Friday, September 25, 2020

Novel’s eerie 2020 parallel

Some 18 months ago, I idly picked up a book and began reading. It was rather a thick book – more than 700 pages -...

Wisdom of elders vital as youth face uncertain future

Many lessons are learned on the journey of life. In days gone by, sons learned from fathers and girls from mothers, and of course there...

Be full of beans this winter

ANASTACIA SAMPSON Beans are a cost-effective and highly nutritious, energy-packed food widely available in processed tin forms, sprouted or commonly in dried packs. As beans can...

Fond memories of growing up

Exactly nine months after my late father returned from active service in North Africa in May 1945, I made my appearance in the big...

A day not to take fathers for granted

Sunday, as everyone knows, is Father’s Day. It is not easy to become as sentimental about fathers as it is about mothers, who had their...

Coronavirus widens stark education divide in SA

At the time of going to print, schools in the BCM area would have been open for just under two weeks. When it was first...

Autographed book on online auction captures bygone age

During the 1950s, when this scribe was a young lad, it was always an exciting occasion to take a brisk 2km walk from our...

Fond memories of a former sports journalist

Languishing in splendid isolation together with the rest of humanity has had me reflecting on some of my own little newspaper career memories here...

Grandparents also faced crisis of World War 2

RORY HASCHICK Dear Charles Beningfield Thanks for your weekly column and especially the recent story of your lockdown emotions and your dear wife’s handling of them...

Many health benefits to kicking the habit

A splendid fellow is my brother-in-law, Albert. A more devoted husband and father one could never wish to meet. That he has been married to...

SA in ‘dire need’ of social cohesion

Plato, possibly the most significant philosopher of Athens and initiator of the first institution of learning in the Western World about 2,400 years ago,...

Chickpeas pack a nutritious punch

ANASTACIA SAMPSON Garbanzo, more commonly known as the chickpea, is far more than a ‘chick’ or a ‘pea’. This nutty-tasting legume has been ’in-chick’ for thousands...

Is this the end or a new beginning?

Littered throughout history are certain events of such significance that they end up influencing the entire course of human society for decades, even centuries...

Preserving frogs in urban areas is critical

The subject of frogs and their habitats is not a topic I am particularly interested in but all the same, a piece in the Sunday...

How distraction rules our lives

With the inevitable arrival of Covid-19 on our shores, I was debating what to say about it for this week’s column. However, short of reminding...

Thanks to patrons who open hearts

The Catholic Order of the Knights of da Gama wish to say a big thank you to the patrons of the two Spars mentioned...

Respecting diversity beats weak-knee tolerance

Plato, possibly the most significant philosopher of ancient Athens and initiator of the first institution of learning in the Western World about 2,400 years...

Four-day work weeks the way to go

One of the most famous catchphrases in cartoon history has got to be Garfield's resigned declaration of “I hate Mondays”. No matter who who you...

Fearing ‘them’ in a pandemic makes no room for even ‘us’

By TOM EATON Two weeks ago, a convoy of six buses made its way towards a sanatorium in the small Ukrainian town of Novi Sanzhary. On...

Taxis need to be better provided for on SA’s roads to...

A recent article in the Daily Dispatch this week raises concern over taxis blocking driveways and delivery points during peak traffic hours. There’s a lot...

Don’t underestimate the Oxford Comma

When it comes to the English language, there are two subjects which are sure to arouse fierce debate: US vs British spelling and the...

UNDP, Oxfam say global inequality poses grave threat

In 1990, Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen launched the first ever Human Development Report (HDR), published by the...

Leave the matrics alone

The first thing I'd like to do here is offer a big congratulations to the Matric Class of 2019. Your dedication to your studies...

Stage Six was a long time coming

“Hello darkness, my old friend” Simon & Garfunkel The best description of the recent load shedding announcements that I've seen so far comes from Ed Stoddard...

‘Hazbin Hotel’ and YouTube’s animation renaissance

In this week's review of Hazbin Hotel (which is amazing and you should totally watch it), I say that the show represents the unofficial...

Black Friday’s complicated history

If last week's fantastic advertising wrap didn't clue you in, Black Friday is upon us with all the sales, price cuts and insatiable consumerism...

We’re heading for Herbert’s desert-planet future

One of the best scenes for me in Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, Dune, is also one of the least eventful, considering this is the same...

Guaging the television sportaholic’s contribution to marital strife

Well, the 2019 Rugby World Cup is finally over. The 48 matches have duly been broadcast, we are the champions once again, usual business can be resumed and...

Show respect no matter the outcome

In the relatively short time since the understandable and justifiable euphoria of the Springboks being crowned champions of the Rugby World, much has been...

Mabuza turns a blind eye to human rights abuses

You know what, I really didn’t want to write this editorial. I had a lovely piece all written up about the Springboks’ amazing victory...

Passing on the baton in the race of this life

One of the defining realities of every person’s passage through life is that there comes a time to make way for successors and to hand...

We must come together if we want real change

While most of East London was glued to their televisions, radios and computers watching the Springboks utterly thrash their English rivals to win the...

Headaches remain for mental healthcare

Before we move on to the main topic of this column, I just want to take the opportunity to thank the staff of Life...

Climate crisis is a human rights issue

Last Friday saw a historic event take place across the world. In more than over 100 countries, around the world, millions of students and young...

Shaka, Jan Braai and a ‘messy’ rainbow nation

By now, you’ve surely well aware of what is coming next Tuesday. It’s hard to miss with just about every store – especially grocery...

Keep up the fight to stop violence

One of our lead stories this week was the opening of the One Day at a Time (ODAAT) Alcohol and Drug Recovery Centre in...

Our home is on fire and it’s time to panic

During the Davos Climate Conference in January, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg gave a speech in front of before the various celebrities and world...

Little has changed since Marikana

On August 16 2012, hundreds of platinum miners working in the Lonmin-owned mines in Marikana, North West Province, gathered to protest against poor living...

Free and fair elections are under threat from data mining

Netflix’s The Great Hack, 2019: “Nobody wants to admit that propaganda works because to do so is to admit our own susceptibility to it.” March...

Golden oldies I remember so dear

The recent passing of Doris Day at 97 has sadly severed yet another link with my youth and filled me with nostalgia. Day was “top...

A tribute to Richard Mogg

One evening last week at the close of a perfect day, I stood on the balcony of my little first-floor flat here at Berea...

Charity can’t just be a once-off

Thursday July 18 marks the ninth annual Mandela Day, an internationally recognised celebration of Nelson Mandela chosen to coincide with the late statesman’s birthday. First...

Medicine chest museum

Isn’t it awful the amount of upset tummies and flu doing the rounds just now? I don’t know whether the reason is to do with...

Safeguarding yourself online

The age of the internet has brought us many benefits, but it has also brought with it its share of risks. As our lives migrate...

We live in a golden age of self-publishing

During my conversation with Russel Bradfield, one of the things we talked about was the struggle new and independent authors face trying to secure...

Balance must be found between fun and bad behaviour

In the pursuits of mankind, the variety of experiences, events, defining moments and human interactions know no bounds. While there will be many aspects of...

Father’s Day started by grateful daughter

Last month, we celebrated Mother’s Day by looking at the history of the event so it only made sense to do the same thing...

Marijuana use will need strict controls

Marijuana has been facing increasing in acceptance lately, thanks in no small part to last year's ruling that smoking weed in your personal capacity...

Give some of your precious life-blood

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) recently held a blood drive here at the Daily Dispatch office where I donated my 22nd pint...

Readers have their say on Semenya ruling

Given the controversy surrounding the recent ruling against Caster Semenya, the GO! & Express asked our readers over Facebook whether they agreed with the...