Category Archives: Education

The Education Department Gets Away with Robbing all South Africans


Schools in South Africa re-open on 9th January, and frantic book-covering and gathering-together of paraphernalia is the order of the day. It is truly amazing that South Africans took with such little fuss the announcement early last year that the … Continue reading

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Bright Sparks with Flashes of Brilliance


A fitting title for my typing being accompanied by a most spectacular thunderstorm. I just hope my computer doesn’t get fried, but I want to get my post posted. With a Certificate of Grandfatherly-ness comes a Licence to Brag, which … Continue reading

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My Daughter and Prostitution!


This headline and heading appeared in our morning paper, the Natal Mercury:  “The dark side of the moon  Durban is a port, giving it a history of prostitution as old as the city itself” This was no sooner set eyes … Continue reading

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Final Evil 1 Timekeeping


No, I am not taking up timing Old Nick. What that should read is: Fina Level 1 Timekeeping Fina being: Fédération internationale de natation. Today my results came back from the exam written on Saturday a week ago. I passed … Continue reading

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Communication from a Cattle Crossing


Eldest granddaughter Immy has just received the following letter: We are, of course, thrilled.  With the reputation and performance of Oxford, only those with outstanding graduate results even bother to apply, and even then most are turned away.  We can only … Continue reading

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Schooldaze …


Eight-year-old granddaughter R, entering Grade 3 (which my generation knew as Standard 1) is already involved in a hectic schedule.  Off her own bat she auditioned for Junior Choir, and yesterday received a letter of congratulation stating that she has … Continue reading

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The Really Awful Stars by Day


Do you believe you see a star By day, from down a shaft quite far? Well, actually, this is untrue; It is a thing you cannot do. Though Aristotle said it’s so, And Hershel, who should better know, The light at … Continue reading

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