The Fifth Column

 
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...
Have an instance on the fence of harmony
Have an instance on the fence of harmony
A company called LUX* recently sent me the most charming email. I don’t know if LUX* is an acronym for anything, and I couldn’t see a footnote...
If JZ used  WhatsApp voice notes...
If JZ used WhatsApp voice notes...
I have recorded two WhatsApp voice messages in my life, both of which prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that listening to my own voice brings up...
Life in the Cape of closed hoses
Life in the Cape of closed hoses
Cape Town has hit level 4 water restrictions, which is the same as putting a city on a “critical” terror alert, only far worse.
The Archbishop's new mural
The Archbishop's new mural
Dear Arts and Culture,
A Workers’ Day for deadbeats
A Workers’ Day for deadbeats
I think it’s fair to say that President Jacob Zuma has given notice and is exhibiting all the characteristics of an employee seeing out his...
CEO sleepout just a cottage industry
CEO sleepout just a cottage industry
‘Good evening, Mrs Tshabalala! How lovely to see you. I’m Mr Hotshot CEO™ and, as you know, I’m here for the CEO SleepOut™.
Death by Windows updates
Death by Windows updates
THE FIFTH COLUMN“Please do not unplug or power off your machine,” the screen read, which I took as a threat minus the “or else” bit, so I...

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