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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...

Coffee, beer and noodles

  There are times to train for the future, and there are times to go all out. Good athletes know that, and so do smart businessmen...

Tests, Grades and Rules

There are three types of students; A students, B students and C students. When they leave school, B students get jobs working for the government,...

Expanding Horizons

  Don’t jump out of a plane without getting the proper training first. Someone actually gave me that advice this week. I already knew that was a...

The Rhythm of life

  Two days ago I found the rhythm but yesterday I got the blues. I think it had something to do with timing. Before I tell you...

Being Selfish

You have to look out for number one. For many years that motto has been the driving force behind most of the development we have...

Beauty for Beginners

I am not an expert on anything. You might suppose that would be a problem for someone trying to make a living by publishing his...

Forgive and forget

It doesn’t matter what you write about me, just make sure you spell my name right. That sentiment, which could also be expressed asany publicity...

Do it yourself danger

I got up this morning wondering what I should write about this week. Then, as I put the kettle on to make a cup of...

Brain Gain Without Strain

  No pain, no gain. I grew up with that slogan and it seemed to work pretty well when I was a kid. When I aged a...

State of Mind

Many people these days seem to be so busy they don’t have time to think. I’m very glad that I do not fall into that...

Fire Wood Worries

  Conservation is a good thing, but like anything else, I think it can be taken too far. For example; I like trees. I like them...

Go With the Flow

  That photo is a joke. There aren’t any ‘headphone-user’ warning signs on the streets of London. I agree it is a funny picture, but just because...

Go With the Flow

That photo is a joke. There aren’t any ‘headphone-user’ warning signs on the streets of London.  I agree it is a funny picture, but just...

Guess work

The spirit of the athletes I have been watching compete in the Winter Olympics has inspired me to really challenge myself this week. They seem...

One step too far

Believe it or not, it is possible to get too much of a good thing. I suppose that’s because when we start to get into...