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The New Year’s resolutions solution
The New Year’s resolutions solution
Wouldn’t it be a wonderful surprise if the institutions that serve us resolved to serve us better this year? Or, if not to serve us better, at...
The ABC of a tough year
The ABC of a tough year
It’s been a tough year. Maybe the toughest yet. Tough at the beginning, the middle and the end, the year has left us no choice but to look back...
It’s wild at the traffic department
It’s wild at the traffic department
Waiting in line at the traffic department to renew my driver’s licence recently, I read Robert Macfarlane’s Wild Places, in which he...
The blank black and criminality
The blank black and criminality
Having been burgled soon after I moved into a new house in Melville last year, I am appreciative of (dependent upon?) the services of a security...
Dark forces threaten Member
Dark forces threaten Member
Malusi Gigaba is an Honourable Member, as they say in Parliament. He is, shall we say, a member in good standing.
A clever plan for silly season
A clever plan for silly season
It was the worst time to have a costume on: 1pm on a hot summer’s day. The costume wearer had trouble keeping his or her wig out of their eyes...
A 50-minute work week is remotely possible
A 50-minute work week is remotely possible
I’m on holiday. Sort of.
Mummy’s hung in for a long time
Mummy’s hung in for a long time
I must have wondered a few times why the word for an embalmed body, “mummy”, is the same as a term of maternal address but I haven’t ever...
Save petrol tip spills over to crazy
Save petrol tip spills over to crazy
I enjoy it when writers make an effort to write headlines. Like the headline “Petrol price spills over R17/litre mark” I noticed on a leading...
Weed war needs a little indica
Weed war needs a little indica
Let us honour South Africa’s decriminalisation of the personal use of cannabis, even if there is a lack of clarity about the amount that would be...
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...

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