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Words: Jo Elliott

All countries have their own unique quirks, those little things that make perfect sense to them, but seem a little strange to outsiders. The UK is no exception to this rule.

If you’re planning a move to the UK, or even just an extended visit, here are a few things you might want to know about us before you arrive here:

Tea

Everyone knows about the British obsession with tea…..but did you know that there’s a specific phenomenon of the National Grid topping up electricity for big events because so many people make tea at the same time…


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Words: Jo Elliott

I came to Cape Town back in January of this year and graduated from University during the summer of last year. I’d been saving to travel since I was eighteen so I was naturally very excited about this new adventure. I studied Journalism at Uni, but wanted to gain more practical experience working as a journalist before applying for jobs back home in the UK.

Cape Chameleon was the perfect fit for what I wanted from my project. I was thrown in the deep end pretty swiftly when I arrived, having to come up with ideas and…


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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Vs Bridget Jones Diary Which film adaptation wins

Words: Jo Elliott

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a story that has been retold many, many, times. Elizabeth Bennet’s story is one that generations of people are familiar with, be it through the original novel, one of its movie adaptations or one of the many retellings that the story has inspired.

However, as with adaptations of the original Pride and Prejudice novel, not all retellings are created equal. For my purposes, I will be comparing two of the modern film retellings of Pride and Prejudice. …


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Words: Jo Elliott

The Cart Horse Protection Association (CHPA), celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has monumentally improved the lives of working horses in the Cape Flats.

Working in harmony with the cart driving community is incredibly important for the CHPA. Over the course of 25 years, they have developed a good working relationship with the drivers so that they can work together to improve conditions for the horses.

Marike said, “We would rather have someone call us if something’s wrong with a horse, and we go out and help the horse, than they be afraid of us. …


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Photo: Staying Alive Foundation

Words: Jo Elliott

South Africa in 2020 has one of the most progressive abortion laws in the world. With abortions available up to 12 weeks on request, and between 13–20 weeks in certain conditions, its abortion law is one of the most liberal in Africa. Only Mozambique and Tunisia also have abortion available on request up to 12 weeks.

The law in South Africa is more in line with most European countries, which largely offer abortion on demand during the first trimester, than it is with the law in the rest of Africa.

However, despite the…


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Words: Jo Elliott

As a History graduate, the announcement of a new “historical drama”, fills me with both delight and dread. I’d say in equal measure, but the dread usually far outweighs any delight at the idea of seeing one of my favourite periods of history brought to life. Why do I say this, you ask?

Well, because by and large, however enjoyable a historical based film or TV show may be, they usually bear little to no resemblance to the actual historical events.

For someone who studied history, like me, this is very frustrating. Usually, because filmmakers will make…


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Jojo Rabbit Film Review Can Hitler be funny?

Words: Jo Elliott

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Cast: Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin Mackenzie, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson

Director: Taika Waititi

Warning: Contains spoilers

A satire about the Nazis, despite the fact that it has been done many times before, is bound to be divisive, especially given the current world political situation. However Jojo Rabbit’s issue is not the fact that it finds humour in dark places, it is more that, for a satire, the humour is incredibly lacking.

Sure, the Nazis are portrayed as farcical and idiotic but the humour never quite lands in the way that…


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Sophia Duleep-Singh

Words: Jo Elliott

History is full of women who did incredible things. But history is written by the victors, and that means that by and large, it focuses on men, whose work was more widely documented.

This means that we do not hear about amazing women from history as much as we should.

Throughout history, women have often been anonymous, or have had to take on a man’s name to get recognition. …


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Protests Signs in The Raptor Room

Words: Jo Elliott

In September of 2019, protests rocked South Africa after the murder of University of Cape Town Student, Uyinene Mrwetyana. All over the country, women were asking “Am I Next?”. But as with anything, the news moves on, people move on. After the initial uproar, it can be easy to feel like nothing has changed, that no difference has been made.

But change isn’t always the big protests that make the headlines. In fact, it’s usually the people quietly working, every single day towards meaningful change who are making the biggest difference.

In Cape Town, the Rape Crisis…


Gap years have become more and more common over recent years, instead of heading straight to university, some students take the time to see the world, relax, kick back and destress, we deserve it after thirteen years of school! But for others, a gap year is more than a gap year, it becomes a way of life.

“But isn’t that really expensive?” you say. You would think so, but it turns out it doesn’t have to be, you can in fact get paid to explore, there’s a job for almost every student with wanderlust out there.

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So if you are…

Jo Elliott

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