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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,...

POIB condoms

We did this fake radio ad at the M&G, spoofing the government’s pro-POIB (Protection of Information Bill)...

POIB condoms
posted on: Apr 3, 2012 | author: Chris

The number of the least

Those weird guys in funny robes were right. Chris Roper discovers that numbers do rule our lives. So we don’t...

The number of the least
posted on: Apr 2, 2012 | author: Chris

Spookpsalms, Piet Botha

Spookpsalms (2011) A weary effortlessness imbues Piet Botha’s first Afrikaans studio album for eight years. It’s...

Spookpsalms, Piet Botha
posted on: Apr 2, 2012 | author: Chris

Kony 2012: what it is

This is an excerpt of a 3000 word analysis of the Kony 2012 video, that I wrote for the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. If...

Kony 2012: what it is
posted on: Apr 2, 2012 | author: Chris
Bunnies for @swimlittlefish

Bunnies for @swimlittlefish

posted on: Apr 1, 2012 | author: Chris

Some random bunny shots I took in Austin and New York, for @swimlittlefish who has to live with being typed as a bunny lover. Awesome Flickr Gallery...

Van Coke Kartel: Wie’s Bang

Van Coke Kartel: Wie’s Bang

posted on: Mar 23, 2012 | author: Chris

Only the very best bands can effortlessly blend the raw, angry veneer of powerful rock ’n roll with the complexity of a true artistic and...

Rice to Riches

Rice to Riches

posted on: Mar 22, 2012 | author: Chris

I stumbled across this amazing store selling delicious rice puddings, in different flavours. Very modern, great packaging, and the kind of service...

Sea shots

Sea shots

posted on: Mar 7, 2012 | author: Chris

Here are some shots of the sea, taken in various countries. Nothing much in common, except the brine. To set the mood, the opening of one of the...

Harley-Davidson in Miami

Harley-Davidson in Miami

posted on: Mar 6, 2012 | author: Chris

I was lucky enough to ride most of the 2012 Harley range in Miami in February. Here are some pics from the experience. I have a story about it on the...

Nonhle vs DJ Fresh

Nonhle vs DJ Fresh

posted on: Feb 1, 2012 | author: Chris

Nonhle Thema is famous for tweeting outrageous things at suspiciously early hours of the morning. Here are a few highlights to make you chuckle, but...

Singapore shots

Singapore shots

posted on: Jan 19, 2012 | author: Chris

Some random shots of a few days I spent in Singapore in December 2011. Stayed at the hotel Quincy, what a great hotel. Highly recommended. Awesome...

Battle for SA media freedom

Battle for SA media freedom

posted on: Jan 18, 2012 | author: Chris

There were many important stories in the South African media in 2011, but perhaps the biggest story was the media itself. The beginning of 2012...

Apocalypse Later

Apocalypse Later

posted on: Jan 17, 2012 | author: Chris

In the same way that a former US governor allegedly refused to allow Spanish to be taught in schools because “English was good enough for Jesus...

Mud Ensemble 1993 – 1999

Mud Ensemble 1993 – 1999

posted on: Jan 16, 2012 | author: Chris

Mud Ensemble hail from a time and mindspace when it was okay to take yourself seriously as a musician. Personnel included the remarkable Marcel van...

Farryl Purkiss’ Fruitbats

Farryl Purkiss’ Fruitbats

posted on: Dec 7, 2011 | author: Chris

The default comparison for Farryl Purkiss, much favoured by lazy music journalists, is Jack Johnson. This appears to be largely predicated on ...

Six Winters of Laurie Levine

Six Winters of Laurie Levine

posted on: Dec 7, 2011 | author: Chris

Oh Brother, the opening track on Six Winters, is a sad, naked declaration of a stymied present and a mooted intent. “Oh, it’s a long...

The Leopard

The Leopard

posted on: Nov 24, 2011 | author: Chris

The less said about the food desert that is Johannesburg the better, and no, that’s not a spelling mistake. So I was hugely excited about the...

Zombie flash mob vid

Zombie flash mob vid

posted on: Nov 7, 2011 | author: Chris

Filmed a random Zombie flash mob on rollerblades, in Madrid on Halloween...

The H-word

The H-word

posted on: Aug 3, 2011 | author: Chris

Some people think the next world war will be fought over water, others claim the world will erupt in a battle about oil. They’re wrong. The next...

Congrats! You’re my 1 trillionth visitor!

Congrats! You’re my 1 trillionth visito...

posted on: Jul 20, 2011 | author: Chris

A momentous occasion in the history of the interwebs. All over the world, websites have simultaneously hit 1 million visitors! For about 20 years...

Mr Cat and The Jackal

Mr Cat and The Jackal

posted on: Jun 27, 2011 | author: Chris

Think Gogol Bordello meets The Tiger Lilies, with a touch of Beirut, and you have a fair potted reference for the wackily world sound of Mr Cat and...

Taxi Violence: Long Way From Home

Taxi Violence: Long Way From Home

posted on: Jun 27, 2011 | author: Chris

Taxi Violence: Long Way from Home (Unplugged) There have been a few snide remarks about the wisdom of doing an unplugged “best of” album when...

Rugby in our blood

Rugby in our blood

posted on: Jun 22, 2011 | author: Chris

Rugby In Our Blood is a collection of essays by SA rugby players, fans and commentators, edited by Angus Powers. Here’s a bit from the piece I...

Putting the Q into Qwelane

Putting the Q into Qwelane

posted on: May 31, 2011 | author: Chris

This is a column I wrote for News24 in 2008, when our current Ambassador to Uganda wrote his anti-gay column. Since he’s just been found guilty...

Mooseknucklehead Music

Mooseknucklehead Music

posted on: May 27, 2011 | author: Chris

Says it all, really. Mrs B The Milkshake Revolution “Your girlfriend is sweet/ your girlfriend likes to go down on me…/ She’s known all...

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