Saturday, May 9 2020

The Eclectic Weekend

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

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SA is in deep trouble, so the state’s nonsense must stop

South Africans in their millions are facing disaster. Here’s how government can keep them on its side

4 min read
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Our hearts were captured until the masks came off

SA’s resolve to buy into lockdown vanished in a puff of cigarette smoke

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read
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‘I’m not used to this much’: what R740 means to SA’s poorest

Relief that is all too temporary arrives as long queues form in the wake of Sassa’s grant-payment glitches

By Nonkululeko Njilo and Shonisani Tshikalange
3 min read
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Sums of our fears: why sending kids back to school is a terrible idea

It’s clear that government officials don’t care about teachers’ mental health or pupils’ emotional health

5 min read
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No fittings? No returns? These are your lockdown clothes-buying rights

While some clothing shops are bowing to consumers’ demands, it’s best to know exactly where you stand

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read
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Fredie’s turning 116 and all he wants is his cigs

He’s possibly the world’s oldest man, but his birthday on Friday will be a glum affair without his beloved tobacco

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
2 min read
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He preached lockdown while having secret sex trysts with his married lover

UK’s top pandemic adviser – and hypocrite – forced to quit after being caught with his pants down, literally

By Anna Mikhailova, Christopher Hope, Michael Gillard and Louisa Wells
3 min read
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If you know jack s**t about Jack, allow us to enlighten you

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
2 min read
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What causes mystery Covid-19 blood clots?

Doctors baffled, with questions about doses of blood-thinning agents putting lives in even more danger

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read
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Fat vs frail: is age a greater virus risk than weight? Here are the facts

As debate rages over whether over-70s should stay in, we ask if weight may be the more significant factor

By Victoria Lambert
7 min read

Even when you’re a top chef, sometimes only mac n cheese will do

We chat about cuisine and an industry under lockdown with Graham Neilson, executive chef at 9th Avenue Waterside

By Candice Botha
3 min read
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A hard man was good to find: meet the monster who created Rock Hudson

How Henry Willson turned farm boys into film stars and inspired a sleazy drama set in post-war Hollywood

By Tim Robey
6 min read

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