Posted on November 3, 2010November 3, 2010Categories Animals, JohannesburgTags , , , 3 Comments on Walk your own dog!

Walk your own dog!

For some reason, the middle and upper classes don’t walk their own dogs – they get their “staff” to do it.

Driving around Parktown North, Houghton, Sandton and Saxonwold, I’ll often witness a young guy in overalls being dragged along by two Golden Retrievers and a Jack Russell. 29 years in Cape Town and I’d never seen this before.

For some reason, the middle and upper classes don’t walk their own dogs – they get their “staff” to do it.

Driving around Parktown North, Houghton, Sandton and Saxonwold, I’ll often witness a young guy in overalls being dragged along by two Golden Retrievers and a Jack Russell. 29 years in Cape Town and I’d never seen this before.

Posted on October 28, 2010Categories Johannesburg, South AfricaTags , , , , ,

Give A Duck in November

Get your little white duck for R100 and the proceeds will go towards two fantastic charities – Learn To Earn and the Bobs For Good Foundation. You can also make a donation on the I Give A Duck website and buy other quacky stuff for the whole of November.

Get your little white duck for R100 and the proceeds will go towards two fantastic charities – Learn To Earn and the Bobs For Good Foundation. You can also make a donation on the I Give A Duck website and buy other quacky stuff for the whole of November.

Posted on August 30, 2010Categories Cape Town, Johannesburg, South AfricaTags , , , , , 11 Comments on Joburg Drivers vs Cape Town Drivers

Joburg Drivers vs Cape Town Drivers

We all know the popular South African aphorism – “Joburg has better drivers than Cape Town.” Even staunch, I-could-never-live-anywhere-else Capetonians say this. I certainly have. We embrace our crappy driving and wear it as a mark of pride. There is no need for a sense of direction when you can just look up at the mountain to figure out where you are. Hurry? Why hurry? It’s not like anything is that far away. Indicate? Why indicate? You can only go … Continue reading “Joburg Drivers vs Cape Town Drivers”

Posted on July 30, 2010July 30, 2010Categories JohannesburgTags , , , , , , , , 11 Comments on A Capetonian in Joburg: First impressions

A Capetonian in Joburg: First impressions

I’ve been here nearly two weeks after our “semigration” from my home city, Cape Town. Most of it’s been spent unpacking boxes, drinking too much whisky and driving around the megalopolis trying to find decent furniture.

The GPS has taken me through Mayfair, similar to the rougher parts of Woodstock with its seedy slum feel, and a suburb called Blairgowrie, which could have been directly transplanted from Cape Town’s Plumstead.

Then there was Fourways. Fourways defies comparison, but imagine Parklands mixed with Belville, multiply by 20 and wave a Tuscan wand over it.

I’ve been here nearly two weeks after our “semigration” from my home city, Cape Town. Most of it’s been spent unpacking boxes, drinking too much whisky and driving around the megalopolis trying to find decent furniture.

The GPS has taken me through Mayfair, similar to the rougher parts of Woodstock with its seedy slum feel, and a suburb called Blairgowrie, which could have been directly transplanted from Cape Town’s Plumstead.

Then there was Fourways. Fourways defies comparison, but imagine Parklands mixed with Belville, multiply by 20 and wave a Tuscan wand over it.