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Success and Failure

  The road to riches does not always run through the class room. Usain Bolt developed his athletic ability instead of pursuing higher education. So did most...

Time to Think

  Doing things is good… but sometimes, stopping and just thinking can be better. That idea holds even when we are extremely busy. Take that cartoon...

Sorting the Rubbish

  I may have stumbled upon a simple truth last week under a load of rubbish. The incident occurred at my mother’s house in the United...

Fun, Fear and Money

  They’ve taken the fun out of everything. My mother said that to me the other day shortly after I arrived at her house in the...

Accepting the Past

  I felt quite good the other day after watching a news report about an innocent man who had spent two thirds of his life...

Cost Cutting Caution

  Being cheap can be expensive. I know this from personal experience. I also know that if I’m not careful, trying to save money by doing things...

Roll Over Rover

  Things change but that doesn't mean they always get better… at least not for everyone. Let’s take the development of 4x4 vehicles as an example....

Problem Solving Blues

  I solved a specific problem last week, but once I did that I became aware of a much more general one. The specific problem had...

Spirit of the Law

  I once got nabbed for driving at 61kph in a 60kph zone in Francistown. The violation occurred back when the police were first using radar...

Living in the Present

  Planning for the future can be a good thing, but quite often we take it too far and forget about the importance of living...

Natural Timing

  I am a lucky man. When I went to sleep two nights ago I was planning to pop out of bed early and get started...

Reality Check

  Each one of us is an amazing creature. I’m not saying that because I want to promote positive thinking, I’m saying it because I believe...

Service With a Smile

My faith has been restored in the free market. Well, sort of anyway, but that’s only because I was never a card carrying capitalist in...

Dazed and Confused

  It is extremely easy to get things wrong. I had an experience last week that pounded that reality into my brain. What happened was I fell...

An Important Idea

  Today’s column is important. Well, I think it is anyway, but I realise many of you may not agree. That’s because the importance of something is...

Watering the Grass

  The grass is always greener on the other side. Obviously that isn’t true, but that popular expression highlights our tendency to assume things other people...

Aging Gracefully

  Today I want to talk about aging gracefully… and then at some point in the future, I’d like to do it. I’ll turn 58 in...

Simple Start

  This year I’m going to try to take control of my life by keeping things simple. That’s my New Year’s resolution for 2015. I know...

Christmas Giving

I got my Christmas spirits mixed up this year. No, I didn’t screw up while I was making a cocktail; what I did was latch...

Knowledge and Sense

  A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Alexander Pope said that 300 years ago and part of what he meant, I think, is...

Protecting Private Property

I heard two scary stories the other day that highlighted how much the world has changed since I first came to Africa 34 years...

Speed check

  I did something last week that i’ve never done before I hit myself in the head with a hammer. No, I did not do it on...

Fine behaviour

I broke the rules and then I felt bad. I drove my car at 60kph through a 50kph residential zone near where I live in...

Mind your own business

  Things got heavy during the recent parliamentary campaigns. Tempers flared and there was plenty of stress. One of the really good things about events like...

Meat and Pickles

  A duck walks into a shop and asks the man behind the counter if he has any pickles. “No, this is a butcher’s shop, we...

Billionaires Crying

  Let’s play make believe. Let’s imagine we had all the money we needed; more cash than we could spend in 100 years, billions in the...

Switching Off

  Tourists often spend over P100,000 each on luxury safari holidays in Botswana. I suspect most of you find it hard to believe anyone would throw...

Keeping it Light

  Q: What's the difference between a mosquito and a lawyer? One is a blood-sucking parasite… and the other is an insect. I love jokes and I’m...

The Art of Choosing

  Making decisions is can be hard work. I also sometimes find the process to be quite stressful. Often that’s because most of us like to keep...

Sport, Drugs & Rock and Roll

  When we assume, we make an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’. That saying is a handy way to remember how to spell ‘assume’ and...

A Positive Note

  When I started working as a reporter I thought my biggest problem was that I didn’t write enough. Eventually, however, I figured out the thing...

Cracking Technology

  I’ve just discovered I’m no longer qualified for many jobs that I’ve always been sure I could do. Things like waiting tables, working behind a...

Winners and Losers

  Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser. Former American football coach Vince Lombardi said that, and the quote is used by...

Stretching Our Limits

  I think it is a really good idea to try new things every once in a while so we can stretch our limits. It helps...

Turning things around

  Most of us love to complain. That may be because we don’t want our problems to be our own fault, or maybe it’s just that...

Comfort Zone Exit

  There I was, sitting on the grass minding my own business, when all of a sudden two middle-aged men started shaking their bums in...

The Joy of Fear

  People pay good money to jump out of planes and to bungee jump and swing across gorges on a rope. They say it makes them...

Worth the Wait

  Play now; pay later. That’s the way the marketing world wants us to live, but that does not mean it is a good idea. Here...

Old News Revisited

  You know something I don’t. You know who won this year’s World Cup. I’m writing this column on Thursday the 10th of July and all I...

Bad Behaviour

  As a man sits down at the World Cup Final he notices the seat next to him is empty. “Who would ever miss the World...