A little adventure with a Nikon film camera

A little more than a decade after selling my last Nikon film camera (Nikon F5 – probably the best camera I have ever owned), I am about to “experiment” with film, once again. Going through some old boxes, I found an old Nikonos V I bought several years ago, but never used. I took it on a diving trip to the Caribbean, but realised, when we got there, that I did not pack the rubber seals and grease. The Nikonos went back into one of the chamois leather sleeves (which I hand-stitched myself) I used to have for keeping my bodies […]

Hirschman and Zappa: Shout-out to Business Day

I want to give a shout out to the sub-editors (and leader page editors) of Business Day for keeping a reference to Frank Zappa in a serious column on Economics and Public Policy-making that appeared in the paper this week. Sub-editors are probably the least appreciated professionals in the newspaper world. There are very few young, or even mid-career reporters who have anything nice to say about “subs” or “copy editors,” as they are referred to in North America. As I have grown older, however, I have come to appreciate them more. If only because they fix my mistakes.  Other […]

Democratic Alliance and Diversity (and Thomas Paine)

  20 April 2018. This morning I came across this brief video clip of an old friend, Harvey Kaye discussing Thomas Paine. Harvey is a Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. His interview, on Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, has some relevance to my reference to Thomas Paine in this week’s column in The Herald (Published on 17 April). The following is the reference to Thomas Paine in my column, and the interview with Harvey is below that. In its current incarnation, the DA represents something more similar to the smug liberalism of former leader Tony […]

Winnie Mandela is Dead: I Cried a Little, Today

  2 April 2018. You were like family. Sometimes more than that. I argued with you. You yelled at me. So many times. You slammed the phone on me. I slammed the phone on you. “Eish,” Bra Moffet, a photographer on Sowetan, told me after one tempestuous phone conversation with you, “You and Ma Winnie!” He shook his head and smiled. I was a journalist. I wanted answers. You could not give me the answers I wanted. I hated you. I loved you. There were times when we laughed. Other times we cried. You were stubborn. You were generous. You […]

Afrikaners and Global Rise of ethno-nationalism and notions of purity

13 March 2018 – A week ago, Business Day published a short article I wrote on the global rise in fascism, far-right politics, ethno-nationalism and the search for purity around the world. See the article on my page of work published elsewhere. Anyway, below is a scanned image of the story. After it was published I received a reply from Jared Taylor (for Taylor’s association with white supremacy see here and here) who was advised by an Afrikaner-nationalist and white supremacist in South Africa. I should make time for a more structured response. This is a link to Taylor’s response […]