The Podcast has landed… and it was good!

On Monday, Out of the Fishbowl Season I, Episode I hit the airwaves - my very first Podcast episode.  After more than a year of planning - very unlike me, which you can read about here - and a few weeks of marketing and trying to build up some anticipation, i was more than satisfied that we hit the 100 download mark before i went to bed that night. But even more than that, [...]

Not my first Pandemic – a guest post by Ashley Brownlee

A story and message for everyone, but especially those who are hesitant about getting their vaccine. Ashley Brownless is a very good friend of mine who i have known for more than 20 years now. He has written a pretty viral post for my blog before sharing some of his journey as a South African living with HIV AIDS, and he is back to share some more, but particularly how it relates to his [...]

Out of the Fishbowl: The Podcast is about to land.

If all goes well, then my first ever Season of Podcast: Out of the Fishbowl - will be dropping on Monday! Podcasting is something i have wanted to do for the longest time. Both in terms of listening to them and in terms of recording my own. i started to try and get into listening to them when the Pandemic Lockdown hit properly last year and i had a lot more time on my [...]

By |2021-07-22T08:19:41+02:00Jul 22nd, 2021|activities, Podcast, the great online|2 Comments

A Tale of Two Jab!

Is it time for your next jab? i am going to donate blood this morning with my mate Charlton! This will be the first time i remember that i let two people stab me within 3 days of each other. But i can highly recommend it. i Vaccine what i did there The first time i got jabbed was on Friday in what must have been one of the longest possible waits for a [...]

Teaching during a pandemic: An Open Letter to Cyril Ramaphosa

What is it like to be teaching during a pandemic? As we close in on a year-and-a-half of what has been a world-shaking pandemic, everyone has paid a cost. Whether it has been personal or in your community, financial or mental-health related, no-one has escaped. But some have definitely paid more than others. A teacher friend asked if they could use this space to share some of their thoughts and feelings and experiences as [...]

On being Different and why that should be okay

Some thoughts about being different: It is okay to be different. After all, we all are.  i have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks doing a lot of self-reflection. The in-your-face realities of a deadly worldwide pandemic, my dad about to turn 80 [this Saturday], hearing of a new colleague on a board i just joined losing his life in a car accident, are all things which can make you [...]

Calling all Board Gamers!

Board Gamers assemble! There are three types of people when it comes to board games:[1] No board games people - my dad - i think we got him to play Trivial Pursuit once, but while my mom loves games of all kinds [although firmly in the #2 category which follows] he would literally rather mow the lawn or paint something than play with us.[2] Old school board gamers - my mom - basically anything pre-Settlers of [...]

By |2021-04-29T09:14:50+02:00Apr 29th, 2021|activities, games & Stuff|0 Comments

To go where no child should go b̶e̶f̶o̶r̶e̶ again

Lumka Mkhethwa and Michael Komape are names we should know and probably don't.  In 2015 Michael, aged 5, drowned in a pit latrine 'toilet' and in 2018 the same thing happened to Lumka.  Those are absolute tragedies and should never have been allowed to happen to any human beings and the idea that we get outraged for a moment and then get back to our lives and just carry on feels a little overwhelming [...]

By |2021-04-28T14:16:54+02:00Apr 28th, 2021|#NotOnOurWatch, Justice, things to wrestle with|2 Comments

Book review of sorts: Community by Peter Block

i have just [finally] finished reading 'Community' by Peter Block.  It has taken me a while - and i did sneak in a three-day reading of Neil Gaiman's 'Anansi Boys' just as something a little quicker and lighter - but it was overall a good and thoroughly challenging read and i feel like it has inspired me to think differently about a number of things. The book 'Community' is included in the pack of [...]

By |2021-04-27T15:30:23+02:00Apr 27th, 2021|thorts of other people, what i am reading|0 Comments

The Racial Literacy Project

i was recently introduced to Josh Cox and his website called The Racial Literacy Project and asked him if he would mind sharing some of his story, Meet Joshua Cox: The Racial Literacy Project Last year I launched a simple website www.racialliteracy.co.za with the aim of helping white people 'do the work' of becoming more literate on issues of race and racism. The end goal being that people are more equipped to speak out on these [...]

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