Voortrekker Monument gets gold award from China – 50% of all Chinese tourists go there

The Voortrekker Monument won a prestigious gold award for overall performance at the China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market, the Pretoria municipality said on Wednesday.

Strategic Executive Director, Nomasonto Ndlovu said in a statement the City of Pretoria were concluding … Read the rest

Afrikaner musical celebrates 1950s America

HARTBEESPOORT, South Africa (AP) — Do you remember your first kiss? If you have a few years under your belt, maybe you stole it in the back of the movie theater, the projector whirring in the darkness. Or rather, back … Read the rest

HARTBEESPOORT, South Africa (AP) — Do you remember your first kiss? If you have a few years under your belt, maybe you stole it in the back of the movie theater, the projector whirring in the darkness. Or rather, back … Read the rest

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Papyyrus.com is an exciting new e-book library offering 12 000 recent ebooks in four languages to its members. By signing up for the Papyyrus newsletter, we are offering you this interesting and topical e-book in PDF format by French “new … Read the rest

Gerard Depardieu is granted Russian citizenship by Putin decree

Gerard DepardieuPresident Vladimir Putin has signed a decree granting Russian citizenship to French film star and tax exile Gerard Depardieu, who is renouncing his French citizenship to search for an easier tax climate outside of his native country.

­The Academy Award-nominated … Read the rest

Fifty years after Solzhenitsyn’s prison camp tale

The Soviet Union 50 years ago allowed publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s landmark account of life in the Stalin prison camps “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”, shocking readers by revealing a hitherto hidden horror.

In November 1962, Soviet … Read the rest

‘Racist’ comedian suing for libel

A British comedian, Frankie Boyle is suing the Mirror newspaper for libel, over an article which labelled him racist.

He is complaining about a story published on 19 July 2011, saying he was in talks for a new Channel 4 … Read the rest

JK Rowling surprises with sleaze in new novel

First reviews of Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s novel for adults on Thursday praised its Dickensian scope and social message, but warned the gritty, even obscene tale was a far cry from Hogwarts.

Shortly before the release of the hotly … Read the rest

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam closed, paintings removed

The operation began moments after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam closed Sunday evening. Men removed alarm tags from behind some of Vincent Van Gogh’s greatest masterpieces, including “Sunflowers,” “Irises” and the famously crooked “Bedroom,” and quickly pulled the paintings … Read the rest

French author Richard Millet forced to resign from publishing committee over Breivik pamphlet

A writer who argued in an essay that Norway deserved mass-killer Anders Breivik has been forced to step down from a prestigious role with top French publishers Gallimard.

Richard Millet remains a Gallimard employee, the company stressed Friday, but he … Read the rest

Artist sentenced to two years’ probation and $1,6m for Obama poster

Acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey has been sentenced to two years’ probation and asked to pay a $25,000 fine after being found guilty of criminal contempt in a case involving his now iconic “HOPE” image adopted by Barack Obama’s 2008 … Read the rest

Nadine Gordimer describes South African education system as a ‘wreck’

Nobel literature prize winner Nadine Gordimer poured scorn on South Africa’s education system on Tuesday as “a wreck” over the failure to deliver textbooks to thousands of public schools.

The scandal has caused a national furore after leaving more than … Read the rest

Painting showing Zuma’s genitals provokes ANC

The ANC vowed on Thursday to go to court to get a painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals hanging out removed from a Johannesburg gallery.

“The African National Congress is extremely disturbed and outraged by the distasteful and … Read the rest