About the time man first walked on the moon, flying was considered to be quite glamorous. Back then, commercial air travel must have been like going to a nightclub. It involved wearing your coolest clothes, guzzling free booze without fear of being restrained in plastic cuffs and at least pretending you'd got laid.
Fourteen years into democracy, South Africans are over the rainbow nation and growing up fast. And nowhere is our transition from ''colour-blind'' children to sharp-tongued teenagers more evident than in the jingle of fruity, rooty names we're using to describe ourselves and one another.
Wait till Jacob Zuma hears this. France's new first lady, Carla Bruni, is into polygamy. “Monogamy bores me terribly,” she told the French newspaper, Le Figaro, a few months before meeting and rapidly marrying President Nicolas Sarkozy. “I prefer polygamy and polyandry [the female equivalent].”