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Cycling safety tips

The first rule of cycling safety is to find where the brakes are before mounting. I learned that lesson the hard way. In brief, I backpedalled to stop on a gently descending slope, panicked when nothing happened, and realised that the bike only had manual …

Entertain with fog and haze

Do you want to throw a party that everyone will talk about for years to come? Consider adding a special ingredient: fog or haze. In combination with some good lighting, the effects produced are simply amazing. Until recently, artificial fog was reserved …

Buying car parts online

This blog post, written by journalist Paul Collings for aBr Magazine, is reproduced here with the kind permission of Litage Publishing. South African consumers are a cautious lot on the whole and have been relatively slow to adopt online shopping as a …

Driving tips: Hand position

Picture this: A driver is holding his phone to his ear with his right hand; he has a take-away cup of coffee in his left hand; and is steering the vehicle with his elbows… I am sure you would not want to be anywhere near such a driver! (I know I …

Smile to boost your workout

“...and smile!” That’s what our yoga instructor would say to us as we gritted our teeth while trying to get into a particularly challenging pose. Smile?! Who can even think of something like that at the time like this, I used to think. However, it …

What (not) to wear to gym

We all know what we want from our gym outfit. We want to feel good in it. And look good too. But how does one achieve these lofty aims? The tips below are tailor-made to save you at least some of the angst that so often accompanies shopping for the perfect …

South African cultural villages

Renowned for its cultural diversity, South Africa is dotted with cultural villages. Most of them focus on illustrating the traditional lifestyle of a specific ethnic group, for example Xhosa, Zulu, or Ndebele. A number of them are designed to portray …

Summer holiday with kids

“Are we there yet?” That is the question parents dread the most when travelling by car to a holiday destination. No wonder. It is uttered the first time about five minutes after the ignition key is switched on, and then repeated at an increasingly whiny …

Driving tips: Music in the car

The holiday season is around the corner and many of us will be driving to our destination. With music turned on, naturally. Listening to music in the car is a popular activity, but have you ever wondered how it affects your driving, and whether it …

How to do crunches

There is the right way and the wrong way to do everything. Especially crunches. Have you ever seen people in the gym desperately pulling on their necks, jerking their bodies up and down in quick succession, huffing and puffing, tummy popping up at each …