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Ageing: managing the inevitable

From ‘anti-ageing’ to ‘age management’, the grooming industry has changed its tune – and started telling the truth – about the inevitable: we all grow old and our skins will show it. Products like the Nivea Q 10 anti-wrinkle day cream will not stop ageing, but will go a long way to smoothing over the process,…

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No place for ‘indiscriminate mockery’

Comedy, in its ability to elicit laughter, unleashing all manner of positive physiological reactions, is a an invaluable human arsenal in the fight against boredom,  austerity and depression. These benefits dissipate to nil however, if the laughter is at the expense of those that society should be protecting. As MR SIPHIWE MPYE writes, the time for offence for…

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The necessary evolution of Petite Noir

It has been a year since Mr Yannick Ilunga – the Congolese Angolan musician fanatically known as Petite Noir – moved back to his childhood Cape Town after a whirlwind stint of dream gigs and stardom in London, gliding through plaudits from an impressive list of mainstream and independent media. His sound – a fluid mix of 80s synch…

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Of life and the road well-travelled

The comedian Mr Ntobeko Madlingozi (NM) and our editor Mr Siphiwe Mpye (SM) have been friends for over 25 years. They met for lunch in Johannesburg recently – following Madlingozi’s one-man show, SoberSex, in Cape Town – after not seeing each other for a few months. This is the first excerpt from their conversation, about…

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Ungovernable: Sisonke Msimang

Ms. Sisonke Msimang is a writer, activist, speaker and author. Begotten to South African parents and brought up by the world, she lived and was educated in multiple countries, bringing to her writing a wide, considered and evolving view of the world. The Ruth First, Yale and Aspen New Voices Fellow launched her memoirs “Always another…

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A surprising take on Italian masculinity

Brand promises undelivered are no longer an anomaly in a hyper consuming society, but sometimes, the surprises that brands throw up unexpectedly, can be pleasant. A case in point, as  MR SIPHIWE MPYE found out, is the Salvatorre Ferragamo Uomo “Casual Life” fragrance.  The most significant thing to note about this fragrance is the surprisingly…

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Instant hydration for your skin

The warmer days and Jozi’s toxic air have presented some dry skin challenges that MR SIPHIWE MPYE decided, or, rather, was ‘prescribed’ a serum to rescue his skin and restore some vital moisture.  Recently, upon my return from an errand, my ever attentive wife – who is also our Grooming Editor – noticed that my skin…

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A rum to redeem the category

With the discovery of a relatively new drink, MR SIPHIWE MPYE exorcised his rum demons and found a surprising new favourite.   In my personal drinking history, rum has had a chequered history. The times I have been forced – for an array of reasons – to drink the stuff, I have behaved badly, smelled even…

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The great White T-shirt

When days are balmy, it doesn’t get simpler and more convenient than a crisp white T-shirt:  fitted in the tailored manner of the consummate dandy or the relaxed fit in the manner of hip-hop culture (but not the oversized and extra long version).  It is also not the passé deep V-neck cleavage show favoured by Euro…

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A fragrant, non-gendered philosophy

Even those of us who have learned not to trust too deeply the signs that the weather gods throw at us, signalling the advent of Spring, would admit to being excited by the prospects of longer, warmer days and, naturally, a new fragrance. We recommend Diptyque Philosykos.  Philosykos, in reference to philosopher Plato, means “friend…

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