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War shots: A woman looks at photos taken by Doan Cong Tinh during the Vietnam war, at a photo exhibition titled Reporters de guerre, or War Reporters, at the French cultural house in Hanoi on Friday (April 17 2015). The exhibition, held in Hanoi ahead of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war, showcased more than 40 photos taken by four Vietnamese photographers. Vietnam marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon on April 30, the event that ended a war that lasted over 30 years, killing up to four million Vietnamese and more than 58,000 U.S troops. The exhibition runs from April 14 to May 10.

Picture: Kham/Reuters

Fifty shades of vanilla gets the tongues, erm, wagging

So, let’s talk about Fifty Shades of Grey. Last weekend the movie raked in more than R2.7 billion; for those numerically disinclined (like me) that’s roughly two metric f**k-tons or many, many Nkandlas.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    The brilliant #147MoreThanANumber social-media campaign started by Kenyan tech activists has ensured the 147 people killed by al-Shabaab at a Garissa university have not become a footnote to terrorism’s ugly story. The campaign has given them names, faces and stories – and it has reinforced public antagonism towards this most cruel of organisations.

    Not:

    A gruesome video of a US cop shooting and killing an unarmed black man has again raised questions about the use of lethal force by US police against black men. Officer Michael T Slager has been charged with the murder of Walter L Scott in South Carolina. But this is another black mark against US cops.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart later this year as the host of The Daily Show, the top-rated US late-night talk and news satire ­television programme. Full stop.

    Not:

    Vusimuzi Windvoel. Thandi Shongwe. Who? Until this week, nobody knew. Windvoel, an Mpumalanga legislator for the ANC, objected to his fellow DA member Jane Sithole’s dress, saying she looked like a sex worker because she was wearing “see-through things”. Shongwe, the speaker, agreed. Words fail us.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    This week Angelina Jolie had a second round of preventive surgery after gene testing revealed vulnerability to ovarian cancer. Twice now, this superstar has written publicly about her decision to undergo surgery to protect her life and keep cancer at bay. By doing this, she turned a private battle into public health education. She intends to meet her grandchildren, she says.

    Not:

    Vindictive, dishonest, lacking integrity and honour and making false statements under oath. Judge Elias Matojane had nothing good to say about acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza’s conduct in a bid to suspend the unit’s head in Gauteng, Shadrack Sibiya. How can we now trust Ntlemeza to do his utmost best to protect and serve?

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    JP Duminy for taking a hat-trick of wickets as the Proteas booked their semifinal spot in the 2015 World Cup with a victory over Sri Lanka this past week. JP’s hat-trick was the second in South African one-day international history, but the first at a World Cup. He was also the second spinner to take a World Cup hat-trick, behind Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq.

    Not:

    The world would be better if people like Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu weren’t in power. For a long time now, neighbouring Palestine has been living under Israel’s oppressive rules. In the run-up to the election this past week, Netanyahu vowed not to create a separate state for Palestine. Clearly, power corrupts – absolutely.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Sizwe Nxasana, the man with the ­Midas touch, has announced his decision to step down as FirstRand CEO. Under his tenure, FirstRand has become a top-eight firm on the JSE and is Africa’s largest bank by market value and earnings. The group reported stellar profit, a trend that has followed Nxasana through a star-studded career. A role model for generations to come.

    Not:

    Speaker Baleka Mbete has never been everyone’s cup of tea. This week she vindicated her critics. When President Zuma ignored her intervention in Parliament – four times – she made excuses that he could not hear her “pleas for him to sit”. To top it all, she told MPs they were not equal to Zuma. Has she ever read the Constitution?

The gravy strain in the heat of day

@City_Press 8 February 2015 15:00

Wednesday. My second day back at work after a month of what one of my bosses describes as: “Sitting on the beach, smoking zol and doing fokol.” The man’s not entirely incorrect in his analysis. It is what it is.

Surviving Valentine’s Day

In South Africa we like to blame things on the “Western paradigm”. President Jacob Zuma notably said corruption is not a crime around these parts because it’s a “Western thing”.

A purity of intent

In a world where we are always thinking ahead or reflecting on the past, and being in numerous virtual and real-world spaces Milisuthando Bongela considers what it means to be fully conscious and present.

Parly TV: A reflection of reality or farce?

@PaddyHarper1 30 November 2014 15:00

Wednesday. The Croc (City Press photographer Khaya Ngwenya) is wandering around in a state of shock. The poor bastard’s been like this since he got roped into shooting the Crown Gospel what whats on Sunday night.

News

Quotable

President Jacob Zuma has failed us. He has not protected us.
Amos Madhudhu, a Zimbabwean who was part of a group of foreigners who were displaced in Ekurhuleni, lashing out at South Africa’s government

Lighter Side

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