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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 collection brims with the imaginative, informative and comic personal narratives of Hedley Twidle. Twidle brings a sense of lightness, play and comedy to subjects that are often dealt with in predictable or self-righteous ways.
It chronicles South Africa during the ‘second transition’ – one in which the foundations of the post-apartheid settlement are being shaken and questioned in all kinds of ways.
What is the origin of the word ‘bluetooth’? Which UK football ground is flanked by Bloemfontein & South Africa roads? When walking round Rondebosch Common, why is it wise not to go widdershins?
These are a few of the questions put to John Maytham by 567 CapeTalk listeners in the Rapid Fire insert on the late drive-time show. Join him on a tour of the oddest, arcane and most surprising questions – and be tickled by the weird and wonderful answers.
ky Guide Africa South 2018 is a practical resource for all astronomers, whether they be novice, amateur or professional. It covers the upcoming year’s planetary movements, predicted eclipses, meteor showers – any events and facets of the night sky that change annually.
Star charts plot the evening sky for each season, facilitating the identification of stars and constellations. The guide contains a wealth of information about the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, meteors and bright stars, with photos, diagrams, charts and images. There’s also an excellent list of useful websites and a comprehensive glossary.
Struik Nature again joins forces with the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa to publish this annual guide. Now in its 72nd year of publication, the book is prepared by a team of contributors, all specialists in their fields.
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.
The record-breaking records annual is back and packed with more incredible accomplishments, stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting achievements than ever before. With more than 3,000 new and updated records and 1,000 eye-popping photos, it has thousands of new stats and facts and dazzling new features. There is so much to explore inside.
Go on a whirlwind tour of the planet's most amazing places, from the largest swamps to the deepest points on Earth. Find out what happens when you give an octopus a Rubik's Cube, and why all you need to defend yourself from a crocodile is a rubber band! You'll also find all your favourite records and categories such as Big Stuff, Collections, Mass Participation and Fun with Food, plus the year's most significant sporting achievements. Our editors have also taken inspiration this year from the world of superheroes - both fictional and real-world - so look out for our feature chapter charting your favourite caped crusaders in comic books, TV shows and movies. We also meet the real-life record-breakers with genuine superpowers, such as the Canadian strongman vicar who can pull a jumbo jet and an actual cyborg who uses technology to augment his senses. You'll also learn all about the science of superheroes, such as who the fastest and strongest superheroes would be if they came to life, and who would win in a royal rumble between Superman, Batman, Hulk and Dr Strange!
Also new this year is a celebration of the superlative with infographic poster pages that explore the most exciting absolutes, such as the longest, tallest, fastest and heaviest. Does the longest sofa outstretch the longest train? Is the tallest Easter egg bigger than the tallest snowman? Find out in this amazing new edition. You'll also find these special pages available as free poster downloads at guinnessworldrecords.com!
From science to showbiz via stunts and sports, there are real-life heroes all around us in all shapes and sizes, achieving the extraordinary every day. There's only one book where you'll find so many amazing facts all in one place, and that's Guinness World Records 2018!
This guide profiles 101 garden birds likely to be found in gardens across southern Africa, informing readers about what to look and listen for, and where and when. It is also an inspirational guide to creating a bird-friendly garden that is also a reservoir of biodiversity, wherever you are in the region.
With an attractive layout and multiple colour images, it offers the following:
Daar is nie ’n grondpad te sinkplaat, plaasdraad te hoog of aanwysings te gebrekkig om Jackie Grobler te keer nie. As hy eers ’n monument in sy visier het, sal hy dit vind.
In hierdie boek reis hy oor berge en dale van Lichtenburg in Noordwes tot die heuwels van Tabankulu in die Oos-Kaap. Grobler reis onder meer op die spoor van Voortrekker Carel Trichardt deur Mpumalanga en in KwaZulu-Natal gaan hy na die slagvelde van die Anglo-Zoeloeoorlog. In Gauteng vind hy monumente ter ere van twee van Suid-Afrika se grootste leiers: Nelson Mandela en Jan Smuts. In die Vrystaat soek hy na oorblyfsels van twee konsentrasiekampe en in Limpopo kom hy af op monumente aan ’n Anglo-Boereoorlogkanon (die Long Tom). Sy reise na die Oos-Kaap neem hom na gedenkplekke vir Steve Biko en in die Wes-Kaap gaan hy op die spoor van die Portugese ontdekkingsreisigers.
Elke provinsie sal ’n kaart hê wat die monumente aandui.
We live in an age of perfectionism.
Every day, we’re bombarded with the beautiful, successful, slim, socially-conscious and extroverted individual that our culture has decided is the perfect self. We see this person constantly in shop windows, in newspapers, on the television, at the movies and all over our social media. We berate ourselves when we don’t match up to them – when we’re too fat, too old, too poor or too sad. This cycle can be extremely bad for us. In recent years, psychologists have even begun to think that many people take their own lives because of the impossible standards that are set for who they ought to be.
Will Storr began to wonder about this perfect self that torments so many of us. Who, actually, is this person? Why does it hold such power over us? Could it be humanity’s deadliest idea? And, if so, is there any way we can break its spell? To find out, Storr takes us on a journey from the shores of Ancient Greece, through the Christian Middle Ages, the encounter groups of 1960s California and self-esteem evangelists of the late twentieth century to modern-day America, where research suggests today’s young people are in the grip of an epidemic of narcissism. He’ll tell the strange story of the individualist Western self from its birth on the Aegean to the era of hyper-individualistic neoliberalism in which we find ourselves today.
Selfie reveals, for the first time, the epic tale of the person we all know so intimately . . . because it’s us.
Insectopedia uncovers the fascinating and infinitely varied world of insects. It explores their intriguing behaviour and biology – from mating and breeding, metamorphosis and movement to sight, smell, hearing and their adaptations to heat and cold.
A chapter on superorganisms probes the curious phenomenon of social communities among insects; another covers the critical role that these creatures play in maintaining the fragile balance of life on our planet. The book concludes with a 60-page illustrated field guide, describing most insect orders and their main families.
Previously published as Insectlopedia of Southern Africa, this fully revised and redesigned edition includes up-to-date information throughout, an expanded ID section, and several hundred new photographs.
What happened to Generation X? Millenials dominate our Facebook feeds and people bang on about the baby boomers - but what about us? The lost generation, the middle youth, the middle child of today. Are we still cool?
Generation X? Remember them? The kids who believed they'd never grow up. The generation Douglas Coupland immortalised in his novel of the same name. The wry, knowing navel-gazers obsessed with cool and being cool who today are sandwiched between the boomers of the 60s and the millennials. Gen X'ers came of age against a backdrop of Britpop and the Spice Girls, Tarantino and Pulp Fiction, Madchester and the Stone Roses, acid house and rave, super clubs, Ministry and Cream. They holidayed in Ibiza high on hooch and E and never ever believed there'd be a comedown. So whatever happened to them? We turned 40. And as Tiffanie Darke points out in this witty exploration of the generation who defied generalisation, we're not handling it all that well...
Where once we wore floaty skirts and Doc Martins, now we're sporting Scandi fashion and 'interesting' trainers. We still party in Ibiza but now bodyboard in Cornwall. Where once mixtapes were the ultimate mating call, now we take selfies and swap Spotify playlists - all the while conspicuously wearing large Dr Beats headphones and casually leaving old packets of Kingsize Rizla lying round our open plan kitchens. More to the point, Gen X are now in charge. In government, in business and the creative industries. The most anti-establishment of generations has now become the establishment. But as tech overtakes the arts as society's great shaping force, Tiffanie ponders - does cool and its pursuit still matter?
If Gen X had it sorted, gave us Barack Obama and downward facing dogs, why is stress the new flu? Why are we working not for love anymore - or cool - but to avoid negative equity and depleting pension pots? In Now We Are 40, Tiffanie interviews some of the most iconic Gen X'ers such as Pearl Lowe, Richard Reed and Blur's bassist Alex James to look at how Gen X live their life in between being young and old, and how it feels to want to burn down the establishment only to realise that now you are the establishment.
Essential reading for matriculants, first year university and college students – and their parents!
Your First Year Of Varsity talks directly to Grade 12 learners and first year university and college students who arrive at their place of higher education filled with hopes, expectations, fears and dreams; yet with little understanding of what this new world means and how to adapt, grow – and graduate.
The book addresses all the rules, demands, behaviours, skills and cultural shifts that will turn an undergraduate into a viable part of higher education life. Foster and Mofokeng have written the book in plain English and it is accessible to anyone who can read a magazine or newspaper. An empathetic, no-nonsense and practical guide to understanding the cultural and academic divide between high school and college or university.
For over two decades Two Oceans has been the pre-eminent book to which scientists, students, divers and beachcombers turn to identify and learn about marine life, from sponges to whales and seaweeds to dune forests.
In this exuberantly colourful, fully revised fourth edition, over 2,000 species are now covered, names and other details have been updated to reflect the latest taxonomy and many new photographs have been added.
The objective of this Building Industry Bible is to provide a comprehensive construction costing and specification tool to anyone involved in the Building and Construction Industries. For 23 years now the Buildaid Building And Pricing Guide has played a vital role as a standalone solution by providing an A-Z guide to the construction process, its resources and their related costs.
The Buildaid Building & Pricing Guide appeals to the broadest market of any publication in this industry: It forms a powerful educational tool to all involved in the Building Industry and is a solid guide for property owners, developers and owner builders in decision making regarding new projects. It provides a solid insight to industry standards and specifications and new products to professional involved in construction.
Even to the higher end of the market, where it aids large construction companies in quantifying & specifying for small works which are an integral part to any large project.
Roll out the red carpet for Guinness World Records 2017: Blockbusters! It's virtually exploding with the latest pop-culture records, stellar pictures, behind-the-scenes news and definitive top 10s.
Look right here to find the most-loved movie and TV stars, viral vloggers, chart-topping music, toys, books, attractions and much, much more. It's so on trend it deserves the "fist-bump" emoji. But don't just take our word for what's hot; in our exclusive Q&As, hear what it's like to be Rey's stunt double in Star Wars, who inspires Wimpy Kid writer Jeff Kinney, and a few survival tips from Deadly 60's Steve Backshall. You'll also meet the people lucky enough to build LEGO for a living - jealous much? And if all that isn't enough, try exclusive GWR challenges to see if you can set a blockbuster-inspired record in your very own home!
So whether you're a fan of Pixar, Spotify, WWE, Pokemon, selfies, eSports or anything else that rocks the entertainment world, this is for you!
Unless there is significant change, the world is heading for an explosion. The growing gap between rich and poor is dangerous and unsustainable. The plundering of resources is damaging our planet. Something has to be done.
In this book, Jay Naidoo harnesses his experience as a labour union organiser, government minister, social entrepreneur and global thought leader, and explores ways of solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Drawing from his experiences in South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Bangladesh and other countries, he presents a variety of options for ending poverty and global warming, with a focus on organising in our communities and building change from below and beyond borders.
Naidoo’s message is unequivocal: significant action must be taken immediately if we want future generations to live in a world that we take for granted today.
From the global authority in record-breaking comes the 11th edition of the world's best-selling videogames annual. Packed with the latest records, coolest stars and the biggest games, the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition is the go-to bible for every gaming fan. Just ask the five million readers who've made it an international sensation!
Inside you'll find amazing stats, thrilling facts, inspirational tales, lightning-quick speed-runs and dazzling photos. Read about the records behind your favourite games including Mario, Overwatch, FIFA, WWE and Rocket League, plus recap on a year of crazy Pokemon GO stories. Go behind the scenes of the world's longest-running eSports organizer. Spook yourself silly with real-life videogame mysteries. Check out the fastest videogame completions. And gaze in envy at the world's largest Zelda and Tomb Raider collections!
You'll also meet gaming heroes such as the world's oldest games YouTuber at 81, a man with a real-life cyborg arm that was inspired by Deus Ex, and the kingpin of eSports fighting games. But the videogame stars don't get much bigger than DanTDM, whose Minecraft channel has been watched nearly 10 billion times! So we're thrilled he's written a special intro just for the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition.
Speaking of heroes...grab your cape and turn to this year's special chapter featuring superhero games. It hard to believe it's been nearly 40 years since Superman first exploded onto our consoles! So, we're celebrating with your favourite costumed crime-battlers. From Spider-Man's web-crawling to Batman's gadgetry, they're just as powerful in pixels as they are in the movies.
So, whether you want to know who scored the fastest goal in FIFA or achieved the fastest speed-run of Final Fantasy XV, or just want to see the world's biggest Game Boy, this is the book for you!
Sky Guide 2017: Africa South is a practical resource for all astronomers, whether they be novice, amateur or professional. It covers the upcoming year’s planetary movements, predicted eclipses, meteor showers – any events and facets of the night sky that change annually. Star charts plot the evening sky for each season, facilitating the identification of stars and constellations. The guide contains a wealth of information about the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, meteors and bright stars, with photos, diagrams, charts and images. There’s also an excellent list of useful websites and a comprehensive glossary.
This annual publication is an invaluable guide for anyone who has even a passing interest in the night skies of southern Africa and is ‘… an absolute must for first-time star-gazers and professional astronomers alike’.
Look inside for the tear-out entry form and enter to win an iOptron’s Astroboy portable telescope. The built-in computer moves the telescope so that it stays on target as the Earth rotates. Just click and it finds stars, planets, and deep-sky objects for you.
In his celebrated oil painting 'The black Christ', artist Ronald Harrison chose Chief Albert Luthuli as a model for the face of the Christ. He modeled the two centurions on John Vorster and Hendrik Verwoerd, the arch-exponents of apartheid. For this bold act of worship and defiance and his subsequent refusal to divulge the whereabouts of the painting, Ronald Harrison was incarcerated, tortured and harassed. The Black Christ tells the story of these events and, beyond that, the story of man's inhumanity to man.
The painting, which was unveiled in 1962 at St Luke's Anglican Church in Salt River, Cape Town, with the permission of Archbishop Joost De Blank, caused a stir when featured in local newspapers. The Minister of the Interior instructed that it be taken down, and the young artist was ordered to appear before the Censor Board. In the ordinary course of events, the painting would have been destroyed. Instead – in what the author sees as divine intervention – it was not confiscated, but was successfully hidden and smuggled abroad, where it played a key role in raising funds for victims of apartheid, including the Rivonia treason trialists. The miraculous recovery of the painting and its return to South Africa after more than 30 years - it is now held at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town - are part of the dramatic story of 'The Black Christ'.
Harrison's painting is an example of the use of art for political resistance. The use of popular or controversial figures was common in Renaissance art, as Harrison was quick to understand and appreciate. His symbolic representation of Luthuli, Vorster and Verwoerd (with an Asiatic St John in the background and Mary Magdalene modeled on the artist's mother) reflected 'a young man's anger, an older man's belief in divine providence, a nation's painful history and still raises political and theological issues'.
The inspiration for this book was a Summer School on State, Governance and Development presented by distinguished academics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Written by young African scholars, the chapters here focus on state, governance and development in Africa as seen from the authors’ vantage points and positions in different sectors of society.
The book opens with three forewords by eminent African scholars including Ben Turok, Johan Burger and Mohamed Halfani. The chapters that follow examine rent-seeking, patronage, neopatrimonialism and bad governance. They engage with statehood, state-building and statecraft and challenge the mainstream opinions of donors, funders, development banks, international non-governmental organisations and development organisations. They include the role of China in Africa, Kenya’s changing demographics, state accountability in South Africa’s dominant party system, Somalia’s prospects for state-building, urban development and routine violence, and resource mobilisation.
At a time in which core institutions are being tested -- the market, the rule of law, democracy, civil society and representative democracy – this book offers a much-needed multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective, and a different narrative on what is unfolding, while also exposing dynamics that are often overlooked.
This comprehensive guide to vegetable gardening in South Africa, written especially for the home gardener, is based on vast practical experience and an intimate knowledge of local growing conditions.
Part 1 provides down-to-earth advice on location and layout of the vegetable gaarden;soils and nutrients; garden planning and crop rotation; tools and equipment; watering; cultivation and weed control; seed, sowing, transplanting, harvesting, and pests and their control; container growing, and the use of plastics in the vegetable garden. In part 2 the common as well as a number of unusual vegetables are fully discused. Invaluable information on cultivars, soil preparation, propagation, sowing, transplanting, harvesting, and pests and diseases are included. This is followed by short descriptions of the more widely used culinary herbs. Finally, the appendices give information on how to grow salad sprouts, and detailed and invaluable advice on exhibiting vegetables.
Whether your garden is a smallholding or a townhouse patio, The A - Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa is an essential handbook containing everything you need to know for the successfull production of your own top-quality vegetables throughout the year.
Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world's most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend.
To Westerners, the name "Timbuktu" long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for "discovery" tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city. But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding.
Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable.
PASA's Guide to Publishing 2016 provides the latest overview of all sectors of the South African publishing industry. This, together with a comprehensive list of training providers and industry-related bodies, including government department contacts, and a list of book fairs and festivals will enable publishing staff to make informed decisions about publishing, marketing and training. Academics and authors will find the sections on intellectual property and copyright and 'how to get published' particularly useful. The comprehensive PASA membership directory and index of publishers, their imprints and agencies will be invaluable to booksellers, librarians and academics.
67 of South Africa's finest cooks, chefs, gardeners, bakers, farmers, foragers and local food heroes let us into their homes - and their hearts - as they share the recipes they make for the people they love.
Each recipe is accompanied by stunning original photography that captures the essence of our beautiful country.
Featuring over 130 recipes, from tried and true classics to contemporary fare, The Great South African Cookbook showcases the diversity and creativity of South Africa's vibrant, unique food culture.
In this beautifully illustrated handbook, food expert Mark Price shines the spotlight on 40 of the most popular foods - from everyday items like tea, coffee and cheese, to luxury products like caviar and chocolate. A timely and topical guide for foodies and everyday shoppers, this book dispels unhelpful food myths and provides fact-based, unbiased accounts of where food comes from, the morals behind different production methods, and why prices and taste vary.
This book will equip readers and shoppers with the tools they need to be able to make informed decisions about what to buy and how much to spend. Standing apart from subjective discussions about taste, and debates around health and nutrition, this book clearly and concisely explains why the cheapest to the most expensive foods cost what they do.
Peppered throughout with first-hand experience and anecdotes, Mark Price goes back to the origins of these items, their historical significance and perceived value in today's society, and advice on the products you should 'try before you die'!
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