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FNB are idiots.

Posted by Rob January 25, 2013, under South Africa | 2 Comments

I think it's rather fetching, don't you?    I suppose I shouldn't actually be particularly surprised or irritated that FNB capitulated to the petulant knee-jerk reaction that we've all come to expect when something touches on the hallowed integrity of our ruling party. But I am.      Yes yes, I know that there  was [...]

The Tutu Elephant

Posted by rob August 19, 2011, under South Africa | 2 Comments

The Elephant     Let's address the rather large elephant in the room, shall we?     If you're reading this and you're a white South African, congratulations – you are privileged and have benefited from Apartheid. You know it, I know it and so does everyone else.     That's the plain and simple [...]

Support is slippery… but my blood is still Green and Gold

Posted by Rob June 16, 2010, under South Africa | 3 Comments

  As anyone who saw the South African fans leaving in droves this evening could tell you, support is the slipperiest substance known to humankind.     Tonight something fairly tragic happened – Bafana Bafana lost 3 – 0 to Uruguay and were shunted (almost) out of the first round of the Soccer World Cup. Now, whether [...]

Dear ignorant racists

Posted by rob May 22, 2010, under South Africa | 5 Comments

Hi,   You don't know me and I don't know you. Now, I know that doesn't stop you from assuming that I'm just as ignorant and racist as you are but please don't.   If you should see me in the street handing a South African flag to a child or putting flags on my [...]

Crime isn’t a big problem

Posted by rob May 20, 2010, under South Africa | No Comments

  In what is sure to be the latest quote that irritates people, Brigadier Chipu has said that crime is "not as big a problem as people thought". I'm always a little leery of taking quotes directly from media about things like this but I don't see how else you could interpret "It is safe, [...]

22 days and I’m rocking it

Posted by rob May 19, 2010, under South Africa | No Comments

United 4 Bafana Bafana bracelet … check   Series of South African flags … check   Car window flags … check   Awesomely cool SWC Adidas shirt … check   Tickets to see a game … chec … wait a minute. No.   That’s right – I have absolutely no tickets to see a game. [...]

TopTV: First look

Posted by Rob May 4, 2010, under South Africa | No Comments

So, our TopTV is done and dusted. It's pretty cool really – there are some kinks and the content is a little old but I like it     Retro is so for me – and with the supposed addition of 50 new channels (10 HD) by the end of the year I'm keen.   [...]

The Quest for TopTV – Part Two…

Posted by Rob May 4, 2010, under South Africa | No Comments

is much shorter than I expected, the quest is over   I have TopTV and so far it's pretty good. I'm enjoying the programming (it's mostly old) and I much prefer the interface to that used by DSTV.   Bit of an anticlimax really. They've made it easy and it shows – if the call [...]

The Quest for TopTV – Part One

Posted by rob May 4, 2010, under South Africa | 2 Comments

Multichoice should worry a little

Posted by rob May 2, 2010, under South Africa, Technological Prowess | No Comments

    Some people may not have even heard of them yet – I know quite a few who hadn’t – but TopTV is the talk of the country today as they took a running kick at the Multichoice monopoly.   With their launch date set as May 1st and 50,000 decoder units shipped to [...]

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