Ariel Goldberg

Beauty doesn’t win rugby games

It’s not all bad, or all black, after the exceptionally disappointing 19-0 defeat against New Zealand on Saturday. Our team still managed to put together a number of very good-looking plays that saw us on the verge of a try many times throughout the game. The problem is that we never had the discipline to…

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What makes Batman cool? A psychoanalysis of the man in black tights

He jumps around in black tights, sounds like he’s being choked by his mask and has ‘Bruce’ as a first name? How is it that Batman still manages to be cool? Well, as the world’s most eminent, non-super superhero he certainly does come off looking pretty good in his latest movie The Dark Knight. Fighting…

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The great white hope

This poem is based on a true-life experience I had while visiting Mombasa, Kenya. It will always stand out for me as an exceptionally powerful lesson in how to view myself and my efforts in the world, and to realise that the only way I can ever help anyone else is if I understand what…

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I’ll have that coffee to go, thank you … WiMax is coming to town

There is quite a buzz around WiMax, especially so in developing nations where the high cost of rolling out fixed-line telecoms has left them considerably lower down the broadband pecking order than their First World counterparts. But is it going to live up to all the expectations? The Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (or better…

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The chilli chocolate circus

Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams, outside Montecasino in Johannesburg, is a truly fantabulistic, out-of-this-world experience. It’s so fresh, so original and so much fun. From the second you walk into the giant circus-like tent, you feel yourself transported to another world. A world where bohemian rhapsody, funny hats and the abstractly bizarre all meet in…

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Colouring outside the lines

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike. — Theodore Roosevelt The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. — Mother Teresa Recently, I was privileged to fly into Cape Town on a pristinely beautiful summer’s day. As we were…

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