The Fifth Column

 
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...
Of ciphers and little favours
Of ciphers and little favours
It’s often forgotten that apartheid and the Afrikaner nationalism that underpinned it weren’t quite as monolithic as they would appear when...
Flummoxed by all the fakery
Flummoxed by all the fakery
News story of the week (I do hope it’s not fake news) is that a bunch of scammers pretending to be Hawks cops tried to shake down a few of the...
Celebrate! It’s in the bag
Celebrate! It’s in the bag
A while ago, I wrote a radio spot for a leading retailer to promote a celebration sale they have each year. The idea was to stage an everyday...
Men, go Deep to be Actively Clean
Men, go Deep to be Actively Clean
In the old days (up to five years ago, that is), the Mail & Guardian used to get a fair amount of freebies — gifts, corporate promo...
Penning a route for lost Odysseus
Penning a route for lost Odysseus
Luxury pen-making company Montblanc keeps sending me press releases, though not yet any pens. Its latest release celebrates those ancient foundations of Western literature, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and thus writing, and hence, presumably, very expensive pens, by means...
Urinals – target the urinals!
Urinals – target the urinals!
Dear Mavericks
Abba’s back and we Cher can’t wait (!)
Abba’s back and we Cher can’t wait (!)
Gosh, has it been 10 years since the release of the movie Mamma Mia!?
Chasing birds is a dog’s life
Chasing birds is a dog’s life
I’ll be flying to Jo’burg from Cape Town for the first time in a while, leaving a drenched city with level 6B water restrictions for a parched...
A note from Igor, the lonely goalie
A note from Igor, the lonely goalie
Hello friends! This is note from Igor, your goalie. I’m just writing to say hi, we haven’t spoken for maybe forever.
Spanner in the rubber tree works
Spanner in the rubber tree works
This is a true story. It’s about how Henry Ford, the pioneering industrialist, was defeated in one of his grand schemes — by a caterpillar....
Wake up to what woke is
Wake up to what woke is
A question you’re probably asking yourself is: What does it mean to be “woke”? And what are people referring to when they say it’s time to...

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