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I mentioned intelligence the other day and wrote of an acquaintance, Garth Zietsman, whose IQ can fire up a road grader.
This prompted a reader to tell me that a test of 11 000 young people in Britain revealed that supposedly intelligence-improving computer games have no effect whatsoever on a person’s IQ.
I don’t know whether Lord’s Cricket Ground – 200 years old next year – still has separate entrances for “Gentlemen” and “Players”.
If it does, it needs to have a third door lower down the order (as cricketers might put it) for “Sledgers”.
In antediluvian times – I speak of last month – we, in Gauteng, were happy with our idyllic climate. We were having our usual totally reliable and glorious summer – a 15-minute storm every afternoon at 4.15pm followed by a balmy evening.
This week the system broke down.
I have received a query from Michelle Kane, a Pietermaritzburg reader. Addressing me by my first name, she wrote:
I have received an impassioned plea from Barbara Hutchison of Joburg asking me – nay, frantically begging me – to recall “any reasons why anybody should be happy about turning 60”.
While Barbara acknowledges that reaching 60 is better than the alternative, she is obviously seeking solace.
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