Author Archives: Administrator

About Administrator

Author and freelance writer based in Hout Bay near Cape Town in South Africa.

SA invention puts entrepreneurs in charge

FROM where I’m standing, entrepreneurship is alive and well. My 18-year-old son is currently cavorting in Cambodia thanks to the money he earned, while at high school, breeding and selling mice to people who keep snakes as pets. Ja. It’s … Continue reading

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No mess, no fuss, no needle

MY mother was a nurse, by which I mean she doesn’t suffer wimps gladly. And by wimps I mean anyone who complains of discomfort and pain. She made an exception for my father when he lopped the top of his … Continue reading

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Nosing out new skills and opportunities

I HAVE been thinking about smells and the role they play in my life a great deal recently for two reasons. A month ago, my optometrist tut-tutted at length about the ongoing deterioration of my eyes. They’ve been pain in … Continue reading

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Barefaced facts about fonts

IF, in this digital era, we judge one another according to the technological choices we make – i.e. the smartphones, laptops and tablets we own – it follows that we’re going to measure each other’s personality, aptitude and worth against … Continue reading

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The fine art of flattery

DO you know anyone who is immune to flattery? Me neither. I am certainly not. Bring it on, I say. Lay it on thick and fast, and I will lap it up. After all, it’s as the granddaddy of self-improvement, … Continue reading

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Wake up and see the coffee with orthokeratology

IT started with an SMS from my son, who’d travelled a vast distance past sea and city to find a centre that would accept a booking for his motorcycle-driving test before the turn of the decade. “Failed the eye test,” … Continue reading

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Are you addicted to exercise?

MY friend Alice’s older brother is a general practitioner. He’s also an ultra-distance runner, which requires hours and hours of training. He’s up while it is still pitch dark each morning to pound the pavements and he trains again for … Continue reading

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Take my word for it

Aristotle said: “Trust allows groups to flourish, to achieve excellence”. And yet, as I found out in conversation with Roger Stewart, trust is in short supply in business today. ROGER Stewart reminds me of my grandfather. We’re discussing trust in … Continue reading

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When horse becomes whisperer

THE window in Stacey Doorly-Jones’s office above the stables on De Grendel farm on the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills outside Cape Town looks directly onto an arena in the yard. A small group of boys in their early teens … Continue reading

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When adventure trumps luxury

IT pays, while travelling, to sometimes forego luxury in favour of adventure. And, when I travel with my husband and son (Jan-Lucas and Sebastiaan), who are the ultimate adventure seekers, it’s an exchange I’m frequently asked/compelled to make. But, while … Continue reading

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