Out of the Fishbowl: Season 2…

With two more weeks to go, Season 2 of my podcast/codcast, Out of the Fishbowl, has been steaming ahead. The latest episode, titled 'Peace like a Rivet' [not a typo!] hit the ground running yesterday, and landed really well. With a number of guest cameo voices, from some of the most incredible people i know, this episode is resonating with different people in different ways. And it looks set to easily be the second most, if [...]

By |2022-02-15T10:02:04+02:00Feb 15th, 2022|activities, inspire-ations, Justice, life|0 Comments


How much of your life is spent on things that matter? i was on a call with my fellow Heartlines staff members this week and we were doing a bit of a check-in based on a question Seth Naicker had asked. The question related to Youth Day and the Sharpville uprising in 1976 which helped trigger events leading towards the eventual official end of apartheid in South Africa. i was 2 at the time [...]

By |2021-01-24T08:39:29+02:00Jun 18th, 2020|change the world, inspire-ations, Justice, life|2 Comments

Is there meaning in what i do?

In about an hour or so i am going to head off to a local school to read a Maths exam to a pupil with a learning disability or challenge. While for me it is largely about having some kind of way of bringing in some money in, during a time when i have been mostly unemployed [since about November when i stopped the official freelance writing i was doing for that awful 'Christian' online [...]

By |2018-05-28T07:11:35+02:00May 28th, 2018|life|5 Comments

A New Normal for 2018

i have an invitation for you... Much like i've started speaking about Christmas a little early so that we can be intentional about putting plans and traditions into effect before the fact, i want to take a look at this whole going into the New Year thing. i've never been a huge fan of the whole New Year's Resolutions' vibe, because my understanding of how they work is that you make a bunch of promises [...]

It was Brett Fish in the Study with the Theological Text Book

Monday mid morning i received a whatsapp message from my wife, tbV: How quickly can you make it to Wynberg by train? The answer, as it turned out, was pretty quickly... within forty five minutes she was picking me up and dropping me at The Warehouse where she offices. Within about another thirty, lunch break was over and i found myself studying as part of the LUT group. i'm not gonna lie, i just had to [...]

By |2017-05-24T06:55:19+02:00May 24th, 2017|activities, inspire-ations, life|3 Comments

A little bit of a rANT

World, i need help. i've tried to be strong about this and persevere and last them out, but i think they are starting to win. i'm talking about ants, the ones currently taking over my life. Three days ago, Jaden Smith [son of Will 'Fresh Prince' Smith] took over the internet with a viral video in which he shares some mind-blowing [to him] facts with Vanity Fair that had shaken up his whole life, including [...]

By |2017-03-06T09:45:27+02:00Mar 6th, 2017|challenges, life, tricky things|2 Comments

the Entitlement factor

EXHIBIT A i was driving to go and pick up my new temporary phone yesterday. And it happened. Far left lane backed up with people heading to town. Middle lane flowing fairly quickly and i was in the right lane as i was heading straight to Salt River. Two cars zooming along middle lane and at last second indicate left and push in to backed up traffic. Because entitlement. Something is saying to those two [...]

By |2017-02-24T09:00:56+02:00Feb 24th, 2017|life, shtupidt people|2 Comments

A Series of Un-phoned-tunate Events

So i had my phone stolen out of my hand at a red traffic light yesterday. Not my finest moment and followed by a combination of feelings of sad and angry and maybe embarrassed. But there are a billion worse things happening to a billion other people [like Nick who just had his house robbed and a whole lot of expensive video equipment stolen, or my mate Napoleon who it seems has been wrongfully arrested and [...]

By |2017-02-22T08:38:31+02:00Feb 22nd, 2017|life|4 Comments

What are you living for?

Is it too early in the week to get a little existential? i'm sitting at my computer this morning trying to get my head around the idea that some people - many people - live life purely for themselves. i don't get that. Not because i'm the biggest saint that ever lived or close to it. But simply because i cannot imagine a life that doesn't take others into account. It was definitely modelled well [...]

By |2017-02-06T09:35:47+02:00Feb 6th, 2017|inspire-ations, life|0 Comments

Do you speak life? And have it spoken to you?

"You can be anything you want to be!" is a lie some parents tell their children. Take a member of the Proteas cricket team for example. There are 11 players on a team. So the moment the 12th enthusiastic parent tells their child, "You can be a member of the Proteas cricket team if you want to be", something has gone wrong, unless they quickly add, "as twelfth man, serving them drinks". Because some things [...]

By |2017-01-24T11:31:32+02:00Jan 24th, 2017|inspire-ations, life, the beautiful Val (tbV)|0 Comments
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