they say have harmed their business.
Europe is deciding right now whether to ratify ACTA: Without them, this global attack on Internet freedom will collapse. They have opposed ACTA before, but some members of Parliament are wavering –let's give them the push they need to reject the treaty. Sign this petition and help reach 500,000 signatures: Avaaz.org: EU - Save the internet. Thanks!
It's Safer in the Mall!
It's winter in Alaska. Two Eskimos, out in their kayaks amid the
ice floes, were bitterly cold.
Moral: "You can't have your kayak and heat it."
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