Today, an astounding 50% of the world’s population can no longer see the stars because of pollution. But in many remote areas of Africa, you will be amazed by the thousands of points of light that fill the sky without interference from city lights or smog. As stars have influenced the daily activities of some African tribes for generations, astronomy is a major part of a safari. Many lodges and camps offer telescopes and some even have in-house astronomers should you wish to learn more about starry nights. Others offer the option of sleeping outdoors under the stars in sleeping bags or on raised platforms. Here are our top picks of the best places to star gaze in Africa.
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After giving up all hope of ever finding Mr Right, this woman decided in a last-ditch effort to marry her furry little pet.
Wilhelmina Callaghan tied the knot with her Yorkshire terrier, Henry – who’s blessed with a lively personality, big, dark brown eyes and luscious brown locks – eight years ago.
The 43-year-old adopted the love of her life back in 2009 from a close friend whose dog had a litter, and she was inspired to become his blushing bride after learning that people could marry their beloved pets online.
The two were pronounced dog and wife via a website, with close friend Rebecca Carter more than willing to act as the witness.
Wilhelmina, who’s from Northern Ireland, calls 11-year-old Henry “king” and praises him for his faithfulness and support throughout the good and bad days.
“Things have fallen apart somewhat since we married in 2009,” Wilhelmina told The mirror. “I lost my job in a morgue, so was forced to become a freelance embalmer. There isn’t much money in that, and then my house flooded.”
The happily married couple enjoy cosy cuddles on the couch while watching their favourite TV shows.
Although the wedding isn’t legal in the United Kingdom, Wilhelmina believes their union is purely spiritual and takes it as seriously as a legal marriage.
The redhead, who’s since adopted nine more dogs, started a facebook page dedicated to all her fluffy little canines under the alias Celia Ham.
When there’s tension brewing between pooches in the household Henry promptly comes to the rescue and plays the role of the peacemaker.
“If a new dog enters the fold Henry is the first to go over and say hello. There’s no ego, he’s just so friendly,” the proud wife says.
The happily married couple even have their own special song, which Henry absolute loves when his human wife sings it to him.
“When I sing it he runs over. It’s called Harry’s Song [Harry is a nickname for Henry] and it includes the lyrics, ‘Harry is my love. Harry is the one’,” she says.
Wilhelmina insists dogs are way better than men and say most marriages between people end up being catastrophic.
“Unlike other marriages which fall apart, I know I’m with Henry for life. People might think I’m barking mad but he’s perfect for me,” Wilhelmina says.
But how did these traditions originate? And how many of these age-old customs are still being practised today?
It’s hard to say because weddings are constantly evolving and changing. With the introduction of new trends, old traditions are quickly being replaced with modern customs. And while we’re fans of the more modern approach, we certainly appreciate the story and history behind some of the more ancient wedding traditions.
Here are four customs whose origins may surprise you.
Wedding dresses weren’t always white
it was Queen Victoria who started the white wedding dress trend.
While many associate the white wedding dress and veil with purity, the colour white only became popular after Queen Victoria married Prince Albert back in 1840 (which makes this trend, oh, only about 176 years old).
Apparently she simply chose a white dress because she fancied it. Of course, this went down a treat, as today white is the most popular wedding gown hue in Western cultures.
Before that, people were known to either wear their Sunday best, or blue. Blue was worn specifically among early Christians as the colour was closely associated with the Virgin Mary and represented wholesomeness.
Instead of being eaten, cakes were thrown at brides
Sure, some couples love to playfully shove wedding cake into each other’s mouths, maybe smearing it across a cheek or a chip, but this tradition goes way back. Instead of being eaten, the first wedding cakes were thrown at brides (yes, at their faces!) . The tradition itself stems from ancient Rome, where loaves of bread were broken over a bride’s head as wheat represented fertility.
In the past 3 months we have received over 1,000 emails from our followers about the eyelash growth product we wrote about. All of our penny pinching followers keep asking when the promotion is coming back. Well my frugal sisters, the exclusive promo is officially BACK!
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1. Wash daily. It may be the most obvious, but some folk think that they can go a day without a shower and not smell funky. The combination of sweat, bacteria, sebum and dust that accumulates on our skin can cause a bit of a smell, so a simple shower takes care of it and gives skin an opportunity to breathe. Use warm water, and soap; and rinse thoroughly.
2. Change clothes. You may bath all you want, but if you don’t change your clothes, you may not be able to rid yourself of body odour. Here’s the thing; the shirt you wore yesterday still has sweat residue and active bacteria on it which will give off an off odour until you wash it. Even if you use perfume on your clothes, a bad odour can still emanate through.
3. Wear loose fitting cotton clothes. The hot weather means you can show more skin, which also helps skin breathe. Wearing cotton underwear and going commando at night will help your nether regions breathe a bit, which can prevent things like thrush.
Loose fitting clothes will prevent you from over sweating, which in turn reduces chances of developing an odour.
4. Use deodorant. This product should be your friend, especially during warmer seasons. There are plenty of options on the market, from your germ defending to ones for sensitive skin, and ones with organic ingredients. Try a few until you find something that suits you and your skin. Another trick is to use some roll-on deodorant after a shower at night as well as in the morning. Keep a deodorant spray in your handbag to use whenever you need to freshen up.
5. Get treated for excessive sweating. Excessive sweating or hyperhydrosis can be hard to deal with, but there are medical and cosmetic ways to treat it. Speak to your GP or dermatologist about suitable treatments. There are prescription antiperspirants you may want to try, Botox injected directly under the arms, prescription drugs or surgery depending on the severity of the problem.
Pictures are an illusion
In reality, nobody knows the ins and outs of a relationship except the two people who are in it. There’s a lot behind the laughs and smiles you see in pictures. Like everyone, couples choose what they want to share and what they don’t want to. We don’t get to see the fights, tears at nights, insecurities and other not so rosy behind-the-scenes moments.
Society has created an image of what ‘the perfect relationship’ should be like and this puts unnecessary pressure on many of us. Not only do these goals pressure you to break the bank in order to be seen at the same places as your favourite couple, they also make you forget to live in the moment because you’re chasing the perfect Instagram picture.
Living through others
Goals are great to have; be it in your career, relationship or life in general. However, this becomes a problem when you strive to imitate someone else’s life exactly as it is. This limits you in building a unique partnership where you have the opportunity to become your own ‘goals.’
Are they yours or social media standards?
By having relationship goals you are in many ways giving Twitter and Instagram liberty to decide on your behalf what the ideal partner is for you. The truth is, if you expect your relationship to be in line with social media standards you won’t be happy.
What exactly are goals?
This again depends on what you consider as your goals. We all want different things in a relationship. While others are in it for the expensive holidays and gifts, others want a support structure, stability, security and most importantly, love. So, it’s always a good idea to know what exactly it is that you want from a relationship. That way your goals will be in line with the kind of couples you look up to.
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay
The author whose memoir Hunger chronicles her own painful experiences with sexual assault, is joined by contributors such as Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union to address issues of violence against women, gaslighting, being shamed and victim-blamed and exploring the prevalent rape pandemic within the refugee crisis.
In a world where the Weinsteins of the world have gotten away with sexual harassment for too long, Not That Bad is a book that should be on everyone’s must-read lists.
The book is available from the 1st May from HarperCollins publishers.
You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar
In You have the Right to Remain Fat, Virgie tackles fatphobia and talks about unlearning everything that taught her to hate her body.
A must-read for all the awesome fat girls but also for those people in your life who really needs to hear some hard truths about their problematic and shame-y behaviour.
Published on the 14th August 2018 by The Feminist Press
It’s Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation by Anna Dahlqvist, Alice Olsson
The subject of periods has been one that’s been that’s always been somewhat of a forbidden topic. We’ve certainly made strides over the last few years when it comes to frank discussions about menstruation but many people still view it as a dirty bodily function and topic best not talked about at all.
Anna Dahlqvist’s It’s Only Blood takes a look at how and women around the world are dismantling the taboos and shame around menstruation and delves into why this is such a key factor in the fight for women’s rights.
Definitely an important book to read.
Published on the 15th May by Zed Books
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride
Sarah McBride, the current National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, has a story to share that’s universal and relatable to anyone who has ever struggled with their gender identity and finding the freedom to express themselves for who they are, and not who the world wants them to be.
In her memoir, she chronicles her journey of coming out and tackles topics like access to healthcare, bathroom access and what it means to be openly transgender in a world that constantly targets and harasses the transgender community.
Published on March 6th 2018 by Crown Archetype
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele
I was having an interesting discussion with a friend who told me that one of her neighbours has always thought that Nelson Mandela was a terrorist.
It immediately got us thinking about how many people find it easier to defend a systematic structure of racism than it is to consider the humanity of those who are fighting against a wholly oppressive system.
I mean better the oppressive system then the freedom fighter, eh?
In her memoir, Patrisse Kahn-Cullors, one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement asks the readers to remember why the marginalised protest, to acknowledge the vulnerability and threat on their lives and to listen and understand that the fight is one for survival and a place beside everyone else, not one that’s rooted in the very rules of the foundation that stripped them of their freedoms in the first place.
The second word on the cross is Salvation – Luke 23
The workshops are also meant to instil a hunger for knowledge and education in young enthusiastic learners who have chosen acting as a career path.
The workshops are meant to be a bridging course for those who have trained at tertiary and are now about to enter the industry. The course involves work that is equivalent or sometimes post grad.
The course is free of charge
The course runs for the whole year. Meeting every Thursday at the Joburg Theater from 9am to 4pm.
Those who have studied theatre/drama/performing arts are encouraged to choose a monologue for the audition. The monologue should be a from a published, reputable playwright.
Definitely no one under 20years and no High School students (they should be in school)
Duma Ndlovu, having been in this industry for more than 35 years, has garnered enough information and knowledge to be able to equip those who are coming into the industry and prepare them for their individual journey(s). The workshops grow and blossom self-confident thespians who have skills to allow them to succeed in their chosen career path.
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