Monthly Archives: December 2013

Festive cheer

There are several blog posts in the offing (including How Not To Prepare for Noel) but Christmas has interfered with writing for a bit so … here’s wishing all my friends and readers across the world a very, very happy … Continue reading

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The funny side of living in a fascist state … aka a bad family’s guide to putting oppression into perspective

Way back when PW Botha’s face presented itself on TV every night, his finger wagging, wet lips salivating, warning us of the “swaat gevaar” (black danger) or “reds under the bed” or the fact that he would not be trifled … Continue reading

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A plea for help …

It’s not often I do this and never before on my blog but there is a lady and a kitty who need your urgent help. In short, Rina woke up one day last week and saw that her kitty Powahton … Continue reading

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Mandela and why people who have never lived under complete and utter oppression just don’t get it … Part 3

I started at the DP with some trepidation.  It was my first office-based job and I was not used the hours.  I started on a part time, mornings-only salary but worked full day because Mum did.  It took ages for … Continue reading

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Mandela and why people who have never lived under complete and utter oppression just don’t get it … Part 2

A little about us I guess may be relevant at this point.  Dad was English born.  He came over to Africa, landing first in Zimbabwe where he became an actor, a photo-magazine editor (if you remember those, you grew up … Continue reading

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Mandela and why people who have never lived under complete and utter oppression just don’t get it .. Part 1

I feel utterly compelled to put this on paper, because of another blog I saw this morning and also because I am seeing a fair bit of “if Mandela was so good, how come he spent an early part of … Continue reading

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How Winnie Mandela nearly ended up at my 21st birthday party …

In order to make sense of this story, I guess I need to give you a little background … Talking, discussing, arguing, debating were all BIG in our family home.  There were few subjects (and as we got older, no … Continue reading

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