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John Scott Masthead
June 3 2014 at 10:26

Motoring through what is called the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal we decided to pop into one of the province’s top private schools, Michaelhouse – not just because it is featured in the book and movie Spud but because a few of my mates are listed among its most illustrious matriculants.

One is cosmologist George Ellis, who I’ve known since we climbed mountains together as students. Another is my late newspaper colleague Barry Streek. When Spud was first published, Barry and I were fellow weekend guests of a mutual friend, and for two days he never lifted his nose out of the book.

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May 27 2014 at 10:35

“Ag pleeze daddy, man,” sang Jeremy Taylor all those years ago.

A week ago when my wife and I drove to Durban it didn’t take eight hours in a Chevrolet – more like three and-a-bit days in a 12-year-old Volvo with our two dogs on the back seat.

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May 15 2014 at 10:19

Julius Malema and his cronies have vowed to cause a stir in Parliament, and one of their first stirs could be the spectacle of their being marched out before they have settled in.

The problem with Parliament, unlike street rallies, is that it has rules, 312 pages of them in the Guide to Procedure.

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May 13 2014 at 10:19

The best loser of the entire election was Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota who sportingly tried eating a hat after promising to do so if his party polled fewer votes than in 2009.

In fact it polled more than a million fewer which is as good a reason I’ve ever heard for eating a hat, other than falling on your sword.

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May 8 2014 at 06:27

“JUST a small mark, please,” I said to the lady with the purple pen, who agreeably planted a tiny dot above my left thumbnail.

And when the next seated lady in line gave me my two ballot papers, I asked: “May I come back this afternoon and vote again?” At first she seemed dumbstruck that I should ask such a question. Then she pointed at my purple mark and said no, I couldn’t.

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