Jarrod Aston on Cinema, the 80s, today and so much more!

Jarrod Aston on Cinema, the 80s, today and so much more!

To interview Jarrod Aston was a bucket list item for me. I’ve been a fan of Cinema (the band of which he was the lead singer from 1987 into the mid 90s) since 1987. I can recall (surreptitiously, probably) listening to David Gresham’s hit parade on a Thursday night on Radio Orion and the competition was between Cinema, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley and Belinda Carlisle. I idolized them, and their music is what helped make childhood great, and is still what helps make a stressful life easier to deal with…

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Jeremy Taylor: South Africa mustn’t despair

Jeremy Taylor: South Africa mustn’t despair

Jeremy Taylor set South Africa alight in the sixties with his song “Ag Pleez Deddy” (also known as “The Ballad of the Southern Suburbs”) and was then banished from South Africa for ridiculing apartheid. After two years on the West End stage in Wait A Minim, a South African musical revue, he became a leading entertainer on the British folk circuit with songs like “Jobsworth”. A change of government in 1979 led to his re-admittance to South Africa and from 1980 to 1994 he chronicled his life in Broederstroom, a…

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Timothy Moloi Tribute to Luther Vandross

Timothy Moloi Tribute to Luther Vandross

Whenever I interview someone, I always try to bring something to the party – in other words, I like to help the artist who is tweaking the golden thread.  But when it’s somebody like the inimitable Timothy Moloi, I know there’s not much I can do except try to spread the word about what they’re doing to a wider audience than he already reaches. His art on its own needs nothing else.  And when it means I’m going to get to spend half an hour chatting to him in a…

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Gareth Cliff talks to PS!!

Gareth Cliff talks to PS!!

Gareth Cliff is someone who is not afraid to express an opinion, nor is he afraid to defend it.  And often, it’s those who don’t care what others think of them who change the world. This unafraid approach to the world is what interested me about Gareth.  I like people who aren’t afraid. Too many people are unable to think something controversial, let alone say it or stand up for it.  Whether this means a person is egotistical or inflated, I don’t know, but I do believe it indicates intelligence, and intelligence is…

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I talk to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust!!

I talk to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust!!

While I have spoken to a lot of people and a good number of foundations, I hadn’t had the chance to speak to an animal welfare foundation and I’m thrilled to bring you my interview with the  Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, named of course for their famous founder, author Gerald Durrell. As a child, and now, I loved the books of Gerald Durrell, and I hope sharing this interview with you, I can in some way repay some of the joy he gave. My great thanks to Ceri Pritchett, one of the…

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Cito talks Peace Starts, We Believe in You, WONDERboom and more.

Cito talks Peace Starts, We Believe in You, WONDERboom and more.

Immediately when I sat down to chat with Martin Cito Otto (Cito) of WONDERboom, I concluded that part of the greatness of this man is his humility. He is inspiring without being aware of it. He’s well known without having courted fame and it came about because he did and does what he is meant to do. He is quietly going about his way making one hell of a difference in the lives of those around him and the greater public. You’re the founder of the Peace Starts  movement.  What’s that…

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Zak Hendrikz plays a bad guy but he’s actually really nice!

Zak Hendrikz plays a bad guy but he’s actually really nice!

Recently I saw I Have Life: Alison’s Story, 20 Years On at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square. It’s the story of Alison Botha who was brutally raped and disembowelled by two attackers in 1994 – and how she survived and triumphed. I was very impressed with Zak Hendrikz who plays the terrifying part of Frans du Toit the psychopathic rapist. He tweaked the golden thread of humanity in the audience that night and made us think. I knew it would take an exceptional actor to play that…

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Ladislaus Lob – rescued from Bergen-Belsen in 1944 by Rezso Kasztner

Ladislaus Lob – rescued from Bergen-Belsen in 1944 by Rezso Kasztner

Has it ever happened to you that you’re browsing through your local library and a gem jumps off the shelf at you – you end up wondering how it is that although you’ve been a member of the library for so long, you haven’t found this one previously? That happened to me recently and the book was Ladislaus Lob’s Dealing with Satan. And that is how the golden thread of humanity tweaks us through literature.  Ladislaus Lob is Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Sussex in England.  He is…

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Alterna Comics talk The Chair, Trading Cards, Pop Culture and more!

Alterna Comics talk The Chair, Trading Cards, Pop Culture and more!

You know how sometimes you’re just travelling around the internet and you find the most incredible site and you think, “I have to DO something with that?”That’s exactly what happened to me with Alterna Comics.Alterna Comics was created by president and publisher Peter Simeti on January 4th, 2007. Alterna has published a variety of genres, including but not limited to: horror, sci-fi, suspense, humor, superhero, children’s titles, and fantasy/adventure.  Alterna Comics titles are currently distributed through print by Diamond Comics Distributors and Partners Book Distributors and through digital by Comixology,…

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A chat with author Joy Fielding

A chat with author Joy Fielding

Joy Fielding is a Canadian author living in Toronto. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her books have been published in multiple languages worldwide.  I came across her book The First Time recently, and the title struck me as it was the first time I’d read her work. I was immediately taken with it and wanted to chat with her straight away, as the book involves a cause that is close to my heart, Motor Neuron Disease, which I recently spoke to the J9 Foundation about. Joy’s new release,…

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