Devil in a pumpkin

By Mia Von Scha

A couple of years ago we enrolled our daughter in a religious school. We’re not religious ourselves, but it was a nice school in a good area with great teachers and an endearing principal. The year didn’t go as well as we had hoped, with the final straw coming on Halloween.

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A most wanted man : a review by Daniel Janks

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Reviewed by Daniel Janks

Loved it. A suspense spy thriller with guts and grit and not a single laser beam watch or remote controlled BMW in it. Brilliant. A film with character and story at its heart that makes you want it to never stop, right up until it does.

Based on a John Le Carre novel, you might expect to spend quite a lot of time sitting in the movie trying to figure out what’s going on in the film. But, magically, A Most Wanted Man seems to somehow escape this common trap.

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Planes – Fire and Rescue : a review by Daniel Janks

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Reviewed by Daniel Janks

Again it seems like once the sights were set pretty low, everyone got on board and fixed their attention on making a mediocre kids’ flik. This film is very one-dimensional, often doesn’t make sense, and isn’t too fussed about it. It’s good at doing what it seems to want to do. But if you’re looking for it to be anything more than that, it isn’t. There isn’t much to say about the directing. It starts, it’s more or less finds a storyline and follows it along until the end. And then it ends.

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The grateful challenge

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By Fatima Kazee

It’s been doing the rounds on social networks. Someone nominates a few people to list the things they’re grateful for over 5 days. Which is nice. I guess it gets all of us thinking more about what we’re happy about. It makes us more aware or conscious of the things we have in our lives that we may take for granted. But I don’t think I read through anyone’s list until the end though because after a while, they all started sounding mysteriously similar.

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One Direction’s ‘Where We Are’ concert movie: a review by Tiffany Markman

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Reviewed by Tiffany Markman

As I type this I’m listening to ‘Best Song Ever’. What’s that, you ask? Well, if you have tweens or teens, you should know that it’s a One Direction song.

(I don’t, so I didn’t. Til last night. I now own five 1D songs, and I’ve already added them to my running playlist. Oh hell, I guess that makes me a #OneDirectioner.)

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Are you contemplating ‘mindfulness’?

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By Lucy Draper-Clarke

You may have noticed the word ‘mindfulness’ appearing on 702 radio and in media articles, of late. Time magazine devoted its front cover to the ‘Mindful Revolution’ and a Google scholar search will reveal thousands of academic articles. So, what is mindfulness, and why the recent explosion of interest?

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Breakfast ‘ice cream’ recipe

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By Abigail Courtenay

This is a simple and delicious treat that is ideal for mom’s and tots alike! The frozen banana creates a delicate ice cream texture and the strawberry and vanilla adds a special oomf to the dish! Ice cream that you can with good conscious serve to your kids for breakfast!

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Heritage Day – Why do we celebrate it?

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By Jayshree Sita

My daughter(13) asked me, “ Why should I dress Indian and not South African for Heritage Day assembly. Surely it caused more conflict to emphasise the differences between cultures?”

After doing some homework and having a healthy debate with her as well as having a discussion in a kids philosophy class which she attends, we decided that it would be okay to dress in traditional Indian clothes, but Heritage Day gives us an opportunity to learn and grow which is so much more valuable.

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Three-year-olds. Not big nurturers. Are they?

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By Tiffany Markman

I’ve had occasion recently to try to judge how much committed mommying my three-year-old daughter is able – or keen – to do.

She loves dollies, prams and putting toys to bed. And it seems that, in her imagination at least, they get sick and need cosseting quite often. (Her pet giraffe – one of the beaded ones from the roadside – ‘dies’ with alarming frequency.) But beyond the odd period of involvement, my littlie doesn’t bond with one toy for long.

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Nurturing mom

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By Mia Von Scha

Did you know that nature supports mothers taking time out for themselves? And that if you mess with nature you end up actually being a less-caring mother – on a PHYSICAL level?

We have a little hormone running through us called Oxytocin. You might remember it from your pregnancy and birth – it’s the one that facilitates birth and helps with lactation and bonding with your baby. It is even sometimes referred to as the “bonding hormone”.

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