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Gym is post-festive self-torture
Gym is post-festive self-torture
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Alexa Mdluli, the bot in the Conspiracy Dot
Alexa Mdluli, the bot in the Conspiracy Dot
THE FIFTH COLUMNPink News reports a snafu with Amazon’s “virtual assistant” (that’s “bot” to you), Alexa, over the holiday...
​Pace of lawfare will pick up in the year ahead
​Pace of lawfare will pick up in the year ahead
The shift from political warfare to lawfare continued apace in 2016. The most prominent example of this development was the decision of the...
Don’t give me another 2016, please
Don’t give me another 2016, please
Congratulations. If you’re reading this you survived 2016. The Chinese Year of the Monkey, which, like a mischievous primate, exhausted, bemused...
​Parenting 101 as presented by the sugar-rush kids
​Parenting 101 as presented by the sugar-rush kids
THE FIFTH COLUMNWhen a family member asked me to look after her kids for a day, I jumped at the opportunity. I had been wondering whether I...
Goodbye, 2016. We really tried
Goodbye, 2016. We really tried
As an exhausting year finally winds to a close, it’s only human to grope around for meaning and comfort. In the spirit of salvaging some...
When is written sex ever any good?
When is written sex ever any good?
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Help! I have acute internet FOMO
Help! I have acute internet FOMO
If you’re not familiar with the internet, I can highly recommend it. The internet has all the facts. Nobody needs to know anything any more,...
Where street names are double Dutch
Where street names are double Dutch
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Our gourmet trash is too posh for you
Our gourmet trash is too posh for you
This week, Democratic Alliance councillor Shayne Ramsay caused an outcry when she took to Facebook to air her views on the homeless community of...
Q&A with a fake news writer
Q&A with a fake news writer
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Justices disagree: Is this the beginning of the end of a divide in the ConCourt
Justices disagree: Is this the beginning of the end of a divide in the ConCourt
The United States Supreme Court has been deeply divided for many years between liberals and conservatives. In contentious political cases, the...
Let's try a Kumbaya approach to racism
Let's try a Kumbaya approach to racism
An incident like the recent coffin assault, as horrific as it was, serves certain psychological purposes for the nation.
High time to 'zwijg' in Amsterdam
High time to 'zwijg' in Amsterdam
THE FIFTH COLUMN
You’d better believe politicians’  hot air
You’d better believe politicians’  hot air
Do you know who seems to be delighted with the election of Donald Trump? The white right. Over the past week, I have watched the likes of Steve...

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