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Grunt - 23 October 2014
Grunt - 23 October 2014 As you may well know, I sit in front of my laptop on Sundays evenings, waiting for inspiration. I stare at the screen until something strikes me. It’s a waiting...
Grunt - 16 October 2014
Grunt - 16 October 2014 I gathered recently that some Post Office workers have been on strike for a while. I asked someone working at a postal outlet what were they striking for? The answer was...
Grunt - 09 October 2014
Grunt - 09 October 2014 Here we go again. Another week of newspaper placards plastered all over the town, announcing the woeful deeds of the famous – of which there seem to be few enough...
Grunt - 02 October 2014
Grunt - 02 October 2014 My cousin sent me a photograph taken when I visited them in Harare (although in those days, it was called Salisbury). I was nineteen years old, and a student at what was...
Grunt - 25 September 2014
Grunt - 25 September 2014 My wife and I went for a walk the other day, and, in the process, passed a bus stop. Plastered on the inside of the shelter is a contact number advertising abortions and...
Grunt - 18 September 2014
Grunt - 18 September 2014 You may recall last week, I wrote about Mr Lee and the thirteen daughters that were the consequence of his dynastic urges. You may also remember that I left readers with...
Grunt - 11 September 2014
Grunt - 11 September 2014 Mr Lee - at least, that’s what I think his name was – lived just down the hill in Swain’s Avenue when I was a small child, before we began our...
Grunt - 04 September 2014
Grunt - 04 September 2014 Some time ago, I had this idea: I was going to compile a Book of Lies. It wasn’t going to be a guidebook for the uncreative or anything like that. Nor was it going...
Grunt - 28 August 2014
Grunt - 28 August 2014 I was born on an island, so it’s hardly surprising that the sea, ships, and boats played a large part in my early life. There were car trips to what was referred to...
Grunt - 21 August 2014
Grunt - 21 August 2014 Last week, I was interested to see a new man at one of the city’s traffic lights, holding a placard. He was neatly dressed in a long-sleeved shirt and tie,...
Grunt - 14 August 2014
Grunt - 14 August 2014 It’s hard to believe that this is Grunt Number 250. That amounts to more than 80000 words – the length of decent-sized novel – since I began writing in...
Grunt - 07 August 2014
Grunt - 07 August 2014 There’s a problem with corruption in this country. That is a truism and a cliché. But you tend not to expect it to creep into the airy realms of the literary...
Grunt - 31 July 2014
Grunt - 31 July 2014 I know, I know. I’m always going on about illiteracy, all those people who don’t read and who would much rather squat in front of the demon screen totally...
Grunt - 24 July 2014
Grunt - 24 July 2014 For whatever reasons, we wound up at the Vryfees. We didn’t have anything scheduled, nothing specific to see; just a wander round the stalls, a leisurely lunch, and...
Grunt - 17 July 2014
Grunt - 17 July 2014 You’d have thought that I would have become used to moving by now. I’ve done it more than fifty times: from house to house, suburb to suburb, city to city,...
Grunt - 10 July 2014
Grunt - 10 July 2014 Surrealism is defined as “a twentieth-century movement in art and literature purporting to express the subconscious mind by the phenomena of dreams” (COD:...
Grunt - 03 July 2014
Grunt - 03 July 2014 A few days before Father’s Day, my wife and I were doing some shopping in various places around town, and my attention was caught by the mountainous displays of...
Grunt - 26 June 2014
Grunt - 26 June 2014 A week or so ago, my wife published a story about her father's childhood online in The Yellow Door. It reminded me of a time when I was a child in Port Sudan. We had...
Grunt - 19 June 2014
Grunt - 19 June 2014 As some of you might know, I’ve been writing and publishing poetry for the last forty-odd years, so I’ve grown extremely picky about how words are chosen and...
Grunt - 12 June 2014
Grunt - 12 June 2014 When I was an undergraduate student in Durban, Saturdays were the times when we got the chance to hit the beach. Well, you could if some mean-spirited lecturer...
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