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The Slippery Slope Appliance Militia
The Slippery Slope Appliance Militia

Tweet New Year resolutions. What a thing. But somehow the spirit has possessed me and one of the things I would like to fix is our impotence in the face of the disposable nature of much of today’s appliances and technology. My mother-in-law’s microwave is 23 years old, works perfectly. I enviously read online about […]

A toothfairy by any other name
A toothfairy by any other name

This was before the days of a free massage from airport security

Shopping with the daughter
Shopping with the daughter

Tweet I have been struggling to approach anything resembling work these last weeks, so I took the daughter, M, on a specialist shopping expedition.  As it turned out, the perspex store was more fun than pragmatic, with fun mirrors to multi-coloured thingies.  What I liked most was the set of post-Apartheid presidents on the wall. […]

Just another taxi ride
Just another taxi ride

Tweet Exiting Dulles airport at dawn after an 18 hour flight, I was happy to plonk into the rear seat of some large American car. My driver was friendly and had a very sub-continental accent. India or Pakistan, I wondered to myself. Maybe Bangladesh? “Where you fly in from?” he asked, thick glasses mostly obscuring […]

Rugby flashback
Rugby flashback

Tweet I know I don’t usually cover sports in this blog, (Editor’s note to self, ‘have I ever?’) but after a lazy, heat-stroke dulled afternoon in Johannesburg I settled down to catch the last half of the hot local rugby clash between the Sharks and Western Province. **Note,  non-sportive readers, please do not wander off […]

The Slippery Slope Appliance Militia
The Slippery Slope Appliance Militia

Tweet New Year resolutions. What a thing. But somehow the spirit has possesses me and one of the things I would like to fix is our impotence in the face of the disposable nature of much of today’s appliances and technology. My mother-in-law’s microwave is 23 years old, works perfectly. I enviously read online about […]