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  • The Mediterranean (7/19/2019) - I just happened to be in a part of old Joburg the other day that I hadn’t visited in a long while.  On my back from my appointment, I realised I was driving along Jules Street, and that reminded me that I couldn’t be far from that amazing Portuguese fish market, The Mediterranean. As I …
  • When you know it’s right (7/12/2019) - Much has been written about Bob Marley since his premature death in 1980.  After a difficult childhood and turbulent teens, he got into the reggae scene and the rest is history.  He’s, without doubt, the best-loved of reggae singers and still today has a following on Facebook that eclipses that of the Beatles. The following …
  • Waste not (7/9/2019) - It’s really disheartening when you see what global efforts are underway to deal with climate change and waste (well, perhaps with the exception of certain notable individuals with funny hairdos), and to see so little being done here. Not so long ago, we were at the forefront of changing smoking laws, charging for plastic bags …
  • A sting in the tale (7/5/2019) - Where else in the world does a trip to a government office set off a chain of Facebook posts requesting which office is the best to visit, or what’s the quickest way to get something relatively mundane done?  And by quickest here, we’re talking just a few months, instead of many, many months.   Where else …
  • Harry Potter and pizza deliveries (6/20/2019) - I don’t know how many of you are camping fans, but in days gone by (as you would have read in Girls and trailers), it was a bit of a thing for us.  And we were generally joined by a group of other pommie families, which gets me to a particular trip to the KZN …
  • It isn’t Christmas without turkey (5/30/2019) - It’s cold here right now and the cold reminds me of Christmas… and Christmas in July… and food and turkey dinners.  At least that was my train of thought when I wrote this. And that in turn reminded me of our last Christmas in the  UK when I decided to take along my entire family… …
  • Four-legged interference (5/28/2019) - We all know what a hassle it is to renew a driving licence in South Africa and how the system seems to have been contrived to make it so.  It doesn’t help then when your own family members put obstacles in your way. By family members here, I’m referring to the wider familial circle, including …
  • Thai another day (5/24/2019) - Now, I know that I’m putting a target on my back even suggesting a best-ever Thai food restaurant or street eatery, but it is purely my opinion and you’re welcome to disagree or tell me what you think is better.  I’m sure I’m also going to get equally berated about the authenticity of the dishes, …
  • A dark departure (5/21/2019) - So, the phone alarm was set for 4:45am.  An unearthly hour for some, but we were headed to the north of Pretoria to visit a very special venue and a particular favourite of mine.  As anticipated, the phone did its thing and I got myself ready, warmly dressed as it was really chilly, and out …
  • A leisurely lunch (5/16/2019) - Last weekend I was fortunate to go for a casual lunch at The Herb Farm in Blue Hills, Johannesburg.  This is a spectacular setting, both from the view over Johannesburg’s skyline, and the magnificent gardens.  It has changed hugely since my first visit in October 2018, at which point they had just re-opened.  At that …