Bridget McNulty

Is there (any) joy in power cuts?

From a business and economic point of view, no. But what about personally? Is there any way we can find pleasure in no electricity? Here are a few (only slightly ironic) of my favourite things about power cuts: Candlelight! What a romantic way to eat a dinner of bread and cheese. Everyone looks better in…

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Feel-good songs for Friday

These are a few of my favourite, can’t-resist-dancing songs. (It’s Friday! Lighten up!) I Feel it All by Leslie Feist. A new acquisition (just got it this week), but totally irresistible. Great beat, fantastic lyrics, and it’ll get stuck in your head and never, ever, ever leave. Best line? “I know more than I’m known…

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In honour of Heath, my favourite leading ladies

Before I launch into my list of favourite movie stars, perhaps a moment of reflection on the fact that maybe being a movie star is lonelier than being a normal person. Maybe there’s less space to fail, less space to look weak, more tendency to bottle things up until there seems to be no possible…

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I’m a little heartbroken about Heath Ledger’s death …

… I was mildly to moderately infatuated with him. So, in honour of my number-one teenage-boy crush, here are a few of my favourite movie stars (only men today, I’m afraid, but all you manly men out there — feel free to add in the female quotient): Jake Gyllenhaal. Yip, Heath’s lover from Brokeback Mountain….

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Do you know what a nectacot is?

It’s a cross between an apricot and a nectarine. And it’s delicious. The texture of a nectarine, the size of an apricot, and the flavour of both at the same time. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of doctoring nature, but I can almost convince myself that the nectacot was the result of an illicit…

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Durban might be half-asleep, but …

… I love coming home, because: You can swim in the sea! It’s wild, and a little dirty, and you get tossed around a lot and end up with sand in your cozzie, but you can swim for ages and not freeze. Durban seems to stay the same. I was driving home from the beach…

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A few of my favourite realisations

It’s not so much good luck or bad luck; it’s more the way you choose to see things. Any situation has both good and bad elements, and an opportunity for growth. Nobody can force you to feel anything — it’s your own decision whether to be swayed by their attempts. Who cares if people think…

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In a world that looks a little different

I interrupt my daily list of favourite things for an unfortunate announcement: someone stole my scooter. I got a phone call at 4.15am this morning from a constable asking if I own a black Vuka. He then told me they had found it lying on the road after someone stole it from outside my house!…

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Cape Town might be pretentious, but …

… I love living here because: The clouds move. It’s kind of crazy — you can look up at a mountain (OK, the mountain) and watch clouds rushing over it and concealing it. One second it’s sunshine and blue skies; the next it’s totally cloudy and cool. It keeps you on your toes. The sun…

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Egte Suid-Afrikaanses

I love it when I hear people saying things like this, totally unselfconsciously: “Ja, well, no man …” “I’ll be there now-now. I spoke to him just now and he said they haven’t been ready until now.” “Ma bru, it was so kiff, you wouldn’t frieking believe it.” “No man, he’s talking kak.” “I’ll check…

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