Several years ago, when I was a struggling journalist with serious aspirations to be a “real” writer, I had a part-time job in a bookshop, Central News Agency in the Carlton Centre. One or two shifts a week, or over the weekend, I worked in the newsstand/bookshop in the lobby of the Carlton Hotel. On…
Film Review. Anwar: The Untold Story
Jumpa Lagi, Malaysia.
My working visit to Asia has come to an abrupt end. I will be back to as soon as I can, funds permitting. I return to South Africa via Doha on 1 March. My immediate priority is sorting out health issues, banking issues, and issues relating to my home (house). Beyond that, and once I…
Who owns copyright of these pictures
I would like to use some of these pictures to accompany something I am working on. Can someone please help me find owners of copyright.
Wupperthal (again) is close to my heart. I first went to the village in the mid-1980s, as detailed somewhere else on this website, and in my book, Too White to be Coloured Too Coloured to be Black a hybrid memoir. The area north of the Swartberg, beyond the Cederberg, where Wupperthal lies in the Tatra…
Kedah Paddy Fields
A small selection of pictures I made during a visit to the state of Kedah.
There’s nothing like a campfire and a can of beans
The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life. – George Simmel If you cut your change you free yourself. If you cut your…
A family snapshot
I just have to post this picture of my brother Farouk, his wife Johra and their daughter Ruwayda on her 40th birthday.
Signing off on the book
In the next t4 hours I will be signing off on the on the book, a hybrid of memoir, commentary and analysis of South Africa’s contemporary history and persistent racial ordering. It should go on sale by 20 March.
When, or if borders open in 2022. Until then…
The first half of next year (2022) will be dedicated to the publication, marketing and publicity that will inevitably be part of the release of my memoir. The publishers have made the final decision on the title, and they will probably present it to me after the design and final proof process in early January….