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South Africa is not known for its snow, so when it does fly it's a big deal. First of all, there are virtually no snow plows in the country and nobody thinks of snow tire and even if they did, where would they buy them? So that means when the white stuff piles up on the roads, cars and trucks slide off. In recent days, the country has been hit with a mega cold snap and even places known for their balmy winters - like Phalaborwa and Musina - the brass monkeys have been brought indoors for the duration.
Suddenly it feels like Christmas is supposed to feel - and it really, really looks like it's supposed to look - so people are making the most of it. Kids are outside building snowmen and having snowball fights knowing they are doing something really out of the ordinary. In the mountains, picturesque little towns like Dullstroom woke up yesterday to a winter wonderland - something most people have not experienced very often. Here is a note and a swak of pictures from a friend who lives there...
I have had so many calls asking about the snow in Dullstroom, so I thought I would send you a gallery of pics taken this morning. It really snowed a lot last night and it was amazing to stand in the dark with a torch watching the flakes come down. We woke up to a winter wonderland this morning. It was fantastic to walk in thick snow where your shoes disappear and there is a wonderful 'crunch' with every step. The kids are in heaven with their gumboots on and wonder in their faces. The town is embracing the mood with snowmen and snowball fights the order of the day!
Extra warm regards! Trish.Seems like all they have to do is Break out the eggnog & brandy
and have a big bite of Christmas cake. Maybe someone should
organise a sleigh ride. For the wee hamlet of Dullstroom, this
Photos via Trish Kennedy
Now, here is something to warm your heart...
to make musical comeback at 87
Last updated at 11:11 AM on 16th August 2011
She's held her own against some of the biggest male stars in the business, and at 87, Doris Day is still going strong enough to make a pop comeback.
In a surprising but welcomed move, the Oscar-nominated star, who had her first chart hit in 1945 with Sentimental Journey, is releasing her first new album in nearly twenty years.
The compilation is entitled My Heart and contains previously unreleased recordings produced by Day's late son, Terry Melcher, who died in 2004.
Living legend: Doris Day keeps to herself in the quiet California town of Carmel, here is a rare sighting of her in 2000
Tomboy: Day in 1953's Calamity Jane where she sang the hits Secret Love and Windy City, her love interest was played by late Dallas actor Howard Keel
It's very much a tribute to Melcher, who was a songwriter and producer of some note, not to mention an iconic player in The Byrds and Beach Boys trajectory in the 60s.
But Day has recorded a spoken introduction to Happy Endings, which was written and performed by her beloved son.
The album also contains the track You Are So Beautiful (To Me), a 70s hit for Joe Cocker.
Star with a pedigree: Doris Day has been performing for decades, here in a scene from Love Me or Leave Me with James Cagney in 1955
Day said: 'I had to sing some modern songs because I had already done all the old ones.'
Melcher, who co-wrote the hit Move Over, Darling for his mother's 1963 film of the same name, is also the inspiration behind surprising rockier tunes on the album, including a cover of The Beach Boys.
Sources at Sony Music have revealed that they're hoping the album will replicate the success of Dame Vera Lynn's 2009 Greatest Hits album.
The 92-year-old national institution displaced Bob Dylan, now a spritely 70, from his perch at the top of the charts.
Amongst the greats: Day with British legend David Niven in 1960's Please Don't Eat the Daisies
The Que Sera, Sera star has already been playlisted on Radio 2, which is thought to have propelled her album's popularity along.
"I'm so thrilled My Heart is generating a stir,' said Day. 'I was asked to choose the songs I preferred for the album. These are the tunes that reflect my love of animals and my love for my son.'
Four times married Day's popularity has never waned, she was named the top-ranking female box-office star of all time in a 2009 survey.
Via The Daily Mail
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