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A muse D

Welcome to my personal soundboard, where I can muse (you might call it ramble on) about things that interest, irritate, infuriate or impress me. In time, I hope this will lead me to understand the meaning of life, the universe, and me.

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Living on a prayerA muse d

Fri, 12 Feb 2010 21:02:02 +0000

Last year, my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. And no, she’s never smoked in her life. Besides, the doctor said, it wasn’t that type of lung cancer. Yup, you get different types of all cancer. The diagnosis suddenly made me alert to how many people around me have cancer. People I know, new people […]

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10 Reasons to eat chocolate after dinner…A muse d

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 07:40:32 +0000

I wrote this for the Gulf News’ Friday Magazine a few years ago: It’s an easy-to-achieve goal: Make a to-do list every morning that includes”eat some chocolate”. Even if your day was a complete disaster and you have not achieved anything, having some chocolate after dinner means you can tick one thing on your list. […]

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In the jungle, the mighty jungleA muse d

Sat, 07 Feb 2009 21:34:30 +0000

Did you miss me? Cause I missed me. Four exams, followed by a bout of flu, interspersed with a mixed array of houseguests; I’m only starting to find myself again now. So today I started catching up on some blogs that I’ve neglected these last few weeks, and boy, are there some interesting things happening […]

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Engaged signalA muse d

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 13:39:16 +0000

To my loyal readers, all 4 of you, yes mom, you too: I have not forgotten you. I just have to focus my attention elsewhere until the first week of February – classes to prepare, 3 more exam papers to study for (the first is behind me, thank goodness) a big presentation, and a house full of visitors […]

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The legacy of George W. BushA muse d

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 13:24:33 +0000

I’m going to miss him, that 43rd president of the USA. Like I sometimes miss Princess Sarah. The one from Wasilla, not the one from York. Always good for a laugh. Chief-cook-and-bottle-wash George is not as funny, but he always provides one with food for thought that leaves you somewhere between “amused” and “bemused”. Or […]

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Hear the children cry.A muse d

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 08:41:14 +0000

So, while everybody is trying to convince Israel and Palestine to live in peace,  Africa  goes on being Africa, largely unnoticed, largely uncommented on. On December 26, the day after Christmas, which for many of us means a lot more than Santa, presents and eggnog, a group of people were hacked to death at a […]

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Laugh or cry, you choose.A muse d

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 07:54:49 +0000

Being South African, I have a warped sense of humour, sometimes. Coping mechanism, I suppose. I also manage to fall around laughing at my own jokes. Someone has to laugh at them, and I fulfil the need in spades! So there’s this joke about the old farmer going to the bar for a few shots. […]

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Half the sky is falling.A muse d

Sat, 13 Dec 2008 09:02:46 +0000

Rape must be the oldest weapon used against women and girls. It is the ultimate violation, the ultimate assertion of power over another human being. It is an invasion, an assault, a humiliation, a violation. It trades on fear, loss of dignity, loss of power, loss of privacy, loss of self-determination, loss of self-ownership.The scars […]

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The Heart of Darkness. Part IIA muse d

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 21:54:07 +0000

Of all the continents, Africa is the most beautiful, the most colourful, generous, vibrant and creative one. It has life, a pulse, music and a heartbeat. It is the richest continent, as well. Rich in resources, people, tradition, culture, history. Rich in promise and potential.  Now you may think I’m biased, but that’s only because […]

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Hamba kahle, Mama Africa.A muse d698458201423 - compare prices

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 12:07:11 +0000

Miriam Makeba born 4 March 1932, Johannesburg, South Africa                          died 9 November 2008, Castel Volturno, near Caserta, Italy I remember, as a child, loving the sounds of “The Click Song”. For a white South African, the various clicking sounds so typical of the Xhosa language, are incredibly difficult, if not impossible to emulate. That never […]

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