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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.
#FML

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.

Thrifting
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.

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#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
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#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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Suid-Afrikaanse toeriste – Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos?

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Ons (griffin & chopper) se boek, Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos? word hierdie jaar (2019) teen Augustus se kant 11 jaar oud. Om dit te celebrate het ons besluit om alfabeties met die lys af te gaan en ‘n paar topics uit die boek te kies om weekliks hier op Watkykjy te publish, seinde dat ons die regte besit. Dis lekker kort stukkies wat jy op die kakhuis kan lees. Dink daaraan as jou klein zef kakhuisbybeltjie met pitkos vir elke dag… Wel, elke dag tot ons die boek se einde bereik.

Suid-Afrikaanse toeriste
Ek het my eerste gly gevang in hierdie spesie op ‘n skooltoer na Namibië. ‘n Outjie in my klas het pappa se duur kamera ingepak en alles wat hy afgeneem het (en dit was omtrent alles) se groottes met muntstukke en vuurhoutjies aangedui.
Hierdie kinders het ouers. Ouers wat kinders met vakansie neem en hulle irriterende gewoontes aanleer soos hoe om bokke verkeerd en beterweterig aan hulle mis of ballas uit te ken. Ouers wat kindertjies op die strand laat nommer twee waar vakansiegangers probeer ontspan. Die poefies word dan seker verbrons om langs Boeta se eerste paar skoene op die kaggel te staan onder die gemonteerde koedoekop wat tydens die vorige winter se bosveldvakansie eers gekwes en toe doodgeskiet is.
Die ergste is om hierdie mede-burgers oorsee raak te loop. Daar is jy nou, in ‘n vreemde land, ten volle oorgehaal om ‘n nuwe kultuur te beleef, die ryk geskiedenis te ontdek, die onbekende te verken.
“Steek jou vir ‘n dop, bokkie!”
Jou kop ruk verward om – jy kan nie glo wat jy hoor nie. En dis nie ‘n welkome verrassing nie. Meer soos daai vereassing  as jy gedroom het jy swem die hele aand en dan word jy wakker met jou bene wat jeuk van jou eie pie.
Die beste wat jy kan doen is om jouself uit die voete te maak. Want as jou mede-Suid_afrikaners agterkom jy’s ook van hier af is jy kniediep in die kak. Daai beroemde gasvryheid (met apologie aan die xenofobie-slagoffers) beteken jy moet eers saamgesels oor waar jy vandaan is, hoe sleg dit in Suid-Afrika gaan en hoe die regering nie weet wat hulle doen nie. Terwyl beide partye ryk genoeg is om oorsee te toer.
Jy kan selfs vir ‘n bier genooi word, veral deur die tipe wat Bok-truie soos ‘n uniform dra, sodat jy na meer van dieselfde geklaery kan luister – heel moontlik met rassistiese ondertone en vele rondtes bier.
Voorspoedige reis!

Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Al Tos is in 2008 geskryf en uitgegee en daar was so baie copies verkoop dat ons dit in 2009 laat herdruk het. All-in-all is daar nog net so 10 onverkoopte copies oor op aarde en ons sal teen Augustus se kant besluit wat om met hulle te maak. Kort antwoord – dis nie tans te koop nie.

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Amazing Grey’s, how sweet the trivia?

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Our top 10 weekly selection of DSTV Now | Showmax | YouTube | Netflix | Amazon Prime

Going through some stuff to stream this weekend, I came across somewhat of an interesting religious thread. At least three spots from our top 10 list has directly to do with themes of religion and all in its own special way. Also The M-net movies have already been kind of a religion on Sundays since the earth was flat. Plus you know, Sundays? And what about almost everyone you know following Grey’s Anatomy religiously for the past 15 years? So that’s actually half the spots from our top 10. Assuming the Mnet movies and Grey’s Anatomy aren’t religions (they are), let’s look at some interesting trivia from the remaining three series…

The Righteous Gemstones
This series, created by Danny McBride, follows a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work. Danny stated that he didn’t want this show to bash religion. He rather wanted it to point out the (many) hypocrites. He grew up in the church, and his mother did puppet ministry, and he wanted to take the alternate route that Hollywood does of making fun of one’s religious beliefs.

Original he wrote about a pastor getting caught with his pants down with a good dose of black mail as a result. McBride came to realise that he had a lot more fun writing for the Gemstones, so the shifted the focus of the story to be from their perspectives.

Adam Devine based his performance as Kelvin on pastors that seek to convert celebrities to their church, a lot like Scientology goes about their business (Tom Cruise, anyone?). He joked that his character’s mohawk hairstyle was the way it was, so that his hair could be “as close to God as possible.”

Messiah
This follows the story of a CIA officer who investigates a man who gains a following and attracts attention by acts of public disruptions. The CIA agent tries to uncover whether this dude is a deceptive con artist or a divine entity.

Fun fact: From an Islamic perspective, the Antichrist will show up and claim to be Jesus, the messiah, doing God’s work. He would be able to travel across the planet very quickly and questionably. He will have demons that manipulate matter, to trick his followers into believing ‘miracles’ which are actually illusions. He will eventually claim to be God.

Perpetual Grace, LTD
Perpetual Grace LTD is a modern noir drama which follows James (Jimmi Simpson), a mysterious young grifter who sets his eyes on Pastor Byron Brown (Sir Ben Kingsley) as his next prey.

So here’s the thing – During his career, Jimmi Simpson has played a weirdo who has sex with his siblings, a hacktivist with a pet guinea pig and a ghost from a Steven King creation . One role he hadn’t played before Perpetual Grace, LTD? A straight man.

Can we get a hallelujah?

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#10 Glorious depravity shines bright in The Righteous Gemstones
Danny McBride has built a career out of writing and playing incorrigibly awful and egotistical characters. From his scene-stealing treachery in the most successful stoner comedy of all time, Pineapple Express, to his openly racist, alcoholic professional baseball player in HBO’s Eastbound & Down, and his similarly cruel stint as a vice principal in another of his HBO vehicles Vice Principals, you’d be forgiven for assuming he’s intentionally typecast himself as the quintessential despicable jerk.
On Showmax
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 #9 Your drink-pairing guide to internet TVs
Watching great series and movies on the small screen should be treated as an event. When settling down for an afternoon or evening of bingeing (or all day, we will not judge), one should be as comfortable as possible.
 On Amazon Prime, Netflix & Showmax
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#8 Catch-22: The story behind the story
It’s third time lucky for Yossarian, the US Air Force bombardier caught in the endless loop of contradictions of war that produced the phrase “Catch-22”. The mini-series of that name, now streaming on Showmax, began life as a classic anti-war novel by Joseph Heller.
 On Showmax
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 #7 Your first look at Netflix’s Messiah
When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers information about a man (Mehdi Dehbi) gaining international attention through acts of public disruption, she begins an investigation into his origins
On Netflix
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 #6 Is Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix?
The first 15 seasons of Shonda Rhimes’s fan-favourite medical drama are available to stream to your heart’s content on Showmax right now!
On Showmax
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 #5 Where to watch the M-Net Sunday Night Movies online in December
Now that Trackers is over – with all five episodes ready to binge-watched from the very beginning on Showmax and DStv Now – the M-Net Sunday Night Movies are back in their 20:05 slot. Even if you miss them when they first air, they’ll be available on DStv Now on Catch Up for you to stream on the go wherever you are and whenever suits you.
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 4#The best kids’ shows for a 2019 end-of-year holiday binge
Just in time for the school holidays, here are six Showmax series that have all earned coveted 100% critics’ ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Whichever grown-up said “It’s just a kids’ show” clearly hadn’t sat down to watch these classics with their children.
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 #3 Settle in for a Scorsese masterclass that’s a pure treat
Clocking in at a whopping three hours and 29 minutes (including the end credits), Netflix’s The Irishman is a marathon, but there’s hardly a moment when you start fidgeting and looking at your watch; the film is captivating from the opening scene to the last.
On Netflix 
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 #2 The most outrageous quotes by TV’s one-percenters
These are some of the times our favourite filthy rich TV characters proved how spoiled they are – you’ll find all these scenes in series and movies on Showmax.
 On Showmax
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 #1 Pastors, astronauts and the quest for grace
If you’ve got even a passing familiarity with Ben Kingsley, you probably have a suspicion he’s a badass. Your intuition is correct. He is. And in his new leading role as Pastor Byron Brown – known to most as Pa – in Perpetual Grace LTD he removes any doubt, once and for all.
On Showmax 
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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 10 spot, The Righteous Gemstones!

Well into the second generation of a grand televangelist tradition, the world-famous Gemstone family is living proof that worship pays dividends in all sizes.

Danny McBride, John Goodman and Adam DeVine play the members of a world-famous televangelist family. They lead opulent lives funded by their followers, but it could all be threatened by their dark secrets.

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