• 21
  • Mar

IN Selections from Prison Notebooks (1971), the Italian politician and political theorist, Antonio Gramsci writes: ‘The old world is dying away, and the new world struggles to come forth: now is the time of monsters.’ More important, Gramsci also goes on to say: ‘the crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.’

  • 21
  • Mar

A WORD about toilets please…
Haven’t you wondered when you go into a public restroom, which toilet stall is cleaner? I mean you have to go in there and do what must be done, but you don’t want nasty smells, sticky things under your feet, crawling things climbing over your bare bottom, a stall with no lights, no toilet paper, no soap, or one where the door doesn’t properly close. So making the right choice of toilet stalls is an important decision.

  • 15
  • Mar

FORGET about those musicians who want to make us believe that age is nothing but a number. Trust me: age is MORE than just a number!
Old people in my culture usually say that they have “ozo kaakaa zounene”, which is a statement about the squeaking sounds of old bones, which obviously deteriorates with one’s age. Whether one likes it or not, age will always find a way of literally rearing its ugly head – for men, you get a bald head or some seriously grey hair. Hair-colouring creams like Palette or Go-Black are of no use anymore, and so one must make peace with the new “mature” image.

  • 15
  • Mar

I SPENT this past week in Durban, attending the Brics Academic Forum, which is part of a series of official events leading to the Brics Head of State Summit on 26-27 March 2013.
The Brics, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is not independent from existing global power structures. It seeks to reinforce these power structures through a voice that is not substantively an alternative, but merely one of continuity. Still, it has made significant advances and the Durban Summit is likely to further institutionalise the body through a Brics Development Bank.

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