Rob's Rambling

So, I need to become a billionaire.

Posted by rob May 1, 2010, under Personal | No Comments |
billionaire ( ) n. A person whose wealth amounts to at least a billion dollars, pounds, or the equivalent in other currency.   I decided last night that I need to become a billionaire. It's not all that crazy is it?   Well, perhaps just a little. Still, it gives me something to aim for. I'll grant that it may have had something to do with watching Iron Man 2 last night but I...

Jazzed

Posted by Rob April 17, 2010, under Personal | No Comments |
Sitting here at Smokey Swallows, I'm somehow reminded of being at the concert of an aging rockstar. Interesting, a little syncopated and just a touch too loud. Generally speaking, I love jazz and this is no exception. These guys are good, heavy even. If I were the type I would even be tempted to call them hip cats. It's really not their fault the venue is a bit too small - with the result that...

Price gouging all over #swc2010

Posted by Rob April 11, 2010, under South Africa | No Comments |
Taking a trip to my local Spar today, I see that even the vendors (those purveyors of quality Fakely, Swutch and Nikee goods) have hit on the soccer world cup price gouging tradition. I was offered a genuine, no-frills Soccer shirt for the princely sum of R280. Madness. Share and...

The second way to #uniteSA

Posted by rob April 9, 2010, under South Africa | 1 Comment |
This one's a simple one. Everyone should be able to understand it - and hopefully know that it's right.   ADMIT YOUR PROBLEMS   Nothing in life is one-sided so why on earth should race relations be? There's a play called Avenue Q that imparts some excellent information:   Ready for it?   Sure?     It's true. Each and every one of us is a little bit racist. Now,...

Julius Malema is right #uniteSA

Posted by Rob April 8, 2010, under Personal, South Africa | 6 Comments |
  As much as it pains me to say it and to move off the #ignorejulius campaign, I have to admit that he's kinda right. (and yes, I expect some flak for this opinion)   Not, perhaps, in the way he says things or the manner in which he'd prefer to fix the problems he sees but fundamentally right. For 15 years, South Africa has been pretending that everything is wonderful, that the...

Ventersdorp Escalates

Posted by rob April 6, 2010, under Nothing Much, South Africa | No Comments |
After battle lines were drawn earlier today in Ventersdorp, it was hoped that following the exchange of pithy insults both the White and Black races would calm down enough to be rational. Unfortunately, the situation remained tense and matters came to a head when a group of black and white observers taunted each other with song.   Police were quick to step in with razor wire and attempted to...

#ignoreJulius

Posted by Rob April 6, 2010, under South Africa | No Comments |
  Julius Malema has exploded into political... prominence... by making himself hard to ignore. Inheriting a platform that drew attention to the accidental outrages he tripped into, he quickly learned to stoke outrage and roar back at any responses he provoked.     For the media, trying to gauge the state of the nation's health from moment to moment, this makes him a much more...

Uniting South Africa – #uniteSA

Posted by Rob April 6, 2010, under South Africa | No Comments |
  South Africa stands at a crossroads – a time in which racial tensions run high and the world is focused on us. Neither the people of South Africa nor the country itself can afford to have negativity and irrational outbursts rule our daily lives.   To that end, UniteSA is an attempt to bring people from all corners of our nation together in a call for peace, calm and...

#uniteSA 06/04/2010

Posted by rob April 5, 2010, under South Africa | 3 Comments |
    In this time of uncertainty, it is necessary for rational South Africans to come forward and encourage calm and peace in our country. With recent events in mind, we stand at a crossroads.   Down one road lies stupidity, retaliation and the potential for bloody civil war. Down another lies a bright future of cooperation and healing, of discussion and empathy.   Sipho...

Extremists are assholes #uniteSA

Posted by rob April 4, 2010, under Personal, South Africa | No Comments |
No matter which side of the fence they fall on, extremists are universally assholes. The recent murder of AWB leader Eugene Terre'blanche really proves that point.   In a situation where the police are certain the murder was not politcally motivated and the family of Eugene Terre'blanche themselves have welcomed Cele into their home and expressed their faith - asshole extremists are still...
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