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James Clarke Masthead
March 24 2014 at 10:20

People in high office rarely respond to letters these days. They dish them out to some minion who has a signature like a squashed spider.

Years ago I wrote to the commissioner of police after I witnessed several policemen in the middle of Joburg sorting out some kind of trouble with protesters who, as they toyi-toyied along, were helping themselves to goods from the pavement stalls of their helpless brethren.

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March 17 2014 at 10:20

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.

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March 10 2014 at 09:32

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”.

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March 7 2014 at 08:32

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.

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March 3 2014 at 09:46

I have received a query from Michelle Kane, a Pietermaritzburg reader. Addressing me by my first name, she wrote:

Dear Sir,

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