The Cringe Crowd

art exhibition openings

Who hangs out at art exhibition openings, really? Lin Sampson takes a prowl through the undergrowth. This posse of schmooseoisie, polished, primped and sufficiently flexuous to do a bit of iPhone texting while holding a conversation, a glass of wine, a camera and a cellphone — and at the same time indulging in some serious …

Phallus, Texas

Phallus Texas by Lin Sampson

Celebrity designers Nikki & Simon Haas have made Cape Town home. Lin Sampson hopes they reconsider. The famous Haas twins Nikki and Simon, designers to the rich and famous, are living in Cape Town. The twins, 28, are beyond trend. If you are a Hollywood celebrity and you don’t have a Haas piece in your house, you’re …

Va Va Boom

vajazzling

You’ve got diamonds where? Lin Sampson explores vajazzling, a new skills opportunity … Hal, my 22-year stud friend, has had a shock. “I have just had my first vajazzling sighting — wow, man. You can’t believe it, this girl, she had all this jewellery down there, do you know what I mean? It looked like the …

The Yellow Peril

World Design Capital

Cape Town is World Design Capital — a dubious honour floated by taxpayer cash and gloopy jargon, writes Lin Sampson The World Design Capital offices are clad in a bubble of sulphurous yellow paint: Plascon 109C, now known as Cape Town Yellow. The place is full of glamorous young designer luvvies who project an inner …

Dead Right

Dead Right by Lin Sampson

Want to pass into the hereafter looking fabulous? Embalmer Willie van der Berg talks to Lin Sampson about the tricks of the trade. When Willie van der Berg goes off to work carrying his small case, he could be any other businessman, an insurance salesman, a dental technician. In fact, he is off to deal with the dead, to straighten …

Lifting the Veil

Breyten Breytenbach

Lin Sampson rubs shoulders with the reclusive Breyten Breytenbach and finds more than his Sprite and liqueur cocktails distasteful Breyten Breytenbach has made a bit of a cottage industry out of being disobliging. He doesn’t do face time; all interviews must be conducted by email. His book launch is in Wellington, an inconvenient place at an …