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You South Africa 20 May 2021

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South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
52 Issues

in this issue

6 min
never say never

WHEN you’re a Hollywood A-lister attention comes with the territory: where you go so do the paparazzi. Especially when you have a love-life as tumultuous as Ben Affleck’s. And that swarm only intensifies when people get hold of a juicy story. Like recently when reports surfaced that the actor has been “hanging out” with his famous ex-fiancée, Jennifer Lopez. Photographers swamped Ben and his co-parenting ex-wife, Jennifer Garner (49), when they recently took their nine-year-old son, Samuel, to swimming practice. Things got tense when one of the snappers yelled out to Ben, “Are the rumours about JLo true?” But rather than employ his usual tactic – simply pretending the paparazzi don’t exist – the Batman star lost his cool and tossed his drink in the photographer’s direction. Still, you can’t blame the pic people…

6 min
looking good, doll!

MONEY was so tight when she was growing up she had to make do with playing with her cousin’s Barbies, dreaming of the day she’d own a doll of her own. Fast-forward several decades and Anette Ogden’s dream has come true in a big, big way. Now 63, Anette has a doll collection vaster than anything she could ever have imagined: more than 400 dolls stored in three Wendy houses in her backyard in Meyerton, Gauteng. Her collection includes Barbie dolls, cloth dolls, dolls made of papier-mâché and a pricey Reborn doll, which looks uncannily like a newborn baby. Her huge collection has earned her the nickname “the doll auntie” and it suits her just fine. She started restoring and collecting dolls when she retired from her job as an administrative clerk at…

2 min
the scourge of bullying

I became transported back to my high school days when I read of the tragic suicide of 15-year-old Lufuno (YOU, 6 May). I was bullied badly because I too stayed quiet and didn’t join in the gossip of others. It all came to a head in the science lab. The lights had been dimmed for an experiment. Two girls thought it would be great to throw permanent ink onto my legs. This, I was told by our teacher, was me trying to get attention. I’m 71 now, and have never forgotten this bullying. I so wish I’d acted on this later in life. Perhaps children like Lufuno would still be alive. I went on to nursing and am now a lay minister helping youngsters where I can. These bullies should be shown up…

3 min
bear grylls

THE MAN BEHIND THE MADNESS Born Edward Michael Grylls to parents Sir Michael and Sarah, Bear (46) got his nickname from his sister, Lara Fawcett, when he was just a week old. He inherited his love of adventure from Michael, a Conservative English politician. “From a young age I was climbing with my dad and making rafts,” Bear says. “It had me hooked on adventure!” In 1998, at 23 years old, he became the youngest Brit to summit Mount Everest. What made the achievement more spectacular is that just a year before, Bear was in a near-fatal free-fall parachuting accident. He broke his back in three places and spent several months in rehabilitation. Reflecting on his accident in an Instagram post last month, the adventurer revealed he still experiences pain every day. “And the treatment…

1 min
can you believe it?

TINY NEW TOADLET SPECIES DISCOVERED This brightly coloured pumpkin toadlet species was recently discovered in a rainforest in the Mantiqueira mountains in Brazil. The neon-orange amphibian is just 2cm long and scientists have found that the tiny toad has bones in its body that glow green in ultraviolet (UV) light. The toad secretes a substance called tetrodotoxin from glands in its skin which can make humans ill. Further research is being done on how long the toad lives and just how many there are in the rainforest.…

1 min
‘leafy’ bug

FEW lizards are as bizarre and fascinating as the satanic leaf-tailed gecko. Not many people have seen these critters in their natural habitat because they’re masters of camouflage. After all, these geckos look just like leaves! NAME Scientists’ name for this little character is Uroplatus phantasticus. Uroplatus is the Latin for “flat tail” and refers to the lizard’s broad leaf-like tail. Phantasticus means “unreal” and refers to its unique appearance. The common name for the gecko is “satanic” due to the horny protrusions above its eyes. Some of these geckos also have red eyes like devils. SIZE ON SCALE Adults usually are 3-6cm long, including the tail. They weigh only 10-30g. MALES VS FEMALES The mature male develops a hump at the base of its tail, which isn’t the case with the female. The males’ curly…