What’s in a Word: Native Americans, Tigers & Gauteng

I love Secret Sunrise: you get to dance to an amazing selection of music, without:  a) queueing until 11pm when night clubs open; b) killing your feet in stilettos; c) nursing a hangover the next day. So, when I took my … Continue reading

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Being an Exchange Student in Belgium, Assimilation & Brexit

Nineteen years ago, I arrived in Belgium as a wide-eyed Rotary Exchange Student. My first host parents were at Zaventem Airport to meet me and I was determined to boldly belt out my well rehearsed phrase: “Je suis tres heureuse … Continue reading

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BPO: Not Just “Birthday Party Outsourcing”

When it comes to child-rearing, I’m in favour of outsourcing if you have the option and if you manage it in a way that works for you emotionally – i.e. it’s pointless to outsource if you’re going to be racked … Continue reading

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That Itsy Bitsy Kayla Kid With, Like, 5 Million Followers

Men can often be quite dof but they can also be pretty sharp… When we were at university, my friend had a crush on a male model. (Literally). Her sister’s boyfriend was encouraging the crush, so my friend felt she … Continue reading

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When Middle-class Kids Need A Weekend in Warmbaths

The only sushi-related foodstuff my kids have ever eaten is wasabi. And that only transpired because Joe was sitting on my lap while we were enjoying a sushi-feast with my in-laws. He was too young to talk but he was … Continue reading

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Why Group Aerobics Classes Are Sort of Like High School

I started participating in group aerobics classes about half-way through high school. “Body Concept” – aptly named for its era – was the local gym in George, at a time when it was wholly acceptable to work out in a … Continue reading

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How to Holiday with a Mamil: Take them to Madikwe, not Mauritius

Ma-mil. Noun. The term “mamil” was coined in the 21st century and stands for “middle aged man in lycra”. It came about to refer to an increasing sub-set of the male species who spend large amounts of time in cycling … Continue reading

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Chiara’s Fifth Birthday Party: Eloise from The Plaza, NY

There is a scene in the Sopranos in which Mrs Soprano tries to coax her teenage daughter out of her moodiness by suggesting that they go into the city and have tea at The Plaza with Eloise. I must have … Continue reading

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Diet Diagnosis: The Get Fit Challenge

THE BACKGROUND: POST CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SELF-LOATHING By late December, the amount of holiday headspace that my weight (about 3kg more than my new normal) was occupying was unacceptably high. I was spending an inordinate amount of precious sea, sun, sand … Continue reading

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Tourist in Your Country of Birth? A Walking Tour of the Maboneng Precinct

For my 37th birthday in January, my friend Mandy gave me one of the best gifts I could have asked for: a walking tour of the Maboneng Precinct, south east of the Joburg CBD. I had been to the Sunday … Continue reading

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