Sport

A Dream Transfer Window

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I remember Freddy Shepherd saying in 1999 that it was “another season wasted” after Newcastle United lost six of their opening seven Premier League games. Ruud Gullit was out, Bobby Robson (not yet Sir) was in and despite the team finishing 11th that term, it turned out to be an exciting season as Robson managed […]

Politics

Who To Vote For?

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Photo credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images South Africa’s sixth democratic elections are a week away and I remain as excited as I have been for each of the previous five, most notably 2004, when I was eligible to vote for the first time. There is real political fatigue among our country’s citizens though – you only […]

Politics

The Case For Caster Semenya

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is about to make a landmark decision that could have far-reaching implications not only for athletics, not only for sport, but for our society as a whole. The case in question relates to South African 800 metre runner Caster Semenya, and her biological makeup. Semenya has abnormally high […]

Media

Michael Jackson: Guilty or Not Guilty?

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I overheard a conversation the other day about Michael Jackson. The late king of pop has just recently, not for the first time either, been accused of child molestation. The people conversing were debating whether Jackson’s music should now be banned, or at least eliminated from radio and online playlists, and based on what I […]

Travel

Navigating Namibia

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You can watch our holiday video here:  It is almost legendary how folks tend not to explore their own neighbourhoods.  How many people do you know who have been to the most exotic locations, but have never seen the best parts of their own city or country?  This generally extends to neighbouring countries.  In 33 […]

Travel

Outstanding Oman

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You can also watch our Oman holiday video here:  Oman is the kind of destination that will surprise those not well versed with the Middle East.  If you think Oman is just another desert country with not much more than a lot of camels, a lot of oil and a lot of sand, then prepare […]

Sport

Japan World Cup Could Be Best Ever

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Image courtesy of AFP Rugby over the last decade has largely been like a James Bond film. You know before the time who is going to win, don’t you?  And just like every few years there is a new 007 flick, so too New Zealand’s All Blacks seem to have a different rival every few […]

Travel

Joys Of Jordan

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You can also view our Jordan holiday video here: It was the middle of November and time for a joyful trip to jolly old Jordan.  It was a whistle stop tour and the only negative was that we did not have enough time to see it all.  As usual I made a point of reading […]

Media

Balanced Reporting

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It feels as if we are living in an age where we are more polarised than ever before.  Extremism is the fashion in an ugliness where no middle ground seemingly survives.  Classic liberals are now conservatives and traditional conservatives are labelled fascists in this ugly dispensation where the insane dominate and normal people are isolated, […]

Travel

Georgian Gems

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You can also watch our holiday video of Georgia here: Georgia was the second leg of our international holiday in the first half of 2018.  Ntando and I had just had a wonderful time in Turkey and now we were on our way to Georgia.  I had told the travel agent I wanted a trip […]