Category Archives: Culture

Wearing the Pants

I’ve had the idea in the back of my head for months to write about the differences in language use between England and South Africa. But I never managed to collect enough of them to make for a full post. … Continue reading

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Ignoring the Peanut Gallery

Hands up all those who like peanut butter? And those who like peanut butter and chocolate combinations? I’d wager there’s a fair few back in South Africa (and a decent proportion of those in the US). But here in Britain, … Continue reading

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Victoria Reviewed

I’ve long been a fan of the historical novel, particularly when it’s closely based on reality. There’s usually some new angle of a person’s impact on history, which I nearly always find interesting. I tend to go through periods of … Continue reading

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How to Play Ball-Tig

This is a game Alex devised to add a bit of spice to the otherwise somewhat monotonous routine of jumping up and down on a trampoline. Here’s what you need: One trampoline – the bigger the better. You need one … Continue reading

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How much wood can a wood chipper chip?

It sounded like a good idea when we first saw the advertisement. Tree climbing, Logging horses, something called a Log to Leg race, and two miles of machine demonstrations. It turned out to be significantly different to what I was … Continue reading

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Cars In the Garage

Here’s a question that could easily find its way into the notorious Life in the UK Test: What has it got in its garages? The answer, of course, for an Englishman, is “Everything but the car”. The concept of having … Continue reading

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Building up to the Olympics

I remember when Cape Town made a bid for the 2004 Olympics. Back in 1996, we were newly back in the international world, thoroughly enjoying our elevated status as a fledgling democracy. Optimism was high, and the enthusiasm for the … Continue reading

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A Bad Case of Rabbit Skin Collection

Well, the Jubilee celebrations have come and gone. While I generally haven’t got into a flap about the royal family in any great degree, I must admit that the whole spiel has softened my attitude towards them slightly. If only … Continue reading

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Good City, Bad City

I was very tempted to haul out the whole Tale of Two Cities spiel, and I almost managed not to fail entirely. Because while supporters of Manchester City are somewhat pleased this week, those of Birmingham City are less so, … Continue reading

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Futuristic Speech

Newspapers are generally useful for two purposes – they tell us what has happened, and they provide some information about what is going to happen. The ‘what has happened’ piece is rather obvious – it’s what most of us think … Continue reading

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