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Jeep: a 4-letter word?

Jeep: a 4-letter word?

You would never have guessed this, but it turns out that Jeep South Africa are trendsetters in the field of...

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Don’t be scared

Don’t be scared

I teach a module on digital journalism at the University of Pretoria every year, and in 2013 they asked me to...

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Goeienag Generaal – Piet Botha

The lyrics to Piet Botha’s great anti-war song, Goeienag Generaal (‘n Suitcase Vol Winter,...

Nkandla: The Early Years

Funnily enough (as I’m not a photographer or a journalist), I took the first photos of the Nkandla development...

Nkandla: The Early Years
posted on: Nov 22, 2013 | author: Chris

It’s boys and girls and other

Blur’s classic song Girls and Boys says it all about the confusing multiplicity of 21st century sexualities, and its...

It’s boys and girls and other
posted on: Aug 6, 2013 | author: Chris

Stories behind the love songs

The history of popular music is replete with examples of love songs that were written for one particular person, but...

Stories behind the love songs
posted on: May 7, 2013 | author: Chris

Where I’ve been

The blue bits. Sadly, only 16% of the world. A lot left to...

Where I’ve been
posted on: Mar 28, 2013 | author: Chris
Khanyi Mbau: Bling and nothingness

Khanyi Mbau: Bling and nothingness

posted on: Mar 20, 2013 | author: Chris

I battled to find significance in Bitch, Please! I’m Khanyi Mbau, socialite Khanyi Mbau’s tell-all biography, published in 2012....

Let them eat cock

Let them eat cock

posted on: Mar 19, 2013 | author: Chris

Suggestions that the way to end sexism and rape is to have a better, more ethical patriarchy is lamentably divorced from reality. (A column I wrote...

Our thugged-out asses: SONA

Our thugged-out asses: SONA

posted on: Feb 14, 2013 | author: Chris

Jacob Zuma’s 2013 State of the Nation Speech done gangsta style: Honourable members, Fellow Downtown Africans, Dope evenin ta you all,...

JM Coetzee citation

JM Coetzee citation

posted on: Dec 10, 2012 | author: Chris

Today, Monday 10 December 2012, that superb writer JM Coetzee gave the graduation speech at the University of Witswatersrand. Here’s the...

#20forgottenSAsongs

#20forgottenSAsongs

posted on: Dec 6, 2012 | author: Chris

I’m putting up 20 great SA songs that we’ve forgotten, one a day for 20 days. Here are the first four, but to keep getting the daily...

Zapiro vs Gary Larson

Zapiro vs Gary Larson

posted on: Nov 29, 2012 | author: Chris

Love how these two cartoons speak to each other.  Godzille the monster, Zuma the surprised innocent...

Bond. Jacob Bond.

Bond. Jacob Bond.

posted on: Nov 22, 2012 | author: Chris

The Jacob Zuma bond saga has spawned the #thenamesBondJacobBond meme. read about it on the Mail &...

Driving you mad

Driving you mad

posted on: Nov 2, 2012 | author: Chris

It used to be a thing. Choosing music for a road trip. Getting the right CDs into your glove compartment. The optimal mix of rhythmic reggae and...

Fetish, Little Heart

Fetish, Little Heart

posted on: Nov 2, 2012 | author: Chris

Digging out my old Fetish albums to prep for reviewing Little Heart (2012), the band’s first cd since 2006’s Remains , I felt again the thrill of...

Die Antwoord is my pimp

Die Antwoord is my pimp

posted on: Nov 2, 2012 | author: Chris

I started getting calls from Die Antwoord fans when I was in Tunisia at the beginning of the year. The calls came from all over the world: Holland,...

Bob Dylan’s Tempest

Bob Dylan’s Tempest

posted on: Nov 1, 2012 | author: Chris

Bob Dylan Tempest With the release of his novelty album Christmas in the Heart in 2009, Bob Dylan allowed us to stop believing in him and to start...

Steve Hofmeyr’s Comedy Roast

Steve Hofmeyr’s Comedy Roast

posted on: Oct 31, 2012 | author: Chris

Whoopee. Africa’s first ever Comedy Central Roast, featuring Steve Hofmeyr, Afrikaans ideologue and sometime singer, facing a panel of people...

African News Innovation Finalists

African News Innovation Finalists

posted on: Sep 11, 2012 | author: Chris

Forty (40) pioneering digital journalism projects have been shortlisted as finalists in the inaugural $1 million African News Innovation Challenge. I...

Minor rant

Minor rant

posted on: Aug 24, 2012 | author: Chris

Normally, I’d save this stuff for a column, but I feel like ranting in a space where I don’t have to be too careful about crossing my Is and...

The Trouble With Tech

The Trouble With Tech

posted on: Jul 3, 2012 | author: Chris

Can’t remember when or why I wrote this little piece. Might have been the start of a column. Found it on an old hard drive, and it’s...

Derek Gripper’s Music from Mali

Derek Gripper’s Music from Mali

posted on: Jun 7, 2012 | author: Chris

We are told that DerekGripper is the only guitarist in the world who can do justice to the complex, unique music of the Malian griots who play that...

Smear of the Nation

Smear of the Nation

posted on: May 22, 2012 | author: Chris

After the defacement, and dedickment, of Brett Murray’s “Spear of the Nation”, I got @pixellatedsushi to knock up this pacifist...

The best 10 things I’ve eaten this year

The best 10 things I’ve eaten this year...

posted on: May 6, 2012 | author: Chris

Okay, this is actually the best 10 things I’ve eaten this year that I took pictures of. There’s been good stuff, but alas, uncaptured by...

Restaurants with no sell-by date

Restaurants with no sell-by date

posted on: Apr 26, 2012 | author: Chris

I was in an enormously happy and creative mood after attending the Design Indaba in Cape Town a while ago, so I thought I’d write about something...

A Suitcase Full of Winter

A Suitcase Full of Winter

posted on: Apr 26, 2012 | author: Chris

Piet Botha is one of the great rock ‘n rollers of South Africa. This is a story I wrote for Rolling Stone magazine, for April’s issue....

Keep it simple, SA

Keep it simple, SA

posted on: Apr 21, 2012 | author: Chris

It’s time we cast aside the shackles of objectivity and nuance, and start talking plainly about some of the problems our country faces. What the...

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