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‘Praise the Lord, I’m a real fat cat’
‘Praise the Lord, I’m a real fat cat’
Alph Lukau, the prophet or pastor of Alleluia Ministries International, is in trouble for more than raising a non-dead (it turned out) man from the...
Doccies don’t lie. Or do they?
Doccies don’t lie. Or do they?
What happened at Neverland Ranch? We may never know. In the new HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland, two men make allegations refuted by...
Pope thinks entrapment isn’t kosher
Pope thinks entrapment isn’t kosher
It’s probably the least of his problems right now, but Pope Francis has caused something of a storm by advocating a change to the Lord’s Prayer...
Life (sort of) begins at 40
Life (sort of) begins at 40
I turned 40 last Saturday. I didn’t want to make a big thing of it but the gathering eventually swelled to 14 people — enough to force the...
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...

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