Saturday, February 1 2020

The Eclectic Weekend

12 GREAT READS FROM THIS WEEK'S TIMES SELECT CURATED FOR YOU

Ideas FREE

Yes, we want Cyril to get a spine, but we don’t want him to turn into Putin

When we call on Ramaphosa to act decisively and show a ‘strong fist’, we should be careful what we ask for

4 min read
World FREE

That’s Brexit done, right? Well, no – now for the tough part

There’s barely time for a breather as London and Brussels must now thrash out their future relationship

By John Chalmers
3 min read
Ideas FREE

It’s a bit late to ask for tips, Tito, but try these radical ideas anyway

If you really are moved to heed the minister’s plea for ‘scientific ideas’, feel free to submit the following

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
News FREE

Why all those butterflies are so cool right now

There’s a reason why all the insects delighting SA can fly so far – and their trick could be very useful to us too

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read
News FREE

Smokers and drinkers may cough up more to fund NHI

Given the burden of chronic diseases, taxes on alcohol, cigarettes and sugary drinks should go up, says a report

3 min read
News FREE

Claw and order: farm in fight over seized meerkats and biting monkeys

It all began with a row over two kittens, then things got uglier when their rescuers were set upon by primates

Alex Patrick
Journalist
5 min read
Ideas FREE

Writers energised in error make pedants unhappy bunnies

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
3 min read
Ideas FREE

In the tightening grip of an autocrat, Benin must reform or implode

Terror looms if it doesn’t deal with graft, the economy and a crackdown on the opposition, media and civil society

6 min read

Just for the record: Lots of good, a little bad and hardly any ugly

A fortnightly review of music on vinyl

By Andrew Donaldson
7 min read
Ideas FREE

If they promise a rose-scented vagina, I smell bulls**t

Gwyneth Paltrow’s products are just one example of how easily we are duped by false marketing

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Is running a mile in Nike’s Vaporfly takkies cheating?

They can improve running performance by up to 6%

By Kate Kelland
2 min read

Vendor art: Street food steps up as the Cape’s hippest trend

Three top Cape Town chefs move away from fine dining to embrace a refined style of global street food

By Steve Steinfeld
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE

Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

1 min read

Today’s quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

1 min read