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We know that the moon influences the tides, but did you know that with the full moon, you always see the same side of the moon? Or that a yawn is contagious for humans and some animals? And what precisely causes birds not to bump into one another when they fly in a swarm and they swerve? These facts are part of a massive amount of knowledge about nature, physics and space that the RSG programme Hoe verklaar jy dit? has been sharing for 37 years. This book, translated from the original, bestselling Afrikaans version, contains a selection from the hundreds of questions curious listeners have been asking the experts to answer in order to make the world a little less strange, because not all knowledge is obvious. There are so many wonderful enigmas in nature and space that beg to be explained – and we won’t even mention man-made inventions! How Do You Explain That? will pique your interest in the world around you. It is a book that can be enjoyed on its own, or can lie on the coffee table, or can go camping with the family to elicit wonderful conversations around the campfire.
This year we are in for a treat: After 25 years, Madam & Eve is still going strong and are back with more hilarious cartoons looking back at another year of the crazy rollercoaster that is daily life and politics in South Africa. Madam & Eve cartoons appear regularly in the Mail & Guardian, The Star, The Saturday Star, Herald, Mercury, Witness, Daily Dispatch, Cape Times, Pretoria News, Diamond Fields Advertiser, Die Volksblad, EC Today, Kokstad Advertiser and The Namibian.
Na die ongelooflike sukses van RSG se Hoe Verklaar Jy Dit? is dit niks minder as gepas om met hierdie tweede volume Suid-Afrikaners se nuuskierigheid oor die wêreld verder te bevredig nie.
In Hoe Verklaar Jy Dit? 2 bring Danny Fourie weer ’n gerf van die interessantste vrae en antwoorde byeen wat deur RSG se kundige medewerkers in die gewilde radioprogram behandel is. En dit help die leser natuurlik om die wêreld om ons minder vreemd te maak. Hoe verklaar jy ons honger na inligting en ons dors na kennis? Die antwoord is eenvoudig: Ons is mal daaroor om antwoorde te kry, selfs al is daar geen oënskynlike voordeel daarin nie.
Is dit werklik nodig om te weet wat ’n Jerusalem-kriek of ’n sweepspinnekop is? Waarom die son nie uitbrand nie? Hoekom ’n mens se oë traan as jy uie sny? Hoe die Richter-skaal werk? Wie en wat die Florisbadmens is? Wat links- en regshandigheid bepaal? Van al die soogdiere is ons die enigste wat lewenslank nuuskierig bly. Daarom sal Hoe Verklaar Jy Dit? 2 jou nog meer fassineer.
I'll Take The Sunny Side is a memoir about many things - tennis, friendship, storytelling and growing older.
Gordon Forbes, acclaimed author of A Handful of Summers and Too Soon to Panic, has joined seven friends for the seniors' lunch in the Rainbow Room at the Country Club for several years. They are a group of learned men, writers, scholars and ex-editors, this book arises from their meandering conversations. You might know some of the table: James, the born humourist; Mark, the headmaster; Tim and Charles, the historians; two Peters who have edited newspapers; Richard, an author and editor; and Gordon, the tennis player. Join them as they debate politics, books and sport in particular.
Is television affecting the antics of modern sportsmen? How many oysters is enough to make a difference? What has happened to tennis, has the nobility of the game gone for good?
Die Groot Drie bied 'n sonderlinge blik op die opkoms, hoogbloei en uiteindelike ondergang van Afrikaner-nasionalisme vanuit die perspektief van drie wereldklas-satirici: D.C. Boonzaier, T.O. Honiball en Fred Mouton. Die Burger is in 1915 in die lewe geroep om as mondstuk te dien vir Afrikaners wat aan die begin van die 20ste eeu op hul kniee gedwing is deur die Anglo-Boereoorlog, verstedeliking en grootskaalse armoede. In die eerste honderd jaar van die koerant se bestaan het net die drie kunstenaars diens gedoen as spotprenttekenaars. Boonzaier het skerp en raak aanvalle op opponente van die Nasionale Party geloods, en die karikatuurkuns ten volle bemeester; die veelsydige Honiball het lesers se empatie gewek met sy speelse styl; en Mouton se uitbeelding van tipies Suid-Afrikaanse tonele het van hom 'n gewilde humorskepper en belangrike meningsvormer gemaak. In hierdie boek gee Francois Verster, Naspers se maatskappy-argivaris, 'n onderhoudende historiese oorsig van die bydrae wat elk van die spotprenttekenaars gelewer het. In hierdie boek gee Francois Verster, Naspers se maatskappy-argivaris, 'n onderhoudende historiese oorsig van die bydrae wat elk van die spotprenttekenaars gelewer het.
Ons weet dat die maan iets met die getye te doen het, maar het jy geweet dat jy met volmaan altyd dieselfde kant van die maan sien? Of dat weerligstrale vol vernietigende elektrisiteit is, maar dat ’n elektriese paling ’n lading van tot 600 volt kan vrystel?
Hierdie feite is deel van ’n magdom kennis oor die natuur, fisiese wetenskap en die ruimte wat die RSG-program Hoe verklaar jy dit? reeds jare lank beantwoord. Hierdie publikasie bevat ’n keur uit die honderde vrae van nuuskierige luisteraars wat deur kundiges verduidelik is om die wêreld minder vreemd te maak, want nie alle kennis van die wêreld om ons is voor die hand liggend nie. Daar is honderde verskynsels in die natuur en ruimte wat vra om verklaar te word. Dan praat ons nie eens van die mensgemaakte uitvindings soos die internet, persoonlike rekenaars, globale posisioneringstelsels, selfone, radiogolwe, teorie van evolusie, relatiwiteitsteorie, narkose en mense in die ruimte nie. Agter die alledaagse skuil die fassinerende werking van kragte en wette en die wetenskap in werking: Wat bepaal dat ’n mens se hart aan die linkerkant van die liggaam sit? Hoekom vries water in ’n dam van bo en nie van onder af nie? Kan gene deur omstandighede gemodifiseer word?
Hoe Verklaar Jy Dit? is ’n boek wat jou belangstelling in die wêreld om jou sal prikkel. Dit is ’n boek wat op sy eie gelees kan word, wat op die koffietafel kan lê en wat saam kan gaan kamp om wonderlike gesprekke om die braaivleisvuur uit te lok.
Lerato Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her ‘Urban Miss’ column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike.
Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Lerato shines a bright – and controversial – light on South African society and the quirky ways of the country. She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful – and often laugh-out-loud – scrutiny.
The Way I See It is written for people who are hungry for a book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!
For a while, Jeremy could be found in his normal position as the tallest man on British television but, more recently, he appears to have been usurped by a pretend elephant. But on paper the real Jeremy remains at the helm. So, whether he's pondering: If Jesus might have been better off being born in New Zealand Why reflexive pronoun abuse is the worst thing in the world How Pam Ayres's head trumps Gordon Gecko's underpants Or what a television presenter with time on his hands gets up to Jeremy is still trying to make sense of the big stuff.
Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures - Amber Dusick
Questions You're Not Supposed To Ask - Tony Williams
Om sin te maak van die hele virtuele warboel in die 21ste eeu moet ’n mens hoog en laag soek. En dis presies wat die bekroonde digter en joernalis Danie Marais doen in Pruimtwak & Skaduboksers – ’n onderhoudende versameling van rubrieke, essays, heildronke en nabetragtings wat met speelse erns en entoesiasme die verbande verken tussen boeke, die tydsgees, popkultuur en die verdwaasde gewone ou wat naweke in sy braaivleisvuur tuur.
In hierdie stukke wonder Marais – soms sober, soms skertsend – wat geword het van rock 'n' roll, sy generasie X en randfigure soos Peter Blum.
Alles en almal van Darth Vader, die Simpsons, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Fokofpolisiekar, die boeremusieklegende David de Lange en The Big Lebowski tot die agterryers van die Anglo-Boereoorlog praat saam in ’n bundel wat jou laat glimlag én dink.
A humorous look at the place names of South Africa, written and illustrated by Ann Gadd.
Origins, mysteries & folklore surrounding the sometimes odd names that appear on the South African landscape.
For five years, Ndumiso Ngcobo, South Africa’s favourite big-headed columnist, has entertained Sunday Times readers with his hallucinations: amusing anecdotes, outlandish opinions and furiously funny tales that are required reading for legions of fans.
Eat, Drink & Blame The Ancestors is a collection of Ngcobo’s most memorable columns in that time, edited and reworked for maximum effect, providing the perfect overview of his unique and wonderful insights.
Whether he’s consuming fermented beverages and communing with the ancestors, describing life with his terrorist children and skollie dog (RIP Spiderman), or dissecting dung-beetle philosophy with the Men of Thurst, this is the finest and funniest writing in the land.
Imagine if all your Christmases did actually “come at once”.
That idiom is supposed to evoke an image of delight, happiness and nothing going wrong, but the British Christmas doesn’t always turn out that way. Yes, sometimes all the gifts are perfect, everyone’s on great form and no one chokes on a mince pie. But on other occasions you’ll fall through a glass cabinet or set your cardigan on fire.
A Very British Christmas pays tribute to all the peculiar ways we choose to celebrate; it tells stories of our propensity to behave badly, our uselessness under pressure and our unquenchable joie de vivre. Join us as we salute cultural icons, dissect national customs and hear from people who’ve eaten all the turkey and lived to tell the tale.
Tidings of discomfort, tidings of joy.
Skreeusnaaks en uittartend soos net Deon Maas kan.
In hierdie boek ontsien Maas niks of niemand nie. Hy skryf onbeskaamd en doodeerlik oor allerlei eg Suid-Afrikaanse heilige koeie. Afrikaans op kampusse, selfies, baarde, banting, die Guptas en die sogenaamde Stellenbosch Mafia loop deur onder die uitgesproke skrywer se skerp pen. Sy blatante eerlikheid oor alles van mans se “menere” tot Julius Malema, gay huwelike en NG-dominees is verfrissend.
Dit is vlymskerp, omstrede en onvergeetlik.
Vrikkie Visser is ’n fiktiewe karakter wat die mense se harte gesteel het met sy briewe aan sy “Antie”, in Volksblad en op Facebook. Vrikkie vertel van sy wedervaringe met sy oom Vissie, sy vriend Bra Pietie en sy antie Velti, en praat oor alles van dieet tot rugby en landsake. Vrikkie, al kan hy nie spel nie, se briewe is vol menslikheid en baie humor. Dis storievertel op sy beste.
Following hot on the heels of last year's Top 10 bestseller, Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2018 offers a completely new assortment of strange-but-true facts and amazing stories! From the elephant who can play baseball, to the flowers that bloomed in space, to the weasel found inside the world's biggest computer, Ripley's compendium of hair-raising oddities will delight and fascinate the whole family. Complete with a mind-blowing 3D-effect cover, and packed with gob-smacking photos and illustrations, Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2018 offers another feast of mind-blowing tales of the extraordinary. Prepare yourself for this year's Ripley's bonanza!
"Guaranteed to make you the life of your weekly foursome. Don Wade
will remind you of why you fell in love with the game of golf in
the first place."
Golf's master storyteller Don Wade has entertained sports fans with his often hilarious, sometimes moving, but always true golf stories in his bestselling "And Then Jack Said to Arnie . . ." series. Now available in paperback, "Talking on Tour "is a collection of the absolute best from the first eight volumes, showcased in one deluxe edition.. .
"Talking on Tour" is filled with heartwarming, off-the-cuff stories that capture the essence of America's most popular pastime. Here you will read about: . . . Sam Snead's historic round with former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill . Tom Weiskopf's faux pas when he met Great Britain's Princess Margaret . Bobby Jones's heroic struggle with the disease that wasted his body and eventually claimed his life . Tommy Bolt's struggles (in vain) to control his temper . And much more . . .
"Talking on Tour" brings you onto the green and inside the clubhouse with stories that celebrate the people, the camaraderie, and the great spirit of the game..
Super-powered with on-the-page links to over 300 amazing videos, YouTube World Records show the greatest feats ever recorded on the file-sharing website. From the tallest and smallest to the greatest and maddest, YouTube World Records has it covered. This unique collection contains a host of amazing feats, stunts and tricks - including pancake tossing and fiery-hot pepper eating, mega-quick drumming and unbelievable basketball slam-dunks. This is the ultimate celebration of the world's greatest records.
It's the biggest, happiest, scariest day of your life - but you don't have to feel alone. Michael Powell has collected wit and wisdom from a host of celebrity couples as they recall the day they tied the knot. From dodgy stag/hen night antics, to mislaid rings and dodgy Best Man speeches, you'll be laughing well into your honeymoon and beyond.
The first annual for adults of it's kind.Combining the spirit of Britain's much-loved Bunty and Judy annuals with the humour of the Python classic Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls, I An Distracted By Everything is a book to pour over, ponder on and laugh uproariously with.'If anyone can get the nation to squeal along with delight, it's Liza Tarbuck' Radio Times'Liza Tarbuck is the kind of best friend every girl wishes she had' Observer'Liza Tarbuck is in my top five women in the world' Dawn French'Liza Tarbuck is a national treasure' Sue PerkinsLiza Tarbuck is one of the country's best-known faces. Her popularity has grown with a mixture of both TV and radio presenting and acting, in both comedy and drama. In 2012 she took over the Saturday-evening slot on Radio 2. She is a regular guest on Just a Minute, QI and has guest-hosted Have I Got News For You. This is her first book.
So what did Scots have to smile about this year? When they watched Britain voting for Brexit, when they heard the constant arguments about independence, and when they saw a strangely coiffed son of a Scotswoman become President of the United States, they turned to their usual survival technique - they laughed.When they saw Rangers stumble on their road back to the top, A Scot, Andy Murray becoming a top world sportsman, and a Scottish horse winning the Grand National, they naturally made a joke or two.And in their quieter moments they recalled the patter of street traders, how they still cannot fathom the opposite sex, and why we all go mad at the first sign of sunshine.All these and more made up The Herald's funniest stories of the year, published every day in the newspaper's Diary column. And now the very best have been gathered here for you to enjoy all over again.
If you thought all taxi drivers were the same, meet Mama Taxi. Proudly South African Mavis and her sister Zandi bravely tackle the busy roads to bring you a woman's perspective from behind the flying wheels of the taxi industry.
This job needs a fearless woman with guts and a steely determination to obey the rules of the road. Shoot a red light? Talk on the cellphone while making a U-turn? Never! Be polite to cops at all times? Of course!
Mama Taxi - The Collection will appeal to all who share Mavis and Zandi's world, collectors of cartoons and anyone with a sense of humour. The little pink taxi roars through the pages of five national daily newspapers and if this is your first introduction to the cartoon strip, buckle up for a fun ride!
The Book of the Year will be precisely what its title promises: an entertaining, fact-filled journey into the more bizarre reaches of the past twelve months. Among many, many other things, it will establish: * Who has played the greater number of golf rounds since the turn of 2017: Rory McIlroy or Donald Trump. * Precisely how many members of Britain's Parachute Regiment aren't actually qualified to use parachutes. * Why a parliamentary inquiry into why parliamentary inquiries take so long has been delayed. Venturing fearlessly from Australia (where toad-flavoured sausages are being deployed to stop predators from eating real toads) to India (where you can now buy a washing machine with a special curry stain button), this will be the year, not as the headlines defined it, but as it ought to be remembered. The Book of the Year will prove the perfect Christmas gift, the ideal conversation starter (and stopper), and the ultimate source of wisdom for all lovers of trivia.
A massive and hilarious collection of true stories chronicling the most bizarre, amazing and absurd ways to die ever brought together. Awe-inspiring examples of stupidity and lack of combine to give you the most incredible cautionary tales about undignified ways you can exit the stage of life. The man who got into a fight with a monkey and lost ... the burglar who thought he was Santa Claus and got stuck in a chimney ... the fortune teller who did not foresee one of her clients would kill her ... the gangster who danced himself to death - all true reports from across the globe which reveal the most ridiculous ways you can meet your maker. These and hundreds of entertaining and fresh factual accounts are all here in Embarrassing Ways to Die. Death may seem like a serious business, but this is a seriously funny book.
It's a memorable year in Scotland. The country will vote on independence, Glasgow will welcome the world to the Commonwealth Games, and the world's best golfers battle it out in the Ryder Cup on Scottish soil. Meanwhile, Scots do what they always do - eat and drink too much, complain about the weather and, fortunately, have a laugh about it. Their tales of the funniest events will be sent to The Herald newspaper's iconic Diary column, and the best of them are gathered here.
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