Monday Musings 13 September: Business in the front, party at the back

Monday Musings 13 September: Business in the front, party at the back 1

What is short in front and long at the back? Did you guess the mullet?  Yes, really. We’re talking mullets in today’s Monday Musings. And why not? With so little to smile about for so long now (18 months plus), perhaps it’s time to have a little fun. And after our family meeting last night, we’re all feeling rather buoyant.   In the tiny commune of Chéniers in central France last week, an altogether […]

#TravelTuesday 10 August: Yes, Grannies can Kickbox and Barbie is a Scientist

#TravelTuesday 10 August: Yes, Grannies can Kickbox and Barbie is a Scientist 7

Ever heard of Beatrice Nyariara? Probably not. You may not know her name. She may not make a difference in your life. But for the women in her community, Beatrice and her female sidekicks are taking one kick forward each day to empower and change their society.   Meet the “Kickboxing Grannies of Korogocho.” 75-year- old Beatrice and her female counterparts live in Korogocho, […]

Monday Musings 5 July 2021: What are your POVID Predictions?

Monday Musings 5 July 2021: What are your POVID Predictions? 16

Say what? Yes, a new word you may see taking off in the near future is POVID – ‘post-covid.’ The linguistics lovers will be thrilled to discover this new portmanteau. What’s a portmanteau you may rightly ask? In layman’s terms, it’s simply a mish mash of words, sounds or meanings to help us understand something, often a new reality […]

Monday Musings: Can we let you in on a secret? This is the real reason why you travel …

Monday Musings: Can we let you in on a secret? This is the real reason why you travel … 22

Last week, Juliet Kinsman, a sustainable luxury travel writer for Conde Nast Traveller, dove into the real reasons you travel – and you may be surprised.  Why do you travel? For the escape? For excitement and exploration? Bonding with friends and family – or grabbing some much-needed me time? The high of new surroundings, new tastes, new sights and new people?  The benefits of travel are real. It has […]

Monday Musings 19 April: What season are you meandering through?

Monday Musings 19 April: What season are you meandering through? 30

South Africa may be walking into winter, admiring the crispy autumnal leaves and mornings that are significantly frostier, but in your life, on your desk, in your mind – perhaps you’re walking through a completely different season.   Author Katherine May had these rather poetic words to share on the seasons of life:  “We are in the habit […]

Tuesday Tinkerings: We’ve come a long way

Tuesday Tinkerings: We've come a long way 36

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “tinker” as an “attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way.” Sounds about right doesn’t it? Aren’t we tinkering about in 2021, trying to repair life that unravelled spectacularly in 2020?   Perhaps you’re hankering after a simpler time. An existence when social distancing, Zoom calls, masks and sanitiser were the unusual, rather than the norm.  If you fancy travelling […]

Monday Musings: What’s your uniform of hope?

Monday Musings: What’s your uniform of hope? 44

Hello Level One! The further easing of our lockdown levels is certainly cause for celebration (a socially distanced, mask wearing, sanitised, calm, please-keep-it-small celebration), sparking some much-needed hope that we’re getting back to business.   There is always a business case for hope – providing it and holding on to it. And as it turns out, there are four core beliefs hopeful people tend to hold on to.  Many people […]

Monday Musings: So, why is your chicken crossing the road?

Monday Musings: So, why is your chicken crossing the road? 51

We all know the chicken crosses the road, right? But the burning question has shifted. It doesn’t really matter why the chicken is crossing the road. Rather, it is to whom does it matter that said chicken is crossing the road? Do we identify with the chickens? Do we care? While this question was asked […]

Monday Musings: What’s your one domino?

Monday Musings: What’s your one domino? 58

If 2021 got off to a rather skittish start (be quiet, be good, don’t touch anything), and you needed last week to (tentatively) ring in the new year all over again, we’re hoping the reboot was successful.

Monday Musings: What are you putting in your shopping basket?

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What have you been putting in your virtual carts recently? This past weekend and today saw deal-hungry shoppers descend on the World Wide Web and fill up their carts with all kinds of goodies, while others risked the shops to grab a good deal.