Our alt city South Africa series heads to Pretoria, a subtropical Highveld metropolis that has shed its former role as apartheid capital and is now developing its own youthful and diverse culture
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Science, fun and Butlins collide at this enlightening three-night family resort break that gets the balance between learning and laughter spot on
My father was a control and instrumentation engineer. I was never very clear what that meant. I was the one mumbling at the back when we had those “What my dad does for a living” talks at school (it was the 1970s – it was never mum). He was always trying to get me to join him in soldering things on the kitchen table but I could never summon up any enthusiasm for such a strange, smelly activity. I left science behind as soon as I got to choose my A-levels.