The Fifth Column

 
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...
Be yourself, phone Mom  ... and shop
Be yourself, phone Mom ... and shop
Many years ago, I decided to shop more often at Hyde Park Corner. Yes, there were historical associations, because I went to Hyde Park High School...
The Lille city that could
The Lille city that could
As I write this, Cape Town has run out of mayors for a full nine days. It’s odd, yes, and also unprecedented — by all indications the first...
Thank you for vaping
Thank you for vaping
Of all vapers, devotees with large handsets interest me the most.
Spooky! It was the goofy lad
Spooky! It was the goofy lad
Everyone having apparently gone Stratcom-befok in the past few weeks, I find myself thinking back to those long-gone days when we toiled at this...
A little more hair on his chest, please
A little more hair on his chest, please
The sex doll, in its historical form, is an awkward blow-up thing barely resembling a human woman (I haven’t seen a male one). Moreover, it’s a...
Zuck and I: Facebook friends forever
Zuck and I: Facebook friends forever
Yes, it finally happened: the whole world ditched Facebook and it’s just me and Mark Zuckerberg left.
Be careful what you pray for
Be careful what you pray for
What do a praying mantis and a maniac have in common? Well, both descend from the ancient Greek word mania, which meant the same as it...
Earth Hour and a life in ruins
Earth Hour and a life in ruins
My Life in Ruins (SABC3, 7pm); The Bank Job (e.TV, 8pm); The Voice (M-Net, 8pm). These are the shows you’ll miss,...
Flights of fancy from the colony
Flights of fancy from the colony
On a recent trip to the mysterious region of Kya Sands, I discovered at Thorold’s an interesting book: Birds of Passage by Madeleine...
Ham, polony and the whole bang(er) shoot
Ham, polony and the whole bang(er) shoot
“Has anyone noticed Polony acting strange of late?” asks Lettuce.

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