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Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

Buy your sweetheart flowers from the Adderley Street flower sellers This Valentine’s Day we unearth a centuries-old African symbol for love, re-visit the origins of the day and celebrate love in the Mother City. Valentine’s Day, named after one of the early Christian martyrs, Valentine, was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496AD. The association with romantic love reportedly started in the 11th to 13th centuries with the rise of “courtly love”, which involved chivalrously expressing your admiration. This practice was established when sending Valentine’s cards became fashionable in the 19th century. Today, Valentine’s Day is still associated with expressing admiration for that special someone, be it a public or secret declaration. The Mother City sets the scene for the perfect romantic day, with a candlelight dinner at one of the city’s excellent restaurants; a romantic stroll along Mouille Point promenade; picking up a gift of chocolate or jewellery and that perfect bunch of flowers.

Be on the ball with new 2010 FIFA World Cup™ book

The new pocket-size guide to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Photo supplied by E.etiquette A pocket-size book with concise information about FIFA, South Africa and teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, has been published ahead of the big event, which kicks off in June.

Football on Blaauwberg Beach

The soccer day was sponsored by Totalsports The town of Atlantis, located off the N7 highway outside Cape Town, is a small community with a rich but turbulent history. In the past, the town has been thrust into the spotlight because of gangsterism, drug and alcohol abuse and prostitution among its youth. Initiatives including the West Coast Environmental Co-operative have researched and implemented uplifting developmental programs, to stimulate and involve youngsters, encouraging sobriety, growth and responsibility.

Cape Town makes Forbes’ list of ‘World’s Most Beautiful Cities’

Cape Town is one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Cities”. Photo courtesy InsideSouthAfrica Popular website Forbes.com has published its list of the “World’s Most Beautiful Cities” for this year, and Cape Town has been included, along with cities such as Paris, Vancouver, Sydney, Florence, Venice and London.

Kalk Bay seagull – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a spectacular landing in Cape Town was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Grea Wessels aka grieks.

Cape Town Stadium’s rugby inauguration

The Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival’s inaugural rugby match, between the Vodacom Stormers and a Boland invitational team, was held on Saturday. Here are more photographs of the event, taken by Cape Town Tourism’s Aslam Levy. The crowd performs a Mexican wave

Adderley Street – Postcard from Paul

In a flap on Boulders beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a penguin on Boulders Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Lauren Barkume.

Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival photo essay

The inaugural rugby match at the Cape Town Stadium was held on Saturday, as a test event for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The Vodacom Stormers beat a Boland invitational team 47-13, while the South African Legends 10s team beat the International Legends 27-5 in the curtain-raiser. These photos from the event were taken by Aslam Levy. Spectators arrive at the magnificent stadium.

Gordon’s Bay fishing – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a relaxed day of fishing was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hantie Brink aka Out_In_Africa.

An historic day for rugby in Cape Town

A ball sails through the posts as The Vodacom Stormers build a lead. Photograph: Aslam Levy. The first recorded rugby game in South Africa took place on Green Point Common in 1862, and on Saturday, 40 000 supporters witnessed the inaugural rugby match at the newly built Cape Town Stadium on Green Point Common.

Vodacom Stormers vs Boland Invitational

The Vodacom Stormers beat a Boland invitational team 47-13 in the first ever full rugby match at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

SA Legends win at Cape Town Stadium

The South African Legends 10s team beat the International Legends 27-5 during the curtain-raiser for Cape Town Stadium‘s first ever full rugby match between The Vodacom Stormers and a Boland invitational team.

The bright lights of Cape Town – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of Cape Town’s city lights was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member dan.rich77.

Cape Town Flickr group hits 500, with more than 9000 photos!

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, photo courtesy Ian Junor aka ifijay The Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group takes stunning pictures of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches, the city itself, the new stadiums and the people who fill them. The group now boasts 500 members, who have posted more than 9 000 high-quality images taken in and around Cape Town.

J&B Met: a final look at the 2010 event

Wonderbra model Elbe van der Merwe and her partner Beto Malfacini at the 2010 J&B Met. Last weekend’s J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse will be remembered for the vibrant outfits inspired by the event theme, “In full colour.”

Peers Cave, Fish Hoek – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Fish Hoek gained its place in world history with the discovery of a fossilised skeleton, in 1926, in Peers Cave. The cave had been used as a shelter by a group of prehistoric people. A father and son team, named Peers, excavated the cave site, discovering stone tools and the remains of nine people, one of whom became known as Fish Hoek Man.

Future soccer star – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of a child playing soccer on the beach in Hout Bay, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Wayne Bickerton.

Sports stars are not role models

English football captain John Terry, photo courtesy Joe Gazman Sex, balls, captaincy, presidency and role models: whether practising infidelity means you should be forced to step down as the president of a country, the captain of a football team, or as the world’s number one golfer, has become a hot topic in recent weeks.

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2009 – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the 2009 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Craig Wilson aka creative666.

Rugby Festival to test World Cup transport system

Cape Town Stadium, photo courtesy Bruce Sutherland Following the success of the free city-to-stadium transport offered at the first test event at the Cape Town Stadium on January 23, 2010, the city will be offering this service again, on a larger scale, for the Rugby Festival on February 6.

More than 2-million tickets sold for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Zakumi at the new Cape Town Stadium Despite a sluggish start, tickets sales for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa have picked up in recent weeks and, last week, reached the 2-million mark.

J&B Met: In full stride – Flickr pic of the day

This action shot, from the main race at the J&B Met on Saturday, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hirohiko Okada aka 1/8 sec.

Get creative during February – the month of design

High fashion at the J&B Met January ended on a high note in the summer heat, with the pounding hooves, high fashion and glamour of the J&B Met on Saturday, January 30, 2010. In February we celebrate Cape Town as a creative African hub and acknowledge innovative design in the Mother City.

Midsummer Valentine’s concert for charity

De Grendel Estate Pack your picnic basket, pop your bubbly, and share a romantic evening of musical brilliance at the Midsummer Melodies concert, to be held on Valentine’s Day (Sunday February 14) at 18h00 in the gardens of the Main House at De Grendel Estate in Plattekloof.

J&B Met glory for trainer

River Jetez, photo courtesy Golden Circle The Bass family, their team and the three horses they trained which placed first, third and fourth in Cape Town’s J&B Met on the weekend, are prancing on air after their spectacular achievements. The Cape’s premier horse race was won by River Jetez, a six-year-old filly who ran the race of her life to beat her famous brother Pocket Power, and clinch the ultimate prize in racing.

River Jetez owner talks about victory at 2010 J&B Met

J&B Met winner River Jetez, ridden by jockey Glenn Hatt, wearing the colours of co-owners Cedric and Barbara Amm. Photo courtesy Golden Circle Racehorse owner, Marsh Shirtliff, had an exceptional day at the races on Saturday when four of his horses ran in the J&B Met, including the race winner, River Jetez, and her famous brother, Pocket Power. Shirtliff is co-owner of River Jetez, with Cedric and Barbara Amm. He also has a two-thirds ownership in her full blood brother, Pocket Power (placed third in the J&B Met after winning it for the previous three years), with Rina and Arthur Webber owning the other third, and he has an equal share partnership in Fort Vogue (placed fourth in the J&B Met) and in Blue Tiger, who ran 14th.

Reflecting on Cape Town Stadium’s opening – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of the Cape Town Stadium reflected in this spectator’s sunglasses, was taken at the inaugural soccer match at the stadium, by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Chris Preen aka Frames-of-Mind.

Cape Town, South Africa’s movie capital

Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor, photo courtesy Angilee Shah Lights, camera, action! Cape Town is becoming the location of choice for Bollywood film directors to shoot their films in Africa Following the successful hosting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament, which showed off the Mother City to India and the world, Bollywood stars have been returning in their droves to shoot feature films in this striking city.

Famous faces at the J&B Met

South African rock star, Ard Matthews of Just Jinger, and his partner, Landi Swanepoel, who is a top model. Photo: Deon Gurling. Punters, celebs and fashionistas once again descended on Kenilworth Racecourse in their thousands on Saturday, for arguably the biggest event on the Cape Town social calendar – the J&B Met.