Tag Archives: Grahamstown

Remember the class of ’76

The phone rang at the Yeoville Police Station. A young constable picked it up. “There’s a Black man waving a gun, holding a white boy hostage,” a Joburg woman spluttered. Panic gripped the constable. He flew into action. Within minutes, … Continue reading

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Grahamstown, this is your new mayor…. NOT!

  I could hear the presses whirring. I could smell the ink. As the phone rang, spasms shot up and down my back and shoulders. At 11am last week Thursday, I had taken an expensive gamble. In roulette terms, I’d … Continue reading

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First the shock, then the shaving …

I hang my soon-to-be-shaved head in shame. I am a rotten, rotten South African. I had watched with horror as Ricky Ponting bludgeoned South Africa’s bowling to help Australia become the first team to pass 400 runs in the history of one day … Continue reading

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The noises in my head

Thump-thump-thump-thump-thump-thump-thump-thump. These are the sounds that rattle through my head as I lie in bed at night. The thump-thump-thumping is the sound of “music” belting out of Rhodes University’s Student Union, which is a stone’s throw away from where I … Continue reading

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Who is in charge of the weather?

The phone rang. I took a deep breath. I was about to take my first call in the editor’s chair. Could this be a deepthroat source with information about a sensational story that would make Grocott’s Mail sell thousands of … Continue reading

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