Destruction of Brand Oscar – lessons for business and life

By | September 19th, 2014|Columns|

He was a young god at the top of the world. From New York to London billboards featured the Blade Runner in his Flex-Foot Cheetahs – the carbon fibre legs that carried him to international fame. Nike, Clarins, Oakley, Tag Heuer …the leading brands of the world all wanted a piece of Oscar Pistorius and threw millions of dollars at their new icon. […] «Destruction of Brand Oscar – lessons for business and life»

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Cult of comics

By | May 11th, 2014|Columns|

The New South Africa, where is it, you might ask. To find it, look no further than South Africa’s rising cult of stand-up comics. From the Jewish Xhosa Boy to the Halaal Doctor who chose smiling over surgery, they’re a diverse bunch of everything and they laugh raucously, which is the South African way. […] «Cult of comics»

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One of the World’s Greatest Plants

By | October 15th, 2013|Columns|

Botanical name: Aloe ferox Common name: bitter aloe, umhlaba (Xhosa). In 330BC when Alexander the Great conquered the Island of Socotra off the coast of Somalia, his aim was to seize control of the aloe trade for strategic military reasons. […] «One of the World’s Greatest Plants»

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I Dream Of Seafood

By | October 15th, 2013|Columns|

In the Karoo there isn’t a whole lot of fresh-from-the-surf fish and seafood. There are takeaways that sell battered hake or deep-fried this and that, but I’m talking about the kind of fresh where you’re down at the harbour with seabirds circling overhead, waiting for the boats to come in. […] «I Dream Of Seafood»

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Stop Worrying About Belching Cows

By | January 21st, 2013|Columns|

Australian author David Mason-Jones is a cow man. He poses sensible cow questions such as ‘Should Meat Be On The Menu?’ and ‘Why Didn’t My Grandmother Get Fat? And why did I?’ […] «Stop Worrying About Belching Cows»

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Green Jokes, How To Meet Woman And Avos

By | September 18th, 2012|Columns|

The other day I received an online survey asking “What do you think about avos?” It said that if I took the time to answer the survey I would be in the running for a bumper supply of the all green fruit. […] «Green Jokes, How To Meet Woman And Avos»

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China Time

By | July 3rd, 2012|Columns|

“They’re taking over the world!” a resident from the country town of Middelburg in the Karoo stopped me outside the ‘Chinese shop’. She was whispering but it was more like a shout. “Look!” she said. I looked and I saw a bunch of Chinese people offloading a truckload of stuff and carrying it into the bulging store. Clothing, plastic containers, solar panels, and pork bones…they were offloading them all. […] «China Time»

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What I Never Expected About Life in the Countryside

By | January 9th, 2012|Columns|

Two years ago Heather Dugmore swapped her life in Sandton for a farm in the mountains of the Karoo, where the cattle low and the only lights she sees at night are the lights of the stars above. […] «What I Never Expected About Life in the Countryside»

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Future perfect

By | July 23rd, 2011|Columns|

“It’s people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They’re making our food out of people. Next thing they’ll be breeding us like cattle for food. You’ve gotta tell them. You’ve gotta tell them!” In 1973 an American science fiction film called ‘Soylent Green’ pictured a future in 2022 when the world is suffering from pollution, overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty, dying oceans, global warming due to the greenhouse effect and social disorder. […] «Future perfect»

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The Kissing Facts

By | February 10th, 2011|Columns|

The Latin people are clever. They reserve kissing on the mouth for lovers while friends and family get kissed on the cheeks. Three reasons why they pioneered the cheek-kissing approach all those centuries ago are: 1)    Germ aversion (no spittle contact with the dubious element of relatives and friends) 2)    It created the split-second opportunity to arrange discreet meetings with prospective lovers. For example, one could whisper ‘conservatory’ while kissing the left cheek and ‘three bells’ while kissing the right. […] «The Kissing Facts»

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