The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
(No, no, relax. I’m not robbing you.) I just want to see who else is feeling the punishing pinch of the contracting value of the rand?
“Erm, no. That’s not mine. I only wanted egg on my toast,” I said, almost nervously.
“@%&*(,” she let rip.
So what’s on TV tonight and how do I wrestle the remote away from the guy in the house?
I don’t often travel the N3 in the direction of Durban. My job keeps me more desk-bound nowadays and leisure time seems to nudge us rather towards the Midlands, the Berg and Gauteng than the coastal belt.
Two weeks ago we lost a wonderful colleague.
Is there anybody out there?
As I walked towards the kitchen, I stopped dead. What was that?
On Tuesday afternoon, I received some bad news. I was scanning through The Witness classifieds when I came across a death notice, out of the blue, for a contact I had worked with for many years.
Let me tell you a story.
It had been a rough week. You know the kind.
On Sunday [last week], the guy and I needed to get out of town. We’d had the stink of the dump fire in chunks, and you know how bad I am when confronted with a bad smell.
I had the grumps with our house last month. And it turned out it wasn’t even the house’s fault.
Today I’m writing about a Witness legend in the form of the one, the only (drumroll please …) chief photographer Ian Carbutt.
I have never been passionate about teaching before, but that little chance of being passionate faded away on the first day of teaching.
I admit I’m a bit addicted. There’s no shame in my habit though. Lots of people do it.
So I’ve been sitting and pondering on how to actually begin writing about my experiences teaching English as a second language in Taiwan so far; so I’ll begin where I begin because beginnings happen everyday.
We like to talk of failure. The economy has failed. Reconciliation has failed. The ANC has failed. The government has failed. In our despair we flail around, looking for salvation, sometimes from the first snake-oil salesman who happens along.
Is load shedding affecting your general mood?
I’m conflicted and a part of me feels like a very big part of my life was a lie. This is more specifically about the soundtrack to my youth.
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