What are you doing on Reconciliation Day? (in Pretoria)

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The year is over! How the fuck did this happen? We blinked and just like that, it is the end of another decade. For some reason, the first half of December feels like it was lit up like a fart. Click! Rrrrrt! Poof! Done. Ja, I know today is only Friday the 13th, but Monday is the 16th, it is Reconciliation Day and I didn’t even realise that we were at the start of the last long weekend for 2019 because for some reason, in stead of winding down, I got kak busy with work and everything went past me and over my head. And in stead of trying to make a long weekend out of a long weekend like one should, I booked myself some work for the entire Saturday. Maar tyd is fokken geld, so I will suck it up and maar create a long weekend for myself somewhere in January or February and have a jol and go do my own thing while everybody else grafts. At least I still have Monday after I cheated myself out of a long weekend.

I’m going to be selfish and just bounce a few ideas around for things to do in and around Pretoria, so I can revisit my own list. Feel feel to drop some ideas of your own:

Brooklyn Theater 
I have never ever been there and thought it might be a good idea. I headed over to their website and they literally only have two harpist concerts, so fuck that noise. You know what is next to Brooklyn Theater? Capital Craft. I’ll pop in for a lekker meal and a few cold ones sometimes over the weekend, no matter what weather we have.

Fokof Bar
Note that the guys will close their doors on the 22nd of December and only open again on the 10th of January, so get in there if you wanna grab a burger or a beer. Weather also doesn’t affect this choice.

The Climbing Barn
This place is out on the Moloto Road, north of Pretoria. I wonder if you need a passport and a Ford Ranger. Note to self – you can go do this after 10am on Monday, preferably without a hangover. I wish someone would redo their website as it is dog shit…

Groenkloof Nature reserve
Fok, I’ve been meaning to do this since like 143 years ago and never go around to it. You can even hire mountain bikes. The weather might fuck around for this one.

Jarr Bar
Brixton Moord & Roof has a massive reunion gig there this Saturday evening, so pop in for a bite and a beer. Their drummer is here from Canada, so this is a limited gig. Oh, and you know what is close to Jarr Bar? The Pretoria Botanical Gardens – that’s always a jol. Well, not really a jol. It is nature and fokken chilled out, is what I mean.

I have probably overdone it in 2019, but it is one of my favourite hobbies – scavenging for books, magazines, vinyl records, furniture, toys and whatever other weird stuff I can lay my hands on. The top 3 places to visit in Pretoria are Sungardens Hospice, Centurion Hospice and Irene Homes (the latter seems to be one of the best kept secrets)

Go see a movie
Take the kids to go see Dora and the Lost City of Gold, the new Jumanji or the new Frozen movie. There’s a new Star Wars movie, Ford v Ferrari and of course Joker (I’m going to check out the last three on my list).

Stay at home and be a potato
Don’t hate. Potate.

Head over to
the Plumlist if you want to potate. Check out more pickings from where we harvest our weekly top 10. See it as our little veg garden, full of potatoes:
#10 Welcome to the Arendsvlei community
If you have even a fleeting interest in local TV shows, you’ll have heard of the Afrikaans telenovela Arendsvlei, about a high school at the heart of a community that’s fallen on hard, challenging times
On DStv Now & Showmax
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 #9 Forest Whitaker on his experience of playing the real-life Godfather of Harlem
Godfather of Harlem is based on the infamous real-life crime boss, Bumpy Johnson, who returns from 11 years in prison to find the neighbourhood he once ruled in shambles.
 On Showmax
(read more)
#8 Peaky Blinders Season 5 gets political
The long-awaited fifth season of the British crime drama Peaky Blinders, now on DStv Now, opens in 1929 with the financial crash that crippled the world – the Shelby family included.
 On DStv Now
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 #7 Is Rick and Morty Season 4 on Netflix?
Fans have been waiting years for Rick and Morty Season 4, and it’s finally here. But it’s not on Netflix – it’s only on Showmax in South Africa. Brand-new episodes hit the platform every Monday, straight from the USA.
On Showmax
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 #6 Fifteen kids’ shows to stream right now
Over weekends and holidays you need reinforcements, extra ammo in your keeping-the-kids-entertained arsenal. These shows and movies on Showmax and Netflix are here for you
On Netflix & Shommax
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 #5 No more 30-day free trial for Netflix
With Netflix’s subscriber numbers seemingly at a plateau, the streaming giant is making moves to keep its shareholders happy while it fights off competition in an increasingly fragmented market. This includes cracking down on password-sharing and reducing its catalogue of movies and series.
On Netflix
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 4#Napoleon Dynamite and more movies with epic dance scenes
We’re square in the middle of Matric Dance season here in South Africa, when teens across the country will be slow-dancing in school halls to whatever the 2019 equivalent of Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris is (we’re revealing our age here, aren’t we?).
 On Showmax
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 #3 Streaming in the US vs SA
Acouple of months ago I moved from Johannesburg to New York City, just in time for the weather to turn cool, and the lure of the couch – ahem, sorry, I mean the sofa – and streaming services to get very strong indeed.
All platforms
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 #2 Stream these 2020 Golden Globe nominees on internet TV
The 2020 Golden Globe nominees were announced on 9 December 2019. Streaming services are leading the pack in number of nominations, even in the motion picture categories.
 On Amazon Prime, Showmax, Netflix
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 #1 Craig Wilson’s top comedy picks of the year
Here are 13 of the most bleakly funny and/or straight-up laugh-out-loud hysterical series that debuted or launched new seasons in 2019, all available on Netflix, Showmax and Prime Video in South Africa.
On Amazon Prime, Showmax, Netflix
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 7 spot, Rick & Morty!

After having been missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez suddenly arrives at daughter Beth’s doorstep to move in with her and her family. Although Beth welcomes Rick into her home, her husband, Jerry, isn’t as happy about the family reunion. Jerry is concerned about Rick, a sociopathic scientist, using the garage as his personal laboratory. In the lab, Rick works on a number of sci-fi gadgets, some of which could be considered dangerous. But that’s not all Rick does that concerns Jerry. He also goes on adventures across the universe that often involve his grandchildren, Morty and Summer:

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