Category Archives: Personal stories

I always wonder if I’m going to come back

From anaesthetics: I really do wonder, as I fade away into that fuzzy darkness, whether I’ll come back this time. I’ve had a fair bit of practice, you see: I was counting them up prior to my last adventure in … Continue reading

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Baby Steps in a Spacesuit: the Good, and the Bad AND Ugly.

Two book reviews here – both offerings I bought via Amazon for the Kindle app on my iPad. And two VERY different opinions. Treasure Planet (Man-Kzin Wars Series offshoot Book 2) (Kindle Edition) This book is purportedly a standalone contribution … Continue reading

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Chapter 5. Yambuku.

5 The old man sat on his throne – a repurposed helicopter pilot’s seat – inside the gloom of a large round hut. He wore a triple necklace of sealed ampoules in rough cloth pouches, sewn onto a hide band. … Continue reading

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What do you say, when liberalism fails?

I have just attended my first University of Cape Town Convocation Annual General Meeting: the first, I will point out, since I was eligible to attend from during my first degree from here, in 1976. It should have been exciting … Continue reading

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Why we should not vote against Max Price at Convocation

Next week (15th December 2016), UCT convocation will vote on a motion of no confidence in their Vice Chancellor (VC), Dr Max Price.  At UCT we have had a busy year of debate and student protests, with considerable disruption of academic life. … Continue reading

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So how DO you decolonise science?

I have been involved in a number of discussions around this topic recently, since publicly expressing my dismay at the appalling naivety of the poor #sciencemustfall proponent who dislikes gravity in particular, and all western science in general. I say appalling … Continue reading

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The SA University Blues

I often alter other people’s songs, seeing as I have no talent to write my own, generally for the purpose of some light-hearted parody. This is less light-hearted. Piet Swart, you gave me the idea – so it’s your fault. … Continue reading

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