You don’t have to go out to have fun


Watch glued-to-the-TV-screen movies, get into the garden with Keith Kirsten, haul out the playing cards or enjoy board games.

Pop the corn … a trio of box office thrillers

The Informer is about an undercover special ops agent whose life takes a dramatic turn after he agrees to go to jail to protect his identity and save the lives of his wife and daughter. Except that things don’t exactly go to plan once he’s in jail… A solid, entertaining action-thriller.

 Golden Globe and Emmy winner, Bruce Willis, and Chad Michael Murray star in Survive the Night. This film follows a disgraced doctor and his family who are held hostage at their home by criminals on the run when a robbery gone awry requires them to seek immediate medical attention.

Game of Thrones star, Emilia Clarke features in Above Suspicion, a crime thriller that’s based on the true story of a newly married FBI agent who starts an illicit affair with an impoverished local woman. She sees in him her means of escape – instead, it’s a ticket to disaster for both of them. This scandal shook the foundations of America’s top law enforcement agency, ending in the first-ever conviction of an FBI agent for murder.

Netflix and chill

On June 18, 2019, the Federal Government announced the creation of a 6th major division of the United States Armed Forces. The goal of the new branch is ‘to defend satellites from attack’ and ‘perform other space-related tasks’ or something. This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out’.  The big Netflix comedy series of 2020 is finally here with Steve Carrell returning for his first TV sitcom since The Office, in Space Force. Throughout the first 10 episodes, he’ll be joining up with Greg Daniels in creating another workplace comedy, this time aimed at the US Space Force regiment. This series receives our one-to-watch of the month with a huge line-up of stars.


Get digging


Get your garden into tip-top shape before winter with the help of SA’s best known gardening guru. Gardening with Keith Kirsten is the latest edition of this super-helpful book and this one includes more indigenous species, locally bred hybrids and water wise plants. R350.

Get your poker face on

Poker. Gin rummy. Cheat. Solitaire. We’ve found the chirpiest cards ever.  These 52 playing cards feature illustrations of beautiful birds … from the cheerful red cardinal to the majestic white swan, the flamboyant great blue turaco to the imposing California condor, the cards are organised by colour. Buy them online for R215 from And for ideas, visit, where you’ll find a list of more than 40 card games, with links to clear, easy instructions. A brilliant way to spend an evening.

Play the game

We love a game that’s fun and After Dinner Amusements has a whole heap to choose from. In Family Time there are 50 thoughtful and playful questions about the past, present, and future, which should inspire great family conversations. Other games include Riddle Me This, Name That Word and Love Trivia. All under R200 each from Exclusive Books, where you’ll also find other fab choices … how about Dog Bingo (R385), Dungeons and Dragons Starter Box (R402), or the old favourite, 30 Seconds Junior (R584), which is always hugely enjoyable for the whole family.