Snow in Plettenberg Bay, the Bulls win the Super 14 in an all-South African final and a jail-bound Paris Hilton is photographed carrying a copy of the bible. Things got a bit weird towards the end of May, didn't they?

The occurrence of such previously unlikely incidents does make one wonder what we're in for next: Will Bob Mugabe mysteriously retire and become a Greenpeace volunteer? Will Colin Moss stop being such a dork? Is Noleen going to shock the poor viewers of 3Talk and actually listen to her guests? Probably not, but one can only hope. It is more likely, of course, that normality will be restored before long. The snow will dry in Plett, the Springboks will disappoint in the World Cup, and Paris Hilton will abandon the Bible after flicking through it and finding no photos of Jesus with his shirt off. Still, it was fun while it lasted.

This month in Extra Virgin we talk to Brendan Jack, writer and star of forthcoming comedy Footskating 101, about Catholic schools, the Olsen twins and why a talking baby doesn't make a good movie. We review albums from Simphiwe Dana, The Dirty Skirts, Wilco and Arcade Fire; a hilarious book by one of South Africa's most promising young authors and a movie about dope and murder featuring Justin Timberlake. Well, why not? Also, we wander around South Africa's West Coast and discover that there's more to it than toothless hitchhikers, cows and potato farms. (It must be said that we also found lots of toothless hitchhikers, cows and potato farms). Our money column this month looks at the perplexing jargon of the investment markets and translates the key terms into comprehendible, plain English, so that never again will you listen to your banker friend rattle off a monologue about hedging, cross-pollination and harvesting and wonder why he has decided to talk about farming.

But first, a quick shout out to you for the glowing feedback you sent us last month. Please keep the comments coming. We wish to know where we rock and where we don't, and what, if anything, is missing. We're open to all suggestions, provided you don't ask for pictures of celebrities climbing out of cars without any knickers, articles entitled '100 ways to please your man' or stories about people who live with hundreds of cats. You all know where to go for such things, and after all, we do have our limits.

Matthew
Editor

This month in Extra Virgin we talk to Brendan Jack, writer and star of forthcoming comedy Footskating 101, about Catholic schools, the Olsen twins and why a talking baby doesn't make a good movie.





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