Bernard Allen

Language as an Allen key or crowbar?

My status updates on the increasingly ubiquitous Facebook platform don’t normally generate much in the way of interesting, meaningful discussion. Admittedly I’m probably to blame for that as I have a tendency to post stream-of-consciousness snippets that nobody understands, for my own amusement, or as a small marker of thought in time. At least I’m…

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We get robbed by car guards daily

Car guard. Those two words and the encounters they imply elicit a maelstrom of knee-jerk responses in me, some of which negative and some, well, less negative. Fortuitously for purposes of my venting here, these responses appear to follow a fairly easy to map progression, in a fashion I liken to an inverted three-phase traffic…

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Would Iron Man have been half as much fun as an environmentalist?

I missed Iron Man when it was on cinema in SA. I’m not sure why, considering how alluring a trailer with Black Sabbath blaring and explosions flashing across the screen can be. Perhaps I’d already blown my time and money budget on some of those terribly trashy films they show at the Cinema Nouveau. You…

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Kommetjie whales: Did emotion trump logic?

I was deeply moved as much as the next animal lover by the recent whale beaching in Kommetjie. As a diver, general marine enthusiast and sort of person who frequently daydreams about swimming with dolphins, seeing those graceful giants of the ocean dying in agony in such large numbers is certainly not my idea of…

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