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Boksburg Post office – delivering filth, fear and intimidation

Safe at home now, I still feel shaken by events this morning.  I am not easily frightened.  Today I felt vulnerable and afraid.  I also felt disappointed that a situation turned hostile when it had the potential for citizens and a state institution to work to common good. Let me start at the beginning, I am branch secretary for the DA (Democratic ... Read More »

Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

Animal Rehabilitation Centres stir mixed emotions.  The nature of their existence both tragic and heartwarming.  Being reminded of the wholesale destruction of habitat and wildlife engineered by humans, clouds the sunshine of my day.  Still, we need to be aware, ignoring tragedy only allows evil to gain more territory.  At Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre a small team dedicate their lives ... Read More »

HUGO – THE MOVIE

In December I was enchanted by the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  This week, we found time to watch the movie, Hugo.  Previously this had slipped under my radar despite winning an Oscar. This was the first family movie which we have watched together (over 2 nights).  Parts probably went over Acacia’s 4-year-old head, but she still enjoyed it.  ... Read More »

2 WEEKS AS A NON-SMOKER

For two weeks my blue lighter has rattled around partnerless in my handbag.  For a long time, low energy levels and a general feeling of fogginess, had me thinking of quitting smoking.  I also begrudged the time and mental space which smoking occupied in my life.  The time was nearing to say goodbye to my old friend. On return from ... Read More »

SANRAL have overlooked those who wanted to pay e-tolls

SANRAL have a long list of problems. I wonder, do they recognise the dilemma of the un-tagged motorists who want to pay but can’t. There are drivers who are not tagged out of sheer defiance, flipping SANRAL the bird with a grin. There are another group who would like to pay, but they don’t want an e-tag. They refuse to ... Read More »

Discovering Gotye and the fact that I’m an old fool

Last week I suffered insomnia, my mind in ecstasy and turmoil after discovering Gotye through the masterpiece ‘Somebody that I used to know’.  Why would breathtaking genius depress me on one level ?  This song was released in 2011, it is now 2015, it topped charts, it won a friggin’ grammy, and I was oblivious!  Years ago I developed such ... Read More »

Social media is a misnomer

Before computers and cell phones, the land-line was a link to my friends.  Any subject could be talked through inexpensively at length.  These days I don’t even know my friend’s land-line numbers.  Expensive cell phone calls are short and to the point.  As we get more busy face to face time is minimal.  I live in a bubble with my ... Read More »

DA Branch East 32, More action than talk

Politics can be a real drag, so much talk so little walk.  Politicians hide underground, not making a peep until election time, then they are all over us like a rash.  This puts many off playing an active part, we’ve all heard so many promises and seen so very few results.  Why bother?  I’ll tell you why bother, because if ... Read More »

Pecan and Cranberry rusks

This recipe is an adaptation of the Lynn Bedford Hall recipe for ‘Farmhouse Finger Rusks’.  I’m making them today because my Mum is on her way to visit from Durban and these are her favourites.   You can juggle the optional ingredients to your taste, I use all 4.  This recipe makes dozens, depending on how thick you slice the fingers. ... Read More »