Monthly Archives: July 2009

Is it a bird… is it a plane… no, it’s SuperMan(dela)

Nelson Mandela is in front of a birthday cake. There are candles. He’s grinning. Khwezi, my five-year-old son, looks at the newspaper photograph of the world’s most famous birthday boy and sighs. “It’s so unfair,” he says. He looks at … Continue reading

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Purple dinosaurs and orange ice-creams

My friend Sean, a non-father, phoned me at the beginning of the month. He couldn’t contain his happiness. “Why you’re so cheerful?” I asked. “We’re in a recession, the weather is miserable and every morning I realise that I haven’t … Continue reading

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Are-we-there-yet-sonderend

Anyone who trots out that sad cliché that it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey has never taken children on holiday. Believe me; it’s only about the destination. And if you don’t believe me, believe Khwezi – my … Continue reading

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Sticky fatherhood solutions

The phone rang. “I’ve got the answer to your problems,” a breathless voice told me. “Sorry, I’m not interested in anything you have to sell me,” I snarled at the telemarketer, wondering why I’d apologised, and prepared to slam the … Continue reading

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