by Richard | Jun 27, 2015 | Politics, South Africa, Thinking
I’ve spent the twenty-four hours following the release of the Marikana Report sitting and reading it, making reader’s notes as I go, as a service to those who won’t have the time to spend going through the 600-page document. So having taken a massive nap since, I want to just share a couple of thoughts on it
by Richard | Sep 21, 2014 | Africa, Creative Writing, Travel, Uganda
Up at 09h00 and off. I have my letter, hat, sunscreen, and the weather’s looking beautiful.
by Richard | Sep 10, 2014 | Africa, Journalism, Travel, Uganda
When you travel long enough, and you meet enough people, you’ll eventually come across a properly unrecorded myth. A story that people in an area know and which might have existed for a time in the national historical memory, but has nevertheless since retreated into obscurity. There’s a story about the concrete thrones of Idi Amin that structured the antics below. And it’s a myth of that sort.
by Richard | Mar 22, 2013 | Africa, Asia, Cambodia, Creative Writing, Democ. Rep. of Congo, TravelThe river that connects Siem Riep to Phnom Penh is one of the few – possibly the only – that seasonally changes direction, depending on which end of it is being rained on at any given moment. Or so Lonely Planet told me the time. Jumping between the two...
by Richard | Feb 24, 2013 | Africa, Reflections, South Africa, Travel
Truth be told, I blame Kerouac. Later on, Dana Snyman had a hand in it too, but mostly, originally, it was Kerouac’s fault.
by Richard | Feb 18, 2013 | Africa, Democ. Rep. of Congo, Thinking, Travel[Journal Extract, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2011] In Dispatches, Michael Herr titles his first chapter ‘Inhale’, and his last ‘Exhale’. I’ve been thinking about that writing tactic a lot lately. The notion that this – all of it...