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Saturday Edition, 11 July 2020. (Getty Images)
Saturday Edition, 11 July 2020. (Getty Images)

The curious case of Ferrari’s missing pace

By Braam Peens

What a difference a year makes. In June 2019, following Formula One's August break, Ferrari was mysteriously able to monopolise pole position for six consecutive rounds between Spa and Mexico. Leclerc's gladiatorial defeat of Lewis Hamilton at Monza in front of the rapturous tifosi a week later was all about winning Italy's hearts on his meteoric ascent to the status of Ferrari's new chosen one. 

But come this year's Austrian round, Leclerc struggled to a lowly seventh with a qualifying time of 1:04.041 – more than a second off last year's time. What happened?

Read the full story here. 

Sandra Oh talks Killing Eve 

By Leandra Engelbrecht

Sandra Oh returns as British intelligence investigator Eve Polastri in Season Two of Killing Eve. The highly anticipated second season is currently airing in South Africa on Fox (DStv 125 and StarSat 131).

The spy thriller centres on two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act: Eve, an MI6 operative, and Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the beautiful, psychopathic assassin that she has been tasked with finding. Sandra - who is also the co-executive producer - tells us what to expect from Eve's journey in the new season and gives insight into the developing relationship between Eve and Villanelle.

Read the full story here. 

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood: 'Normalising women as warriors is important and necessary'

By Afika Jadezweni

The telephone conversation with The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood inevitably fast-forwards to the part where we discuss portrayals of women in film. Considering that this movie heralds the badass woman narrative, I ask Gina if our progression from "pretty woman" to "badass boss" is not still prescriptive to how women should be.

A rose by another name, perhaps - where we now also not only appreciate its thorns, but we suggest that its beauty should be defined by those thorns first. Gina's badass approach is of a different prescription. 

"I think girls are raised in a way that is not conducive to believing in our power and strength, so saying 'courageous or badass' doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be a fighter physically, but a fighter emotionally too - fighting for what you want, fighting to have a voice, to be heard," she says as she explains that being a badass doesn't mean the rejection of softness - it's actually an integral part of it.

"That for me is courageous and badass."

Read the full story here. 

Created by Nairobi-based art collective The Nest i
Created by Nairobi-based art collective The Nest in 2016, Tuko Macho follows an underground squad that kidnaps criminals and prosecutes them on live stream, with the public playing jury via online voting. (Photo: Supplied/ The Nest Collective)


Arts24 | Children of Dystopia: Violence and Justice in Kenya’s Tuko Macho

"It’s not me who will kill you. It’s the people. The people will kill you", says Biko the vigilante commander to Charlo, his prisoner, in the first episode of Kenyan web series Tuko Macho. (Read more here)

Parent24 | The little gnome who had to stay at home

Little gnome was confused. Why did he have to stay home? (Read more here)

Food24 | The science behind why chocolate and beer make such a good combo

Dubbels are sweet, lambics are sour, pilsners are bitter, the gose is salty and brown ales are packed with rich, nutty umami. (Read more here)

Compiled by Herman Eloff

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