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David Shapshak

Reinventing the ‘old-fashioned stuff’

An extraordinary chef has opened his own deli, named simply Delicatessen, and doesn't have to tackle a myriad of logistical obstacles to produce his superior brand of food, writes David Shapshak.

Eating in Deluxe

Besides the so-South African decor and the brilliance of her food's flavour, what's so satisfying about the dining experience are the visual tributes to bygone eras, writes David Shapshak.

We put the educational web to the test

The Internet is unlikely to replace traditional classroom-based education for sometime yet but it is an extensive and valuable resource. This was the conclusion...

A profoundly positive approach

The Chinese government sees him as a separatist, says the Dalai Lama, during his week-long visit to Johannesburg. "That is anti-people, anti-government, anti-Communist Party. So, therefore, I am a criminal." And then he laughs. It is a laugh filled with irony and lightness. Calling him a "political exile engaging in activities to split China" is not unlike saying the same thing about Nelson Mandela pre-1990. He speaks to the <i>M&G</i> about peace, freedom and the global good.

Apple’s music store a big hit

The success of Apple's iTunes Music Store, where music fans pay to listen to their favourite tunes, has cheered Big Music, the five major labels that backed it in a trial run in the United States by making 200 000 songs available.

Photo evangelism

The digital age has had many advantages, not least of which is the increased communication made possible by e-mails and the Internet. However, one of the greatest strides has been making digital images an integral part of our lives.

On the big screen

Colour screens will be the big differentiator in the new generation of cellphones. For now they are a pleasant feature, but in the future they will enable you to use their high-resolution screens for videoconferencing. This facility is a few years away, while the cellular networks implement the necessary data speed upgrades.

Knowledge is the key

The late African National Congress stalwart, Oliver Tambo, once said: ''The nation that does not look after its youth has no future.'' At the funeral of the late Peter Mokaba, ANC Youth League president Malusi Gigaba called for the youth of this country to boycott the Mail & Guardian for allegedly having written unfavourably about Mokaba (''Two faces of Mokaba'', June 14). Unfortunately, Gigaba did not say whether the story was true or false.

The marketing of Madiba

Nelson Mandela is worth a fortune. The world's most beloved statesman and most famous ex-con is an obvious target for merchandising.

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