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4 Things to Consider When Choosing an Event Venue

It’s December, so there’s a good chance you’re going to host at least one event. Whether it’s a Christmas lunch or a year-end get-together with friends, there’s one thing you need to consider before sending out invites: the venue. If you’re not too keen on cooking for a large group, the next best option is eating out. The success of your event largely depends on your choice of venue. A good venue is the difference between a memorable get-together and a mundane meetup.

How to Host a Restaurant Dinner

Everyone loves a good dinner party. There’s not much that compares to the act of bringing together a group of close friends and family to socialise and enjoy a well-cooked meal. But there’s no rule forbidding you from hosting your dinner party outside the confines of your home. For those who tend to get pressed for time or don’t have much space to work with, hosting a dinner party at a restaurant is a welcome alternative.

Steakhouse Etiquette: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Everyone knows the basics of restaurant etiquette: Don’t speak with a mouth full of food, don’t put your elbows on the table, and always cover your mouth when you cough. But other rules can be a bit more nuanced, especially if you’re at a niche establishment like a steakhouse. Fortunately, steakhouse etiquette is far less formal than that of other types of restaurants. That said, some behaviours would be considered unacceptable when you’re at a steakhouse. Here are five etiquette mistakes to avoid the next time you head out for a bite:

Male Grooming Trends to Keep an Eye On | Axe South Africa

It’s safe to assume the average man puts at least some effort into their appearance. Regardless of their age or social standing, they will have a set grooming routine. But you’re not the average guy. You’ve found your magic, and the only thing you’re worried about is sharing that cool with the rest of the world. You don’t just want to put your best foot forward - you want to stay ahead of the curve and give yourself the best grooming experiences as often as possible.

Fake Sangoma on the Run With My Cash! | Daily Sun

When the sangoma asked for more money because the spiritual highways were jammed, Johannes put his foot down. He refused to carry on being the healer’s money machine. This time the fake sangoma had picked on the wrong guy! “He’s got my money, but I’ve got his indumba!” said Johannes Ntsele (44), standing at the door of the sangoma’s indumba with the lock in his hand. He said he will hold the sangoma’s indumba hostage until the healer gives him his money back.

How Individuality Strengthens Relationships | closeup South Africa

Take a moment to think about some of the teamwork that sustains many serious relationships: living together, sharing financial responsibilities and splitting chores are just a few that come to mind. All these have a common thread - they require two individuals to come together and effectively function as one. Although this mindset is prevalent among couples, it's important to remember that individuality is just as important for the wellbeing of a relationship. The best partners are those who maintain a strong sense of self regardless of their relationship status.

Lessons on Love Learned During the Lockdown | closeup South Africa

For many people, intimacy is synonymous with physical touch. There's no denying the rush of feel-good chemicals that course through your body when you hug a partner, hold their hand or share a kiss. But with physical distancing being one of the major foundations of the national lockdown, many couples have had to rethink their views on intimacy. Closeup spoke to three of its influencer couples, and all of them pretty much came to the same conclusion: you can still be close without being close.

How Social Distancing Can Strengthen a Relationship | The Citizen

The current state of affairs has raised a lot of uncertainty about the future of relationships. Can a relationship survive without physical contact? Of course it can. And not only can relationships survive without physical contact; they can actually thrive. But that requires a shift in perspective. Instead of thinking about the things you can’t do with your partner because of the lockdown, think of all the ways social distancing can bring you closer. Is your brain drawing a blank? Here’s how a lack of physical contact can create stronger emotional connections:

Why Drying Your Hands Is as Important as Washing Them | Lifebuoy South Africa

By now, everyone knows the importance of washing their hands properly and regularly, especially when they're trying to prevent the transmission and contraction of viruses. But that's just half of the message. Drying your hands — the other half of this crucial public health message — is just as important. Research indicates that moist hands can spread up to 1 000 times more germs than dry ones. This is what makes hand drying especially more important when you share a bathroom with other people.

How to Beat the Winter Blues | Dawn

In 1971, a soft rock group called the Carpenters released a song titled Rainy Days and Mondays. Tucked under the tinkling piano melody and the wailing saxophone riff was a line that far too many people can relate to —"rainy days and Mondays always get me down". Have you ever noticed how the dreary, overcast weather that characterizes winter spoils your mood? You're not imagining it. There is a link between a drop in temperature and a decline in happiness.

How to Protect Yourself from Grocery Store Germs | Lifebuoy South Africa

Grocery shopping is a task that most people have to perform regularly. But wherever you find humans you will find germs, and grocery stores are no exception. Whenever you go grocery shopping, it's safe to assume that you're going to encounter a large number of people. The more people you come into contact with, the higher the risk of virus transmission. So, how do you keep safe when you're headed to the shops?
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