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ANNA INSAM: Forget pricey places and countless calories, and say hello to cafés dedicated to bringing you nutritious and delicious dishes, focused on fresh and wholesome ingredients. Health foodies beware, you're going to have to carve out some time in your schedules to visit these incredible spots.

1. Skinny Legs and All 

70 Loop Street, CBD.  A quirky minimalist space, with walls dressed in cheeky larger-than-life artworks, where breakfast can entail a "porridge of the gods" or "prosciutto soft scrambled eggs" and much more! Breakfast is served all day, upping the anti of this hotspot.  It’s the perfect 11am brunch spot for lazy mornings.  Inventive salads, open sandwiches and a mains section all jostle for your attention.  Utilize the free wifi and dig into a mouth-watering dish while enjoying the vibrant chatter of fellow diners and the bustle of the city streets. As if this luxury café didn’t have us sold already, their service is impeccable, so you’re guaranteed a satisfied tummy and a happy heart.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: The Muffinz have become a well-known name on the local music scene. They’re currently busy finishing up their next offering I’m Still Standing and took time out to perform on the HomeComing Picnic Stage at Oppikoppi. Perdeby chatted to Keke and Simz about their progress.

Has there been a development in your sound from your previous albums?
Keke: There is a lot of growth from our first album. With our first album we were still babies in the industry. We knew what we wanted but we were still babies. I think this time around weknow what we want and we’re doing things on our own accord. I think the difference is also that we’re producing it ourselves, the second album. This time around we’re doing things on our own and we’re excited.

ELMARIE KRUGER: Day three of Oppikoppi Odyssey started out much cloudier than the previous two, but the weather soon cleared up and Oppi-goers dared to venture out of their tents and back to the stages.

However, in addition to the scheduled musical entertainment, the day also provided for amusement in the shape of Oppikoppi’s annual Dustbowl Olympics. This year, the event took the form of a “running of the gods” race. Costumed dustbowl puritans gathered for the event in imaginative (and sometimes ridiculous) attire. At 13:00 a mass of toga-wearing, sword-wielding Spartans and Homeric heroes took off to see who would arise as the victor in this event. One creative contestant arrived accurately dressed as Thor – complete with Mjölnir.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Curlitzia and Vividus Men were crowned the Tuks Serenade winners at the annual Serenade Gala evening hosted by Stuku last Friday night. The Musaion played host to the eight finalists as they each performed one last time before the winners were announced. Boekenhout, Olympus, Sonop, Vividus Men, Curlitzia, Erika, Magrietjie and Vividus Ladies qualified for the final on Thursday through the marks they obtained in the prelims last week.

The gala evening started off with Olympus. Their song selection, which included Ed Sheeran’s “I see fire” and Bastille’s “Things we lost in the fire” reflected their firemen theme well. Olympus also made thoughtful use of firemen-related props, such as a ladder, that were later used as percussion instruments.

SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: Akani Simbine is one of the rising stars in South African athletics. The 20-year-old sprinter represented Tuks at this year’s Varsity Athletics and South Africa at the Commonwealth Games.

You recently ran at the Commonwealth Games. How was the whole experience and what was your proudest moment?

I’m still young in athletics and it’s only my third year doing this. The Commonwealth Games were pretty awesome for me because I was on one stage with all the best sprinters in the world, except the Americans, so it was just like the Olympics and the World Champs. My proudest moment

was when I ran the 200m and qualified for the final. I wasn’t going to do the 200m when I came to the games but then I just decided to move away from withdrawing and just ran. A personal best (20.37) and a final came out of that, which was also totally unexpected.

ELMARIE KRUGER: This September, Taxi Violence will celebrate their tenth birthday. Perdeby sat down with bassist Jason Ling at this year’s Oppikoppi festival to discuss their forthcoming anniversary album.

Oppikoppi commemorates its 20thanniversary this year. What does it mean to the band to be performing at this momentous event?

It’s our ten-year anniversary as a band, so it’s nice to share an anniversary together with someone. It’s their 20th year and our tenth so everyone is celebrating something, which makes it special on both sides.

You’re launching your ten-year anniversary album in September, which is very significant. What does this mean to the band?

It’s a bit like when you read a good book and you reach the end of a nice chapter. It’s the same way for us: not the end of the book, but the end of a good chapter. It sums up what we’ve made through in these ten years. Anyone who’s in a band in South Africa will know that it’s quite tough, it’s hard work and it’s not easy to get recognition and to carry on. So ten years for us is a big thing. It’s an assessment of our friendship as a band.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: 2014 has seen the slow release of ChristianTigerSchool’s new album Chrome Tapes. Luc Vermeer, one half of the duo, chatted to Perdeby about their new material.

Your process for releasing the new album has been quite a unique one. Why did you decide on it?

I think we were just really eager to release something but not the full thing. So we thought about it and made [it] into a process so that we could show, in a sense, what we were doing but not the whole thing. I bought a tape machine and I think that’s why we started releasing tapes. It didn’t work. We had to take it to a farm to get all the tapes recorded. So we just decide to release it like that and then possibly release some form of video and then hopefully the full album as well – so, sort of multi-formatted instead of a plain release. We wanted to do something more than that, something a little more involved.

ELMARIE KRUGER: MonArk’s debut album Negatives is a pop-rock explosion that is certain to inspire its listeners. “Only one”, the album’s opening track, ensures that the record begins strongly and forcefully. This makes the album appealing from the get-go. The band’s latest single “Something” is an excellent follow-up, contributing to the rest of the radio-ready songs on the album. Like the song itself, its video is loaded with meaning, as all of MonArk’s music videos to date have been.

“Build it up” is the band’s second big single and is sure to have fans singing and dancing along in no time while “Smiling”, with its awe-inspiring chorus and imaginative video (directed by Bouwer Bosch) warmed the hearts of many when it first graced South Africa’s airwaves.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: For the 20th year in a row, the arid plains of a farm up in Northam were overrun by prawns craving dust, sweet sounds and revelry – nothing less than a guarantee from Oppikoppi. This year’s theme was Odyssey, as South Africa’s biggest music festival celebrated the Greeks and all things classic.

The festival kicked off on Thursday with many of the festivalgoers having arrived early that morning or the day before. The weather was hot and the bands were even hotter. The programme for Thursday was rather laidback and highlights included Wrestlerish, who played one of their last live performances, and Bittereinder. An exciting discovery was Fridge Poetry who played on the small Ray-Ban Top Bar Stage and had people dancing on the tables to their brassy punk sound.

LIZL LOMBAARD AND YANGA TYIKWE: Sometimes characters surpass the movies they feature in. They form part of our memories and we love them so much that we forget that they are only fictional.

During his lifetime, Robin Williams portrayed an astounding number of these iconic characters. Williams possessed an unparalled talent to fit into characters which were polar opposites, and it is because of this that in his long career he has appealed to the child, the teenager and the adult.

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