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Hans Mackenzie Main

Hans Mackenzie Main

    The New Year’s resolutions solution
    The New Year’s resolutions solution
    Wouldn’t it be a wonderful surprise if the institutions that serve us resolved to serve us better this year? Or, if not to serve us better, at...
    The ABC of a tough year
    The ABC of a tough year
    It’s been a tough year. Maybe the toughest yet. Tough at the beginning, the middle and the end, the year has left us no choice but to look back...
    It’s wild at the traffic department
    It’s wild at the traffic department
    Waiting in line at the traffic department to renew my driver’s licence recently, I read Robert Macfarlane’s Wild Places, in which he...
    Heat waves not in retrograde
    Heat waves not in retrograde
    Ten-year-olds can be very smart. They’re right in that sweet spot —after early childhood and before adolescence — where clear thought...
    A clever plan for silly season
    A clever plan for silly season
    It was the worst time to have a costume on: 1pm on a hot summer’s day. The costume wearer had trouble keeping his or her wig out of their eyes...
    A 50-minute work week is remotely possible
    A 50-minute work week is remotely possible
    I’m on holiday. Sort of.
    Save petrol tip spills over to crazy
    Save petrol tip spills over to crazy
    I enjoy it when writers make an effort to write headlines. Like the headline “Petrol price spills over R17/litre mark” I noticed on a leading...
    The art of the flea market deal
    The art of the flea market deal
    We were both surprised and mildly shamed by what happened. Bargaining had never been in my nature (I’m sure it wasn’t in his) but I’d decided...