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This month we put up a new web page for a shopping centre, Atholl Square on Katherine Street, entrance in Wierda Road East. It is a neighbourhood shopping centre in Sandown, just south-east of the Sandton CBD.
This centre serves Strathavon, Sandown, Wierda Valley, Simba, and the southern Sandton CBD. If it has a theme, that theme is "food". There are a number of sit-down restaurants, two supermarkets (Woolworths and Spar), several boutiques, hair and nail salons. There is one medical practice (doctor and dentist), an optician, florist, copy shop and interior design. The centre has three levels: Basement (covered parking, Spar, florist, and ATMs), Ground (open parking, most shops and restaurants), and an upper floor (offices and medical practice).
The Ground Floor clusters around a central atrium. The lift and stairs are at the front, and escalators deeper in. This atrium contains the restaurants.
There is plenty of free open-air parking with a little shade, with covered parking in the basement (around to the left as you enter). There are car guards and security staff.
Visit our new page for Atholl Square here.
Understanding South Africa, for Foreigners
Many South African companies belong to a a holding company, the Blerry Corporation.
Thus, you will hear people talk about "Blerry Telkom", "Blerry
Eskom", "Blerry SANRAL", "Blerry SARS", "Blerry JRA", "Blerry MTN", and so on.
New on the Block Back to top
Three statisticians go hunting. They spot a buck and the first one fires, missing 1
metre to the left. The second one takes aim and fires, missing 1 metre to the right. The third statistician shouts, “We got it!”.
Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top
* 310 Sustainable Eatery, upstairs in Cambridge Crossing, Stonehaven Road off Witkoppen Road, Paulshof
The replacement for Adega has stripped down the venue into great views and minimalist decor. The staff are wonderfully friendly, which they need to be given that many things on the menu are not available. In the drinks line, we ended up with Appletiser and Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc. I ordered a Parfait off the starter menu and my partner ordered the Beef Guinness Pie. The latter would take 40 minutes to prepare, so we had a wait ahead of us.
There were no suggestions of salads or anything else to cover the wait - a selling opportunity completely missed. Nor did they suggest serving my meal early. After the promised forty minutes, the pie was served, with its (rather starchy) hot veggies and really crispy chips as requested. My Parfait had to be asked for before I was served. Big failure here which I was perturbed by - and then the problems started. The Parfait was horribly salty and the chutney that accompanied it was unbearably sweet. I sent it back and could not face ordering anything else. I elected to have some of my partner's pie.
We both agreed that the pie was dry - did they cook the Guinness out of it? It certainly seems so. I also found it very salty.
I think the "sustainability" here is encased in salt. Wonderful people out front let down by their people behind the scenes.
Off the Twig! Back to top
Julius's last public meeting didn't go well: Hardly anyone attended. It was, he said, a complete damp squid.
Green Tip by Samantha Derham: Sustainable Living I Back to top
It will lead to personal internal conflict if one tries to practice sustainability without first making sure they themselves are living a sustainable life. One needs to meet their own needs before they can meet the needs of others and the environment. Note needs, not wants. So many people are not at their optimum health, even if they are eating healthily and exercising regularly, and I realised it is because society as a whole has forgotten four other important aspects of being healthy that should come before your healthy diet and regular exercise. Although I have put the points below in order of importance according to my fairly educated opinion, it is important to stress that a balance of all 6 is in fact required for optimal health.
1. Get Enough Sleep
If you feel the only way for you to function in the morning is to have a sufficient dose of caffeine, then you are not getting enough sleep. The process of sleep is cyclical between deep sleep and lighter sleep (usually when dreaming happens), where the release of different vital hormones is associated with each cycle. If you do not get a full night’s sleep, you miss the dose of hormone release that would have occurred in the cycles you missed. Our understanding of the benefits of sleep is not complete, but it has been well documented that people who get ‘enough’ sleep have improved motor and cognitive function, more energy, a stronger immune system and a natural desire to eat healthier and smaller meals. The more tired you are, the more you ‘crave’ foods high in fat, sugar and salt.
Point 2 in a following issue... Read more by Samantha Derham at www.sustainabilitystuff.co.za.
Public Interest: Back to top
Are you happy with the state of our roads, education, services, Nkandla, Guptagate, corruption, and eTolls? Really? On 7 May you have the opportunity to get rid of the party that brought them to you. There are plenty of other parties to vote for. One has an enviable track record of governing the Western Cape, Cape Town, and numerous other municipalities including the most prosperous one in Gauteng (Midvaal). Your vote will count! Not voting means that other people will make the choice for you. What right will you then have to complain?
At the Checkout: Back to top
The woman behind us in the queue was trying to get her little daughter to stop sucking her thumb: "Sweetie, if you keep sucking your thumb, your tummy will blow up like a balloon".
Just then, a heavily pregnant woman joined the queue.
The little girl sang out "I know what yooou've been doing!"
Your name in print! Would you like to contribute a shop- or restaurant review, a better joke than ours, an event, or something else for this Newsletter? Please e-mail us. You will get full credit (unless you want anonymity). Reach 5504 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.