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  • All the best laid plans (9/6/2019) - I saw an item in my newsfeed today.  It was one of those totally idiotic headlines: “Sister Wears Dinosaur Suit to Wedding.”  This was apparently because she was told she could wear whatever she wanted.  Daft I know, and whatever was she thinking? And never mind upstaging the bride! You just can’t plan for this …
  • Men and instructions (8/30/2019) - Have you ever heard that men don’t like to read instructions?  It’s like asking for directions, it seems they don’t like to do that either. It’s odd I know, but one particularly ridiculous event comes to mind that supports this theory. I had recently moved into my current home, where the garden is a fraction …
  • Me, me, me! (8/16/2019) - I had never heard of Bessie Andersen Stanley before, and I doubt most other people had either. She wrote this as an entry to a competition, which she won, and that seems to have been the sum total of her outpourings. But it nicely sums up what we should see as success, rather than how …
  • Sunbeam kind of day (8/8/2019) - Life can be full of challenges and demands that can sometimes be a little overwhelming, to say the least… and then there are those days that the stars align, and every little sunbeam in the sky turns its bright little face in your direction, bathing you in happiness and positive experiences. I had just such …
  • More than just lip service (7/26/2019) - Is it just me, or are you also getting a little weary of companies that offer a bunch of hollow words in place of customer service? I get it that retail staff are relatively low paid workers and probably don’t feel like bouncing around, being happiness personified, all of the time, but if some retailers …
  • 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 …