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"Nigerian", or "419", scams and Lottery scams are among the most common types of fraudulent email currently hitting inboxes. Not necessary from Nigeria anymore, these scam messages can also arrive via SMS, fax, or post. The messages generally claim that you have won a huge prize, or that your help is needed to access a large sum of money, usually many millions of dollars. In fact, this money does not exist. The messages are an opening gambit designed to draw potential victims deeper into the scam. Those who initiate a dialogue with the scammers by replying to the scam message will eventually be asked for advance fees supposedly required to allow the deal to proceed. They may also become the victims of identity theft. Always delete such e-mails! Remember: You will never win a competition you didn't enter, Bill Gates is not giving away his fortune, and Muammar Gaddafi's wife is not going to give a stranger the chance to steal her money.
Information adapted from Hoax-Slayer (you can subscribe to their fortnightly Newsletter).
You hear about people spending the night "painting the town red".
–But where do they get the paint after hours?
New on the Block Back to top
Twin Restaurant Review by Sharmini Brookes Back to top
***** Tasha's Café: Rosebank and Nicolway
I hadn't yet been to Tasha's until recently: I wondered why my sisters were queuing to get a table when there were empty tables at other restaurants nearby. The queue was always too long and I've never since seen a quiet Tasha's. Fortunately we managed to get a table at Rosebank the other day just as someone was leaving and I finally realized why Tasha's is the place to go.
The menu is nothing fancy - basic fare found in most fast food outlets in South Africa but –made to perfection! There were sandwiches made with a selection of breads and fillings, tramezzinis, toasted sandwiches, salads, pastas, light lunches of steak and chips, fish and chips, lamb chops, fishcakes and the usual breakfast menu.
I ordered a burger and my sister ordered a Hoagy sandwich. The food looked inviting on the plates when they served them up. The medium-rare burger I'd ordered was divine - just this side of rare and still pink and melt-in-the-mouth tender. The buns were crispy without being hard and the mushroom topping was creamily delicious.
My sister's Hoagy sandwich - thin slices of steak with onions and mushrooms and cheese and jalapenos served in a subway roll big enough to share or take home the remaining half - was also going down a treat. They were both served with chips, the like of which I'd never seen before - long noodle-shaped strands made of potato served in a mound like spaghetti with the soft texture of slap-chips. Sprinkled with salt and drizzled with chilli oil, they made a wonderful accompaniment. Definitely one of the best burgers I'd eaten in a while...
I determined to take a friend to Tasha's Nicolway the next time we went out for lunch. She was reluctant to queue as The Fishmonger next door was virtually empty but I persuaded her to wait. Nicolway's restaurants do not yet have liquor licences so I had brought a half-bottle of Vergelen Sauvignon Blanc and the waiter was happy to pour us two large glasses while we waited.
When we were shown to our table, we took a bit of time choosing from the vast menu but I eventually plumped for fish and chips and my friend ordered a ham and egg sandwich. My waitress suggested I have the fish grilled rather than deep-fried and I was grateful for her advice. It was perfectly cooked and delicious with fresh green peas and crispy French fries; home-made tartare sauce and melted butter served separately. I didn't leave behind a morsel. My friend was glad we'd queued!
Funny Language, English...
I went to the Golf Driving Range last weekend,
but I was disappointed:
Gone to the Chopping Block... Back to top
Do your Bit to Stop e-Tolls! Back to top
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA), a civic action group of business associations and individuals, was formed in March 2012 to challenge SANRAL’s decision to toll the recently upgraded freeway network in Gauteng, on the basis that it was irrational, unreasonable and illegal to expect motorists to start paying for the use of these roads. The planned process is too expensive and administratively cumbersome to be workable.
On 28 Apr 2012: Judge Prinsloo granted a temporary interdict of the e-Toll launch planned for 30 April. This cost OUTA R3 880 885. On 21 May Treasury filed for leave to appeal the interdict in the Constitutional court, and this will be heard on 15 August. OUTA estimates that the whole legal process will cost it R10 523 885 and last until September.
If e-Tolling had gone ahead at the end of April, you could by now have paid up to R1650 for the three months if you use a car, and more for a heavier vehicle.
Even if the final court battle is lost, you will have saved toll fees from May to September, six months at R550 a month, totalling R 3300. If you run a company using trucks, you have probably saved a lot more.
OUTA was able to fund the initial court case from the founding members. But it is hardly fair to ask them to fund another nearly seven million Rand in a cause that benefits us all. Please go to the OUTA Web Site and make a contribution today.
Julius decided to see a therapist about his sleep problem:
"Doc, I keep having these dreams: First I'm a marquee, then I'm a tipi, I'm a marquee again, then I'm a tipi. What's the matter?"
"Recurring dreams are a message from your subconscious: It's telling you that you're two tents."
Your name in print! Would you like to contribute a shop- or restaurant review, a joke, or something else for this Newsletter? Please e-mail us. You will get full credit (unless you want anonymity). Reach 4474 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.