The simple power of a scent, the thundering force of a Mustang, and the strength in coming together - Here's this weekend's Saturday Edition.
Searching for a 'scent' of normality
By Afika Jadezweni
As people have slowly adjusted to a new way of life indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic, they've found digital ways to incorporate the old into the new. Technology, however, has not developed to a point where we can capture smells remotely behind our black mirrors.
A loved one's scent, baked goods and coffee from your favourite eatery, and the waft of cinema popcorn at the mall are all olfactive memories for now.
Galloping in Ford's Mustang V8 through the ghostly town of Montagu
By Charlen Raymond, Janine van der Post
'Saddling' up the V8 Mustang, my driving partner and I quickly settled in and made our way out of the parking bay and join the N2. From there, merge onto the R300, and then the N1 towards Paarl. The contingency of Mustangs kept a steady pace, with very few pushing the V8 engine's envelope.
As expected, driving through the Huguenot Tunnel saw it erupt as hundreds of horses (horsepower) rumble and snort, with sounds bouncing off the tunnel walls. Out on the other end, we make our way towards Worcester, and then a round-trip to Montagu via the vast, empty back roads.
Bryan Habana teams up with Princess Charlene of Monaco
By Bashiera Parker
Bryan Habana has collaborated and met up with Princess Charlene many times before – the two do share a love for sport, after all, and the belief that it holds a certain power. During our interview, Bryan recalls Nelson Mandela at the Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000 saying: "Sport has the power to change the world."
Byan tells me how he'd spent time with the princess over the years "sitting in the stadium with her watching a rugby game" and participating in the "incredible" work she's doing. "It's been a massive, humbling privilege to share some exchanges with her over the past couple of years," he says.
Wuhan, China's punk capital, grows silent amid the pandemic
Wuhan is arguably China's punk capital, its historically feisty reputation reflected in the writhing mosh pits and live venues of a vibrant music scene. Or at least it was before coronavirus, which has tattooed a new outcast image on the city of 11 million and at the same time pulled the plug on the high-decibel subculture. (Read more here)
Ali Ismael: Egypt's musical maestro
Egypt's cinema was prolific from the 1940s to the 1960s, a time when the stars of the silver screen captivated a generation of movie-goers. But the films' soundtracks were just as much a part of the appeal of these Arab cinema classics, and the man behind the vibrant rhythms of more than 350 movies was the legendary composer, Ali Ismael. (Read more here)
Compiled by Herman Eloff. (Cover image: Pierre-Joseph Redoute/Fine Art Photographic/Getty Images)