Random thoughts and rubbish about the Olympics

Firstly, congratulations to all the athletes for their excellent performances, effort, dedication and sacrifices. I’m sure that it must take an incredible amount of effort to do your 15,000 hours of practice and deliver a performance that lasts for two minutes, yet defines your life and legacy. Well done. I can’t help but think of […]

I am xenophobic – there I said it!

I am in strong disagreement with the current approach to make South Africa open to immigrants from other countries to come and seek a better life – at least, in it’s current form. Now, this is probably not going to win me any friends, and may even be criticized as selfish and biting the hand […]

Get sorted with the good, old “P-K”

grew up in Pretoria in the 1990’s. In high school (which was pretty close to an Afrikaans high school and located in a typically mixed English / Afrikaans neighborhood) the term “P-K” was somehow coined. If you don’t know what that is, I am not going to explain, but suffice to say that it involves the […]

The Truth vs Justice paradox

What is truth? What is justice? Isn’t truth supposed to set you free? Don’t we swear to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” A problem with truth is – there are many versions. Take the example of an art class sitting in a circle around an object, with the task […]

Consider the folly of optimism and beauty

So here we are – at the point where life has brought us. Undoubtedly, there have been positives, negatives, learning’s, mistakes, successes, hopes and dreams. Every step that we have been through has been a necessary, integral part of our journey to bring us to our destiny, to prepare us for something new, and to […]

The scientific properties of light

My sketchy recollection of high school physical science – specifically the scientific characteristics of light – was on my mind yesterday. I juxtaposed them against the contemporary state of values and morals in South African society and thought that there are some lessons that we can take away. In layman’s terms, let’s define some of […]

A Lesson learnt from Jacob Zuma

Our family visited some friends over the last weekend. As these things sometimes go, us males found ourselves chatting away, separately, about family, work, the economy, finance, life, sport and politics. The host planted an idea into my head, so admittedly this isn’t all mine. However, I did ask him for permission to use it, […]