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Back to the commentary box!

I’d always believed that entering the comments sections of mainstream news websites was like feeling your way around a swamp in the dark. You’re not sure what’s down there, but you know it’s unpleasant. But lately I’ve overcome my fears and ventured into that lawless land “below the fold”. I’ve […]

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Video: Ancient archery skill rediscovered!

The legendary tales of archery are so impressive that modern archers believe they’re simply lies. The stories told about the prowess of archers of yore were so many times better than the bow-and-arrow guys of today, that it just did not seem possible. After all, with the development of carbon arrows, […]

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Stuff (South African) White People Like

I have a new book out! Yes indeedy-do! It is a book and it is new, and it is out. But in fact it is not 100 percent mine. It is the local adaptation of the world famous blogging and booking franchise, Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander. Stuff […]

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Turning Turtle

Legend has it that the incident in question happened in the summer of 1969. Bryan Adams and some guys from school, they had a band and they tried real hard. Jimmy quit, Jody got married. Shoulda known they’d never get far. Those were the best days of their lives. Meanwhile, […]

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The Oscar Pistorius media machine and me

By Hagen Engler As a journalist, it’s not often that one gets the chance to feel what it’s like on the other side of the media fence, to really be part of the story. Sure, journalists can lapse into that hacks-interviewing-hacks format that is the staple of so much TV news nowadays, but […]

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We’re starting a band, Baby!

That is correct! And we play a blend of funk, rock and afro-pop, with a hint of the pure-pop stylings of the Beach Boys and The Crystals. The name of the band is Superbruise, and it features Alistair Anderson, Tom Falkiner, Nick Wilson and your faithful correspondent, Hagen Engler, aka […]

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Thina Sobabili: From the hard drive to the world

There is a grim scene about halfway through Ernest Nkosi’s Thina Sobabili that just makes your skin crawl. It is one of the most horrific, outrageous and disgusting pieces of cinematography your correspondent has witnessed. In the scene, Skhalo, played by Richard Lukunku, verbally and psychologically abuses his partner Zoleka, […]

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Video: The water photography of Clark Little

Hawaiian photographer Clark Little grew up riding waves on the famous North Shore of Oahu, the mecca of surfing. When he grew up, he developed a liking for the waves of the Waimea Bay shorebreak. That’s not really a surf spot. All that happens at the Waimea shorebreak is massive, 10-15 foot […]

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