The Angst of a Crone

Even while in the midst of a very publicised trial about the murder of George Floyd by cops, the murders of black men by police in America continues. This week we watched a young man be shot 'by mistake' by a policewoman. On April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot …

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Three Butterflies

I've always felt that I receive communications from my grandmother via things with wings. This week I had three unusual interactions with butterflies. On Thursday I was working at my desk and a butterfly flew into the lounge and hovered by my desk then turned and flew back out. When I was telling Norman this …

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Going Viral

The Apocalypse is in full flow now. *Cue menacing music*. You cannot escape the barrage of information if you read the news or go onto social media. This 'end of the earth' feeling was enhanced by the insane weather we had on Monday. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9wwpOPJFVz/ The howling wind was bashing the trees and making the doors …

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Kept In The Dark

The issues with load shedding have carried on with us all having to plan around when we can cook and function in our every day lives. It's such an inconvenience. Especially as it seems that the schedule changes on a whim. On Valentine's night, Norm and I went out and did not know there was …

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6 Degrees of Chaos

As there are more people living with HIV in South Africa than in any other country it is impossible to fathom why people would destroy an HIV Centre at a local University on the Natal coast but they did. Students burnt the building housing the centre during protests on Monday afternoon. Students are protesting over historical …

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The Power of Women

My weekend has been fabulous. Saturday I was invited to attend a self defense class hosted by Lucinda Evans and the organization 'One Billion Rising'. https://instagram.com/p/B8EaSaLp0Li/ It was held in an area of Cape Town called Lavender Hill which sounds so pretty and makes you expect to see chocolate box cottages and undulating fields of …

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Taking Up Space

South Africans had a moment of huge pride this week when the beautiful Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe. There had been so many comments on social media about her short natural hair. She was told to wear a wig to make her more attractive but she was confident enough to trust her own natural …

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The Peter Principal

Thanks to my fabulous Sunday evening last weekend, on Monday morning I was a wee bit hungover. I had left the office early the previous Friday so I missed the arrival of a meeting invite for Monday but luckily I wore a nice dress and did not look a tramp despite my fuzzy head. We …

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The Spectrum of Light And Dark

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign (16 Days Campaign) is a United Nations campaign which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The world has a long way to go to address the issue, it …

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The Value of a Woman

September was Women's Month in SA and I wrote about some of the women who were murdered during that month. One of those victims was Jesse Hess who was raped and murdered and her grandfather also murdered. The Police suspected Jesse's cousin was the perpetrator but felt they did not have sufficient evidence and so …

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