#alienadventures: xmas edition – the mystery of the 12 days of xmas solved

I received this email yesterday, and had always wondered what the 12 days of xmas were all about. There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with … Continue reading

#alienadventures: Helsinki – the quintessential alien adventure

Monocle magazine voted Helsinki the best city on the planet to live this year, so my recent trip there was perfectly timed to see what the fuss was all about. In short here are the pro’s and con’s in brief: Pro’s: There were only 5 (yes 5!) murders in the last year (in Jozi that’s … Continue reading

#alienadventures: feeling that holiday feeling yet?

They say that it takes you the first 3 days of your holiday to finally get off the mental treadmill and start relaxing. It’s true, which is why long weekends are so bad for you. The moment your body and mind start to crumble (blissfully that is), you have to go back to work: the … Continue reading

#alienadventures: Lunchtime thought. Throwing away food while people starve. The human race is an odd lot.

Did you read the tragic, actually horrific, story about the the four Mmupele children from a place called “Verdwaal” (which means “lost” in Afrikaans) who died of hunger and thirst in the veld as they went in search of their mothers who had gone to look for work or food on a neighbouring farm? The … Continue reading