The dark days would be gloomier if we didn’t brighten them with humor

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South Africans have lived with load-shedding for nigh on 14 years come December. Over the past three weeks, I’ve enjoyed only two whole days without electricity interruptions.

So, please pardon my erratic writing — I’m often powerless to change it.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term load-shedding, let…

“Grab the kids now and keep them safe — if a South African knocks, don’t answer the door.”

Really? (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

The UK’s draconian decision by Secretary of State for Health & Social Services, Sajid Javid to ban travelers from Southern Africa within hours of the announcement on 25 November of a mutated variant discovered in the region, reveals a lack of coherent policies regarding Covid-19 health protocols.

What makes no…


Thrifty Word Challenge 100 words #44: Culture

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Our national power utility Eskom teeters on the edge of darkness.

Pollution from dysfunctional sewage treatment plants threatens our rivers; denies people access to clean water.

Roads are crumbling, railway stations and tracks ruined by vandalism.

The fire during July’s looting at UPL’s non-compliant warehouse full of toxic chemicals closed…


Fifty Word Challenge #63: Wild Life

The bike my brother rode in his youth. Gone two years — miss you! (Image by Stavros on Wikimedia commons)

Then it was motor bikes. Minimum 500 cc engine and no Japanese makes in our club — the Half Breeds. Sunday runs in convoy to Gillooly’s Farm for a braai, beers, and bongs.

Now it’s mountains, valleys, wildfires, thorn-bush; midnight roar from the Lion Park near The Cradle of Humankind.



Poetry Prompt: Hilarious miscommunications from differences in meaning over the same word.

Confused? (Image by Irina Ilina from Pixabay)

I could wear a bonnet
Or I could slam it shut
My brain may be an engine
But doesn’t use lock nuts

Inherited my father’s jeans
Though now a little worn
I’m grateful for the talents
Received when I was born

I’m not a sewer
Though you say I’m full…

Western medicine is not the only solution to your health issues

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My 25-year-old self was at her GP for the sixth month in a row. As usual, he pulled out the script pad and wrote up another course of antibiotics.

I’d heard warnings about over-prescribing antibiotics, so I asked him, “Isn’t it bad for one to keep taking antibiotics?”

He peered…

100 Words

Thrifty Words 100 Challenge #40: ‘Diet’

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The Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire chewed things over, roasted those who disagreed, sometimes failed to give upstart rebels their just desserts, (Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms — yecch!), scrambled up support or opposition, egged on the Catholic masses.

Then there’s the National Diet of Japan…

Caroline de Braganza

Wise Old Woman (WOW). 16 X Top Writer. Mental health, Self, politics, satire, music and poetry.

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