Extra Extra November December 2009
Editorial

Everyone loves a happy ending. Any romantic comedy that dared to end without a last-minute dash to the airport would feel like a waste of money. Often the presence of Jennifer Aniston has already made it a waste of money, but believe it or not there are a few romcoms she hasn't appeared in this decade.

Imagine if all those Hollywood endings had been bad. Imagine if Meg Ryan had told Tom Hanks he really shouldn't have bothered flying all the way from Seattle, or if Frodo had died in Mordor and Gollum survived, or if Leonardo had died by sinking into the freezing ocean at the end of Titanic. What? That actually happened? Sorry, I was asleep.

What Hollywood is trying to say with its typical storyline is that everything will be OK in the end. It's a sentiment that doesn't hold much water when heard alongside Hollywood's other life maxims: If you inflate your lips to resemble a defeated boxer you will be beautiful; egg white omelettes are delicious; Lindsay Lohan is 'important'...

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Feature
Barack Obama If Barack Obama is not Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2010 I will swim to seal island and back with a bag of shark food strapped to my leg. I'm that sure. But before that is decided it is for us to bestow upon Obama a far more prestigious honour - that of the Extra Virgin Person of the Year...
 
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Money
Money This year, glum financial news followed glum financial news like pupils in a school detention queue. But the corner has been turned, say the country's top forecasters, and the future once again looks bright. Not long ago, the credit crunch was being spoken about like an annoying relative who had moved in...
 
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Music
Music It's been a good year for South African rock music. And in the spirit of happy endings we look at some of the year's most impressive acts, all of whom will be touring the country throughout the summer...
 
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Environment
Environment

L eonie Joubert went for an early morning pedal with activist and author Rob Zipplies to find out why he’s about to trek around the country on an electric bicycle...

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Home
Home

The importance of good olive oil cannot be overstated, says Katherine Jubber, so when it comes to raising your living standards, splashing out on the little things can make a big difference...

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