Interesting Times

Any attempt to fully understand the machinations and workings of the human mind will always fall short. That is the fascination, and also the predictability, of human behaviour.It is an endlessly fascinating subject, and the workings of the world likewise.

Language Girl

Language Girl

Born in a country which no longer exists, Rhodesia, educated there and then here at Rhodes University. Working as a freelance tranlsator has many benefits and challenges, balanced by working as a Reflexologist from home as well. I have worked in the television industry, for the defence force, and as an interpreter. Language will always be the bridge between human beings, and many times I have been privileged enough to help construct those bridges.

Tax season versus strike season

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on Wednesday, 17 August 2011
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As a freelancer, I am subject to the SARS regulation of paying Provisional Tax twice a year, and August is one of those months. Interesting how that date closely follows ‘strike season’. I wonder if there’s a connection somehow? But I digress.

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What happened to the rainbow?

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on Tuesday, 09 August 2011
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Africa is not for sissies. It’s a phrase which is often used, and more often than not with a laugh. Africa has always been seen as a wild continent, although the untamed tag has recently been left off the phrase. I’m beginning to wonder if it shouldn’t be restored, with the considered addition of the word ‘violent’.

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Assault by whisky

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on Thursday, 28 July 2011
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Time the gravy train ran out of fuel too

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on Tuesday, 26 July 2011
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With the extent and provenance of Julius Malema’s wealth exposed by a detailed report, finally,   there are more than a few questions which should be answered, one of which is how much tax does this wealthy man pay? Similarly, many other questions raised recently in relation to other high-profile political figures have been carefully ignored or brushed aside.

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Drunk on power

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on Thursday, 07 July 2011
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Government’s proposed ban on alcohol advertising, while it sounds good in that it would appear to be looking out for the best interests of the citizens of this country, is no more than window-dressing. People drink whether they are happy, sad or simply out for fun. No amount of advertising or lack of advertising will alter that. The only way to change the horrendous statistics of substance abuse is to start, once again, at the beginning, with basic education. Funny that – it seems so logical, yet it just doesn’t register with the powers that be. Looking at the costs of treating patients who are substance abusers, and trying to cancel those costs out by preventing any mention of the evil substances and thereby cutting down on the abuse is simplistic in the extreme.

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Winnie's Crown Prince

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on Monday, 20 June 2011
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The writing was certainly on the wall on the occasion of Julius Malema’s hate speech trial, with the personal bodyguards to hand and the very obvious backing of the Crown Prince by Gogo Winnie herself.

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Crippling lies

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on Tuesday, 24 May 2011
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Working as I do from home, I don’t get to travel the highways and by-ways as often as many of my friends, so it was an unwelcome shock today to realize that ‘miraculous’ begging cripples are still in evidence at traffic lights in Jozi. Miraculous because as soon as their daily begging is over, hey presto there is nothing physically wrong with them.The one I saw today appeared to have suffered a cross between a stroke and muscular dystrophy. Believable? I don’t think so.

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Celebrations or reality

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on Saturday, 21 May 2011
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Dancing to a different tune

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on Wednesday, 11 May 2011
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As songs and lyrics seem to have been much in the public eye of late, it occurred to me that, with an election looming, maybe it is time for the ANC to change its tune from the same old ‘dubul'ibhunu’ and ‘mshini wam’ songs and replace them with something much more apt.

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The shame of corrective rape

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on Thursday, 05 May 2011
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With the pressure increasing as the date for the municipal elections draws nearer, promises and hot air are flowing thick and fast, and if every word is to be believed, we will all be living in Utopia before too long. That is, of course, provided the vote goes the way of the right party.

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