When award-winning writer and columnist, Chris Jones first started at Esquire magazine, he took over the sports column from his writing idol, Charles P. Pierce – and he was scared witless. Three columns in, his editor called and said, “Hey, can you stop trying to write like Charlie, because you can’t. Write like you.” We’ve […]
With January now under our belt, how are you feeling about the year ahead?
With 2021 just two weeks away, our musings have turned to the year ahead – and all that it might hold.
It celebrates the news that the world’s scientists are now on course to produce a working vaccine against COVID-19. Of course, many questions still remain.
This year has been completely bonkers. An out-of-control rollercoaster lurching from one crisis to the next. And it seems no-one has been spared. So much so, that one weary Canadian has now returned artefacts she pilfered from Pompeii in order to ‘break the curse’ on her and her family. We’ve seen some crazy stories (journalists […]
Can you tell a story in six words? Cape Talk had us asking the question when John Maytham reminded us of the six-word memoir project, started by Larry Smith, founder and editor of SMITH magazine, back in 2006. A passionate storyteller, Smith was inspired by the legend of Ernest Hemingway, who (it is said) when […]
Many South Africans have felt a little lighter this week, raising a glass to Alert Level 2, planning an interprovincial trip or heading back to the gym after nearly 150 days of lockdown. Family visits, beach days and excursions are all back in play, cigarettes no longer cost R1500 a carton, prohibition is over, and […]
Most of us have had a grim week. South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela indicated this week that domestic level travel is only likely to open up in late September or early October – with foreign tourists only allowed back by January 2021. Another blow for our beloved industry. Down, but never out, we […]
The last week or so has seen plenty of milestones and memories. South Africa marked 90 days in lockdown (94 as you’re reading this), the Winter Solstice promised sunnier days to come, Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial kicked off in Johannesburg, and, incredibly, it’s been 25 years since Madiba donned Francois Pienaar’s No. 6 jersey […]
If, as the saying goes, life is a marathon not a sprint, then we can all agree that 2020 has, on its own, been an ultra-marathon of Comrades proportions. With a moving finish line. The last week has been particularly tough (Polly Shortts, if you will), as we saw out the last few days of Stage […]