Tony Lankester

Thabo Mbeki’s Facebook page

I bet you are wondering if our country’s First Citizen has ventured into the world of Web 2.0 during his late-night browsings. Well, I can confirm that he has. After tracking him down on Facebook, I asked him if he would be my friend. Wouldn’t you just know it, but he agreed. So I grabbed…

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I hate it when it all comes together

When it comes to technology, I’m an early adopter. Heck, I’m more than that. While others are filling in the adoption papers, I’m nursing the gadget into adolescence. In 2001, for my 30th birthday, a group of generous friends chipped in to buy me an MP3 player. None of them knew what the hell this…

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Sepp Blatter is wearing no clothes

I hate to be the one to say that the emperor is not wearing any clothes … but, the emperor is not wearing any clothes. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa has become overhyped to the point where ordinary South Africans are being duped and are headed for financial disaster. Let me say, though,…

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Can paedophiles be funny?

If you haven’t ever heard of Chris Langham, you’re missing out. He was the comic genius behind the toe-curlingly-delicious spoof documentaries People Like Us. In that series he took the role of investigative journalist Roy Mallard, and made “documentaries” about seemingly normal people and situations. It was understated, nuanced British comedy at its best. He…

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Where is South Africa’s Muhammad Yunus?

I was at an event the other night that featured Jay Naidoo as the guest speaker. In his talk he told the story of Grameen Bank — a bank in Bangladesh that focuses on micro-loans to the poorest and most destitute members of society. The bank, jointly with its founder Muhammad Yunus, was awarded the…

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Hail Vodacom — the new kings of spam!

Like everyone else with an email account, spam has become one of those mind-numbing annoyances I’ve had to learn to live with. This study reckons that 83% of all emails being sent are spam. That translates to somewhere between 60-billion and 150-billion emails a day. It sounds like it is overstating it a bit, but…

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Barry Manilow: Secret weapon against crime

I came across this report that tells how police in the United Kingdom have borrowed from their Australian counterparts an ingenious method of managing loitering youths. To fight the growing problem of pimply teenagers gathering in public places with their trousers around their knees, iPods embedded in their waxy ears, composing badly spelled SMSs and…

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Hear your Thought Leaders …

This is not a post, just a plug. In the form of a post. If you haven’t yet heard the Mail & Guardian‘s weekly podcast Between the Pages, then this is as good a time as any to get on the bandwagon. The show has been going for 43 weeks now and, each week, we…

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Madeleine McCann mystery: Another theory

Any parent of a young child would have gone cold when the news of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann hit the world’s media in May this year. Since then there has been some criticism of the extent of the media attention. It’s a fair point –given the hundreds of thousands of children who go missing…

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Mbeki’s inbox: Part 2

I see in this week’s Mail & Guardian that the paper decided to take my post from Thought Leader and expand on it a bit, with some help of two of their journos (check out page four of the paper). While all that was going on, I was sent another screen grab from the president’s…

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