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Wendy Knowler fights for your rights...

John Scott Masthead
July 22 2014 at 07:05

Like most people getting on in years, I take an increasing interest in how to keep my wits about me. I’ve seen too many of my contemporaries, well, losing it.

Which is why I attended the UCT Winter School lecture last week on The Ageing Brain.

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July 17 2014 at 10:05

South Africa has just taken the lead with another world first – it has lost the longest stretch of railway line ever snatched from under the noses of those who use it.

What is now estimated to be 10km of track in Gauteng simply disappeared. One week it was there, the next it had gone. No one noticed a gang arriving night after night with their blow-torch equipment, cranes to lift the 960 tons of steel, and heavy-duty trucks to cart it away.

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July 15 2014 at 07:06

A funeral is a funny place to gain a new insight into pioneer heart-transplant surgeon Chris Barnard and his brothers when they were teenage boys, but Christ Church, Constantia, was where it happened on Saturday morning.

The deceased was a fellow doctor, Rob Hawke, who died a mere three weeks after breaking his lifelong bachelorhood at the age of 81.

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July 3 2014 at 09:29

William Booth, the criminal lawyer currently prevented from representing various clients in court because of his sore knee, should take comfort from the fact that there are a lot of us with the same problem.

In fact some enterprising fellow knee-sufferers could establish a Confraternity of Patella Chondromalacians, which is a fancy way of describing people with a pain in the knee. Membership would be oversubscribed.

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July 1 2014 at 10:10

Women allegedly drive more carefully than men, according to a survey of 24 000 South African motorists who downloaded apps which had used the speedometer and GPS function on their cellphones to record their behaviour on the roads.

I am quoting now. I am not quite sure what an app is, and even if I was I wouldn’t dream of putting one on my cellphone to expose my driving habits. Not that I possess a cellphone, anyway, because my wife does enough cellphoning for both us. Technologically I am quite happy to admit I am a bit behind the times.

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