Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 2 years ago

    You have just deflated Alix’ opinion of South Africa, Evie To her way of thinking there should be lots of lions and other wild animals in a place named Africa… ;)

  2. emjaycee

    emjaycee said, over 2 years ago

    Check out ‘Madam and Eve’ (they dropped their website but are on Facebook. Lots of humorous commentary on South African politics, economics, society, and some animals. NOTE: a Pretoria Prawn is NOT a shrimp, but it is big and UGH-LY!!!! EEEEEK!

  3. So  Lonely

    So Lonely said, over 2 years ago

    maybe not

  4. JoanHelen

    JoanHelen said, over 2 years ago


    LOL, it’s actually known as a Parktown Prawn. Parktown is a suburb of Johannesburg; a few years ago they were invaded by a type of cricket that is enormous and looks like a cross between a cockroach and a prawn. Hidious looking creatures but harmless apparently. The struck terror into the hearts of the Parktown housewives and even their husbands were a little nervous of them. The Madam and Eve cartoonists had a wonderful time with the Parktown Prawn; it kept their strip going for months!

  5. JoanHelen

    JoanHelen said, over 2 years ago


    Madam and Eve is the ultimate commentary on South African society and its cultures. One of the Madam and Eve creators is American by birth, Stephen Francis and he had married a South African woman. His wife persuaded him to come to South Africa and meet his in-laws. When he first arrived in South Africa they stayed in Alberton, a suburb of Johannesburg, with his in-laws. The rest is history. Stephen was bemused by the phenomenon of the live-in maid and most of their early strips are his observations of this unique relationship between maid and madam. Originally they thought of calling their new strip Madams & Maids but soon changed it to Madam and Eve. It was a hit from day one. White South Africans loved it; we had learnt to laugh at ourselves by that time and I suspect that many black South Africans really enjoyed it as well. I have often thought that Madam and Eve paved the way for our new democracy; many of the well-off white madams recognised themselves in the daily strips and it was a bit of a wake-up call for them. The very first Madam and Eve strips appeared in The Weekly Mail in July 1992. All of this information, apart from my own personal opinion, is in the introduction to one of their books,Madam’s and Eve’s Greatest Hits, their first five-year anniversary publication.

  6. JoanHelen

    JoanHelen said, over 2 years ago

    Now, of course, I just have to get out all my old Madam and Eve books and have a glorious read this Saturday afternoon in sunny South Africa.

  7. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, over 2 years ago

    Evie your telling the wrong granddaughter about the mall. Alix wants to hear about wildlife.

  8. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 2 years ago


    After all that, I had to have a look at “Madam and Eve.” Recent comic strips can be seen at

  9. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, over 2 years ago

    Holly will be happy. I feel bad for Alix. It is a sad comment also on the fact that so many big cats are disappearing.

  10. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, over 2 years ago

    Asking about bears (at least) is a reasonable question in some US communities. Ask around New Jersey, California, New Mexico or Colorado for starters. Deer are grazing in San Antonio neighborhoods. Critters are everywhere! :-)

  11. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    They wouldn’t need to hang out at the mall with that scenery out the window there. Most of the US tends to be flat.

  12. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, over 2 years ago

    But we do have bears and wolves. You just need to be in the right part of the country.

  13. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, over 2 years ago


    This time of the year you have to watch out for deer in the center divider here in Alamo Ranch. Plus starting to get wild hogs rooting in the yard at night.

  14. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, over 2 years ago


    Not here in the hill country in Texas. rolling hills, oak trees and Blue Bonnets everywhere.

  15. snakemama

    snakemama said, over 2 years ago

    @Kab Buch

    my vision of africa is the scenery from “out of africa”…herds of elephants, giraffe, flocks of flamingos. lions that get a bit too close for comfort

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