April’s Fool
Apr13

April’s Fool

I can’t believe this is my first post for 2015! The year is, somewhat predictably, whizzing by in a blur. Is it April already? I feel so cheated! It all started with the 2014 silly season (the only time the South African television production industry takes a break, albeit a very short one). I was especially excited about this particular end-of-year time out because we weren’t expecting any stay over guests – so...

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Snapshots
Nov20

Snapshots

“You say a lot, but reveal very little,” read the message. Clever and observant “Joe”, as I shall call him, wrote to me recently to convey his thanks, in particular, for the “Dear Young Person” series of posts on this blog – but he also added that he felt a “little cheated” by the fact that I seemed excessively guarded about my personal life. “I understand that you...

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So long, Eastern Mosaic…
Nov16

So long, Eastern Mosaic…

In recent months I’ve replied to so many e-mails and messages from people enquiring about the demise of my former show, Eastern Mosaic, that I’ve decided to respond to some of their most frequently asked questions here – if anyone else has to ask. As some of you already know, Sunday the 24th of August 2014 marked the final broadcast of Eastern Mosaic – after nearly 14 years on air. Obviously Eastern Mosaic, or...

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Man On Fire
Aug05

Man On Fire

The concept of ‘burnout’ from overwork or stress seemed like a foreign and unlikely prospect when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. Like so many careerists and over-achievers with big plans, I had set myself some lofty goals and was determined to realize them – and when you’re young and driven it simply doesn’t occur to you that there might be a physical or emotional toll to all that ambition and achievement. I guess I felt invincible!...

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A Perspective Check
Jul09

A Perspective Check

How about a healthy little perspective check? You know how some images leave an indelible mark and have the power to haunt you forever? I was still in high-school when I was first introduced to this photograph – and it’s been etched into my memory ever since. A bunch of us were studying in the school library when my best friend (of 26 years now) rushed over with a book that she had just discovered and enthusiastically pointed to this...

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You Are Here
May13

You Are Here

Nothing quite prepares you for when you behold the iconic Taj Mahal for the first time. Pictures and poetry don’t really do justice to its daunting scale, dignified grandeur and strange luminosity. Like a mirage, it completely messes with your visual perception, particularly of depth – because it almost appears to get further away as you approach it. And then, when you eventually ascend the steps to the imposing monument, you feel...

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