Friday, February 27, 2015

An evening with Dov Fedler...

Internationally recognized Dov Fedler holding BOOK NUMBER 1!
Hot off the presses.
30 years in the making, so a BIG moment.
A note to potential readers...
This is NOT a book of cartoons, but a book about a cartoonist.
(There is only one cartoon in the book)

Sunset from the balcony of the hotel where we enjoyed
"An Evening with Dov Fedler"...

I am certain that Dov will need to rest his hand tomorrow...
Not only did he sign each book,
but his "poster boy" was included.

Well know South African folk duo,
Des and Dawn, who feature in the book.

The editor of the Saturday Star, Cecelia Russel
was tasked with opening the evenings proceedings.
(Editor of the Star, Kevin Ritchie was out of town
and therefore not able to attend)

My father-in-law takes centre stage.
"Hello...and welcome to an evening with Dov Fedler"...

I believe that Dov taught Richard Nixon to do this...
Or perhaps it was the other way around?

Carolyn, my wife (and Dov's eldest daughter) listens to her dad.
I started following Dov's career in 1979 and I have always wanted one of his originals.
Not only is our home full of his art wort and cartoons,
but his daughter and I have been together for 11 years.

There were a few "serious" moments...
but not many.

THIS is the face that we all know and love...

Dov's sister Rae and her son Ian.
Dov's brother lives in the USA and was unable to attend.

My mom-in-law, Dorrine.
And who, despite her protestations, IS photogenic.

LISTEN...
I want to tell you a story.

Debbie, Dov's long standing business partner.

This was the general response of the audience...
Dov has a rather wicked sense of humour and it comes across in the book
as well as in his presentation.

Dov, together with Tracey McDonald (his publisher)
and long time friend and mentor David Williams.
A wonderful evening enjoyed by all who attended.

Listen to some of Dov's interviews...

Dov with Sue Grant-Marshall  on  Radio Today


Have a look at the video that was shot at his house.


Listen to the interview with Gareth Cliff.

This barber's chair is almost a character in the book.
It currently has pride of place in our house.
The book is available at most leading bookstores
or...
You can purchase online:


                                              
Read the guest posting that he wrote: 

         

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Travel & Things, the guest list. 28/02/2015


Listen to a previous broadcast here:

Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00

This is the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that  will air between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 28/02/2015
This unsolicited comment came from an International travel writer:
"Your show is really engaging because it is real people talking knowledgeably about places and happenings that matter, with humour and warmth and with no hype".



1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi

10h00-10h15:
Beryl Porter chats to me about some of the best kept Johannesburg secrets.

The Michael Olivier minute 
Food lover and wine guru, Michael will continue to chat about what is new and "hot".
10h15-10h30:
Caroline Hurry...
Tells me tales of small town surprises.

represented by
10h30-10h45:
Dionne Pottiphar joins me for a final chat
on cruising.

10h45-11h00:
Simon McDonnell from Clik,
chats to me about photographic "toys"...


         

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sandton in the early morning light.

Early morning "selfie" 
I am told that glare I more often than not, 
hence me putting myself into the shadows. 

Is this the richest skyline in South Africa?
Being involved in television has an upside...
On this occasion, the benefit of getting up at 04h00 is watching 
the sunrise over this part of Johannesburg.

While doing preparation for the tv shoot, 
I was able to capture the sunrise over this segment of Johannesburg

Way off in the distance is a private power station in Modderfontein,
belching smoke into the air that we breathe. 

I noticed that there is an indoor lap-pool in the building in the foreground.

Looking north towards the Magaliesberg mountains.
Traffic was already starting to pick up

Only in South Africa can a company name a building 
"The World Trade Centre" and expect people not to feel concerned...

Sandton City on the left of this picture.
The ledge on the right is part of a balcony on the 19th floor

Watching the changing light creep across the horizon 

In Africa it seems that the sun takes a while to crest the horizon.
Once it has, it then seems to decide to get into the sky as quickly as possible

The three stacks of the aforementioned power station

To quote Cat Stevens...
"Morning has broken"...

Even though building stand cheek-by-jowl,
there is STILL a lot of green left.

From my vantage point,
it was easy to see how much building was in progress.
Although at this early hour, there were no workers on site

More building work to the east.
From the balcony on the 20th floor, 
I could see building going on in almost every direction.
It is not often that I get to see Sandton and the surrounds from this height.

And in other news...
The door to the toilets on the 20th Floor just has "The Loo" on it
Inside you have a choice...
There are more toilets for women than men.
Happy days...the shape of things to come?
And speaking of shapes, what are these silhouettes representing,
aside for the obvious male/female


I ended off a long but fruitful day watching the sunset
from a hotel balcony in Hyde Park

Become a tourist in your own city.

         

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