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Barbara Ludman

Barbara Ludman

    For 7de Laan, it's baby or career
    For 7de Laan, it's baby or career
    As soaps go, 7de Laan is pretty gentle. Night after night, the ­programme deals with murder, betrayal, corruption, lies, disasters,...
    Baking new life into the original Oreo
    Baking new life into the original Oreo
    Confession: I didn’t grow up on Oreo cookies. Oatmeal and raisin cookies, yes. Key lime pie, definitely, and chocolate chip cookies. But...
    A tale of two bagels
    A tale of two bagels
    Bagels — invented in Poland, perfected in New York — symbolise life, presumably because of their shape. The ingredients are simple...
    An opera of duelling divas
    An opera of duelling divas
    The stage is dominated by the two queens, sung by South African soprano Elza van den Heever and American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. They so own...
    All souped up
    All souped up
    It’s cold and rainy and you don’t feel like venturing out in search of sustenance. Or it’s late, the shops have shut, and...
    Understudy wows audience in Les Troyens
    Understudy wows audience in Les Troyens
    It’s the stuff of legend: the star of the show is ill, an understudy is thrust into the role at the last minute – and a star is born....
    Verdi's HD spectacle
    Verdi's HD spectacle
    Aida – Live in HD
    Adults only: A taste sensation strictly for grown-ups
    Adults only: A taste sensation strictly for grown-ups
    The roasted pistachio ice cream tastes like pistachio nuts, not like sugar with a hint of the nut. The black sesame ice cream is smooth, not too...
    The Tempest: A very 21st century opera
    The Tempest: A very 21st century opera
    The Metropolitan Opera seems unable to leave The Tempest alone. Last year, it was The Enchanted Island, a pastiche with music by...
    Laws may allow abortion, but it's much harder to change attitudes
    Laws may allow abortion, but it's much harder to change attitudes
    The notices are plastered on lampposts and rubbish bins in city centres and near tertiary institutions. Among offers of penis-enlarging cream,...
    Chill to opera and theatre
    Chill to opera and theatre
    For those of us looking to escape the vagaries of summer weather with some high-end culture in an air-conditioned movie house, Ster-Kinekor has...
    Movie teaches teens how to budget
    Movie teaches teens how to budget
    A pair of township youths have had a terrific time with money they borrowed from a local loan shark.  They have no way to pay it back, but they...