• A tale of four countries in a time of lockdown: part three

    A tale of four countries in a time of lockdown: part three

    Sheffield PROFESSOR Anthony Costello forecasts 40 000 deaths and the highest death rate in Europe, and the Sunday Times (19 April 2020) features an article ‘Coronavirus: 38 days when Britain sleepwalked into disaster’. We were […]

     
  • A tale of four countries in a time of lockdown: part two

    A tale of four countries in a time of lockdown: part two

    Sheffield I LIVE on a side street off one of the major arterial roads in Sheffield, this particular bit being a hub of bars, cafes and restaurants. It is a Sheffield thing to ‘go down […]

     
  • A tale of four countries in a time of lockdown: part one

    A tale of four countries in a time of lockdown: part one

    Sheffield A SMALL wooden crate appeared on my doorstep, packed full of goods from my local organic fruit and veg shop. It was exciting unpacking and finding everything I’d asked for, plus some extras – […]

     
  • A tale of two cities in a time of lockdown: part one

    A tale of two cities in a time of lockdown: part one

    Sheffield BORIS Johnson has written us all a letter which will appear on our doormats sometime this week. The Observer front page tells us ‘tougher lockdown may be necessary’, and the letter will reinforce last […]

     
  • The ANC Spy Bible

    The ANC Spy Bible

    Moe Shaik, The ANC Spy Bible: Surviving across Enemy Lines (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020)                    A MEMOIR might be loosely regarded as autobiography with benefits; or, in more literary terms, poetic licence. Any biographical account described […]

     
  • The opiate of rugby

    The opiate of rugby

    A WORLD turned upside down: that was one newspaper’s headline take on the Covid-19 pandemic and for once the media cannot be accused of overdoing the hype. Pictures of European cities tell an eerie tale […]

     
  • Voices from the Underground

    Voices from the Underground

    Shirley Gunn and Shanil Haricharan, Voices from the Underground: Eighteen Life Stories from Umkhonto we Sizwe’s Ashley Kriel Detachment (Cape Town: Penguin, 2019) The MK unit known as the Ashley Kriel Detachment (AKD) had a […]

     
  • Will South Africa be Okay?: 17 Key Questions

    Will South Africa be Okay?: 17 Key Questions

    Jan-Jan Joubert, Will South Africa be Okay?: 17 Key Questions (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2019) THIS book has a novel approach to South Africa’s current condition: responses to the most frequently asked questions posed to political […]

     
  • In Defence of Open Society

    In Defence of Open Society

    George Soros, In Defence of Open Society (John Murray, 2019) A LIST of George Soros’s low-life detractors – from big fish like Vladimir Putin to small fry like Julius Malema flourishing in a groundswell of […]

     
  • Re-opening apartheid-era inquests: Neil Aggett and the quest for truth

    Re-opening apartheid-era inquests: Neil Aggett and the quest for truth

    IT is rumoured that Stephen Whitehead, one of the security branch (SB) policemen responsible for the death in detention of anti-apartheid activist and trade unionist Neil Aggett on 5 February 1982, had a deal with […]