#alienadventures: David Tlale’s downtown drama

To say that David Tlale likes a bit of drama, is like saying Jen Su might be persuaded to wear a hat. From live orchestras at midnight to “that” show on Mandela Bridge, David likes to push boundaries, and along with them, a lot of his critics buttons. In most cases, David’s love of drama … Continue reading

#alienadventures: what a piece of bubble gum says about our levels of respect

I’m one of those people who gets niggled by litter. Seeing an area covered in litter irks me, but watching someone actually do the littering takes my blood pressure to unhealthy levels. It’s especially upsetting when I see people casually throw something out of a car window. In the last week alone I’ve seen a … Continue reading

#alienadventures: help Uganda move from the dark ages into the 21st century #homophobia

URGENT: SIGN AND SHARE A bill proposing that gay and lesbian Ugandans be executed is coming back to Uganda’s Parliament – it could pass at any moment. President Museveni once promised that he would not sign this bill into law. With pressure mounting on him to support the bill, only a massive global outcry – … Continue reading

#alienadventures: when fashionably late is no longer fashionable #MBFWA

[origional copy from my City Press column: African Time is a time bomb – 4/11/2012.  I feel it deserves re-posting] The old saying that “time is money” takes on a new meaning in our digital age. Time is not just money, but has become one of our most precious commodities. Technology has not only created … Continue reading

#alienadventures: sowing the subtle seeds of hate

[This is my latest column for City Press, published with the title “Playing Russian roulette in the Rainbow Nation“.    I think so many South African’s – and most people who live in unequal societies – simply do this without thinking. If it resonates, pass it on. We must be mindful about spreading hate – especially … Continue reading

#alienadventures: the death of common sense

In the light of today’s march on the Goodman Gallery over Brett Murray’s controversial painting The Spear, I thought it apt to reblog this article/”obituary” from The Times in London published in February. It speaks of things that have happened in the UK, but everyone on the planet will identify. And in South Africa, this … Continue reading

#alienadventures: the biggest fashion trend for 2012…and beyond

Perhaps not what you were expecting but something I’ve been subscribing to for quite some time. Prescriptive fashion trends are so last century. In this day and age, personalisation and individualism rule – not following the herd. So try this as a 2012 mantra: you might be pleasantly surprised with the result.

#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

#alienadventures: How do you solve a problem like Malema? (apologies to Rodgers & Hammerstein) #ANCYL

To mark Julius Malema’s Waterloo, and in sympathy with the powers that be who are trying to impose some discipline within the ranks of the ANCYL, I’ve come up with my own version of “How to you solve a problem like Maria?” from The Sound of Music. This is my South African version. Just sing … Continue reading

#alienadventures: The Rise of the South African “Slackoisie” (Prounounced “Slack-wah-zee)

My latest column for City Press seems to have hit a nerve, so I’ve decided to republish my origional column as a blog-post. The column hinges around the “slackoisie” a delicious term used to describe young law professionals – and increasingly – the work ethic of the Y- generation, or millennials. But I have used … Continue reading