08.04.20 Pt 2 – Siya is now chomping at the bit to get out of lockdown – in the words of Al Gore, “It’s super serious!” South Africa has lost an icon… RIP Vinolia Mashego. Is everyone a yoga teacher now? The people have spoken, CliffCentral at the very least deserves a Nobel peace prize. What if your mom is starting to get passive aggressive with you because of cabin fever? If your lease is coming to an end, you better start looking for a bridge to live under. The truth is out… dolphins are sexist! There’s snow and ski resorts in Africa – Peter Peyper joins us to chat about his love of snow sports.

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08.04.20 Pt 1 – Gareth has learned how to use a knife in lockdown and that’s nice to hear. If your immune system is awful, you are at risk with Covid-19. Conspiracy theories are cannon fodder, but they are the opium of the masses… and who doesn’t like opium? Are people sending fewer or more dick pics in this time of being stuck at home? Once Squirrel Ramaphosa lets us out of lockdown, how will you dress? And burying people now feels like death itself.

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Singer extraordinaire Danny K has hit all the notes on stage, and now is doing the very same when it comes to being a social leader in these challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Shout SA has ensured that masks can be produced and sold at cost en masse, with a view to making it affordable for medical professionals and those who really need them. shout4masks.co.za is where all the donations can be made. It’s a challenging time, but Danny has taken the mantle from his father and believes that our mindset is crucial in beating this pandemic together.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say… but not in this case. If you have eyes and are alive, you realise beauty is Cindy Nell, and the cosmetics entrepreneur and mother has decided to have lockdown in nature with her family. What challenges has this disruption caused in her life? We often focus on children needing to do schoolwork and routines for them, but what about adults – how do they stay sane? Being a beauty queen doesn’t make you immune from being human and anxiety is a reality for the spinning obsessed mom. The most important thing in all this for her is to make sure that her kids are not stressed by the pandemic reality, and everything is about connecting with them and preserving their mental health. The world will get back to normal. Kindness is on the other side of the Covid-19 horizon.

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Mr Big Chest, A.K.A Abuti Buns, has always had the dream of having a restaurant and just as Buns Out was named as one of the best burger joints on earth, Covid-19 struck. For a man who is constantly on the go, how is he adapting to this period of forced rest? Helter skelter being the norm, how will he use this time to reflect on his future plans? His mom wanted to come and be in lockdown with him, but he had a hilarious response to that. Something which has been quite cool is how the digital community has been a place of solace for Maps. Our reintegration into public life might be a slower process than we hope, and his business may have to make some tough decisions if the lockdown is extended, but he will control what he can. Find out why he compares the Queen of England to his burger joint… what a time to be alive!

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07.04.20 Pt 2 -Dr Robyn Spring details the challenges of Covid-19 for women who are pregnant or have young babies, and miraculously she has the internet in the Eastern Cape, so that was a nice surprise. What does flattening the curve actually mean, because everyone says it, but what do the stats and metrics say is the most effective way to curb the tide of coronavirus? Danny K joins to tell us how Shout SA has ensured that masks can be produced and sold at cost en masse, with a view to making it affordable for medical professionals and those who really need them. When your father is Julius Caesar, the expectations would have been too much for many, but not for Augustus. Blind History season 3 rolls on. In this episode we detail the emperor of all emperors.

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As Pesach comes around in 2020, the Holy Day will for the first time in living memory be observed without mass gatherings globally. However, perhaps the engagement via technological platforms has brought the global Jewish community closer than ever. The Rabbi is speaking to gatherings in countries he would never have spoken to, and as seder approaches, the message is, “Even if you are alone, you need not feel lonely.” Kindness, sensitivity and caring would be the signs of a brave new world post Covid-19 – there is no going back, there is only higher consciousness and togetherness after this collective trauma. It may be the worst of times, but the wise Rabbi has declared unreservedly, a bias to positivity and spoken without hesitation, “It can also be the best of times.”

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07.04.20 Pt 1 – How old is Boris Johnson? It doesn’t matter that he’s dating a 32-year-old who is about to have his baby, which makes him a winner. If you need to buy an iron while in lockdown, should that be an essential item? Has this lockdown made Cele and co power hungry? Imagine having a child with a compromised immune system during Covid-19? God still needs your tithes please, private jets don’t pay for themselves. If you are feeling sad, just bake and everything else becomes the ‘yeast’ of your problems.

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When you have crevices in your systems – whether it be in governance, business or your personal life – stress and trauma turn those into canyons. South Africa’s societal and economic inequality has led to the application of a pastiche Chinese and European Covid-19 lockdown, seeming somewhat inhumane in the eyes of many. This has not been helped by outbreaks of a seemingly puritanical, heavy-handed response to citizens on the lower rung of our economic sector of society. Is it down to citizens or our leaders to tackle these philosophical dilemmas? The brutality of having to choose whether to save lives or to save the economy may soon be on the agenda for global leaders… should they seek to be popular or fiscally prudent? Often trauma forces us to ask questions which we would have preferred to answer at a different time, but leadership is needed when the chips are down, and Covid-19 has placed at the feet of leaders around the globe, a challenge not seen before.

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Some entertainment can happen without fans and none of the allure of the artist or art is lost, but stand up comedy needs the crowd, it’s not a vibe otherwise. They say comedy is not only there to entertain, but also to teach us about the human condition, but what does a stalwart of the comedy world have to learn about himself as he faces the lockdown solo, with Coco, who might be a stripper? When is Covid-19 scheduled to get funny, because some comedians have already made jokes and it’s been received awkwardly because of the timing? If you are used to being an entertainer, how do you entertain yourself? If your ex brings you food, how do you make sure it’s not poisoned? Dave’s routine – just like him – is hilarious!

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