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Derek Daly

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Derek Daly is a freelance journalist, semi-retired DJ, former cinema owner and part-time double-glazed window-seller. In 1990 he won the Cape Argus Award for Best Writer in a School Newspaper. He was invited to do record reviews, but his articles all were banned, possibly due to the supplement's close proximity to the Jellybean Journal. He has the dubious honour of accidentally deleting a semi-completed travel novel.

The sinister Marc Dutroux cover-up (part one)

It’s worth reminding ourselves of the events surrounding Belgian paedophile abductor Marc Dutroux. Institutions that are meant to protect society can sometimes contribute to misdeeds…

Christmas in a mass of crime

In case anyone’s wondering why South Africa is losing the battle against crime, here are some telling pointers from my local law-enforcement agency in Worcester.…

Flies just want to have fun

One of the worst things about summer is the endless supply of flies and mosquitoes eager to become part of your day, to add you…

Pete Townshend and the missing paedophiles

There’s something uncannily similar in the eyes of the faces that have allowed themselves to be seduced by child pornography. Look, for instance, at the…

With (or without) the Bee Gees

It started as a normal British chat show. It was 1997 and host Clive Anderson was fielding a few questions to the Bee Gees live…

Tiresome time in Bob Dylan’s mind

There’s a movie out soon modelled on the artistic persona of Bob Dylan. One of the four “Dylans” is played by Cate Blanchette, in an…

A very blind date

No, luckily not something involving me, but rather a horrible live-on-air incident that happened on a show called Blind Date in the UK in 1997.…

The emergency anchor man

This tragic incident occurred in the Eighties live on the SABC’s TV1. It was the 8pm news and the newsreader, either Michael de Morgan or…

My very own private ‘lang-arm’ adventure

I have a morbid fear of “lang-arming”, that traditional Afrikaans dancing synonymous with certain folk music. For the life of me, I’ve never been able…

Doing them for a fiver

Walking around Brixton in the United Kingdom trying to sell overweight filofaxes to old ladies doesn’t exactly give you that “holiday” feeling. But sooner or…