Sweltering rays have fabulous peeps beating the heat

SKINNERBEK may have spent most of the weekend soaking up the sun and trying to keep her cool, but that did not mean there was not a lot of action in and around the Nelson Mandela Bay metro on Saturday and Sunday.
Of course, the big number was THAT game on Sunday morning and what a disappointment it turned out to be. Could you believe that ref? The Springboks being edged out against Australia and leaving the Rugby World Cup when they were so close, truly that must have spoilt the day for many PE peeps.
“They played really well, regardless, they were the better players!” tweeted a surprising rugby fan, Miss Lira –  herself one of the city’s big attractions at the Boardwalk on Sunday afternoon. We loved her show but it was quite a mission to keep our cool. Putting up an umbrella as a parasol was a no-no, or the other peeps in the audience sitting behind would have complained. Well, Not that it stopped quite a few inconsiderate fans, but you could hardly blame them., it really was so hot.
Never mind, Miss Lira was even hotter and worth working up a sweat for. (Wonder if the Shield deodorant she advertises helped to keep her dry?) What a voice that diva has! That bright yellow dress she was wearing looked just fabulous.
Algoa FM promotions gal Larissa Scharneck had the right idea – massive sun-hat on top of her head and a frostie in her hand. Great combo for the afternoon.
We also spotted one of our lovely former The Herald Greenacres Miss Port Elizabeth winners, Nono Gali, at the concert. Now living in Motherwell with her man Thembi and their baby boy, Buhle, she tells us she just loves being a mum.
Boardwalk supremo Bongi Siwisa was there with her sister, Loyiso, and so was Karen Jack with daughter, Cayla-Rose and her New Afro-Teens band mate, Melikhaya Xotyeni.
Businessman Stephen Dondolo seemed to have been stood up as he enjoyed the entire concert alone, despite having two camp chairs with him.
The Dawid Stuurman book launch at South End Museum was another social event and Skinnerbek saw quite a few well-known faces there.
Film-maker Shelley Barry was there along with her ever-so elegant aunt Merilyn Barry, wife of artist Michael Barry.
Billy Paulson was there, along with his wife Maureen. That man has so much energy! From being one of the main organisers behind the Northern Arts Festival – he was the festival director –  to supporting the literary arts at the book launch – and we hear he now is planning to start a community radio station in the northern areas.
This past weekend he wasn’t in town though, he was “packed for Plett”, playing in a golf tournament in Plett, notching up two rounds in that crushing heat.
5FM jockette Anele Mdoda was another celeb in town on Monday night to MC a breast cancer awareness dinner and she stayed at Shamwari Townhouse. “Wow, wow, wow, my room was the size of my place … think Summercon :)” she tweeted on her way back to Jozi yesterday.
 She also moaned about that BlackBerry meltdownyesterday, tweeting just before she jetted off: “flight attendant just said to switch all our phones off, this includes all Blackberries, and everyone chimes ‘don’t worry they keep themselves off’!”
At least on this visit she could notn’t complain about the wind. How was that weather, peeps? Amaaaazing!

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