The Fifth Column

 
I feel so germinal this month
I feel so germinal this month
I don’t suppose Karl Marx imagined the problems he was causing when he titled an essay of his The 18th Brumaire of Louis-Napoleon. Oh,...
History’s sex scandals that never were
History’s sex scandals that never were
Mary and Joseph’s ‘roll in the hay’
Free-rein special for our friends
Free-rein special for our friends
Dear Sir or Madam, welcome to the fair state of South Africa. We received your diploma and I am pleased to inform you that you qualify for premium...
A case for daisies and kwerekwere
A case for daisies and kwerekwere
Colonisers. Aliens. Invasive. Cause damage. Threaten.
Useful tips to cleanse Parliament
Useful tips to cleanse Parliament
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Juju Mao and an attack of acid reflux
Juju Mao and an attack of acid reflux
Shelley Garland was having lunch with … well, no, let’s not mention any names. Let’s not, in fact, have any names — except perhaps...
In praise of the sexless unicorn
In praise of the sexless unicorn
Women’s Month is a great time for us men to reconsider how we conduct ourselves. For dick-swinging Neanderthals to take up less space on trains...
Listen to the echoing pings of dark matter
Listen to the echoing pings of dark matter
As the ministry of silly hats disintegrates gently, scattering a fine dust of ash as it goes, a few of us remain to man (sorry, person) the...
Bell Potty and the PR of childhood
Bell Potty and the PR of childhood
Three months ago, Bell Pottinger announced that it had decided to cease work for parents. We had worked for parents for just over two millennia,...
When the PP hits the crapper
When the PP hits the crapper
Sometimes news filters very slowly up to our northern provinces from the south – well, I suppose it has to cross the Drakensberg. Hence we who...
There is no ‘I’ in open-plan office
There is no ‘I’ in open-plan office
On Friday a pigeon flew in the window without making prior arrangements. Linda, who works in the kitchen, threw her arms up as if praising the...

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