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John Scott Masthead
July 30 2013 at 10:09

One of the two million Zimbabweans “literally running the South African economy”, as President Robert Mugabe has claimed, yesterday heaped praise on his leader for recognising this fact.

George X (let us call him) a waiter, grade A, at a luxury Waterfront hotel, said it was wonderful to be acknowledged at last for the role he was playing.

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July 25 2013 at 09:08

The astrologers are trying to make the best of bad job with the newly-born Prince of Cambridge.

He missed being a Leo by only 30 minutes and had to settle for Cancer.

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July 23 2013 at 08:59

Gary Player is a most personable and engaging chap, apart from having been one of the world’s best golfers ever.

He enthusiastically greets every Joe Soap, even if he doesn’t know them from a bar of the same. He says “lovely to see you again”, though he’s never met you before. I was the personal recipient of this flattering treatment some years ago when invited to Boschendal to celebrate his 70th birthday.

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July 2 2013 at 10:12

Unseemly is the word that best describes the goings-on in the Mandela family while its patriarch and still-living legend lies at death’s door.

It’s a good word, meaning inappropriate or improper, and is not often used these days. The translators of the authorised King James version of the Bible liked it, though, and among the apostle Paul’s attributes of “charity”, they wrote that it did not “behave itself unseemly”.

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June 25 2013 at 10:03

The United States-based South African golfer David Frost is in a bit of a pickle. He thought he was divorced from his second wife and married to his third, only to learn that his divorce (because of American and South African court technicalities) was invalid.

In other words, he was married to two women at the same time.

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