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iTook a Photograph

Written by Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

Ryno Nortjé: There is something haunting about a well-shot photograph. The composition of a shot with all the elements in the perfect position. The light, reflecting in a way that stirs emotions deep within you. The colours, making the inanimate appear to dance. These things combine to give you access to a moment in time that would otherwise have been lost forever.

Photography as an artform is as beautiful a thing as the eye can encounter. Sadly, our appreciation for true photographic skill is becoming desensitised by popular culture. Our sense of sight is bombarded with selfies or images of people’s lunch. We are missing out on the way Annie Leibovitz skillfully sets up each photograph and the brutally honest depictions James Nachtwey captures to express the turmoil of our world.

How to Survive Exams: Tips from VARSITY

Written by Tuesday, 15 October 2013 02:46

The editorial team of UCT's Varsity newspaper share some of their best studying tips to help get you through the exams ahead.

Internship turns heads (and hearts)

Written by Tuesday, 06 August 2013 08:58

Jessica Breakey and Cara Mazetti Claassen: Don’t just Google the Whitehouse, visit Google and the Whitehouse

For a young person, few experiences can compare with being an intern in the “Capital City.” There your responsibilities range from (passive-aggressively) photocopying 6 000 sheets of paper, schmoozing through lunch with ambassadors or painfully sprinting across the city in heels trying to make sure not to drop the giant cheese platter resting on your right shoulder – a real Devil Wears Prada moment.

You gotta be hoaxing me!

Written by Friday, 19 April 2013 07:37

Anna Insam: Ever questioned the landings on the moon?

April Fools’ Day has come and gone, and perhaps we are all still feeling a bit sheepish for sniffing the Google logo hoping to smell something.

From spray-on skinny jeans, headphones for cats, Virgin’s glass-bottomed plane to Twitter charging users to use vowels, we really saw it all this year.

The denial: Mandela’s looming death

Written by Friday, 12 April 2013 08:06


Shandu Mulaudzi: IN PSYCHOLOGY, there is what they call the “bereavement process”. A process that describes the stages people go through after experiencing a type of loss.

Although the bereavement process is unique to all individuals who go through it, it is generally accepted that the first step is denial.

Tiger back where he belongs

Written by Wednesday, 03 April 2013 09:41

The rise and disgraceful fall of sport stars has not been uncommon in my lifetime.  One never, however, finds a star that is able to regain their position at the top of the food-chain following their fall from grace. 

Did I say “never”? Perhaps “very rarely” is more appropriate after Tiger Woods has defied the odds and done just that.

The Bro Code

Written by Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:51

At some stage of your life, you will most probably find yourself in the awkward position of liking someone that your friend has liked/likes/dated/is currently dating or someone who is already taken.

It’s one of those situations that will put most of us in a bit of a pickle. Guys have it simple. How I met your mother taught us the rules of the Bro Code, but what do girls have – trust? 

The story of fashion

Written by Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:10

This is why you’re wearing what you’re wearing. With Micky Mouse on the side.  

If you want to escape fashion, you’ll have to walk around wearing the Emperor’s clothes. Most people don’t know (or care) where their clothes come from, but we are not those people. By we I mean you, me, Dupree, us: The intelligent (if slightly aristocratic) university students. 

F*** this, I’ll become a placenta cook

Written by Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:01

The three strangest jobs you could do.  

Astronauts are the coolest. Dolphin trainers aren’t too shabby either. And cowboys? Well who doesn’t want to be a cowboy? At the age of five, for about 90% of us, these were our life ambitions – oh and becoming president, of course. I for one wanted to be all four.

The death of print media?

Written by Tuesday, 02 April 2013 07:54

Out with the print, in with the digital?

The once inseparable bond between a cup of coffee and the Sunday morning paper has no doubt taken a beating since digital media stepped into the ring. With tradition in one corner and convenience in the other, it’s been a brisk bout at best. 

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