The Big Trip

‘One of the gladdest moments of life is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.  Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.’ – Richard Francis Burton (British explorer, geographer & … More The Big Trip

The New Normal

‘Unchecked, this loud and occasionally violent ideology propagates a particular view of history, reality and human nature that skews intellectual enquiry, erodes diversity and stifles debate.’ – Dr David Landrum I am just back from Cape Town where we are still on Level 6B water restrictions.  That means using less than 50 litres of water … More The New Normal

‘Improving the Image of Construction’

‘Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person’ – Derek Jeter – former US pro baseball player I’ve been past various building sites in recent months, two of which sported this rather curious notice in large letters and nailed to the surrounding hoardings: ‘Improving the image of construction’.  I thought … More ‘Improving the Image of Construction’

Failure Is Not fatal

‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.’ – Winston Churchill The first exam I ever failed was Latin in the third year.  I was devastated.  I had never failed at anything in my life – apart from Primary School sports days; but that was recreation, right? Not real life.  … More Failure Is Not fatal

Another October

‘With great privilege comes great responsibility’ – with apologies to Spiderman  One Friday night, many Octobers ago, I apparently arrived into the world to the warm whaler’s greeting: “Thar she blows!” My Dad’s exclamation may not have been the special, sacred moment of which most parents dream, but the largely inappropriate fact has been corroborated … More Another October