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Musings on being published

When people ask me how does it feel to be an author I shrug and give a wry smile. Not an arrogant wry smile but more like I really don’t know how I should be feeling kind of smile. Its a lot like when people ask you on your birthday how does it feel to be *insert-specific-age*. There is no…

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Living small: My dream space

Living small. That is the future of sustainable living according to the guys involved in building the Life Pod. In just 17 sqm Pod-Indawo has created a living space which has a fully kitted kitchen, a bathroom, bedroom and task area. The idea of living functionally in a small space was conceptualised by architect Clara da Cruz Almeida who designed 2.4…

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TRAVEL: Tehran

While travelling the world is a deep-rooted dream of mine, I would much prefer to travel to culturally rich cities than ones flogged with consumerism and desperate tourism. That is why I thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Tehran earlier this year which was an incredible mix between politics, culture and touring. We flew To Tehran via Turkey and on arrival…

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REVIEWS: What I have been reading lately

  – Reporting from the frontline: untold stories of Marikana by Gia Nicolaides: I usually enjoy reading books which capture what went on behind the scenes- the story behind the story. That is why I was particularly keen to pick up EWN report Gia Nicolaides book on her experiences reporting on the Marikana Massacre. There has been numerous books unpacking…

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Head space: The Irene Dairy Farm

A dairy farm is not usually the first place that comes to mind when I think of a relaxed Saturday afternoon. That is until I visited the Irene Dairy Farm in Irene- Pretoria. Read on, it’s not that far! (It is situated just five minutes from Centurion.) More than anything, the farm is an incredible place to think, relax and…

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Coffee hoppin’ in Braam

I love coffee. Like seriously love coffee. I will opt for a cuppa freshly roasted somethings over dinner if I have too. But I hate coffee in a stiff pretentious environment. Also, I have no qualms with going on coffee dates by my self. It gives me time to connect with my cuppa. Okay, I sound like an addict. But,…

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Foodie: R Caffe- Quirky plus good food

I frequent coffee shops a lot. Like unhealthily often. But, in my defence, I use coffee shops to study and write. Also the free wifi sometimes is a heavenly gift! In Joburg, my “spots” are Vevo Telo in Parkhurst, Motherland in Rosebank, Velo in Braamfontein and Vidae on Glenhove. I also frequent the odd coffee shop in Melville and Parkview.…

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Review: SA Politics Unspun

If Stephen Grootes attends a press conference, you KNOW it is an important one. Grootes is by far one of this country’s top political journalist and his views are considered by many. So when his book: SA Politics Unspun was released, I looked forward to reading it. Suffice to say, while I don’t always agree with him, he makes a…

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Review: Owning the future

Some columns ought to be extended into books while some books should never exceed a 1000 word count. With that in mind, Owning the future: Lindiwe Mazibuko and the changing face of the DA, I felt, was prematurely written. Senior journalist Donwald Pressly wrote what he termed “an unauthorized biography” of Lindiwe Mazibuko which frankly was an extension of her…

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A kiss, a wedding and a bad, bad break up

  I am so tired of telling people how busy I am. It is actually lame now. It is like my busy is busy. But after seeing that sign I promised myself to live a fulfilled life. I was going to work less and live more. Then a kissed happened that messed all that up. A political marraige was announced.…

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