Llewellyn Kriel

Proudly South African again!

Just when we need it most, hope has burst on to the South African scene in the form of the sunshine start of the 2008 rugby season. While our politicians are indubitably the scum of the earth, a malignant, avaricious cANCer and the archetypal kakistocracy, and our organs of the state are terminally leprous with…

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Could it be …

In a strictly hierarchical culture, the name of the game is follow the leader. Irrespective of how he/she/it became the leader, by fair means or foul, hierarchies are premised on the unshakeable belief and unquestioning acceptance that “the leader” embodies the best of that culture or society. Baboon troops, whether the vast hairy hordes of…

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Could this be my last blog?

I have a T-shirt brought back from the Newseum in Washington, DC, that reads: “Trust me, I am a reporter”. It’s the one I am wearing in this month’s issue of Empire, the boldest and most adventurous and fecund new magazine to hit South Africa’s bookshelves in years. After so long we have a magazine…

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First Eskom, now Telkom — who’s next?

I have promised to reveal what one good or positive trait of mine I would willingly relinquish if given the chance to live my life again. I failed on my promise … and therein lies a parable. I have been offline again — thanks entirely to the unimaginable incompetence of Telkom, its ingrained policy of…

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Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble …

If you had your life over again, except you could choose to have one virtue, one grace, one of the things you consider good character traits taken from you, what would it be? Think carefully now, little ones. We’re not talking about having your whole life, however long, however adventurous, however troubled, however dull, however…

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Me — unplugged

I’ve been off the blog a few days now. Not because of Eskom (though Telkom is trying hard to regain its status as public enemy number one), not because of threatening emails, not because I haven’t had much to say (got plenty of both). Regular readers of my blog know I have major depressive disorder…

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Could this be the start of something big?

“Sorry” is in the air. “Sorry” is everywhere. And it’s come for you and me! Suddenly, in an unprecedented move, the normally offensive members of the ANC are apologising for their multitudinous mistakes left, right and centre. Bearing in mind this is contrary to every basic principle of its übermensch philosophy; of the African National…

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Hits of our time

Ever alive with improbabilities, South Africa is exploding with anthems. Not content with lyrical pleas to the ghost of De la Rey to return from Benoni and free the boere from the yoke of demockracy, anthems are cropping up everywhere. And, ironically, most seem inspired by the shambolic state of the nation. As cricket commentator…

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Choices, choices, choices …

To pick up your son, or not to pick up your son — That is the question, Whether tis nobler in the mind to let him walk home by himself And get kidnapped or killed just by chance Or to take arms with you in your car And when you’re threatened, shoot them. Maybe you…

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The silence of the frogs

Frogs. It’s all about the frogs. Or at least not just about frogs as such, but about what our little amphibian neighbours teach us. Ecologists call frogs an indicator species because, with their highly permeable skins and living both in water and on land, frogs are among the first species to show if something is…

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