#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: 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: 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: Hungry? Try the Leopard – Andrea Burgener’s new eatery in Jozi

Andrea Burgener and food go together like hot toffee pudding and ice cream – her food is familiar, comforting, unpretentious,  deceptively simple but always with a deliciously decadent (or quirky) twist. For those who have never had the pleasure, Andrea was the founder of the very popular Deluxe restaurant, first in Richmond and then later … 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