The Fifth Column

 
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...
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...
Dylan pulls off another put-on
Dylan pulls off another put-on
There has been a certain amount of huffing and puffing about Martin Scorsese’s new work on Bob Dylan, his account of Dylan’s 1975-1976 tour....
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...
‘Berserker’ chess mate quite Uigly
‘Berserker’ chess mate quite Uigly
Here’s a piece of good news: another Lewis chess piece has been found.
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...
We’ve GoT so many endings
We’ve GoT so many endings
So, finally, eight long years later, Game of Thrones is over. We can stop speculating about who’s going to die in episodes up ahead...
There’s a green new deal in Melville
There’s a green new deal in Melville
My enthusiastic friend and I went to the Green Market at Melville’s 27 Boxes last Sunday. It’s apparently a regular thing — “organic...
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...
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Tyresome lower-case tornado
Tyresome lower-case tornado
Tee hee. That’s basically what Tony Yengeni, convicted fraudster and ANC MP, had to say about an image of protesting Alexandra residents...

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