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Hans Mackenzie Main

Hans Mackenzie Main

    How to (kind of) make it as a M&G columnist
    How to (kind of) make it as a M&G columnist
    This is my last column for the Mail & Guardian and I thought it fitting to share with any young writers out there how I — if not...
    And the award goes to ...
    And the award goes to ...
    The award has a weight to it, which tells you it’s an important award to win. Of all the awards it’s the most important one.
    On the road to forgiveness
    On the road to forgiveness
    There are no laws forcing anyone to drive behind others with their lights on dim, because good manners are not policed on our roads. Making matters...
    Let’s hear it for silence
    Let’s hear it for silence
    You have to travel far to get away from the noise people make. Have to really uproot yourself. “Go live on a farm if you don’t like the...
    Courageous thoughts on heroism
    Courageous thoughts on heroism
    Heroics are defined in the Cambridge dictionary in two very different ways. Heroics, one group of scholars says, are “dangerous or silly actions...
    List of good leaders is receding
    List of good leaders is receding
    Growing up, I had two sets of world leaders hovering around the edges of my adolescent reality: a set with hair, and a set without. The hairless...
    The pros of Myself (Pty) Ltd
    The pros of Myself (Pty) Ltd
    I’ve been a brand for 10 years now. I have a logo, a website and an email signature that contains the logo. I’ve been using a company name and...
    World Cup’s his and hers moment
    World Cup’s his and hers moment
    For sportsmen who take up commentating as an afterthought to their illustrious careers, the learning curve is steep. A mic with a mysterious little...
    You’ve got (sincere) mail
    You’ve got (sincere) mail
    “Thank you for reaching out” is a line in an email I received the other day. I couldn’t tell whether it was meant sincerely, condescendingly...
    The book lover's fallback
    The book lover's fallback
    I joined the library. I passed through the turnstiles, inhaled the distinct odour of aging books and presented my proof of address. A form was...
    To have a dad like Raymond Ackerman
    To have a dad like Raymond Ackerman
    Visiting Pick n Pay’s headquarters recently, I reminded myself not to bring up the missing apostrophe in the company’s logo and went in to meet...
    An evening routine unsullied
    An evening routine unsullied
    In the first 30 seconds of the first episode of the first season of Game of Thrones nothing much happens. We see haggard horsemen behind...