Die Ellen Pakkies Storie

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, I attended a VIP screening of Die Ellen Pakkies Storie tonight at Ster Kinekor. It was one of two occasions where I was so emotional that I chose not to interact with the cast, but leave to cry in my car. To grasp #DieEllenPakkiesStorie would be to open yourself to the unthinkable. A mother killing her adult son. You have to see this heartbreaking, raw, unbelievable true love/life story to understand the depth of a mother’s love, and the width of her despair. I cannot rate this movie higher than I do. Jill Jazz … Continue reading Die Ellen Pakkies Storie

Winter is coming. 

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, We are thrilled that our annual Twitter Blanket Drive #TBD2017 will be hosted by Live Arts Little Theatre on Thursday, 25 May 2017 at 19h00. It is impossible to find a warmer reception! Please bring a new or previously loved blankets (any size) as entry fee. Enjoy the hospitality of the Little Theatre that could, with snacks and entertainment provided. All ages welcome! Cash bar. Blankets may be dropped at the Theatre should you sadly,  not be able to attend. Other collection points will be shared in the next couple of days,  as well as the … Continue reading Winter is coming. 

From one Legend to another…

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, My son, @liamjamescadger and I recently attended a rooftop party (nothing like a Wench on the town with her son who is legal!) at The Copper Bar, where we got down to doing The Salty Dog… we didn’t learn about THE Tom Collins until much later, so we had to skip.. even if he did arrive with a cherry on top! Wikipedia has this to say about “this liquid legend“: Gordon’s is a brand of London dry gin first produced in 1769. The top markets for Gordon’s are (in descending order) the United Kingdom, the United … Continue reading From one Legend to another…

oh #HelloBlackFriday 

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, Happy Thanksgiving to all,  but especially to my friends and family living in the United States which is where this tradition was born. Vicky and I met at school and have been friends since I was 12. Vix came to live with us a year or so later, and it was tremendous having my best friend become my sister! It has been a gift of friendship, love, support, loyalty, forgiveness, compromise, humour, affection, devotion that keeps on giving, for over 30 years. I love Vicky an intense amount. Vicky and her husband, Russ and … Continue reading oh #HelloBlackFriday 

There is no great divide.

Dear friends, family and other interesting creatures, It’s cold. The shadow creeps deeper into the black hole of a non existent shelter. The wind has no boundary and freely flows into every available space. There is a plastic sheet picked up from a delivery bay held tightly in an effort to provide warmth. This could be me. This could be you. If we be truly honest, there are many of us who live from payday to payday. Take away the lifeline of your monthly income and perhaps no family or friends willing or able to help, where do you go? … Continue reading There is no great divide.

The Free Electric Band

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Life is an odd creature. There is no other way to ride but bareback. You are guaranteed to feel every vibration of the animal moving under you. One thing I guarantee, there will be music.

Sometimes a vibrant Street festival with laughter and little umbrellas in our cocktails. Babies smiling as the only humans they know tickles their feet. People laying in the sun. Some reading, some contemplating but … the blue skies feel promising. A guitar on a teenage boys lap… somewhere in the background.

Other days life is the final breathe, the dirty, rough sand between our fingers as we toss it, dust to dust, on a loved ones coffin. Indeed in that moment dismantle the sun, let the mourners come… and I hear a lonely saxophone.

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Dis ek, Anna

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, It has never happened to me that I see a movie, the audience randomly burst into applause,  remain seated while the credits roll in silence and the audience keep applauding … and nobody rushes to their feet. Especially not an Afrikaans movie. I had read “Dis ek, Anna” and “Die staat teen Anna Bruwer” in my native language Afrikaans and was deeply touched by it.  When I received an invitation to the film viewing, I had to see it.  My son Liam James (19) accompanied me.  He was worried he wouldn’t follow an Afrikaans … Continue reading Dis ek, Anna

Love is timeless.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, When my children were little, I use to go to the movies every Tuesday morning. There has always been something magical about escaping to the cinema. The smell of popcorn and icy green slush aside, I just loved becoming invisible and lose myself into the great, big screen in front of me. It has always been a place of magic…. besides that is was an adult space for me on a Tuesday morning. No crying children demanding attention, or food, or beating each other with swords! Add a decade or so to that exhausted young … Continue reading Love is timeless.