They, some experts, tend to say you must write what you know. I know that 2016 was rough. The list of dead celebrities was long and it seems that the personal struggles of those around me were intense. I’m not one to complain, but it was difficult not to. Thanks to everyone, especially Eloise, that gave me strength in 2016 and here’s to a great (slightly late) 2017.

A few years ago a friend of mine, Matt Castleman, passed away. His nickname, a name many knew him by, was Juvi. It came from the shortening of Juvenile, a name given to him when he started playing first team hockey at such a young age. Yesterday, at the Caltex on Beyers Naude, I was served by another Juvenile. He was well-spoken and even took the time to tell me his thoughts on the #feesmustfall protests (his words weren’t kind). It’s small things in life that…Continue Reading “Juvenile, the petrol attendant”

The receptionist at our office brought her daughter to work. For some reason, the little cutie loves me. Every now and again, she will come and chat to me or insist on stamping my hand with the visitor’s stamp. I enjoy her antics, but every now and again I need to do some actual work. Not always easy to get hold of children that have got their attention on you. I figured out she hates photos. A useful tool to have.

The fees must fall debacle highlights a very serious problem with South African thinking, everything we do is done in isolation without a bigger picture. Without diving into the noise that is #feesmustfall, there is a real need for the bigger picture in South Africa. Economists would argue that there may be enough money in the piggy bank to fund tertiary education in South Africa, but is there anyone at the top telling us if it’s the right approach? It’s clear to me that there…Continue Reading “#thinkinginisolationmustfall”

My wife is a massive fan of 80s music. I tend to enjoy it, but only the more rock focused stuff. You then get music like St Lucia, the stage name for SA-born Jean-Philip Grobler, that blows my mind. This beautiful amalgamation of synths, guitar and catchy lyrics has been in my head for weeks and rightfully so.

A very cool sight to see the SA firefighters landing in Canada as part of international relief for the fires that the North American country is facing. An even better thing to see (and hear) them sing. Not sure what they are singing, but it is something along the lines of them being cold.

When people think about Iron Maiden they usually think of Fear of the Dark, their most commercial hit. After seeing the metal legends live I’ve got a very different association attached to their name. Iron Maiden have been plying their trade for 40-odd years, depending on the line up. They started playing pubs in a time when punk was preaching anarchy in the streets of East London (not the city in the Eastern Cape of SA). Since then they have mastered the art of heavy…Continue Reading “A night with Iron Maiden”