Looking in the mirror

Image courtesy of Infowars When I was a teenager and beginning to think that I'd maybe one day like to be a journalist, I had a naive assumption that it was an almost [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|

Notes from the road: Kinshasa

The Congo River, courtesy of the author All the paranoia about getting through the airport proved to be ill-founded. My clever concealment of various camera lenses inside pairs of socks buried deep down [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|

A letter to 2016

Dear 2016, With just a few days to go before 2017 takes over the reigns, public scrutiny of your twelve-month world tenure has reached fever pitch. As I'm sure you're aware by now, your approval [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|

The day I stood and did nothing

Image courtesy of Alfonso Cardenas Ortega It's taken me a while to feel brave enough to write this post. Long enough that I've forgotten what exactly the racist old Afrikaans man said to [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|

Tourism for all?

Bela Bela, one of a handful of racially diverse tourism spaces in South Africa Considering that I'm a travel writer, I must admit I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to [...]

By | October 19th, 2016|

On journalism ethics

Dancers in Brazzaville, Congo. Picture taken by the author When I was studying Media and Writing at the University of Cape Town (UCT), I seem to remember there were a few lectures about [...]

By | September 16th, 2016|

Ballad of the Banlieue: A winter of discontent in Paris

Image courtesy of Alain Bachellier I read Ernest Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast' and George Orwell's 'Down and Out in Paris in London' in my late teens, and for some years afterwards I had [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|

Cry the Beloved Blighty

It's a strange and disconcerting feeling: looking on from a distance as the place where you were born and raised changes -- slowly at first, then suddenly at breakneck speed -- into something you no [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|

On living museums and cultural villages

Image courtesy of Josh John I've always had a certain scepticism about the so-called  "cultural villages" that are dotted along many of southern Africa and East Africa's tourist routes. Even before I'd reluctantly [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|

I’m a racist, but I’m trying my best to amend for that

A couple of years ago when I was on assignment in the Eastern Cape, I went out on a educational trip into the Amatole mountains with a local man who we shall call simply Piet. [...]

By | May 24th, 2016|