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This month we put up a web page for our first Johannesburg shopping centre, The Colony. It is a village shopping centre at 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park. Located on the corner of Rothsay Avenue, this centre houses several restaurants and fast food outlets, many quaint speciality shops, and one of the few clinics where you can donate blood. It must be one of the rare centres not to have a supermarket as its anchor tenant, but it does have a Baby City, a club, and a pub. There is one ATM (Standard Bank), but no banks.
The club, recently opened and already popular, is Vicky Cristina's Restaurant, and it contains the Conquista Bar. Under stairs, so to speak, we find the colourful traditional pub, The Colony Arms. They don't dance there, but there's a Fred Astaire Dance Studio opposite. If that seems too secular, the Buddhist Centre upstairs will teach you meditation. Education is also represented by the Kumon centre teaching Maths and English. Bookdealers interleading with Hodges can satisfy both your reading and eating needs. Speaking of eating, we have Steers and Debonairs downstairs, and Indian and Chinese restaurants on the top floor.
The centre is on a steep slope and has been built on several levels. The first entrance you come to when driving North on Jan Smuts Avenue leads to a square with limited parking. From there you can drive through under an archway to extensive parking at the back of the centre. This parking has an exit to, and an entrance from, Rothsay Avenue. If you skip the first parking entrance, there is a second one just before Rothsay Avenue, also with limited parking, serving the lower level.
Visit our new page for The Colony here.
Bookdealers of the Colony hosts "The Bloody Book Week" with two talks, "Why Write Murder When You Can Write Love?" on Thursday 7th August, and "Cold Cases - How Forensics Can Separate Fact From Fiction" on Friday 8th August (both 11:00-12:00). Information: email@example.com
"And what do you do?"
"I get people back on their feet when they've fallen on hard times."
"Oh, wow! –Angel investor or motivational speaker?"
"Not quite. I'm a sheriff: I repossess their
New on the Block Back to top
Understanding South Africa, for Foreigners: Minibus Taxis
South Africa, public transport for the masses is provided by minibuses.
While some obey the traffic rules, many do as they
please on the road. Examples include using a right turn lane to
cut in front of the straight-ahead traffic and, conversely, using
the non-turning lanes as turning lanes. Another favourite manoeuvre is
using a left turn slip lane to avoid a traffic light, cutting straight
across the road on the left, and using its left turn slip lane to get back
onto the road on the other side of the traffic light. Give a wide
berth to minibus
taxis, and they'll fit in another one!
Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top
**** Luigi's Ristorante Italiano, Riverclub Shopping Centre, 20 Poplar Avenue, Riverclub
This restaurant is tucked away inside the closure off Coleraine Drive - first right after Summit Road. We arrived just before 19:00 and were promptly greeted and seated inside. Luigi's is a warm place to go on a cold night and very homely. We ordered hot chocolate and Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc. The latter was a new wine and turned out to be a very pleasant choice indeed.
We decided to shared the Fegatini Luigi for starters and had an immediate misunderstanding with our waiter who thought we were asking for fettucine! Once this was resolved, we completed our order to include lasagne and calamari heads.
The fegatini (chicken livers) was good with a touch of chilli and also plenty for two people. The calamari heads with their sauce proved extremely good as there was a range of flavours which brought out the best in them. The lasagne met the standard. Service was good, the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. A place to go to again.
Joined The Choir Invisible! Back to top
When Julius visited Paris recently, he jumped off a bridge into the river. The people who pulled him out said he was temporarily in Seine.
Green Tip by Samantha Derham: Sustainable Living IV Back to top
It will lead to personal internal conflict if you try to practice sustainability without first living a sustainable life. Meet your own needs (needs, not wants) before you can meet the needs of others and the environment. I have put the points below in order of importance according to my fairly educated opinion, but I emphasise that a balance of all six is required for optimal health.
1. Get Enough Sleep – See March article.
2. Get More Relaxation while Awake – See April article.
3. Get Enough Direct Sunlight – See June article.
4. Do more that makes you truly happy!
It’s arguable that this should go at the top of the list, but it’s not as obvious or as simple to implement as the top three. In short, being happy makes everything in your body function better. Happiness makes your heart beat more rhythmically, reduces stress and worry, and probably provides even more health benefits than sunshine. Think of how healthy and supple and alive you felt during the first few weeks of falling in love – that is the most obvious feeling of being happy. You don’t need to be falling in love to be happy, and more often than not in current western society it does take a concerted effort to be a ‘happy person’. It really can be as simple as just deciding to do something that makes you happy, and actually doing it. Don’t delay or make excuses – just do it! And be realistic, there are many things you can do within your time and your budget that will make you happier, and when you realise what it is, it will be something you can do again and again. You just have to decide to do it now and not find a reason to put it off until later.
Flying to a remote holiday destination is nothing more than something advertising has told you will make you happier – it is in fact temporary and artificial happiness that ultimately makes you less happy. Baz Larhmann’s Sunscreen Song always comes to mind.
If eating the occasional naughty treat that you don’t allow yourself to eat for whatever reason will truly make you happy, then eat it without guilt, because the happiness it will give you will far outweigh the potential health problems. Again I stress – ‘occasionally’. Unless your doctor said never eat it again – then you are just going to have to find something else to replace it.
I have put this one fourth because it can be the most difficult for some people, and if it is something that you think you need help with, then do yourself and everyone around you a favour and see a life coach. Firstly, just seeing them makes you feel better and they are great at working with you to help you realise what changes you can make in your life to be consistently happy. And once you have been given the tools to realise your own happiness, it can be self reinforcing and your life will just get better. But first you need to decide for yourself that you really do want to be happy.
Point 5 in a following issue... Read more by Samantha Derham at www.sustainabilitystuff.co.za.
AWAD to the Wise
"A Word A Day" (AWAD) by Anu Garg will email you an interesting English word every weekday, together with derivation, usage, and a Thought for the Day. A great way to increase your vocabulary and remember words you have forgotten! Subscribe here free (if you feel bad about not paying, there is a Premium Edition without adverts). He is now on week 631.
"Hey Dave! How did you get that black eye? Did Cindy catch you cheating?"
"Ve-ery funny. No, I went running early for the first time this winter. In the meanwhile the municipality put up street lights, but now that the election is over, they haven't switched them on."
"In the dark I ran into a pole that wasn't there!"
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